Category: Vocabulary

How to answer IELTS Task 2 question on “suggesting measures”

Here’s a question my student asked about: More and more city workers are deciding to live in the country and travel into work everyday. The result is increased traffic congestion and damage to the environment.  What measures do you suggest

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IELTS Writing Task 1 – Describing movements in graphs

Here are some useful vocabulary to describe movements in graphs  with example sentences . Take note of how it is used along with the different prepositions . Similar words meaning “to become greater in number; to go up”: to rise

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Improve Vocabulary by Using Context Clues

When you’re reading a passage, you will undoubtedly come across words you don’t know. While it’s good to get out the dictionary and look up new words, you don’t have time to do that all the time. And especially in

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Vocabulary learning strategies

The best strategy really, is to keep reading, listening and speaking to English speakers. However, you can be active in expanding on a new word you may come across in an article or a conversation. Here are a few different

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Common errors – When do you use ‘most’ or ‘most of’?

I’ve seen this error often even in intermediate to advance students’ writing. Here’s the difference between ‘most x’ and ‘most of x’ Most, as in: “Most university students prefer classes that start after 10 a.m.” Here, the noun “university students”

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Common mistakes – compared with/compared to/in comparison

Making comparisons is important for your IELTS Writing Task 1 as well as Task 2. Make sure you are using or expressing it correctly: WRONG: Comparing with other schools, our school . . . By comparison to the UK, New

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Academic Word List you should know

In 2000 Dr. Coxhead of Victoria University in Wellington researched and compiled a list of the most frequently used words in academic writing. For anyone undertaking academic studies, learn these words as you will most certainly come across them frequently

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5 Steps to Building your Active Vocabulary

Students always tell me how hard it is to remember new English words and to actually use these new words when they talk or write. This kind of vocabulary is called active vocabulary – words that you produce when you speak or

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