Thomas G.Giglione

Improving Your Fluency Score in the I.E.L.T.S Speaking test

In Speaking on August 8, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Add these phrases appropriately in your I.E.L.T.S. Speaking so that you sound more natural and not so robotic.

Use these phrases when you need time to think about the question

These first three are fantastic because they contain idioms

1. Oh my mind went blank for a second………….. ( idiom)

2. Oh , the name of the place/ book/ movie etc. escapes me right now……….. ( idiom)

3. Oh, the name of the place/book/ movie etc. is on the tip of my tongue……… (idiom)

● That’s a good question …
● It’s funny you should ask …
● Well, to cut a long story short …
● Well, to be honest …
● It’s difficult to say …
● Let me think …
● Well, let me see …
● That’s a tricky one …
● That’s a thought- provoking question! Let me see……
● That’s a perplexing question……………Let me see………
● Thatʼs an interesting question…………..
● Let me see………………..
● I havenʼt thought about that question before……………….
● Where should I start…………?
● There are a variety of different things I could say…………………
● Wow. Thatʼs a tough question to answer!
● I need a couple of seconds to think about that but…………….
● Iʼm not quite sure what to say here…………………

Use these phrases approprately in the middle of your speaking or you just thought of a better idea:

● And I should add that………..
● Another point would be that………….
● I almost forgot to say that………………
● But thereʼs also something else to consider……………

Use these phrases when you know what you said was incorrect or did not make sense:

● Let me try and rephrase that…..hmmmm………..
● What Iʼm trying to say is…………..
● Or to put it another way………………
● So the main point I am trying to make is……………………..

Use these phrases when you forgot the word or what you wanted to say:
● Sorry, itʼs on the “ tip of my tongue………………. “( idiom)
● I donʼt know the right way to put this but here it goes…………….
● Iʼm not sure if this is the right way to put it but…………..

Use these phrases when giving an opinion

It seems to me that …
● As far as I’m concerned …
● As I see it …
● Speaking for myself …
● If you ask me …
● To be honest …
● To my mind …
● In my view …
● For my part …
● Frankly speaking …
● Personally speaking …
● What I’m trying to say is …
● From my point of view …

Use these phrases when expressing doubt or commenting about a future event:
● I doubt whether …
● I get/have the impression …
● I suppose/expect/imagine …
● There’s a chance …
● It looks as if …
● It seems to be …
● I daresay …
● I get/have the feeling …
● It’s very likely that …
● In all likelihood/probability …
● I wonder …
● It’s unlikely that …
● Perhaps/Maybe/Possibly …
● No doubt …

Use these phrases when you find yourself stuck in what you should say next or finding a way to end your talk

● So my answer to your question is…………..
● And I suppose that thatʼs my main point………………
● And finally Iʼd say that…………..
● My personal conclusion would be…………
● To conclude “ in a nutshell” is that…………….( idiom)

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