IELTS Speaking: How to understand native English speakers and speak like them

You’ve been studying English for a long time. You already know that no matter how much you learn, it can be difficult to understand native speakers. They speak quickly, drop entire syllables, and stick words together. They don’t speak exactly like the textbooks teach us, and in fact they make a lot of mistakes! In this video, you will learn about the «relaxed pronunciation» that native speakers use. Once you start to understand more of what you hear, you can start to speak like this yourself and be more fluent and natural while speaking English.

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IELTS Writing: Numbers and Pie Charts

Taking the IELTS? In this video, you will learn key vocabulary that will help you get a better score on the writing section of the IELTS. To make things easy for you, you will learn impressive academic vocabulary and sentences you can use to describe numbers, percentages, and fractions. You’ll learn what IELTS examiners are looking for, and what you need to write to get a high band. You’ll practice analyzing and describing pie charts so you know exactly what to do when you take your test!


IELTS Reading: Damascus


Damascus is one of the largest cities of modern Syria, and is nicknamed as the City of Jasmine. Its current population is 2.6 million people. Historians recognize it as one of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world: the first recorded settlement of the city took place around 4,000 years ago. The original name of the city is so old that we do not even know which language it came from. Continue Reading →

IELTS & TOEFL Vocabulary: Talking about Food

A common speaking topic on both the IELTS and TOEFL is food. In this class, you will learn some vocabulary and grammar that you can use when talking about food. These expressions can help you score higher on both tests. You will also learn some common examples of speaking questions you may hear. If you are not taking these tests, this lesson will still help you improve your vocabulary and conversational English.

IELTS Listening: The Sun’s Corona

The sun is always changing and NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is always watching. Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, SDO keeps a 24-hour eye on the entire disk of the sun, with a prime view of the graceful dance of solar material coursing through the sun’s atmosphere, the corona. SDO’s sixth year in orbit was no exception. This video shows that entire sixth year — from Jan. 1, 2015, to Jan. 28, 2016, as one time-lapse sequence.

You can press the subtitle button at the bottom of the video to see the script. This video can be watched at UltraHD Resolution — check the settings button at the bottom of the video.

IETLS Reading: Brain Reprograms Itself

 It’s an oft-repeated idea that blind people can compensate for their lack of sight with enhanced hearing or other abilities. The musical talents of Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, both blinded at an early age, are cited as examples of blindness conferring an advantage in other areas. Then there’s the superhero Daredevil, who is blind but uses his heightened remaining senses to fight crime. It is commonly assumed that the improvement in the remaining senses is a result of learned behavior; in the absence of vision, blind people pay attention to auditory cues and learn how to use them more efficiently. But there is mounting evidence that people missing one sense don’t just learn to use the others better. The brain adapts to the loss by giving itself a makeover. If one sense is lost, the areas of the brain normally devoted to handling that sensory information do not go unused — they get rewired and put to work processing other senses.

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IELTS Reading: Why Does Coercion Work?

In the 1960s, psychologist Stanley Milgram famously conducted experiments in a Yale University basement showing that people will apparently inflict pain on another person simply because someone in a position of authority told them to. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Feb. 18, 2016 have taken those classic experiments one step further, providing new evidence that might help to explain why people are so easily coerced.

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IELTS Reading: Hummingbird Migration

The migration of hummingbirds is an amazing thing since hummingbirds have many different fly zones or paths in which they travel from one habitat to another. These little birds can fly far and fast. There are a few types or species of hummingbirds that make this journey every spring and fall.

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