Slang in IELTS Speaking

Words that you use while your IELTS speaking may have a great value. You need to pick the words wisely. Even if you are good at communicating in English but the words that you are using are not good enough, you get a low score. There are many candidates who falsely believe that they can spice up the communication with slang or informal words in IELTS Speaking.  It is true that you need to make use of informal words while taking the IELTS speaking test but at the same time it is important that you should avoid making use of too informal words or phrases that are categorized as Slang.

What is Slang? Why should you avoid the use of Slang in IELTS?

Oxford Dictionary defines Slang as a type of language that is very informal. Words and phrases are informal and are more suitable to use for spoken communications rather than written communication.

But, it is important to note that the slang is typically restricted to a particular group of people, a situation, etc.  

Check out some of the examples that are given below:

  • Hey, dude, the party was lit! Why didn’t you come?
  • Her aunt is really over the top of a drama queen. She is so extra.
  • Martha is so salty as her parents said no to party.
  • She had really ghosted her boyfriend
  • I was really shook when I saw that.
  • C’mon, spill the tea.
  • To my surprise, she was very quick to clap back to her friends.
  • I am so hangry now (hungry + angry)

Words or phrases such as lit, so extra, salty, ghosted, shook, spill the tea, clap back, hangry are categorized as Slang.

You are certainly not expected to make use of these kinds of words or phrases.

Even some abbreviations like gonna, wanna, should be avoided.

Try to make use of common or plain English. To be formal is always rewarded.

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