In the IELTS speaking test, the examiner may ask you for your opinion on a particular topic. You may need to express opinions in part 1, part 2 or part 3 of the test.
Therefore, it is a good idea to learn some special phrases that you can use in your response.
Giving an opinion
Study these examples from different topic areas.
- In my opinion, good exercise and a healthy diet are important for a long life.
- I believe that many jobs are still more suited to men.
- Personally, I think that many jobs are still more suited to men.
- I feel that the gap between rich and poor is growing.
- From my point of view as a student, the cost of living in my city is very high.
- I find Indian food a bit too spicy.
Note: If you want to give an opinion that something is not true with I think, I feel, I believe …, you can say I don’t feel, I don’t believe, etc. For example:
- I don’t believe that there is enough gender equality.
- I don’t feel that the gap between rich and poor is growing.
The expressions below are slightly more advanced. Consider using them if you are aiming for band 7 or higher.
- I reckon an increasing number of people will be working from home in the future.
(informal, UK English)
- I’m utterly convinced that the government should do more to help the unemployed. (expresses a very strong opinion)
- I’m of the opinion that the government should do more to encourage environmentally-friendly transport.
- The way I see it, my country has too many public holidays.
- As far as I’m concerned, French cuisine is among the best in the world.