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Speed of Language – Which is faster – English, Japanese, Chinese or Spanish?

This isn’t directly related to IELTS, but I thought this was interesting about how different languages sound to other speakers. If you think English sounds fast, well, compared to Japanese or Spanish, it’ slower. BUT, there are a lot more

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What IELTS score do you need to study in New Zealand?

Christopher Bowley via Compfight I thought I’d make a resource list of places that state what their requirements are for IELTS. It’s just a start and it’s mostly the main ones that I know off the top of my head,

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Want to improve and check your writing for Task 1?

I’ve had a lot of requests on how to write the Task 1 essay for IELTS.  Aside from the many lessons and tips I have written in this blog, here is a new Lesson Package:  Task 1 Lesson Package (30-mins. tutorial

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Writing a cohesive paragraph

A  cohesive paragraph means that your paragraph is fully developed  logically with clear progression of ideas and supporting details. Sentences are ordered in a way that’s very easy to understand and are linked with transitional phrases. Have a look at

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How to get a 7 or over on the Task 1 Essay

I have a student who has taken the IELTS test several times because she needs a 7 in all modules in order to get her RN (Registered Nurse) license accepted in New Zealand. Although she has gotten 7 and over

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Sample model essay for Task 2 – discuss and give opinion

Mike via Compfight In my last post I wrote about how to organize an answer for this Task 2 question: Successful sports professionals can earn a great deal more money than people in other important professions. Some people think this

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Essay for IELTS Task 2 – Discuss and give opinion questions

For Task 2, you may get a question asking you to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a topic  or two different views of an issue and your opinion. It’s important that you identify this type of question (please see

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Cohesive Devices – Transitional Words/Phrases for essay writing

Wendell via Compfight One of the criteria for assessing your IELTS essay is cohesion and coherence.  Coherence refers to the linking of ideas in a logical sequence or order.  Cohesion refers to the organization of sentences and ideas in your essay working

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Question about IELTS – How to improve my English?

Helga Weber via Compfight I’ve gotten a lot of questions from students and readers, and many of them ask this one question: “How do I improve my English?” Well, this is a very very general and broad question. The first

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Essay organization for the IELTS Task 1 Essay

I was just asked a good question about the format of the essay for Task 1. A reader asked, “Do you need to write a conclusion for Task 1?” My answer is – “No”, you don’t need a conclusion for

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