IELTS Speaking 8.5 from Vietnam
Here is some of the great vocabulary that Phuc used in our IELTS mock test.
Currently, I’m a/an ____
✅ “Currently, I’m a teacher at IELTS Fighter”
Present Perfect Continuous + for (duration)
✅ “I’ve been doing so for the last couple of months”
Spark passion = motivate me
✅ “It’s absolutely my headteacher who has sparked the passion in me”
To believe in yourself = have confidence
✅ “… to believe more in myself and work my ass off”
A tropical nation = a tropical country
✅ “Vietnam is a tropical nation”
The pitter patter of the rain = the sound of rain
✅ “I love the pitter patter of the rain”
Torrential rain = heavy rain
✅ “I’ve never had a plan cancelled due to torrential rain”
Without a doubt = definitely
✅ “Without a doubt, [I am an ambitious person]”
Keeping moving = proceeding towards a goal
✅ “I think, I am always keeping moving towards the top”
Carve a niche = to create a secure position
✅ “I want to carve a niche for myself at this company”
Move up the ladder = advance in career
✅ “… to move up the ladder in the next few years”
Have a change of heart = a different opinion
✅ “However, as time went by, I had a change of heart”
To turn + age = to become + age
✅ “… when you turn 18”
To experience life first hand = doing things by yourself
✅ “I think it’s a wonderful thing to experience life first hand”
Face obstacles = encounter difficulties
✅ “Although you can face obstacles in life”
Be a better version of yourself = an improved self
✅ “At the end of the day, you will be a much better version of yourself”
The “in” thing = the popular thing to do
✅ “The “in” thing now is [to] relocate to
different cities and live on their own in search of work”
Of great importance = very important
✅ “So, communication skills skills is of great importance”
To cope with situations = deal effectively with something
✅ “… how to cope with situations that can be negative”
Anglophone nations = English-speaking countries
✅ “[Young Vietnamese people] are moving to anglophone nations”
To further one’s education = study at a higher level
✅ “They want to further their education
as well as experience a new life in a new country”
To make a difference = have an impact
✅ “They want to make a difference to not only themselves,
but also the world”
Here are Phuc’s main tips for the IELTS test.
IELTS Speaking and Vocabulary
Tip 1: Focus on what you are studying and do a lot of practice.
Tip 2: Practise speaking about a range of different subjects.
Tip 3: Learn collocations (Phuc recommends “Collocations in Use“).
Tip 1: Learn synonyms and do lots of practice tests.
Tip 2: Redo the practice tests again and again.
Tip 1: Write lots of practice essays and get these marked by experts.
Tip 2: Read articles related to common IELTS topics.
Tip 3: Practise writing under pressure.
Tip 4: Pay for some of your essays to be expertly assessed.
Tip 1: Understand the
Tip 2: Check your answers with the transcripts.