How to use idioms in the IELTS Speaking test
Hi Everyone – this is Tony here from Succeed in IELTS.com, and I’d like to talk about idioms again.
As I said before [here] you need some less common and idiomatic language [among other things] to get a 7 for lexical resource.
I also pointed out that you best way to prepare idioms is to visualise exactly how you’ll use them in the exam. Do you remember how I used to get away with? If you don’t remember, you really should start using Anki. [see here]
Let’s do another phasal verb - to put up with - [look it up]
Q – The question could be talk about a family member / a friend / a person you know / a time you did something wrong / talk about an event
The person I’m going to talk about is my uncle Galahad, who I lived with when I was at university, and who is usually quite a tolerant person. However, there are some things he won’t tolerate. For example, he doesn’t drink at all, so when he saw me a bit drunk after a friend’s wedding, he made it quite clear to me that this was totally unacceptable and that he wouldn't put up with it. I was grounded [idiomatic vocabulary] for a week. That meant I had to be home by 6pm every evening, so as you can imagine, [discourse marker] I learned my lesson [idiomatic vocabulary]
[Instead of drinking you could use being dishonest / unpunctuality / being rude]
In conclusion, for every idiom you hope to use, you need to visualise using it. Just knowing meaning is not enough to enable you to use it in the exam.
If you're serious about succeeding in IELTS, work out a context for every idiom you hope to use in the speaking test, and add them to Anki to guarantee that you remember them forever. [See my Anki post here.]
That’s all for today
Catch you later
See more idioms and phrasal verbs here
More about to put up with (Youtube video)