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IELTS strategies: tongue-twisters

As English is not a phonetic language, correct spelling and pronunciation are tricky areas to master.

But did you know that pronunciation counts for 25% of the overall mark in the IELTS speaking test?

Obviously, pronunciation is not just about pronouncing words clearly, it is also about other things like stress and intonation, but it's a good idea to 'brush up on' (practise) any sounds that you know you sometimes have problems with, especially if they are not familiar sounds in your first language.

Here's a quick video to help you practice the long 'ee' sound with a fun tongue twister!

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IELTS strategies: varying your tenses

To get a good score in the IELTS Speaking test, you need to show that you can use a wide range of grammatical structures and one way you can do this is by using different verb tenses.

Besides, using a variety of verb tenses is essential if you want to show the examiner that you can maintain a natural flow of speech throughout the test.

This short video gives you some simple techniques to try out yourself!

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Dinesh - iPass student of the month

Dinesh, from India, is our student of the month for August! Read More →

IELTS strategies: avoiding repetition

In both the IELTS speaking and writing test, you need to demonstrate a wide range of vocabulary to show that you can discuss topics at length (band 6 - speaking) and convey precise meanings (band 7 - writing).

This means that to get a good score in the IELTS test, you need to use a variety of words of phrases and avoid repeating the same ones.

This short video gives you a useful technique for avoiding repetition. Try it out and see how your vocabulary expands day by day!

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Peggy - iPass student of the month


Peggy, from Hong Kong, is our student of the month for July!

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Idiom workout: animal idioms

Students are often asking me how to push up their vocabulary score to Band 8 in the IELTS speaking test and one way is to demonstrate that you can skilfully use less common and idiomatic expressions.

This short video gives you a couple of example expressions using animal-related idioms that are commonly used in conversation.

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Arvind - student of the month!!

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Arvind from India is our student of the month for June! Read More →

Idiom workout: weather idioms

Yes it's true - British people love to talk about the weather! So it's no surprise that the English language contains a lot of idiomatic expressions related to the weather.

This short video introduces you to just a few of them. Think about how you could use them in conversation because even if you manage to use just one of them correctly in your IELTS speaking test, you're sure to impress the examiner!

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Idiom workout: describing people

Using idiomatic language in its natural context is a great way to boost your lexical score in the IELTS speaking test.

This short video looks at some common idioms you can use to describe people - a common topic in Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test.

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Idiom workout: colour idioms

A good way to learn idioms is by grouping them together by a common theme, such as colours. There are lots of idioms in English that use colours. For example, did you know that someone who likes gardening is often described as 'green-fingered'? Or that 'once in a blue moon' is used to describe something that happens very rarely?

This short video looks at some other colour idioms which are useful to learn to show you have a deeper understanding of the English language.

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​I’d like to thank Nigel and Jenny for their special efforts which intensely benefited me during my journey to passing the ielts test. At first, I was struggling with writing and speaking and I actually had no idea about how I should prepare myself to sort out all of the involved speaking or writing tasks. After about one month of practice with Nigel & Jenny, I greatly improved my speaking & writing which were the toughest parts of the test for me. My advice to all test takers is to avoid all the negative comments about the test and to start with a reasonable English resource like ipassielts.com that is run by professionals whom have helped many get over that difficult language barrier. My ielts test result is as follows : L:6.5 , R:7, W:6.5, S:6.


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