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IELTS missteps

Before using any study material or answering any questions, you should know the common IELTS pitfalls that may lower your band score. Most of them can be avoided, and keep them in mind when you are practicing or taking the test. So let’s take a look at these mistakes to avoid them and get a higher scores!

Grammar and spelling mistakes

Many candidates lose valuable marks on simple grammar and spelling mistakes. You can avoid these mistakes by checking answers. Check your spelling carefully. Check singular, plural and past forms before the test ends.Check out out posts on common IELTS writing mistakes, IELTS speaking mistakes and IELTS listening mistakes to learn detailed IELTS missteps in these sections. You can get higher scores once you know these missteps and keep them in mind!

Running out of time

You need to allocate your time wisely during the test. You will run out of time if you don’t pay attention to the timing. Some questions take more time to answer, so you have to leave more time for them. In reading test, questions on the last passage usually take more time to think than the others. Therefore, if you don’t know the answer to a question, just move on to the next and come back to it later. In writing test, you should finish the first task in 20 minutes. Otherwise, there won’t be enough time for you to complete the second task.

Lack of preparation

Some candidates have good English communicating skill in social situations, so they believe that they can get high scores on the IELTS even if they don’t prepare a lot. However, taking a test is different from using the language in your daily life because the IELTS tests your overall English ability in social and academic settings. You should do adequate preparation to get familiar with the test format and content.

Memorizing answers

It is a bad idea to memorize answers for the speaking and writing test. There is only a little possibility to meet questions which you have prepared. Even if you are lucky enough to receive a similar question to what you have memorized, the examiners can easily spot it by asking you more questions.

Not following instructions

If you don’t follow instructions, you will definitely lose important marks. Though it seems easy to follow instructions, some candidates are likely to ignore them. Read instructions carefully before answering questions and keep them in mind.

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Top tips to learn English for beginners

It’s difficult to learn a new language, especially when you’re just getting started. If you’re a beginner English language student, consider these suggestions for improving your speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Read books

Start with easy books that are appropriate to your learning level, but don’t be afraid to work your way up to longer books with more extensive vocabulary. Young adult books like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games are good because they’re written in relatively simple language but are still entertaining for adults.Try reading part of an English novel, play, or poem aloud in order to improve your pronunciation and get yourself warmed up for English conversations

Have conversations with native speakers

Whenever feasible, practice your conversation skills with a native speaker to obtain a sense of the English language’s natural speed and inflections. If you’re speaking with a native English speaker, make it clear that you’d prefer them to correct you if you make any mistakes. This will assist you avoid making many of the frequent language and structure mistakes that beginners make.

Watch movies

The majority of English learners think this is one of the most amusing ways to develop their language skills. Choose an English-language film to watch with subtitles in your native language, or watch a film in your native language with English subtitles to see the words on the screen

Keep your dictionary on hand

It’s critical to have an English-to-nativelanguage dictionary on hand, especially when reading, because you’ll almost certainly come across vocabulary words you’ve never heard before. First, try to deduce words from context, then double-check them in your dictionary.

Try to discover one synonym (a word with the same or similar meaning) and one antonym (a word with the opposite meaning) for each new vocabulary term you learn.

practice English writing

Every day, try to write at least a paragraph about whatever is on your mind. You can write about what you did that day, your goals for the next day, the lyrics of a new song you heard, or a short narrative idea you have. Writing every day can help you become more comfortable expressing yourself in English, and writing by hand rather than typing will help you improve your spelling.

Listen to English songs

You can practice English by singing along with your favorite English-language songs if you’re musically inclined. To boost your understanding, print down the lyrics and look up any English words you don’t understand.

Make English part of your daily life

Make sure you practice English on a daily basis, regardless of the study methods you use. This is the most effective technique to improve your language skills and ensure that they stick.

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TOEFL vs IELTS

What is the IELTS?

IELTS is an abbreviation for International English Language Testing System. The test is available in two formats: ‘IELTS Academic’, for those planning to study at a higher education level abroad; and ‘IELTS General Training’, which focuses on social skills and workplace contexts.

What is the TOEFL?

TOEFL is an acronym for Test of English as a Foreign Language. It is an English proficiency test, developed by an American company, ETS, to measure an individual’s reading, speaking, writing, and listening proficiency in American English. TOEFL scores are a requirement for over 900 universities and other institutions in more than 130 countries. There are two methods of taking this test; it can be taken as a Paper-Based Test (TOEFL PBT) or an Internet-Based Test (TOEFL IBT) which is more popular.

These tests are standardized and this simply means that the scores are consistent all over the world . Both of them will test you on four main language skills and that is listening, speaking, reading and writing .

What is the difference between Toefl and ielts?

The major difference between these two tests is in speaking. While in TOEFL you have to talk to a computer, the IELTS requires you to talk to a real person. Many people find talking to a computer very strange and that is why they prefer the IELTS test.

Which test requires more preparation?

While both IELTS and TOEFL require basic preparation at least , many takers felt that to prepare for TOEFL was harder. But that varies with each individual. The difference in the test patterns may give rise to tasks that need more preparation.

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Apps for language exchange

What is the language exchange??

If you want to have an English speaker partner, and you want to teach some one your native language, so you may need to check language exchange websites like Conversation Exchange , so this way enables you to chatting, texting, or correcting mistakes with your partner.

Best language exchange apps :

Hinative

Hinative is simple and easy platform specializes in getting your questions answered by the most competent speakers of your target language. and the button you’re going to use the most is the “Ask” button. Also this app provides tamplates and categories like “How do you say this?”, or “Ask something else?”, This is usually where cultural queries and opinion questions find room. So this is a language exchange, you can and should help out others by taking the time to answer some of their questions.

Hellotalk

This app has Translation, Transliteration, Voice-to-Text and Text-to-Voice features. interactions are a bit slower, which is really a good thing since nobody expected to be suddenly fluent in the target language. HelloTalk is a standalone app that can do so much more than just connect you with someone who speaks your target language.

Tandem

This app has social-networking functions, and you can “Follow” people and check out those who follow you. So you can text, talk or video chat with someone on the other side of the world, the app has a “Tutor” tab, where you can find tutors of the language you want. Or, if you want to earn on the side, you can fill out a profile to become a language tutor.

Bilingua

Bilingua is a language exchange app that is easy and educational interaction for its users. And this is reflected in the features that the app carries

This app has a “smart chat” feature, which gives you suggestions on what to talk about, so you never run out of topics during the exchange. It even recommends specific phrases you could use. Also you can find somebody who shares your hobbies, interests and personality, when you first start using the app, you’re taken through a series of personal questions. Your answers help its algorithm pair you up with somebody similar.

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TV shows to learn English language

It’s important to watch TV shows to maximize your listening comprehension and vocabulary, so here are list of TV shows that help you to do better.

The Simpsons

The dialouges include a lot of cultural jokes, and the characters speak quickly, and the vocabulary of everyday life is quite interesting to listen to, especially the American slang. additionally, the speed of dialouge is good challenge.

Friends

This show is ideal to start with because the English is not hard to understand. They use vocabulary that you would use in real-life situations. If you started with subtitles you will stop using them by the last season. You will improve your English comprehension skills. You can easily find used copies for pretty cheap online.

The office

The English in The Office is quite basic and the premise of the show is very fun. The result: you find yourself easily addicted, and you learn English every day without realizing it! 201 episodes, 22 minutes make for hours of learning! All of that makes this one of the best TV shows for learning English!

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is the type of show that will help you build a rich and high-quality vocabulary. I would probably recommend it to intermediate level students who want to up their English level . Very sophisticated sentence structures and unusual words make Game of Thrones stand out.

Lost

Inlost tthe characters have a wide range of accents, which is great for English listening comprehension practice, you can hear the differences of the character’s English language, whether they are younge, old, American, British, Australian or Scottish. The vocabulary is varied, so each character has her or his unique way of speaking.

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How to improve your English listening skill


You can’t have a conversation with someone if you can’t understand what they’re saying. Listening is the first step to being able to have a conversation. Get good at listening, and you’ll set yourself up for being able to have successful conversations. so below some steps to improve your English listening skill.



1-use your boring Time to Listen to English

whether you drive or waiting for something or someone, if you working out or doing house chores ,you can easily practice English , especially if you upload some English materials on your phone , so you can repeat these materials many times if you have enough time , in this way you will practice listening very well and improve your English .

2- Read in English

if you feel like almost everything you listen to was not understood , that’s because you don’t have enough English vocabs , and that’s why you don’t understand most English conversations. So you should read in English to quickly learn words and phrases commonly used in conversations.


3- find a speaking partner

this can be one of the best ways to improve your English listening skill because conversations are rich with listening data, and the other person usually adapts the level of the conversation to accommodate you. so getting with others to practice listening in English is very important .



4- listen carefully and regularly

our ears need regular listening practice to stay sharp. If you listen to English every day your progress will be fast. While you are listening you need to pay attention to the new words and phrases and to the speakers accent .


5-vary your resources and have fun

so you should listen to many speakers ,especially those who have heavy accent or who speak very fast , and to enjoy your listening you have to choose podcasts and YouTube videos on the topics that are interesting for you, because listening to what you enjoy not only makes it a more fun experience but also makes your learning more effective.  

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Question forms

There are two main kinds of questions:

  • The ‘yes / no’ kind need the answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

For example:

  • Do you like chocolate?
  • Is he from India?

  • A ‘wh’ one needs more information in the answer. It uses a question word like ‘where’, ‘why’, ‘how’ etc.

For example :

  • Where do you live?
  • Where is the station?

  • They are made in three different ways in English grammar depending on the verb tense:
  1. : For the present simple and the past simple of ‘be’ and for modal verbs, We change the position (or ‘invert’) the verb and the subject.
  2. For the past simple and the present simple of all other English verbs (not ‘be’), We add an extra word, like ‘do / does’ or ‘did.
  3. We change the position of the first auxiliary verb and the subject. This is for all other tenses, for example the present perfect, the present continuous or the future perfect continuous.

To make the ‘wh’ kind, just put the question word in front of any ‘yes / no’ question: Is he coming (‘yes / no’) becomes When is he coming? (‘wh’)

Examples for ( ‘yes / no’) questions:

  • Are you coming to the party?
  • Have you been working hard?
  • Will you come?
  • Do you like ice cream?

Examples for (‘wh’) questions :

  • Who are you?
  • when I called you?
  • Why had you been working hard?
  • Where can we meet ?