BULATS Speaking- Vocabulary


Vocabulary for talking about yourself in the BULATS exam

Vocabulary for BULATS Speaking Part One

Without looking at the phrases below, listen to your teacher and guess which typical BULATS Speaking Part One topic he or she is talking about.

Sports and exercise


Hometown and accommodation


Free time (evenings and days off/ hobbies and interests)


Work or studies


Future plans


Holidays and travel


Match those topics to the vocabulary below.

Self-employed/ Middle manager/ Department/ Section/ Division/ Branch/ Subsidiary/ Parent company/ HQ/ Overtime/ Freelance/ Set up my own company/ Go it alone/ Role/ Responsibilities/ Clerk/ Staff/ Office worker/ Employee


Village/ City centre/ Suburbs/ Commuter town/ Apartment block/ Company accommodation/ Move/ Rent/ Shared house/ Housemate/ Brought up/ Grow up/ Birthplace/ Satellite town/ Rural/ Green spaces/ Downtown/ Studio (flat)/ Dorm


Ultimately/ Eventually/ Retire/ Retirement/ In ten years/ In twelve years’ time/ In the next few years/ Soon/ Long term/ Short term/ Plan/ Predict/ Prediction/ Intend/ Would like/ Distant future/ Near future/ Later


Daytrip/ City break/ Winter sun/ Vacation/ Bank holiday/ Annual leave/ Long weekend/ Abroad/ Overseas/ Take a trip/


Fit/ Fitness/ Work out/ Keep fit/ Gym/ Spectator/ Stadium/


Leisure/ Stay in/ Go out/ Eat in/ Eat out/ Day off/ Interests/ Have a lie in/ To be into…/ Keen on/ Catch up on my sleep/ Stay in/ Window shopping/ Meet up/ Hang out with/ Fan/ Fanatic/ Do the housework/ Go shopping/ Do the shopping/

Clean my room/ Tidy my room/ Relax


Test each other in pairs.


Typical BULATS Speaking Part One confusions

What are the differences (of meaning and/ or grammar) between the following phrases?

Work vocabulary

  • Part time job/ Temporary job
  • Full time job/ Permanent job
  • Casual worker/ Freelancer
  • Salaryman/ Office worker
  • Office worker/ Businessman
  • Manager/ Executive (= Director)
  • Boss/ Line manager
  • Job/ Work
  • Staff/ Employee
  • Overtime/ Overwork
  • Have my own business/ Work on my own
  • New recruit/ Freshman (= Fresher)


Accommodation vocabulary

  • An apartment/ A mansion
  • An apartment/ A condo(minium)
  • A flat (= An apartment)/ A block of flats (= An apartment block/ An apartment building)


Sports and exercise vocabulary

  • Go/ Play/ Do


Future plans vocabulary

  • In three days/ Three days after (= Three days later)


Holiday and travel vocabulary

  • A trip/ To trip


Free time vocabulary

  • Play with my friends/ Hang out with my friends/ Meet up with my friends/ Go out with my friends
  • A female friend/ A girlfriend
  • Look at/ Watch
  • Appointment/ Date/ Arrangement/ Meeting
  • Holiday/ Day off
  • Window shopping/ Do the shopping/ Go shopping
  • Do the washing (= Do the laundry)/ Do the washing up (= Do the dishes)
  • Flatmates/ Roommates/ House mates
  • Wake up/ Get up
  • Hobby/ Interest
  • Have a lie in/ Oversleep
  • Drama/ Soap opera

What are the missing prepositions below?

  • I just hung around _____ home
  • A weekend _______
  • Have a lie _____/ Interested ______/ What do you like doing _____ your free time?/ Do you prefer to go out or stay at home _____ the evening?/ Stay ______/ I’m really _____to F1
  • How do you usually spend your days _________?
  • _________ Sundays/ Keen ________/ Go ________ a trip
  • Do you often eat ______?/ Go ________ for a drink/ Get _______ of town for the weekend
  • Are there any new leisure activities you would like to take _____?/ Catch _______ on my sleep
  • What did you do _____________ last weekend?/ Do you have any plans for _______________ next weekend?
  • Spend time __________ my friend

Hint 1: They are arranged into groups with the same preposition missing from all the examples 

Hint2: The missing prepositions are in alphabetical order.

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