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…|
Why don’t we try to answer some sample IELTS Speaking Questions which require our opinion?
- In terms of expressing your opinion, there is no right or wrong answer in the IELTS exam. You will be assessed based on your language skills, not on the accuracy of your knowledge about the topic.
- It is better to express a lack of opinion than to keep silent during the speaking test. Use the expressions we laid out above.
- It will help if you explain why you do not have any idea about the question. For example, you may say: “I’m afraid I have limited ideas about traditional music as I am not interested in that area at all.”
SAMPLE QUESTIONS AND RESPONSES: EXPRESSING OPINION AND THE LACK OF
- How can the type of school you go to affect career success?
I strongly believe that a person’s choice of school has a strong impact in his or her future career. These days, it is imperative to get into the best universities to ensure a slot in the best companies in the country.
- What kind of art is most interesting?
I am afraid I cannot talk much about art as I have not been really keen on this subject ever. I have observed though that in my circle of friends, tattoo art seems to be trendy.
- Why do people watch television serials?
I would say that watching television serials is a common form of entertainment and relaxation for average people these days. My grandparents for example sit on the couch for hours, watching three consecutive TV serials every single day.
- How important are role models?
Personally, I think that having a role model is essential in ensuring future success in any area. These people, whether they are family members, celebrities or experts in their chosen fields, are valuable sources of inspiration and guidance for those who adore them.
Here are other Speaking Questions you can practice with. Good luck!
- Do you think the transport system in your country will improve in the future?
- In what way does advertising influence what people buy?
- What do you think are the typical character traits of people from your country?
- Do you think all successful people are happy?
- What types of sport do you think are better, team sports or individual sports?
- What do you think is better — public or private transport? Why?
- Has the level of crime in your country changed in recent years? How?
- Why do countries have national holidays?
- Have shopping habits changed over recent years? How?
- Why do many young girls want to become models?