IELTS Speaking vocabulary for Topics
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Travel & Holidays………………..04
Books & Films……………………….51
charter flight: a cheap regular flight.
e.g: Due to our modest budget, we had to take a charter-flight
check-in desk: the place at the airport where you register for
your flight and deposit your luggage.
far-off destination: a distant place.
e.g: Australia is a far-off destination, nonetheless I want to visit it.
getting away from it all: escaping in order to rest from a daily routine.
e.g: After I passed my exams, I wanted to get away from it
all for at least a couple of days.
go off the beaten track: to visit an uncommon place.
e.g: Unlike my brother, I prefer to go off the beaten track.
guided tour: a tour in which a group of people is guided by an expert.
e.g: Guided tours are a great way to learn about different places of
head for: go in a direction for.
e.g: I’m heading for France for my next holidays.
holiday brochure: a publication with details of holiday.
e.g: Our guide gave us a great brochure about our hotel.
holiday destination: where you go for a holiday.
e.g: We chose New York as our holiday destination for the next summer.
holiday of a lifetime: a very special holiday, once in a lifetime.
e.g: Last year me and my family had a holiday of a lifetime in Italy.
holiday resort (tourist resort): a place where lots of people go for a holiday.
e.g: Last year my family went on a journey to London. We
lived in a great tourist resort.
hordes of tourists: crowds of tourists.
e.g: Hordes of tourist can be seen during summer near the city park.
in the middle of nowhere: in a place that is far away from where most people
e.g: My grand-mother lives in the middle of nowhere, but
she loves her old little village.
local crafts: thighs made in the region.
e.g: My sister bought some amazing local crafts on her trip to India.
out of season: not within the main holiday period.
e.g: I decided to go on a journey with my friends out of season.
passport control: a place where you get your passport checked.
e.g: I spent a few hours waiting in line on a passport control.
package tour: a holiday at a fixed price in which the travel
company arranges your travel, hotels, and sometimes meals for
e.g: We bought a cheap package tour to Italy and stayed in a big
picturesque village: a nice, beautiful village.
e.g: My grandparents live in a picturesque village.
places of interest: memorable and honorable places.
e.g: My native city has a variety of places of interest.
short break: a little holiday.
e.g: My father had a short break this year, I hope he’ll be able to relax
stunning landscape: a beautiful countryside.
e.g: Stunning landscapes are only one of many reasons why I want to
to go sightseeing: to go visiting sights of interest.
e.g: Today we went sightseeing with my friends.
to travel on foot / horse
e.g: When I'm in a small town I prefer to travel on foot.
to travel by bus / plane / car / bicycle / motorcycle
e.g: Although I usually travel by car, when I decided to
visit Paris I had to travel by plane.
tourist attractions: places which tourists tend to visit.
e.g: Despite not being a tourist attraction, new fountain
is very popular among the locals.
tourist trap: place with many tourists.
e.g: We've visited many tourists traps lately.
travel agency: a shop that specializes in booking holidays.
e.g: I've bought tickets for my trip through a travel agency.
wildlife safari: an observational holiday, mainly in Africa.
e.g: I’d love to go on a wildlife safari sometime.
youth hostel: a cheap hotel.
e.g: During our trip we stayed in a hostel, because we didn’t have
money for a hotel.
IELTS Speaking sample about Travel & Holidays
Do you like travelling?
Yes, definitely! I think seeing the world, from great historical
monuments to white sandy beaches, is what life is all about. It's
a very interesting way to learn about
new cultures and explore new places.
What is your favourite type of holiday?
I really like going to the countryside, getting away from it all.
Nothing relaxes me as much as wilderness... I am tired of tourist
traps and usually go off the beaten
What do you do on holidays?
I prefer visiting various museums and places of interest. For
instance, on my last vacation I was to Rome and I visited 12
museums. It was fantastic! Of course, sometimes I go shopping with
my friends or relatives too... But I don't find it near as
Are there many tourists visiting your country?
Probably yes... My country has different tourist attractions in many
cities, especially the capital... For example, my country has old-time
religious traditions... That's
why we have a lot of ancient cathedrals and churches that are interesting for
tourists and local citizens...
Now, have a look at the card and prepare a monologue.
Describe a tourist attraction you once visited. You should say:
When you visited it
Where is it situated
Who you went with
and say what about it you like the most
A couple of years ago I went on a holiday to Paris with my parents…
it is a very popular tourist destination, since it has various places of
interest, such as ancient museums and monuments… That's why
there are always hordes of tourists... So we decided to go out of
season in the autumn… Fortunately, the weather was great, and we
did not waste any days watching TV at the hotel... it was a
memorable holiday … we enjoyed breathtaking views from the
top of the Eiffel tower and dined in cozy little restaurants. I would
certainly recommend visiting Paris, it is
a picturesque city.
Why do you think tourism is so developed now?
Well, because it is a lot easier to travel nowadays… you can
choose charter flights and find various youth hostels all around
the world, so you don’t need to spend much money on the
travelling. Moreover, you can book a trip via the
Internet, so you don't even have to leave home.
How people choose their destination?
There are a lot of ways. For instance, you can surf the internet for all the
information… Or you can visit different travel agencies for more advice.
What kind of transport do you prefer on holidays? Why?
It depends… I usually reach my holiday destination by plane
because it is the fastest and the least dangerous way to travel.
However, flying can be a bit uncomfortable... So I also travel by
train from time to time… But I never drive car on a vacation,
because I do it every day when I work... I would have a busman's
Do you prefer travelling alone or in tour groups? Why?
I definitely prefer travelling alone because I like to plan the trip by
myself... When choosing a guided tour, you should always
conform to a set schedule… So if you are in India and, say, you
want to spend an extra hour at Taj Mahal, you simply cannot do
that with a group tour... I like independent travel. That way I get to
see and do exactly what I want and spend as much time as I
want at various stops.
close friend: a very good friend.
enjoy each other's company: to like spending time with each other.
Steve and Noah are always together, they definitely
enjoy each others company.
fair-weather friend: someone who is your friend only when you
are cheerful and successful.
A lot of John's friends turned out to be fair-weather friends. They were
him when he was rich and left him when he went bankrupt.
friends are like second family: that is to say your friends love you
and make you feel comfortable.
get in touch with somebody: to contact somebody.
I plan to get in touch with my friends when I return home.
near and dear to someone: very important to someone.
Her parents are the only people who are near and dear to her.
shoulder to cry on: someone who is always ready to listen to your problems.
I'm so glad my boyfriend is so kind and sympathetic, it's
good to always have a shoulder to cry on.
to be through thick and thin: to have some good times and
difficult times together.
Your parents are married for 15 years, they must have been through
and thin together.
to be well-matched: to be similar to somebody in interests.
They are well-matched.
to break up: to end a relationship.
It is hard to believe that Jacob and Sarah broke up. They
were dating since high school.
to drift apart: to become less close to someone.
As years went by, school friends drifted apart.
to fall for someone (to fall in love with someone): to start loving somebody.
They were childhood friends, and he fell for her!
to fall out with: to quarrel, to have a conflict.
He left the party after falling out with his girlfriend.
to get on like a house on fire: people get on like a house on fire
when they like each other's company and become friends very
I like my new roommate! We have a lot of same interests and get on
house on fire.
to get on well with somebody: to have a good relationship with somebody.
I'm an outgoing person and I easily get on well with new people.
to get to know someone: to become acquainted with someone.
I thought Jenna was selfish until I got to know her and
understood her real character.
to have a lot in common: to have similar interests.
to have friends in high places: to have friends in powerful
positions in business or government.
Joe owes his fast career growth to his friends in high places.
to hit it off with somebody: to quickly become close friends with somebody.
I could not imagine that Laura will hit it off with Dylan! They are so
to keep in touch with someone: to maintain contact with someone.
I keep in touch with my friends from high school, although we
graduated five years ago.
to lose touch with someone: to lose contact with someone.
I lost touch with Mary since she moved to Canada.
to see eye to eye: to agree.
I think it's better to live in a big city, but my brother doesn't
see eye to eye with me about it.
to strike up (a conversation, a relationship): to start.
I feel awkward when I strike up a conversation with unknown people.
ups and downs: a mixture of good and bad things that happen.
We're friends for almost 30 years! Surely we've had our ups and downs.
IELTS Speaking sample about Friends
Do you have a lot of friends?
Not a lot, but I have a few very close friends … I think it is better to have one
reliable friend that a thousand fair-weather friends... Although it's not easy to
someone you have a lot in common with, I think managed to do it.
How often do you see your friends?
As often as I can... We enjoy each other's company, so we see
each other almost daily... What's more, we live very close to each
other, so it's easy for us to meet up.
Is there anything special about your
Oh, that's an interesting question... I guess there are lot of things...
For instance, my best friend can draw unbelievable art, good
enough to sell. And my other friend is really keen on cooking... But
most importantly, they are people, who are near and
dear to my
For how long do you know them?
I’ve known my friends since my childhood… We've been through thick and
th i n
together… Probably that's why we're so close now.
Now, have a look at the card and prepare a monologue.
Describe your friend. You should say:
Who is he/she
When did you meet
Why is he/she so close to you
say what do you like about your friend the most
I would like to talk about my friend William... I wouldn't say he's my
best friend, but I would rather call him as a good friend of mine... I
met him last year at local sports centre. It turned out that we were
studying at the same college... Then, miraculously, I got into the
same class with him and we got on like a house on fire... He's the
sweetest person I've ever met! He's smart, helpful, caring, funny and
somehow good-looking... And most importantly, we have a lot in
common and he understands me as nobody else does.
Do you think friendship is important nowadays?
Yes, certainly! Without my friends I’d be very sad and lonely, but
they cheer me up and help in every way possible… Of course, all
relationships have their ups and
downs, but we should definitely try not to lose touch with our friends.
What do you think is the best time to get new friends?
Hmm... Probably, the best time to get new friends is your school and
university years. You have many possibilities to get in touch with
different people… And it is easier to
find friends with similar interests...
Is it important to stay in touch with your friends throughout the years?
Yes, it very important not to lose touch with your friends… Surely,
everyone changes and even close friends can drift apart. But,
in my opinion, friends are your second family and we should
highly appreciate them.
computer age: the period in modern history characterized by
rapid technology development and widespread computer use.
Living in a computer age has many benefits.
computer buff: a user who is good at working with a computer.
Mike is a computer buff. He got an A+ on his programming exam.
computer fatigue: a syndrome of tiredness resulting from long computer
About 60% of IT specialists are affected by computer fatigue.
cutting-edge: something innovational and leading.
desktop PC: a personal computer that remains on a desk.
I have an old desktop PC that I use for surfing the net when I’m home.
digital editing: a process of changing digital materials like audio or video files.
Being good at digital editing is essential in our time.
download (podcasts): to save a copy of a file from the
internet to your own device.
Yesterday I downloaded a few films that I plan to watch during the
essential: something you can’t imagine your life without.
Internet is an essential piece of technology for many people.
gadget: an advanced piece of technology, like smartphone.
Nowadays almost everybody owns a gadget.
geek: someone who is obsessed with technology, especially computers.
My friend is a real geek. He owns a bunch of computers and other
hold the line: wait a minute.
She told me to hold the line, because she had to open the door.
large screen: a big-sized monitor.
A few days ago I decided to renew my computer, so I bought
a large screen for it.
light years ahead: very far away from.
Modern computers are light years ahead of those which people used
on the cutting edge: at the forefront of progress.Paul's new laptop
is on the cutting edge of technology.
operating system: the most important program that runs the computer.
I chose to buy a laptop which is based on the Windows operating
out of steam: tired, exhausted.
Due to today's intense workday I am out of steam, so I won’t be able to
rocket science: a very complicated subject for someone.
Biology is a rocket science for me. I don’t understand anything in it.
send an attachment: send an email with an added file.
My brother sent an attachment with his homework to the professor.
silver surfer: an old person, who uses the Internet.
Uncle Bob is a silver surfer. He uses the Internet every day, although he’s
social media: media used to interact with other people.
Facebook is the biggest social media in the world.
time-consuming and inefficient: something that takes too much of your time
isn’t rational to do.
I find watching football time-consuming and inefficient.
to access websites/email: to visit websites/email.
John accessed his email today to see if he had received any letters.
to back up files: to make a copy of files in case of a computer problem.
I had to back up files on my computer, because I was
going to reinstall my operating system.
to be stuck behind a computer: to use computer for a long period of time.
A lot of teenagers are stuck behind their computers all day.
to boot up: to start a computer.
I booted up my computer as soon as I got home.
to browse websites: to search for websites.
I spent a few hours browsing the websites today, until I
found was I was looking for.
to crash: to suddenly stop working.
My computer crashed when I was writing my essay.
to go online: to use the Internet.
Millions of people go online every day.
to navigate a website: to find what you need on the website.
Navigating a website is not very easy, especially if the
website is poorly designed.
to pull the plug: to end an activity.
After being stuck behind a computer all day, I decided to pull the plug.
to push someone's buttons: to do specific thing to irritate
somebody (usually intentionally).
I became so angry because he pushed my buttons by adding pepper