How to Learn Any Language in Six Months, by Chris Lonsdale
Apr26

How to Learn Any Language in Six Months, by Chris Lonsdale

Introduction Hopefully this lesson will be useful for everyone. If you’re learning IELTS, you’ll be familiar with the desire to learn language quickly. Today’s speaker, Chris Lonsdale, says that you can become fluent in any language in just six months! It’s a bold claim and thus highly controversial. I recommend you listen and take note. He certainly has some good ideas, even if you can’t learn everything in just six months. The video...

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Improve your English listening skills with podcasts
Apr24

Improve your English listening skills with podcasts

The best thing about learning English is that there are so many amazing resources for doing it. One of the reasons that English is so commonly spoken across the globe is that you can find English resources everywhere – and not just in dusty old textbooks. Learning English needn’t be boring. Sometimes you have to study grammar and vocabulary, but you can also learn English through the fun stuff like TV shows, songs, novels,...

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The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong, by Dan Pallotta
Apr24

The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong, by Dan Pallotta

Introduction Dan Pallotta is an activist who believes we need to take a different approach to charity. In his TED talk, “The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong,” he argues for a radical rethinking in terms of charities. This listening is specially designed to help you listen for numbers and learn business terms. Vocabulary Let’s start by looking at some useful vocabulary from the video. Key Vocabulary Nonprofit sector n. – the...

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The nit-picking glory of The New Yorker’s Comma Queen, by Mary Norris
Apr19

The nit-picking glory of The New Yorker’s Comma Queen, by Mary Norris

Introduction Today’s lesson will be a little different from usual. We normally do a lot of listening exercises, but I’d like you all to appreciate and enjoy this very funny and informative video. So, instead of doing dozens of questions about it, we’ll just do a few and I’ll encourage you to learn about grammar and punctuation from a true master: Mary Norris of The New Yorker. Her TED talk is called “The nit-picking glory of The New...

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9 IELTS Phrases to Avoid
Apr19

9 IELTS Phrases to Avoid

There are many different ways to prepare for the IELTS exam, but in the end it is a test of your English skills. It is not about memorizing phrases or formulas. It helps to have a good vocabulary, and so you need to study appropriate words; however, you shouldn’t be memorizing phrases for the IELTS exam. Ultimately, the examiner wants to read your own words, and not someone else’s. Examiners have to read many IELTS essays and it...

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