Speaking for IELTS – illustrate your adjectives

Speaking for IELTS – illustrate your adjectives

How to use adjectives in the IELTS speaking test.

How to get a higher band score in the IELTS speaking test by illustrating your adjectives


Valentino Rossi IELTS Speaking  Part 2 Band score 7


I recently talked about illustrating your ideas in speaking part 3 in my post about not giving boring lists.   I have a similar idea today when it comes to [idiom] adjectives.  This is especially useful in speaking part 2 if you're talking about a person, but you can use it at any time in any topic.

If you use an adjective, illustrate it with extra relevant information.  So, don't just tell the examiner that your father is intelligent - say something else - like everyone goes to him for advice.  Or – maybe he gets all the answers when he watches Who wants to be a millionaire.

Here are some examples.

The reason why motorbikes are so popular here is that they are cheap - almost everyone can afford to buy one and it doesn’t cost much to run one [ie the day-to-day cost is low]


Another reason why there are so many mororbikes here is that they're convenient - in fact they're the best way of getting from a to b [idiom]

Most girls prefer automatics [ie automatic motorbikes] because they're easier to ride and they can keep their handbags under the seat.

 I find programmes like Masterchef really helpful -it gives me great ideas for things to cook for my family.

My friend said it was an interesting film because it stimulated her imagination and made her think in a different way.

You can also use this technique if you accidentally use a boring adjective.

My mother is rather fat - which is strange because she's the only member of our family who's overweight.

 It was a very good film - the best I've seen so far this year  

This technique will

  • make your answers more interesting
  • ensure that the examiner knows you understand the meaning of the adjective
  • make your speaking more fluent – you are more likely to persuade the examiner that you can speak at length without noticeable effort.

Speaking  - Fluency and Coherence  Band Score 7

Speaking - Fluency and Coherence
Band Score 7

If you're serious about succeeding in IELTS, learn to illustrate your adjectives by giving some extra information.  Let me know what you think below.


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