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Welcome to the TOEIC Vocab Practice blog post on Love Speaking! This week we will be bringing you some new words and definitions you can add to your list and then try the our quiz to see if you can adapt the words to fit the meaning of the sentence when joined with other nouns.

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Vocabulary list

These are the common definitions of the following words… however when added to other nouns their meaning can slightly change. See if you can adapt the meanings in the quiz below.

BOOMING: To grow, develop, or progress rapidly; flourish

RESTORE: To bring back into existence or use; reestablish

BLISSFUL: Showing extreme happiness

BORN: Brought into existence; created

DELICATE: Requiring tactful treatment

BROKE: Past tense of break; to cause to separate into pieces suddenly

HEAVY: Having relatively great weight



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TOEIC Tips 14

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So you’re taking the TOEIC test, congratulations!

Love Speaking is here to give you some very helpful tips on how to successfully prepare yourself for the test every week. Read our top 2 tips for this week below.

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Tip #1: Watch wildlife documentaries

In Listening Part One you will look at something and hear a description of it at the same time. This kind of situation is very rare in everyday life, but in scientific documentaries like “Planet Earth” quite a lot of that kind of language is used.

 

Tip #2: Watch or listen to sports commentary in English

This is another common situation in which you will actually hear people describing what you can see. Not only can you learn sport-related vocabulary but you can also learn some idiomatic expressions used in everyday life.

TOEIC: Using ‘Should have’

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Today in the Love Speaking blog we are taking a look at another grammar topic which can help you improve your TOEIC score: ‘Should have’. Below you can read about the different situations where it can be used and then test your knowledge in the quiz at the end.

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We can use ‘should have’ to talk about past events that did not happen.

  • I should have let her know where I was going but I forgot.
  • He should have sent everybody an email.
  • They should have remembered that it was my birthday.

We can also use ‘should have’ to speculate about events that may or may not have happened.

  • She should have got the letter this morning. She will call me about it later.
  • He should have arrived at his office by now. Let’s try calling him.
  • They should have all done their English homework by now. It’s time to start the next subject.

We can use ‘ should not have’  to speculate negatively about what may or may not have happened.

  • She shouldn’t have left work so early. She still has lots of work to do.
  • He shouldn’t have left to go to the airport yet. The flight isn’t for another 3 hours.
  • They shouldn’t have sent the report off for printing yet. There is still time to make changes.

We can also use ‘should not have’  to regret past actions.

  • I shouldn’t have shouted at you. I apologise.
  • We shouldn’t have taken the main road. We should have guessed the traffic would be this bad.
  • They shouldn’t have fired him. He was the most creative person on their team.

Quiz



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Highlights of 2012

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Happy New Year! Can you believe it is 2013 already? Before we move onto the new year, let’s take a look back at the highlights of 2012 as featured in the Love Speaking blog for this week. YOU can try out the Love Speaking magazine for FREE by clicking the link at the bottom of the blog post. What are your personal highlights of 2012?

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Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. This year marked the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne of the U.K, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, amongst sixteen other states. She is the only other royal besides Queen Victoria to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.

The Summer Olympic Games. While they happen every four years, the Olympic Games are a time for the world to come together. With London in the background, the Fab Five, the U.S., female gymnastics team, left everyone amazed; Michael Phelps reached 22 medals, the highest all-time; and Usain Bolt proved to be the fastest man alive yet again. Women had a big role in these Olympics, as they were the first to host female athletes in every single sport.

Re-election of president Obama. After what seemed like an eternity of campaigning, an odd group of political characters, and a billion dollar campaign, President Obama defeated Mitt Romney on the sixth of November.

Nuevo vocabulario

Ascension (n.) = the rise, succession

Host (n.) = the one who receives or entertains others

Eternity (n.) = infinite time, without a a beginning or end

Odd (adj.) = strange, different from what is expected

Campaign (n.) = the competition by rival political candidates

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VIDEO: Can you take Christmas too far?

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Watch this video which shows the two extreme sides to Christmas. On one hand we have a woman who likes to decorate her house with Christmas trees and lights, and on the other hand we have a father who doesn’t like to give his children presents. What do you think of the two individuals?

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Nuevo vocabulario

homestead (n.) = a dwelling which a family make into a home

fanatics (n.) = people with extreme enthusiasm about something

extravegant (adj.) = exceeding the boundaries of reason

overcome (adj.) = to prevail over something

philosophy (n.) = a persona outlook or viewpoint

TOEIC Top Tips 13

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So you’re taking the TOEIC test, congratulations!

Love Speaking is here to give you some very helpful tips on how to successfully prepare yourself for the test every week. Read our top 2 tips for this week below.

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Tip #1: Learn the word stress

Practising the sounds of English on your own and recognizing when you are making the correct one is very difficult. One thing you can easily write down and learn that often makes understanding when you listen difficult is the rhythm of words. You can mark this with a big circle over the stressed (louder and longer) syllable of each word.

 

Tip #2: Learn other parts of speech

Another thing that can catch you out in the exam is hearing a word that is basically the same as one you know, but is a noun when you only know the verbs, e.g. “communication” and “communicate”. Learning each form of a word can also help you remember the original word better.

TOEIC: Time Expressions

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This week’s TOEIC practice blog post is all about time expressions. Time expressions are used to indicate the time at / during which an action took place. In this blog we will look at present, past and future forms and then you can take the quiz at the end to test how much you have learned. Here are some common time expressions:

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Present forms

  • Everyday, on Fridays, at the moment, now.
  • Adverbs of frequency such as always, usually, sometimes (for present habits and routines).
  • Days of the weeks followed by ‘s’ such as Mondays, Tuesdays, etc.
EXAMPLE:  He sometimes finishes work early.

Past forms

  • When I was…, last week, day, year, etc., yesterday.
  • Ago (two weeks ago, three years ago, four months ago, etc.)
EXAMPLE: I went to see that movie with my mum 2 weeks ago.

Future forms

  • Next week, next year, next month,
  • Tomorrow,
  • By (the end of the week, Thursday, next year, etc.)
  • In X time (in two weeks time, in four months time, etc.)
EXAMPLE: I am certain that it won’t snow tomorrow because it is not cold enough.

Quiz time!



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Could 2012 Be The End Of The World?

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One in every seven people around the world, or fifteen percent, believe the world will end during the course of their lives. U.S., China and Turkey have the most believers, with about 22 percent thinking the end is near. But why 2012? This date comes from the supposed doomsday prophecy made by the Mayan calendar. The prediction says that the world will end on December 21, 2012. Read an extract of the article below:

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Anthropologists have explained that Mayans did make predictions, but these were not fatalistic. They never said anything about the end of the world. The obsession with this thought has been more common in Western thinking.

So why has the prediction gained so much support? Extremists might use this information to abuse the fear of others. There is a lot of money in encouraging people’s fears and releasing books, movies, and related products. It has also received a lot of media attention. The Internet has allowed it to gain much more attention than other panics. There are hundreds of thousands of websites on the subject. NASA offered a special service called “ask an Astrobiologist,” and received thousands of questions on whether people should kill themselves, their children and their pets. It has also appeared on many documentaries and references in television.

Nuevo vocabulario

Doomsday (n.) = the day of the Last Judgment, at the end of the world

Fatalistic (adj.) =  accepting a belief that everything is inevitable

Extremist (n.) = a supporter of extreme practices

Abuse (n.) =  to use incorrectly

Encourage (v.) = to stimulate

Panic (n.) =  a widespread terror

Something for the Weekend

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This week’s Something for the Weekend features the movie ‘The Hobbit’ which has finally been released after a long and exciting wait, the new album ‘Unorthadox Jukebox’ by Bruno Mars and some interesting laws from around the world! Check it out!

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Movie of the Week: The Hobbit

The Hobbit” follows the main character ‘Bilbo Baggins’, who is swept into an quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by a dragon. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining the company of thirteen dwarves led by a legendary warrior.

Album: Unorthadox Jukebox by Bruno Mars

Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars was born on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii. By the late 2000s, he started finding success by writing songs for other popular artists such K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag,” the theme song for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. After several years as one of the pop music’s premier songwriters, he broke out as a singer in his own right with the 2010 hit “Nothin’ on You.” His new album is called Unorthadox Jukebox and features the single ‘Locked Out of Heaven’.

Interesting laws!

Denmark: Attempting to escape from prison is not illegal, however, if one he is caught he is required to serve out the remainder of his sentence.

Israel: Bicycles may not ridden without a license.

Isle of Jersey: It is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season because they needed every man to help with the fishing during the busy seasons.

 

VIDEO: Reality TV Gossip

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Today’s video blog is a discussion about some reality TV gossip and news. See if you can identify the reality shows being talked about and spot any interesting vocabulary used in the discussions from the 4 people have the discussion. As always, take a look at the ‘Nuevo Vocabulario’ box at the bottom and note down anything you didn’t know before.

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Nuevo Vocabulario

to court (verb) = when you try to win someone over or woo them

scoop (noun) = information, gossip

chemistry (noun) = the interaction between two people

dramatic (adj.) = characteristic or appropriate to the drama

punished financially (contracts) = lose out on money by breaking a contract

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