In the IELTS Speaking test, you don’t need an opinion on everything. In this post, I’m going to present a simple phrase that you can use if the examiner asks you about a topic that you have never thought about. If you are ready to answer in this way, you will not feel so nervous before your test.
Giving a weak opinion
Sometimes the examiner asks questions about things that you are not interested in or have never thought about. Or perhaps even questions that you think are ‘stupid’. When this happens in real life, we often give a weak opinion using a phrase like ‘I guess …‘
Here are some examples:
A: Have shopping habits changed in your country in recent years?
B: Hmm..I’ve never really thought about that. I guess they have changed a little.
A: What’s the most difficult aspect of learning English?
B: Umm, let me think. I guess phrasal verbs are quite hard.
A: What indoor games are popular in your country?
B: Errr…I don’t really know. I guess chess is pretty popular.