Discussing money in IELTS Writing and Speaking

I had an interesting discussion with a student yesterday about money. After learning some idioms related to the topic, she was able to use the expressions below to talk about herself.

  • I think that designer goods are a complete rip-off!
  • When my son goes to university, I’ll probably have to foot the bill.

These are great phrases to use when you discuss your opinions with your IELTS examiner! Remember that idioms form part of your speaking assessment in Lexical Resource, which is 25% of your total speaking score, so try to practise using them naturally as often as you can.

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You can watch parts of the lesson below:

The topic of money may arise in some IELTS Writing Task 2 questions such as:

Some people argue that it is more important to have an enjoyable job than to earn a lot of money. Others disagree and think that a good salary leads to a better life.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

or in IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions like

  • In your opinion, why do many people derive pleasure from spending money? 
  • Do you think that people are happier if they have money? Why (not)?

How would you answer these questions? What idioms about money could you use here?

Until next time!

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