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with Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva

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Which test: IELTS or TOEFL???

9 January 2017

IELTS and TOEFL are two major English tests which are accepted internationally as proof of English ability. They are pretty similar, and none is more difficult than the other. It’s all a matter of getting used to the format, but here are a couple of practical things to consider.

Are you ready for IELTS?

26 December 2016

So you need a certain IELTS score to get into that university or land that job? You really want to make sure that you get the score you need the first time without spending more time and money on taking additional tests. But how do you know when you’re ready?

5 secrets of study motivation

19 December 2016

You have great English study goals, but you’re busy and you keep letting yourself down.  Sometimes you even go for days or weeks without saying or reading a single word in English.

4 Things You Need to Know Before You Arrive

5 December 2016

If you’re travelling to an English speaking country soon, you’ve probably done your research about the weather, the money, and all those other common travel concerns. But – have you thought about what preparation you should make with your English communication? Even if you speak English well, you are not guaranteed to have everything go smoothly. Here are a few important points to consider:

5 Effective Exercises for Pausing

28 November 2016

Appropriate pausing is extremely important in pronunciation. If you pause after every word, your sentences will sound disjointed and it will take a great deal of effort to understand you. On the other hand, if you don’t pause at all, your sentences will be equally difficult as the other person won’t know which thought groups in a sentence belong together.

How to Handle Rhythm in Spoken English

21 November 2016

Rhythm in the English language is created by combining stressed and unstressed syllables. In some languages – all syllables are about the same length and prominence which makes it more difficult for the speakers of those languages to produce English rhythm.

5 Simple exercises for Word Stress

14 November 2016

Understanding and executing proper word stress in spoken English is critical to ensuring you understand others and can be understood. Word stress is what makes a word more prominent than another in a sentence and has the potential to change the meaning of an entire sentence.

Why do people have an accent?

31 October 2016

Children are born with the ability to learn any language perfectly. If you take a Korean newborn and move them to Australia and surround them with English-speaking people, this child will grow up speaking English and will not be able to say a word of Korean. Then why do we fail when learning a language as an adult?

3 Things That Will Completely Confuse You in Spoken English

24 October 2016

When we’re learning a foreign language, we try to pronounce every sound as precisely as we can, but there are cases when doing this will actually make you sound unnatural. Native speakers will speak more spontaneously which often means a reduction in certain sounds.

Listening Traps to Avoid

17 October 2016

Most language learners will agree that it is harder to listen than to read in a foreign language. This is obvious given that reading occurs in your own time while listening involves another person’s timing. With listening, you have to quickly understand as fast as the speaker communicates.

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