Building Your Vocabulary

In IELTS it’s important to demonstrate a range of language.

I’ve banned discouraged my students from using the following:

  • Good ❌
  • Bad ❌
  • Things ❌
  • Stuff ❌
  • Nice ❌

Of course native speakers use these all the time. I’m guilty of this too – I had a nice weekend, my lunch was good, and I need to pick up some things from the supermarket later…

Try, instead, to find a topic specific word or a high quality synonym.

Be aware of your usage of these words as you prepare for the exam.

As you build your vocabulary you’ll be able to find suitable alternatives.

Tip: Remember to review vocabulary regularly, and, of course, use it in your speaking and writing practice.no_stuff_etc

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