Many IELTS and ESL teachers tell you to use idioms to sound more like a native speaker. This is good advice but a lot of the idioms that they teach you are old-fashioned and rarely used by native speakers e.g. It's raining cats and dogs. As a native speaker, I have never ever used this phrase in my life. I would say: It's chucking it down. Watch our IELTS Speaking Part 1 video to see how a native speaker would use some complex phrases for answering some Part 1 questions about things that you like.


In this video, we show you how to use discourse markers, a range of tenses and complex language to get a higher band score. We go through the model answer for this recent IELTS Speaking Part 2 topic: Weather.

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Watch our YouTube video to find out how to structure your IELTS Writing Task 1 Academic answer and learn some useful language and grammar.

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