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Sometimes i feel nervous to talk clearly and fluently to the examiners,even i may have prepared for that for a long time,,so how can i improve my spoken English? And is there any better and more effective ways to enlarge my vocabulary?

Kishore:   It is natural to be nervous in this situation. You need to develop your confidence, and this confidence will come from practising your English speaking and communication. Preparation is important but it needs to be the right type of preparation. This also applies to enlarging your vocabulary - I'd suggest these steps: when you learn new vocabulary do not just learn a translation, thibk about all the other elements you need to be able to use this vocabulary (eg the pronunication, the grammar/part of speech, the collocation ie which words this goes with, any synonyms or antonyms etc); read/listen to English as widely as possible, this will help you pick up new vocabulary in context; regularly brainstorm vocabulary in themes or topics like travel, feelings etc - it is always easier to remember and use new vocabulary if you learn/remember this in relation to a subject or theme.


hi.Mr.Roy.Is it always neccesary to give reasons for you answers in speaking?

Kishore:   Good question. This depends on the part of the test, but in general it is useful to give reasons for your answers, it helps you extend your answers. This is less important in Part 1, more important in Part 3, and sometimes relevant in Part 2 (usually included in the bullet points if this is so). Doing this also allows you to demonstrate your signposting skills - these are very important for coherence - such as "I think this is due to the fact that ......."


I always can not finish reading test in the given time because I read all passage before answer questions.I make more mistakes if I read part of the passage. Shall I change my reading method?

Kishore:   I'd suggest you change your reading method, yes. It takes too much time to read the whole passage first before answering questions. it is better to identify and read the topic sentences first - this will give you an idea of the theme of each paragraph. The topic sentence is usually the first sentence in a paragraph (75% of time) or the last sentence in the paragraph. Then analyse the questions carefully, look for key words, and guess where you will find the answers. Do not start reading from the beginning of the passage. You should have an idea of which paragraph you will find the specific answer. Don’t worry if you do not understand all the words – you may not need to understand everything.


I felt too nervous to talk naturally and fluently as usual when I meet native speaker in speaking test because I am not confident.Could you give me advice?Thanks

Kishore:   This is understandable. It is not easy speaking in a foreign language. The best way to develop confidence is through practice. Remember you can practice speaking, even by yourself, on as many different topics as possible. Talk for one minute, then make it 2 minutes, then increase again and again. Also, make sure you learn the right aspects of speaking, see these videos to give you a comprehensive insight: http://www.chinaielts.org/guide/band_descriptors_speaking.shtml

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hello, Kishoreroy, im a freshman from jiaotong university shanghai, i m planning to go aboard for higher education after graduation. what will you suggest when i should start to prepare for english test? can i use IELTS score to apply for university in USA? thx

Kishore:   Hi. Yes, you can use IELTS scores to apply for universities in USA. I am told over 3000 colleges and universities accept IELTS, including all the Ivy League institutes. There should be more information on this website if you look for recognition information.


hi,I have joined a IELTS test. I got a 6.5 for writing part 2, but only 4.5 for part 1.Could you tell me what I should do to improve my writing part 1?

Kishore:   Hi. Without seeing your writing it is difficult for me to give specific advice. Generally to do well on IELTS writing you need to do well on 4 areas - the range and accuracy of your grammar (so you need to use different grammatical structures), the range and accuracy of your vocabulary (so it is a good idea to use synonyms for key words in your writing), the flow and organisation of your writing (this includes different ways of linking your writing) and the way you fully answer the question. The more you can do all these 4 things, the more the chance you will score well.Also, check this video for more tips on Task 1 specifically http://www.iqiyi.com/v_19rrmkhq58.html


hello, i have trouble with my writing .especially for the task 1 , it always takes long time to do my brainstorm and generate the content and also due to it, some times i cannot make it in time.. need your kind help about how can i generate the content within 20 minutes. thanks.

Kishore:   Hi. It sounds like you have the tight approach - brainstorming to generate the content etc. You might need to be more disciplined in your practice - next time spend maximum 5 minutes to analyse the question/diagram and brainstorm your content, then spend 12 minutes on writing your essay. Finally spend 3 minutes re-reading your essay to identify and correct any mistakes (e.g. grammar, spelling, vocabulary etc). These timings are just suggestions so you can modify them slightly but be disciplined. With practice you should see improvement in your performance. Also, check this video for more tips on Task 1 http://www.iqiyi.com/v_19rrmkhq58.html


hello,What do you mean by vocabulary mind-maps?

Kishore:   I cannot send you a sample through this system but look at this to get some ideas http://www.italki.com/article/217/how-to-use-a-mind-map-to-improve-your-vocabulary

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i will have the speaking exam this sunday and i am very afriad of being asked a difficult question in part2.help!TAT

Colin:   Just remember that the IELTS speaking test is about communicating. It’s okay to pause, hesitate, start again, make small mistakes… Just focus on communicating YOUR ideas to the examiner. Best of luck!


How can I improve my listening ability?

Colin:   If you can work with a good teacher the following might be easier…the different task types assess different listening skills such as listening for main ideas and listening for detail. Find out what you are already good at and what you need to improve in. There are a variety of different listening sub-skills so it’s good to find out which are your strengths and areas for development… oh of course you need to practice listening too! Visit learnEnglish.britishcouncil.org.cn for different listening activities.


Hi colin, m I late? Can you help me with my writing problem? I feel blank when dealing with writing task 2..it is really difficult for me to generate a 150 words...I don't know what to start ,how should I expand my answer? Help me please

Colin:   Hello! You need to spend some time brainstorming ideas. So the fact that you are thinking about generating ideas is good thing! First thing to do is read the topic and then understand it. Then on a piece of paper or the question paper, make notes about any ideas that come to mind. You can increase your ideas by looking at the question from different perspectives…what might an older or very young person say? What ideas are there from a(n) economic/environmental/political/society perspective etc.? When you have some ideas you need to organise them. You need to practise generating and organising your ideas. Practice is important. Look at our online prep course www.roadtoIELTS.com for more ideas on generating ideas.


Hi colin, from your opinion, what kind of key facts I need to be ware of for the preparation of IELTS listening test? I found i can easily get lost during the test...not easy to concentrate on the content for me....

Colin:   Hello! You need to remember that the test is designed with lots of places to start again (section 1, section 2 etc.). Also remember that the test is designed so that you can answer question 5 without knowing the answer to question 4, for example. Spend the silent time, reading the tasks and doing two things: predicting possible answers (and then listening to check or reconfirm your ideas); predicting possible paraphrases of the words in the question. If you are getting lost it helps to listen for paraphrases (similar words) that are used in the questions. And try to relax… if you are getting stressed or anxious, you won’t be able to listen as well as you can… keep breathing!

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