Common Mistakes: Vocabulary about work
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Common Mistakes: Vocabulary about work

Do you know the difference between earning a salary and earning a wage? Do you know what skills you have and what knowledge you possess? If you're not sure about the differences then this blog is for you. Here we will focus on the common mistakes made with the language around money and work. Removing these common mistakes from your writing and speaking will increase your band score. money wages salary job work knowledge skills employer employee employment unemployment  Common Mistakes at IELTS Intermediate… and how to avoid them, is a book which looks at the real errors made by students in actual IELTS tests and explains how to avoid them.  Here is an exercise for you. Note down any sentence that is correct and underline the problem in a sentence that is not correct. (Click to enlarge) Here’s a glossary to help you. Money – is used in a more general sense. Wage – a particular amount of money that is paid, usually every week, to an employee, especially one who does work that needs physical skills or strength, rather than a job needing a college education.  Salary – a fixed amount of money paid every year to an employee, usually paid monthly. Job – refers to the type of work you do.  Work – is used in a more general sense. Skill – an ability to do an activity or job well, especially because you have practised it.  Knowledge - understanding of a subject that you have studied over time.  Employer – the person or organisation who gives someone a job.  Employee – the person who does the job for the employer. Now check your answers here: Getting this vocabulary right will really help you increase your band score for vocabulary range and accuracy in both the Speaking and the Writing test. Here’s an example question for the IELTS Academic Writing, Task 2:   Listen to someone answering the above question. The language used to talk about the topic can also be used to write about that topic as it is quite formal language.  Notice how the vocabulary above is used to answer the question.     More advanced language To help you get an even better band score for vocabulary, here’s an exercise which introduces more advanced phrases related to the world of work. Match the words and phrases (1–5) with the definition (a–e).    Now check your answers:   These phrases were adapted from Vocabulary for IELTS Advanced. Check out the book for many more useful phrases on a wide range of IELTS topics.  A bit of fun Here’s an idiom related to work:   I hope you’ve found these common mistakes and how to avoid them useful. I also hope the vocabulary will help you feel more confident in speaking and writing about the topic of work.  Liz

Liz Marqueiro

12 February, 2021

Common Mistakes: Vocabulary about work

Common Mistakes: Vocabulary about work

Do you know the difference between earning a salary and earning a wage? Do you know what skills you have and what knowledge you possess? If you're not sure about the differences then this blog is for you. Here we will focus on the common mistakes made with the language around money and work. Removing these common mistakes from your writing and speaking will increase your band score.
  • money
  • wages
  • salary
  • job
  • work
  • knowledge
  • skills
  • employer
  • employee
  • employment
  • unemployment

Common Mistakes at IELTS Intermediate… and how to avoid them, is a book which looks at the real errors made by students in actual IELTS tests and explains how to avoid them.

Here is an exercise for you. Note down any sentence that is correct and underline the problem in a sentence that is not correct.

Vocabulary Exercise

(Click to enlarge)

Here’s a glossary to help you.

  • Money – is used in a more general sense.
  • Wage – a particular amount of money that is paid, usually every week, to an employee, especially one who does work that needs physical skills or strength, rather than a job needing a college education.
  • Salary – a fixed amount of money paid every year to an employee, usually paid monthly.
  • Job – refers to the type of work you do.
  • Work – is used in a more general sense.
  • Skill – an ability to do an activity or job well, especially because you have practised it.
  • Knowledge - understanding of a subject that you have studied over time.
  • Employer – the person or organisation who gives someone a job.
  • Employee – the person who does the job for the employer.

Now check your answers here:

Answer Sheet

Getting this vocabulary right will really help you increase your band score for vocabulary range and accuracy in both the Speaking and the Writing test.

Here’s an example question for the IELTS Academic Writing, Task 2:

Exercise from IELTS 14

 

Listen to someone answering the above question. The language used to talk about the topic can also be used to write about that topic as it is quite formal language.

Notice how the vocabulary above is used to answer the question.

 

 

More advanced language

To help you get an even better band score for vocabulary, here’s an exercise which introduces more advanced phrases related to the world of work.

Match the words and phrases (1–5) with the definition (a–e).

Exercise

 

Now check your answers:

Exercise Answers

 

These phrases were adapted from Vocabulary for IELTS Advanced. Check out the book for many more useful phrases on a wide range of IELTS topics.


A bit of fun

Here’s an idiom related to work:

Idiom related to work

 

I hope you’ve found these common mistakes and how to avoid them useful. I also hope the vocabulary will help you feel more confident in speaking and writing about the topic of work.

Liz

Liz Marqueiro

Liz has been teaching IELTS around the world for over 25 years.

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