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Idiom for IELTS

Rule of thumb

This is a rule that is not meant to be strictly accurate or reliable in every case.

As a rule of thumb, I go out every Saturday night. I didn’t go out last Saturday night and I can’t go out next Saturday night.

Remember that you won’t do yourself any favours if you simply throw these idioms into conversation during your IELTS interview. You must practice using them appropriately before the exam.

Idiom for IELTS

Out of the blue

This is something that happens suddenly and unexpectedly.

His resignation came out of the blue. We really weren’t expecting it.

Remember that you won’t do yourself any favours if you simply throw these idioms into conversation during your IELTS interview. You must practice using them appropriately before the exam.

Idiom for IELTS

Drive someone up the wall

This is when we irritate someone or really annoy them.

His constant coughing drives me up the wall.

Remember that you won’t do yourself any favours if you simply throw these idioms into conversation during your IELTS interview. You must practice using them appropriately before the exam.

Vocabulary for types of journalism

The BBC Learning English web page gives some great vocabulary for “journalism.” Have a look at the page and try to learn some of the words. You never know when these words and phrases might come in useful in your IELTS exam!! Click here to visit the site.

Pronunciation is important

IELTS candidates should be aware that 99% of English language learners need to work on their pronunciation. This pronunciation practice is not something that should be done just before the IELTS exam – it should be started months before!! Poor pronunciation in the IELTS speaking exam might ruin your chances of getting the highest IELTS band score you can.
When you learn a new item of vocabulary, you should learn more than its meaning. You should also try to learn how to say it. This is not difficult, even if you don’t have “access” to a native speaker. Many students ignore the phonetic transcription of words in dictionaries. They read the definition and then move on. A good dictionary will explain how to pronounce a word by using a phonetic transcription e.g. /ˈɪŋglɪʃ/. Students need to understand this system of transcription to understand the pronunciation of a word but good dictionaries provide a key to help. It is well-worth the effort becoming familiar with this system. When you learn a word, you can easily learn how to pronounce it right from the beginning. A simple chart to help you can be found here.

Many students find it useful to hear a new word pronounced and the Internet provides many resources for this. A great site for pronunciation help is www.howjsay.com. You can type in a word and hear it said. This provides a great opportunity to repeat the word. You can even translate the word into your language so you can be sure of the meaning.

It’s important to remember that in the IELTS speaking exam, you aren’t penalised for having an accent. We all have an accent when speaking English. IELTS candidates should try to avoid pronunciation errors that might stop easy understanding of what you are saying. These errors are usually mispronounced words and words that most people from your country pronounce incorrectly when speaking English. This is why learning the pronunciation of new words is so important.

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