Like vocabulary for IELTS speaking

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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