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”

Learn more advanced vocabulary in my IELTS Vocabulary Course!


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“).

IETS Reading

Tip 1: Learn synonyms and do lots of practice tests.

Tip 2: Redo the practice tests again and again.

IELTS Writing

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.

IELTS Listening

Tip 1: Understand the
test format.

Tip 2: Check your answers with the transcripts.


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