IELTS and English students – another post – IELTS Speaking test in Canada – May 2013

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IELTS Speaking test in Canada – May 2013

An IELTS test taker from Canada (thank you S!) shared these questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in Canada


– Who selected your clothes when you were a child? Why?
– What would you look for when choosing your clothes now?
– Is it easy to buy clothes for someone else? Why?
– Do you prefer writing emails or letters? Why?
– What is the difference between communication through emails and letters?

Cue Card

Talk about a film or TV program which made you laugh a lot. Please say
– what it was
– when you saw it
– who the characters were
– and what made you laugh a lot.



– Will a comedy made in one country be appreciated in another country? Why?
– Is it possible to enjoy a comedy if we don’t know the culture of that country? Why?
– Can we learn a country’s culture through its local comedy program? Why?
– Is it possible or impossible to make such a program without hurting the country’s culture?

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IELTS and English students – another post – Word of the Day | chivalrous

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Word of the Day | chivalrous

chivalrous •\ˈshi-vəl-rəs\• adjective

: being attentive to women like an ideal knight


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IELTS and English students – another post – “I know how you feel. I went through the same thing after my father passed away.”

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“I know how you feel. I went through the same thing after my father passed away.”

English Lesson: I know how you feel. I went through the same thing after my father passed away.

You’re talking with a friend whose mother died a few months ago. She admits that it has been very hard for her. You’ve had a similar experience before, so you show your sympathy.

I know how you feel. I went through the same thing after my father passed away.

go through (something) 


People use the phrase “go through ___” to describe negative experiences. “Go through” means to experience something negative or difficult. Some examples include:

go through a divorce

go through a tough time

go through a period of weak sales

go through childbirth

There are some other totally different meanings of “go through”. One is to search and examine things in a list or a collection:

We should sit down and go through the details later this week.

Another meaning of “go through” is to use a person or agency to do something for you instead of doing it directly yourself:

Are you going through a recruitment agency?

It’s best to remember each of these meanings separately.


my father 


When you’re talking about your father, you can call him “my father”.

When you’re speaking to your father, you should use a term of address such as these:

  • “Dad” is the standard way that most people call their fathers.
  • “Daddy” is how young children might talk call their fathers. Most people stop calling their fathers “Daddy” in their teenage years, but some people continue to do so even as adults.
  • Some groups of people use the word “Pop” to refer to their fathers. It’s not as common as “Dad”, though.
  • Calling your father “Father” seems extremely formal.

A similar explanation of the words for talking about your mother can be read in this lesson:

Mom, the faucet’s dripping!


I know how you feel. 


When someone shares their negative feelings (like sadness, frustration, anger, etc.) with you, a common response is “I know how you feel.”

For example:

A: I feel like they never respect me, no matter what I do.

B: I know how you feel. It’s really frustrating trying to get your parents to respect you as an adult.

“I know how you feel” sounds thoughtful and supportive.


(someone) passed away 


Use the phrasal verb “pass away” to talk about someone dying in a polite way.

This is rude:

I’m so sorry to hear that your father died.

This is much more acceptable:

I’m so sorry to hear that your father passed away.

If you’re talking about someone with no connection to you or to your listener, you can say that they “died”:

Elvis Presley died in 1977.


(Print this lesson) 


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IELTS and English students – another post – IELTS test in India and Bangladesh – May 2013 (General Training)

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IELTS test in India and Bangladesh – May 2013 (General Training)

Our friends from India and Bangladesh reported having the same IELTS exam in May. Here is what they remembered:

Listening testIELTS test in India

Section 1. A conversation between a lady and the principal of a school in New Zealand. The lady recently moved from Hong Kong and wanted to enroll her daughter in this school.

Section 2. A lady was talking about a community of triathlon enthusiasts.

Section 3. A discussion between a professor and a student about her thesis regarding absence at workplace.

Section 4. A lady was speaking about the effect of children on adults’ fat intake.

Reading test

Passage 1. About tennis holidays.

Passage 2. About work particulars.

Passage 3. About the challenges and effects of starting a new business.

Passage 4. An article about the history of Egyptian clothing.


Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

An international company has opened its new branch in your town. You are interested in working there. Write a letter to the human resources and say:

– What position are you interested in?
– Why are you interested in this position?
– Ask for additional information about the company.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people agree that teachers should be strict with their students; others believe that teachers with friendly approach will achieve better results.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you think about painting?
– Did you learn painting at school as a child?
– Do you think young children should learn painting at school?
– Would you buy a painting?
– What is your opinion about art collectors?

Cue Card

Talk about an interesting country that is not your own. Please say

– What country is it?
– How did you learn about this country?
– Why do you find this country interesting?


– Do you think it is good to have international cooperation?
– Do you think that neighboring countries should have a good cooperation?
– How can they achieve it?
– Is international cooperation more important than national interests?

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IELTS and English students – another post – China wonders why its tourists behave badly

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China wonders why its tourists behave badly

Published: 8:24PM Thursday May 30, 2013 Source: Reuters

From faking marriage certificates to get honeymoon discounts in the Maldives to letting children defecate on the floor of a Taiwan airport, Chinese tourists have recently found themselves at the centre of controversy and anger.

Thanks to microblogging sites in China, accounts of tourists behaving badly spread like wildfire across the country, provoking disgust, ire and soul-searching.

While in the past such reports might have been dismissed as attacks on the good nature of Chinese travellers, people in the world’s second-largest economy are starting to ask why their countrymen and women are so badly behaved.

“Overseas travel is a new luxury, Chinese who can afford it compare with each other and want to show off,” said Liu Simin, researcher with the Tourism Research Centre of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

“Many Chinese tourists are just going abroad, and are often inexperienced and unfamiliar with overseas rules and norms.”

When a story broke recently that a 15-year-old Chinese boy had scratched his name into a 3,500-year-old temple in Egypt’s Luxor, the furore was such that questions were even asked about it at a Foreign Ministry news briefing.

“There are more and more Chinese tourists travelling to other countries in recent years,” ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Monday.

“We hope that this tourism will improve friendship with foreign countries and we also hope that Chinese tourists will abide by local laws and regulations and behave themselves.”

Other incidents have attracted similar anger, including that of a mother who let her children defecate on the floor of Kaohsiung airport in Taiwan, just metres from a toilet. She did put newspaper down first.

Embarrassment over the behaviour of some Chinese tourists has reached the highest levels of government, which has tried to project an image of a benign and cultured emerging power whose growing wealth can only benefit the world.

“Terrible racket”

This month, Vice Premier Wang Yang admonished the “uncivilised behaviour” of certain Chinese tourists, in remarks widely reported by state media and reflecting concern about how the increasingly image-conscious country is seen overseas.

“They make a terrible racket in public places, scrawl their names on tourist sites, ignore red lights when crossing the road and spit everywhere. This damages our national image and has a terrible effect,” Wang said.

The central government has reissued guidelines on its main website on what it considers acceptable behaviour for tourists, including dressing properly, queuing up and not shouting.

To be sure, the influx of newly wealthy Chinese travelling around world has bought economic benefits widely welcomed in many countries, and many tourists are well-behaved and respectful.

More than 83 million Chinese tourists travelled overseas last year, and Chinese expenditure on travel abroad reached $102 billion in 2012, the highest in the world according to the U.N. World Tourism Organization.

By 2020, about 200 million Chinese are expected to take an overseas holiday every year.

Criticism of bad behaviour has in the past been levelled at American, Japanese and Taiwanese tourists, when they were also enjoying new wealth and going abroad for the first time.

Eventually, experts say, the criticism will fade.

“Travelling is a learning experience for tourists,” said Wang Wanfei, a tourism professor at Zhejiang University. “They learn how to absorb local culture in the process, and get rid of their bad tourist behaviour.”


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IELTS and English students – another post – IELTS Speaking test in South Africa – May

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IELTS Speaking test in South Africa – May 2013

An IELTS test taker from South Africa (thanks I!) shared his Speaking questions from a recent exam:

InterviewIELTS test in South Africa

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID or passport?
– Where do you come from?
– Do you work or study?
– What is your normal day like?
– What do you do after work? Why?
– If you could change something in your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Cue card

Talk about an important person you know. You should say
– what they do
– where they are
– how they help people
– why you consider them important.



– Does everyone agree with you about that person being important?
– Is there any profession which is more important than others?
– Should people receive the same salary when they do different jobs?
– Do you think some people are in the wrong profession, or in a profession they dislike?
– What are some of the reasons why people dislike their professions?
– How much writing do you do in a day and why?
– Would you be able to write a book?

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