Useful phrases for IELTS speaking part 1 | Part 3

Hello; in this post, you will learn about the most common and useful phrases to use in IELTS speaking part 1 and part 3. By using these phrases correctly in your IELTS speaking exam, you can easily score a 7+ band score in the IELTS speaking exam.

Useful phrases for IELTS speaking part 1 and part 3 :

⇒ It/something appeals to me because instead of I like it because:

During your IELTS speaking exam you will definitely have questions about what you like and what you dislike in your IELTS speaking exam part 1 and part 3 and instead of simply saying I like something or I love something you can use the phrase something appeals to me because.


For example, Swimming appeals to me because it's such a great way to relieve stress


⇒ I get a lot of pleasure out of doing something instead of I like to do something:

Instead of saying I like taking my swimming lessons you could say I get a lot of pleasure out of taking my swimming lessons.

⇒ To be keen to do something:

Use this phrase in IELTS speaking exam to express show that you are enthusiastic about something.

For example: I was keen on going to the party but two centimeters of snow fell in London and trains didn't run that happens every winter.

⇒  I’m not keen on doing something:

For example, I'm not keen on doing household works so we have house helpers.

You can use keen as an adjective for example I'm a keen swimmer or I'm a keen supporter of cricket.


⇒ To be fond of something/ to be fond of something:

This phrase can be used in the IELTS speaking exam to show that you've liked something or you enjoyed doing something.

For example:  unlike most people, I'm not fond of chocolate at all 

You can also use this phrase to talk about people I'm really fond of my uncle but I'm not fond of my neighbor at all.


⇒ To grow fond of:

if you begin to like something over time you can say to grow fond

For example: I have grown fond of reading a newspaper.

Useful IELTS speaking part 1 Phrases to ask for clarification:

In IELTS speaking sometimes you fails to understand the question asked by the examiner, in such scenario don’t get afraid and use the following phrases in IELTS speaking part 1 and part 3 to ask examiner to repeat the question. 


⇒ Sorry I didn't quite catch that /  could you say that again:

For example: oh, sorry I didn't catch what you asked or could you say that again, please.


Phrases to provide clarification


 What I'm trying to say:

For instance: New York is green well, what I'm trying to say is a dark-brown bridge is used everywhere.

What I mean is:

For example, I don't like to do exercise every morning, what I mean is I don't get enough time to do exercise every day that's why I don't prefer it.


If you are not sure what to say, use this phrase in your IELTS speaking:


⇒ That's a difficult question:

For example: well, that’s a difficult question for me because I have never been to a gym.

⇒ I never thought about it before but I guess:

For example: I have never thought about it before but I guess parents should focus more on developing their child’s interpersonal skills.

Note: if you don't know what to say try not to keep quiet say something

Sometimes you really don't know what to say, but you can use two phrases in IELTS speaking exam together that's quite a difficult question I've never thought about it before but I guess and hopefully by that time you will find an idea.


Phrases to Agreeing with something:

Sometimes you may be required to agree or disagree with a certain opinion and you could say I couldn't agree more or I totally agree or simply say absolutely or definitely.


 I couldn't agree more:

For example: I couldn't agree more with the notion that women are not independent

 I totally agree:

For example: I completely agree that environmental condition is deteriorating day by day.

⇒ Absolutely:

For example: Absolutely, people should avoid junk food.


For example: definitely, measures to stop crime should be implemented.

⇒ I tend to agree  that:

For example: I tend to agree that people should pay taxes.

Useful IELTS speaking part 1 Phrases for Disagreeing with something:

In IELTS speaking exam part 1 and part 3, examiners often ask you questions about whether you agree with something or not. in that case you should use the following phrases in IELTS speaking part 1 and part 3.

That's one way of looking at it/however That's not always true:

For example: some people say that getting an education is the best way to prepare for the future however that's not always true in some situations hands-on experience is much more valuable.

⇒ Expressing your opinion, not the fact:

if you're expressing your opinion or you're simply not sure if something is true or not you could say as far as I'm concernedas I see it or as far as I know.

⇒ As far as I am concerned:

For example: as far as I’m concerned, the government should implement more measures to protect animals.

⇒ As far as I know:

For example: global warming is a recent problem as far as I know.

As I see it:

For example: many children across the world are deprived of nutrition as I see it.

if you're not sure about something you could also say I suppose or I would imagine

for example: I'm not sure if it's true but I would imagine so many scientists can't be wrong.

Useful IELTS speaking part 1 phrases to express facts

In IELTS speaking part 3, you need to express facts and for that, you can use the following phrases in IELTS speaking part 3.

⇒ I'm convinced:

For example: I'm convinced that global warming is a real issue

⇒ There's no other way:

For example: we have to cut down on our use of plastic but there is no other way.

⇒ I've never really thought about it well:

if you get an unexpected question you could say I've never really thought about it well

For example: what is your favorite wild animal. I could say well I've never really thought about it but I'm quite fond of big cats.

 Phrases to Conclude your answer

If you're about to finish your task - before the examiner stops you it's good to indicate that you're about to finish then you could say to sum up or to wrap up

For example: to wrap up I'm really fond of Miami because of its diversity and tropical climate.

FAQs on the use of phrases in IELTS speaking: 

Can idioms be used in IELTS speaking?

Definitely, you can use idioms in IELTS speaking exam. Idioms are used informally most of the time and should therefore not be used in the IELTS writing test. Spoken English is normally much less formal than academic written English, so it is fine to use them in the speaking test.

Here is the list of 32 most useful idioms for the IELTS speaking exam.


Can I use slang in IELTS speaking?

IELTS speaking examination is a simple question-answer session between the examiner and the candidate. The use of slang in the IELTS speaking exam is not recommended because it can cause confusion to the examiner which leads to decreased band score. So, try to do plain English conversation with the examiner.

Get recent IELTS speaking cue-cards with sample answers

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