IELTS Vocabulary: Adverbial phrases

IELTS speakingComment adverbials and set phrases for a higher speaking score.

In the IELTS speaking exam you will be judged on the range and accuracy of your vocabulary, so having a wide range of expressions obviously helps your score.

Comment adverbials are a good way to show emphasis that something is surprising, true, disappointing, coincidental, unbelievable, fortunate or unfortunate. These are mainly used in speaking. However, in IELTS writing they come across as being too informal.

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9 Tricky IELTS Part 2 Speaking topics

Tips and ideas for difficult IELTS Speaking part 2 topics.

Sometimes in IELTS speaking, you will get a tricky topic to answer in part 2. It can cause anxiety if you go into the exam and get presented with one of these. The important thing here is to use your imagination if you cannot think of a story.

Be prepared with a few ideas beforehand as that will go a long way to easing your nerves. I haven’t given any model answers here because there are so many variations on how you could answer these. Click the blue buttons to see the tips and ideas.

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Why am I stuck at Band 6 in Speaking?

ielts focusThis is one of the most common questions I get asked about in IELTS.

‘Why can’t I get Band 7 in speaking?’

There are a lot of IELTS students out there stuck on a Band 5 or Band 6 in the speaking section and are frustrated. Many of you are near to giving up on hitting a Band 7. Some people get the wrong advice, poor feedback or are promised a high score by their teacher just to keep them happy. It is important to be realistic about this.

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