In IELTS Speaking Part 1 and Part 2, you are asked questions about your likes and dislikes. What is your favorite piece of clothing? What do you like about your school? Describe a teacher that you like. Please don’t use the same words like and love. If you aim to achieve a band 7 or above, you must demonstrate alternative ways of saying I like. Take a look at the list of words and show the examiner you have a breadth of vocabulary.
Talking about likes in IELTS speaking
To be fond of somebody/something very much (More permanent interest)
Example: 1) Well, I am fond of math and chemistry. 2) She was fond of dancing and knitting. 3) Mary isn’t fond of John.
To be keen on – liking somebody/something very much; very interested in somebody/something
(high degree of enthusiasm)
Example: 1) Jack is very keen on Laura. 2) She’s not keen on cooking.
To fancy – to want to have or do something; to have a romantic interest in someone
Example: 1) She fancies a drink tonight. Let’s go to the pub! 2) I fancy visiting Cambridge next Saturday. 3) He fancies his friend, but she is not into him.
To be into something/someone – to be very interested in
Example: 1) Lizzy is really into collecting comics.
To adore – to like very much or to love intensely with admiration or respect
Example: 1) I absolutely adore my new perfume. 2) Bella adores her sons.
To be fascinated by/with something/someone
Example: 1) I am absolutely fascinated by medieval towns and villages in the Costa Brava. 2) He is fascinated by the teacher because of his teaching style. 3) I’d be fascinated to visit a new place.
To be a fan of something (usually sports or team)/someone
Example: 1) I am a massive fan of basketball. 2) He has never been a fan of Manchester United. 3) Tony is not a fan of Lady Gaga.
To appeal – be attractive to someone. It is not a typical “I like” structure. Pay attention that the subject now is what you like and then add the verb appeal. Don’t forget – S at the end if the subject is singular!
Example: 1) The idea of writing appeals to me a lot. 2) What really appeals to me about this teacher is that she can inspire many students.
You can use appealing/attractive/as an adjective that means attractive or interesting
Example: 1) Taking IELTS is a very appealing idea. 2) There are many things that I find appealing in his personality.
To have a soft spot for somebody/something (idiom) – to feel a lot of affection for someone or something, often without knowing why
Example: 1) I have a soft spot for Fall Out Boy band.
To be attracted by – when you notice something.
Example: 1) We were attracted by the display of lights.
To be attracted to – to like something
Example: 1) He is attracted to pretty girls.
To delight in something – to get a lot of pleasure from something, especially something unpleasant
Example: 1) Some people delight in the misfortunes of others. 2) My sister always delights in telling me when I make a mistake.
To enjoy +noun or -ing
Example: 1) I enjoy jogging on Saturdays. 2) I really enjoy live concerts.
To be passionate/enthusiastic about
Example: 1) She is so passionate about blogging and travelling.
To be crazy (mad) about something/someone – to have extreme passion for something/somebody
Example: 1) Frank is totally crazy about The Walking Dead series.
Avoid saying I very like. This is incorrect! Use I like something very much.
To sound more natural, it is a good idea to use adverbs (totally, absolutely, completely, really, quite) with these verbs or adjectives.
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