Study vocabulary while reading: Use the Lexical Tutor

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Many learners of English read books or articles regularly and think that they are actively studying English–that is, they study vocabulary while reading. The truth is, most people aren’t. They’re reading passively and less than 1% of the language is entering their brain. Why is this? Most of your attention, […]

Finding the perfect answer for speaking and writing in IELTS / TOEFL / PTE

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It’s the last two or three days before your English exam and you’re sitting at your desk, flipping through papers. You’re looking at the list of speaking topics you found from some IELTS blog and imagining what the perfect answer would be. After you run through every possible answer in […]

Mastering your exam: How to approach IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, and other English tests

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“Oh that (insert exam name) is so terrible! It’s such a difficult exam! They make it so that it’s impossible to get a score higher than (insert score)!” Is this how you think about English exams? Do you struggle to get the score that you need to be successful? Have […]

Confidence in language learning: Your own worst enemy

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If you’ve been learning a skill for several years, you’re probably pretty comfortable about your performance and abilities. You might have a high level of confidence in language learning. And you probably haven’t learned anything new lately either. You’ve probably been repeating the same techniques, and falling into the same […]

No one is listening for your mistakes! How to speak with confidence

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You’re sitting at the table with a group of international colleagues, and everyone is speaking in English. You’d like to contribute more to the conversation, but the only thing you hear yourself saying is “uh-huh”, “yeah”, and “we can do that”. All these great ideas and sentences are floating through […]