Using and understanding synonyms comes naturally to native English speakers. However, it is crucial for non-native English speakers to purposefully use them in everyday conversation so that they become second nature.
But how can you do that? Answer: You should develop a strong vocabulary.
Developing a strong vocabulary is essential for success on the IELTS. To do so, as you learn new words, look up their synonyms in the dictionary as well. Pay attention to the synonyms in questions while you practice Reading and Listening. Try to use synonyms when you write or talk.
When you are expanding your vocabulary, circling keywords can prove to be a great practice. After circling the words, look up their synonyms and list them all. For example, when you encounter the word “great”, you can find several synonyms, such as “remarkable, fantastic, extraordinary, wonderful, sublime, and unmatched”. Did you see how easy it was to learn synonyms and develop vocabulary from one single word?
Now let’s take a look at the different types of vocabulary you’ll face on the IELTS Listening test: