Language that Chinese IELTS Candidates Overuse in the Speaking Test (1/2)

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What do Chinese candidates overuse in the IELTS test, and what are suitable alternatives?

Memorised language. Isn’t that a nonsense statement? I mean all of our language is somehow memorised. But there’s a difference when it comes to memorised language which we are desperate to get out in a speaking test to show we know what we are doing.

There is language which the IELTS prep schools will teach you to regurgitate during the test, performed by every candidate, which causes a lot of repetition for examiners’. Many exams are grouped together in one day and it would be nice to hear a little variety, so below are the results of a survey to find out examiners’ most reviled responses. You may think “what’s wrong with that?” and, in some cases, the language itself isn’t a mistake, it’s just a little overheard and the examiner’s mind groups it into set of phrases which represent an unoriginal candidate.

So here are the top-rated most-reviled responses from candidates, and helpful alternatives.

Commonly used phrase
Hello teacher
How is it used?
To greet the examiner when you enter the room
Why examiner’s don’t like it
In English-speaking countries people don’t greet other people by their profession.
Suitable alternative
Just “Hello”. Some candidates use obsequious phrases like “nice to meet you” or “I’m glad to see you” but you do not need to bother, it is not going to be a lasting friendship.

Commonly used phrase
With the development of (economic/technoledge…)
How it is used
To link the idea that technology’s development is concurrent with/ the cause of another trend
Why examiner’s don’t like it
For a start, technoledge isn’t a word (perhaps tech-knowledge?) though the word ‘technology’ is fine. This is an overused phrase from the writing part.
Suitable alternatives
Technology has advanced a great deal and this means that…
Recently we’ve been making great leaps forward in technology, so…
We can see all around that technology has become a huge part of daily life. The implications of this are…

Commonly used phrase
As you know
How it is used
As a connective to introduce some personal fact “As you know, I’m a student at X university”)
Why examiner’s don’t like it
Because they’ve just met you and couldn’t possibly know this fact about your personal life