Vocabulary is a significant part of English language skills. It has a high weightage in the IELTS speaking test. So, if you have a rich and large treasure of vocabulary, you can expect a decent score in the speaking assessment.
How vocabulary helps you in taking the speaking test?
In the IELTS speaking exam, you are asked to give a speech on a topic in fluent English. Thereafter, you have to answer some descriptive questions as well. Not having an extensive vocabulary can cause you to stumble amidst your speech. You will face difficulty in finding out the exact verb or word for a particular situation. As a result, you will not be able to fully express your ideas. The speech will not sound impressive and you will end up repeating the same bunch of words. This kind of situation can hamper your confidence. Your performance will be affected and scores will go down. So, having a broad range of vocabulary can be your savior in the IELTS speaking test. With a great vocabulary, you can impress the examiner by using a variety of lexical structures. Your speech and answers will become more fluent and interesting for the listener.
Now, that you learned the benefits of having a wide vocabulary, Let us see what are the best methods to learn it.
- To grow our vocabulary we will have to memorize a variety of synonyms for a single verb. But, from the school days, it has always been boring and daunting to remember things, right? So, we have a better strategy to tackle this task!
It’s very simple. Despite of memorizing huge chunks of words from a book, make a collection of words by yourself. Select the words which fascinate you and make your language more interesting. When there will be a strong interest from your side, it will be a pleasure to retain these words for a long time. You are less likely to forget the thing which you learned with inner motivation.
- There is another interesting way to byheart new words. That is learning words related to a particular context. Like you will get thousands of words related to fashion, which we call “fashion vocabulary”. Similarly, you should have a set of words for every topic expected to come in the IELTS speaking test. Along with words, you can also learn some expressions to make your sentences much better.
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Here we are going to present a bundle of words, phrases, and expressions that you will find extremely useful for your upcoming IELTS exam.
- Conversation fillers.
No, we are not talking about fillers like umm, yeah, oh, I mean, etc. We are talking about the sentences which you can cleverly use as a pause between your conversation. Because pause gives you a short time to think and plan your answers. You can use the following sentences when any question is asked to you-
“Hmm, that is a great question you have asked. The answer is…”
“ It is a difficult question but I will try my best to answer it. Let me think…”
“ Actually, I had never thought in this way. Let me put it in a different way.”
- When you can’t understand what the interviewer asked or want the question to be repeated then use the following structures.
“ Excuse me I didn’t get your question. Can you please repeat once again? I beg your pardon”
“ Sorry but I could not follow what you said. Can you please specify the point?”
Now let us find out some topic-specific terms which come handy when you communicate about a theme.
Siblings- A collective term for your brothers and sisters.
My siblings are very supportive of my career choice.
Childhood- The stage of life when you were a child.
I was very playful during my childhood.
Spouse- Husband or wife
In-laws- the family members of your spouse.
Stepfather/ Stepmother- New spouse of your biological parents
Juvenile delinquency – Criminal activity of children below 16 years of age.
Raise – to bring up
I was raised in the city of Bangalore.
Niece- Daughter of your brother/ sister
Nephew – Son of your brother/sister.
Elementary education- Primary schooling between 5 to 11 years.
Every child has the right to get a quality elementary education.
Illiterate – A person who doesn’t know how to read and write
Decades ago, India had many illiterate people in the villages.
Qualification- The official record that you have completed a list of courses.
A good qualification ensures better career opportunities.
Curriculum – The set of subjects included in the syllabus of a class.
A well-planned curriculum is necessary for better education.
Extracurricular activities- The extra skills taught in school apart from studies.
Extracurricular activities are required for the all-round development of a student.
Pollution- the action of making our environment( air, water, soil) dirty.
It is our responsibility to make the environment free of pollution.
Global warming – heating of earth surface, the result of pollution.
Global warming is a danger alarm for mankind. We should take steps to minimize it.
Population explosion- The rapid growth of the human population.
Population explosion is a leading cause behind the environmental pollution.
Deforestation – Removal of large areas of forests.
Deforestation should be minimized to protect the environment.
Waste Management – The activity of collecting, treating, and properly disposing of the waste material.
Waste management is a must to reduce environmental pollution.
Digitalization- The process of converting all the information into a dal form which can be accessed through the Internet and processed by the computers.
URL – the address of a webpage or website.
Browser- One application to access the information from the world wide web.
Cloud computing- Using hardware and software to deliver services through the internet e.g. Gmail.
Cybercrime- the crime involving computers, the internet, and sensitive digital information.
So, in this article, we gave you a descriptive method for strengthening vocabulary. We hope you understood all the points. Now your job is to practice these tricks every day. And you will surely get an excellent band score in the IELTS test.