IELTS Writing task 1 provides candidates with the images of table/ chart/ or diagram and asks you to write a 150-word paragraph to describe them. However, we usually get stuck with idea for upward trend nouns. As the result, it is not difficult to see some random test takers’ essays with the word “increase” repeating for almost 5 times.

Keep using one word too many times not only lowers your band score but also makes your article become very boring to read. The reason is that this is also one of your marking criteria, lexical resource (accounts for 25% of the total mark), which means your ability to use a wide range of new words.

In order to prevent that consequence, it is obvious that you have to learn more to diversify your vocabulary, especially in comparing statistics or describing trends. This somehow might freak you out a little bit since there are too many things and you do not know where to start. It is ok, eJOY will give you a hand with that. This article will bring you 10 nouns to illustrate the upward trend. In particular, the last section will recommend some tips for you to remember those words, eliminate the stress of being short on vocabulary. Without further ado, let’s dive into it.

What is special about the list of nouns describing trends composed by eJOY?

Instead of just giving you a list of new words along with their meanings, eJOY has been working harder, gathering more information in order to come up with a brand new list. This list provides words, their meanings, and some examples of how to use them in different contexts. This will  help you to clarify the nuance of those words as well as memories them The list will contain:

  • Transcription

There is a fact that if you just write a word, but do not know how to pronounce it, then the chances are that you will forget about it sooner or later. In addition, you will struggle with making use of the word properly in different contexts such as conversation or presentation.

  • English meaning

When studying English, one of the common mistakes of learners is always trying to translate new words into Vietnamese. On the one hand, it might help you to memorize easier, however, the negative impact is that it could cause you to be dependent on the Vietnamese meaning all the time. Moreover, you are likely to study English in the Vietnamese way of thinking. Day by day, this will turn into a big obstacle for you to absorb a language.

If it confuses you, take this as an example. You all know the meaning of the word “book”, which is an object you use to read. Nevertheless, in the sentence “I want to book a room.”, “book” means the action of arranging to have a room at a certain time in the future. So, depends on each specific context, the word can have a different meaning.

Languages go hand in hand with culture
Languages go hand in hand with culture
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  • Example

The last element in the list is examples which give you a hint about how to use these words in real conversations so that it can be as natural and sounds like a native speaker as possible. So, do not miss it.

Nouns of upward trend describing for IELTS Writing task 1

No Vocabulary Phonetic English Meaning Example
1 growth UK /ɡrəʊθ/

US /ɡroʊθ/

an increase in size, amount, degree, level, etc. 1) the growth of sth:

+) The growth of farm spending has not been halted.

+) I have been impressed by the rapid growth of the fair trade movement.

2) growth in sth:

+) a 19% growth in internet use

+) The growth in the money supply was faster than expected.

2 increase UK /ˈɪn.kriːs/

US /ˈɪn.kriːs/

a rise in the amount or size of something There were 39,000 new cases last year – an increase of six percent.
3 rise UK /raɪz/

US /raɪz/

an increase a 5 percent rise in inflation
4 acceleration UK /əkˌsel.əˈreɪ.ʃən/ US /əkˌsel.əˈreɪ.ʃən/ an increase in the speed or rate of something 1) an acceleration in sth

There has been a rapid acceleration in the rate of growth of new orders.

2) a rapid/sharp/steady acceleration:

The sharp acceleration of inflation is hitting consumers hard.

5 development UK /dɪˈvel.əp.mənt/ US /dɪˈvel.əp.mənt/ the process in which someone or something grows or changes and becomes more advanced Ever since was formed in 1968, the company has been at the forefront of computer development.
6 expansion UK /ɪkˈspæn.ʃən/ US /ɪkˈspæn.ʃən/ the increase of something in size, number, or importance the rapid expansion of the software industry
7 gain UK /ɡeɪn/

US /ɡeɪn/

an increase in something such as size, weight, or amount After deducting costs, we still made a net gain of £5,000.
8 jump UK /dʒʌmp/

US /dʒʌmp/

a sudden increase Interest rates are now at 6.75 – that’s a jump of almost 2 percent.
9 ascent UK /əˈsent/

US /əˈsent/

the act of climbing or moving upwards She made her first successful ascent of Everest last year.


How to memorize these new words?

As to fill in your brain with all of these new words, you had better:

  • Write down all the words in your vocab notebook
  • Practice making sentences using these words
  • Remind yourself to study every day till it becomes a habit

Anyway, these are just the fundamental steps for you to follow. Not everyone can do that for the reason of time or something else. In addition, it might make you lose heart because, to be honest, it is kind of boring to do so every day.

Therefore, if you find your own way of studying new words, just try following it to see if it works or not. However, as an English learner as well, from my very own experience, I will share with you a tool that I have been using for a while to help my English studying become easier and interesting. It is eJOY app, with a click only, all the steps above can be done in a blink.

My 4 steps to learn vocabulary

  1. Download the eJOY app
  2. Choose a new word, double-click to highlight it to know the meaning in both English and Vietnamese
  3. Save the meaning
  4. Play games with the words many times in the eJOY Game Center
Looking up words using eJOY Extension
Looking up words using eJOY Extension

One of the superior points is that you do not need to think about when you have to revise those words again and how you can remember them. eJOY got you back by relying on the Spaced Repetition Algorithm. According to it, the words you have learned today will be forgotten in time. So, the solution is to remind you at the time you about to forget them. In addition, eJOY will tell you which word to study day by day.

eJOY reminds you to learn words everyday
eJOY reminds you to learn words every day

Not yet, eJOY is connected to the videos on YouTube that consist of the words you are learning, so you will have chances to play games with them. With the app, you can improve your English quickly to be fluent and natural as native speakers.

Learn words while you play games
Learn words while you play games

Observations are the best teacher. Experience yourself and enjoy. Download the app and use it free right now.

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