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Idioms and Its Proper Use in IELTS Speaking Task

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What is an Idiom?

Why use an Idiom?

Does the use of Idioms increase score in the IELTS exam?

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In simple words, Idioms are sentences, words or expressions that do not covey the literal meaning but act as an analogy or a metaphor to resemble something else.

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What I mean by this is, to understand an Idiom, don’t go by its literal meaning. When one says “it is raining cats and dogs”, they do not actually mean that cats and dogs are falling from the sky but what they mean is, it is raining heavily.

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Now, it is said that the correct use of Idioms in the IELTS Speaking Test can result in a band score of 7 or higher. If you use an Idiom with the proper inflection, then the examiner will spot it out and boost your IELTS Score, and to whom or what the idiom is directed.

Do not use an idiom while speaking or writing in IELTS Exam unless you have a full understanding of it. While speaking, you need to assert emphasis on certain words, fluctuate the voice tones, show your body language and emotions the way you want the message to be conveyed. Using the idiom in a flat manner or without any fluency will make it seem very unnaturally placed in the sentence.

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In writing, unlike the verbal emphasis, here the examiner will themselves implicitly understand the tone, and the emphasised structure used in the sentence. So, in the IELTS Speaking, use an idiom while describing an event to the listener. In IELTS Writing, try to restrict the use of Idioms only to informal writing.

Now, it is good to use idioms in the IELTS Exam, but don’t use it if you don’t understand it. NEVER try to mug up idioms or try to fit it in a sentence purposely. Scoring a band score of 7 or more doesn’t solely depend on the use of idioms, there are also other factors playing a part. The examiner doesn’t want a person who can use an idiom but the way they use them- that’s the scoring part. If you don’t understand them, do not bother to use them in the exam otherwise you would just end up losing marks over them.

To raise your score in the IELTS Speaking Test, here are a few common Idioms you can employ.

and then some. – in addition to. He paid hundreds of dollars and then some.

over the moon– to be extremely happy or pleased. She was over the moon when she heard the news.

a piece of cake– very easy. Climbing this hill will be a piece of cake for me.

burn the midnight oil– to stay up late. I’ll have to burn the midnight oil to finish this report.

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found my feet– to be comfortable in a situation. I asked Alex whether I could stay with him until I found my feet.

go the extra mile– to make more efforts. Are you willing to go the extra mile for her?

call it a day– to end the work for the day. I’m very exhausted, I’m going to call it a day.

dicey– the situation is not certain, a gamble. The future of this company looks a bit dicey.

set in their ways– stubborn, not ready to change. My grandparents are quite set in their ways.

cost an arm and a leg– quite expensive. Those bags can cost you an arm and a leg.

So, these were some of the commonly used idioms you can take advantage of in the IELTS Exam but again would like to remind you that it’s not necessary to use any idiom unless it perfectly fits in the sentence, and is fluently spoken. Remember you don’t have to try to become a master when you’re not even naïve. Just focus on laying down one brick at a time and correctly. You don’t have to worry about the wall, just focus on the brick. So, you need to practise speaking every day and inculcate idioms in your daily life. For IELTS Speaking tips, make sure to read this blog Boost your IELTS Speaking Score to Band 7 or Higher.

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Started in 2015, Internshala Trainings is the learning hand of Internshala and offers various trainings created by experts in 19 in-demand skills including ethical hacking, programming with python, internet of things etc

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French is one of the most popular foreign languages to learn among today’s generation. While it is a fascinating new skill to learn, adding this language to one’s resume could benefit them both academically and professionally. Pixabay

Internshala Trainings, the trainings arm of Internshala, has launched its first ever language training – French language training. The beginner level training will help the learners to read, write, and converse in French. The major highlight of the training is the ‘in-built speech recognition engine’ which helps the learners practise their pronunciation. In this, the learners would be able to see a French word or phrase, its phonetic, and its audio pronunciation on the screen. After going through these, the learners will be able to record themselves speaking the word/phrase via the microphone and check if their pronunciation is correct or not.

The 6-weeks long training features scenario-based learning where interactions between characters in different day-to-day settings would help learners understand the language in a better manner. The training covers 15 basic topics of French in 4 different modules which include an introduction to French language, learning how to introduce oneself and other people, learning to conduct basic conversations in outdoor settings like while dining or shopping, and learning to make other day-to-day conversations like talking about renting a place, getting a job, or planning an outing in French. 

Additionally, to make learning fun and simpler, the training is packed with engaging quizzes and multiple exercises such as fill in the blanks, arrange in order, MCQs, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and match the following. 

The training is created by a French language expert, Rachna Sachdev, who has been learning and practising French for over 10 years. She finds the French culture fascinating and emphasises that French is an interesting language to explore and opens up various career opportunities for the Indian students in both India as well as abroad.

On the launch of the French training, the Founder and CEO of Internshala, Sarvesh Agrawal said, “From the past 5 years, we are thriving to skill Indian students for the professional world through Internshala Trainings. All the trainings that we offer are beginner-level trainings to provide students with an opportunity to explore and learn new skills without having any previous knowledge of the subject. So far, our trainings taught most sought-after skills in engineering and management fields, and with the launch of French language training, we are stepping into new waters to bring out exciting trainings which are both fun to learn and add to students’ career journey in newer domains.”

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Internshala Trainings, the trainings arm of Internshala, has launched its first ever language training – French language training. The beginner level training will help the learners to read, write, and converse in French. Pixabay

He further added, “French is one of the most popular foreign languages to learn among today’s generation. While it is a fascinating new skill to learn, adding this language to one’s resume could benefit them both academically and professionally. It could help students who are aspiring to pursue higher education in French universities and can certainly catalyse the job searching process in France for them irrespective of their career domains.”

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Started in 2015, Internshala Trainings is the learning hand of Internshala and offers various trainings created by experts in 19 in-demand skills including ethical hacking, programming with python, internet of things, data science, digital marketing, financial modelling, creative writing, and so on. The training platform aims to empower students by skilling them as per the industry standards as well as encourage them to explore new horizons through beginner level trainings in popular categories.

For more details or to enrol in the training, visit: http://bit.ly/e-fren