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IELTS Speaking Vocabulary : Relationships

In today’s post, I would like to share with you some phrases and expressions, which could make it easier for you to deal with the Relationship topic both in a real life situation and in a test environment.

At the very beginning, I want to provide you with some collocations to describe the positive and negative effects of relationship

Advantages of Being in a Relationship

  • To share laughter and happiness together

Example: At the weekend, I prefer spending time with my family, so we can share a laugh and be happy together

  • To have a person who is there for you whenever you need

Example: Being in a relationship means you have a person who always is there for you when you are in trouble.

Disadvantages of Being in a Relationship

  • To have less time for other social relationships

Example: When you are in a relationship, you will have less time for other social relationships

There is also a wide range of useful phrases to talk about relationships (Love, Friendship, Family)


1. To get to know: begin to know someone

Example: I have known Mary since I was a little boy, and we have been best friends until now.

2. To get on well with: to understand someone and enjoy similar interests Example: My girlfriend and I get on well with each other because we try to understand each other’s interests.

3. To hit it off (with someone): to quickly become good friends with

Example: As a sociable person, Peter can easily hit it off with Sara.

4. To go back years: to have known someone for a long time.

Example: Mary and I go back years and we always make sure to keep in touch with each other.

5. To strike up a relationship: to begin a friendship

Example: Mia and I struck up a relationship since we were high school students and until now we still keep in touch.

6. To enjoy someone’s company: to like spending time with someone

Example: We are best friends, and we always enjoy each other’s company

7. A healthy relationship: A good, positive relationship

Example: Tom and Mia have a healthy relationship, and they always help each other out of trouble.

8. To have a lot in common: to share similar interests

Example: we became best friends since we were ten because we had a lot in common.

9. To have ups and downs: to have good and bad times

Example: All relationships have ups and downs, but some people prefer to break up rather than work it out.

10. To keep in touch with: to keep in contact with

Example: Although we have not seen each other in person for a long time, we still keep in touch.

11. To lose touch with: to not see or hear from someone any longer

Example: My high school friends make a promise to try not to lose touch with each other.

12. To drift apart: to become less close to someone

Example: I really appreciate our friendship so I hope that I will never drift apart from her.

13. to fall out with: to have a disagreement and stop being friends

Example: Having a lot of arguments for ages, we fell out with each other

14. to work at a relationship: to try to maintain a positive relationship with someone

Example: All relationships have their ups and downs. The point is that we should work at the relationship rather than give up on it

15. to cement a friendship: to make a relationship stronger

Example: I always set aside time at the weekend to come over to visit my best friend to cement our relationship.


1. To break up: to end a romantic relationship

Example: She decided to break up with her boyfriend because they didn’t have a lot in common

2. To fall for: to fall in love

3. fall head over heels in love: really love somebody

4. To be in relationship: to be romantically involved with someone

Example: He was not married, but he was in a stable relationship.

5. To love at first sight: to fall in love immediately you meet someone


1. To see eye to eye: to agree on a subject

Example: My parents see eye to eye on many aspects of their lives, so they barely find themselves in conflict.

2. To start a family: To conceive or have a first child.

Example: After tying the knot for 2 years, we made up our mind to start a family.

3. To tie the knot: get married (= get hitched)

Example: John and Lisa tied the knot. They’re now on their way to their honeymoon.

4. Blood is thicker than water: family relationships come before any other relationship/priority.

Example: When anyone in the family gets into a problem, other members will help out because blood is thicker than water after all.

5. A close-knit family: a family get on well, support each other & see each other a lot

Example: Family is the most important thing in the whole world and we ought to prioritize to make it a happy and a close-knit family.

6. Flesh and blood: people who are part of your immediate family

Example: While she is not my flesh and blood, she is really like my sister

7. Pop the question: propose marriage

Example: They’re well matched in their interests, yet he hasn’t popped the question because both of them are not ready to settle down and have children.


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