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IELTS Speaking Vocabulary - Family & Friends

James Liu October 12th, 2021

In this video, you are going to learn some great vocabulary you can talk about your family and friends. This video will be very, very helpful if you are taking the IELTS because they often ask you to talk about your family and friends in the speaking section.


Some family-related IELTS speaking questions:

  1. How many people in your family?
  2. Tell me about your family?
  3. Who do you get on best within your family?

Talk about your family:

  • Immediate/Nuclear family (siblings, parents, children, spouse)
  • Extended family (grandparents, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins)
  • One’s in-laws
  • close/distant
  • On my mother’s side/father’s side
  • my family is pretty spread out
  • Get on best with someone
  • It runs in the family
  • The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
  • Sibling rivalry

Talk about parenting:

  • bring up/upbringing
  • raise
  • foster
  • Instill values to/for children
  • Extol
  • Impose punishments/ ground children / give kids time-outs
  • spoiled

Some friends-related IELTS speaking questions:

  1. Do you have many friends?
  2. Are most of your friends from school or from outside school?
  3. Are you still close to your school friends?
  4. Tell me a bit about your best friend?

Describe your friends:

  • Close friends
  • Bosom friends
  • confidante
  • buddy/sisters/bestie
  • Fair-weather friends
  • acquaintance
  • netizen/net pal

Describe you and your friends’ friendship:

  • Have been through thick and thin together
  • Lose touch with someone
  • Drift apart
  • Have a lot in common
  • Get on like a house on fire
  • Get on well with someone
  • Hit it off with someone
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