IELTS Speaking band score 6.0 candidate: Marie


I’d like to ask you some questions about television. How often do you watch television? That’s an interesting question. I don’t have a TV maybe for… …for more than four years now. So I watch TV when I sometime go to see my friend at their home. But… I prefer… I’m very happy not to have a TV. I prefer watching movie or watching a documentaries, or listen to the radio. But when I was a teenager, I think I watched TV every day… …just to relax. Do you enjoy the advertisements on television? No, I hate advertisements and that’s why I’m very happy to… I’m sorry… No, I don’t like… and I remembered when I watched TV, I was very angry when they cut my movie for advertisements that I don’t want to watch. I don’t like they… push me to watch something I don’t like. Do you think most programmes on television are good? Now, yes, because you have many channels so it’s quite diverse. You have a wide range of different kind of TV… documentary channel, you have news channels, you have operas channel. So, now, there is some interesting kind of programmes. Hi, my name’s Pete Jones and I’ve been helping IELTS candidates through YouTube videos, my IELTS blog, and of course my free online IELTS course for a number of years now. Marie, who you’ve just seen, got a band score 6.0 for her speaking a couple of months before we made this recording, and after we finished making the video, Marie asked me how she could improve her speaking and get a higher IELTS band score. What I explained to Marie, and what I’d like to explain to you in this video, is that you need to use particular types of vocabulary to get a band score 7.0 or above. You may have thought that Marie had enough vocabulary to answer my IELTS Speaking Part 1 questions, but to get a band score 7.0, it isn’t enough. You also need to use some less common vocabulary and some idiomatic vocabulary. Less common vocabulary are words or phrases that are not frequently used in everyday conversation, and when I was listening to Marie answer my questions, I didn’t hear any examples of less common vocabulary. For example, when Marie talked about how she felt about advertisements on television, she used the common word ‘hate’ even though it sounded like she really hated advertisements. Here, she could have used a less common word like ‘loathe’ or even ‘detest’ to express how she felt. She could have said that she loathed television advertisements. Idiomatic vocabulary are words or expressions that are natural for native speakers to use or that contain an idiom. And again, I didn’t hear Marie use any examples of this type of vocabulary when she answered my questions. An idiom, by the way, is a group of words that has a different meaning to the meanings of the individual words. When Marie was talking about how much television she watched as a teenager, she could have extended her idea by using an idiom. Here, Marie could have said that, when she was a teenager, she didn’t watch…sorry… she wasn’t glued to the box like children are nowadays, but she did watch television every day. Here, the idiom ‘glued to the box’ means watching TV and ignoring everything else. So, to get a band score 7.0 for vocabulary in your IELTS Speaking test, you need to use less common and idiomatic vocabulary. I’ve included a list of some idioms related to the topic of television at the end of this video. If you need more help with your IELTS preparation, check out my free IELTS course at www.freeieltscourse.com If you don’t want to miss my next IELTS video, subscribe now.

34 thoughts on “IELTS Speaking band score 6.0 candidate: Marie

  • May 4, 2015 at 10:51 am
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    Pete, I love how your feedback focuses on one particular criterion here, vocabulary. It is very clear and easy to understand. Thank you for the wonderful video, I can't wait for the next one!

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  • July 19, 2015 at 7:11 pm
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    Hi Pete, thank you for uploading your videos on you tube they are very helpful. I am gonna take my ielts exam in 4 days, I was wandering if I could Skype you and have a mock exam with you? Pls come back to me asap. Thank you in advance.

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  • July 30, 2015 at 3:39 am
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    Many thanks for ur helpful technique, we are waiting more….God bless u.

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  • August 7, 2015 at 4:28 am
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    Thanks

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  • December 2, 2015 at 4:46 pm
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    I teach English language .my Skype name is refat.english

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  • December 8, 2015 at 11:22 pm
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    thx !

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  • December 28, 2015 at 12:54 pm
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    Hi everybody! I would like to practice as I am preparing for IELTS.
    if you also want to improve your skills let me know
    my skype is: prostodan3

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  • January 5, 2016 at 8:08 am
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    need a speaking partner,skype id "kamran93933".

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  • February 16, 2016 at 6:35 pm
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    hi guys I need speaking partner to improve my speaking ability.i have an ielts exam soon. add me pls. my skype id is reinlanz126.

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  • March 17, 2016 at 8:58 am
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    Hi guys , anyone who want to practice english with me , im good speaker ,
    we can practice it together , please add me on skype account rana.hamza2000

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  • March 17, 2016 at 10:43 am
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    hey Pete You technique is awesome …Keep going Man

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  • April 14, 2016 at 6:39 am
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    hi , i would like to practice as i am preparing for IELTS .If anyone like to practice with me please add me with your skype . my skype id is nasiruddin018

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  • April 22, 2016 at 11:26 am
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    I need someone to practice with. my Skype yeggos

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  • May 4, 2016 at 8:07 am
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    i need a partner to enhance my speaking..pls add me athena4250..

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  • September 30, 2016 at 12:09 am
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    I can't hear her voice! !

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  • December 10, 2016 at 6:22 am
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    add me skype iftikhar1593 for ielts preparation
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  • December 19, 2016 at 4:56 pm
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    add me on Skype monucanada1

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  • December 25, 2016 at 10:41 pm
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    I want to practice IELTS speaking test sooner or later, please help to me because I am going to get IELTS in two months, Thanks in advance)

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  • February 13, 2017 at 3:39 pm
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    need a speaking partner,skype id Mrmax101991

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  • May 2, 2017 at 2:12 am
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    Amazing <3 <3

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  • September 11, 2017 at 4:25 pm
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    Hi, Pete. I am Indonesian. And your comments are helpful, everytime you make the videos.
    But from here example, i do not notice her fluency altogether, but she gets band 6. How could she? Are there other suggestions? Thank You so much

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  • December 1, 2017 at 7:18 am
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    My favorite channel.

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  • January 9, 2018 at 8:42 pm
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    Hı Guys , My name is Gokhan from Turkey. If you preparing IELTS or TOEFL you can add me in order to improve our speaking skills. My Band may be between 5-6 . My skype name :kurtgisi_1

    Thanks in Advance

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  • March 15, 2018 at 1:11 pm
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    In another video you said we need use a word which is native speaker always use, and in this video you said we need use less common vocabulary. So what exactly do you want?

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  • March 24, 2018 at 10:07 pm
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    I appreciate u its highly help full for us its great work

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  • May 28, 2018 at 11:48 pm
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    Could you write down here the last question which she answered ?

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  • June 28, 2018 at 9:34 am
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    Hii Pete,Could you tell me what examiners tick on a page during speaking tests because i had speaking test yesterday and the examiner ticked 2 times on a page where my name was written……Waiting for the answer…PLEASE REPLY FAST….

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  • July 9, 2018 at 12:38 am
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    What if you stop talking in the middle of your speaking bec you got mentaly blocked ?? Then you didnot answer other around 1-2 questions because you cannot think of any answer?

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  • August 4, 2018 at 10:22 am
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    I think I'm going to get a 6 too

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  • October 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm
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    I want score 6.0 too 😁

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  • March 5, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    Hello everyone. My speaking is 5.0 to 6.0. If you wanna practice, you can add my skype. We can share experience together.

    https://join.skype.com/invite/lRdy5QvInSeG

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  • March 20, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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    i hear french accent

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  • July 31, 2019 at 6:54 pm
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    I hope get 6 :(((( today was my exam

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