IELTS Preparation Part 2: Expressions for talking about likes and dislikes

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Today, you will be able to familiarize with the first part of the IELTS Speaking Test.

In this Test, there are four areas where your speaking ability will be assessed by the examiner.

These are fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy and pronunciation.


The first one is your fluency and coherence.

What do these mean? Well, fluency means how well you can speak continuously without the need to stop, and

coherence means the way you organize your ideas in a clear manner when you speak.

The second one is your lexical resource, this means

You use a range of vocabulary when expressing your ideas clearly.

The third one is your grammatical range and accuracy. This area assesses your ability to use English grammar well.

And the final one is your pronunciation.


In this lesson, what I will focus on is on the natural expressions that you can use to talk about the things you like and dislike.


I’m sure this lesson will be very useful for you in helping you to prepare for the IELTS Speaking Test.


The following questions are the kind of questions that the examiner might ask in this part of the test.


Now these are some of the questions;

What do you like about living in your hometown?

Do you like cooking?

Do you like playing any sports?

What do you like doing in your free time?


As you may notice, the question topics are somewhat familiar to you. Other possible topics might be about food, sport, or hobbies.


If the topic is food for example, the examiner might ask you questions such as:

What kind of food do you like? Or Do you enjoy cooking?


To answer these questions, you need to talk about how much you like or dislike them.


Here are the expressions that you can use instead of always using ‘I like’.  for talking how much you like things.

  • I'm a (huge/big) fan of…
  • I'm (really) into …
  • I'm (really/quite) keen on…
  • I'm (really/quite) fond of… 


On the other hand, if you want to talk about the things that you don't like, just put, not after the phrase, I'm instead of always using the phrase ‘I don’t like’.

Here are the expressions for talking about dislikes:

  • I'm not (really) a fan of…
  • I'm not (really) into …
  • I'm not (very) keen on…
  • I'm  not(very) fond of… 


So, in Part 1 of the Speaking Test, it is important that you show to the examiner that you are able to use a range of language.

Thank you

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