Many people taking a speaking test make this mistake: they focus on communicating their answer specifically to their test administrator. This is a problem because you are graded on the level of English you use, not on how easy it is to understand you. Your goal is not to give information, but to show your English ability.
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There are many different ways to speak well and many different people who do so. Today, let's look at Steve Jobs's speaking style.
Most of us have used the term "computer bug", but have you ever wondered where it comes from, and who coined the expression?
Sample speaking test answers using inductive reasoning.
This post looks at simple inductive logic. We start with a specific example and work out a conclusion based on it.
Sample speaking test answers using deductive reasoning.
This is a quick guide to deductive logic. Use it to score more highly in speaking tests and convince people of your opinion.
Working in different countries when English is not your first language can be frustrating. In this blog, we share helpful lessons that were learnt on the ground by a non-native English speaker.
You are busy. But, you still want to improve your English. So how do you make the most of the little time you have? Learn four steps to study effectively.
Business professionals need to explain complex ideas in simple, easy-to-understand ways. Learn these terms to help you communicate complex ideas quickly and smoothly.
To achieve a mountain-top goal, you need to set a path, choose your steps and maintain a good pace.
With the right setup and the right approach, working from home can be enjoyable. Learn more with our 5 tips!
Native English speakers rarely say "go drinking". But we do like to drink alcohol. We use different phrases to communicate this. Find out why and how.
One essential part of speaking well is to break your speech into short chunks—usually a few words— and pausing briefly after each one.
Showing sympathy is important. Here are three things not to do, and three good ideas of what to do.
Metaphors, jokes and strong language are very common in spoken English. Even if you don't use it yourself, understanding this style is a big step towards watching movies with subtitles or hanging out with native English speakers.
English speakers like to use strong language, and one way they do that is with questions that are not really questions.
Accept that your native language level is higher than your English level, and that's ok. Focus on the language you already have. This is a simple idea, but it can be hard to put into practice.
Many people assume the sound that's made and the sound you hear is the same. But often, it's not.
T-shaped lessons put together general and specific knowledge. Both are important to learn English well!
Do you need a teacher or a coach? You definitely need both, but at different times.
I have to come clean about something: English language schools have been selling business English for a long time. But "Business English" is not real.
Make sure you focus on one topic when you study English. Focussing on one topic means you will learn language well and gain confidence.
Good learning material must be interesting. Why is it important to study interesting English?
Experts say, when you read or listen to English, you should understand at least 90%. English should feel easy. But why?
Some English words seem simple, so students overlook them. Many students—even high-level students—have trouble talking about where they live.
Here are practical tips to avoid the three most common mistakes in the GCAS.
Pronunciation is completely different from other language skills—pronunciation is a muscular skill.
The Peter principle is the business concept that workers rise to the level of their incompetence. But how can you solve it, and why does it matter?
Try to spot what is unnatural about the following statement, “The number of people on my team is 5."