Expressions for IELTS Speaking

Expressions for IELTS Speaking

Expressions for IELTS Speaking

Expressing Feelings of Joy & happiness    

  • It’s great!                    
  • That’s great!               
  • It’s wonderful!
  • That’s wonderful!                   
  • Great! 
  • Beautiful!       
  • Wonderful!    
  • Excellent!       
  • Terrific!                      
  • What a wonderful day!                      
  • I love it!                     
  • I’m so happy!             
  • Just the thing!             
  • That’s exactly the thing that I wanted!          


  • It’s terrible!
  • It’s awful!       
  • Terrible!
  • Awful!
  • Horrible!         
  • How disgusting!         
  • I hate it!          
  • I can’t stand it!
  • It was the worst party (trip, food, day, etc.) in my whole life!          


  • It doesn’t make any difference to me.
  • It doesn’t matter.        
  • It’s all the same to me.
  • I don’t care.    
  • I couldn’t care less.     
  • Suit yourself.  

Approval, praise, admiration          

  • You did a great job!   
  • It’s great! It’s wonderful!       
  • That’s great! I’m so proud of you.      
  • Well done!     
  • You did it!     
  • That’s my boy! / That’s my girl!         

Complaining, annoyance, disapproval       

  • I wish you wouldn’t take my books without permission.       
  • I thought I told you not to smoke in this room.         
  • I thought I asked you to be here by nine o’clock.      
  • How many times do I have to tell you to turn off the light when you leave?
  • Oh, how could you?   
  • You should be ashamed of yourself. 
  • Shame on you!           

When someone is bothering / annoying you          

  • Leave me alone!         
  • Mind your own business, will you?   
  • Stop bothering me!    
  • Lay off! (slang)          
  • Get lost! (slang)         

Anger, annoyance, resentment       

  • Why on earth should I do it? 
  • Who (the hell) do you think you are?
  • How dare you!           
  • For heaven’s sake! Oh God!  
  • Oh darn! / Oh hell! / Damn! / Damn it!         
  • That’s it! / That does it!          

Asking not to get angry       

  • Don’t get upset.          
  • Calm down.   
  • Take it easy.   
  • Don’t get mad!
  • Cool it. (slang)           

Asking not to worry 

  • Don’t worry about it.  
  • Don’t worry. Everything will be all right.      
  • Calm down.   
  • Take it easy.
  • Relax. 

Disappointment, complaining about life    

  • I feel so disappointed.
  • Just my luck.  
  • What a day! What a life!        
  • Life is hard. Life is unfair.     
  • That’s life. What can you do?
  • Oh well. That’s the way it goes.         
  • So much for (my hopes of getting a promotion at work).     


  • I’m sorry to hear that.
  • I know how you feel. 
  • That’s too bad.
  • Bad luck. / Hard luck.
  • Oh dear!         


  • Cheer up!       
  • Everything will be all right!   
  • It’s not the end of the world!  
  • Don’t give up. Hang in there. 
  • Don’t worry. You’ll be all right.         

Surprise, disbelief    

  • Oh really? / Is that so?           
  • That’s amazing!          
  • That’s incredible!        
  • I’m really surprised that (he said it).  
  • No kidding? Are you serious?           
  • You must be joking! You’re kidding!
  • I can’t believe it.         
  • It can’t be true!           

Doubt, uncertainty   

  • I’m not (quite) sure about it.  
  • Maybe, but I am not sure.      
  • I’m not sure. I’m not so sure.  
  • I don’t know yet. I have to think about it.      
  • I have mixed feelings about it.          
  • I doubt it.       

Physical pain

  • Ouch! That hurts!       
  • My left foot hurts.      
  • I have a terrible headache. 
  • I have a pain in my chest.

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