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130 IELTS Basic Speaking Vocabulary

The IELTS Speaking module tests your ability to communicate clearly and correctly in English. You are asked to talk with an examiner one-to-one test, totally 15-20 minutes. the speaking module usually follows the same three-part structure, though the topics vary from case to case.

Speaking test basically requires candidate to express idea by month. It means you should have a so-called speaking vocabulary: you not only know them, but also pronounce them clearly and correctly. If you try to get a higher IELTS score in speaking test, you have to build a larger speaking vocabulary. However, even if you just want a passed mark, the following 130 IELTS basic speaking vocabulary must be in your plate.

It is a minimum IELTS speaking vocabulary. Try to use them fluently and loudly with full confidence. It will ensure you shoot a good score in speaking test. If you don’t have time to learn and practice all of them, we remark stars (*) for some important words that you may start at first.

  1. fantastic Look Up *
    They did a fantastic job. Speak
  2. amazing Look Up *
    she makes the most amazing cakes. Speak
  3. absurd Look Up
    Gym shorts looked absurd on such a tall girl. Speak
  4. unbelievable Look Up *
    Your audacity is unbelievable. Speak
  5. intelligent Look Up *
    Annabelle is intelligent and hardworking. Speak
  6. annoyed Look Up *
    Kelly was annoyed with him. Speak
  7. gorgeous Look Up *
    Such a gorgeous color and exquisite decoration. Speak
  8. brilliant Look Up *
    You are a brilliant young mathematician. Speak
  9. monotonous Look Up
    Soon we heard a low, monotonous wailing of many voices. Speak
  10. doleful Look Up
    We dislike that doleful consequence. Speak
  11. stringent Look Up
    California’s air pollution guidelines are stringent. Speak
  12. efficient Look Up *
    It’s an energy efficient heating system. Speak
  13. outstanding Look Up *
    The team’s outstanding performance impresses me very much. Speak
  14. adventurous Look Up *
    They wanted more adventurous meals. Speak
  15. impatient Look Up *
    They are impatient for change. Speak
  16. practical Look Up *
    There are two obvious practical applications of the research. Speak
  17. romantic Look Up *
    He’s very handsome, and so romantic. Speak
  18. deliberate Look Up *
    He is a careful and deliberate worker. Speak
  19. ambitious Look Up *
    The scope of the book is very ambitious. Speak
  20. organized Look Up *
    I am systematic and organized enough to save things. Speak
  21. reserved Look Up
    He is a reserved, almost taciturn man. Speak
  22. sociable Look Up *
    We will visit a very sociable little village. Speak
  23. talkative Look Up *
    The talkative driver hadn’t stopped chatting. Speak
  24. unusable Look Up
    The steps were overgrown and unusable. Speak
  25. avid Look Up
    She was avid for information about the murder inquiry. Speak
  26. greedy Look Up *
    They got the greedy thief who plundered a defense contractor. Speak
  27. understanding Look Up *
    Foreign visitors with little understanding of English. Speak
  28. dedicated Look Up *
    Investing in dedicated bike lanes will encourage more bicycle commuters. Speak
  29. incurable Look Up
    The claim that a product can cure an incurable disease should sound alarms. Speak
  30. pretty Look Up *
    She is a pretty little girl with an engaging grin. Speak
  31. outgoing Look Up *
    She’s an extremely affable, jovial, outgoing type of person. Speak
  32. disorganize Look Up *
    Attacks on leading government figures might disorganize the regime. Speak
  33. frank Look Up *
    It’s a long and frank discussion. Speak
  34. generous Look Up *
    She was generous with her money. Speak
  35. tolerant Look Up *
    We must be tolerant of others. Speak
  36. inexperienced Look Up *
    This young lady is an inexperienced driver. Speak
  37. mischievous Look Up
    Two mischievous kittens had decorated the bed with shredded newspaper. Speak
  38. sensitive Look Up *
    The new method of protein detection was more sensitive than earlier ones. Speak
  39. sensible Look Up *
    I cannot believe that it is sensible to spend so much. Speak
  40. emotional Look Up *
    He was a strongly emotional young man. Speak
  41. sentimental Look Up *
    She felt a sentimental attachment to the place creep over her. Speak
  42. responsible Look Up *
    The gene was responsible for a rare type of eye cancer. Speak
  43. supportive Look Up *
    The staff are extremely supportive of each other. Speak
  44. passive Look Up *
    The women were portrayed as passive victims. Speak
  45. costive Look Up *
    If he did ask her she would become costive. Speak
  46. stingy Look Up
    His employer is stingy and idle. Speak
  47. malignant Look Up
    They were in the hands of malignant fate. Speak
  48. vigilant Look Up
    The burglar was spotted by vigilant neighbors. Speak
  49. omnipotent Look Up
    They argued an omnipotent sovereign on that point. Speak
  50. fierce Look Up *
    He kissed her with a fierce, demanding passion. Speak
  51. severe Look Up *
    The charges would have warranted a severe sentence. Speak
  52. intriguing Look Up
    No one forgot that intriguing story. Speak
  53. retarded Look Up
    In retrospect, it was a totally retarded idea. Speak
  54. discreet Look Up
    We made some discreet inquiries. Speak
  55. discreditable Look Up
    He must stop his discreditable conduct. Speak
  56. thrifty Look Up
    I’m cheap, or rather thrifty and money smart. Speak
  57. furtive Look Up *
    They spent a furtive day together. Speak
  58. shabby Look Up *
    A conscript in a shabby uniform saluted the car. Speak
  59. assertive Look Up *
    Patients should be more assertive with their doctors. Speak
  60. tangible Look Up *
    The emphasis is now on tangible results. Speak
  61. tempting Look Up *
    He cannot refuse a tempting financial offer like this. Speak
  62. tire Look Up *
    Soon the ascent grew steeper and he began to tire. Speak
  63. cynical Look Up *
    No one will accept her cynical attitude. Speak
  64. notorious Look Up *
    Los Angeles is notorious for its smog. Speak
  65. applicable Look Up *
    The same considerations are equally applicable to accident claims. Speak
  66. agitated Look Up *
    There’s no point getting agitated. Speak
  67. boldly Look Up *
    You will have our support as long as you fight boldly against corruption. Speak
  68. eminent Look Up
    He is one of the world’s most eminent statisticians. Speak
  69. dry Look Up *
    The jacket kept me warm and dry. Speak
  70. doleful Look Up
    We dislike his doleful look. Speak
  71. unavoidable Look Up *
    It’s the natural and unavoidable consequences of growing old. Speak
  72. inevitable Look Up *
    They believe that war was inevitable. Speak
  73. dignified Look Up *
    She maintained a dignified silence. Speak
  74. indispensable Look Up
    He made himself indispensable to the parish priest. Speak
  75. cunning Look Up
    A cunning look came into his eyes. Speak
  76. reveal Look Up
    The clouds were breaking up to reveal a clear blue sky. Speak
  77. flashy Look Up
    He always had a flashy car. Speak
  78. impressive Look Up *
    The photo shows us an impressive view of the mountains. Speak
  79. rational Look Up
    I’m sure there’s a perfectly rational explanation. Speak
  80. reasonable Look Up *
    It seems a reasonable enough request. Speak
  81. miserable Look Up *
    Their happiness made Anne feel even more miserable. Speak
  82. spontaneous Look Up
    The audience broke into spontaneous applause. Speak
  83. industrious Look Up *
    He struck me as being particularly hardworking, energetic and industrious . Speak
  84. studious Look Up
    We all noticed his studious absence from public view. Speak
  85. indolent Look Up
    They didn’t want any competition in the lazy and indolent stakes. Speak
  86. cosmopolitan Look Up
    His knowledge of French, Italian, and Spanish made him genuinely cosmopolitan. Speak
  87. radiant Look Up *
    She gave him a radiant smile. Speak
  88. versatile Look Up
    She just brought a versatile sewing machine. Speak
  89. canny Look Up
    The canny shoppers came early for a bargain. Speak
  90. cautious Look Up *
    The plan received a cautious welcome. Speak
  91. discreet Look Up
    We made some discreet inquiries. Speak
  92. immortal Look Up *
    Our mortal bodies are inhabited by immortal souls. Speak
  93. extravagant Look Up
    It was rather extravagant to buy both. Speak
  94. idle Look Up *
    Being idle won’t pay the bills Speak
  95. abstemious Look Up
    The monks here have willingly chosen this abstemious life. Speak
  96. frugal Look Up
    He led a remarkably frugal existence. Speak
  97. wholehearted Look Up
    You have my wholehearted support. Speak
  98. competent Look Up
    She spoke quite competent French. Speak
  99. sympathetic Look Up *
    He was sympathetic toward staff with family problems. Speak
  100. compassionate Look Up
    One of the lessons she tried to teach her son is to be compassionate. Speak
  101. eccentric Look Up *
    My favorite aunt is very eccentric. Speak
  102. interpersonal Look Up
    You will need good interpersonal skills. Speak
  103. introversive Look Up
    Try to find out those children in your class who are introversive. Speak
  104. cozy Look Up
    We have a cozy chat in lunch room. Speak
  105. lax Look Up *
    He asked to improve lax security arrangements at the airport. Speak
  106. conceited Look Up
    Not to be vain or conceited , but it was the truth and anyone sensible would agree. Speak
  107. extraordinary Look Up *
    Young children need extraordinary amounts of attention. Speak
  108. vernal Look Up
    We are shocked by the vernal freshness of the land. Speak
  109. futile Look Up *
    He knew it’s a futile attempt to keep fans from mounting the stage. Speak
  110. crooked Look Up
    His teeth were yellow and crooked. Speak
  111. timorous Look Up
    We heard her timorous voice and felt her nervousness. Speak
  112. harsh Look Up *
    The story took place on days of harsh military discipline. Speak
  113. consecutive Look Up *
    The project will last five consecutive months. Speak
  114. anti clockwise Look Up *
    To release the cover, move anti clockwise. Speak
  115. clockwise Look Up *
    Please turn the knob clockwise. Speak
  116. dread Look Up
    Jane was dreading the party. Speak
  117. instinctive Look Up *
    She has an instinctive distaste for conflict. Speak
  118. bleak Look Up
    She looked around the bleak little room in despair. Speak
  119. brisk Look Up
    I usually have a good brisk walk in the morning. Speak
  120. caustic Look Up
    The players were making caustic comments about the refereeing. Speak
  121. brittle Look Up
    Her bones became fragile and brittle. Speak
  122. unceasing Look Up
    The success is from the unceasing efforts of staffs. Speak
  123. climatic Look Up *
    Under certain climatic conditions, desert locusts increase in number. Speak
  124. clumsy Look Up
    A terribly clumsy fellow ruins efforts of all team members. Speak
  125. considerate Look Up *
    The girl is the quietest and most considerate tenants possible. Speak
  126. coherent Look Up
    They failed to develop a coherent economic strategy. Speak
  127. incredible Look Up *
    They did an almost incredible tale of triumph and tragedy. Speak
  128. constant Look Up *
    The company has kept its prices fairly constant.

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