IELTS SPEAKING VOCABULARY WORDS
IELTS SPEAKING VOCABULARY WORDS | When you are appearing in your Ielts speaking exams,the basic Ielts speaking vocabulary you should need to know as generally Ielts examiner asks for these following types of topics,if you learn this vocabulary , you can get your topic explained more at great length.
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Travel Vocabulary Words
Book: as opposed to the noun (reading material), this verb means to arrange and confirm a place on a flight, a room in a hotel or a ticket for an event in the future.
Depart: to go away or leave, especially on a journey.
Arrive: to reach a place, especially at the end of a journey.
Reservation: an arrangement in which something like a seat on a plane or a table in a restaurant is kept for you.
Leaflet: a small piece of paper that gives you information or advertises something.
full-board: if you request ‘full-board’ at a hotel, that would include all three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the price of your accommodation.
self-catering: a holiday deal where meals are not provided.
accommodation: a room or building in which you stay during holidays or live.
all holiday: a time after you lost your job.
all-inclusive: a hotel deal where the price includes accommodation, meals and drinks at any time.
half-board: if you request ‘half-board’ at a hotel, breakfast and dinner would be included in the hotel price (as part of the package).
check-in desk: the place at the airport where you register for your flight and deposit your luggage.
Destination: the place where someone is going, or something is being sent or taken.
Complimentary: if tickets books or any other items are complimentary, it means they are given free, especially by a business.
All-Inclusive: Including everyone or everything. In holiday terms, this would refer to a hotel deal where the price usually includes accommodation, meals and drinks (any extra activities or facilities would be charged separately).
Travel Agency: a company or shop that makes travel arrangements for people.
Ticket: a small piece of paper or card given to someone, usually to show that they have paid for an event, journey or activity.
Brochure: a type of small magazine that contains pictures and information about a product or a company.
far-off destination: a distant place.
getting away from it all: escaping in order to rest from a daily routine.
go off the beaten track: to visit an uncommon place.
guided tour: a tour in which a group of people is guided by an expert.
head for: go in a direction for.
to book (something): to arrange and confirm a place on a flight, a room in a hotel or a ticket for an event in the future.
tourist attractions: places which tourists tend to visit.
tourist trap: place with many tourists.
travel agency: a shop that specializes in booking holidays.
Travel Documents: all the necessary documents you would need to take with you on a holiday i.e. passport or ID card, driving license, flight/bus/ train tickets, visa confirmation etc.
Outbound: travelling away from a particular place, usually the first half of a journey.
Inbound: travelling towards a particular place, especially when returning to the original point of departure.
Two-way, Return Ticket (UK), Round Trip (US): a ticket that allows someone to travel to a place and back again.
One-way, Single Ticket: a ticket that allows a passenger to travel only to his/her destination, without returning.
Transport: (verb trans-PORT) to take or carry goods or people from one place to another. (noun TRANS-port) A system or means of conveying people or goods from place to place by means of a vehicle, aircraft or ship.
Splash out: a phrasal verb (mainly used in British English) meaning to spend money freely
wildlife safari: an observational holiday, mainly in Africa.
youth hostel: a cheap hotel.
breathtaking view: an amazing view.
busman’s holiday: when you spend your free time similarly to the time when you work.
charter flight: a cheap regular flight.
holiday brochure: a publication with details of holiday.
holiday destination: where you go for a holiday.
holiday of a lifetime: a very special holiday, once in a lifetime.
holiday resort (tourist resort): a place where lots of people go for a holiday.
hordes of tourists: crowds of tourists.
Hordes of tourist can be seen during summer near the city park.
local crafts: thighs made in the region.
out of season: not within the main holiday period.
passport control: a place where you get your passport checked.
Camping: the activity of spending a holiday (vacation) living in a tent or campervan.
Backpacking: to travel or hike carrying one’s belongings in a backpack.
Transfer: the act of moving someone or something from one place to another.
Budget Holiday: (adjective) meaning inexpensive.
package tour: a holiday at a fixed price in which the travel company arranges your travel, hotels, and sometimes meals for you:
picturesque village: a nice, beautiful village.
Full-Board: if you request ‘full-board’ at a hotel, that would include all three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the price of your accommodation.
Self-Catering: if you stay in self-catering accommodation, you would be in a place where you are provided with the facilities to prepare and cook your own meals.
Accommodation: a room or building in which someone may live or stay. Different types of accommodation include apartments, hotels, guesthouses and backpacking hostels.
Vacation: the American term for ‘holiday’.
places of interest: memorable and honorable places.
short break: a little holiday.
stunning landscape: a beautiful countryside.
to go sightseeing: to go visiting sights of interest.
to travel on foot / horse
to travel by bus / plane / car / bicycle / motorcycle
Last Minute Deals: these are promotions that are advertised at the latest possible time for those who are more spontaneous!
Promotion: publicising a product to increase sales or public awareness.
Package Deal: an offer or agreement involving a number of related items or the acceptance of one being dependent on acceptance of another.
Half-Board: if you request ‘half-board’ at a hotel, breakfast and dinner would be included in the hotel price (as part of the package).
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Health Vocabulary Words
abnormal:not typical or usual or regular
abstinence:the trait of refraining from something, especially alcohol
accessible:capable of being reached
accuracy:the quality of being near to the true value
impediment: a physical defect that hinders normal or easy speech.
epidemic: when disease spreads very quickly and effects a large number of people.
painkillers: medicine for dealing with pain.
rehab: a course of treatment for drug or alcohol or any other dependence.
to diagnose: to recognise an illness by examining the patient.
to stutter: to talk with a continued accidental repetition of sounds.
addict: a person, who is obsessed (addicted) by (to) something, drugs or alcohol, for example.
a check-up: an examination done by a doctor.
addictive:causing or characterized by addiction
adulthood:the period of time in life after physical growth has stopped
advocate:a person who pleads for a person, cause, or idea
aerobics:exercise that increases the need for oxygen
affect:have an influence upon
a runny nose: a nose that has liquid coming out of it.
chronic disease: a type of disease that continues to occur for a long time.
alive and kicking: to continue being well and healthy.
to break a habit: to stop doing something that is a habit, especially something bad or harmful.
breath:the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing
calcium:a white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light
calorie:unit of heat raising 1 gram of water by 1 degree centigrade
to black out: to lose consciousness.
to be under the weather: to feel ill.
to phone in sick: to call your superior to inform him/her that you are sick and won’t be at work for some time.
sick as a dog = to be at death’s door: very sick.
white as a sheet: can be sad about a very pale person.
blood:the fluid that is pumped through the body by the heart
blood pressure:the pressure of the circulating blood against the walls of the blood vessels; results from the systole of the left ventricle of the heart; sometimes measured for a quick evaluation of a person’s health
body:an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Friends Related Vocabulary Words
to get on like a house on fire: people get on like a house on fire when they like each other’s company and become friends very quickly.
to get on well with somebody: to have a good relationship with somebody.
to get to know someone: to become acquainted with someone.
to have a lot in common: to have similar interests.
to have friends in high places: to have friends in powerful positions in business or government.
to hit it off with somebody: to quickly become close friends with somebody.
to keep in touch with someone: to maintain contact with someone.
to lose touch with someone: to lose contact with someone.
to see eye to eye: to agree.
to be through thick and thin: to have some good times and difficult times together.
to be well-matched: to be similar to somebody in interests.
to break up: to end a relationship.
to drift apart: to become less close to someone.
to fall for someone (to fall in love with someone): to start loving somebody.
to fall out with: to quarrel, to have a conflict.
ups and downs: a mixture of good and bad things that happen.
close friend: a very good friend.
fair-weather friend: someone who is your friend only when you are cheerful and successful.
get in touch with somebody: to contact somebody.
near and dear to someone: very important to someone.
shoulder to cry on: someone who is always ready to listen to your problems.
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Films ,Media And Books Related Vocabulary Words
abby singer (shot):a nickname for the second-to-last production shot of the day; the name was attributed to famed American production manager and assistant film director Abby Singer between the 1950s-1980s; the last shot of the day is known as the martini shot
thought-provoking: a book or film that makes you think of new ideas or that changes your attitude to something
action movie: film with fast moving scenes, often containing violence.
abstract (form):a type of film that rejects traditional narrative in favor of using poetic form (color, motion, sound, irrational images, etc.) to convey its meaning or feeling; aka non-linear; see also avant-garde
bedtime reading: a book you read in your bed before going to sleep.
box office hit: a very successful movie, in terms of money.
e-reader: a gadget for reading books.
from cover to cover: from the first page to the last.
hardcover: a book with hard cover. Opposite to softcover.
page turner: a book which is so good that you cannot stop reading it.
plot: a storyline of a book or film.
creepy: producing a sensation of uneasiness or fear, scary.
dreary: gloomy or depressing.
entertaining: funny and enjoyable.
futuristic: telling about the future.
heartbreaking: that breaks your heart and evokes sad emotions.
inspirational: evoking inspiration.
intense: a book or film loaded with actions and emotions that evokes strong feelings.
tear-jerking: tragic, making you cry.
to know like a book: to know something extremely well.
to read between the lines: to understand the hidden meaning about something.
subordinate plot (subplot): a plot that is related to, but less important than the main plot of a story.
threadbare plot: a simple, primitive plot.
unravelling of the plot: the way in which a story develops over time.
to catch the latest movie: to see a movie that has just come out.
to flick through: to look quickly through a book.
action-packed: full of action.
addictive: a book or film that you quickly become addicted to.
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Foods Related Vocabulary Words
processed food: food that has been modified in an undesirable or unhealthy way to achieve its current state.
quality justifies the bill: when a product is worth buying due its good quality, even if it’s expensive.
quick snack: a light and quick meal, usually unhealthy.
ready meal: a meal that you buy already cooked, which only requires reheating to be eaten.
restrain one’s hunger: to avoid eating when you really want to. Usually practiced during diets.
slap-up meal: a quick and fatty meal. To slap up means to cook something very quickly.
starving hungry: to be extremely hungry.
dine in: dine at home.
dine out: dine at a restaurant.
fussy eater: someone who is very picky about the food and doesn’t eat everything.
home-cooked food: food cooked at home, usually implies that food is healthy.
in a walking distance of: close to.
Italian cuisine: traditional Italian food. You can also say French cuisine, Russian cuisine, Chinese cuisine and so on.
more of a chore than a pleasure: something you do rather unwillingly.
mouth-watering: delicious, appetizing.
nutritious products: products rich in calories.
take-away: a meal prepared in a café/restaurant and eaten at home.
to be dying of hunger: an exaggerated way of saying you are really hungry.
to foot the bill: to pay the bill.
to grab a bite to eat: to eat something quickly.
to have a sweet tooth: to enjoy eating sweet food.
to overeat oneself: eat too much, eat immodestly.
to play with your food: to push food around the plate without eating it.
to spoil your appetite: to do something that would hinder your desire to eat.
to tuck into: to eat something greedily and with pleasure.
to wine and dine: to banquet, to “entertain with good food”. If you wine and dine someone, you usually take him out to dinner at a fancy restaurant.
to work up an appetite: to do something that will lead to hunger.
to be full-up: to eat to the point that you can’t eat anymore.
to be ravenous (to have ravenous appetite): to be really hungry, starving, voracious.
to be starving hungry: an exaggerated way of saying you are very hungry.
to bolt something down: to eat a large amount of food very quickly.
to catch a snack: to eat a little portion of food very quickly.
to eat a balanced diet: to eat correctly and in time.
to eat like a horse: to always eat a lot.
to follow a recipe: to cook a meal using instructions.
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Sports Related Vocabulary Words
Some Interesting Sports Names:
javelin: a sport where a metal or metal-tipped spear is thrown for distance.
pole vault: a sport in which a person uses a long, flexible pole to jump.
fencing: a sport in which people use spit or saber in attack and defense.
hurdles: a race in which runners must jump over a series of barriers.
steeplechase: a race in which people riding horses jump over fences, water, etc.
athletics track (running track): a track for running, usually used for athletic races.
active rest: a leisure time during which you exercise.
Active rest between lessons helps children to study more effectively.
jogging: a form of running at a slow pace.
personal best: an achievement in sport that is better than anything you have achieved before.
personal trainer (sports coach): a person that helps you to train on a one-to-one basis.
sports centre (fitness centre): a specific building where people can do different sports.
sports facilities: the equipment and services needed to do a sport.
The 9-lane running track is equipped to cope with competitions of all levels.
barbell: a weight-lifting gear.
blow the competition away: win easily the competition.
brisk walk (brisk walking): a sport in which people walk fast, but not as fast as a full run.
to build muscle: to gain muscle mass.
fitness program: a timetable of activities to keep you in a good shape.
football pitch: the surface on which you play football.
sports meeting (athletics meeting): an event at which a number of athletic contests are held.
squash/tennis/badminton court: the surface where you play these sports.
strength-training strategy: set of exercises to build muscles.
strenuous exercise: exercise that needs a lot of physical effort.
strong swimmer: an experienced swimmer.
swimming pool: a place filled with water made specifically for swimming.
to take up doing smth: to start doing something new (usually sport).
to train hard: to train with effort and passion.
to warm up: to perform light exercises to prepare for a hard workout.
to work out: to exercise in gym.
treadmill: an exercise machine in the gym used for walking or running, while staying in the same place.
trial-and-error method: a method of reaching a solution by trying various means until you succeed.
workout : session of exercises in gym. You can do a workout for chest, for legs, for losing weight etc.
to be out of condition (to be out of shape): to be in bad physical condition, to lose strength.
to build muscle: to gain muscle by working out.
to get into shape: to become fit.
to keep fit: to stay in a good shape.
to run the marathon: to run a distance of 42.195 kilometres.
to set a record: to achieve the best result in a sport.
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Music Related Vocabulary Words
music genre: a distinct type of music.
classical music: music that is thought to be a part of a long, formal tradition.
ringtone: sound that a cell phone makes when someone is calling.
rock band: musicians that play rock music.
tone deaf: not able to discern the notes properly.
tuneful: pleasant and melodious music or sound.
pop music: a genre of popular music.
rock music: music that is based around amplified instruments, especially the electric guitar and electric bass, and is characterized by driving rhythms.
catchy tune: a tune or a song that’s easy to remember and that you enjoy singing.
elevator music: music that is played in places like supermarket or family restaurant.
live music: music performance in front of an audience.
music to one’s ears: something (often information) very pleasant and enjoyable to someone.
opera: a kind of performance in which actors sing during their play with music performed by an orchestra.
to sound like a broken record: to repeat yourself again and again.
to strike (hit) a false note: to do something wrong.
to face the music: to have to accept the unpleasant consequences of your actions.
to ring a bell: to sound familiar.
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Environment Related Vocabulary Words And Phrases
to get back to nature: live a life that is closer to nature.
to litter: to throw rubbish in inappropriate places.
to become extinct: to stop existing.
to be under threat: to be in danger of becoming extinct.
to dry up: to have all the water drained away.
air quality: the cleanliness of the air we breathe.
bio-diversity: a diversity in nature, among plants and animals.
endangered species: a category of animals or plans that might become extinct.
greenhouse effect: heating of the atmosphere due to the carbon dioxide and other gases.
melting of glaciers: the process of icebergs’ melting.
natural disaster: an event like an earthquake, hurricane etc.
paper recycling: the processes of reprocessing waste paper for reuse.
poacher: one who kills or takes wild animals illegally.
environmentally friendly: products that do not harm the environment.
exhaust fumes: gases, ejected from an engine as waste products.
fossil fuels: energy resources like gas and oil.
global warming: an increase in temperature all-over the world, as a result of greenhouse effect.
toxic waste: poisonous rubbish, produced by industrial processes.
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Weather And Temperature
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Cloudy weather
gloomy: weather with dark clouds and dull light.
Personally, I don’t like gloomy weather. It makes me feel depressed.
clear: without clouds.
I adore clear weather, when there are no clouds on the sky.
to clear up: when clouds and rain disappear.
After a long rain, it finally cleared up.
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Hot weather
boiling hot: an expression to describe a very hot weather.
mild: warm and pleasant.
freezing cold: very cold.
degrees Celsius: used to measure the temperature.
to go below zero: to become negative (about temperatures).
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Snowy weather
snow-covered: covered with snow.
heavy snow: when a lot of snow falls.
snowstorm: large amounts of wind and snow.
hail: when small balls of ice (hailstones) fall from the sky.
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Windy weather
high wind – strong wind
breeze: a nice gentle wind.
wind chill factor: when the wind makes the air feel colder than the real temperature.
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Sunny weather
sunshine: the heat and light of the sun.
dry: with no rain.
heat stroke (sun stroke): a serious heat illness because of being too long in hot weather.
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Rainy weather
to be drenched (to the skin): to be completely soaked with water.
gentle rain: light rain.
drizzle: a light rain that falls in very small drops.
downpour: a heavy fall of rain.
to pour down: to rain heavily.
humid: containing a high amount of water.
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Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words Random Vocabulary
a spell of good weather: a period of good weather. You can use other adjectives instead of “good” to describe weather.
changeable weather: weather that often changes.
mild climate: a climate without extreme weather conditions.
smog: a cloud of pollution.
forecast: a prediction of how the weather will change.
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Computer And Digital Internet Logics
computer age: the period in modern history characterized by rapid technology development and widespread computer use.
computer buff: a user who is good at working with a computer.
computer fatigue: a syndrome of tiredness resulting from long computer usage.
cutting-edge: something innovational and leading.
desktop PC: a personal computer that remains on a desk.
digital editing: a process of changing digital materials like audio or video files.
download (podcasts): to save a copy of a file from the internet to your own device.
essential: something you can’t imagine your life without.
gadget: an advanced piece of technology, like smartphone.
geek: someone who is obsessed with technology, especially computers.
hold the line: wait a minute.
large screen: a big-sized monitor.
light years ahead: very far away from.
on the cutting edge: at the forefront of progress.
operating system: the most important program that runs the computer.
out of steam: tired, exhausted.
rocket science: a very complicated subject for someone.
send an attachment: send an email with an added file.
silver surfer: an old person, who uses the Internet.
social media: media used to interact with other people.
time-consuming and inefficient: something that takes too much of your time and isn’t rational to do.
to access websites/email: to visit websites/email.
to back up files: to make a copy of files in case of a computer problem.
to be stuck behind a computer: to use computer for a long period of time.
to boot up: to start a computer.
to browse websites: to search for websites.
to crash: to suddenly stop working.
to go online: to use the Internet.
to navigate a website: to find what you need on the website.
to pull the plug: to end an activity.
to push someone’s buttons: to do specific thing to irritate somebody (usually intentionally).
to surf the web: to look through websites, searching for something you need, or simply for entertainment.
to upgrade: to renew a software or a piece hardware.
well-oiled machine: something that works perfectly well.
Wi-Fi hotspots: a public place where you can access the Internet.
wireless network: a network where users can access the Internet without using any cables.
word processing: writing, editing and producing words on a computer, using special programs.
Ielts Speaking Vocabulary Words | Education And Humanities Related Vocabulary Words
higher education: education that is followed after high school.
hit the books: begin studying hard.
individual tuition (private tuition): instruction received individually or in a small group.
intensive course: a course that offers longer and more frequent classes.
internship: a temporary position which students usually take to get work experience and practical knowledge.
master’s degree: a graduate course, which follows after bachelor’s degree.
mature student: someone who’s older than others.
not the sharpest tool in the shed: a polite way of saying that someone isn’t very smart.
public schools: exclusive independent schools in the UK.
schoolboy error: a very basic and stupid mistake.
single-sex schools: schools for either boys or girls.
small fraction: small part.
state school: a school which is paid for by the state or country.
humanities: studies about human culture, such as literature, languages, philosophy, and history.
sciences: studies about the world, such as physics, biology, chemistry, and maths.
A for effort: a good mark, which is given someone for trying hard rather than for a success.
bachelor’s degree: an undergraduate course which usually lasts 3 or 4 years.
bookworm: a term to describe someone who really likes to read and spends a lot of time on it.
distance learning (e-learning): education that takes place remotely, usually via the Internet.
eager beaver: an enthusiastic and hard-working person.
face-to-face classes: a traditional way of studying – in a classroom with a teacher.
subject specialist: a person who is very talented in one specific field.
to take a year out: to spend one year working or traveling before studying in the University.
tuition fees: money you pay for your education.
teacher’s pet: student whom teachers like the most.
three R’s: basic educational skills (reading, writing, arithmetic).
to attend classes: to visit classes.
to fall behind with studies: to progress less quickly than others.
to give feedback: to give some information or criticism on a subject.
to goof around: spend time doing nothing important.
to learn something by heart: to memorize something.
to meet a deadline: to finish something within a time limit.
to pass with flying colours: to pass easily and with excellent result.
to play truant: to skip classes without permission.
to pursue studying: to continue studying.
to set aside some time: to take some time.
to sit an exam: to take an exam.
Tomorrow I’ll have to sit a two-hour math exam.
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