IELTS Speaking Tips – IELTS Podcast Ep.3

IELTS Speaking Tips

IELTS Speaking tips

A few general IELTS speaking tips:

  • Show the examiner what you can do and use every opportunity to talk – no monosyllabic answers!
  • Part 1 is “easy” in content but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use complex grammar and vocabulary. 
  • Ask the examiner to clarify or repeat if you’re not sure. These types of interactions also show your level of English, they don’t have to be a problem. Say something like “Sorry, could you repeat that”, rather than “eh?” or “what?”
  • Record yourself on your phone and listen back to improve. You might cringe a little but you’ll get over it!

IELTS speaking tips for Part 1


Keager answered these sample questions:

Let’s talk about your home town or village. 

Let’s move on to talk about accommodation. 

Tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in?

IELTS speaking tips for Part 2

Keager and I discussed this sample question:

Describe something you own which is very important to you. 


You should say: 

where you got it from 

how long you have had it 

what you use it for 

and explain why it is important to you


Part 2 is very different to Part 1. Use your one minute wisely (=intelligently) in part 2. You have lots of options:

  • Make a spider diagram
  • Write down key words
  • Write a list or a flow chart of what you’re going to say
  • Write one or two key sentences or phrases
  • Do nothing, just think!


Read the prompt carefully for part 2, and know in advance how you are going to use the 1 minute of preparation. Do  whatever works for you. 


IELTS speaking tips for Part 3

Keager answered this question

Let’s talk about the role of advertising. Do you think advertising influences what people buy?



  • To get over sth – to recover from something. If you get over an illness then you are well again. You can also get over something emotionally: “I lost my job and I was very upset but, in the end, I got over it”. 


  • To cringe - to get very embarrassed when you think about something you’ve done.


  • “A two storey, semi-detached house”
    • A storey (with an ‘e’) is another word for a floor – a two-storey house has an upstairs and a downstairs.
    • We divide houses by how they are attached to other houses:
      • A terraced house – lots of houses in a row, all attached to each other.
      • A semi-detached house – attached to a house on one side but not on the other
      • A detached house – not connected to any other houses. 


  • To get bogged down – if you get bogged down you get confused and stuck on something. You can’t answer it but you can’t continue either. So, for example., if you have to answer 5 question and you get bogged down on number one, then you leave no time for numbers 2 to 5.

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