Stress and Intonation in IELTS Speaking

Intonation is a very important part of speaking and pronunciation, and if this is not controlled properly, a person may sound rather strange when talking. If you are working on improving this area of your speech, you may also want to explore natural pauses and hesitations in speaking. Image courtesy of sippakorn / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Here […]

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/l/ or /r/ in IELTS Speaking

Some of my Japanese students have been experiencing trouble with the /l/ and /r/ sounds. If words are mispronounced, they can cause some confusion to listeners. This is especially crucial when you’re sitting for a speaking exam like the IELTS test. Image courtesy of marin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Here are some exercises that you can use […]

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Talking about environmental crises in IELTS

I’ve been reading that Singapore is going through an environmental crisis right now. Apparently, the PSI (Pollutant Standards Index) level for air quality has now reached above 300, which is hazardous. The forest fires in Sumatra have been known to be the cause of this and there’s been talk about a Stop-work order by the […]

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