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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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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How to Improve your IELTS Writing
Dec24

How to Improve your IELTS Writing

One of the most common questions I’m asked as an IELTS tutor is, “How can I improve my IELTS writing?” It’s obviously something that many students are worried about, and it seems like the most difficult part of the exam to prepare for. Students often feel that they can progressively improve their listening and reading skills with practice, yet writing seems to defy this logic – you can keep writing and...

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[Listening] Summary Completion Practice
Dec18

[Listening] Summary Completion Practice

Watch the following video and fill in the blanks in this summary. Make sure to listen carefully and take your best guess for each answer. Don’t leave any blank spaces. Answers below. Fill the gaps in the summary below with one word only. I don’t think we have a great ___1___ idea of happiness. Many people imagine that happiness comes from something ___2___; if you get a new car, a better job, a bigger house, you’ll be happy....

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Describing a Map of Garlsdon [IELTS Writing Task 1]
Dec04

Describing a Map of Garlsdon [IELTS Writing Task 1]

Describing a map can be a difficult task, even for a native speaker. What should you include, and what shouldn’t you include? Then there’s the question of language for describing maps… It can be so tough to do. Below, I’m going to offer a sample essay describing a map of Garlsdon that once appeared in the IELTS writing exam. You can see another sample map description here. The Map The map below is of the town...

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Talking About Movies for IELTS
Nov28

Talking About Movies for IELTS

Movies can be a great way to learn English… but do you know how to talk about them? In the IELTS speaking exam, it is quite a common topic. Some of the questions may be very basic, but that doesn’t mean your answers must also be basic. In today’s lesson, I’m going to introduce some vocabulary to help you speak more fluently, as well as to give more developed answers. Video First, check out my new YouTube video...

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