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The Countryside [IELTS Topics]
Dec06

The Countryside [IELTS Topics]

In the IELTS exam, you sometimes find topics relating to towns and cities, and sometimes it can be about the countryside. You probably know more vocabulary relating to towns and cities: skyscraper, supermarket, subway, etc. However, out in the countryside, maybe there is less that you know. So let’s look at how the topic could arise in the IELTS exam, and what you need to say in order to give a good answer. Speaking Exam Ok, so...

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How I Climbed a 3,000-Foot Vertical Cliff Without a Rope
Nov04

How I Climbed a 3,000-Foot Vertical Cliff Without a Rope

Today we’re going to look at an incredible TED Talk by Alex Hannold, a man who is famous around the world for his death-defying climbs. In this new TED Talk, he describes climbing two mountains – one of which he found to be unsatisfying, and the other turned out to be the best day of his life. I’d like to use this video to teach you some useful vocabulary, as well as to practice your listening skills, and also take...

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Immigration Topic [IELTS Writing Task 2]
Aug06

Immigration Topic [IELTS Writing Task 2]

Today we’re going to look at a typical IELTS writing task 2 question about immigration. I will show you how to analyze the question, generate ideas and examples, structure your essay, and then finally write it. This question type is “discuss both views” but remember that the topic of immigration could be addressed in various ways for IELTS writing task 2. Analyze the Question Here is the question we will answer...

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IELTS Topic: Money [Speaking, Writing, and Vocabulary]
Jul29

IELTS Topic: Money [Speaking, Writing, and Vocabulary]

Can money make you happier? Does money make the world go round? That’s what some people say. In any case, money is important in our daily lives and so it is also a topic that may come up in the IELTS exam. Therefore, you should be ready to talk about it. Money in the IELTS Exam Listening Money could theoretically appear in any part of the IELTS exam. It is probably most common in the listening exam, where it often appears in...

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Dealing with Difficult Vocabulary
Apr24

Dealing with Difficult Vocabulary

The IELTS reading exam often proves challenging for students because it can include some difficult vocabulary. In general, you won’t need to understand extremely complex, uncommon words. The examiners would never expect you to know technical vocabulary for a particular specialist area. You wouldn’t, for example, be expected to know the meaning of pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis. However, you will almost...

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