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Don’t spare the horses – Idiom of the Day

Don’t spare the horses – Idiom of the Day

Posted: January 4, 2021 at 2:37 pm   /   Business English, Spoken

Don’t spare the horses – Idiom of the Day Meaning: Urging someone to speed up on something that they are doing. Whenever you hear someone add don’t spare the horses to a directive, what you’ve heard is someone being told to hurry up with what they’re doing. It’s not a negative statement, but rather, one that expresses […]

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Fetid – Word of the day

Fetid – Word of the day

Posted: January 4, 2021 at 2:32 pm   /   Business English, Grammar, Spoken, Vocabulary

Meaning: [adj]: smelling extremely unpleasant. malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, fusty, musty mean bad-smelling. malodorous may range from the unpleasant to the strongly offensive. malodorous fertilizers stinking and fetid suggest the foul or disgusting. History: Dates back to the early 15th century. Has Latin origin. From Latin fetidus. Usage: Noun examples – Fetidity, Fetidness: 1. Due to the fetidness […]

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Garrulous – Word of the day

Garrulous – Word of the day

Posted: January 4, 2021 at 2:30 pm   /   Business English, Grammar, Spoken, Vocabulary

Meaning: [adj]: excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters. History: Dates back to the 1600s. Has Latin origin. Greek origin and Irish origin are also suspected. From Latin garrulus, Greek Gerys and Irish Gairm. Usage: Adverb examples – Garrulously: 1. The TV host won many viewers by talking garrulously.2. She diverted the focus by garrulously explaining some […]

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deaf as a doornail

Deaf as a doornail – Idiom of the Day

Posted: January 4, 2021 at 2:22 pm   /   Spoken

Meaning: Used to mock someone that they are nearly deaf. Someone who is deaf as a doornail is someone who is, or is accused of being, almost completely if not completely deaf. It’s also related to other similar expressions such as deaf as a post, deaf as a doorpost, and deaf as a doorknob History: History dates back to the 13th century. In those […]

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Linking Words for IELTS Speaking

Posted: October 13, 2020 at 10:41 am   /   Speaking Part 1, Speaking Part 2, Spoken

Linking Words for IELTS Speaking The linking words you use in your IELTS speaking section tell the examiner how well you know the given topic and also helps the examiner to assess you based on your fluency. For those who speak English often,  linking words come without any effort. But you have to ensure that […]

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IELTS SPEAKING TIPS

Posted: October 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm   /   Speaking Part 1, Speaking Part 2, Spoken

This is the best time for some IELTS success tips, and I want to talk about the REALITY of getting an IELTS 9 in speaking. 1. Be confident: Although you might be nervous, try to speak clearly and confidently. Smile and be friendly* with the examiner. As you go into the exam, tell yourself that you have prepared well […]

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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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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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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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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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