How to Prepare for the IELTS Exam
Sep26

How to Prepare for the IELTS Exam

I’ve been teaching IELTS for nearly ten years and every student I encounter has the same question. They all want to know how to prepare for the IELTS exam. Of course, there is no one simple answer to that question. The exam is a test of your English and you must bring up your overall language ability in order to do well. However, it does help to look at the different parts of the exam and think about some things that you can do to...

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Family and Friends [IELTS Topic]
Sep25

Family and Friends [IELTS Topic]

The topic of family and friends is a common one in the IELTS exam. It can arise in any section, although it’s probably most common in the speaking test. Being able to talk fluently about your family and friends is therefore important. In today’s article I will show you how to boost your IELTS score by mastering this topic. Family and Friends Vocabulary There are certain words I’m going to assume that all my readers already know:...

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Describing a Tourist Attraction
Sep12

Describing a Tourist Attraction

In the IELTS Speaking Part 2, you may be asked to describe a place. In fact, this is a very common thing to see on the cue card. One of the common topics is being asked to describe a tourist attraction. It may be someplace you wish to visit, or someplace you have already visited. But how can you describe a tourist attraction? The Cue Card For this part of the test, you will be given a cue card. On the cue card there will be things for...

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How to Describe a Photo (IELTS Speaking)
Sep04

How to Describe a Photo (IELTS Speaking)

In the IELTS Speaking Exam, you may be given the opportunity to talk about a photo. This is most likely to happen in part 2, and it will probably be expressed like this: Describe one of your favourite photographs. You should say: When the photograph was taken What it looks like What significant memory you have regarding this photograph and explain why it is one of your favourite photographs. Using Photography Vocabulary in IELTS So...

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Hesitation in the IELTS Speaking Exam
Aug22

Hesitation in the IELTS Speaking Exam

What is hesitation? Hesitation means pausing for a moment before you continue speaking. This is a perfectly natural part of speech. You probably do it in your native language every single day. However, many students want to know the answer to these questions: Is it ok to hesitate in the IELTS Speaking Exam? How do I avoid hesitating too much? What are some natural ways to hesitate? Let’s look at these questions in detail. Is it...

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Improve your IELTS Speaking Score Immediately
Aug04

Improve your IELTS Speaking Score Immediately

The IELTS Speaking Exam terrifies many students, but it shouldn’t. If you are prepared, you have nothing to worry about. Don’t view the examiner as your enemy; view him as your friend. IELTS Difficulties A few years ago I had a Chinese student called Joe. He really wanted to go to Australia, and he needed to get IELTS 7 in every part of the exam. Even before I started to coach him, he could get an 8 or even a 9 in the...

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