What are linking words?
Words that join the ideas of two distinct sentences in a phrase or sentence are called ‘linking words’ or ‘conjunctive words. Using connectors accurately is a key to score well in IELTS speaking. You need some easy and natural linking words to connect your ideas or stories. Thus, it gives your sentences a logical sequence.
Let us discuss linking words for IELTS speaking in detail:
Linking words for expressing ideas
To express ideas or thoughts, following connectors are used for speaking. Every time someone wants to express his opinion he uses the phrase ‘I think’
- I think the main difference is
I think the main difference is attitude towards life which makes someone happy or sad.
- I think one important thing is
For me, I think the most important thing is ‘education” when we talk about solving unemployment issues. That’s the only way we can educate our youth, so that they get success in life.
- I suppose the main difference between X and Y
I suppose the main difference between Imran khan and Salman Khan is the use of social media. Imran uses social media quite well as compared to Salman.
Causes and Solutions
To explain causes and solutions, use following connectors:
- I guess
I guess I should visit Canada.
- The main reason is
The main reason behind Pakistan falling economy is poor finance ministry.
- It was caused by
It was caused by poor weather.
Because of poor governance, the country has not been able to resolve the basic issues.
- I suppose the best way to deal with the problem is
I suppose patience and analysis are the best ways to deal with a problem.
Giving Examples (Linking Words for IELTS Speaking)
To give an example we can use the following connectors in speaking. Please do not use ‘like’ as linking words in IELTS writing.
- For example
For example, look at this picture.
- For instance
They must be innovative. For instance, look at this article.
- Such as
Nidhi has worked for many good companies such as ‘product industry’
She was busy like her mother.
These connectors should be used to clear your point of view.
- What I mean is
What I mean is, one should focus on his ambition.
- What I want to say is
What I want to say is, you cannot satisfy all people.
- As I was saying
As I was saying, this is the wrong way to explain.
Adding more information
To add more information, or to link two sentences with similar ideas, use these connectors.
- Another reason is
She does not like watching dramas now; another reason of not watching TV is that her favorite actor has left drama industry.
You will come tomorrow and start your work again.
- As well as
Indian Government should take care of our education system, as well as employment opportunities.
People who are educated are treated well. Also people respect them.
I worked hard to write articles. Additionally, I started work to stay fit.
You should use time phrases to highlight either the discussion is about past, present or future.
Now we should work hard as a nation to achieve success.
- At the moment
At the moment, there are no employment opportunities for fresh graduates.
- At present
At present, maintain your healthy diet otherwise you will look weak.
- Right now
Pakistan needs to take some important decisions right now.
- In the past
We have glorious history in the past.
Work hard before it is too late.
- These days
Poor people are facing trouble these days.
- Year ago
He died two years ago.
First, I went abroad, and then I met with him.
Importance of using linking words
- Linking words or conjunctive words in IELTS are used join ideas. They help to make your conversation meaningful and logical. It means, they are used as cement to join bricks.
- For examiner, fluency and coherence matter a lot. Linking words make 25% of your exam marks.
- The linking words can be used to highlight time phrase. Additionally, they can also be used for contrast or comparison.
- The purpose as well as opinion of the sentence can be explained through connectors. Also, improve your vocabulary by reading this article, ielts vocabulary.
Tips to use Linking words
- Whenever you read novel or newspaper, you may hardly try to focus consciously on connectors, while preparing an IELTS exam push yourself to do so. Learn to use linking words without stuffing to have natural look.
- For getting high score, it does not matter how many times you have used Linking words. Only the content is important which can impress the examiner.
- Linking word such as ‘like’ is not advisable to use in written exam. The word ‘like’ can be used in speaking module.
- You can get a detailed information on linking words for IELTS speaking part 1 and linking words for speaking task 2 and much more about IELTS from ieltsdass.com
|Linking words||Types of linking words|
|Additionally, Also||Complex connectors|
|On the other hand||Contrast|
|For this reason||To express ideas|
|Since||To give reason|
|Well||To give yourself time|
|Actually, I want to say||To explain your point of view|
|I quite agree||To express agreement|
|I must admit||To confess something is true|
|Despite, yet||For comparison|