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Many people have memory problems when taking the TOEIC test like remembering what you heard in the text until you hear the questions. Even brain training for this that is not connected to language can be useful, e.g. playing memory games, completing logic puzzles or simply learning a new skill such as playing the piano.
Tip #2: Brainstorm vocabulary
There are several common situations in TOEIC that you need lots of vocabulary about, e.g. in the office, in restaurants, on the telephone, in a workshop or lab, in the street, in shops and on public transport. Taking one of those situations and brainstorming, for example, all the office furniture and equipment you can think of, using your dictionary to help you once you get stuck, can be really useful and motivating. Doing this as a spider diagram, linking together similar or connected words, can also help you think of more words and remember it better. Make sure you revise any new vocabulary in the week after brainstorming, then brainstorm again and see if you have missed any out or have thought of any new ones. Also make sure you learn the pronunciation of the words.
Below you can read some of the rules and situations where the gerund is used, with some examples to help you understand it’s usage. Then test your knowledge with the quiz at the bottom by choosing the correct gerund verb to fill the blank space.
Hip talk-radio host and journalist Mingus and his French photographer girlfriend, Marion, live cozily in a New York apartment with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. But when Marion’s jolly father, her sister, and her sister’s outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for an overseas visit, it initiates two unforgettable days of family mayhem. The visitors push every button in the couple’s relationship, truly putting it to the test. How will the couple fare?
Coldplay are an alternative British rock band who have had international success with songs such as ‘Fix You’, ‘Viva La Vida’ and ‘Paradise’. This album is their fifth and was the focus of their tour around Europe, North America and Australasia. The album was written by a filmmaker and thus the songs on the album each tell a different story through each of the different styles and genres. The album received generally positive reviews from most expert music magazines and critics. You can listen to the song ‘Charlie Brown’ below.
Before you start studying, make sure that nothing can interrupt you like your mobile ringing, the washing waiting to finish etc. If you take one or two days a week off from studying (generally a very good idea), try to use them to tidy up your study space, clear away other paperwork like bills that needs doing etc.
Tip #2: Try something more difficult
Like practicing sprints to develop long distance running strength, trying something even more difficult than the TOEIC exam like an instruction manual for a new machine in English can help you develop skills like skimming over words you don’t know, and make the TOEIC test seem easier when you go back to it.
The Brit Awards are an annual pop music show which recognises the achievements of musicians and singers from around Great Britain and who have had international success. They have many different categories such as Best Male Solo, Best Female Solo and a new category in 2013 called Global Success.
This year saw many live performances from artists such as Emili Sandé, Muse and One Direction. In recent years, a British designer creates a new theme for each award. The award for 2013 included in this image was designed by Damien Hirst and featured polka dots. Previous years have seen the Union Jack flag being featured on the award and ared, white and blue pattern the year before that. Watch the video below to see the highlights from this year:
This week the grammar point we are focusing on is the gerund form of the verb. Below you can read some of the rules and situations where it is used, with some examples to help you understand it’s usage. Then test your knowledge with the quiz at the bottom by choosing the correct gerund verb to fill the blank space.
The English gerund form of the verb is the ‘ing’ form of the verb. Gerunds are verbs that are used as nouns. In other words, by adding ‘ing’ to any verb you can change that verb into a noun. Gerunds are often used at the beginning of sentences when focusing on activity as the subject of conversation.
Playing tennis is good for your health, and good fun! Listening 10 minutes a day to English will help you improve your understanding of the language.
It’s also possible to use gerunds in any other position in a sentence. As a direct object of a verb:
Hanna enjoys listening to classical music. Jason admits spending too much money on toys.
Gerund and propositions
English Gerunds are also objects of prepositions. This means that whenever a verb follows a preposition, use the gerund or ‘ing’ form of the verb.
I looked into buying a new computer. Sally was afraid of walking alone in the dark.
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Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their uncle and his girlfriend, have been madly searching for them.
This is Rihanna’s 8th album which critics were both positive and negative about. The negativity comes from the lyrics of her songs and the fact that the album seemed to be rushed so that it could be released quickly, whereas some critics praised the styles of the music, calling it ‘interesting’. The most known song from the album is called ‘Diamonds’ and has become a number 1 single all over the world. The album was released to coincide with a new tour around North America and Europe.
This week we bring you a video about the actress, Jennifer Lawrence who stars in the movie ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. She is nominated for an Oscar award for her in the role and many are hoping she can turn silver into gold. Watch the video below to hear her talking about her acting career and how she has suddenly been tipped to win her Oscar:
strong contender (n.) = likely to be the winner in a competition
glam (adj.) = short for ‘glamorous’ meaning beautiful and smart
nerve-wracking (adj.) = intensely distressing or irritating to the nerves
adrenaline (n.) = a hormone triggered in response to anger, fear or stress
countdown (n.) = the act of counting backwards towards an event
refreshing (adj.) = pleasantly fresh and different
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.
Tip #1: Keep all your scores
Especially if you are studying on your own, it can be very easy to give up after your score goes down in a couple of practice tests. Keeping all your scores can reminding you of how well you have progressed over the long term.
Tip #2: Time everything you do during the day
As you can’t be checking your watch every minute of the exam, learning how long things take and how long 75 minutes really is can help you keep your speed up in the exam while stopping you rushing too much and panicking. Predicting how long the washing up, walking to the shops etc. will take and checking your predictions can help develop your accurate idea of time.
Prefer Vs Would Rather In English we use ‘prefer’ to indicate something that we like in general whereas ‘would rather’ is specific. We use would rather as a modal idiom with the meaning prefer to. Eg. In a restaurant
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Aprende idiomas y supérate a ti mismo!
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Mark Pagel: How language transformed humanity? Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language. He suggests that language is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation.
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A World without Love is a deadly place - Helen Fisher
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English Mania by Jay Walker! Why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English? TED's video
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A todos nos gusta viajar por el mundo y comunicarnos con fluidez. Love Speaking makes it easy! Encontrarás consejos y expresiones que te ayudarán a desenvolverte en inglés con confianza.
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Antes de decidir que tipo de curso quieres hacer, debes analizar varios aspectos: Tu nivel actual; ¿Cuáles son tus debilidades y fortalezas en inglés? Tus preferencias: ¿tiene poco tiempo? ¿Dónde quieres aprender? Tu objetivo: ¿Quieres bucar trabajo en el extranjero? ¿ Preparar una entrevista o una reunión de trabajo?