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RELATED VOCABULARY: Talking about communication

In this lesson, we are focusing on vocabulary used to describe communication - how we communicate, the words we use, non-verbal communication and more. Take a look at the list below. How many words do you know? We will soon ...
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RELATED VOCABULARY: Talking about family

In this lesson, we are focusing on vocabulary used to describe families - the relationships between people, the structure and type of family and more. Take a look at the list below. How many words do you know? We will ...
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RELATED VOCABULARY: Talking about health

In this lesson, we are focusing on vocabulary used to describe health - people that work in the health service, common illnesses, types of healthcare and more. Take a look at the list below. How many words do you know? ...
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RELATED VOCABULARY: Talking about the law

In this lesson, we are focusing on vocabulary used to describe the law - crimes, criminals, the legal system and more. Take a look at the list below. How many words do you know? We will soon be adding vocabulary ...
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Dealing with unknown vocabulary in IELTS – exercise

Dealing with unknown vocabulary in IELTS - exercise NOTE: We recommend you read the lesson Dealing with unknown vocabulary before trying this exercise. Now read the text below and guess what the missing word could be using the skills from ...
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RELATED VOCABULARY: Talking about education

In this lesson, we are focusing on vocabulary used to describe education - schools, teachers, subjects and more. Take a look at the list below. How many words do you know? We will soon be adding vocabulary exercises to these ...
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Level 10 (CEFR Level C2) Vocabulary – Group A – EXERCISES

OK, so you’ve looked at the 12 words in the Level 10 vocabulary group A, so now it’s time to test yourself! ADVOCATE, ALLEVIATE, PREDOMINANT,  IMPLEMENT, EXPLICIT, INTRINSIC, PRUDENT, PROLIFIC, INTUITION,  FUTILE, LURID, INTEGRITY,   1. What’s the missing word ...
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Level 10 (CEFR Level C2) Vocabulary – group A

Take a look at the meaning and example sentence for the 12 words below, then take the practice exercises to see what you know! Word ADVOCATE Meaning to publicly support or recommend Word family Verb Example sentence A good doctor ...
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WORDS BEGINNING WITH ‘S’

WORD: schedule WORD FAMILY: noun and verb MEANING: plan, timetable, programme. EXAMPLE (verb): I scheduled the appointment for the 23rd. EXAMPLE (noun): He will be on a very busy schedule during his business trip. STRESS: SCHED-ule Pronunciation (click the play ...
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WORDS BEGINNING WITH ‘H’

WORD: highlight WORD FAMILY: verb MEANING: draw attention to, emphasise. EXAMPLE: The increase in the number of homeless people highlights the need for better social welfare. STRESS: HIGH-light Pronunciation (click the play button below) Practice! Complete the following sentences using ...
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SPELLING: Listen and spell – EXERCISE 1

Practice your spelling skills with these 10 words. Click ‘Play’ to hear the word, then type it in the box ...
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IELTS word of the day Set 1 test

IELTS word of the day Set 1 test This page will test your skills with all 10 words from Set 1 of the 'Word of the day' vocabulary. You can click the link below to see the 10 words, but ...
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Level 10 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 10 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. The de was found not guilty and was free to leave the court. DEFENDANT 2. Mastering a ...
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Level 09 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 9 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. Although he ran very fast in the beginning, he couldn’t su the pace and was eventually overtaken ...
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LEVEL 8 VOCABULARY EXERCISES

Level 08 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 8 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. Many poorer countries do not have su food and water for the population. SUFFICIENT 2. The accountant ...
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ENGLISH PRACTICE ONLINE VOCABULARY

Level 07 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 7 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. Many roads have been closed due to the se weather. SEVERE 2. The police are trained to ...
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Level 06 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 6 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. If you want to learn English, the most ef method is to actually live in an English ...
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Level 02 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 2 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. John’s alarm clock rang at 7 am, but he was already aw AWAKE 2. To get to ...
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Level 01 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 1 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. Chris really likes fresh strawberries – they have a lovely fl to the crime. FLAVOUR (US spelling ...
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Level 05 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 5 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. The police want to talk to him because he was a wi to the crime. WITNESS 2 ...
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Level 04 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 4 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. Pollution from cars and industry is causing damage to the en ENVIRONMENT 2. My dentist is going ...
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Level 03 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 3 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. Nurses have to wear a un at work. UNIFORM 2. It was very quiet where I grew ...
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Word of the day

WORD: INCENTIVE MEANING: Something that motivates or encourages someone to do something; a payment or concession to encourage greater output or investment. STRESS: in-CEN-tive WORD FAMILY: Noun EXAMPLE: The government is currently offering incentives to stimulate investment in deprived areas ...
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English idioms – EXERCISES

Have you read the information page on English idioms? Click here to read it before you try the English idioms exercises. Complete the English idioms exercises below to test your knowledge. Complete the English idioms exercises by choosing the correct ...
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English idioms

English idioms are used in speech or when writing informally. Many English speakers use idioms - certain phrases or expressions that may be difficult to understand. English idioms are best used in a more 'relaxed' type of speech or communication ...
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Idioms about driving

Idioms are often commonplace in everyday, spoken English. The more idioms you know, the better it is for your general communication - just don’t over-use them in every single sentence! In the following exercises you will find some idioms that ...
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COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS: ‘Too’ and ‘Enough’

Too and enough are used to talk about the quantity or size of something. Look at the sentences below. What is the difference in meaning? The dress is big enough. The dress is not big enough. The dress is too ...
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COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS: YOUR or YOU’RE

This is one of the most common errors you will see on the internet, even when written by native English speakers. To begin, test yourself by deciding whether these sentences are correct or incorrect. 1. You're looking very well - ...
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COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS: SPEAK or TALK

Speak and talk are 'say' words. However, there are some differences in when and how we use speak or talk. Read the tips below about when to use speak or talk then try the practice exercises. Speak or Talk Tip ...
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COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS: SAY or TELL

Say and tell are similar in that they both mean to talk or give information to someone verbally. However, there are differences in sentence construction and exact meaning. Can you see the difference between these two sentences? John told me ...
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Commonly misspelled words in English

Commonly misspelled words in English English spelling can be very difficult, even for native speakers. Many English words cannot be spelt phonetically (phonetically means the way they sound). For example, phonetically the word enough should be spelt 'enuff'! Listed below ...
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PHRASAL VERBS: ‘Up’ and ‘Down’

There are hundreds, if not thousands of phrasal verbs (verb+preposition) in English that include the prepositions ‘up’ and ‘down’. Try the following two-part exercise to learn ways to include some of these types of phrasal verbs into your next conversation! ...
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PHRASAL VERBS: ‘Take’ – EXERCISES

Have you read the information page on phrasal verbs with 'take'? Click here to read it before you try the phrasal verbs with 'take' exercises. Remember to register to get email updates. Complete the phrasal verbs with 'take' exercises below ...
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PHRASAL VERBS: ‘Take’

Phrasal verbs are made when we use a main verb with another word (or words) to change the meaning of the main verb. There are lots of different phrasal verbs with 'take'. We'll cover some of the most useful ones ...
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PHRASAL VERBS: ‘Get’

Phrasal verbs are made when we use a main verb with another word (or words) to change the meaning of the main verb. There are lots of different phrasal verbs with 'get'. We'll cover some of the most useful ones ...
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PHRASAL VERBS: ‘Get’ – EXERCISES

Phrasal verbs with 'get' exercises Have you read the information page on phrasal verbs with 'get'? Click here to read it before you try the phrasal verbs with 'get' exercises. Remember to register to get email updates. Complete the phrasal ...
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PHRASAL VERBS: ‘Go’ – EXERCISES

Have you read the information page on phrasal verbs with 'go'? Click here to read it before you try the phrasal verbs with 'go' exercises. Remember to register to get email updates. Complete the phrasal verbs with 'go' exercises below ...
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PHRASAL VERBS: ‘Go’

Phrasal verbs with 'go' Phrasal verbs are made when we use a main verb with another word (or words) to change the meaning of the main verb. There are lots of different phrasal verbs with 'go'. We'll cover some of ...
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PHRASAL VERBS: ‘Put’ – EXERCISES

Phrasal verbs with 'put' exercises Have you read the information page on phrasal verbs with 'put'? Click here to read it before you try the phrasal verbs with 'put' exercises. Remember to register to get email updates. Complete the phrasal ...
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PHRASAL VERBS: ‘Put’

Phrasal verbs with 'put' Phrasal verbs are made when we use a main verb with another word (or words) to change the meaning of the main verb. There are lots of different phrasal verbs with 'put'. We'll cover some of ...
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WORDS BEGINNING WITH ‘B’

IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 10 WORD: barbaric WORD FAMILY: adjective MEANING: cruel or uncivilised. EXAMPLE: Many people believe that the death penalty* is barbaric. STRESS: bar-BAR-ic *The death penalty is when people are put to death ...
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WORDS BEGINNING WITH ‘T’

IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 1: WORD: transform WORD FAMILY: Verb MEANING: A large change in how something looks EXAMPLE: Industrial areas can be transformed into beautiful park areas Pronunciation (click the play button below) Quick exercise: ...
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Top 10 tips for learning IELTS vocabulary

Top 10 tips for learning vocabulary

Top 10 tips for learning IELTS vocabulary Tip 1: Don’t try to learn too many new words at once Making long lists of words is often not a very successful technique. Words and definitions can become mixed and confused. Focus ...
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WORDS BEGINNING WITH ‘L’

WORD: lack WORD FAMILY: verb and noun MEANING: not have something that is considered desirable or needed EXAMPLE (verb): Many elderly people lack the ability to surf the internet. EXAMPLE (noun): There is a lack of facilities in many inner ...
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Word of the day

Increasing your vocabulary for IELTS is essential, so make sure you sign up to our newsletter and check back often to see our Word of the day! Here are our previous posts (click / tap each picture for a larger ...
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WORDS BEGINNING WITH ‘E’

IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 6 WORD: equivalent WORD FAMILY: adjective MEANING:  the same or equal to something else EXAMPLE: One US dollar is equivalent to about 65p in the UK. STRESS: e-QUIV-a-lent Pronunciation (click the play ...
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RELATED VOCABULARY: Talking about city people

See also: Vocabulary for a city environment and Vocabulary for a city infrastructure Essential IELTS vocabulary split into common IELTS topics and subsections. In this lesson, we are focusing on vocabulary used to describe cities, particularly the the people that ...
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WORDS BEGINNING WITH ‘A’

WORD: accumulate WORD FAMILY: verb MEANING: To gather, pile, collect. EXAMPLE: Over his long career, he had accumulated a large number of awards. STRESS: ac-CUM-u-late Pronunciation (click the play button below) Quick test. Rearrange the words below to create an ...
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RELATED VOCABULARY: Talking about the city environment

See also: IELTS vocabulary for city people and IELTS vocabulary for a city infrastructure Essential IELTS vocabulary split into common IELTS topics and subsections. In this lesson, we are focusing on vocabulary used to describe cities, particularly the city environment  ...
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WORDS BEGINNING WITH ‘F’

WORD: fluctuate WORD FAMILY: verb MEANING: To rise and fall irregularly EXAMPLE: Exchange rates fluctuate every day, with the US dollar sometimes falling. Pronunciation (click the play button below) Quick test. Choose the correct form of the verb to complete ...
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WORDS BEGINNING WITH ‘P’

WORD: phase WORD FAMILY: noun MEANING: A stage of development EXAMPLE: Many children go through a phase of disobeying their parents. Pronunciation (click the play button below) Quick exercise: Which one of these sentences uses phase INCORRECTLY? 1. She decided ...
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PHRASAL VERBS: ‘Read’ and ‘Write’ – EXERCISES

Phrasal verbs with 'read and write' exercises Have you read the information page on phrasal verbs with 'read and write'? Click here to read it before you try the phrasal verbs with 'read and write' exercises. Remember to register for ...
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PHRASAL VERBS: ‘Read’ and ‘Write’

Phrasal verbs with 'read and write' Phrasal verbs are made when we use a main verb with another word (or words) to change the meaning of the main verb. As they are considered informal, phrasal verbs should not be used ...
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IELTS vocabulary

Vocabulary starting with the letter C set 1

Vocabulary for IELTS - the letter C (set 1) In order to get a good result in your IELTS test, it is essentially to have wide range of vocabulary. Regardless of whether you are preparing for the Academic Module or the ...
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SONG GAPFILL: Alanis Morisette (Level: easy)

Alanis Morisette - Ironic Level: Easy Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills. Play the video below and as you listen to the words (lyrics), complete the gap fill with ...
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SONG GAPFILL: Everclear (Level: medium)

Level: Medium Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills. Play the video below and as you listen to the words (lyrics), complete the gap fill with the words you hear ...
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SONG GAPFILL: John Lennon (Level: medium)

John Lennon - Imagine Level: Medium Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills. Play the video below and as you listen to the words (lyrics), complete the gap fill with ...
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SONG GAPFILL: Louis Armstrong (Level: easy)

Level: Easy Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills. Play the video below and as you listen to the words (lyrics), complete the gap fill with the words you hear ...
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IELTS vocabulary

Unknown vocabulary in IELTS VIDEO LESSON

Unknown vocabulary in IELTS Video lesson Unknown vocabulary in IELTS Video lesson - some useful skills for when you find vocabulary that you don't understand in the IELTS test. You should also read the text post about vocabulary here When ...
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COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS: LISTEN or HEAR

Although they have similar meanings, there are significant differences that you need to know! Listen / Hear We 'listen' to something when we focus on it and pay attention to it. We 'hear' something that comes into our ears. It ...
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COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS: GOOD and WELL

Even among native speakers, it can be common to hear these two words used incorrectly. Although 'well' has other meanings (regarding health or a place where fresh water can be had), the focus here is on the differences between good ...
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SONG GAPFILL: Gnarls Barkley (Level: hard)

Level: Hard (3 words per answer!) Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills. Play the video below and as you listen to the words (lyrics), complete the gap fill with ...
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SONG GAPFILL: Adele (Level: very hard)

Level: Very hard! Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills. Play the video below and as you listen to the words (lyrics), complete the gap fill with the words you ...
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SONG GAPFILL: Pharrell Williams (Level: medium)

Level: Medium (fast but only the first half of the song!) Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills. Play the video below and as you listen to the words (lyrics), ...
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RELATED VOCABULARY: Talking about city infrastructure

See also: IELTS vocabulary for city people and IELTS vocabulary for a city environment Essential IELTS vocabulary split into common IELTS topics and subsections. In this lesson, we are focusing on vocabulary used to describe cities, particularly the city environment  ...
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Tips for better spelling

Improving your spelling is very important for a multitude of reasons, and learning how to spell accurately can take time and practice. Modern technology, although very useful, has made poor spelling increasingly common even amongst native speakers - autocorrect on ...
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vocabulary for IELTS

Level 10 vocabulary list

The first step in being able to improve your vocabulary is to have a clear collection of words to study from, graded from the easier, more common language up to more advanced levels. IELTSforFREE has a 10 level system to ...
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Level 09 vocabulary list

The first step in being able to improve your vocabulary is to have a clear collection of words to study from, graded from the easier, more common language up to more advanced levels. IELTSforFREE has a 10 level system to ...
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Level 08 vocabulary list

The first step in being able to improve your vocabulary is to have a clear collection of words to study from, graded from the easier, more common language up to more advanced levels. Our site has a 10 level system ...
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vocabulary for IELTS

Level 07 vocabulary list

The first step in being able to improve your vocabulary is to have a clear collection of words to study from, graded from the easier, more common language up to more advanced levels. IELTSforFREE has a 10 level system to ...
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Level 06 vocabulary list

The first step in being able to improve your vocabulary is to have a clear collection of words to study from, graded from the easier, more common language up to more advanced levels. IELTSforFREE has a 10 level system to ...
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Level 05 vocabulary list

The first step in being able to improve your vocabulary is to have a clear collection of words to study from, graded from the easier, more common language up to more advanced levels. IELTSforFREE has a 10 level system to ...
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Level 04 vocabulary list

The first step in being able to improve your vocabulary is to have a clear collection of words to study from, graded from the easier, more common language up to more advanced levels. IELTSforFREE has a 10 level system to ...
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Level 03 vocabulary list

IELTS vocabulary level 3 The first step in being able to improve your vocabulary is to have a clear collection of words to study from, graded from the easier, more common language up to more advanced levels. IELTSforFREE has a ...
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Level 02 vocabulary list

IELTS vocabulary level 2 The first step in being able to improve your vocabulary is to have a clear collection of words to study from, graded from the easier, more common language up to more advanced levels. IELTSforFREE has a ...
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Level 01 vocabulary list

The first step in being able to improve your vocabulary is to have a clear collection of words to study from, graded from the easier, more common language up to more advanced levels. IELTSforFREE has a 10 level system to ...
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IELTS vocabulary

Vocabulary for IELTS Letter A Set 1

Vocabulary for IELTS Letter A Set 1 In order to get a good result in your IELTS test, it is essentially to have wide range of vocabulary. Regardless of whether you are preparing for the Academic Module or the General ...
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Talking about people in the IELTS speaking test lesson 2

Talking about people in the IELTS speaking test lesson 2 Before starting this lesson, make sure you have completed Lesson 1 here. When talking about people, you will almost certainly need adjectives describing personality. Are the following adjectives positive, neutral ...
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COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS: IN CONTRAST and ON THE OTHER HAND

'In contrast' and 'On the other hand' Two linking phrases that are often confused are 'In contrast' and 'On the other hand'. Compare examples A and B. A. Tourism often has a positive impact on less wealthy countries. On the ...
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COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS: SO and SUCH

'So' and 'such' are often used incorrectly in English. Both so and such are used to 'give emphasis' - this means to show that something is 'extreme' or 'more than'. For example - The concert was so good! It was ...
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Vocabulary for IELTS – words beginning with B or C

Vocabulary for IELTS - words beginning with B or C We're back with some more vocabulary for you to test your skills. Read the sentences below and decide which of the words that follow would be best to complete the ...
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RELATED VOCABULARY: Talking about the environment

In this lesson, we are focusing on IELTS vocabulary for the environment - pollution, solutions to the problem etc. Take a look at the list below. How many words do you know? We will soon be adding vocabulary exercises to ...
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Parallel expressions in IELTS – examples

Before looking at this page, we recommend looking at the parallel expressions page first. In the IELTS test (especially in the reading), finding the correct answer often depends on understanding that the same sentence can be written in different ways, ...
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Vocabulary – the letter A set 1

Vocabulary for IELTS - the letter A (set 1) In order to get a good result in your IELTS test, it is essentially to have wide range of vocabulary. Regardless of whether you are preparing for the Academic Module or ...
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