The linking words you use in your IELTS speaking section tell the examiner how well you know the given topic and also helps the examiner to assess you based on your fluency.
For those who speak English often, linking words or linkers come without any effort. But you have to ensure that they are not overused. The linking words for speaking are different from that of writing.
Below are some of the linking words or connectors for IELTS Speaking.
Simple connectors in English:
They are also called as conjunctions.
Adding more Information:
When you have to add more information to the sentence, you can use the following linkers for IELTS speaking:
- Another reason is
Eg: Another reason for placing the pot outside is to get sunlight.
Eg: Also, he was interested in playing the piano.
Eg: The plant needs water and sunlight.
- As well as
Eg: He was a writer as well as a soldier.
When you want to describe ‘time’ in the sentence, then you can use the following IELTS speaking connectors:
- At the moment
Eg: At the moment, Tom looked like Jesse.
- Right now
Eg: I’m in a meeting right now.
- At present
Eg: At present, there are no openings in our company.
Eg: Now, we have a miniature version of anaconda called mini conda.
- These days
Eg: It is difficult to find a lotus pond, these days.
Eg: Nowadays, it is quite common to be late to home.
Eg: It used to be caterpillar before.
- In the past
Eg: In the past, India was ruled by the British.
- Years ago
Eg: Years ago, I used to play tennis.
- At that time
Eg: I was not available at that time.
Eg: Then, it used to be trams, not buses.
Causes and Solutions
When you have to describe the causes and solutions of the particular topic given, you can use the following linking words for IELTS:
Eg: Because I met with an accident, I’m unable to go to the office.
- I guess it is because of
Eg: I guess it is because of the weather.
- I suppose the best way to deal with this problem is
Eg: I suppose the best way to deal with this problem is to leave him alone.
- The main reason is
Eg: The main reason for painting the windows, is to prevent it from rusting.
- It was caused by
Eg: It was caused by the waves.
- The best way to solve this is
Eg: The best way to solve this is to put it in water.
When you have to express ideas for the topic given, you can use the following linking words:
- I think one important thing is
Eg: I think one important thing is missing here.
- I think the main difference is
Eg: I think the main difference between a hen and a sparrow is that the latter can fly high.
- I guess one difference is
Eg: I guess one difference between the twins is the colour of their eyes.
When you have to give examples for the topic given, you can use the following linking words:
- For instance
Eg: They must be creative. For instance, look at this statement.
Eg: He looked like his father.
- For example
Eg: For example, look at this piece of jewellery.
- Such as
Eg: He has worked for big companies such as DABC.
When you have to clearly state a sentence, you can use the following linking words:
- What I want to say is
Eg: What I want to say is, they don’t look alike.
- As I was saying
Eg: As I was saying, you should submit your taxes.
- What I mean is
Eg: What I mean is, you should not get scared of dogs, else they will bite you.
When you have to explain the other side of the topic, you can use the following linking words:
Eg: But, the movie was not very interesting.
Eg: While you were in London, your sister moved to a new house.
- On the other hand
Eg: On the other hand, it could have been better if it was handcrafted.
Eg: Although you know it well, you need to practice.
Eg: You should go via route A or B.
For stating an opinion
While giving your opinion about the topic, you can use the following linking words:
- As far as I am concerned
Eg: As far as I am concerned, it is all well.
- In my opinion
Eg: In my opinion, the couple should discuss their problems with a lawyer.
- I believe that
Eg: I believe that it is not good to invest in gold.
- From my point of view
Eg: From my point of view, both are equal.
To express agreement
To express that you agree with the topic that is given, you can use the following linking words:
- I am in an agreement
Eg: I am in an agreement with him.
- I quite agree that
Eg: I quite agree that I’m short.
- I accept that
Eg: I accept that I should oblige.
Eg: Exactly! That’s what I meant.
Signposting language is the manner in which the speaker guides his audience through the information.
Some Signpost words
- To begin with
- In the same way
Examples of signpost words in sentences:
To begin with, lets take a look at the eyes of the painting.
Ram had some inhibitions on driving atop the hill. However, his fears vanished later.
You should make a decoction for coffee but not in the same way as tea.
Unfortunately, his illness did not get any better.
Gap fillers in English language
They are also called as Discourse markers. Though their main purpose is to avoid fillers like “um” “ah”, they are also used to indicate emotions.
Well, John has breathed his last after much suffering. (Indicates emotion)
I kind of like it. (not sure of)
Importance of Linking Words
There’s a reason why linking words should be used:
- The linking words or connectors or linkers help test takers structure the sentences that they are going to use, speaking on the given topic.
- The linking words also help the test takers to go on speaking until the examiner asks him/her to stop. They also give you ideas which you can add while framing the sentence.
- The linking words can be used when you have to highlight while speaking. You can use the linking words in the introduction and conclusion.
- By using linking words you can also phrase an example if the sentence is given is not understandable.
- The purpose, as well as the opinion of the sentence that is spoken, can be explained using the linking words.
- If you can use the linking words correctly in the sentence, then you can get 25% of the marks.
There are a few tips that can be kept in mind while using linking words when a topic is given. Some of them are as follows:
- Linking words cannot be used everywhere. When the examiner asks you to talk about yourself it is advisable not to use linking words.
- The usage of linking words in the speaking test is completely different from the usage of linking words in the writing test.
- The linking word ‘Like’ can be used only during speaking, while giving examples. It is not advisable to use the linking word ‘Like’ while writing.
- You will not get a high score only based on how many times you have used the linking words. There should be some content which impresses the examiner to give a high score.
- The linking words must come naturally while speaking.