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IELTS Speaking Tips

Bob Schoenfeld

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IELTS SPEAKING TIPS:

How to Answer Interview Questions Accurately and Effectively

The Speaking Module of the IELTS consists of three parts. Let's look at part 1: The Interview


Part 1
You will need to answer general questions about yourself, your homes/families, your jobs/studies, your interests, and a range of familiar topic areas in four to five minutes.

Exhausting the Possibilities
Part 1 will ask basic questions. There are only so many possible basic questions that can be asked about someone. You can easily be prepared for every possibility. Go through and write down all the possibilities and a good answer for each. When you’re asked about your family, don’t have to struggle to come up with descriptions for your family members. Practice ahead of time and know what you’re going...

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Pronunciation and Listening in English Part 5

Loquus

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Whadya say?

Conjunctions – And, Or, But

 

This week we continue our examination with American English pronunciation and why it can be so difficult at times.

 

We’ve looked at content and function words. If you remember, content words are pronounced longer, louder and more clearly than function words. Content words are what you hear, because they have the meaning of the sentence.

 

If you can hear the content words, you can usually understand the sentence.

 

What else causes problems when listening in English? Actually, some very simple English words can cause problems because we don’t pronounce them the way you expect. Let’s look at conjunctions. Conjunctions are connecting...

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Pronunciation and Listening in English Part 4

Loquus

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Whadya say?

Content and Function Words

 

We received a lot of questions about our last discussion of pronunciation. If you remember, we talked about:

 

CONTENT WORDS:

  • Words with meaning that are easy to describe – nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs
  • Content words are pronounced longer, louder and more clearly than function words

 

FUNCTION WORDS:

  • Words with little meaning, but are necessary to English grammar – prepositions, articles, helping verbs
  • Function words are pronounced more slowly, quietly and less clearly than content words

 

This is important because all you need to hear are the content words. If you can hear the content words, you can usually understand what...

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