How to use idioms in the IELTS Speaking test
Hi everyone – this is Tony here from Succeed in IELTS.com, and today the topic is idioms again.
The best way to prepare idioms is to visualise exactly how you’ll use them in the exam. Do you remember how I used to put up with? If you don’t remember, you really should start using Anki. [see here]
Let’s look at the idiom, to take st/sb for granted- [look it up]
It means to not appreciate somebody or something, to expect someone or something to be always available, or to value someone or something too lightly. If you do someone a favour [idiom] once, they will appreciate it; but if you do it every day, sooner or later you'll be taken for granted.
For example, your mother might complain to you that you don’t appreciate all the hard work she does – she thinks you take her for granted.
You can use it to talk about any aspect of technology.
Q – The question could be about any almost any aspect of modern life. Are mobile phones popular in your country? [or the Q could be about computers, the internet, online shopping etc]
A Of course they are. As you’ve probably noticed [discourse marker], almost everyone has a smartphone these days, and they’re so popular that most people couldn’t imagine a day without them. I mean, mobiles are one aspect of daily life that most people completely take for granted. We never stop to think how lucky we are to have them.
As I said before, for every idiom you hope to use, you need to visualise using it. Just knowing the meaning is not enough to enable you to use it in the exam.
[If you're serious about succeeding in IELTS, I suggest you add the idioms to Anki to guarantee that you remember them forever, see my Anki post here.]
That’s all for today
Catch you later