IELTS vocabulary lessons with word lists, practice exercises and pronunciation. Learn word lists for common topics and how to pronounce words correctly in English. Vocabulary is 25% of your marks for IELTS writing and speaking and also plays a key role in listening and reading.
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Vocabulary for IELTS Topics
Below are IELTS topics for improving your vocabulary.
- Art: Paintings
- Body Language
- Crime & Punishment
- Clothes: Casual and Formal
- Education: School & University
- Environmental Problems
- Food: Vegetables
- Musical Instruments
- People: Parts of the Face
Improve your IELTS vocabulary score by learn useful tips for paraphrasing in IELTS. You need to learn to paraphrase correctly and avoid errors to get a good score in all skills, particularly IELTS writing. Knowing which words to repeat and which words to paraphrase is essential.
Paraphrasing Video: How to paraphrase and avoid errors
Get a list of over 100 common uncountable nouns with practice exercises. This is an essential page to view before your IELTS test. The most common vocabulary mistake in IELTS is with uncountable nouns.
Common Uncountable Nouns List
Idioms count for your score of vocabulary. They are informal and should not be used in writing. But you can use some of them in IELTS speaking.
Individual Words for IELTS
Improve your vocabulary by learning the exact meaning of words and how to use them correctly. These lessons are either words lists or lessons which focus on how to use a particular word correctly. For students aiming to reduce the number of errors in their writing and speaking, these lessons are essential.
Vocabulary Lessons for IELTS Writing
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a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
To a vast majority, fountain pens are an affectation.
contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions
Paul believes the medical advances made in treating HIV over the past decade have led to people becoming more complacent and taking more risks.
an event or situation that happens at the same time
Quality and equity in education must be conceived as concomitant.Washington Post (Apr 17, 2012)
deserving blame or censure as being wrong or injurious
But the state is even more culpable, making bad decisions about the design of the program, particularly the contractual requirements related to field testing.New York Times (Jun 26, 2012)
= blameworthy, blameable, guilty
moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles
The depravities of leading men in TV dramas traditionally don’t leave permanent scars.New York Times (Jul 6, 2011)
= a corrupt or degenerate act or practice
choose and follow a theory, idea, policy, etc.
But one complicating factor potentially cancels out much of the optimism espoused yesterday.Scientific American (May 11, 2011)
- adopt, embrace
causing irritation or annoyance
The high pay phone costs in Germany are particularly galling for many troops because they can call home from combat areas for much less.New York Times (Mar 2, 2012)
= annoying, irritating
a distinctive characteristic or attribute
And within those types, they found hallmark genetic changes that are driving many cancers.
deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
After an ignominious two years, the program was scrapped.BusinessWeek (Nov 4, 2011)
= dishonourable,disgraceful, inglorious, shameful
According to my “hospitality insider,” nefarious guest activities are only becoming more foul and disturbing.Slate (Jul 3, 2012)
marked by blithe unconcern
Indian society's nonchalant attitude towards the disease must change as well.Nature (May 23, 2012)
= unconcerned, casual
make less severe or harsh
Here are a few ways to mitigate problems and frustrations.Nature (Jul 5, 2012)
= lighten, palliate,
cause to continue or prevail
Many accused the show of mocking Islam and perpetuating racial stereotypes.
a natural inclination
Most unfortunate, and misleading, are the links these reporters imply between military service, mental health and an increased propensity for extreme violence.New York Times (Jul 3, 2012)
come to terms
Fighting and reconciling is a major part of any healthy relationship.Slate (Apr 24, 2012)
someone who is punished for the errors of others
“Our folks are so angry and frustrated about being used as a scapegoat that they’re going to continue to engage in this battle.”New York Times (Jun 9, 2012)
spend thoughtlessly; throw away
In his world fortunes are constantly being made and squandered.
= spend extravagantly
take the place or move into the position of
Company officials say they hoped to see a national sales tax law in place that will supersede state laws.
A few years ago, the idea of blind drivers seemed ludicrous.
= absurd, nonsensical, idiotic, humorous, laughable, ridiculous
potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
“Uncertainties about the fiscal outlook in the United States present a particular latent risk to global financial stability,” Mr. Viñals said.New York Times (Jul 16, 2012)
= potential, possible
> inactive (not presently active)
The work is pushed steadily, with tenacity, but results are slow in coming.Orth, Samuel P.