IELTS Vocabulary: ‘Hang Around’ (phrasal verb)

IELTS Vocabulary: ‘Hang Around’ (phrasal verb)

 

Hang around is another very common but natural (and idiomatic) phrasal verb. It’s quite versatile so it can be used in a range of part 1 speaking topics.

So for example if you are asked about shopping you can say you like to hang around town or at the mall. If you’re asked about books, you can reply that you enjoy just hanging around at the library. If you’re asked about the countryside, you can say you love spending your weekends, hanging around in the countryside.

Make sure you practise vocab as part of a whole question. You could use notes to help you but don’t rely on them. Don’t learn it word for word. It should be a different each time – that’s normal.

And remember, your answers don’t have to be 100% true. It’s not a truth test. It’s an English test.

So what does ‘hang around’ mean?  It means: ‘To spend time in a place waiting or not doing anything’.

“Some guys I know like to hang around in bars, chatting to girls. Some girls I know like to hang around town, doing a bit of window shopping. Teenagers seem to love hanging around malls. A lot of people like to hang around in the park or at the beach, just enjoying the atmosphere.”

Now it’s your turn! Put your answers in the comments.

Do you enjoy hanging around places? If so, where and why?

Try practising these questions by yourself. Let me know how it goes!

 

 

IELTS Vocabulary: ‘Hang Out’ (phrasal verb)

IELTS Vocabulary: ‘Hang Out’ (phrasal verb)

Hang out is one of the first phrases that I encourage my students to practise for the speaking test.

That’s because it’s an example of idiomatic vocab (required for band 7+), so it’s natural and commonly used by native speakers. Also it’s extremely versatile – it can be used in a wide range of part 1 speaking and even writing topics.

So for example you are asked about whether you like cooking and you reply that you enjoy just hanging out in the kitchen. If the examiner asks you about your weekends, then you can say that you love  hanging out in the countryside. If they ask you about books, you can respond by saying that you like nothing more than hanging out with a good book. ..get it?

And by the way, your answers don’t have to be 100% true. It’s not a truth test. It’s an English test.

So what does ‘hang out’ mean? It means ‘To spend time with people or in a particular place’.

“Most people like hanging out with their friends or family. Some people like to hang out at a cafe, or the library, just people watching. Some people like to kill a few hours by hanging out with a good book. Others like to hang out in the park or at the beach, just watching the world go by. These days, a lot of young people enjoy hanging out on Facebook. Some people like hanging out with their pets. Others don’t like hanging out with anyone. I was hanging out at the park the other day and I ran into an old friend.”

Now it’s your turn! Put your answers in the comments.

Who do you like to hang out with?

Where do you like to hang out?

 

 

IELTS Speaking & Vocabulary: How to Improve your Spoken Vocabulary

IELTS Speaking & Vocabulary: How to Improve your Spoken Vocabulary

One of the most fun and important ways to improve your IELTS speaking score is with vocabulary.

But this means improving your active vocabulary – using it as well as knowing it!

So you want to improve but you never get around to practising or you just don’t know the best way.

Sounds familiar? Well, you’re not alone. But luckily help is at hand. Try out these tips:

Five Steps for Improving your Spoken Vocabulary

1. First choose some natural vocabulary that you want to use more – this could be a phrasal verb, a linking phrase or some academic vocabulary.

2. Next, write them down, maybe on your hands or on a post-it note and stick them on the wall. Maybe on the fridge, near the kitchen sink, next to the bed, anywhere where you can build them into your daily routine.

3. Every day make different kinds of sentences using the phrases. So for ‘hang out’, I like to hang out with my cat. Yesterday I was hanging out at the park and I ran into an old friend.

4. The next step is to practise the whole question. At first, make some notes to help you but then later ditch the notes, and do it without them. Don’t worry if your answer changes over time. That’s what you want – make it more natural.

5. Practice as often as you can – on the toilet, in the shower, on the way to work. Try it out, let me know how it goes.

Now it’s your turn! Put your answers in the comments.

How do you improve your spoken vocabulary?

Which new words have you learnt recently?

 

IELTS Vocabulary: ‘Threat’ (noun)

IELTS Vocabulary: ‘Threat’ (noun)

Hello everyone! The IELTS vocabulary word I want to talk about today is ‘Threat.

Threat means that you intend to someone else harm. A threat is a promise to hurt someone in some way in the future.

Some of the most common collocations are threat of punishment, make a threat, pose a threat, deal with a threat, under threat, and a serious threat.

 Here is a video from our YouTube channel on the word ‘Threat.’

 

It’s a noun so having an adjective before it (serious threat) is very common. There is also an adjective form of it (a threatened species).

Here’s a quote that I really like the word ‘threat’: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Now it’s your turn! Put your answers in the comments.

Technology is developing at a rapid pace and becoming better than people at many tasks.

What are some of the biggest threats this brings to future generations?

 

IELTS Vocabulary: ‘Affect’ (verb)

IELTS Vocabulary: ‘Affect’ (verb)

 

Hi everyone! Today’s word is affect. Affect means to have an impact or effect on something. It is the verb of ‘effect,’ which is a noun. For example, the increase in monkey population will greatly affect the number of available bananas.

Some of the most common collocations for affect are: affect your health, affect performance, affect the environment, adversely affect, seriously affect, indirectly affect.

Bob Dylan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWQWh86sJsA) once said: ‘Nothing can affect my voice, it’s so bad.’

It is a verb. There is often an adverb before it (badly affect, negatively affect) or after it (affect negatively, affect badly).

The stress is on the beginning of the word. It is pronounced əˈfɛkt.

 Here I am on our YouTube channel lecturing you about ‘Affect.’

 

The noun form is much more common. It is spelled ‘effect’ and the stress switched to the /fekt/ part in the noun.

Here’s an example sentence: The loss of helium on Earth would affect society greatly.

Now it’s your turn! Put your answers in the comments.

Who has deeply affected your life? A teacher? A family member? A friend?

 

IELTS Vocabulary: ‘Perception’ (noun)

IELTS Vocabulary: ‘Perception’ (noun)

Hi everyone! Today’s word is perception /pəˈsɛpʃən/. Perception is how you view the world. It means the same thing as viewpoint, but we use it in different situations.

We often say that there is a different from perception and reality.

How do your friends see you? Maybe they think you are really hard-working. But in fact you are lazy. In that case, there is a difference between perception and reality: they think you are hard-working but in fact you are lazy.

Some common collocations for perception are: public perception, relationship between perception and reality, reinforces the perception, change someone’s perception.

Here are some example sentences using the collocations:

The public perception of Donald Trump is that his life is chaotic.

The relationship between perception and reality changes depending on how well you know a person.

People think I’m lazy and I reinforce that perception by falling asleep at work all the time.

To change everyone’s perception of me I need to drink coffee and stay awake.

 Here I am on our YouTube Channel hanging out by the river and telling you about ‘Perception.’

Here’s a famous quote: ‘Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything.’ Stephen Colbert.

Now it’s your turn! Put your answers in the comments.

What is your friends’ perception of you?

Hard-working? Lazy? Friendly? Kind? Evil?