Participle Clauses
Jan08

Participle Clauses

Participle clauses are a kind of adverbial clause in that they give extra information (such as reasons, time, conditions, or results) to the sentence. They are often used in formal writing, and as such, they make a very useful addition to an IELTS essay. What is a Participle Clause? Put simply, a participle clause normally appears at the beginning of a sentence, using the present or past participle, but taking its subject in the...

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Describe a Book You Have Read Recently
Jan06

Describe a Book You Have Read Recently

Today we’re going to look at a question from the IELTS speaking part two, also known as the “long answer” question. In this part of the exam, as you probably know, you are expected to speak for about two minutes on a given topic. The topic will be present to you on a “cue card” and you will then have a minute to make notes before you speak. In this lesson, we’re going to look at the topic of books. There are lots of different ways...

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Bitcoin: The Future of Money
Dec29

Bitcoin: The Future of Money

Everyone is talking about Bitcoin these days, and for good reason. For nearly a decade, it has been quietly revolutionizing money, and most experts think that it will continue to do so in the future. In this fascinating TED talk, Neha Narula talks about the blockchain and what it means for all of us.   Vocabulary Let’s look at the video closely. At 06:36, Narula says: Cryptocurrencies are the first step of this...

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10 Amazing Tricks You Should Know When Learning another Language
Dec28

10 Amazing Tricks You Should Know When Learning another Language

Some people may think there is a special gene that allows you to learn several foreign languages during your life. In fact, knowing several foreign languages is not a special gift and does not require many years of hard work. Everyone can do it following 10 rules stated below. 1. Learn New Words in the Right Way Learning a new language requires learning a lot of new words. Some people assume they have a bad memory for words. Finally,...

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A Difficult Task 2 Sample Essay
Dec26

A Difficult Task 2 Sample Essay

Today is Boxing Day, which in the UK is a big part of the Christmas tradition. Many people stay at home with their families and continue to celebrate after Christmas, while others go out shopping to take advantage of the Boxing Day bargains in the shops! On this fine day, I’m giving you the gift of… a sample essay! 🙂 Here’s the question: Research indicates that the characteristics we are born with have much more influence on our...

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