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IDIOMS I LIKE:


When Pigs Fly :
Something that will never ever happen.

Wild and Woolly:
Uncultured and without laws.

Water Under The Bridge:
Anything from the past that isn't significant or important anymore.

Under the weather:
Feeling ill or sick.

Turn A Blind Eye:
Refuse to acknowledge something you know is real or legit.

To Make A Long Story Short:
Something someone would say during a long and boring story in order to keep his/her audience from losing attention. Usually the story isn't shortened.

The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall:
While the bigger and stronger opponent might be alot more difficult to beat, when you do they suffer a much bigger loss.

Start From Scratch:
To do it all over again from the beginning.
Smell A Rat:
To detect somone in the group is betraying the others.

Skid Row:
The rundown area of a city where the homeless and drug users live.

Rise and Shine:
Time to get out of bed and get ready for work/school.

Rome Was Not Built In One Day:
If you want something to be completely properly, then its going to take time.

Rule Of Thumb:
A rough estimate.

Run out of steam:
To be completely out of energy.
Practice Makes Perfect:
By constantly practicing, you will become better.

Pull the plug:
To stop something. To bring something to an end.

Pulling Your Leg:
Tricking someone as a joke.

Put a sock in it:
To tell noisy person or a group to be quiet.


Over My Dead Body:
When you absolutely will not allow something to happen.

Off On The Wrong Foot:
Getting a bad start on a relationship or task.

Off The Hook:
No longer have to deal with a tough situation.

Off the Record:
Something said in confidence that the one speaking doesn't want attributed to him/her.

On Pins And Needles:
Anxious or nervous, especially in anticipation of something.

On The Fence:
Undecided.

On The Same Page:
When multiple people all agree on the same thing.

Out Of The Blue:
Something that suddenly and unexpectedly occurs.

Out On A Limb:
When someone puts themself in a risky situation.

Out On The Town:
To enjoy yourself by going out.

Off On The Wrong Foot:
Getting a bad start on a relationship or task.

Off The Hook:
No longer have to deal with a tough situation.

Off the Record:
Something said in confidence that the one speaking doesn't want attributed to him/her.

On Pins And Needles:
Anxious or nervous, especially in anticipation of something.

On The Fence:
Undecided.

On The Same Page:
When multiple people all agree on the same thing.

Out Of The Blue:
Something that suddenly and unexpectedly occurs.

Out On A Limb:
When someone puts themself in a risky situation.

Out On The Town:
To enjoy yourself by going out.


I gave my ielts exam on 16 nov.

I wrote " In a Nutshell, it can be derived from the above assertion that ........

:( :( : I am really worried about my writing result :(

Wow! what a log list of idioms, khoory

Hi Simon,
I got my test results today. It's 8.0 overall,
with Listening - 8.5, Reading - 8.5, Writing - 7.0 and Speaking - 8.0. Thanks, your blog has been of great help to me!

Aminta,congratulation.

Can you share us any experience? That's almost the same score as a native speaker.

@Leo Dai,
Well, first of all, before I started the IELTS course I had been listening to BBC Radio 4 and reading English books for quite a while, so I was pretty familiar with both spoken and written English, although I never used it. I think before you start the exam rush you first need to make sure you understand the language. Then I started practicing, mostly Listening & Reading, as I was very afraid of the other two parts of the test. I managed to get 37-38 right answers in both soon, and I even got 9 (39-40) several times, that is, when I was 100% concentrated, so concentration is a key to high score. Sadly, I was very tense during the exam, this is why I got 8.5 in L&R I guess.
My preparation for Writing & Speaking lasted for only a month. I used IELTS Cambridge books, but most of the time I read reports/essays & speaking examples on this blog, and then tried to copy the technique and the style. You need to be careful with time, because during the test I spent half an hour on writing task 1, so I only had 30 minutes to spend on writing task 2, and it was a HUGE mistake, because it was worth 2/3 of the overall writing score. Finally, the Speaking part - well, I used to be very hesitant when speaking English, but conversation clubs helped me get rid of my shyness. I practiced questions from the Cambridge books, and right before my Speaking test I went through questions from recent exams (source: IELTS-blog.com) so I was fairly confident when sitting the test. Funny that a week prior to the test I took a mock-test with my teacher, and she said I'm about to get 6.5-7, because I was quite tense and made long pauses and used wrong vocabulary. Apparently, the confidence improved my score by 1-1.5 points! So be confident and KNOW you're a great speaker.

News editors decide what to broadcast on television and what to print in newspapers. What factors do you think influence these decisions? Do we become used to bad news, and would it be better if more good news was reported?
can any one give some ideas about this task?

thanks

FROM SIMON:

Hi Khoory,

Thanks for the examples of idioms!

However, those are the kind of idioms that I suggest you should AVOID for the purposes of IELTS. Most of them wouldn't be relevant or appropriate in the writing or speaking test.

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Hi Bhateri,

I wouldn't use "in a nutshell" in an IELTS essay, but don't worry - this one phrase won't affect your score.

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Congratulations Aminta. Great scores!

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Hi showry,

I'll try to make a lesson about that question soon.

Hi Simon thanks for all your lessons. I've been following your lessons for a while. You're a great man.
I would recommend book "Speak like American" for learning idiomatic language and how to use them correctly.

thanks Simon, i want appreciate for your help and i felt more confident after following your blog. i am taking my ielts exam on 7th dec. lets hope for the best..


This is the list of "most frequently used idioms" that I suggest my students to learn:

http://www.idiomconnection.com/mostfrequent.html

The good thing about this list is that it tells you the meaning of each idiom and gives you an example. I don't expect any student to learn/use all of them, but you will see that these are the kind of idiomatic expressions that are quite useful to deliver ideas/opinions/thoughts in both speaking and writing.

hi simon could u mention wed sites for online ielts practice tests.
waiting for answer thanks

@Aminta, thank you for sharing that. It is really useful.

Good link Martin. Thanks!

thanks.

Hi martin, the link is not available now. Would you mind posting the new link?

Great link! Thanks

tell me how to improve my vocab to score good bands in reading & writing modules

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