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Ending a Task 1 letter

How you end a Task 1 letter depends on whether it was written in a formal, semi-formal or informal style. First, let's briefly review formal, semi-formal and formal Task 1 examples. Formal: writing a job ...
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WORDS BEGINNING WITH ‘S’

WORD: schedule WORD FAMILY: noun and verb MEANING: plan, timetable, programme. EXAMPLE (verb): I scheduled the appointment for the 23rd. EXAMPLE (noun): He will be on a very busy schedule during his business trip. STRESS: ...
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WORDS BEGINNING WITH ‘H’

WORD: highlight WORD FAMILY: verb MEANING: draw attention to, emphasise. EXAMPLE: The increase in the number of homeless people highlights the need for better social welfare. STRESS: HIGH-light Pronunciation (click the play button below) Practice! ...
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SPELLING: Listen and spell – EXERCISE 1

Practice your spelling skills with these 10 words. Click ‘Play’ to hear the word, then type it in the box ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 030

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 30 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Education is ...
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IELTS word of the day Set 1 test

IELTS word of the day Set 1 test This page will test your skills with all 10 words from Set 1 of the 'Word of the day' vocabulary. You can click the link below to ...
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Free IELTS General Training Reading test 3 Section 3

Free IELTS General Training Reading test 3 Section 3 Go back to Section 1 | Go back to Section 2 This free IELTS reading test (General Training) has the same question types, content style, length ...
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Free IELTS Academic Reading test 3 Section 3

Free IELTS Academic Reading test 3 Section 3 Go back to Section 1 | Go back to Section 2 This free IELTS reading test (Academic Module) has the same question types, content style, length and ...
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Free IELTS Academic Reading test 3 Section 2

Free IELTS Academic Reading test 3 Section 2 Go back to Section 1 | Go to Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (Academic Module) has the same question types, content style, length and difficulty ...
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Free IELTS Academic Reading test 4 Section 1

This free IELTS reading test (Academic Module) has the same question types, content style, length and difficulty as a standard IELTS test. To get started, simply scroll down to read the texts and answer the ...
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Level 10 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 10 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. The de was found not guilty and was free to leave the ...
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Level 09 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 9 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. Although he ran very fast in the beginning, he couldn’t su the ...
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LEVEL 8 VOCABULARY EXERCISES

Level 08 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 8 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. Many poorer countries do not have su food and water for the ...
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ENGLISH PRACTICE ONLINE VOCABULARY

Level 07 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 7 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. Many roads have been closed due to the se weather. SEVERE 2 ...
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Level 06 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 6 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. If you want to learn English, the most ef method is to ...
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Level 02 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 2 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. John’s alarm clock rang at 7 am, but he was already aw ...
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Level 01 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 1 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. Chris really likes fresh strawberries – they have a lovely fl to ...
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Level 05 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 5 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. The police want to talk to him because he was a wi ...
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Level 04 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 4 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. Pollution from cars and industry is causing damage to the en ENVIRONMENT ...
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Free IELTS Academic Reading test 3 Section 1

Go to Section 2 | Go to Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (Academic Module) has the same question types, content style, length and difficulty as a standard IELTS test. To get started, simply ...
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Labelling a diagram in the listening test

Labelling a diagram One of the question types that you may face in the IELTS listening test is when you are required to label a diagram, map or plan. Typically you will be given an ...
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Level 03 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 3 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. Nurses have to wear a un at work. UNIFORM 2. It was ...
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Preparing the Task 2 answer Seven tips

Here are the 7 steps you should take to plan your answer for IELTS writing Task 2. To illustrate the steps, we will be using this question: Advances in technology and automation have reduced the ...
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Word of the day

WORD: INCENTIVE MEANING: Something that motivates or encourages someone to do something; a payment or concession to encourage greater output or investment. STRESS: in-CEN-tive WORD FAMILY: Noun EXAMPLE: The government is currently offering incentives to ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 029

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 29 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: In many ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 028

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 28 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: We have ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 027

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 27 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: The mark ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 026

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 26 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: An increasing number of families have computers at home. What are the advantages and ...
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FUNCTIONS: Types of learning

Types of learning In many traditional, conservative learning environments, the most common way to study is to gather groups of students in a room with a teacher or lecturer speaking about a particular subject. There ...
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SITUATIONS: Talking about Christmas and new year

A short post today to help with conversations you may have over the next 10 days when talking about Christmas and new year. Look out for the words in BLUE - tap or click them ...
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/ A2, GENERAL ENGLISH

The OET test

OET test - Occupational English Test Frequently asked questions about the OET test. Are there different types of OET test? What skills are tested? What's the structure of the test Where can I take the ...
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English idioms – EXERCISES

Have you read the information page on English idioms? Click here to read it before you try the English idioms exercises. Complete the English idioms exercises below to test your knowledge. Complete the English idioms ...
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English idioms

English idioms are used in speech or when writing informally. Many English speakers use idioms - certain phrases or expressions that may be difficult to understand. English idioms are best used in a more 'relaxed' ...
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SKILLS: Internet English

Internet English NOTE: This lesson contains language that some may find offensive. Read on at your own discretion. Facebook, Twitter, emails - a lot of English conversations happen online these days, and there is a ...
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/ C1, GENERAL ENGLISH

Essay writing – writing an introduction

There are three main sections to think about when essay writing - writing an introduction, the body and the conclusion. In this lesson, 'essay writing - writing an introduction' we will look at the skills ...
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Idioms about driving

Idioms are often commonplace in everyday, spoken English. The more idioms you know, the better it is for your general communication - just don’t over-use them in every single sentence! In the following exercises you ...
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FUNCTIONS: English for job interviews

It is very important to create a good impression during a job interview, but this can be especially hard when you have to speak in a different language. This post will help you use some ...
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/ B2, GENERAL ENGLISH

GRAMMAR: Adjective collocations

English collocations are two words together that equal one meaning- they almost always combine NOUNS or ADJECTIVES together. Some popular collocations have the feeling/meaning of ‘absolutely’ for the first word. Adjective collocations exercise 1 In ...
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/ B2, GENERAL ENGLISH

GRAMMAR: Using ‘Would’ in the past

'used to' and 'would' can both be used to talk about past actions. ‘Would’ can be used to speak about past actions as an alternative to the simple past or ‘used to’. Both ‘would’ and ...
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/ B1, GENERAL ENGLISH

GRAMMAR: Used to – EXERCISES

Before attempting these exercises, we recommend reading the lesson on ‘Used to’ which you can find here. Practice Fill the blanks with the correct form. 1. I be fitter, now I can’t even run for ...
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/ B1, GENERAL ENGLISH

GRAMMAR: Used to

There two common meanings of used to 1. Use(d) +infinitive is used to talk about repeated actions/states in the past. I used to smoke (i.e. I did smoke, now I don’t) 2. To be +used ...
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/ B1, GENERAL ENGLISH

COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS: ‘Too’ and ‘Enough’

Too and enough are used to talk about the quantity or size of something. Look at the sentences below. What is the difference in meaning? The dress is big enough. The dress is not big ...
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SKILLS: Describing negative emotions

Describing negative emotions (talking about how you or other people feel) is an useful skill in English. However, there is a lot of different vocabulary that needs to be learned. Read the sentences below and ...
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/ B2, GENERAL ENGLISH

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 026

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 26 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The charts show the distribution of money spent on music in three different years in Northern Ireland. Summarise ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 023

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 23 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. An old friend is coming to town and has invited you to go to the cinema. Write ...
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SPEAKING: 6 tips for speaking more fluently in IELTS

For many people preparing for the IELTS test, it can be difficult to improve your fluency unless you have an opportunity to speak with people in English regularly. However, here are 6 tips for fluent ...
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COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS: YOUR or YOU’RE

This is one of the most common errors you will see on the internet, even when written by native English speakers. To begin, test yourself by deciding whether these sentences are correct or incorrect. 1 ...
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SKILLS: Understanding reference words in English

What's wrong with this sentence? Some people believe that a university education should be available to everyone as a university education will help with employment. The problem here is that 'university education' has been repeated ...
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COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS: SPEAK or TALK

Speak and talk are 'say' words. However, there are some differences in when and how we use speak or talk. Read the tips below about when to use speak or talk then try the practice ...
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COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS: SAY or TELL

Say and tell are similar in that they both mean to talk or give information to someone verbally. However, there are differences in sentence construction and exact meaning. Can you see the difference between these ...
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