November 24, 2012

Weekly Finds: November 24, 2012

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Every week, 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...

Learning A New Skill – Not What You Expected?

If you’re learning a new skill, breaking a new habit, or simply trying to change yourself for the better, it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen if you commit.

In Grammar, Possession is Less than Nine-Tenths of the Law

The author shares a good guide to avoid confusion on possessive punctuation.

The Life of a Cask From Wine to Whiskey

An infographic on the life of a cask, from wine to whiskey. Find out where casks start their life and see how Scotch is dependent on Sherry. This could be helpful for your describing a process or object in IELTS Writing.

The oddest English spellings, part 21: Phony from top to bottom

The author discusses spellings involving words with "ph."

Ten facts about the word ‘chocolate’

The author looks at ten facts relating to the word ‘chocolate’, and how that word has contributed to the English language.

Idioms Referring to Colors of the Rainbow

The six colors of the spectrum have contributed significantly to expressions and turns of phrase that are themselves often quite colorful. Here’s a sampling of idioms employing the words for colors.

A Listening procedure step by step.

The author discusses the basic framework for listening skills work that provides a step-by-step procedure for teachers and the opportunity for children to gain confidence through successful task completion.

26 Beatnik Slang Words and Phrases We Should All Start Using

Plenty of phrases from the first self-described hipster generation have lasted into modern conversation: people still get bent out of shape, annoying people bug us and muscular guys are still built, just to scan the b-words. Here are 26 words and phrases that don’t get much use today, but are worth sneaking into conversation.

10 Phrasal Verbs in Conversation

Learn 10 English phrasal verbs from examples of everyday conversations.

4 easy ways to practise your speaking confidence off the stage

Learn some practical ways to practice your speaking skills.


You don't have to let shyness cripple you. If you follow these three steps, you can start building your confidence today.

Presenting vocabulary

This article looks at what needs to be taught when teaching vocabulary and ways to present and teach vocabulary.

The Fallacy of Not Splitting the Infinitive

The author shares the tale of splitting infinitives.

Getting lectured by people who don’t know English

The author reacts to a comment on his old blog post that talked about "one of the only."

35 Fossil Words

Here is a list of some of our language’s fossil words with definitions and the idiomatic phrases in which they appear.

Why the Adverb Isn’t as Dead as Mark Twain Would Like

The author shares the view that writers need to be even more dedicated in stamping out the adverb.

Some / Any / No + Exercises

Learn how to use them. Check out the exercises.

Me, myself and I

Learn how to use them.

Body Language Mistakes: 5 Ways to Destroy Your Own Message

Body language can help give you presence and charisma. But it can also undermine your message. Learn 5 mistakes you should avoid!

My Best Advice for Becoming a Better Speaker is. . .

Like all the skills you now own, The Learning is in the Doing! If you want to be a writer - Write! If you want to be a piano player - Play the Piano! If you want to be a Speaker - Speak! - Speak! - Speak!