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Susan - iPass student of the month

Susan from India is our student of the month for January! Read More →

Phrasal verbs in action: Possessions

In Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test, you may be asked to describe something you own that is important to you. You may have to say where you got it from or who gave it to you and you will most definitely be asked to explain why it is important to you.

This post looks at some typical phrasal verbs that can be used when talking about personal possessions. Try to use them next time you're practising English with a partner or your teacher so that they become more familiar to you.

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Interview with an IELTS examiner

We recently quizzed Helen, an IELTS examiner in Portugal, about what she thought were the secrets of IELTS test success!

Here's what she had to say .....

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Phrasal Verbs in Action: TV

Whether you're a TV addict or not, 'watching television' is a common topic in the IELTS speaking test, so it's good to have the appropriate vocabulary to talk about it and definitely a good idea to have some frequently used phrasal verbs at your disposal too!

This blogpost shares a few that you can start using straight away!

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Mar - iPass student of the month

Mar from Catalunya is our student of the month for December! Read More →

Phrasal verbs in action: Gifts

People exchange gifts all throughout the year - on birthdays, weddings or New Year celebrations or at religious festivals such as Christmas, Diwali or Hanukkah. Whatever the occasion, family and friends often enjoy the ritual of giving and receiving gifts and therefore it is quite a common topic in the IELTS speaking test.

You might be asked to remember the last gift you received or talk about your ideal gift or what kind of gifts are typically exchanged in your country.

This blog post introduces you to some common phrasal verbs that are often used when talking about gifts or presents.


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Phrasal verbs in action: Travel

It’s not enough just knowing the definition of a phrasal verb. This is where a lot of students get stuck. You must know how to use it in a sentence as a replacement of a word or phrase to create an interesting meaning. Mastering phrasal verbs helps you express yourself more naturally and be more creative with the language. This week we look at 5 useful phrasal verbs you can use to talk about TRAVEL.

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Katrina - iPass student of the month

Katrina from The Philippines is our student of the month for November! Read More →

Phrasal Verbs in Action: Hobbies

You have probably heard that phrasal verbs are important and that you need to use them to get band 6+ in the IELTS speaking test. Both of these are true BUT still many candidates fail to use them well in the IELTS test. Why is this?

Non-native English speakers often learn phrasal verbs but are not confident using them in case they say them incorrectly or out of context. Therefore, I think it's important to treat each phrasal verb in the same way as any other new item of vocabulary - understand the meaning and the context in which it is used and then practice it in a variety of example sentences.

To help you, we're starting a new blog series - Phrasal Verbs in Action - where each week we'll present some very useful phrasal verbs related to a different topic with examples showing how to use them effectively with confidence.

The first topic is HOBBIES and here's a quick video to give you an idea:

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Extending your vocabulary: using similies

My IELTS students are often asking me how they can produce more 'natural' sounding English in their IELTS speaking test, and one way is by trying to use more idiomatic uses of English. In other words, using metaphorical expressions such as similies, which will not only help you to be more descriptive but will also show the examiner that you have a deeper knowledge and awareness of the language.

This short video looks at some example similies that you can use to describe people. In Part 1 and Part 2 of the speaking test you could be asked to describe a friend or a member of your family, so it's a great idea to start learning a few idiomatic expressions like these that you could use to talk about them.

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​I’m Kristoffer Gayanilo, aka Jedd. I was Jenny and Nigel’s student in sept, 2013… I took IELTS more than 2 yrs ago while working in Tripoli, Libya.

This January I’m celebrating my first year here in New Zealand and so far, looking back, it was a tough journey.

I welcomed 2016 feeling thankful to the blessings I received from the previous years. Currently, I’m a registered nurse in New Zealand and looking forward to become a resident in this country.

I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you!” All of this was made possible with your guidance to ace IELTS beyond the band score I was hoping for. Happy new year iPass IELTS team!


- Jedd - Libya (New Zealand)

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