9 Words about: SOIL SALINITY IN MEKONG DELTA

9 Words about: SOIL SALINITY IN MEKONG DELTA

As much as I seek to teach myself about global issues, pressing problems in my homeland are of equal significance. This week, I would like to draw your attention to Mekong Delta – our nation’s most fertile region, rice granary and aquaculture hub – which has been...

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9 Words about: RACISM

9 Words about: RACISM

For the past few days, I have been very hesitant to repost threads about #blacklivesmatter thinking that my friends have already been bombarded with the news constantly appearing on mainstream media, especially social networks.

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American Vs. British English: Food & Drinks

American Vs. British English: Food & Drinks

There is an old saying that America and Britain are “two nations divided by a common language.” The most noticeable difference between AmE and BrE is probably vocabulary, and there are hundreds of everyday words that are different. As a long-time learner of English, I...

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American Vs. British English: Spelling Differences

American Vs. British English: Spelling Differences

An easy tip to distinguish AmE from BrE is that American spelling is fairly shorter and more straightforward. This is because AmE tends to simplify spelling of certain words in accordance with the phonetic principle. Simply put, words are more likely to be spelled as...

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Other ways to say: A LOT

Other ways to say: A LOT

‘A lot’ is a piece of land, so if there is a lot of something, it means there is a large amount of it. In everyday conversations, ‘a lot’ is actually used… a lot. Here are a few examples of how the phrase is so commonly used (if not overused): "I like dark chocolate a...

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Common Errors With Subject-Verb Agreement

Common Errors With Subject-Verb Agreement

Every sentence has a subject and a verb. The subject and the verb must make logical sense together. In other words, they must agree in number with each other. Below is the list of grammar points regarding subject-verb agreement that have perplexed learners of English...

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IELTS Writing Task 2: How to give effective examples

IELTS Writing Task 2: How to give effective examples

“I can’t think of any examples to write.” “What’s wrong with giving a personal story as an example?” “Is it okay if I just make up an example?” “I use ‘for example’ and ‘for instance’ all the time, are there any other ways of giving examples?” These are among the most...

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9 Idioms about Dislikes

9 Idioms about Dislikes

Similar to ‘likes’, ‘dislikes’ is also an area you are often asked about in the IELTS speaking test. Are you familiar with all of the following expressions about something you don’t like? Leave your comment please. As usual, I believe it is important to reiterate some...

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IELTS Writing Task 2: Vocabulary Secrets

IELTS Writing Task 2: Vocabulary Secrets

Just as important as task achievement, cohesion & coherence, and grammar, vocabulary accounts for 25% of your writing score. Here are some pointers on boosting your performance in vocabulary segment.

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IELTS Writing Task 2: Grammar Secrets

IELTS Writing Task 2: Grammar Secrets

Below is the checklist of grammar concepts that you should cover in your Task 2 response to achieve a decent score (band 7 and above). By using these key points, you will make a significant difference to the examiner’s impression of your English grammar, your writing,...

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