Use idioms at IELTS when pigs fly

26 Jun 2015
To get a high score at IELTS, some suggest that IELTS candidates should learn as many idioms as they can and try to use them for IELTS Speaking and Writing tasks. We disagree and say this is too risky; not to mention that the time is better spent on learning another technique.

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111 - Confusing adverbs

26 Jun 2015 Nikki Akraminejad
A podcast on how to tell the difference between adverbs ending in "-ly" and irregular adverbs.

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Magical houses, made of bamboo

18 Jun 2015
You've never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely uniq...

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The pen is mightier than the keyboard

17 Jun 2015
Typing has become very common for note-taking in classrooms or libraries, but have you ever stopped to think if you are doing the right thing when you are keying in words and ideas into your smartphone, tablet, or laptop? Let’s see why writing by hand helps you learn better.

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10 ways to immerse yourself in English

12 Jun 2015
One of the best approaches to language learning is immersion. It is a natural learning method that involves learning a language through that language, just like a baby. Through this method, like the way children learn their mother tongue, you will be thrown into a place where the language is spoken ...

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Why we laugh

12 Jun 2015
Did you know that you're 30 times more likely to laugh if you're with somebody else than if you're alone? Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter in this fast-paced, action-packed and, yes, hilarious dash through the science of the topic.

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A Juicy Writing Lesson

05 Jun 2015
In IELTS Academic Writing Task 1, you might be asked to write a report based on a flowchart - a diagram by which a process is shown. Here's a model writing answer originally from IELTS Juice on the process of making orange juice. This week's lesson has been prepared in reply to Fatima's comment and ...

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The Value of ONE Minute at IELTS

29 May 2015
Time is of absolute importance in the IELTS test. No matter which section you are doing, every minute counts, so you must have a plan for every one of them. Therefore, do not spend more than one minute on this lesson. I suggest you have a stopwatch ready by your side.

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The case for engineering our food

28 May 2015
Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to isolate a gene that allows rice to survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 19...

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How a hook works in writing

21 May 2015
Have you ever been hooked to a newspaper/magazine article only by the reading one or two sentences from it? Hooks are everywhere: Flash-forwards at the beginning of movies, attractive titles on magazine covers, Google search results, etc. In this lesson, let’s see how the hook works in your essay....

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