June 30, 2012

Introducing Weekly Finds: IELTS Resources from around the Net

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Hi! We've decided to add a weekly post for you.

Starting this weekend, we’ll be sharing a list of posts, stories, news, or opinions that we've run across the Internet during the past week or two. We won't be discussing them in detail here, but we do encourage you to check them out as they could contain valuable ideas and insights for your IELTS exam.

If you're ready, here we go...

Beware the Obscure Adjective, Gelid in its Untouched Tomb

There are useful tips here, not only for finding words, but also for checking whether or not a particular word would be appropriate for your tasks.

Interactive Language Learning by Robots: The Transition from Babbling to Word Forms

Practice is a must if you intend to improve your IELTS skills.

Are there any words that rhyme with orange?

Learn some interesting trivia about full rhymes and half-rhymes.

Urban Legends from the World of Grammar

The author questions a number of grammar rules that apparently get in the way of achieving effective communication.

Open wide, please!

"Open widely, please." vs. "Open wide, please." Which is correct?

Ten Commandments for language learning

It's worth following all of them if you're preparing for your IELTS exam.

Fifty words for rain

In case you're looking for substitute words or phrases for the word "rain," here it is.

3 Ways to Master Any New Skill

Are you having a difficult time preparing for your IELTS exam? The tips here could help.

Paramount vs. Tantamount

Discover the difference.

How to avoid the repetition of words

Tip: Use pronouns.

Word Order in English

Learn where to place adjectives, adverbs, verbs, and objects.

Is "done" on the "finish" line?

"I am done." vs. "I am finished." Which is correct?

Which sounds better, funner or funnest?

Interesting article on accepting changes in language.

Adverb clauses of result

Useful transition words and phrases for your IELTS exam.

Words on the radar: June 2012

5 words being monitored by the Oxford Dictionaries.

Bad writing

The author here raises strong points on what should constitute good or bad writing.

Interesting Twin Words You Might Not Have Heard Of

Yes, learning new words is cool.

We Got Merge: Noam Chomsky on the Cognitive Function that Made Language Evolve

Learn more about Noan Chomsky's Merge function.

Summer Learning: Apples to Apples Vocabulary Game

Cool game for those who want to excel in the Lexical Resource criterion in IELTS writing and speaking.

Vocabulary: Five Common Misconceptions

Are you developing your skill in Lexical Resource? Avoid the pitfalls mentioned in this post.

A Picture of Language

Learn something about the development of sentence diagramming.

How to write a rejection letter?

Are you going to take the IELTS General Training exam in writing? There are concepts here that you could use for your brainstorming session.

From 'gadzooks' to 'cowabunga': some episodes in the life of the interjection

There are additional examples of interjections in this post.

Grammar Rules: Ending a Sentence with a Preposition

Are you allowed to do this?

Use Nervous Energy to Your Advantage

Great tip to use for your IELTS Speaking exam.