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Suffixes and prefixes

03 Jul 2014 Mehdi Safavi
What do you do when you find a new word in English? Before you reach for your dictionary, do you try to figure out what it means? Long words are often made from shorter words that you know, combined with a few letters at the beginning (a prefix), or a few letters at the end (a suffix).

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Let's eat grandma!

26 Jun 2014 Mehdi Safavi
Or "Let's eat, grandma."? This week, we are going to focus on a key punctuation mark: comma. Commas (,) generally reflect pauses in speech, but it is not always that simple. Here are 8 ways you can use commas in your writing.

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What is your favourite sport?

19 Jun 2014 Kasra Sharifan
The IELTS speaking test consists of three parts and the examiner will ask you questions on a variety of topics. But in this lesson, we are going to focus on sports and all the questions will be only about this topic.

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Transitive or Intransitive?

12 Jun 2014 Mehdi Safavi
Some verbs are usually followed by nouns (or pronouns) that act as direct objects. In grammar, these verbs are called "transitive" and they need a direct object. But some are "intransitive".

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English Magazines

05 Jun 2014 Kasra Sharifan
There are thousands of magazines published in English every month covering a variety of topics from celebrities to more global issues like global warming or the gulf of Mexico oil spill. Apart from having topics that are interesting to read, the articles are used in the reading section of IELTS.

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The #1 grammar book: Practical English Usage

29 May 2014 Mehdi Safavi
English, like all languages, is full of problems for the foreign learner. Some of these points are easy to explain - for instance, the difference between "since" and "for". Other problems are more tricky, and cause difficulty even for advanced students and teachers.

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IELTS and the Environment

22 May 2014 Kasra Sharifan
May 22 is the international day for biological diversity. As we are celebrating this day with other nations throughout the world, let's focus on a reading task in IELTS about one of the most frequently used topics: the environment. Here is an actual reading task from IELTS. Try to complete the flow-...

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Radio and English learning

15 May 2014 Mehdi Safavi
For listening practice, nothing compares to English radio programs. Today, thanks to the Internet, English learners can have easy access to high quality podcasts instead of listening to the actual radio. Here are four recommended places where you can listen to English radio programs.

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9 things English learners should know about dictionaries

08 May 2014 Mehdi Safavi
We all use dictionaries to look up words and understand their meanings, but there are more things to help you. Here are 9 features of dictionaries that many English learners are not familiar with.

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English Accents

01 May 2014 Mehdi Safavi
There are a few differences of grammar and spelling between American and British English, and rather more differences of vocabulary and idiom. Today, modern British English is heavily influenced by American English, so some contrasts are disappearing. Pronunciation is sometimes very different, but m...

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