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9 useful words for IELTS

Meaning: equal to someone or something

Examples of use:

In speaking part: My grades last semestre were on par with the best student in my programme, so I feel it would be accurate to say I am motivated by succes.

In writing task: After looking at both parts of discussion, my personal sentiments are on par with idea that strict parental control produces a more productive member of society.

Meaning: something unstable / negative in nature / changeable

Examples of use:

In speaking part: My professional schedule has been quite volatile this past year. I’ve thus found it difficult to maintain hobbies. I tend to exersice where I can, but I wouldn’t say there is a regular pattern to it.

In writing task 1: The figures exhibit volatile between the years 1996 and 2000; however, a revision to stability is seen in 2002.

In writing task 2: For example, the volatile nature of weather in Caribbean countries can make tourism unpredictable and therefore, unreliable.

Meaning: a period of time that shows inactivity

Examples of use:

In speaking part: When I first started studying English in Australia, my skills grew rapidly. However, after I returned to my home country, my language abilities unfortunately plateaued/hit a plateau. I attribute this to the fact that I did not have anyone to practice English with.

In writing task 1: Following a rapid growth from 60 to 180 barrels in the first month of 2002, corn oil production hit a plateau of 200 barrels between February and April. In May, however, the trend once again reverts to climbing and reaches the highest for the year at 275 barrels.

Meaning: to describe something that stimulates interests / to provoke; arouse

Examples of use:

In speaking part: After visiting a science and technology museum as a child, my interest in computer programming was piqued.

In writing task 2:Firstly, technology can pique the interest of students in a way that encourages focus and information retention. For example, modern university lecture halls make it possible for classrooms in Canada to use music, video and the Internet as a means of maintaining the attention of students during class time.

Meaning: to introduce opposing ideas / a fact or condition incompatible with another speaking

Examples of use:

In speaking part: Contrary to my personality, my sister is very outgoing and tends to make friends easily.

In writing task 2: On the contrary, several disadvantages stem from the use of technology in the classroom.

Meaning: something that occurs in the same manner / very similar and often happening at the same time

Examples of use:

In writing task 2: Firstly, several parallels exist between Harry Potter and other fantasy series you likely have enjoyed. If you liked the setting of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter will not disappoint you, as it takes place in a medieval world richly populated by both humans and other forms of intelligent life.

Meaning: something that is accepted willingly and can be used in one’s advantage

Examples of use:

In speaking part: I embraced the opportunity to study abroad.

In writing task 2: Thus, it is clear that students who embrace the study of another language are positioning themselves for future academic and professional opportunities.

Meaning: to make (something, such as a task or action) slow or difficult or weaker / hold back

Examples of use:

In speaking part: Distraction has definitely been a challenge for me. Being social, I feel, is a big part of the university experience. However, being too social can hinder a student’s ability to focus, and this can directly impact academic performance.

In writing task 2: Firstly, addressing corruption around the world can bring protection to the rights of the poor, and this helps better the economic situation of those in need. For example, corruption in China has historically hindered the development of a legal system able to protect the poor against extortion. However, recent anti-corruption campaigns have shed some light on this problem, and this has led to modest improvement in the rights of those that lack wealth.

Meaning: to keep (someone) in a position, job, etc.

Examples of use:

In speaking part: Yes, I believe I will someday. I’ve travelled quite a bit, but I’ve always retained a feeling that I’d like to live in my home country long term.

In writing task 2: Firstly, if a single language is spoken and taught the world over, this could make it difficult for people to retain their cultural identity.

Bharathi Kannamma is the first transgender candidate for office in India after a court officially recognized transgender people this week. You can learn more about her anti-corruption and living standards campaign by watching this Guardian video