Video: Quote Other People for Higher Part 2 Scores

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Today you’ll learn how to quote people for higher Part 2 scores on your next IELTS Exam.

quote people higher part 2 scores

In IELTS Speaking Part 2, one of our strategies is to tell a story.

This works for any IELTS Part 2 topic!

When you tell a story, you should be describing something that you have clear memories of, so you can provide specific details, creating and image in the examiner’s mind.

Often in stories, we report on what other people said to us, or what we hear others say.



When we quote others, our voice automatically changes. This shift in our voice is key to getting higher scores for pronunciation.

You must demonstrate various pronunciation features in order to get a 7+, like intonation and stress.

Therefore, quoting others and changing our expression is an easy way to prove you can vary how you speak.


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Plus, it adds flavor to your story, making it sound more native and natural, leading to better fluency scores. This strategy is especially good for those of you who may not be naturally expressive!

It’s also good for informal vocabulary.

Instead of saying “she/he said”, you can talk like a native and say “she/he was like…” or “she/he was all…”.

For instance, if you are describing a problem you had on holiday, you can say:

She was like, ‘We don’t open for another week!’”

He was all, ‘You can’t take pictures here. I’m getting security!’”

Practice including one or two quotes in your next Part 2 story, and see those scores improve!

What do you think of today’s strategy?

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  • MEAN :
    1) mean (v) : What do you mean? , I don’t really mean that, sorry.
    2) mean (adj) : He is a mean person. Don’t be so mean!
    3) mean (n) : Airplane is a mean of transport. I’ll marry her by any means necessary.
    I don’t have the means to travel around the world right now, but I’m planning to do it when I’m 60.

  • cissy54

    Hi Lindsay and Michelle, nice episode! I learnt a lot from your role play and was amazed by how many new ways to use a simple word like “mean”. I have a follow-up question for you around two other simple words. Can you help tell the difference between “intense” and “intensive”? Thank you!

    • Thanks for your question. We will try to answer this on the show soon.

  • Sergio

    In spite of your comprehensive explanation, I still have doubts about the word mean in expressions like “he says what he mean, he mean what he say”. What does it mean (no pun intended)

  • 3 KEYS makes sense. IELTS students are really warming up to this work of art. It is a BIG quick win for a battle. Let’s sort it all out once and for all.