IELTS Speaking- Phrases

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Useful phrases for IELTS speaking
With a partner, brainstorm at least two phrases into each of the categories below.
Checking understanding of the question 

Pausing for thought

Sounding unsure

Giving examples

Generalising

 

Checking that you are answering/ have answered the question

Not answering the question

Starting the Part Two presentation

Having no more to say

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011

Compare your answers to the suggested answers below.

Checking understanding of the question 
“Do you mean…?”
“Sorry, I didn’t catch the last word of the question.”
“Can I ask about a word in the question?”
“Should I talk about Japan, or the country that I come from?”

Pausing for thought
“Let me think.”
“Let me see.” 
“That’s a difficult question.”
“I’ve never really thought about that before.”

Sounding unsure
“ I don’t remember very well, but…”
“The first thing that comes to mind is…”
“I don’t know a lot about this, but I guess…”
“I’m no expert on this, but I would imagine…”

Giving examples
“For example,…”
“One example of what I am talking about is…” 

Generalising
“Most people my age think…”
 
Checking that you are answering/ have answered the question
“Sorry, what was the question again?”
“Does that answer your question?”
“What’s the other thing I was supposed to talk about? Let me see. Here it is…”

Not answering the question
“Sorry, I still don’t really understand what you mean.”
“I’m afraid I really don’t know.”
“I can’t really remember.” 

Starting the Part Two presentation
“I’d like to talk about…”
“I’m going to speak about…”

Having no more to say
“I think I’ve answered all the questions.”
“That’s all I can think of to say on the topic.”
“That’s the end of my presentation.”

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011