IELTS Speaking Course

IELTS Speaking Part 1: Useful Language

In the interview part of the IELTS Speaking test (Part 1), you’re simply asked questions about yourself and other familiar topics. The examiner will be listening for how well you express yourself in a few words or sentences.

Of course, you should try to do more than simply answer the question if you want to achieve a high score. The following useful language will give you ideas for expanding an answer by talking about the past, present and future. It will also help you speak more fluently and with an awareness of collocation and idiomatic speech. Some idiomatic expressions are explained in parentheses.

Asking for repetition

  • Could you say that again?
  • I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that.
  • Did you say (          )?

Stalling for time

  • Well, let me see.
  • In my case, …
  • Hmm, I’d have to say …

Saying something negative

  • I’m sorry but …
  • I’m afraid (to say that) …
  • To be (perfectly) honest, …

Giving an example

  • For example, …
  • A good example is …
  • Maybe you’ve heard of …

Describing frequency

  • Every other day, … (= Frequently)
  • Once in a while, … (= Occasionally)
  • Once in a blue moon, … (= Rarely)

 Adding more

  • Also, …
  • Another thing (as well) is …
  • What else? Oh, I …

Comparing with the past

  • But when I was (a bit) younger I used to …
  • But in my school days I used to …
  • But back in the day I used to … (= In the distant past)

Comparing self with others

  • But some of my friends …
  • But I know there are others who …
  • But it takes all sorts, I suppose. (= Everyone is different.)

Expressing a hope

  • But I’d like to try it if I ever get the chance.
  • But it would be nice to try it someday.
  • But hopefully luck will shine on me one day. (= Hopefully I’ll get the chance.)

Finishing

  • So, that’s a bit about my …
  • Anyway, that’s my …
  • So, to cut a long story short, … (= To sum up)

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