One of the best ways to show a high level of English is by correctly using a wide range of idioms. While they are a great way to boost your IELTS speaking score, integrating idioms seamlessly into your language can be challenging, and if they are used incorrectly they can easily sound out of place and hurt your score.
What is an idiom? An idiom is a commonly used word or phrase with a meaning that is not the same as the words in the phrase mean when used alone. It is defined by the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary as: ‘a group of words used together with a meaning that you cannot guess from the meanings of the separate words’.
In the IELTS speaking test correct use of idioms is an excellent way to improve your score. However, make sure that you fully understand how to use the idiom and that the idiom is one that is commonly used. Below I’ve listed three very commonly used idioms that work well in the IELTS speaking test along with example sentences.
From time to time /frɒmtaɪmtətaɪm/ – sometimes; occasionally but not often.
From time to time I play football. I like to eat chocolate from time to time.
Stay in touch /steɪɪntʌtʃ/ – to maintain communications with someone.
Although my friend lives in a different country, we stay in touch with each other by using the internet. I don’t stay in touch with my ex girlfriend.
Under the weather /ʌndəðəweðə/ – not completely healthy; unwell.
I felt under the weather when I took the test because I had a cold. The woman looked under the weather yesterday.
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