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Use idioms at IELTS when pigs fly

26 Jun 2015 Kasra Sharifan
To get a high score at IELTS, some suggest that IELTS candidates should learn as many idioms as they can and try to use them for IELTS Speaking and Writing tasks. We disagree and say this is too risky; not to mention that the time is better spent on learning another technique.

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111 - Confusing adverbs

26 Jun 2015 Nikki Akraminejad
A podcast on how to tell the difference between adverbs ending in "-ly" and irregular adverbs.

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The Unknown Noun

14 May 2015 Kasra Sharifan
We all know the important parts of speech (i.e. nouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives, adverbs, etc.). Of all the categories mentioned, noun carries the most number of words in English and because of this, it comes with different faces in different parts of any sentence.

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Ever heard of "connotation"?

24 Apr 2015 Mehdi Safavi
You go to the gym every day; you have lost many kilos. Are you thin now? or slim? Although they both mean “not fat”, thinness carries connotations of weakness, weightlessness and emptiness: This extra and rather hidden meaning is called Connotation.

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Learn English with country music

01 Apr 2015 Mehdi Safavi
Let's listen to an English song by the country singer Brad Paisley. "Me Neither" is a funny song that is really easy to understand, and contains useful English expressions you should learn.

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How to disagree politely

12 Mar 2015 Mehdi Safavi
“Some people say that daily journeys to work or school will not be so common in the future. Do you agree or disagree?” — IELTS Speaking, Cambridge IELTS 9. In answer to this question, some candidates might say “I disagree!”; however, this is too direct and considered rude! There are much b...

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Strange laws of the world

20 Feb 2015 Mehdi Safavi
Every country has its own laws. Some are logical and useful, but some are strange or in some cases even hilarious! In this lesson, you will learn some useful expressions you can use when talking about what is legal and what is not.

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"Very" is not always very good

19 Feb 2015 Kasra Sharifan
The adverb "very" is a very common word but often is not used very correctly. It seems like a very useful word which can collocate with many adjectives; however, when you want to have very neat speaking, it is very important not to use it excessively. The overuse of "very" will make your English sou...

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What's a Collocation?

29 Jan 2015 Mehdi Safavi
A collocation is a pair or group of words that are often used together. These combinations sound natural to native speakers, but students of English have to make a special effort to learn them because they are often difficult to guess.

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The magic of TED talks

06 Nov 2014 Mehdi Safavi
A TED talk a day keeps ignorance away! I am not exaggerating; by listening to a 20-minute talk, you may acquire as much knowledge as what a book of 200 pages would give you. But there is even more to TED. In this lesson, you will learn some methods to get the most out of TED talks.

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