IELTS Speaking Part Two- Presentations Vocab

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Useful Language for IELTS Part Two Tasks on People, Places, Actions, Times & 
Things

Brainstorm useful words and phrases for IELTS Speaking Part Two into these categories:

People
Ways of describing ages/ stages of life:
Ways of describing bodies:
Ways of describing hair:
Ways of describing faces:
Relationships:
Positive personality words:
Negative personality words:

Places
Parts of a town/ city:
Buildings in towns/ cities:
Buildings in the countryside: 
Materials for making buildings: 
Positive adjectives for places:
Negative adjectives for places:
Ways places can make people feel

Actions
Housework: 
Actions connected to work: 
Actions connected to study: 
Things to do in the evening at home: 
Things to do at the weekend at home: 
Adverbs of manner: 

Times
Future
Ways of talking about future times:
Ways of talking about how you feel about the future: 
Present
Ways of talking about present routines:
Past
Past time expressions:
Verb forms to talk about the past: 

Things
Materials:
Positive adjectives to describe things:
Negative adjectives to describe things:

Compare your answers with the next page. Are any of your ideas not on that list? 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012

Useful Language for IELTS Part Two Tasks on People, Places, Actions, Times & 
Things 

Suggested answers

People
Ways of describing ages/ stages of life:
 baby, toddler, teenager, tween, middle aged, 
retired/ elderly
Ways of describing bodies: fat/ cubby/ plump/ big-boned, skinny/ slim/ thin/ bony, lanky, 
tall, short, medium height, medium build, muscular
Ways of describing hair: dark/ black/ dark brown, fair/ blonde/ red/ ginger, straight, curly, 
wavy, neck length, shoulder length, cropped, spiky, permed, dyed, grey, greying
Ways of describing faces: - round, square, narrow, plump/ chubby, wrinkled, tanned, 
freckly
Relationships: _____-in-law, stepmother/father, cousin, fiancé/ fiancée, partner, great 
grandparent, niece/ nephew, distant relation, ancestor, great uncle/ aunt, acquaintance, 
workmate/ colleague/ co-worker, classmate, drinking buddy, fellow alumni
Positive personality words: determined, ambitious, reliable, trustworthy, friendly, sociable, 
optimistic, honest
Negative personality words: stubborn, pushy, bossy, unreliable, unsociable, a loner, 
pessimistic

Places
Parts of a town/ city: city centre/ downtown, High Street/ Main Street, suburbs, outskirts, 
business district, industrial estate, housing estate
Buildings in towns/ cities: apartment, (terraced/ semi-detached/ detached/ shared) house, 
hostel, hotel, B&B, (student) halls/ dorm(itory), condo(minium), high rise, tower block, 
Buildings in the countryside: cottage, barn
Materials for making buildings: brick, wood, tile, concrete, stone
Positive adjectives for places: peaceful, green, beautiful/ stunning, safe, clean
Negative adjectives for places: ugly, noisy, polluted, dangerous, chaotic
Ways places can make people feel: nostalgic, comfortable, at home, awe-inspired, 
impressed, fascinated

Actions
Housework: do the washing/ laundry, do the cleaning/ dusting/ hoovering/, do the washing 
up/ dishes, tidy up, take out the rubbish, hang out the washing, do the ironing, spring clean
Actions connected to work: commute, write, meet, arrange
Actions connected to study: revise, make notes, underline, use a highlighter pen
Things to do in the evening at home: watch TV/ channel hopping, watch a movie/ go to the 
cinema, go to bed early, social networking, surfing the internet
Things to do at the weekend at home: do the housework, have a lie-in/ catch up on my 
sleep, gardening, DIY
Adverbs of manner: quickly, briefly, half-heartedly, thoroughly

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012

Times
Future
Ways of talking about future times: tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, next week/ month/ 
year, the… after next, in… days/ weeks/ years
Ways of talking about how you feel about the future: look forward to, dread, expect, hope, 
would like/ want, plan to, have arranged to
Present
Ways of talking about present routines: once a day/ week/ month/ year, once every two/ 
three/ four…s, rarely, almost always
Past
Past time expressions: yesterday, the day before yesterday, last_____, the _____ before 
last, _____ ago
Verb forms to talk about the past: would, used to, was/ were going to, was/ were + ing

Things
Materials: plastic, wood, paper, leather, metal
Positive adjectives to describe things: useful, compact, good value, hard-wearing, classic, 
fashionable, user-friendly
Negative adjectives to describe things: bulky, complicated, expensive, fake, fragile

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012