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IELTS Vocabulary: How to Express Your Opinion

HELPFUL WORDS AND PHRASES TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINION IN THE IELTS EXAM

In the IELTS Speaking and Writing Tasks, you will be asked to express your opinion about a given topic. In the essay, speaking parts 1 and 3, it is important to be able to effectively convey your thoughts by using a variety of appropriate expressions.

In this article, we are also going to discuss the possibility of expressing your lack of opinion about a certain topic without affecting your IELTS speaking score.

PHRASES TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINION

Expression … Example Sentence
In my view … In my view, the quality of education in my country is getting worse as time goes by.
I feel that… I feel that my career is going on a downhill.
Personally, I think… Personally, I think that taking the course is a waste of time.
I would say that … I would say that her fashion sense is a lot more practical than most people I know.
In my opinion … In my opinion, the President is taking things too slow.
I believe that … I believe that everyone should have equal access to quality education regardless of his or her ethnic background.

There will be an instance when you lack opinion about or completely have no idea about the examiner’s question. Don’t fret, there are ways to manage this situation. Here are helpful expressions you can use:

PHRASES TO EXPRESS A LACK OF OPINION

Expression … Example Sentence
I’m afraid I am not keen on … I’m afraid I am not keen on the political situation in my region.
I am sorry, I am not familiar with… I’m sorry, I am not familiar with the traditional music in my country.
I have not really thought about that… I have not really thought about that but
I’m afraid I do not know much about … I’m afraid I do not know much about art but I know a little bit about…
I’m afraid I have not been very interested in … I’m afraid I have not been very interested in TV programmes but I will try my best to…

IELTS Practice Questions and Sample Responses: Expressing Opinions

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PRACTICE TEST QUESTIONS – GENERAL Set 3

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Hello There!

Here is the third set of IELTS Speaking Sample Questions and Writing Practice Tasks for the General Module.

Speaking Questions

PART 1: INTERVIEW

  • What is your full name?
  • Can I see your ID?
  • Where are you from?
  • Do you work or study?
  • Do people in your country like to give presents?
  • Do you enjoy shopping for presents?
  • What was the last gift that you received?

PART 2: Cue Card (Long Turn)

Talk about a toy you had when you were a child. Please say

  •  What was the toy?
  • Who gave it to you?
  • What was special about this toy?

 

PART 3: Discussion

  • Did you play with this toy with someone?
  • What kind of toys do children like?
  • What is the difference between toys for girls and boys?
  • What were the common toys in your childhood?
  • Do you think children can learn something from toys?
  • Do you think children these days still play with those toys?
  • Should children be allowed to choose their toys?

 

WRITING PRACTICE QUESTIONS

Writing Task 1: Letter 

You traveled recently and have forgotten one of your bags on the bus. Write a letter to the bus company and:

  • describe the bag and where it was left
  • give details of the bag’s contents
  • suggest a way for the bag to be returned to you

 

Writing Task 2: Essay

Nowadays people who live in big cities are faced with different problems. Discuss the common problems these people encounter on a daily basis. Do you think it is a good idea for governments to encourage people to live in smaller towns? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of living in big cities and small towns.

IELTS Vocabulary: How to Effectively Describe a Book

WORDS TO DESCRIBE A BOOK

One of the most common IELTS Speaking Questions is related to books. Specifically, test takers are most of the time asked to describe a book they just read or talk about their favorite book.

Here are words and phrases you need to learn to effectively describe a book. Being able to correctly use these set of vocabulary during the IELTS Speaking Test will certainly give you a chance to get a high score.

There are 2 types of books: Fiction and Non-Fiction and there are many genres of books.

WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE GENRE OF THE BOOK

Travel Guide Novel
Self-help book Autobiography/Biography
Science Fiction (Sci-fi) Satire
Drama Romance
Horror Suspense
Thriller Health
Historical Comics
Journals Diaries
Religion, Spirituality & New Age Fantasy
Series Trilogy

 

ADJECTIVES FOR DESCRIBING A BOOK

POSITIVE NEGATIVE
Amusing Boring
Easy-to-read Hard-to-read
Brilliant Silly
Captivating Predictable
Gripping Confusing
Informative uninformative
Entertaining Inaccurate
Hilarious Complicated
Well-written Creepy
Deep Deceptive
Funny / Goofy Dreary
Action-packed Erratic
Addictive Gross
Astonishing Haunting
Inspiring Obnoxious
Adventurous Redundant
Breath-taking Terrifying
Charismatic Tragic
Futuristic
Goofy
Mystical

Read our sample responses to the IELTS Speaking Questions about Books in the link below:

IELTS VOCABULARY: HOW TO TALK ABOUT BOOKS

TIPS ON HOW TO STUDY FOR THE IELTS

We have been shopping around for the best IELTS preparation tips and we are glad we found this simple video from IELTS Simon of ielts-simon.com. We have summarized the 10 Tips he presented in this video as follow:

  1. Have a method
  2. Aim for small improvements at a time
  3. Spent more time preparing than testing yourself
  4. Understand vocabulary, not just use it.
  5. Learn from your mistakes
  6. Do not focus on difficult words and complex grammar
  7. Simply answer the question
  8. Learn topic vocabulary
  9. There is no secret in your IELTS success
  10. Spend your time working on your IELTS preparation, rather than worrying.

Simon explained these 10 IELTS Preparation Tips in detail in his video lesson. Click below to watch it.

TOP TIPS FOR IELTS PREPARATION

 

 

 

 

PRACTICE TEST QUESTIONS – ACADEMIC Set 2

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Hello There!

Here is set 2 of the IELTS Practice Questions for the Academic Module.

Speaking Questions

PART 1: INTERVIEW

  • What is your full name?
  • Can I see your ID?
  • Where are you from?
  • Do you work or study?
  • Do you live in a house or an apartment? Do you like it?
  • Do you have a mirror at home?
  • Do you often use a mirror?
  • Can mirrors be used to decorate a house?

 

PART 2: Cue Card (Long Turn)

Talk about a polite person that you know. Please say

  • Who this person is
  • How did you know him or her?
  • What makes him/her polite?

PART 3: Discussion

  • Do you consider yourself a polite person?
  • Do you think it is important to be polite?
  • What are the situations a person should show politeness?
  • Do you think the older generation is more polite than the younger generation? Why?
  • How do people in your country show respect to others?
  • Do you think older people should be polite to younger people? Why?

 

WRITING PRACTICE QUESTIONS

Writing Task 2: Essay

In order to promote their products, well-known companies sponsor sport events. Discuss the positive and negative effects of this to sports. Do you think the disadvantages outweigh the advantages of such events? Support your answer with examples from your own experience.