IELTS Speaking Part 1: Dictionaries

A new topic in IELTS speaking part 1 this year. Learn some useful vocabulary and ideas for the topic of Dictionaries by watching this lesson.


  1. Is there any chance that examiner would change the questions after if we say no to what he asked
    For instance examiner: Do you often use dictionary
    speaker : NO

    • No, the examiner won’t change the topic. Just because you don’t use dictionaries often doesn’t mean your English language will fail and stop. You can still talk about what you do know, how you learn new words, when you use a dictionary, what you used them for in schools (or why you didn’t use them) etc etc. This is not testing your knowledge. Part 1 topics are about everyday life which you can talk about whether you like the topic or not.

  2. Hello Liz. Thanks so much for all the time. I am writing my speaking test on 7th this month. Please, can I get some recommendations and things to practice prior the time?

  3. Please madam , my speaking test is coming up in two days time, can you aid me on how to expand my communication time with the test officer. I feel my answers are too short . please ma how can i make it longer without speaking outside the topic of discussion . Thanks .

    • See the main speaking page for model answers and tips for speaking – click on the RED BAR at the top of the website.

  4. Nicolas Raggi says

    Hello Liz!
    About this subject, there are also technical dictionaries. Those dictionaries explain technical words related to an activity or profession which sometimes can`t be found in the regular ones, or the meaning for the specific subject often differs from the general use.
    Your webpage is awesome! It helps me a lot.

    • Thank you! Absolutely! My Grandfather actually wrote dictionaries and one of them as a dictionary of medical language for foreigners. I’m shamed that I forgot it!!

      • Could I know the name of your Grandfather’s dictionary? Thanks in advance!

        • My Grandfather wrote a number of books for English Language Learners. One was the Oxford University Press Dictionary of Idioms and the Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. However, these were older editions – not the new editions. My Grandfather has been dead for a few decades now. He also wrote a medical dictionary for Spanish speakers and some other books that I don’t remember.

  5. Somtoo Dominic Okolie says

    You are unique madam..
    I will love to meet you in future

  6. Wonderful Liz. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing, indeed sharing is caring . God bless you.

  7. Thank you so much Liz.


  9. Hi Liz,
    Is it expected to hamper my band scope if I use a word or a phrase that is strictly not english. E.g., Ad nauseum or QED?

    • You have to explain it if you use it. Some expressions are actually used in English, for example “dejavu” which is a French word now used in the English language. But it is a foreign word, not used in English, make sure you explain it.

  10. Thanks Liz for the free resources on this website. My speaking test is scheduled for January 17th, 2018. How I wish I had come across your website much earlier but I have learned a lot from your website.


  11. harpinder maan says

    Hlo Liz
    Today my speaking test
    So give me information about recent cue cards

  12. kamal kamboj says

    hello mam my speaking is not well so give any tips for me which for me more helpful

  13. Lupe Proscia says

    I dont suppose Ive learn anything like this before.

  14. Hi liz, your page has helped me a lot but my problem is that how will I improve my vocabulary , fluency , grammar and also how to elaborate my answers. Some of the questions got me thinking, how will I answer any question without thinking that long. Please Liz, I need you help urgently. Betty from Nigeria.

  15. I am sooo happy so choose this website .Shes alwys help me . Nd m sooooo glad god bless u liz . U help alwys the people 😌😌😌😊😊

  16. Hi liz . in the topic of study I want to know what is the different between “My Subject” and “My Major” .. like i’m study architecture .. is it subject or major ?
    and thank you so much ^^

    • The word “major” is mainly used in degrees whilst the word subject can be used for degrees, school etc.

  17. Hello Everyone,

    I have found all this material very useful, however, I just presented the IELTS few weeks ago and I had this question about an historic event in my country. I have seen and there is no examples given for this answer, so I recommend you to keep it in mind.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 An historic event could be anything – a war, a declaration, a new law, the day something opened or closed etc. Almost anything you can think of.

  18. Hi,
    My name is Aamir. I have appeared in IELTS twice before and always get 7.5 band as an average score. Since my IELTS has expired I shall appear again on the 4th of coming march but I do not find any time to prepare for it.
    Do you think I could maintain my score with a daily practice of 1 hour?
    Aamir Saeed

  19. thanks Liz madam… i appreciate your effort

  20. Hi Liz,

    This is such a useful clip.Your teaching style is really easy and quick to understand,very impressive.Well done,keep the blaze of teaching alive.Stay blessed,keep smiling!


  21. Thank you so much for your absolutely useful website and your perfect pronunciation of words.
    This video helped me alot.
    Thanks again.

  22. This video is very useful i prefer to all the ielts students to watch this lesson and improve your abilities.

  23. Really nice i like it 👍

  24. Thank you so much. I was so confused with this topic, however this video has helped me a lot on the topic.

  25. omid najari says

    Thanks Liz

  26. Hello Liz,
    Thank you so much for your motivated video lectures. I will sit for IELTS exam on 18th June this year. Please give me suggessions what I have to practice. I have problem in reading section 3 and it is helping me to ge poor marks 🙁

  27. Hi liz, I’m very happy to have known this site may God continue to bless u everyday as u help people like me. I have a question though, can one access a speaking ielts band 9 example either written or spoken without youtube? Cos my phone can hardly access that site. Lots of love from Nigeria

    • All model answers on this website are band 9 and do not require youtube. See each of the main pages on the red nav bar.

  28. Hey dear

    I wish I was a student in your class.

  29. Liz , you are the best! You have helped many people around the world! 🙂

    Cheers from Brazil!

  30. Hello mam could you please send me some question and answer for speaking so I can get good words and I will reach my goal thanks lot

  31. hello dear Liz
    I appreciate your effort

  32. hi liz , your website is really helpful , I have recomanded it to my other fellows , i wanted to ask you one Question , there is a word ” hitherto ” tell me can i use this word in my speaking test ? like can i say something like this ” hitherto i am not doing studies nor job but yes i have so splendid plans for my studies??? please answer

    • IELTS speaking is an informal test so it would be unnatural to use such a word in speaking.
      All the best

      • thank u so much I got it ma’am and sorry for posting that question again 😛
        anyways i gave my test and waiting for my result 🙂 hope so i will get my 6 , thank u soooo much for you website, students like me will always pray for u 🙂 keep it up mam

  33. hey …thank you for your lessons but i have one question …. how i can improve my speaking at home ?

  34. It is very useful website because this site has lucid clear speaking writing task 1 writing task 2 and vocabulary has been improved my idea and topic thanks

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