In this lesson we will look at some useful IELTS interview expressions.
You need to make sure that you have adequate vocabulary and phrases to explain your position in the speaking test.
You may need to ask for clarification if you don't understand something, or for something to be repeated if it was said too fast for you.
It is also good if you have a variety of phrases to give your opinion. It is common in part three of the IELTS test, for example, to be given an opinion or view and to say what you think about it.
So you will need to say if you agree or disagree, or partially agree. Or maybe you think it depends on the circumstances.
Or you may need to give yourself some thinking time before you can answer a question.
Knowing and practicing some useful phrases will help you in this respect.
Below are a list of phrases to help improve your IELTS speakingand under the table is some further explanation for some of the phrases.
Most of these phrases and the examples below are more relevant to part 3 of the speaking test because this is where you are asked your opinion more than part 1, and you are more likely to misunderstand a question or need further clarification because the questions are more difficult.
|Saying something in another way||
What I'm trying to say is...
In other words...
To put it another way...
What I mean is...
Perhaps I should make that clearer by saying...
|Agreeing with an opinion||
Yes, I agree...
That's my view exactly.
I would tend to agree with that.
I couldn't agree more.
|Disagreeing with an opinion||
No, I disagree.
I'm afraid I disagree.
I see things rather differently myself.
I wouldn't say that is necessarily true.
I tend to disagree.
I'm not so sure about that.
|Partially agreeing with an opinion||
I don't entirely agree. It is true that......however...
That is partly true, but...
I agree with that to an extent. However...
|Getting asked an opinion (by the examiner)||
What do you think?
What's your view / opinion?
What are your views on...?
How do you feel about...?
|Saying your opinion could vary according to the situation||
I think it really depends...
That depends on how you look at it.
|Asking for clarification (part 3 only)||
Could you please explain what ...(word)... means?
Sorry, I don't understand the question. Could you explain?
Sorry, I'm afraid I didn't understand the question.
Sorry, can I just clarify what you mean. Are you asking me ...(say what you believe you have been asked)...
|Asking for repetition||
Sorry, would you mind repeating the question?
Sorry, I didn't quite catch that. Could you repeat the question?
So all in all...
To sum up...
1) Saying something in another way
People use these phrases to further clarify what they have said. In other words, to make it clear exactly what they mean.
So you are saying the same thing you have just said but in a different way. Maybe you felt you did not explain something properly to the examiner and it is better to say it again but differently or you just want to emphasize your point, as in this example:
2) Getting asked an opinion / agreeing with an opinion / disagreeing with an opinion
You may use these phrases if the examiner asks you for your opinion on a topic. For example:
3) Partially agreeing with an opinion
You may not fully agree with the opinion and wish to explain this further.
4) Saying your opinion could vary according to the situation
It is very often the case that an opinion is never that simple or straightforward that you can just 'agree' or 'disagree'.
It usually depends on the context, particular situation or person. It is common to say 'depends' when this is the case.
Answering part 3 questions using 'depends' is quite effective as it shows you can analyse a situation well rather than simply agreeing or disagreeing, and it also gives you a chance to say more than if you just agree or disagree.
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