You'll love these five great tips for the IELTS speaking test – and the examiner will be impressed!



Hi. I am from Burma and I have no opportunity to practice speaking English. Where can I find strong speaking partner?

Hello philip thet Paing,

The ideal place would be an English class, but if that's not possible there are still several things you can do. First, you can still improve a lot even without a partner or without a partner who has strong English skills. How to do this is described in the 'How can I improve my speaking?' section on our Frequently asked questions page. Our Facebook page also has good advice on this.

I'd particularly recommend using Elementary Podcasts, which many of our users have found very useful. As you listen to each section of a podcast, mark phrases and sentences in the transcript that you think would be useful and practise pronouncing them over and over again until they are easier for you to say. Try to use these phrases in your daily life -- even if there's no one to speak English with, you can speak or think them to yourself.

Have a go and let us know how it goes. Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

very nice film
helpful for begginer

Mam,how to start speaking

i wanna ask when we take speaking test are we going to use spoken english where you are more relaxed and using lesser grammar or written english we i should use pristine grammar ?

Hello The_Negativ_0ne,

Accurate language use is more important in written work than in speaking, as we make up our language at high speed when speaking. Mistakes are inevitable and are expected - for native speakers as well as language users. Of course, this does not mean that accuracy does not matter, but the nature of speaking is taken into account in the exam.

For more information please take a look at our site for IELTS candidates, TakeIELTS, where you can find advice on this and many other aspects of the exam. The speaking section is here and the preparation section is here.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi. I am from Azerbaijan. 28 years old. All are good advices. I am going to take the exam İELTS. But İ think that, my basic problem is about listening. İ understand any move after 2-3 times listen. What can you advise about it?

Watch English movies or tv series with subtitles and eventually your listening will improve. Along with this, practice listening sample papers everyday, this would surely help. Best of luck.

Hello Elgun,

Welcome! Our Frequently asked questions page has some general advice on improving your listening, and I'd also recommend you take a look at TakeIELTS for additional specific tips on preparing for the listening part of the exam. If you have any other questions after reading through those pages, please don't hesitate to ask us.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team