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Idiomatic Vocabulary

This section gives some idiomatic vocabulary in English, as a blog, or list to which I regularly add. This vocabulary is also given (in more detail) in the page ‘Idiomatic Vocabulary’ (under the ‘Vocabulary’ Section). So, you have the same input twice, since both forms can be convenient. However, if you are accessing the information here, it is… Read More »

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Cultural Insights to Australia

Hello Everyone. In the ‘IELTS Vocabulary’ section, I mentioned seven rules to learning vocabulary. Rule 7 is by reading. And here is some light, easy, and interesting reading pieces – all about … the country shown below.   Yes, Australia. My country is huge, diverse, and has a fascinating history, which all means there are many insights I… Read More »

1. Next IELTS Courses starting this coming Monday (Term 6) // 2. New Online IELTS Correction Service

  Hello everyone. The first question you may want to ask is … why is there a picture of a butterfly above? Well, no reason. It’s just a pretty picture for you! Why can’t I do that? But notice how every detail of that butterfly fits together to make a beautiful object. You should appreciate the beauty of all that detail. In a way, that’s how an IELTS essay should be like: every word fitting together to make a piece of word with a clear message. …

When the mobs lets loose (& the statues crash down) ….

  What do you think about the video above?   Statues are actually very easy to topple. Remember, they weren’t built to withstand lateral (= sideways) force. Statues stand upright, held down largely by their own weight. So, just climb up, put a rope around the top part, then all you need is a few people to pull on the rope, and the statue comes crashing down. …

America’s First Amendment Right // Free speech

  You hear a lot in America now about the ‘first amendment right’. People have this right in America. It’s written in legal documents. You hear people shout words such as,   “We are just exercising our first amendment right!” …

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What normal person does this? [Losing the plot.]

  About 10 days ago, I began one of these posts with the comment, ‘Watching the above video, you might decide that America as a country has totally lost the plot.’   Hmmm. I think I need to use that comment again. Let’s analyse this video above. I want you to ask yourself the following 10 questions. …

Has America ‘lost the plot’?

Watching the above video, you might decide that America as a country has ‘lost the plot’. Supposedly this is a protest against police brutality and racial discrimination. But a close look at what is happening shows it has transformed into an orgy of mob violence, looting, and anarchy. [See the previous post for the meaning of those underlined words.] So, are these actions from … a few some half or most … of the people involved? I can only say that, whatever the number/proportion is, those who perform such acts have completely lost sight of the original purpose – in fact, there is no purpose anymore (apart from robbery and personal gain). There are no demands, no defined outcomes, no constructive points, and nothing to look forward to. It is just criminal activity, and one reason it is happening is that, at the beginning, the leaders of the cities and states ordered the…

What’s Going On in America? Time to think a bit.

When you see the above video, you might think ‘what’s going on in America?’ On the surface, it seems that the riots, destruction, and looting [See the previous post to understand these words], are all a protest against the horrible needless death of a innocent person at the hands of a callous and uncaring police officer. But some people, including myself, are beginning to question whether it is that simple. The facts are that the police officers involved will be charged, investigations are currently happening, and changes will be made in response to public pressure. So …… what’s going on? Burning down your own neighbourhoods doesn’t help the people there, many of whom are black. Attacking police officers (some of whom could be black) who had nothing to do with original crime is unfair to those officers (most of whom are good people). Looting shops no longer links the protest…

Current News: Problems in America // An article to help your English

Let’s learn some English by looking at some current events – that is, events happening in the world right now. Okay, look out the video above, which concerns the most important event happening right now. It’s a little hard to watch the beginning, when the police officer keeps holding down the man’s neck with his knee. My thoughts? The same as everyone else watching this. Why? Why? Why?  Why hold him down? [He wasn’t being violent.] Why do it for so long? [The man was no threat to anyone.] Why put the knee to his neck? [The man was already handcuffed.] Why just keep doing this? [There were three other officers to help.] What were the police officers waiting for? Why do this when you know you are being filmed? Why do this when the bystanders themselves are warning the police officer that he is doing a dangerous thing, and…

New ‘Grammar & Vocabulary Course’ ! // This Course & the IELTS Courses Start in One Week [Term 4]!! // Special Deal with this G&V Course

  Hi everyone. I haven’t written a pixnet post for some months now. After years of regularly putting Grammar, Vocabulary, Collocation, and Logic posts, I decided there is more than enough practice material for any serious student of IELTS. You could practice forever with all the material there, and it all fits together smoothly (like the above picture, right?). So why am I giving a post now? …

執業護士雅思一戰Overall6.5分( R7.5, L&W6.5 )

作者themiz4466 (老包中距離) 看板IELTS 標題 [心得] (代po)雅思電腦考+Andrew補習心得 時間Mon Mar 2 13:11:23 2020 (因為本人沒有PTT帳號,所以請人代PO)
考試日期:2020/2/16
地點:IDP電腦考
分數:L:6.5 R:7.5 W:6.5 S:5.5 Overall:6.5 …

Andrew’s IELTS Study 週六密集班即將開課 [March 7th]!!!!

o you know that the girl standing next to me, on the right of the picture (although she looks a bit like a boy, doesn’t she?) got… IELTS 8 for Speaking, IELTS 9 for Reading, IELTS 8.5 for Listening?   Okay, her IELTS Writing score was not so high, ‘just’ 6.5, but she told me later she hadn’t written fast enough, so I could understand why that score was lower. Underlength writing is scored down. What was surprising was her speaking score, because she was a quiet and softly-spoken girl. But maybe I should not be surprised, because she studied very hard, carefully going over every single word in my IELTS books, translating them when necessary. I noticed this in class – every page of the books covered in notes. What can we conclude? Two things. Try to be like her. Join my IELTS courses. Yep, that’s the key to getting that high IELTS mark. And on that subject, can I remind everyone…

Term 1 IELTS Courses starting this coming Monday (6th)! // Come along and observe!

Do you know that the girl standing next to me, on the right of the picture (although she looks a bit like a boy, doesn’t she?) got… IELTS 8 for Speaking, IELTS 9 for Reading, IELTS 8.5 for Listening?   Okay, her IELTS Writing score was ‘only’ 6.5, but she told me afterward that she didn’t finish either writing task on time. Yes, slow writers will always struggle to get high scores, because underlength writing is immediately penalised. But what’s wrong with 6.5, right? And think about the score she would have got if she had written faster. Wow! Her writing was underlength, and she STILL got 6.5. This means that her writing was definitely good! What really surprised me about her was the high IELTS speaking score, since she was a quiet and softly-spoken girl in class. But she did something few of my students do: studied very hard. She carefully went over every single word in my IELTS books, translating them…

Answers to Collocation 12 of 12 // After my holiday, the new IELTS Courses start on January 6th! See you there!

  Final Post of this Collocation Series Well, we come to the end of another series of ‘collocation’ posts. All I have to do is give the answers to 12 of 12, and it’s done. Well, here are those answers, and remember, you can learn more about me at   www.aisielts.com . If you click here, then go to Courses, then go to …Timetable for the Term 1 & 2 IELTS Courses, you will see that everything will start again this coming January, with the new IELTS courses beginning on Monday 6th. See you there. …