October 6, 2012

Weekly Finds: October 6, 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...

10 Things You Must Give Up to Move Forward

That author suggests that if you want to fly and move on to better things, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.


Here's the author's look at 9 future technologies that may soon make our present reality unrecognizable. This post could be helpful when you describe a process or object in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1.


The author shares a folding method when packing suit jackets for a trip. This post could be helpful when you describe a process or object in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1.

Should You Eliminate "Was" From Your Writing? Why Sometimes "the Rules" are Wrong.

The author argues why some grammar "rules" are wrong.

10 signs that desperately need to be proofread

The author shares public signs that contain language errors.

Express Yourself In Different Words – Say It Differently And Feel Different

The author shares valuable tips on how we could improve our vocabulary.

Top 14 Grammatical Offenses Of Bloggers

The author lists the common grammar errors that we should avoid when writing.

The Commonly Confused Words that English Learners Should Know

Here's another list of commonly confused words in English.

Million vs Millions

Learn the difference between Million and Millions and know when to use them.

Vocabulary – How to Use the Verb ‘Explain’!

The author shares how to correctly use the English verb 'explain.' This verb doesn't follow the same pattern as other verbs, so many learners use it incorrectly.

Seeing Is Believing? No, Saying Is Perceiving

Can robots learn language? Is understanding a language depending on how we see the world and does a Spanish speaker see the world in the same way as an English one?

Focus On: Grammar Blogs

The author shares a number of post ideas for grammar blogs.

Why can’t we spell English words phonetically?

English, whatever its merits as a language, is a bitch to spell. There are so many rules, and so many exceptions, and yet in the end you have to learn a lot of words on a case-by-case basis. If future linguists discover our written texts, what on Earth will they think English sounded like?

What I Have Learned About Learning a Foreign Language Legends and myths By Brian Thomas

The author shares tips on how to learn a language.

Speech Pauses: 12 Techniques to Speak Volumes with Your Silence

The author discusses the benefits of speech pauses, techniques for pausing while speaking, and communications research.

3 Ways to Stay Calm and Persevere

The author shares her thoughts on handling problems. Read on.

‘Lolz’, ‘Ridic’ and ‘Mwahahaha’ Added to Oxford Dictionaries Online

Check out the recently added words.

'Mwahahaha': Introducing Oxford Dictionaries' New Words

Another article covering the recently added words.

British English and American English

British people and American people can always understand each other – but there are a few notable differences between British English and American English.

7 Sets of Doublet and Triplet Verbs

The author shares a list of doublet and triplet verbs - "two or three more or less similarly spelled words with common etymologies that diverge to some extent in meaning, though the linked origins are usually apparent to the observant eye."

10 Success Principles We Often Forget

The authors share some reminders to address some of the basic success principles that govern our potential to make progress.

Hella ridic new words to make you lolz: ODO August 2012 update

Here's the official blog post with regard to Oxford Dictionaries recently additions to their online dictionary.

Activate your Vocabulary

Expand your vocabulary and build your confidence by trying some of British Council's activities.

Pail / Bucket

Is "pail"/ bucket more common in US English than in British?

How To Recover When You Lose Your Train Of Thought

You could use the techniques here whenever you find yourself having memory lapses on your speaking exam.