Many IELTS candidates tend to repeat the same simple words a lot when they speak. If you want to get a high band in the speaking test, you must try not to do this. The examiner wants to see that you have a wide vocabulary. Here are some words that I hear a lot: ‘also’, ‘in addition’, ‘interesting’, ‘actually’. In this post I will show you how you can avoid repeating these words.
Many candidates repeatedly use the word ‘also’ at the beginning of a sentence to give an additional point or idea. However, in English there are other words or phrases you can use, for example ‘on top of that’, ‘what’s more’, ‘apart from that’.
- I usually spend my free time listening to music. Apart from that, I like reading.
- My hometown is very safe. What’s more, it’s quiet and peaceful.
- I prefer to eat at home because I can cook well. On top of that, it’s much cheaper than eating out.
in addition, moreover, furthermore
Like ‘also’, some candidates overuse the connector ‘in addition’ when introducing an additional point or idea. They also think it will impress the examiner and help them to get a band 7. However, words and phrases like ‘in addition’, ‘moreover’ and ‘furthermore’ are actually quite formal and sound unnatural when used repeatedly in spoken English. Try to avoid using them in the speaking test.
Some candidates overuse the word ‘actually’. The word ‘actually’ in English should normally be used when you say something that is surprising or unexpected:
A: Do you enjoy your work?
B: Actually, I don’t work. I’m a student.
Many candidates overuse simple adjectives like ‘interesting‘, ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘tasty’, ‘important’. Try to practise using more precise words for describing people, things and situations.