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August, 2011:

Count the words – the answers

Make sure that you have listened to the recorded sentences here. Did you manage to count the words? Was it easy? Perhaps you found it difficult? Remember that this exercise is extremely good for your listening skills practice. If you can identify all of the words, it shows that you are on your way to being able to fully understand what is being said. This is very important in the IELTS listening exam and in the IELTS speaking exam. Have you tried repeating the sentences aloud? What about recording yourself saying the sentences and listening to yourself? How good is your pronunciation? (more…)

Listen and count the words

Listening can be really difficult. In the IELTS listening exam, you are expected to listen, understand and answer questions. In the IELTS speaking exam, you have to listen to the examiner carefully and answer the questions you are asked.

Many IELTS students say that they find listening difficult because they haven’t had enough practice. Let’s face it, it can be really difficult to improve your listening skills if all you are doing is listening to recordings and answering questions. It’s important that all IELTS students try to identify their listening weaknesses and to improve their listening skills. (more…)

Do you have mixed feelings?

When you have mixed feelings about something, you experience contradictory feelings. You might love something and hate something at the same time.

I have mixed feelings about my promotion. It will be great to have the extra money but it’s going to involve a lot more work.

Are you out of your depth?

If you are out of your depth, you are in a situation which is difficult for you. You might be in a postion where you are expected to have some answers, knowledge or expertise but you haven’t got any of them.

I am used to teaching adults but I was out of my depth when I had to teach a class of children.

Spelling : the answers

Did you manage to correct the spelling of all of the words below. Check you answers.

    acommodation – accommodation
    adress – address
    beggining – beginning
    beleive – believe
    definately – definitely
    enviroment – environment
    goverment – government
    Wendesday – Wednesday
    grammer – grammar
    intresting – interesting


If you managed to get them all correct, you deserve a pat on the back!!