Idiomatic Vocabulary 4: ‘Mr Right’

The Phrases Mr Right Prince Charming Its Definition     A perfect partner.   Discussion This phrase is useful (for female candidates) because it can describe a perfectly compatible partner, and most IELTS candidates are single, and may well need to refer to such a person when talking about the future, ambitions, problems in life – in other… Read More »

Idiomatic Vocabulary 3: ‘fingers crossed’

The Phrases Fingers crossed Knock on wood   Their Definition Something you say when you hope for something to happen.   Discussion This phrase is useful because we often wish for things to happen, and in the IELTS Speaking Test, we talk about our lives, our wishes, and our future hopes. These phrases are interchangeable, but can not really… Read More »

Idiomatic Vocabulary 2: ‘a real eye-opener’

The Phrase To be a real eye-opener  Its Definition  An event or experience that is surprising, and shows you sth. that you did not already know Discussion This phrase is useful because it can describe any very surprising thing or event or experience which you have encountered. Admittedly, many people lead quite conventional lives, without encountering really interesting… Read More »

Idiomatic Vocabulary 1: “not my cup of tea”

The Phrase   Not [somebody’s] cup of tea Its Definition An adjectival phrase meaning “I don’t like it”. Discussion This phrase is useful because in the IELTS test you are often asked about your likes and dislikes, and even if not asked, we often give these feelings anyway. Examiner:          Do people in your culture like outdoor sport? Speaker:… Read More »