Five useful tips and techniques for IELTS speaking.
1) Do not complicate your answers -
Do not complicate your answers by trying to stuff in idioms, expressions and overthinking. This can cause you to sound confused, have lots more hesitation and reduce your level of fluency.
2) Always paraphrase -
Always paraphrase your answers - here are some examples below.
What do you think the food in your country?
I think the food in my country is.....
Can you tell me about the city you live in?
I live in........
Can you tell me about your hobbies?
My hobbies are .....
What are some good outdoor hobbies?
Some good outdoor hobbies are/may be....
Paraphrasing is an excellent technique and helps you to perfect your answers to almost 80 percent of the time. This is an absolutely excellent way to improve your IELTS speaking and aim for a band 7 or higher!
Always use clear grammar! You need very clear basic grammar or you will get marked down. Even if you use higher level vocabulary or expressions, but have some issues like basic grammar - for example plurals or articles, which are the two most common ones. You will get marked down. Pronunciation and your accent should also be clear. You should practice this regularly.
4) Talk loud enough, but do not shout
Do make sure you talk loud enough, but do not shout. You have to talk loud enough, so the examiner can hear you clearly.
5) Avoid using new words or expressions, but do use expressions and idioms
Idioms and expressions are great, but only use them if you are confident you are using them correctly, as you could get marked down if you use them incorrectly. The exam is not the time to try out new idioms or expressions you are unfamiliar with.
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