IELTS Speaking – Self Correction is Good or, Bad?

Good or Bad ?

In the IELTS Speaking test, it is okay to make mistakes and correct yourself.This shows the examiner that you realised you made a mistake.However, if you correct yourself too much, it will have a negative effect on your fluency score.Mistakes can be language mistakes (grammatical, lexical, etc.) or perhaps you said something in an unclear clear.In this post we will look at some simple ways of correcting yourself.

How To Correct Mistakes?

Native speakers also make and correct mistakes in their speaking.Mistakes can include things like accidentally using the wrong word, giving a wrong phone number, stating the wrong time, etc.When they correct themselves, they often use a short expression such as:

1) I mean …

2) What I mean is …

3) What I meant to say was …

4) Sorry I meant

5) I am Sorry. I meant


1)  get to home every day at 5 o’clock pm…I mean 5pm.(NOTE: we cannot say ‘o’clock’ and ‘pm’ together)

2) I live in a house for students…I mean a student hall of residence.

3) I’m going to…I mean I go to…work every day.

4) I cannot watch TV, go to the cinema or play sports.What I mean is I don’t have much free time.

  • What can we learn from our mistakes IELTS speaking?

    Always Learn From Your Mistakes. Make a note and add all your mistakes in it. Revise that note a day before your test.

  • Do you agree that we learn best from our mistakes IELTS?

    Yes. It is true. Give yourself healthy amount of preparation time so that you can cover all your mistakes and, then book your date. 

  • What are the speaking topics for IELTS?

    There are many topics. Trust me many topics. I would recommended  you t make topics instead  of finding it. Example – anything  surrounding  you like – laptop, Internet, or anything else. Keep making questions.

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