Speaking advice: Use fillers

It’s always recommended that you use some kind of gap fillers to speak fluently. Fillers are kind of words or phrases that you use while speaking. For example, “hmmm…” , “Oh, let me see….” and there are so many of them. You almost inevitably use them when you’re talking about some complex issues or when you’re discussing something.

Use Fillers while speaking to sound more natural

English Speaking fillers


You use fillers even in your language without noticing them. Native speakers always use them in speaking when they are thinking about some complex issues. This allows them to carry on speaking without pausing much.

Today, I’m just giving you few fillers that can mostly use at the beginning of a sentence and they will allow you some time to think about a topic. If used properly, they will be very helpful in making your speech sound natural. So, let’s take a look at few and their usage in IELTS questions.

Fillers in Speaking

English language fillers

1. Well

Now, it may look very short and simple filler. However, when used naturally, it will create a huge impression. Many students however fail to understand the tone of this word and they speak as if they are using it forcefully. Listen to its natural use and then use it in your speaking.

What are your main job responsibilities?

Well, As I said, I am an electrician. So, I try to maintain all the electrical panels and note down electrical power consumption throughout the day. I also manage most of the emergency switch overs to emergency battery supply in case of power failure.

2. Hmmm, That’s a tough one.

You can use it mostly in the part 3 questions because there you’ll find some very complex questions and they may be hard to respond to immediately.

Would you say that in the future, there will be less job opportunities due to technological advancements?

Hmmm mmm, That’s a tough one. I guess there will be less jobs as far as manual work is concerned because we tend to use machines for hard labourious tasks. On the other hand, there will be more opportunities for software and IT professionals as more and more automated systems make way into our households and offices. So, I’m not really sure.

3. To be honest,

When you’re expressing something in detail and especially when you want to express an opposite point of view.

4. Unfortunately,

When you want to say something that didn’t happen due to luck. Because of your bad luck, you failed to get something.

Do you like this job?

No, actually I hate this job. To be honest, it’s not so much rewarding and exciting as my previous job. Unfortunately, as we moved to San Fransisco, I had to take up this job.

5. All in all

It’s a short phrase that could be used to sum up your talk. This can be used in part 2 or part 3 mostly because that’s where you need to sum up your talk very smoothly.

When you’ve spoken about your memorable journey you can end that particular talk by simply saying: All in all, it was an experience of a lifetime and I would never ever forget this trip to Philadelphia.


Now, as a part of your study, you can collect such expressions and phrases for your English speaking and note them in your notebook. Review them and use them in your speech with your speaking partner.

Look at your list with your friends, review them and make a commitment to use them for a week while you practise speaking. That way you will start using them naturally. Can you find any other filler? Which are they?

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