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Don’t wear phrases out.

I was talking to a group of IELTS teachers about my post Thinking on your feet and they asked whether I had made it clear that some words and phrases should not be overused. I don’t think I made this clear. Sometimes it is possible to just answer a question.

When someone asks you your name, you don’t have to think about your answer. It is not an interesting question. There is a simple answer to the question. Just answer the question!

It’s also important to stress that the same phrase shouldn’t be used over and over again. That sounds unnatural. The phrases that I gave in my earlier post are just examples of what you can say when you are asked a question and you need time to think about your”>

Enjoy this video that demonstrates how bad your IELTS speaking exam will be if you use the same words and phrases over and over again in your IELTS speaking test.

Keep in mind that it’s always best to show that you have understood a question by responding with a reaction. A smile always helps!


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