Some vocabulary to use to talk about traffic in your IELTS Speaking test
In your IELTS Speaking test, if you get asked to talk about the traffic where you live, why not impress the examiner by using a range of vocabulary. If you use some of the following words or phrases, you’ll show the examiner that you have enough vocabulary (including some less common vocabulary) to talk about this topic.
You could use the following vocabulary to describe how bad the traffic is:
- heavy traffic, e.g. ‘The traffic is heavy getting into the city most days’
- congested, e.g. ‘Most of the main roads in and out of the city are congested’
- bumper to bumper, e.g. ‘The traffic is often bumper to bumper’
You could use the following vocabulary to describe the time of day when there’s a lot of traffic:
- rush hour, e.g. ‘The traffic can get very bad during rush hour’
- peak hours, e.g. ‘The traffic is heavy during peak hours’
You could use the following phrase to describe being in traffic:
- stuck in traffic, e.g. ‘If you drive regularly, you’ll get stuck in traffic sooner or later’
All of this vocabulary is from the articles I recommended you read in our blog posts ‘Did you read the news about the world’s worst traffic jam?‘ and ‘Some interesting IELTS reading practice‘. All of the examples are how I would have used the vocabulary to describe the traffic in London when I lived there 10 years ago.
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