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Posted: August 13, 2019 at 4:53 pm   /   Editor's Choice
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Speaking IELTS Part-1 Topic: Bicycle

Posted: August 11, 2019 at 12:26 pm   /   Speaking Part 1
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Spoken English: Contractions

Posted: August 10, 2019 at 8:52 am   /   Uncategorized
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Describe a time when you gave someone some money as a gift

Posted: August 8, 2019 at 9:30 am   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS, Speaking Part 2

IELTS CUE CARDS Describe a time when you gave someone some money as a gift. You should say: when it was whom you gave it what occasion it was and explain why you gave some money to this person as a gift. [You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. […]

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Describe a child with whom you had an interesting conversation

Posted: August 8, 2019 at 9:09 am   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS, Speaking Part 2

IELTS Cue Cards Describe a child with whom you had an interesting conversation. You should say: who the child was how you know him/her how often you meet him/her and explain why you think the conversation you had with this child was interesting. [You will have to talk about the topic for one to two […]

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IELTS Cue Card Speaking Topic

Posted: August 5, 2019 at 11:23 am   /   CUE CARDS, Speaking Part 1

IELTS Cue Card Speaking Topic Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 What are the advantages of studying instead of working? Well, there are numerous advantages. These days educational qualification plays an important role in getting ahead. Besides, you get to learn about people, culture, religion, science and many more. And the study is the only […]

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Describe a website you use that helps you a lot in your work or studies

Posted: July 28, 2019 at 2:27 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS, IELTS

You should say: what the website is how often you use this website what information the website gives you and explain how your work or studies would change if this website didn’t exist. [You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you […]

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Describe a moment when you felt proud of your friend’s success.

Describe a moment when you felt proud of your friend’s success

Posted: July 27, 2019 at 3:38 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS, IELTS

You should say: what the friend achieved when it happened how your friend accomplished it and explain why you thought it was a success. [You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes […]

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Reading Test 016 Answer and Explanations

Posted: July 21, 2019 at 12:17 pm   /   ANSWER

Reading Passage: ODONATA 1. (C) Paragraph 1: “Dragonflies and damselflies get their name from the powerful serrated jaws they use to tear apart their prey.” 2. (B) Paragraph 2: “Dragonflies hold their wings out to the side while damselflies fold their wings back.” 3. (B) Paragraph 2: “Damselflies’ eyes are smaller, and there is a space between them.” 4. (A) Paragraph 2: “Dragonflies […]

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Describe a person you admire

Posted: July 21, 2019 at 11:10 am   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), Speaking Part 2

Describe a person you admire. You should say:     •who the person is     •what he or she is like     •and why you admire him or her. Here are some ideas. Best vocabulary is underlined. I’m going to talk about my father because he has been a major influence in my life. My father was […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 Tips

Posted: July 21, 2019 at 10:29 am   /   Speaking Part 1, Spoken

Before the exam, prepare ideas for the six main topics: 1. Describe an object (a gift, something you use etc.) 2. Describe a person (someone you admire, a family member etc.) 3. Describe an event (a festival, celebration etc.) 4. Describe an activity (e.g. a hobby) 5. Describe a place (somewhere you visited, a holiday […]

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EFFECTIVE SENTENCE STRUCTURES TOGET AN 7.0+

Posted: June 30, 2019 at 4:29 pm   /   IELTS

1. Position statement:·The price of gas stood at $2.75 per gallon.·In 2005, the sugar export accounted for about 10% of total exports.2. Movement statements·There wasa decrease in the price of gas/ gas prices.·There wasan increase in the sugar export/ export of sugar/ exportedsugar.·Gas prices/ the price of gas decreased.·The export of sugar/ the sugar export/ […]

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IELTS WRITING INTRODUCTION

Posted: June 30, 2019 at 4:26 pm   /   Writing Task 2

The IELTS Academic Writing lasts for 60minutes (an hour). In the 1 hour,you have to complete 2 tasks, task 1 is a report, and task 2 is an essay. It issuggested that you should spend about 20 minuteson task 1 and about 40minutes on task 2. In the IELTS Academic Writing task 1, you are […]

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Writing Task 2 (Vol.2) Today, the quality of life in large cities is decreasing. Discuss the causes and solutions.

Posted: June 27, 2019 at 12:41 pm   /   Writing Task 2

The global phenomenon of urbanisation from the beginning of industrialisation to the present day has brought opportunity and prosperity, albeit at a cost in the quality of life. With an increasing city population, the complexity of the challenges also increases, the causes and solutions for this are outlined below. The causes for the decrease in […]

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Agree or Disagree: Writing Task 2 (Doing an enjoyable activity with a child can develop better skills and more creativity than reading)

Posted: June 27, 2019 at 11:23 am   /   Writing Task 2

Doing an enjoyable activity with a child can develop better skills and more creativity than reading. To what extent do you agree? Use reasons and specific examples to explain your answer. Parents throughout the world place spend time reading with their offspring to prepare them for school where their literacy skills are further developed; however, […]

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Fluency and Cohesion

Posted: June 23, 2019 at 10:07 am   /   Grammar

Connectives are words or phrases that connect and relate sentences and paragraphs. They help to build the logical flow of ideas as they signal the relationship between sentences and paragraphs. You can see some of the more commonly used connectives in the table below. These words and expressions help to develop, relate, connect and even moveideas. The […]

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Correct usage of Word and Sentence Stress

Posted: June 23, 2019 at 10:01 am   /   Grammar

One of the four areas that you’ll receive a grade for is pronunciation; in fact, pronunciation accounts for 25% of the speaking score. What is word stress? In English, when a word has more than one syllable, one part of the word will be more stressed than the other; this is called word stress. And […]

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Describe a time when you got angry

Describe a time when you got angry

Posted: June 17, 2019 at 2:55 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

Something happened just a few days ago which made me angry. Looking back on it now – it was stupid to get angry but at the time it was just how I felt. I had been experiencing a problem with my internet service, it had become intermittent over the last couple of days and then […]

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IELTS ACADEMIC WORD LIST 3

Posted: June 16, 2019 at 2:40 pm   /   Vocabulary

absurd: ridiculously incongruous or unreasonable; foolish absurdity: quality of being absurd or inconsistent with obvious truth, reason, or sound judgment; logical contradiction abundance: great or plentiful amount; fullness to overflowing abundant: plentiful; possessing riches or resources abuse: improper use or handling; misuse academic: related to school; based on formal education academy: school for special instruction; […]

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Describe an important plant in your country

Describe an important plant in your country

Posted: June 9, 2019 at 10:46 am   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

You should say: What it is What it looks like Where and how it is grown Why you like or dislike it And explain why it is important I’m going to tell you about an extremely widespread plant in my country, the coca leaf. Although it’s controversial in other countries, as this plant is used […]

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Do you think it is better for students to work before their university study? Why? Use reasons and specific examples to support your choice.

Posted: June 7, 2019 at 6:57 pm   /   Writing Task 2

Some people say that students should take up employment before joining a university to continue further study. I would completely agree with this opinion as the practical experience gained will help students to perform better in their academics and moreover, will give them financial freedom. This essay will explain this in detail. First of all, […]

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SCRAMBLED SENTENCES: 01

Posted: June 7, 2019 at 3:41 pm   /   Skills

unscramble the following sentences A.      of learning | English | there are | in Britain | obvious advantages —————————————————————————————————————————————- B.      to understand | when trying | a great help | which is | the culture first-hand| can experience | the language | students —————————————————————————————————————————————- C.      native speakers | if […]

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English Vocabulary for the Environment (IELTS Speaking)

Posted: June 4, 2019 at 3:31 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS, IELTS, Vocabulary

Part 1 Type Questions Do you believe that pollution is a big problem? Pollution is without a doubt a problem. In some countries, the air quality is so poor that people wear face masks in areas where there is heavy industry. The waterways are polluted and the ocean is full of plastic. Do you or your family do […]

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IELTS ACADEMIC WORD LIST 2

Posted: June 3, 2019 at 9:18 am   /   Vocabulary

abortion: termination of pregnancy; failure of a plan abortive: unsuccessful; fruitless abridge: condense; shorten; reduce length of written text abrogate: abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority abrupt: very steep; sudden transitions from one subject to another absence: state of being absent; state of being away absent: go away or leave ; missing; […]

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IELTS Academic Word List 1

Posted: June 1, 2019 at 7:24 pm   /   Vocabulary

abandon: lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm abandonment: giving up completely; freedom from constraint abbreviation: shortening something by omitting parts of it abeyance: suspended action; temporary suspension abide: endure; put up with; bear; tolerate ability: capacity; skill abnormal: unusual; not typical; not normal aboard: on a ship, train, plane or other […]

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Describe a time that you invited family or friends to have dinner at home or in a restaurant

Describe a time that you invited family or friends to have dinner at home or in a restaurant

Posted: May 31, 2019 at 7:27 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

– who organized this meal – where you had it – what you talked about during the meal – what you ate and drank and explain why you had this meal with your friends. Ok, so I’m going to talk about a time when I invited my friend to have dinner at a famous pizza […]

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Describe an occasion that you wore formal clothes

Describe an occasion that you wore formal clothes

Posted: May 31, 2019 at 7:23 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

You should say: What occasion it was When it was Where it was And explain why you wore it I’m going to tell you about the time I was a bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding last year. It was a spring wedding, so she wanted us to wear light shades of purple with the men […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Music

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Music

Posted: May 31, 2019 at 7:19 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

1. Do you like music? Yes, of course I like music. I couldn’t live without it. It’s what allows us to escape from reality. Furthermore, it connects people. I think no matter what country, religion, or culture we come from, we all enjoy music. 2. What kind of music do you like? Well, this is a […]

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Describe a piece of information that you think is not correct

Describe a piece of information that you think is not correct

Posted: May 30, 2019 at 8:38 am   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

what information  where you heard/read this information  when you heard/read it   and explain why you think it is incorrect. Wrong information is something we simply cannot avoid in life. I remember this one time when I got wrong results for one of my IELTS tests. Apparently there’s a 13-day wait before the result is out, and […]

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Describe an occasion when you showed something new to younger people

Describe an occasion when you showed something new to younger people

Posted: May 30, 2019 at 8:35 am   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

what you taught; who you taught it to; why you taught it to this person; and explain how you felt about it. As an English teacher and an interpreter, I sometimes take on the role of a tour guide. So when I have friends coming for a visit, I’ll take them to some of the […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1: Interesting places

IELTS Speaking Part 1: School

Posted: May 30, 2019 at 8:33 am   /   Speaking Part 1

Do you think cities worth visiting is also suitable to live in? Yes, I think so. To me, cities worth visiting are places with cheap, efficient transportation, low crime rates, and a clean, healthy environment. Cities like that would be wonderful to live in. What is the difference between the people living in the city […]

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Describe a TV program that made you laugh a lot

Describe a TV program that made you laugh a lot

Posted: May 30, 2019 at 8:31 am   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

You should say: What it is called and what it is about Who the main characters are What made you laugh And explain why you remember this TV program so well Ok, I’m going to talk about “Friends”, obviously a very famous comedy series aired in the 90s, but it’s still very popular today. There […]

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Describe a prize you would like to win

Describe a prize you would like to win

Posted: May 30, 2019 at 8:28 am   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

You should say: what prize (or award) it is (or, would be) how you know about (or learned about) this prize/award what you would need to do to get it (or, how you would win it)  and explain why you would like to win this prize (or, receive this award) The prize I want to […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1: School

IELTS Speaking Part 1: School

Posted: May 30, 2019 at 8:27 am   /   Speaking Part 1

What courses/subjects you think will be added in your high school? Rather than adding more courses, I think most of those we already have will become electives. Students in my country are already learning too many subjects, most of which they have no interest in. When I was in school, I had 13 mandatory subjects, […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1: Party

IELTS Speaking Part 1: Party

Posted: May 30, 2019 at 8:25 am   /   Speaking Part 1

Which types of parties are popular in your country? Birthday parties and weddings. In recent years we also see the growing popularity of proms and soirées, which are really just evening parties with music. Is it true that everybody likes parties? Why? No, I don’t think everybody likes parties. Some people don’t like being surrounded […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Shopping/ Customer service

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Shopping/ Customer service

Posted: May 30, 2019 at 8:23 am   /   Speaking Part 1

Is it necessary for companies to set up customer service? Of course. Customers are very important, and keeping them satisfied by providing continued support is one way to build a customer base and consolidate their loyalty. What products or services do people in your country like to complain about? People in my country like to […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Weather

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Weather

Posted: May 30, 2019 at 8:20 am   /   Speaking Part 1

1. What kind of weather is typical in your hometown? It’s a jungle climate, so it’s quite hot all year long. During wet season, it is extremely humid and sticky.  For many, the climate is hard to take. For me, I’m used to it. I don’t even sweat profusely (sweat a lot). 2. How many seasons […]

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Describe a healthy lifestyle you know

Describe a healthy lifestyle you know

Posted: May 30, 2019 at 8:18 am   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

You should say: What is it? How do you know it? When you do it? and explain why do you think it is healthy? I think people who live healthily always have one thing in common: they manage to strike a balance between work and life, between exercise and diet. Even when you’re too busy, try to do some […]

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Describe a time when you got up early in the morning

Describe a time when you got up early in the morning

Posted: May 29, 2019 at 2:59 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

You should say: when it happened why you got up early who you were with and explain how you felt about getting up early. Sample by IELTS Speaking High Scorer  The first thing I want to say is that I hardly ever get up early, so when I do it must be something important. So the nearest […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Learning

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Learning

Posted: May 29, 2019 at 2:57 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

What’s the difference between learning face-to-face with teachers and learning by yourself? Learning by yourself means you’re in charge of what and how long you’ll be studying. Learning face-to-face with teachers, however, usually means that the teacher will decide the learning material and the duration of the lesson. Do you like to learn on your own or […]

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Describe a person who encouraged you to achieve a goal

Describe a person who encouraged you to achieve a goal

Posted: May 29, 2019 at 2:55 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

– What this person is                  – What this person encourage you to do                     – What this person have help And explain why this encouragement help you to achieve the goal I believe that everyone has that special person who […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Role models

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Role models

Posted: May 29, 2019 at 2:52 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

What type of people influence the young in your country? I think for young people in my country, their parents and friends have a great amount of influence, simply because of proximity. Another source of influence is celebrities. Many young people here buy clothes and other products endorsed by their favorite singers or actors. Why […]

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Describe a time you gave advice to others

Describe a time you gave advice to others

Posted: May 29, 2019 at 2:48 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

You should say: who you gave the advice to; what advice you gave; why this person needed your advice; and explain how useful the advice was. I have this friend who I’ve grown up with; we’re pretty close. And this advice I gave him had to do with his career. Last year he was working in […]

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Describe a time when you received money as a gift

Describe a time when you received money as a gift

Posted: May 29, 2019 at 2:45 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

You should say:    Who gave it to you   When it was given to you Where it happened How you felt about it I’m going to tell you about my college graduation gift from my grandparents. They have 4 grandchildren, so they made a pact (made a promise) to give us all the same graduation gift. With this […]

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Describe a subject you used to dislike but now have interest in

Describe a subject you used to dislike but now have interest in

Posted: May 29, 2019 at 2:42 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

You should say: what it is; when you studied the subject; why you didn’t like it before; and explain why you have interest in it now It would probably be English. I used to dislike and even fear this subject so much that I felt a lot of pressure in English lessons. There are many […]

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Describe an occasion you borrowed something from somebody

Describe an occasion you borrowed something from somebody

Posted: May 29, 2019 at 2:39 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

What was it When did you borrow Whom you borrowed it from What you did with it Why you borrowed it Last year I applied for a master’s degree because I wanted to further my education. I was accepted by one of the very prestigious universities, but didn’t have the money for the course. The tuition was […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Compliments and punishment

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Compliments and punishment

Posted: May 29, 2019 at 2:37 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

Do people in your country like to give other people compliments? Generally no. I don’t think people are good at giving praise or expressing love, but we often show that in the way we treat others. Some people are just mean and never want others to be better than them so obviously they would never […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Topic: Teachers

IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Topic: Teachers

Posted: May 29, 2019 at 2:34 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

Do you like any teachers of yours? There were a few teachers that I was particularly fond of. I’ll tell you about my high school PE teacher, Mrs. Burrier. Since she knew I was painfully shy and especially clumsy (can easily trip or fall) when it comes to gym class, she allowed me to do the dance […]

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Describe a game (not a sport) you enjoyed as a child

Describe a game (not a sport) you enjoyed as a child

Posted: May 29, 2019 at 2:29 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

As a child I enjoyed playing chess. It is probably the best known board game in the world, where two players try to defeat the other by taking his or her pieces and finally trapping his King. This final move is called checkmate. You probably know the Western version of this game, which is known […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Children & Money

Posted: May 29, 2019 at 2:06 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

When do children start feeling interested in money? I think children become interested in money when they see things they like to have or things their friends have, which they then want to obtain to fit in. Parents can also stir up children’s interest in money when they give out allowances. Are all children interested […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Children & Money

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Holidays

Posted: May 29, 2019 at 1:58 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

What are the disadvantages of working overtime? Working overtime can be tiring, especially if it prevents people from eating and sleeping. If people are overworked, they’re also likely to be unproductive and more prone to making mistakes. Do people in your country like to have holidays? Yes. Holidays are opportunities for people to take a […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Photograph

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Photograph

Posted: May 29, 2019 at 1:55 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

1. Do you like taking photographs? Why yes of course. They are a way to capture a moment in time. Moreover, I like to be able to show them to people so they can imagine that they were there with me. As I’m a big traveler, photos are my way of sharing my experiences without […]

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Describe a job that was done by your grandparents/ Describe a job your grandparent did

Describe a job that was done by your grandparents/ Describe a job your grandparent did

Posted: May 29, 2019 at 1:52 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

You should say: what job it was; when and where your grandparent did the job; how long he or she did the job; and explain how you think about this job. My grandparents were rice farmers. I think most old people in my country used to be farmers because in the past our country relied […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Beauty

Posted: May 26, 2019 at 1:16 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

1.What is beauty for you? For me, beauty means physical and inner beauty. You have to look good and be a good person in order to be considered beautiful. Some people think inner beauty is enough but I don’t think you can be truly beautiful inside if you’re not much to look at. These people are […]

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Describe a time when you used the internet to solve a problem

Describe a time when you used the internet to solve a problem

Posted: May 26, 2019 at 1:12 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

what problem it was  when you did this  how long it took you  and explain why you used the internet to solve this problem.   MODEL ANSWER   So I’m going to talk about this time when I needed a foreign book for my studies. I was in my junior year in university and we had […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Celebrities

Posted: May 26, 2019 at 1:05 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

1. Who is your favorite film star? I’d have to say Leonardo DiCaprio. What I like most about him is that he is very versatile.  For example, he can be funny, crazy,  romantic, and serious. I especially liked his role in Wolf on Wall Street. He did an outstanding job acting as if he were on drugs […]

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Describe something that was lost by others but found by you/ Describe a time you found something someone lost.

Describe something that was lost by others but found by you/ Describe a time you found something someone lost

Posted: May 26, 2019 at 12:48 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

what it was; when and where you found it; what you did after you found it; and explain how you felt about finding it. Model Answer  Just last week my dad lost his wallet. He was sure he dropped it somewhere in the house, so he went everywhere looking for it but found nothing. I […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Old person

Posted: May 26, 2019 at 12:45 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

What are the advantages of having an elderly person at home? Old people are very knowledgeable so the obvious advantage is that you’ll have somebody to consult whenever there’s a problem. As they are very experienced, they can give you advice on all aspects of life, including work, friendship and love. Is there anything that […]

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Describe an important decision you made with the help of others

Describe an important decision you made with the help of others

Posted: May 26, 2019 at 12:37 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

Last year I was working in an international company and doing quite well, so I was offered a big promotion to become a manager. But I had also been looking for opportunities to study abroad, and received an offer from a prestigious university around the same time I got the job offer. It was a […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Important events         

Posted: May 26, 2019 at 10:58 am   /   Speaking Part 1

                            How do people in your country celebrate public events? I think it’s the same for every country. People take days off, spend time with family and celebrate the occasion together. There are also large gatherings in squares or open spaces, with musical performances given by famous artists. Do you think it is important to celebrate events? […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Hometown

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Hometown

Posted: May 26, 2019 at 10:56 am   /   Speaking Part 1

IELTS Speaking Topic: Hometown This post gives the details of the IELTS Speaking part 1 topic “Hometown”. You should read aloud and practice this topic with your friends. No need to hesitate when speaking English. The more you speak, the More you will be comfortable with the English language. 1. Please describe your hometown a […]

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Describe a free day off study or work

Describe a free day off study or work

Posted: May 26, 2019 at 10:55 am   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

I’m pretty busy now so a day off is quite rare to me. But when I do get free time, I would wake up early in the morning for a run. Although I don’t like sweating but it is necessary to stay fit and stay healthy. Afterwards I normally have a full breakfast, getting enough […]

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Describe a water sport you would like to try in the future

Describe a water sport you would like to try in the future

Posted: May 26, 2019 at 10:53 am   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

I’m going to talk about snorkeling, which is quite popular nowadays but for some reasons I haven’t had the chance to try. So you can do this sport pretty much everywhere provided that there’s a body of water, preferably a beach with some beautiful submarine landscape. I’ve heard that the ideal place to go is Coron island where there’s gorgeous coral. If […]

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Describe a person who has interesting ideas or opinions

Posted: May 25, 2019 at 10:07 am   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019)

 who this person is  how you know this person  what interesting ideas/opinions he or she has   and explain you think why his/her ideas are interesting. I’m going to talk about my friend, Hardy, who is very good at languages and always has a lot of interesting ideas when it comes to language learning and […]

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Describe a time when you received a call from someone you do not know in a public place

Posted: May 25, 2019 at 10:03 am   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

You should say:  when it was  where you were when you received it  what the call was about  and explain how you felt (after) when you received this call.     We often receive calls from strangers and most of the times it’s not something dangerous. But there was this one time that I really thought […]

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Describe something you brought back from a tourist attraction

Posted: May 25, 2019 at 9:55 am   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019), CUE CARDS

I’m going to talk about a piece of calligraphy that means a lot to me. It was quite a few years ago, when I was a senior in high school. At the time I was preparing for my university entrance exam, feeling worried and nervous all the time. In order to feel better I went […]

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Describe a person you have seen who is beautiful or handsome

Posted: May 25, 2019 at 9:54 am   /   CUE CARDS

You should say: – where you saw this person – when you saw this person – what the person looked like – why you think this person is beautiful or handsome I’m going to tell you about the most gorgeous man I’ve ever seen. Although I don’t like to admit it, there is a certain prototype (specific […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Letters / Handwriting

Posted: May 25, 2019 at 9:51 am   /   Speaking Part 1

1. Do you like to write a letter or email? In today’s age, I much prefer writing an email. With a mail system that cannot be trusted, a letter is just out of the question (not an option) sometimes. I love that email is immediate and that you can know for sure if the recipient has viewed it or not. […]

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CUE CARD: An occasion when vehicle broke down (MAY to AUG 2019)

Posted: May 25, 2019 at 9:35 am   /   CUE CARDS

Describe an occasion when the vehicle you took broke down during your travel/ Describe a time the vehicle you were travelling in broke down You should say: where you were going; who you were with; how long it took to fix the vehicle; and explain how you felt about it. This actually happened the last time […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Law

Posted: May 25, 2019 at 9:30 am   /   Speaking Part 1

Are police officers popular in your country? No, most people here think police officers are corrupt or incompetent. People don’t trust them and avoid going to the police when possible. Do people like being a police officer in your country? I guess this profession is still popular because being a police officer puts you in a position of authority. […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Colors

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Colors

Posted: May 24, 2019 at 9:29 am   /   Speaking Part 1

1. What is your favorite color? I would have to say it’s a tie (equal) between deep purple and golden yellow. Actually, these colors quite complement each other. I love how mysterious purple is, and yet how bright and versatile yellow is. 2. What is the color of your home? Since I rent my apartment, I am […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Shoes

Posted: May 23, 2019 at 5:59 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

1. Do you like shoes? Yes, of course! I’m quite a girly girl (very feminine), so I’ve always been into shoes since I was a little girl. My mother used to catch me trying on her high heels in her closet! Moreover, I’m a fashionista (a person who likes fashion) so I feel that shoes really tie the […]

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Mind-blowing facts about the English language

Posted: May 22, 2019 at 12:08 pm   /   Uncategorized

The English language is the only language in the world that capitalises the word ‘I’. Importance of self is very prominent in the English language. The longest word in the English language is “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis” and the second longest is “hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia”. “I am/go” is the shortest complete sentence in the English Language. The word “Uncopyrightable” is […]

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One Word Substitution for Competitive Exam Related to “Generic Terms”

Posted: May 22, 2019 at 10:18 am   /   Vocabulary

PHRASE ONE WORD An act of abdicating or renouncing the throne Abdication An annual calendar containing important dates and statistical information such as astronomical data and tide tables Almanac A cold-blooded vertebrate animal that is born in water and breathes with gills Amphibian A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a […]

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One Word Substitution for “Sound”

Posted: May 22, 2019 at 10:17 am   /   Vocabulary

PHRASE ONE WORD The branch of physics concerned with the properties of sound Acoustics The sound of Alligators Bellow The sound of Deers Bell The sound of Crows Caw The sound of Geese Cackle The sound of Hens Cluck The sound of Dolphins Click The sound of Frogs Croak The sound of Crickets Creak The […]

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One Word Substitution for “Murder/ Death”

Posted: May 22, 2019 at 10:16 am   /   Vocabulary

PHRASE ONE WORD A solemn procession, especially for a funeral Cortege A poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead Elegy A phrase or form of words written in memory of a person who has died Epitaph Killing of one’s son or daughter Filicide Destruction or abortion of a fetus Foeticide Killing of […]

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One Word Substitution for “Fear/ Phobia”

Posted: May 22, 2019 at 10:15 am   /   Vocabulary

PHRASE ONE WORD An extreme or irrational fear of heights Acrophobia An irrational fear of fresh air or drafts of air Aerophobia Fear of being egotistical, being alone or isolated Autophobia A phobia of pain Algophobia An abnormal fear of heights Altophobia An emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing […]

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One Word Substitution PDF for “Government/ Systems”

Posted: May 22, 2019 at 10:14 am   /   Vocabulary

PHRASE ONE WORD A state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority or other controlling systems Anarchy A form of government in which power is held by the nobility Aristocracy A system of government by one person with absolute power Autocracy A self-governing country or region Autonomy A system of government in which […]

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One Word Substitution for “Spot/ Venue”

Posted: May 22, 2019 at 10:10 am   /   Vocabulary

PHRASE ONE WORD A collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people Archives A large cage, building, or enclosure for keeping birds in Aviary A building where animals are butchered Abattoir A place where bees are kept; a collection of beehives Apiary A building containing tanks of […]

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One Word Substitutes List for “Research/ Profession”

Posted: May 22, 2019 at 10:02 am   /   Vocabulary

PHRASE ONE WORD The medieval forerunner of chemistry Alchemy A person who presents a radio/television programme Anchor One who studies the evolution of mankind Anthropologist A person who is trained to travel in a spacecraft Astronaut The scientific study of the physiology, structure, genetics, ecology, distribution, classification, and economic importance of plants Botany A person […]

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One Word Substitution List for “Collection/ Group”

Posted: May 22, 2019 at 10:00 am   /   Vocabulary

PHRASE ONE WORD A group of guns or missile launchers operated together at one place Battery A large bundle bound for storage or transport Bale A large gathering of people of a particular type Bevy An arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present Bouquet A family of young animals Brood A group of […]

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One Word Substitution for “Individual Character/ Person/ People”

Posted: May 22, 2019 at 9:59 am   /   Vocabulary

PHRASE ONE WORD One who is not sure about God’s existence Agnostic A person who deliberately sets fire to a building Arsonist One who does a thing for pleasure and not as a profession Amateur One who can use either hand with ease Ambidextrous One who makes an official examination of accounts Auditor A person […]

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Basic Noun Groups

Posted: May 22, 2019 at 9:54 am   /   Grammar

◆COMMON NOUNS◆ These refer to indefinite objects, persons or places and are generic names. They don’t begin with a Capital letter unless used in the beginning of a sentence. ● Examples— a park (place) a spoon (object) a doctor (person) ◆PROPER NOUNS◆ These refer to particular or definite objects, places or persons. Proper Nouns begin with a Capital letter. ● […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Travel & Festival

Posted: May 21, 2019 at 8:51 am   /   Speaking Part 1

1. Do you like traveling? Not really actually! I’m more of a creature of habit (someone who doesn’t like changes to routine), so I’m usually not keen to change my daily routine. When I change it up, I often feel anxious and disoriented (not a clear mind). Furthermore, I have a fear or airplanes and get carsick, […]

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Hear or listen (to)?

Hear or listen (to)?

Posted: May 18, 2019 at 6:47 pm   /   Word Difference

‘Hearing’ is an event; it is something which happens to us as a natural process. ‘Listening’ is an action; it is something we do consciously. Suddenly I heard a noise. Someone was in the garden. Did you hear the thunder last night? [on the phone] The line is very bad. I can’t hear you. I listened very carefully to what she said and wrote it all […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Work

Posted: May 18, 2019 at 9:01 am   /   Speaking Part 1

What is your job? I’m the founder and project manager for a volunteer organization called Corazon de Apus. We find local children living in poverty or with difficult family situations and bring them to a safe place after school where they can learn English with the volunteers from Western countries, get homework help, and simply […]

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22 MISTAKES STUDENTS MAKE IN IELTS WRITING TASK 2

Posted: May 17, 2019 at 6:59 pm   /   Writing Task 2

1. Do not use (…) (etc) when writing a list. Instead, lists of examples should follow the pattern; (A and B), (A, B, and C), or (A, B, C, and D). For example: one of the biggest problems in big cities is unemployment, crime and pollution. 2. No question mark in your essay: Do not […]

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Writing Task 1 – MAPS

Posted: May 17, 2019 at 6:14 pm   /   IELTS

MAPS are becoming a lot more common. The language that we use to describe graphs like bar charts, tables, line graphs, would not be used to describe maps. We should need to use new language to describe maps.  MAP LANGUAGE LANGUAGE OF DIRECTION: In the north : within an area . (California is in the west of the United States/ Phu My Hung is in the south […]

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EFFECTIVE SENTENCE STRUCTURES TO GET AN 8.0+

Posted: May 17, 2019 at 5:51 pm   /   IELTS

1. Position statement: The price of gas stood at $2.75 per gallon. In 2005, the sugar export accounted for about 10% of total exports. 2. Movement statements There was a decrease in the price of gas/ gas prices. There was an increase in the sugar export/ export of sugar/ exported sugar. Gas prices/ the price of gas decreased. The export of sugar/ the sugar export/ […]

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Describe an advertisement that you remember (May to Aug 2019)

Posted: May 17, 2019 at 5:23 pm   /   Cue Card (May to Aug 2019)

What is it               –               When and where you saw it              –               What happens in it              • These days are the days of advertisements. We came across some interesting and some repetitive adverts. I see several advertisements daily but the one advertisement that has impressed me the most is about the customer awareness titled ‘jago Grahak […]

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IELTS Speaking Part1 Topic: Study

Posted: May 17, 2019 at 5:17 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

Describe your education I’m on a 5 year study plan, so I’ll finish in 2 years. Next year, I’ll begin my internship at a clinic for substance addicts. I really look forward to that hands on experience. After my Bachelor’s, I plan to go onto my Master’s, perhaps even my PhD. What is your area […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Sunglasses

Posted: May 15, 2019 at 1:17 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

1. Do people in your country wear sunglasses? Absolutely. But since the UK has a rainy climate, they aren’t as needed as in other places. Still, people like to wear them as a fashion statement  or as an accessory to their outfit. 2. Do you like to wear sunglasses? Why yes of course, especially when I feel […]

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Describe some advice you received (from your friend or family member) which was useful to you

Posted: May 13, 2019 at 4:39 pm   /   CUE CARDS

You should say:         What the situation was                Who gave you the advice             What the advice was and explain how useful you think the advice was. The best piece of advice I ever got came from my Dad. It happened in […]

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Describe a success your friend has had that you are proud of

Posted: May 13, 2019 at 4:27 pm   /   CUE CARDS

Describe a success your friend has had that you are proud of You should say: what it was                when it happened                  why your friend chose this area of activity how easy or difficult it was to achieve            […]

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Describe a piece of good news you heard (from TV or the Internet)

Posted: May 13, 2019 at 12:47 pm   /   CUE CARDS

You should say: – what the news was about – when you got this news – where you got this news from – and why you think it was good news Model Answer In a world where negative news seems to take front and center, I’m really pleased to tell you about a positive news […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Running

Posted: May 12, 2019 at 11:15 am   /   Speaking Part 1

1. How often do you run? As I have a toddler, I don’t sleep as much as I used to, so I find it to be a struggle to get out of bed at 5am to run before work at times. With this said, I now go running about 3 times per week, whereas I used […]

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Describe an activity you would do when you are alone in your free time

Posted: May 11, 2019 at 12:47 pm   /   CUE CARDS

You should say: What do you do How often do you do it Why do you like to do this activity? How do you feel when you do it? Model Answer I’m going to tell you about my love for reading. Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been more of the introverted type […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Cooking

Posted: May 11, 2019 at 12:37 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

1. Do you like cooking? Moderately! Since I’m a vegetarian in a town with few options, it’s critical for me to cook for myself. I wouldn’t say that I love it, but it is growing on me (starting to like). I feel accomplished when my own concoctions turn out well! 2. How often do you cook? […]

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Talk about a subject that you used to dislike, but have an interest in it now

Posted: May 9, 2019 at 12:32 pm   /   CUE CARDS

Please say – What subject is it? – Why didn’t you like it? – Why are you interested in it now? I’d like to talk about learning German at high school. We had the option to choose French or German, I chose French I think everyone chose it, and because my surname ends in W, […]

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Describe a place in your city that you would like to visit

Posted: May 9, 2019 at 12:13 pm   /   CUE CARDS

You should say: – where it is – what people do there – how you know it – and explain why you want to go there apparently venue Although, I’m not entirely sure to be honest I heard I would love to talk about a place in London. London isn’t strictly my city because I’m […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Cooking

Posted: May 8, 2019 at 4:52 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

Do you like cooking? Moderately! Since I’m a vegetarian in a town with few options, it’s critical for me to cook for myself. I wouldn’t say that I love it, but it is growing on me (starting to like). I feel accomplished when my own concoctions turn out well!  How often do you cook? Pretty much […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Painting

Posted: May 8, 2019 at 4:50 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

Do you like drawing or painting? Both of them, but I enjoy drawing more. When I paint, I often make a mess and just cannot blend the colors properly. I find drawing to be easier and something that you can do on the go, such as on the underground or doodling (drawing without proper form) on your […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Plants

Posted: May 8, 2019 at 4:49 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

Do you like plants? Why? Yes of course I do! I think they add to the ambiance (charm; feeling) of our homes. I can’t explain it exactly, but they just make you feel better somehow. Maybe it’s because of the oxygen and the physical appeal.  What plants do you like? I really like orchid flowers. I have […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Morning

Posted: May 8, 2019 at 4:47 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

1. Do you usually do the same things in the mornings? As I’m a creature of habit, I would say yes. I always get up at 6:00 am, have noodles and tea for breakfast, brush my teeth, then brush up (quickly study) on what we learned the day before in class to make sure I’m well-prepared. After all […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Meal and Food

Posted: May 7, 2019 at 7:04 pm   /   CUE CARDS

What food do people where you live usually eat? Carbs are a staple (a basic food, something we often eat)  in our diet. Along with this, meat, fish, and tofu are very popular. Since meat was difficult to attain in the past due to poverty, we know have a meat-based diet. As we live near the sea, […]

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Describe an old person who is interesting

Posted: May 7, 2019 at 6:57 pm   /   CUE CARDS

Describe an old person who is interesting You should say: – who this person is – how you know this person – what you do with this person – and why you think this person is interesting   Band 9 Sample Answer  I would like to talk about my grandfather. I’ve always looked up to him […]

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Describe an important event that you celebrated

Posted: May 7, 2019 at 5:57 pm   /   CUE CARDS

Describe an important event that you celebrated You should say: What it was          Where it happened           Why it was important               How people felt about it Model Answer I’m going to tell you about a very special event in American culture, the sixteenth […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Pollution

Posted: May 7, 2019 at 5:54 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

Is there anything being polluted in your hometown? Absolutely. As the industry and economy are on the rise (increasing), more and more factories are showing up, causing air pollution. Moreover, as people’s salaries have increased, more people can afford their own personal vehicles, which worsens this problem. Furthermore, there is waste dumped (thrown into) in the bodies of […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Animals

Posted: May 7, 2019 at 5:50 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

Do you like animals? Yes, of course! I was raised by animal lovers, so I have definitely inherited that trait. I believe that all living things are connected, so we should respect and love animals. I think it’s incredible that pets like dogs for example are incredibly loyal and never fail to be excited and wag (move […]

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People’s lives are now surrounded by advertisement. This affects what people consider important and has a negative impact on people’s lives. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Posted: May 5, 2019 at 12:06 pm   /   Writing Task 2

IELTS Writing Task 2 in 2019: People’s lives are now surrounded by advertisement. This affects what people consider important and has a negative impact on people’s lives. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Model Essay Advertisement is dominant in people’s daily lives nowadays, with the high frequency of people having to see the same […]

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IELTS Speaking Tips

Posted: May 5, 2019 at 11:57 am   /   IELTS, Skills

Talk as much as you can – You’ve got 11 – 14 minutes to show how good your speaking is. Avoid yes/no answers – Develop your answers and try to include details to fill out your answer. Correct yourself if you make a mistake – This is what native speakers do and you won’t lose marks for it. […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Dream

Posted: May 5, 2019 at 11:53 am   /   Speaking Part 1

1. How long can you remember your dream when you wake up? Well, when it comes to nightmares, I usually wake up in the middle of the night in a state of terror for a few minutes, then fall back asleep, forgetting the dream. On the other hand, if I have a vivid (detailed) dream that leaves an […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Alone

Posted: May 5, 2019 at 11:50 am   /   Speaking Part 1

1. When was the last time you were alone? Last night, I had come from a stressful day of work so I decided to stay in for the entire evening with some Netflix and hot tea. Although I’m kind of a social butterfly (a social person), I have come to enjoy nights in by myself from time […]

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Describe a time you borrowed something from your family or friend

Posted: May 5, 2019 at 11:45 am   /   CUE CARDS

You should say: What you borrowed Who you borrowed it from What you borrowed it for And explain why it was useful to you Model Answer  I’m going to tell you about a time my grandfather lent me his car when mine broke down (stopped working). My car was in the shop after it left me stranded […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Flats/Houses/Accommodation

Posted: May 5, 2019 at 11:41 am   /   Speaking Part 1

Band 9 Sample for Common IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Accommodation Posted: 04 May 2019 01:48 AM PDT IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Flats/Houses/Accommodation   1. What kind of housing/accommodation do you live in? For the past 21 years I have lived in a house with my family. And I think if I can move out and […]

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Part 1 Topic: Transportation

Speaking Part 1 Topic: Transportation

Posted: May 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

1. How often do you take buses? Almost every day. Since my house is so far away from my university, it’s impossible for me to travel by motorbike. In addition, the air is heavily polluted by exhaust fumes and traffic jams always take place, especially during peak hours. Thus, I’d prefer to take the bus, to save time, save gasoline […]

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Part 1 Topic: Films

Speaking Part 1 Topic: Films

Posted: May 3, 2019 at 6:25 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

1. Do you like watch films? Absolutely! They are an excellent way to unwind (relax; free your mind). Moreover, my friends are reallt into films, so it’s a fun, relaxing way to spend time together. Afterwards, we discuss and debate the film that we have just watched. Apart from just relaxing and enjoying the film, I […]

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IELTS Part 1 Speaking Topic: Efficiency

Posted: May 3, 2019 at 6:14 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

1. Do you prefer to study in the morning or in the evening? Definitely in the morning. I feel at my optimal level of performance when I first wake up in the morning after a cup of coffee. So,  I like to get my studying out of the way (to get something done so you don’t have to worry […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Sharing

Posted: May 3, 2019 at 6:11 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

1. Have you shared anything with others recently? Yes! Actually, I got a box of 6 bottles of red wine as a gift recently. Since I cannot consume all of that, I’ve shared 3 bottles with my friends, as red wine is a luxury here in Asia. I enjoy sharing alcohol with people, as it’s […]

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Speaking Part 1 Topic: Sound/Noise

Posted: May 3, 2019 at 6:06 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

1. What natural sound(s) do you like (the most)? (Why?) Hmm that’s an interesting question. Well, I’m quite a morning person, and furthermore I find almost nothing more relaxing than the sound of birds chirping (the noise birds make) in the morning. I find that sound to be so fresh and innocent, which immediately starts my day off […]

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Speaking Part 1 Topic: Physical Exercises

Posted: May 3, 2019 at 6:03 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

1. Do you do any physical exercise? You could call me a couch potato (a lazy person who sits on the sofa a lot. “Couch” is another word for sofa). I’m naturally thin without any exercise, so I’m quite lazy when it comes to exercise. I do go for mountain hikes, but I should definitely do […]

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Describe a healthy lifestyle you know

Posted: May 3, 2019 at 6:01 pm   /   CUE CARDS

You should say: what it is how you know it what one would do to live this healthy lifestyle and explain why it is healthy I’m going to tell you about a new trend I’ve been hearing more and more about, intermittent fasting. Let me explain it to you, as many might automatically reject the idea, as we […]

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Which is grammatically correct: “compare to” or “compare with”?

Posted: May 3, 2019 at 3:52 pm   /   Grammar

Both are correct. Always remember — Compare with — Difference between similar things. Compare to — Resemblance between different things. Compare with is used to bring out the differences between similar entities. For example — Raam and Shyam are my students. Raam is more intelligent when compared with Shyam. Here you see, Both Raam and Shyam are similarly placed. But, their differences are highlighted and we use compare with. Compare to is used to bring out similarities between two unlike entities. For instance — Shakespeare […]

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Describe something you do to help you study or work

Posted: May 3, 2019 at 2:25 pm   /   CUE CARDS

Describe something you do to help you study or work You should say: – what it is       – how you learn it        – when you do it – and how you feel about the method   I’m going to tell you about the thing which helps me stay focused most: exercise. I often get bogged down […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1

Speaking Part 1 Topic: Drinking Water

Posted: May 3, 2019 at 2:20 pm   /   Speaking Part 1

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Drinking Water 1. How often do you drink water? Well, everyday of course! Staying hydrated is a priority for me since I easily get a headache if I don’t, not to mention my weight loss goals. Drinking enough water is critical for our health. 2. What kinds of water do you like […]

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Which to Choose IELTS, TOEFL or PTE ?

Posted: April 25, 2019 at 12:49 pm   /   IELTS, Study Abroad

All three tests accurately check your language ability, all of them are different in their approach, structure and teaching criteria. You will be required to sit for an English language proficiency test as part of your application to study in the top foreign universities. IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE are the best tests to check proficiency […]

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Way of saying “in my opinion”?

Posted: April 24, 2019 at 12:24 pm   /   Spoken

“By my reckoning” it sounds pretty sophisticated You can also use phrases below as well to prevent the redundancy of saying “in my opinion” : My take on this is …                  My impression is…                       To my mind… From […]

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Posted: April 23, 2019 at 2:13 pm   /   Grammar

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Seven ways to improve IELTS speaking?

Posted: April 21, 2019 at 12:39 pm   /   Spoken

Speak loudly and be audible. Don’t worry about your accent. Examiners are used to dealing with different accents. Just be clear. Keep talking until examiner indicate they are satisfied. Keep eye contact with the examiner. Don’t be monotonous, express emotions and gesticulate when necessary. If you are not a native speaker, and English is not your […]

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32. Describe about a faraway(remote) place that you would like to visit

Posted: April 21, 2019 at 12:32 pm   /   CUE CARDS

What place is it Where is it located                          How would you go there I am a person who loves to travel and explore different places. I feel travelling is a great way to rejuvenate and through travelling we can also learn a lot. Today, I would like to talk about one of my dream destinations […]

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31. Talk about an equipment that was broken and you got repaired (or which had a problem)

Posted: April 21, 2019 at 12:08 pm   /   CUE CARDS

What the equipment was What was the problem When and how you got it repaired How you felt about it With the rapid growth in the number of technological appliances  we  use  everyday, there are lot of instances when something fails and we have to get it repaired. Today,  I would like to talk about […]

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30. Describe when someone gave you something you really wanted

Posted: April 21, 2019 at 12:05 pm   /   CUE CARDS

Who gave it to you What was the thing         When you received it        Why you needed it? How you felt about it In my life, I have never asked anyone for anything but there have been occasions when people have given gifts to me and it made me feel really happy. Today I […]

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29. Describe a time when you searched/looked for information from the internet

Posted: April 21, 2019 at 11:52 am   /   CUE CARDS

When was it                       What information were you looking for Where you were searching on the internet         How did it help you (how you felt about the information   Internet has become part and parcel of our lives. Not a single day goes without its use by the youngsters of today. I too use the internet […]

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How to Study in Germany?

Posted: April 19, 2019 at 4:23 pm   /   Study Abroad

1. Find a Study Program (Start researching at least 3 months before deciding) Finding a university and choosing a study program that suits your interests is the first step to planning your studies in Germany. This is not supposed to be a major problem because there are many universities and countless study programs available – and their […]

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Travel to 26 countries with a valid Schengen visa

Posted: April 19, 2019 at 4:10 pm   /   Travel Abroad

Austria Belgium Czech republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Liechtenstein So next time you are planning on visiting Europe, Get a Schengen visa and travel around the Schengen countries easily.

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NEWS: Singular or Plural ?

Posted: April 16, 2019 at 8:37 am   /   Grammar

Should we say the news is good or the news are good? This a common mistake that English learners often make with “news.” The word “news” in English is singular and uncountable. So we use the singular forms of verbs, like is and was: the news is on channel Sony, the news was surprising. Do not use are or were with News. ” With uncountable […]

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The People of Corn ANSWER

Posted: April 11, 2019 at 1:13 pm   /   ANSWER

Answer: 1. YES    2. NOT GIVEN   3. YES    4. NOT GIVEN   5. NO    6. CROP   7.  GENETICALLY MODIFIED    8.  STANDARD OF LIVING    9.  HELPED   10.  MOVEMENT  

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Investigating Children’s Language ANSWER

Posted: April 11, 2019 at 1:03 pm   /   ANSWER

Answer: 1. C    2. H     3. B    4. C   5. E   6. TRUE   7. TRUE   8. FALSE   9. NOT GIVEN  10. acoustic quality   11. research centre/ center   12. experimental psychology   13. (relevant) task   14. statistical analysis

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“at night” and “in the night”

Posted: April 2, 2019 at 5:59 pm   /   Word Difference

“In the night” usually refers to one particular point during the night—a short time, not throughout the night. For instance: I tried to call him several times in the night. I was awake in the night, preparing for the test “At night” refers to any night in general. We use it when we talk about something that […]

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Silent letters in English

Posted: April 2, 2019 at 5:38 pm   /   Vocabulary

The letter H sometimes silent, sometimes not. For instance: heir, honest, hour. -st ( silent ‘t’ after ‘s’) listen, fasten wr— (silent ‘w’ before ‘r’) Write, wrap, wrist Kn- (silent ‘k’ before ‘n’) Knit, knew, knock gn- (silent ‘g’ before ‘n’) gnash, gmail, align, foreign ps ( silent ‘p’ before ‘s’) psychiatrist, psychic -lm (silent […]

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Differences between “happen” and “occur”.

Posted: March 31, 2019 at 1:04 pm   /   Word Difference

It is an interesting question. There are some differences between “happen” and “occur”. Happen can be used in the following contexts; rough time or place Informal context accidental or unplanned events Happen is closely associated with blind chance, which can’t be anticipated. For instance: The accident happened at 9:30 p.m. I happen to know him. Something, nothing, anything, much, […]

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“Enquiry” and “inquiry”

Posted: March 31, 2019 at 12:19 pm   /   Word Difference

“Enquiry” and “inquiry” are often applied interchangeably. There is a distinction, though, so if you desire to avoid errors in your work, make sure you know how to apply them! Talking about inquiry with an “I”. It is used as a formal or an official investigation work. Let’s take an example: He came here to […]

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“Please Find Attached” is WRONG

Posted: March 31, 2019 at 11:21 am   /   Grammar

While drafting e-mails, people generally use the phrase “Please find attached” to refer to an attached document. Technically, this portrays that the sender seems to have lost the file, and is asking the recipient to find it. A better, correct usage would be “please see attached”, or better “please refer to/review the attached document”.

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Affect vs Effect

Posted: March 30, 2019 at 7:56 pm   /   Word Difference

Affect is usually a verb , and it means to impact or change. Effect is usually a noun , an effect is the result of a change. Difference between the two is so slippery that sometimes people tend to use “ impact” instead. When X “affects” Y , it is said that X produced an “effect” on Y . In passive form […]

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I couldn’t see words which can be more interesting than AMBIGRAMS.

Posted: March 30, 2019 at 7:45 pm   /   Uncategorized

Ambigrams are the words whose meanings remain the same, when viewed from different perspectives mostly by rotating 180 degrees. These are some of the classic examples of Ambigrams. Sun Microsystems logo Sun Microsystems logo is one of the most brilliant logos in the world. It is a rotationally symmetric chain Ambigram. The word sun appears same from […]

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Reading Test 013 ANSWER

Posted: March 30, 2019 at 5:51 pm   /   ANSWER

1. electrified   2. computer  3. Beam-Operated Traffic   4. roads   5. C   6. I   7. B   8. H   9. A   10. NS   11. S   12. S Answer:  16. E    17. A   18. C   19. D  20. F   21. 3   22. time (and) money  23. pharmaceutical companies / developed countries  24. b    25. d  26. […]

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Reading Test 012 ANSWER

Posted: March 30, 2019 at 5:41 pm   /   ANSWER

Answer: 1. NO   2. NO   3. NO   4. YES   5. NOTGIVEN   6. NO   7. YES   8. (local) busunesses   9.(work/working) schedule/ rostering/ roster(s)   10. excessive   11. voluntary absence / absenteeism   12. twenty /  20   13. communication Answer: 29.  iv 30.  vii 31.  iii 32.  v 33.  vi 34.  B 35.  F 36.  YES 37.  No 38.  […]

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Reading Test 011 ANSWER

Posted: March 30, 2019 at 4:46 pm   /   ANSWER

Answer: 1. FALSE   2. FALSE    3. TRUE   4. TRUE   5.  FALSE   6.  NOT GIVEN   7.  TRUE   8.  NOT GIVEN   9.  M   10. E   11. G   12. P   13. J   14. B Answer:  14. viii 15. ii 16. iv 17. ix 18. vii 19. 1946 20. (the) wealthy (members) (of) (society) 21. social, economic, environmental 22. […]

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Reading Test 004 ANSWER

Posted: March 30, 2019 at 4:31 pm   /   ANSWER

28. Yes    29. No    30. No    31. Not Given    32. vi; 33. iii; 34. i; 35. ii; 36. will (/may) not survive / will (/ may/ could) become extinct     37. locality/ distribution    38. logging takes place/ logging occurs 39. B Answer: 16. Y   17. Y    18. NG    19. N   20. N    21. NG    22. […]

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Reading Test 006 ANSWER

Posted: March 30, 2019 at 4:21 pm   /   ANSWER

Answer:14.C 15.E 16.A 17.C 18.A 19.D 20.E 21.F 22.J 23.maintenance 24. slow (turning) 25.low pressure 26. cavitation Answer:  1. YES 2. NO 3. YES 4. NOT GIVEN 5. YES 6. YES 7. NO 8. YES 9. H 10. F 11. A 12. C 13. B 27.D 28.F 29.B 30.E 31.A 32.C 33.Jupiter Saturn 34.Solar System […]

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Reading Test 005 ANSWER

Posted: March 30, 2019 at 4:07 pm   /   ANSWER

1…v        2…viii    3…xi     4…ii     5…iv    6…ix    7…i    8…xii   9…vii Answer: 14. Industry   15. Labour   16. Service   17. Decentralisation   18. Entertainment  19. Beautification   20. TRUE   21. FALSE    22. NOT GIVEN   23. TRUE   24. TRUE    25. NOT GIVEN   26. FALSE Answer: 27. D 28. I 29. F 30. G 31. D 32. C 33. H 34. […]

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Wedding vs. Marriage

Posted: March 29, 2019 at 7:17 pm   /   Word Difference

Most people in India use the word wedding and marriage interchangeably. Wedding is the event or ceremony itself – the rituals and all. Marriage is the state of being married, the relationship itself. Example: “We have been married for the last 20 years.” “Happy Marriage Anniversary” — Incorrect “Happy Wedding Anniversary” — Correct Marriage refers to the relationship, […]

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As More Tech Start-Ups Stay Private, So Does the Money ANSWER

Posted: March 29, 2019 at 7:02 pm   /   ANSWER

ANSWERS Each question correctly answered scores 1 mark. Correct spelling is needed in all answers. Section 3 A A B C luminaries downside novel issue frown True True Not Given False

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The atom bomb was one of the defining inventions of the 20th Century. So how did science fiction writer HG Wells predict its invention three decades before the first detonations? ANSWER

Posted: March 29, 2019 at 6:57 pm   /   ANSWER

ANSWERS Each question correctly answered scores 1 mark. Correct spelling is needed in all answers. Section 2 D H E G I A F C B C B

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Sea monsters are the stuff of legend – lurking not just in the depths of the oceans, but also the darker corners of our minds. What is it that draws us to these creatures? ANSWER

Posted: March 29, 2019 at 6:47 pm   /   ANSWER

ANSWERS Each question correctly answered scores 1 mark. Correct spelling is needed in all answers. Section 1 False False True False Not Given True Not Given D D B A A readily attack (humans) balletic, mesmeric longest preserved specimen fearsome appearance

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Britain needs strong TV industry ANSWER

Posted: March 29, 2019 at 6:37 pm   /   ANSWER

ANSWERS Each question correctly answered scores 1 mark. Correct spelling is needed in all answers. Section 3 True False Not Given True False A C A B commercially abroad subscription channels icky more ambitious speculation

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Life lessons from villains, crooks and gangsters ANSWER

Posted: March 29, 2019 at 6:31 pm   /   ANSWER

ANSWERS Each question correctly answered scores 1 mark. Correct spelling is needed in all answers. Section 2 C G B A H D E F Perseverance Catapult Improvisation Network C

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Aphantasia: A life without mental images ANSWER

Posted: March 29, 2019 at 9:17 am   /   ANSWER

ANSWERS Each question correctly answered scores 1 mark. Correct spelling is needed in all answers. Section 1 False True Not Given True True Not Given True False Vibrant Polar-opposite Grainy picture Adamant Imagery hovering

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Investigating Children’s Language ANSWER

Posted: March 29, 2019 at 8:46 am   /   ANSWER

ANSWER: 1. C               2. H                  3. B                4. C 5. E               6. TRUE            7. TRUE         8. FALSE 9. NG          […]

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Light Pollution ANSWER

Posted: March 28, 2019 at 2:32 pm   /   ANSWER

ANSWER: 1. viii              2. vii                   3. vi 4. iv                5. iii                    6. deter crime 7. (air) pollution                        8. […]

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HOW DOES THE BIOLOGICAL CLOCK TICK? ANSWER

Posted: March 28, 2019 at 2:22 pm   /   ANSWER

Answer Table 1. ix 8. physical chemistry, thermodynamics IN EITHER ORDER 2. ii 9. adapt 3. vii 10. immortality 4. i 11. NO 5. viii 12. YES 6. iv 13. NOT GIVEN 7. physical chemistry, thermodynamics IN EITHER ORDER 14. YES

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Test No 015 ANSWER

Posted: March 27, 2019 at 8:00 pm   /   ANSWER

The position of women in society has changed markedly in the last twenty years. Many of the problems young people now experience, such as juvenile delinquency, arise from the fact that many married women now work and are not at home to care for their children. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? […]

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Test No 013 ANSWER

Posted: March 27, 2019 at 7:50 pm   /   ANSWER

Most writers of fiction do not earn enough money to live from their writing. Do you think the government should give them financial assistance to help encourage good literature? There are some conditions under which a novelist could reasonably expect some government suport. In general terms, if the writer has already proved that he or she can […]

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Test No 012 ANSWER

Posted: March 27, 2019 at 7:44 pm   /   ANSWER

International entertainers, including sports personalities, often get paid millions of dollars in one year. In your view, with widespread poverty in the world, are these huge earnings justified? The salaries of many singers, dancers and sports people have increased out of all proportion in recent years, while in places like Sudan people are starving to death. I […]

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Test No 010 ANSWER

Posted: March 27, 2019 at 7:38 pm   /   ANSWER

We are becoming increasingly dependent on computers. They are used in businesses, hospitals, crime detection and even to fly planes. What things will they be used for in the future? Is this dependence on computers a good thing or should we he more auspicious of their benefits? Computers are a relatively new invention. The first computers were […]

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Test No 003 ANSWER

Posted: March 27, 2019 at 7:34 pm   /   ANSWER

People in all modern societies use drugs, but today’s youth are expertimenting with both legal and illegal drugs, and at an increasingly early age. Some sociologists claim that parents and other members of society often set a bad example. Discuss the causes and some effects of widespread drug use by young people in modern day society. Make any […]

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Test No 002 ANSWER

Posted: March 27, 2019 at 7:31 pm   /   ANSWER

We have been living in the nuelear age now for over half a century. Since the first atomic bombs were developed, nuclear technology has provided governments with the ability to totally destroy the planet. Yet the technology has been put to positive use as an energy source and in certain areas of medicine. To what extent is nuclear […]

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Test No 001 ANSWER

Posted: March 27, 2019 at 7:28 pm   /   ANSWER

Some people think that it is important to use leisure time for activities that improve the mind, such as reading and doing word puzzles. Other people feel that it is important to rest the mind during leisure time. It is generally accepted that we all need leisure time to recover from the stresses of work and everyday life. Personally, […]

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ACADEMIC WRITING TASK 1 TEST 06 ANSWER

Posted: March 27, 2019 at 9:34 am   /   ANSWER

Most consumer goods go through a series of stages before they emerge as finished products ready for sale. Raw materials and manufactured components comprise the initial physical input in the manufacturing process. Once obtained, these are stored for later assembly. But assembly first depends upon the production planning stage, where it is decided how and […]

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The Nature of Genius ANSWER

Posted: March 26, 2019 at 7:12 pm   /   ANSWER

Solution for: The Nature of Genius Answer Table 1. B, C, F, H, J IN ANY ORDER 8. FALSE 2. B, C, F, H, J IN ANY ORDER 9. TRUE 3. B, C, F, H, J IN ANY ORDER 10. TRUE 4. B, C, F, H, J IN ANY ORDER 11. NOT GIVEN 5. B, C, F, H, J IN ANY ORDER 12. TRUE 6. TRUE […]

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Striking Back at Lightning With Lasers ANSWER

Posted: March 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm   /   ANSWER

Answer Table 1. D 8. C 2. A 9. G 3. A 10. D 4. power companies 11. NO 5. safely 12. YES 6. size 13. NOT GIVEN 7. B

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WHAT TO AVOID in IELTS Writing Task 2

Posted: March 23, 2019 at 11:20 am   /   IELTS

Unnecessary language tends to be found at the beginning of sentences and reduces the impact of sentences as they become more long-winded and less direct. This has the effect of reducing the impact or diluting the ideas being presented. Examples taken from actual student essays are shown below: Nowadays, parents become more conscious about their […]

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Academic Writing Task 1 Test 22 ANSWER

Posted: March 22, 2019 at 6:25 pm   /   ANSWER

The line graph shows estimated sales of gold in Dubai for 12 months in 2002 in millions of dirhams. There were two main seasons for gold sales.  The main season for sales is in the December to May period. Sales were consistently above 200 million dirhams per month, rising sharply to a peak of 350 […]

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Academic Writing Task 1 Test 21 ANSWER

Posted: March 22, 2019 at 5:24 pm   /   ANSWER

The chart shows striking changes in the fertility rate of women in six Gulf countries – Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain between 1990 and 2000. In the ten year period, there was a decline in the number of births per woman in all countries. The biggest declines were in two countries […]

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Academic Writing Task 1 Test 20 ANSWER

Posted: March 22, 2019 at 5:14 pm   /   ANSWER

The graph shows changes in the amount of fast food consumed in the UK between 1970 and 1990. Several trends are apparent. First, Britons are eating more and more fast food. Secondly, the type of fast food has changed. In 1970, the most popular fast food was fish and chips. Over 300g were consumed each […]

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Academic Writing Task 1 Test 19 ANSWER

Posted: March 22, 2019 at 5:12 pm   /   ANSWER

The pie charts show changes in American spending patterns between 1966 and 1996. Food and cars made up the two biggest items of expenditure in both years. Together they comprised over half of household spending. Food accounted for 44% of spending in 1966, but this dropped by two thirds to 14% in 1996. However, the […]

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Academic Writing Task 1 Test 18 ANSWER

Posted: March 22, 2019 at 5:10 pm   /   ANSWER

The graph shows weekly expenditure on fast food in Britain by food and income group. There are two main trends. First, the expenditure is directly related to income. Secondly, there are differences in the types of fast food eaten by each group. The amount of money spent on fast food is related to income. People […]

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Academic Writing Task 1 Test 17 ANSWER

Posted: March 22, 2019 at 5:08 pm   /   ANSWER

The graphs show health and education spending and changes in life expectancy and infant mortality in the UAE. Overall, as the percentage spent on health and education increases, infant mortality and life expectancy improve. Graph 1 shows the percentage of GDP spent on health and education between 1985 and 1993. There were big increases in […]

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Academic Writing Task 1 Test 16 ANSWER

Posted: March 22, 2019 at 5:07 pm   /   Uncategorized

The graph shows the changing patterns in commuting by train, car, tube or bus for commuters in London in the years 1960, 1980 and 2000. The number of people using trains at first rose from just under 20% in 1960 to about 26% in 1980, but then fell back to about 23% in 2000.  Use of […]

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Academic Writing Task 1 Test 15 ANSWER

Posted: March 22, 2019 at 5:05 pm   /   Uncategorized

The chart shows striking differences in the level of computer and Internet penetration in the Arab world.  The UAE and Kuwait are by far the most computerized countries, with Lebanon a distant third. The UAE has over 150 computers for every 1000 inhabitants, compared to Kuwait’s 130 and Lebanon’s 60. In contrast, countries such as […]

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Academic Writing Task 1 Test 14 ANSWER

Posted: March 22, 2019 at 4:59 pm   /   ANSWER

The table shows how people in different age groups spend their leisure time in Someland over the course of a year. It can be clearly seen that the amount of leisure time available varies considerably across the age groups and that people of different age levels have very different ways of spending their leisure time. […]

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Academic Writing Task 1 Test 05 ANSWER

Posted: March 22, 2019 at 9:26 am   /   ANSWER

Anyone who has visited a dentist has been told that eating excessive amounts of sweets risks harming the teeth. This is because sweets lower pH levels in the mouth to dangerous levels. When the pH level in the mouth is kept above 5.5, acidity is such that teeth are unlikely to be in danger of […]

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Commonly Misused Words in IELTS WRITING

Posted: March 20, 2019 at 5:55 pm   /   IELTS

There are many words that are commonly misused. A few of the most common are listed below: Efficiency/effectiveness: Efficiency  is a  much  overused  word  in essays  and  should  usually  be  replaced with “effectiveness”. Efficiency is how quickly or smoothly an event occurs and effectiveness refers to how good the final result is. For example: John  […]

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Academic Writing Task 1 Test 11 ANSWER

Posted: March 16, 2019 at 10:28 am   /   ANSWER

The graph compares the rate of smoking in men and women in Someland between the years 1960 and 2000. It can be clearly seen that the rate of smoking for both men and women is currently declining and that fewer women have smoked throughout the period. In 1960, 600 men in every 1,000 was smoking. […]

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Linking structures

Posted: March 13, 2019 at 7:43 pm   /   Uncategorized

Using a wide range of vocabulary will help you to gain higher score at IELTS. Listing Giving examples Generalising firstly, secondly, thirdly for example in general first, furthermore, finally for instance generally to begin, to conclude as follows: on the whole next that is as a rule Reinforcement in this case for the most part […]

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IELTS WRITING TASK 2 TEST NO 006 (ANSWER)

Posted: March 13, 2019 at 12:48 pm   /   ANSWER

Although abuse of the system are inevitable, social welfare payments are essential to protect the rights citizens have to a guaranteed minimum income in a democratic society”Discuss. You should write at least 250 words. You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Social welfare is an essential element of an advanced society. Good systems are […]

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Compound-Complex Sentences

Posted: March 12, 2019 at 1:14 pm   /   Grammar

As the name suggests, a compound-complex sentence brings both of these sentence forms together. That is, it contains at least two independent clauses (like a compound sentence) and at least one dependent clause (like a complex sentence). For example: Erin loves her brother, and he loves her too because she pays his bills. The dog […]

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Complex Sentences

Posted: March 12, 2019 at 1:10 pm   /   Grammar

Complex sentences are fascinating components of the English language. When used properly, they can add depth to our writing. Complex sentences contain an independent clause and at least one dependent clause. An independent clause has the ability to stand alone as a sentence. It always makes a complete thought. A dependent clause cannot stand alone, even though it has a […]

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Compound Sentence

Posted: March 12, 2019 at 1:02 pm   /   Grammar

A compound sentence is made up of two or more simple sentences joined with a conjunction. Notice that there are some key characteristics of a compound sentence: 1. It is made up of simple sentences. 2. It is made when simple sentences are joined with a conjunction. 1. John walked to class, but Kevin ran. 2. I […]

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28. Describe a family business

Posted: March 7, 2019 at 11:46 am   /   CUE CARDS

What is the business                        What type of customers                     How you know it What product it sells                        Why do you like it I belong to Bathinda and it is the hub of small scale industry. There are many spare part industries run by families. My friend Aman’s father runs an industry by the name of Akal […]

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22. Describe a place such as a park or ground which has developed in your city for the betterment of people

Posted: March 7, 2019 at 8:48 am   /   CUE CARDS

Where is the place    How did you come to know about it What difference has it made to the people I belong to Bathinda. It has developed a lot in the past few years. All the developments have been for the betterment of the people. One big development that has brought a lot of change […]

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21. Describe your idea of a perfect home or dream house

Posted: March 7, 2019 at 8:45 am   /   CUE CARDS

Features        Why and How Sample answer (For those who live in villages) Presently, I live in a village. My house is very big and has many rooms and open space in the front and back. But, for every small requirement, we have to rush to the city. My dream home would be in the suburbs […]

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IELTS WRITING TASK 2 TEST NO 3 (Answer)

Posted: March 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm   /   ANSWER

People in all modern societies use drugs, but today’s youth are experimenting with both legal and illegal drugs, and at an early age. Some sociologists claim that parents and other members of society often set a bad example. Discuss the cause and effects of widespread drug abuse by young people. Make any recommendations you feel […]

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20. Describe a time when you found something that someone lost

Posted: March 4, 2019 at 1:09 pm   /   CUE CARDS

What , When and where did you find                              How you returned it back to its owner                            How you felt? There have not been many times when I found something important that someone lost. But, I remember that once I was walking from the bus stop to my home, that I saw a small string […]

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19. Historical period you want to know more about

Posted: March 4, 2019 at 1:07 pm   /   CUE CARDS

What period do you want to know about   Why do you want to know about it How do you think you can know about it History has never been my favourite subject. But there are some periods of history, which have always fascinated me, and I would like to know more about them. One such […]

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18. Describe a situation when you did not have enough time

Posted: March 4, 2019 at 1:04 pm   /   CUE CARDS

What were you trying to do when you didn’t have enough time Why was this task important to you What circumstances led to you not having sufficient time What did you do to improve the situation One thing that is very bad in me is my habit of procrastination. I keep putting off things till […]

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17. Describe a person you wanted to be similar to when you were growing up

Posted: March 4, 2019 at 1:03 pm   /   CUE CARDS

Who is this person?   Where and under what circumstances did you meet him/her? What were the physical attributes – eg. height / hair / eye colour / scent? What quality about him / her inspired you?         How was the attitude of this person towards you and others? I have wanted to be similar to many […]

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16. Talk about a friend or person who recently got success

Posted: March 4, 2019 at 1:01 pm   /   CUE CARDS

Who was the person                  When did he get success How you felt                                  Why you think it is important We all strive to be successful in our endeavors. It is a fantastic feeling when our efforts result in success. Recently, my very successful friend Shruti sent me a thank you note. Knowing that I played an […]

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5. Talk about a time when you travelled with an old person

Posted: March 4, 2019 at 11:41 am   /   CUE CARDS

When and Where?      What was the conversation you had?     How you felt about it? There have been many instances in life when I travelled with my grandparents, but here I would like to talk about a time when I travelled with my friend Sonia’s grandmother. Actually, it was Sonia’s cousins wedding and she had invited […]

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Word classes (Parts of Speech)

Posted: March 3, 2019 at 11:08 am   /   Grammar

Verb: climb, eat, welcome, be Noun: aircraft, country, lady, hour Adjective: good, British, cold, quick Adverb: quickly, always, approximately Preposition: to, of, at, on Determiner: the, his, some, forty-five Pronoun: we, you, them, myself Conjunction: and, but, so NOTE There is also a small class of words called ‘interjections’. They include oh, ah and mhm. […]

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Importance of Vocabulary

Posted: March 3, 2019 at 10:44 am   /   Vocabulary

Vocabulary is a bridge to learn other language skills and components. The core of a language is its vocabulary. Vocabulary mastery can affect the mastery of a language. Thus, mastering vocabulary is required to master a language. In order to master a language, students must learn its vocabulary. The more vocabulary students know, the better […]

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15. A book you want to write

Posted: March 3, 2019 at 10:35 am   /   CUE CARDS

When you had this idea              What kind of book do you want to write Is it difficult or easy                     And explain why you want to write this kind of book It’s an uphill task for me to write a book, I am very fond of Punjabi food and my grandmother is an excellent cook. She […]

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14. Talk about a public facility that improves/influence local life quality

Posted: March 3, 2019 at 10:31 am   /   CUE CARDS

think there will be some other changes in future over the transports in India. But the changes are unpredictable and you know the future is always uncertain to all. So, I think everything might be accessible to all as now a notable portion …..

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13. Something you bought but did not use much

Posted: March 3, 2019 at 10:30 am   /   CUE CARDS

What was the thing                      When did you buy it                         Why did you not use it We all like to do shopping. We see beautiful things around us and want to buy them even if we don’t need them much. I have also bought many things which i haven’t used much, but here I would […]

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12. A person you would like to study or work with

Posted: March 3, 2019 at 10:21 am   /   CUE CARDS

Who is that person?                       Why would you like to study with him/her?        What will will you study? I normally study alone as I find it hard to study with someone else. However, there are times when I don’t feel like studying and it helps if someone can motivates me. Moreover, there are subjects like history, […]

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11. Describe a time when you showed or taught a young person how to do a thing

Posted: March 3, 2019 at 10:18 am   /   CUE CARDS

Who was the young person                    What did you teach him/her How did you feel after teaching            Do you think the young person was benefited Learning and teaching is a part of life that we sometimes don’t even realise we are doing. We observe others and learn things, and similarly others may be observing us […]

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10. A subject you did not like when you were at school but now you find interesting

Posted: March 3, 2019 at 10:14 am   /   CUE CARDS

What was the subject                      Why you did not like it then              Why do you find it interesting now I studied many subjects at school such as Punjabi, Hindi, English, physics, chemistry, biology, maths, history, geography and environmental science. I was good at all of these, but I was not much fond of studying EVS, that […]

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9. Good news that you heard/received/read on the internet

Posted: March 3, 2019 at 10:13 am   /   CUE CARDS

What was it about            When did you hear it          Why do you think it was good The Internet has shrunk the whole world. People are connected with hundreds of friends and relatives through social networking apps and sites like facebook and Whatsapp. Now face to face meetings have become uncommon and people share their joys […]

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8. Describe a special date in your country’s history

Posted: March 3, 2019 at 10:11 am   /   CUE CARDS

What was it?                         When did it happen?                          What people did on that day?                           Why is it special? India has a rich historical background. There are many special days in Indian History like Republic Day,  Independence day and so on, but here I would like to talk about a special day, which has become a matter […]

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7. Food that people eat on special events

Posted: March 3, 2019 at 10:09 am   /   CUE CARDS

How is it cooked           Why do people eat it                     Why you like it India is a diverse country. There are many types of food that people eat on special events. These food vary from the north to the south and from the east to the west. For example, in North India, people eat jalebi as […]

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6. Describe one of your grandparent’s jobs

Posted: March 3, 2019 at 10:06 am   /   CUE CARDS

What was it                    When    Where Most young people are very close to their grandparents. Our grandparents pamper us with their unconditional love. They always have a lot of stories to share about the challenges they faced as youngsters. My grandfather was born in Lahore in the year 1925 which now falls in Pakistan. He was […]

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4. Talk about an interesting old person you met

Posted: March 3, 2019 at 9:49 am   /   CUE CARDS

Who is this person?              How you met him?      Why you found him interesting? I know many old persons, but here I would like to talk about my friend Sonia’s grandfather. I met him about 6  months ago and I found him very interesting. His name is Mr Jaswant Singh. He is in his mid seventies. […]

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3. Describe a time when you were cheated/ when someone lied to you / someone did not tell the complete truth

Posted: March 3, 2019 at 9:47 am   /   CUE CARDS

What was the occasion         Who was the person What did he hide about         Why do you think he did not tell the whole truth There have been many times in my life when I felt cheated. Sometimes the person lied to me and sometimes some truth was hidden, which is also as bad as being […]

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02. An intelligent person that you know

Posted: March 3, 2019 at 9:43 am   /   CUE CARDS

Who is the person?        What does he do?           Why do you think he is smart?  How do you feel about him? I know many intelligent people. I find some of my friends, teachers and neighbors very intelligent. Here I would like to talk about my friend Sonia, who is very brilliant. She is 18 years […]

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How is IELTS scored?

Posted: February 27, 2019 at 2:08 pm   /   IELTS

IELTS provides a profile of your ability to use English. In other words your IELTS result will consist of a score in each of the four skills (listening, reading, writing,speaking) which is then averaged to give the Overall Band Score or final mark.Performance is rated in each skill on a scale of 9 to 1. […]

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IELTS for Canada

Posted: February 25, 2019 at 6:10 pm   /   Career, Study Abroad

What is the minimum Ielts score for Canada? The minimum IELTS score requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0. Applicants for Undergraduate Nursing programs: IELTS 7, with at least6.5 in reading and listening and at least 7 in writing and speaking. Is ielts required to work in Canada? IELTS is accepted by Citizenship and […]

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Universities in Australia

Posted: February 23, 2019 at 2:47 pm   /   Study Abroad

Australian National University University of Canberra University of New England Charles Sturt University Southern Cross University University of Newcastle Australian Catholic University Macquarie University University of New South Wales University of Sydney University of Technology, Sydney University of Western Sydney University of Wollongong Charles Darwin University Know more about Australia

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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

Posted: February 23, 2019 at 1:52 pm   /   Grammar

‘A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’ is the best-known proverb in English and came into the language in the 15th century, It warns against taking unnecessary risks – it is better to keep what you have (a bird) than to risk getting more and ending with nothing (two birds out of your […]

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27. Talk about a beautiful city

Posted: February 22, 2019 at 4:06 pm   /   CUE CARDS

India is a diverse country. There are many beautiful cities in India. Some are beautiful because of their historical buildings, whereas others are beautiful because of their modern architecture. Some cities are beautiful because they are in the mountain valleys, where as some are beautiful, because of the beautiful and warm smiles of people. Here, […]

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The Verb Explained

Posted: February 21, 2019 at 10:07 am   /   Grammar

The Verb, Aspects The verb is one of the most important parts of speaking, because without it there is no action and no communication. Along with a solid vocabulary, mastering the use of the verb is very important in order to communicate efficiently. In this article we are going to discuss about the verb’s aspects as […]

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Bank: financial institution vs. action related to the bank

Posted: February 21, 2019 at 10:03 am   /   Uncategorized

Bank: 1. (noun) financial institution where you can deposit your money or get a credit; 2. (verb) action related to the bank which describes either a deal with a financial institution or the action of storing your money into an account. 1. After he graduated, he got a job at a bank. 2. I like working with this […]

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Book: written pages bounded together and to make a reservation

Posted: February 20, 2019 at 7:05 pm   /   Uncategorized

Book: (noun) an object consisting in several written pages bounded together; Book: (verb) the act of making a reservation to a hotel, restaurant, concert and so on, to register a message or to record the ID information of a suspect. The first book he wrote was a complete disaster. I’ve read all of his books. I want to […]

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Address – to speak to / location

Posted: February 20, 2019 at 6:11 pm   /   Uncategorized

Address: 1. (noun) direction, place where someone lives, residence; 2. (verb) action that shows the way you speak to the other/to refer to the others She told me to come to this address and meet her. The Internet address you gave me is wrong. I tried to reach you, but it seems you have changed your address. […]

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Brake vs. Break

Posted: February 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm   /   Uncategorized

When teaching my son how to drive, I told her if she didn’t hit the brake in time she would break the car’s side mirror. These two words have different meanings so it’s important to keep brake vs. break apart. Break can be a verb and a noun. As a verb, it means to shatter, to crack, to make unusable. As a […]

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IDIOM (a shot in the arm)

Posted: February 20, 2019 at 5:11 pm   /   Uncategorized

a shot in the arm Meaning: You can say something is “a shot in the arm”  if it gives a person or an organisation renewed energy or enthusiasm. For example: Getting a grant from the Arts Council was a much-needed shot in the arm for the orchestra. We all agree that the economy needs a shot […]

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26. Talk about a skill that takes long time to learn

Posted: February 19, 2019 at 3:30 pm   /   CUE CARDS

What is the skill Why does it take a long time to learn Where/How can you learn it How do you feel about learning this skill NOTE: This question can be asked in past tense as well (Describe a skill that took you a long time to learn ), so please read the question carefully […]

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25. Describe something you made yourself for your friend (handmade present)

Posted: February 19, 2019 at 3:27 pm   /   CUE CARDS

What it was When did you make it Who you gave it to How did you and your r friend feel about it I am not very gifted in arts and crafts and so I normally don’t make things myself. I prefer to gift people cards and flowers. However, a few years back when I […]

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Change Your Tune (किसी चीज़ के बारे में अपनी राय बदलना)

Posted: February 18, 2019 at 6:19 pm   /   Uncategorized

Meaning: If you change your tune, you change your opinion about something or your attitude towards someone. For example: At first Sanjay was against selling the rights to his book, but he changed his tune when he realized how much money he could make. Kelly was quite rude to me at first, but she changed […]

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efforts are better than words

Posted: February 18, 2019 at 4:39 pm   /   Grammar

EFFORT (NOUN)  कोशिश            a vigorous or determined attempt. Synonyms: attempt, try, endeavor, crack He won without any great effort She’s also more easily distracted, so multitasking requires extra mental effort . It was a team effort We could organise a party here of course, but that requires more effort and energy than I currently have. In the meantime […]

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01-Describe a person you have seen (met) who is beautiful or handsome

Posted: February 14, 2019 at 4:04 pm   /   CUE CARDS

I have seen many beautiful and handsome people in my life. Here, I would like to talk about a person whom I find the most handsome. He is none other than my father. His name is ……………. He is in his early fifties. He is not tall, but looks very handsome. His hair has started […]

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A Red-Letter day

Posted: January 15, 2019 at 12:52 pm   /   Uncategorized
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Vocabulary 1

Posted: January 7, 2019 at 5:04 pm   /   Business English, IELTS, Spoken

VERTEX IELTS (Vocabulary) Succinct (adj): brief, terse said in a clear and short way; expressing what needs to be said without unnecessary words: Keep your letter succinct and to the point.   Hone (Verb): Sharp, Make perfect to make something perfect or completely suitable for its purpose Her debating skills were honed in the students‘ union   Innate (adj): Natural, Inborn An innate quality or ability is one that you were born with, not one you have learned: Cyril’s most impressive quality was his innate goodness. Her dance expresses the innate beauty of the human spirit.   Raconteur […]

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Describe something you made with your hand for your friend

Posted: January 7, 2019 at 4:59 pm   /   IELTS

1. WHAT IS IT? 2. WHEN DID YOU MAKE IT? 2. HOW DID YOUR FRIEND FEEL ABOUT IT? I am not very gifted in arts and crafts and so I normally don’t make things myself. I prefer to gift people cards and flowers. However, a few years back when I was in 9th, one of my closest […]

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The Difference Between Flair and Flare

Posted: November 27, 2018 at 4:52 pm   /   Uncategorized

Definitions The noun flair means a talent or a distinctive quality or style. As a noun, flare means a fire or a blazing light. As a verb, flare means to burn with an unsteady flame or shine with a sudden light. Violence, troubles, tempers, and nostrils can flare. Examples “His clothes were tailor-made, and he wore them with a casual flair.” (Maya Angelou, Gather […]

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Commonly Confused Words: Board and Bored

Posted: November 27, 2018 at 4:50 pm   /   Uncategorized

Definitions The noun board refers to a piece of sawed lumber, a flat piece of material (such as a chalkboard), or a table spread with a meal. Board can also mean a group of persons having managerial or advisory responsibilities (such as a board of directors). As a verb, board (up) means to cover with boards or to enter. Bored is the past tense of the verb bore, which […]

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Council vs. Counsel: Commonly Confused Words

Posted: November 27, 2018 at 4:20 pm   /   Uncategorized

How to distinguish between these two homophones Council and counsel are homophones, and both words relate to the concept of advice and guidance. However, they do not have identical definitions. Here’s how to master the differences between these two words. How to Use Council Council is a noun that refers to a group of people who have been chosen to […]

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Make Your Sentences More Descriptive

Posted: November 1, 2018 at 4:34 pm   /   Grammar, IELTS

The purpose of writing is to communicate information. This is true for writing of all types, for fiction and nonfiction, for creatilve and technical, for business and legal. A work of fiction communicates information by telling a story, while an email to an employee communicates information in a much more direct way. In either case, […]

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Capability vs. Ability – What’s the Difference?

Posted: October 21, 2018 at 12:04 pm   /   Word Difference

When to Use Ability What does ability mean? Ability is a noun. It refers to possession of the means or skill to do something. Someone with superior athletic abilities is very good at sports or other physical games. A writer of great ability is considered to be an excellent writer. In both cases, ability is used to refer to the qualitative nature of […]

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Mistakes to Avoid in Your Writing

Posted: October 18, 2018 at 11:31 am   /   IELTS

There are literally hundreds of different rules for grammar, style, and usage, and no one can possibly keep track of them all.

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Enhance Your Writing

Posted: October 18, 2018 at 9:23 am   /   IELTS

Write More Confidently and Effectively We all want to make our writing as neat and professional as possible. The English language, however, doesn’t make this easy on us. English has hundreds of homophones that confuse writers both novice and professional alike. While these words plague even the most advanced writers, anyone can learn how to […]

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LEARN ENGLISH

Posted: October 18, 2018 at 9:00 am   /   IELTS

LEARN ENGLISH IN THESE POWERFUL WAYS Learn Naturally and Playfully Like a Child Never Study Grammar Rules Learn With Your Ears, Not Your Eyes Learn Spoken Grammar With Fun Stories Learn Actively By Answering Simple Questions Emotional Lessons That are Memorable HOW YOU LEARN FASTER AND AVOID EMBARRASSING MISTAKES: The incredible way you Learn Grammar […]

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Personal Goals

Posted: October 17, 2018 at 4:37 pm   /   Skills

Every day take one minute to look at your goals. You should have your personal and professional goals written down somewhere accessible, either in a journal or online. You can even stick them to your computer on Post-it notes. The key is to check them daily for 60 seconds. When you look at your goals […]

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The Importance of Mindset

Posted: October 17, 2018 at 4:19 pm   /   Skills

Does your mindset help or hinder you? Successful and happy people tend to have what Carol Dweck at Stanford calls a Growth Mindset. They are lifelong learners who learn their most valuable lessons from experience, self-awareness and experimentation. Some people are born with this mindset, but all of us can develop it with this simple […]

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Gratitude

Posted: October 17, 2018 at 3:59 pm   /   Skills

Your goals will give you direction, but it’s essential to enjoy the journey too. Every day we urge you to take one minute to focus on being grateful. Write down three things you are grateful for. It could be to do with your family, your friends, your work or your hobbies. It can be something […]

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Study in Singapore

Posted: October 17, 2018 at 3:06 pm   /   Study Abroad

Capital          :      Singapore Population   :        5,719,165 Area               :       648 sq km Language      :Chinese, English, Malay,  Tamil,  Mandarin Religion :   Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Roman Catholic Continent      : Asia Singapore is the […]

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Study In New Zealand

Posted: October 17, 2018 at 3:05 pm   /   Study Abroad

New Zealand is known as one of the most preferred study destination, chosen by the Indian students. But before planning about study in New Zealand, every student needs to get the information about the environment, culture and the locality of this country to get familiarized with it. So, firstly lets read out the most common information […]

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Study in Canada

Posted: October 17, 2018 at 3:03 pm   /   Study Abroad

According to a report, the Indian students ranked on the second position on the basis of the number of students that migrate every year to study in Canada for getting the high quality education. According to a recent report released on 7th November, 2014, approximately 13,758 Indian Students were got their Canadian Student visas. Apart from it […]

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Study In Australia

Posted: October 17, 2018 at 3:01 pm   /   Study Abroad

Australia is an incredible, beautiful country with endless opportunities. It is a natural wonderland of sublime glamour, incredible ancient rock formations, breathtaking beaches, crystal blue waters and pristine rainforests.

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ENGLISH ADVERBS

Posted: October 13, 2018 at 10:32 am   /   Grammar

OVERVIEW | DEGREE | DURATION | FREQUENCY | MANNER | PLACE | PROBABILITY | TIME | ADVERBIAL| COMPARATIVE | SUPERLATIVE Adverbs can tell you where, when, how, why and to what extent something happens. There are several different classes of adverb (see above). They are often formed from adjectives or nouns by adding the suffix -ly. For example: Quick becomes quickly, sudden becomes suddenly, intelligent becomes intelligently. To form an adverb […]

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