Lesson 4: Communication – Writing Band 8 Vocabulary

Lesson 4: Communication

  1. accuracy – the fact of being exact or correct
  2. communication – the imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium.
  3. conjecture – a guess; an opinion or judgment that is not based on proof
  4. dialect – regional language
  5. fluent – able to speak or write a particular foreign language easily and accurately.
  6. hesitation – the act of pausing before saying or doing something.
  7. language barrier – absence of communication between people who speak different languages
  8. linguist – someone who studies foreign languages or can speak them very well
  9. linguistics – the scientific study of the structure and development of language in general
  10. means – a method or way of doing something
  11. sign language – a system of communication for people who cannot hear that uses hand and finger movements
  12. vocabulary – all the words that exist in a particular language or subject
  13. incoherent – expressing yourself in a way that is not clear
  14. inherent – existing as a natural or basic part of something
  15. clarify – to make something clear or easier to understand by giving more details.
  16. comprehend – to understand something completely
  17. converse – to have a conversation with someone
  18. define – to say or explain what the meaning of a word or phrase is
  19. demonstrate – to show or make something clear
  20. emerge – to become known or develop as a result of something
  21. evolve – to develop gradually; to rise to a higher level
  22. gesture – to use movement to express a thought or a feeling
  23. illustrate – make clear or explain by stories, examples, comparisons, or other means
  24. imply – to suggest something in an indirect way or without actually saying it
  25. signify – to be a sign of something
  26. stutter – to speak or say part of a word with difficulty, esp. by repeating it several times or by pausing before it
  27. there’s something to be said for – said to mean that something has advantages
  28. needless to say – of course
  29. have the say – to be involved in making a decision about something
  30. when all is said and done – when everything is finished and settled; when everything is considered.
  31. having said that – despite what has just been said
  32. to say the least – to not describe something in the strongest way you could, often in order to be polite
  33. you can say that again – I completely agree with you
  34. that is to say – used when explaining more clearly what you have just said
  35. marine – related to the sea or sea transport
  36. odd – strange or unexpected
  37. devastating – causing a lot of damage or destruction
  38. recap – to repeat the main points of an explanation or description
  39. connotation – suggested or implied meaning of an expression; V. connote
  40. intimate – to make clear what you think or want without saying it directly
  41. narrate – to tell a story, often by reading aloud from a text, or to describe events as they happen
  42. profound – very great or intense
  43. youngster – a young person or a child
  44. merely – only; just
  45. intrigue – fascinate; to interest someone, often because of an unusual or unexpected quality
  46. pinpoint – to discover or establish something exactly
  47. idle speculation – speculation that is unlikely to be true
  48. ancestor – a person related to you who lived a long time ago
  49. wander – to walk around slowly in a relaxed way or without any clear purpose or direction
  50. chit-chat – informal conversation about matters that are not important
  51. Homo sapiens – modern humans considered together as a species
  52. string together – to arrange a group of things into a series
  53. grunt – to make a short, low sound instead of speaking, usually because of anger or pain
  54. archaic – ancient
  55. hyoid – a U-shaped bone in the neck that supports the tongue.
  56. larynx – an organ in the throat which contains the vocal cords (= tissue that moves to produce the voice)
  57. ritual – a set of fixed actions and sometimes words performed regularly, especially as part of a ceremony
  58. burial – the act of putting a dead body into the ground, or the ceremony connected with this
  59. hearth – the area in front of a fireplace.
  60. groom – to clean an animal, often by brushing its fur
  61. social grooming – is an activity in which individuals in a group clean or maintain one another’s body or appearance.
  62. alliance – a union or association formed for mutual benefit, especially between countries or organizations.
  63. opiate – a drug with morphinelike effects, derived from opium.
  64. banter – conversation that is not serious and is often playful
  65. smattering – a slight knowledge of something, or a small amount
  66. gurgle – (of babies) to make a happy sound with the back of the throat
  67. cling – to hold on tightly to somebody/something
  68. soothe – to make someone more calm and more relaxed
  69. primate – any member of the group of animals that includes human beings, apes, and monkeys.
  70. nomadic – a person who does not stay long in the same place; a wanderer
  71. maiden – a girl or young unmarried woman;

Some questions asked in previous IELTS Writing Paper that you would be able to write with the help of the vocabulary in this lesson:

  1. E-mail is now the easiest way to communicate with families and friends all over the world. Some people say that it does not have the sincerity of handwritten letters. Do you agree or disagree? Give specific details and examples to support your opinion.
  2. With the speed and ease of viral communication do you think it will totally replace papers and letters in their old form? If that happens, will it be for the better? Explain and provide specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
  3. There are opinions that technology and science are beneficial but also destructive. Due to technological advancement, mankind has irrevocably ruined nature and environment and affected the climate. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.
  4. In the future people will not need to have schools, galleries, museums or libraries because everything from education to culture and entertainment will be available online. Do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
  5. Being literate in technology or the internet is so popular that many believe that it will no longer be necessary to read conventional books as the main source of material for education. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.