Can I Use Idioms in IELTS Speaking?


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a popular test that assesses the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers. IELTS consists of four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The Speaking part of the test evaluates a candidate’s ability to speak English fluently and coherently. One question that often arises among IELTS candidates is whether or not they can use idioms in the Speaking test. In this article, we will explore this question in detail.

Understanding Idioms

Before we answer the question, let’s first understand what an idiom is. An idiom is a phrase or expression whose meaning cannot be deduced from the literal definition of its individual words. For example, “It’s raining cats and dogs” is an idiom that means it’s raining heavily. Idioms are an essential part of the English language and are commonly used in everyday conversations.

Using Idioms in IELTS Speaking

Now, let’s answer the question. Yes, you can use idioms in IELTS Speaking, but you must use them appropriately. Idioms can enhance your language proficiency and make your language more colorful and expressive. However, you should use them only when you are confident about their meaning and usage. Inappropriate use of idioms can make your language sound unnatural and can even result in lower scores.

Tips for Using Idioms in IELTS Speaking

Here are some tips to keep in mind while using idioms in IELTS Speaking:

  • Only use idioms that you are confident about.
  • Use idioms that are relevant to the topic.
  • Avoid using too many idioms in a single sentence.
  • Explain the meaning of the idiom if you feel the examiner may not understand it.
  • Practice using idioms in your everyday conversations to build your confidence.


In conclusion, using idioms in IELTS Speaking is allowed, but it should be done appropriately. Idioms can make your language more expressive and colorful, but using them inappropriately can negatively impact your scores. Remember to only use idioms that you are confident about and to use them in moderation. With practice and preparation, you can use idioms effectively in your IELTS Speaking test and improve your language proficiency.

Answer to the Question

Yes, you can use idioms in IELTS Speaking, but it is important to use them appropriately and in moderation. Using idioms can enhance your language proficiency and make your language more expressive, but inappropriate use can negatively impact your scores.

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