In the IELTS Speaking test, the examiner may ask you about your everyday life. You will often hear these kinds of questions in Part 1 but sometimes in Parts 2 and 3. When talking about everyday activities, candidates often make make mistakes with collocations (words that naturally go together).
In the table below, I present some common verb + noun collocations.
|have||breakfast/lunch/dinner/a party/a bath/a shower/a haircut|
|make||the bed/phone calls/a decision/an appointment|
|do||homework/some work/the washing/the dishes|
|take||a break/a taxi/a rest/a test/an exam/notes|
|keep||a diary/a promise/a secret/in touch|
|get||a job/married/divorced/pregnant/home/to work|
Here are some examples of these collocations from Part 1 of the Speaking test.
Examiner: What do you do every morning?
Candidate: Well, I get up around 7am. I have a shower, get dressed, have breakfast and then leave for work around 8am.
Examiner: What are your plans for next year?
Candidate: Well, next year, I intend to get married. And after that, we are going to look for an appropriate house to buy.
Examiner: How do you get to work every day?
Candidate: Well, I usually get to work by bus. But if I’m late, I’ll take a taxi.