Here are good phrases to use in your answers in IELTS exam, when you should tell a story in Speaking Part2.

 

Storytelling vocab — List of frases and collocations

(Someone) always told me that...
As soon as we ..., we ...
be in a blue mood
be over the moon
blown away by smth
egregious mistake
flabbergasted (adj)
hectic (adj)
I couldn't contain my happiness / excitement
If I had known how ... it [is/can be/would be], I would have ...
If my memory serves me well
in the very next moment
it slipped my mind
it was a no-brainer
many moons ago
To begin with, ...
vividly remember
While we were there, we decided to ...



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Storytelling vocab — Explanations & Examples

#507
(Someone) always told me that... — Someone always told me that...
My father always told me that I should study Math.

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#512
As soon as we ..., we ... — -
As soon as we arrived, we unpacked our bags and found out that we left all our t-shirts at home.

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Idioms and collocations
#354
be in a blue mood — be in depression
When I'm in a blue mood I like listening to instrumental jazz, it really heals me.

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#339
be over the moon — to be very happy
When I got that results I was totally over the moon!

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#541
blown away by smth — impressed, overwhelmed, or excited by smth
We were totally blown away by that concert.

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#575
egregious mistake — outstandingly bad mistake
It was an egregious mistake to start without a business plan.

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#524
flabbergasted (adj) — feeling shocked, surprise
When they saw those mountains first time they were flabbergasted.

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#568
hectic (adj) — very busy and fast, full of activities
Honestly, it was one of the most hectic mornings in my life.

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#506
I couldn't contain my happiness / excitement — I didn't hide my emotions
When I saw the results I couldn't contain my happiness!

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#513
If I had known how ... it [is/can be/would be], I would have ... — Type3 Conditional sentence
If I'd known how in-demand programming would be, I would have started to study it much earlier. // If I'd known how fascinating it is, I would have visited this place earlier.

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#550
If my memory serves me well — If I remember correctly
If my memory serves me well, I think it was in early 1990s.

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#509
in the very next moment — right after smth
In the very next moment that police officer asked us to stop.

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Idioms and collocations
#338
it slipped my mind — I forgot about smth
For instance, last year I forget about my best friend's birthday, it totally slipped my mind!

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#508
it was a no-brainer — it was really easy decision
It was cheaper and closer to the beach, so it was a no-brainer that we chose this apartment.

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#407
many moons ago — a long time ago
Many moons ago I used to play guitar every day.

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#510
To begin with, ... — first of all
To begin with, I've never been a good singer.

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#593
vividly remember — remember with strong, clear images in the mind
I can still vividly remember some events of when I was 3 years old.

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#511
While we were there, we decided to ... — -
While we were there, we decided to visit that famous castle.

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