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Communication: Practice Exercise

This is a common topic for IELTS speaking part 3. How good is your vocabulary for the topic of body language which is one part of communication?

Fill the gaps of these sentences with the suitable words:

1. I had no idea what she was talking about. Then suddenly she asked a question that I couldn’t understand so I just ………….. my shoulders and walked away.

2. My boss always tells tall stories. Yesterday he came to work with another unbelievable story but the only response I could give was to ……….. my eyebrows.

3. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s being late. Once I was in a really long meeting at work and by the time we finished I was late to meet my friend. During the meeting, I could feel myself getting impatient and my foot started ……………. on the floor.

4. I can’t stand watching films at the cinema because you can’t relax like you can in private, particularly when watching an action movie full of surprises and shocks. When there is a really sudden unexpected scene, my eyes ………. and my mouth ……… open which I find really embarrassing in public.

5. I remember once I was late for an appointment. When I arrived, which was over 1 hour late, I ………….  deep red and stammered an apology.

What words would you use to fill in the gaps above?

Answers: Follow this link for the answers: Body Language Vocabulary

Comments

  1. Hi Liz,
    I have a very critical question.I heard from one of the ILTS instructors in writing task 1. it’s not necessary to write a conclusion…what u think?

    • There is no conclusion in writing task 1. The examiner is looking for an overview in task 1 and a conclusion in task 2. This is not an opinion, it is a fact which IELTS has shown in the band scores.
      All the best
      Liz

  2. Mohan Angbo says:

    Dear Liz Madam,
    Could you please rate my filling in the gaps as following of the above task ?
    1. I had no idea what she was talking about. Then suddenly she asked a question that I couldn’t understand so I just shrug off my shoulders and walked away.

    2. My always tells tall stories. Yesterday he to work with another unbelievable story but the only response I could give was to wink my eyebrows.

    3. If there’s one thing I hate, It’s being late. Once I was in a really long meeting at work and by the time we finished I was late to meet my friend. During the meeting I could feel myself getting impatient and my foot started trembling on the floor.
    4. I can’t stand watching films at the cinema because you can’t relax like you can in private, particularly when watching an action movie full of surprise and shocks. When there’s a really sudden unexpected scene, my eyes brighen and mouth starts to open which I find really embarrassing in public.
    5. I remember once I was late for appointment. When I arrived, which was over 1 hour late, I turned into deep red and stammered an apology.

  3. 1. Shrugged
    2. Raised
    3. knocking
    4.widened/ strangely
    5.became

  4. Hi Liz,
    Here are my answers. I am eagerly awaiting your response.
    shrugged off
    raise
    tapping
    pop out
    wide open
    turned

    Thank you,
    Mekala

  5. Nongnapas Eakasan says:

    1 shrugged
    2raised
    3tapping
    4closed/wide
    5turned

  6. Shrugged,raise,tapping,unblink/remains,turned

  7. Mir Mohammed Belal says:

    1) Shrug
    2) knit
    3) Pulsating

  8. Hi Liz,

    1. Shrugged
    2. Raise
    3.Tapping
    4. Widen, hangs
    5. Turned

  9. 1.shrugged
    2.raise
    3.tapping
    4.fixed/wide
    5.blushed

    Regarding questions 3 and 4, I am not sure of my answers.

  10. nhật thi says:

    5. became / turned
    1. shrugged
    2. knit
    that’s what i know

    • A good try. If a person knitted their eye brows, it means they were concentrating really hard or possibly a bit angry. So, for this sentence it wouldn’t work. The key is “a tall story” which means a story that might be imaginary because it is too unbelievable. Think of what people do with their eye brows if they don’t really believe something. Check your answer tomorrow.
      Liz

  11. dear Liz, here are my guess words:
    1. shrug
    2. raise
    3. thumping
    4. pop, wide
    5. turned

  12. Christine says:

    1.raised
    2.lowered
    3.tapping
    4.closed/ widely
    5.turned

  13. 1,lift
    2.raise
    3.stamped
    4.wide
    5.turned

  14. Harpreet Singh says:

    1. shrugged off
    2. raised
    3. stamping
    4. pop out
    5. remain
    6. turned

  15. Shrug raised walking bulges wide turned

  16. Hi Liz,
    My name is Raj and
    I’m from India.
    on August 13 , I given a IELTS exam.
    I wrote in task 2 as per that requirements and your bolg aid me to do so .
    task 2— “some people say that government should not spend a money as
    they have disadvantage people like unemployed and homeless, to what
    extent do you agree or disagree. make the comparison where relevant”.

    I used following structure

    Introduction paragraph
    –background statement(today…..)
    –detailed background statement (this has been seen in……)
    —- thesis(…….disagree…this idea is supported)
    —- outline(2 point of view)

    supporting paragraph 1
    topic—-(Firstly)
    example(Take,India,for example..)
    discussion (it is cleared….)
    conclusion (.it is believed….)

    supporting paragraph 2
    —topic(on the other hand….)
    —example(For instance……in Nagaland.)
    —discussion(it is obvious….)
    —-conclusion (thus…..)

    conclusion paragraph
    –summary (2 POV)
    —restatement of thesis
    —recommendations (it is recommended..)

    Can you say this structure is going to help me for score better.
    I also used the words and phrases Like
    precursor, fortify,account,the world over,accomplish…. etc.

    reply plz.

    • I can’t say without seeing the actual ideas and how you presented them in each paragraph. Body paragraphs do not need conclusions. “It is believed” is about what other people think but this essay is only about what you think, not other people. Using such words as “precursor” and “the world over” will not help you get a high score unless all your vocabulary is accurate and strong. Just a few words won’t make much difference. The introduction only needs two statements, not three. Without seeing your essay, I can’t comment further but wish you good luck with your results.
      All the best
      Liz

  17. 1. Shrug 2. Raised 3. Stamping 4. Bulge/ gapes 5.turned

  18. Neeraj Mehra says:

    SHRUGGED
    RAISE
    TAPPING
    WIDEN and ________
    WAS IN

  19. Liz here’s my own answer to the question:
    1) Shrugged
    2) Winked
    3) Tapping
    3) Bulges and Drops
    Turned

  20. shrug
    frown
    stamp
    winden
    stays
    turned

  21. Hi dear liz
    Here is my trial;
    1/ pulled up
    2/ raised
    3/ knocking
    4/ bulge and strangely
    5/ became

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