Here are some more academic idioms for you to use in IELTS speaking!
Guess the meaning of the idioms (highlighted in bold type), then click the card to see the meaning on the reverse.
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Getting a band 6 in the speaking test will be a piece of cake.
I decided to go the extra mile and move to England to really perfect my English.
do much more than is required
Lots of people have great business ideas but do nothing about them. Actions speak louder than words, just do it.
it’s better to actually do something than just talk about it
You won’t have to explain it to him twice. He’s as sharp as a tack.
able to think quickly and learn very fast
I sent my application in late, so I think I missed the boat.
Just learning idioms is a drop in the ocean when it comes to preparing for the speaking test.
a very small part of something much bigger
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. You should apply to lots of different universities.
put all your money or effort into one thing (at a risk)
My parents are quite traditional and set in their ways.
Off the top of my head, I’d say it’s about 2 hours to Ubud.
saying something without carefully considering it first
The new iPhone is really the in-thing at the moment.
The in-thing – something fashionable.
I haven’t made my mind up about that issue, I’ll have to sit on the fence.
to be undecided, often because you don’t want to offend anybody
I got 4.5 in reading! Oh well, back to the drawing board.
when you attempted to do something but failed and have to try again
LGBT is a hot potato in my country at the moment.
A student will get a 9 in the IELTS writing test once in a blue moon.
I was really down in the dumps after my dog died.
I was over the moon when I passed my speaking test.
extremely pleased or happy
Those shoes must have cost an arm and a leg.
I don’t think her new handbag is the real McCoy.
My husband is not just my lover, he’s my soul mate.
someone you trust very deeply (usually someone of the opposite sex)
Moving to a new city was difficult as first, but I soon found my feet.
to become comfortable doing something
Apple phones are very run of the mill these days.
This approach represents their awareness towards the environment.
I think this another example of the clash of the collocation civilisations!
Indonesians are probably thinking ‘kesadaran terhadap..’, and translating terhadap as towards. I’m afraid that’s not English collocation. Here’s what you need: Continue reading
‘The’ is a word largely missing from some languages. Listen to the song and sing along (lyrics below..)!
Especially important for Indonesian students of English!
Another song performed by AAS scholarship awardees: Andi, Velo, Rapta, Roy, Ade, Novi, Septia, Susan, Vita!
A new song focusing on the word ‘lack’, which can often be mistaken with ‘lack of’. The rule for deciding which to use is in the chorus of the song, so listen carefully and choose the correct item – ‘lack’, or ‘lack of’! (Scroll down for lyrics and gapfill!)
Song performed by an amazing group of AAS scholarship awardees: Andi, Velo, Rapta, Roy, Ade, Novi, Septia, Susan, Vita!
You will hear a researcher talking about how people control their attraction to – and consumption of – unhealthy food and drink. Before you listen, chat with a friend about you avoid unhealthy food. Describe your strategies to each other!
The report contains of 22 integrated recommendations under four themes.
This is partly understandable. Our writer has seen consists + of, and has assumed that contain also requires the preposition of. It does not! Continue reading
It is clearly seen that unemployment fell gradually throughout the period.
This is like a supermarket putting a sign next to some peanuts saying “This product contains peanuts.” Continue reading
Cement production comprises 5 stages, started from mixing materials and ended with packaging.
This writer has attempted to combine three sentences in one:
- Cement production comprises 5 stages.
- Cement production starts with mixing materials.
- Cement production ends with packaging.
Before we continue, do you know why I chose the photo of daisies for the featured image of this post? Answers in the comments box below!
The contents are added with powder and then all the materials are mixed together.
Indonesians – please let me know what you’re trying to translate here! Continue reading
Bali’s unique culture and traditions lead to an enormous increase in tourism. As a result, the number of job opportunities grows significantly.
This is grammatically correct, but the choice of present simple tense has – I think – resulted in meanings quite different from those intended by the writer. Continue reading