Sets of Tongue Twister to Improve your Speaking

The last part of the IELTS is the Speaking test, where you will find yourself having a discussion with a certified examiner. The assessment criteria will be the same with the Writing exams, which will be assessed in four parts – task response, coherence and cohesion, vocabulary, and grammar. Your IELTS score will reflect your proficiency of the English language, but the Speaking test, in particular, will define your command of the language by having an actual interactive conversation.

The test will be 11-14 minutes long, and the discussion will be about real-life situations – like talking about yourself and your family. The examiner will then ask you to speak about a topic, in which case you will need to keep the conversation flowing naturally.

If your oral command of the English language needs work, strengthen the muscles necessary for proper speech with the use of tongue twisters. It may sound crazy, but tongue twisters can greatly help you with your articulation and it’s exactly what you need as training for IELTS!

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Why Do We Need to Take the IELTS?

Attaining success in life is not an overnight act. We cannot be successful unless we strive hard for it and put a lot of effort in reaching our goals. As humans, we thirst for success. We want the feeling of satisfaction – of being able to reach our goals and contentment in our lives. For us to get to this, we have to be determined in becoming successful in our chosen career, in our professions. We look for jobs that will help us financially and be on top of the career ladder. For most Filipinos, choosing to work overseas in an English speaking country is an option.


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Words to Avoid in IELTS Writing Task 1 General Training

When writing letters to a person, we have to be very careful on the tone of we are going to use. When we are writing to our boss or someone with a higher position or social rank, we have to use the formal tone and have a direct tone in writing. On the other hand, when writing to a friend, the informal tone is used. We can use almost any kind of words and even the structure of the sentences is not necessarily grammatically correct. The point is that the content and the tone of the letter depend on its recipient.


This is also applicable in the writing first task of the General Training in the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. The examiner will be given twenty minutes to write a letter based on a topic. The personal could be personal, semi-formal or formal in style. It all depends on the task.

Some see this as an opportunity to get a good score since writing letters are easy. However, let us not forget that choosing the right words in a letter is crucial to the success of its content. Picking the right words means carefully expressing the thoughts in the letter without any chance of being misunderstood. Having this said, it is important for any candidate to use the right vocabulary and avoid words that can get them a fairly low score in the writing. Here are some words to avoid in the first writing task in the General Training module.

• Phrasal verbs (look for, turn up)

Phrasal verbs have different meanings based on how they are used on sentence. Instead of using these, choose a single vocabulary that has the same definition with it.

• Besides

This is very informal when used in writing – to avoid having a very informal tone, use incidentally in replacement of besides.

• Idiomatic expressions

Idioms are group of words and phrases that can be misunderstood if the one reading is not familiar with it. Choose expressions that are easily understood. For example, instead of saying, “I cannot go there since it is raining cats and dogs,” you can use “I cannot go there since it is raining hard.”

• And/But

Avoid using these words in the beginning of sentence. These are connectors. Instead of and, use FURTHERMORE, ADDITIONALLY. For but, you can use, ON THE OTHER HAND or ON THE CONTRARY.

• Contractions (can’t/won’t/don’t)

As much as possible avoid contractions. Spell out words.

To get a good score in writing, all you have to do is practice and read lots of sample writings. You will eventually develop the skill and your own technique in coming up with a nice letter for the General Training’s first writing task.

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Tips on How to Interact Correctly in the IELTS Speaking

Communication is vital to human development. Every day, people meet and interact. This interaction can be about business, education, or the typical day-to-day communication. Talking to someone is natural and everybody is doing it. However, the behaviour one has to show may differ in a formal or informal setting of the communication. If you are someone taking a speaking test, like the International English Language Testing System test, you have to know how to interact correctly to get a good score.


Being interviewed by a native English speaker is a real deal in the IELTS speaking test. Most candidates feel stressed on having to impress their interviewer with their English communication skills to get a good score for the test. However, candidates have to be reminded that they have to impress the interviewer with the content and the delivery of their responses, not with how good they are at pronouncing English words.
Here are some tips on how to interact correctly during the IELTS speaking test:

• Always have a smile on your face. Smiling indicates that you are confident with yourself. Further, it shows that you are friendly and ready to take the interview.

• Listen carefully to the questions asked. Interviewee should be all ears to the interviewer. When the focus is on the interviewer, there is a great chance of understanding the questions completely without having the interviewer repeat the question.

• Answer the question directly. It is okay to give a background story with some responses; however, be sure that the response is still about the topic. Some candidates go off the topic and as a result, they get a low score.

• Look at the interviewer when speaking. Avoid looking up or down while speaking. Face the interviewer. Look at him or her straight to the eyes or on the forehead. Do not get intimidated with their presence.
• Breathe. Some candidates are so nervous during the exam. Breathe in and breathe out. This will help you relax and feel better on the exam.

• Wear something comfortable during the interview. If you are someone who gets easily cold, do not hesitate to bring a jacket, a coat, or a blazer jacket.

• Practice. There are lots of practice questions online. However, being in IELTS review centers is better since they have speaking coaches who guide candidates on their responses. These centers provide mock exams to assess students on their weaknesses and make them look comfortable and more confident for the speaking test.

Interacting appropriately on the IELTS test not only means behaving well during the interview, but also giving the right responses to the questions asked by the IELTS examiner. Practice helps a lot most especially with IELTS speaking coaches.

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How to prepare for an interview in IELTS speaking?

“I am planning to take the IELTS examination; however, I really feel anxious with my speaking skills. I am not a good English speaker to be honest and I am afraid that my regional accent has a very strong influence with my pronunciation. What should I do?”


Filipinos have their own regional accents. These accents are a pride of their culture; however, since it has been part of their growth, their accents in speaking are strongly affected by it. This may come as a problem when you are someone taking the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. The IELTS has a speaking examination wherein one should be prepared in answering questions face-to-face an examiner. People who have taken the IELTS have always considered this as very difficult and intimidating. However, for some, with the right confidence and preparation, say that getting a high score for the exam is a piece of cake. How can one prepare for the IELTS speaking?

• Understand the three tasks of the examination. Know the objective of these tasks. Once you know them generally, giving responses will come out naturally.

• Find out the usual questions asked in the first task. Since it is more about personal information, giving responses will not be a problem. However, make sure that the responses are related to the question asked. Remember to use the right verb tenses: when asked about past activities, make sure to have the verb tenses in the simple past form.

• Follow the guide questions in the second task. There are a lot of free questions online. When giving a response, all of these questions should be answered. Use the guide questions as your outline to have a smooth transition in your answer.

• Watch English movies and observe how these people talk. Take note on the way they deliver their lines and get an idea how you will carry yourself during the IELTS interview.

• Practice pronunciation. Use tongue twisters as starters to warm up your speaking skill. Read articles aloud and check the dictionary on how certain words are pronounced. The more you are exposed to the English language, the lesser regional accent present in your speaking.

• Find a speaking partner. Have this someone rate your speaking skills. Someone who can assess your improvement during your review.

Speaking English may be difficult but through practice, learning the skill is easy. Expose yourself in situations where you can speak English and overcome the fear from taking the IELTS speaking test.

15 Days Practice for IELTS Reading

It is important to any non-native English speaker to study English reading skills. As a practice, most of them read newspapers, magazines, journals, books, and even books on how to be good at the English language. Training on how to understand written English text is very necessary most especially if you are to take the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination – an English proficiency examination for non-native English speakers.


The reading section in the IELTS is considered difficult by many who have already taken the said examination. Remember that the reading content for the Academic and General Training modules – two modules of the IELTS exam – are different in terms of their content. In the Academic reading, the content is mostly taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. Passages are longer and much more complicated. On the other hand, the General Training sources are from authentic notices, advertisements, handbooks, books, magazines and newspapers.

Training on reading should be planned carefully and must be followed strictly. So the question is: can a candidate for the IELTS review for the reading test in just 15 days? It is possible! Here is a schedule one can try to develop skills for the IELTS reading test.

Day 1 to 5

• Read on what the IELTS test is all about. Gather enough information on the different types of questions used in the exam.
• Search online on different free websites that offer reading practices. Bookmark them or have them printed.
• Make a schedule of your reading practices. Have yourself do about 4 reading practices every day.

Day 6 to 10

• Have a dictionary with you and get familiar with different words.
• Practice context clues. This skill is helpful in determining a definition of a word without having to look it up in a dictionary.
• Skimming and scanning – two essential skills for the IELTS. Know what these are and put them into practice on some reading materials.
• Improve your vocabulary by reading the newspaper, news online or even blogs on the internet.

Day 11 to 15

• These will be the days for practice. Have at least four passages to do in a day. Check them and take notes of the mistake. Go back to the reading passage and find the correct answers.
• Do not let yourself get distracted. Choose a place where you can conveniently study.

Some people have tried this and gotten good results. This kind of practice is also done in some IELTS review centers. These centers have programs designed for people who want to study in just two weeks. This intensive style of studying is good at review centers since schedules are strictly followed and instructors are there to guide students on their learning in the IELTS reading test.

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