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TOEIC Confusing Word Pairs

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Here are some of the most commonly confused English word pairs. By reading through the examples of each word, you will be able to recognise them and distinguish between their meanings in sentences. Try testing yourself at the end with our quiz!

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beside / besides

beside: preposition meaning ‘next to’, ‘at the side of’

Examples:

I sit beside John in class.
Could you get me that book? It’s beside the lamp.

besides: adverb meaning ‘also’, ‘as well’; preposition meaning ‘in addition to’

Examples:

(adverb) He’s responsible for sales, and a lot more besides.
(preposition) Besides tennis, I play soccer and basketball.

clothes / cloths

clothes: something you wear – jeans, shirts, blouses, etc.

Examples:

Just a moment, let me change my clothes.
Tom, get your clothes on!

cloths: pieces of material used for cleaning or other purposes.

Examples:

There are some cloths in the closet. Use those to clean the kitchen.
I have a few pieces of cloth that I use.

dead / died

dead: adjective meaning ‘not alive’

Examples:

Unfortunately, our dog has been dead for a few months.
Don’t touch that bird. It’s dead.

died: past tense and past participle of the verb ‘to die’

Examples:

His grandfather died two years ago.
A number of people have died in the accident.



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Extreme Weather in 2012

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Climate change has become a hot topic lately, and for good reason. In 2012 the Earth had more than its fair share of extreme weather, and experts predict these incidents are going to increase in number as time goes on. Some people think that climate change is the reason for our extreme weather.

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Let’s take a look at some examples of extreme weather that happened around the world over the past year. Read our Extreme Weather Forecast below:

January

Heavy rains, flooding and landslides hit Brazil and 13 000 people have to leave their homes. Officials in Brazil estimate that over 2 million people were affected by the bad weather. Chile experiences intense heat, dryness and winds that caused 50 massive wildfires to erupt.  Thousands of people have to evacuate their homes and the country is left with millions of dollars in damages.

February

Europe has its coldest weather in 25 years and 650 deaths are reported. Blistering cold temperatures and heavy snowfall occurs for several weeks. Poland, Russia and Ukraine are hit the worst.  Record-breaking flooding occurs in Australia and thousands have to abandon their homes. A terrible drought hits Sahel putting over 10 million people, including more than 1 million children, at risk of food shortages.

March

The USA has its warmest March ever, with record-breaking temperatures reported in every state.

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Landslide (n) = when a mass of earth or rock slides from a mountain or cliff

Erupt (v) = to become active

Evacuate (v) = to leave a place of danger

Blistering (temperature) (adj) = very intense

Record-breaking (adj) = surpassing any previously established record

TOEIC Top Tips 11

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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: Set your body clock

If your test times will be when you are usually sleeping or eating, you will have to get used to not doing those things at those times for a few weeks before the test.

 

Tip #2: Look at your progress

If you are getting disappointed with your progress in English, you are sure to be able to find something, e.g. a test score from the beginning of your course, that shows you how much you have actually learnt. This will give you the motivation to keep trying and step up to the next level.
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TOEIC Error Correction Practice

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Love Speaking is here to help you improve your TOEIC score step-by-step. Today you can practice your error correction and reading skills with the questions below and check your score at the end.



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Now test yourself to see if you can identify the meaning of the following words in the second quiz!



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New Fall TV Shows: ’666′ Park Avenue, Elementary and more!

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A new round of fresh TV shows have started to air in the United States as the new TV season begins. The challenge is to gain lots of viewers and fans so that the broadcaster can invest more in the show and not cancel it which is what happens to most TV shows. Featured this season are ’666′ Park Avenue, Elementary and Arrow:

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“666” Park Avenue:  Jane and Henry, an innocent couple from the Midwest are hired as managers of an expensive apartment building in Manhattan. The building is owned by a mysterious couple, Gavin Doran and his wife Olivia, who have a hidden past. Strange things start to happen, and we realize that the owners have a connection with the supernatural, so be prepared to be scared.

Elementary: a new adaption of the famous Sherlock Holmes, who is now working in New York for the police, assisted by his companion, Watson, in this case, played by a woman. If you like crime shows like CSI, this one is for you.

Arrow: if you prefer shows about superheroes, Arrow is here to satisfy the fans that were abandoned by Superman. The Green Arrow is one of Superman’s allies, and in this show, is ready to fight the bad guys. 

Nuevo vocabulario

Mysterious (adj.) = Of, relating to, or being a mystery

Adaption (n.) =  a story that has been recast into a new form

Allies (n.) = one who helps or is friends with another 

 

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Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: The Life of Pi

Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, The Life of Pi is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zoo keeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.

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 Watch the trailer!

Album of the week: Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys

The album’s music is typified by Alicia Key’s’ heightened singing and piano playing. It is an R&B album, which also showcases her attempt at different styles, which range from electro soul and hip hop, rock and reggae flourishes. The songs are mostly mid-tempo and feature unconventional chords and melodic changes. Even with lots of promotion on MTV and at iTunes festival, the album received mixed reviews with most critics disliking the cliches in the lyrics of her songs.

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Amazing facts of the week

  • By 2010, India became home to the largest population of English speakers in the world.
  • The subway in London, more commonly known as the Underground or “tube” in London, has 970,000,000 passengers each year. That is over 3 times the population of the entire US.
  • The city of Istanbul, Turkey, one of the largest cities in Europe, is on two different continents - Europe and Asia.
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precocious (adj.) = showing  mature qualities at an unusually early age

freighter (n.) = a ship used in the transportation of goods

shipwreck (n.) = the destruction or loss of a ship in the ocean

flourishes (n.) = with a hint of drama and style (in the music)

unconventional (adj.) = not conforming to the accepted rules


VIDEO: Black Friday

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Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day, most major retailers open extremely early and offer promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season. For this reason, shoppers tend to become violent in order to get the best deals. Watch the video below:

Nuevo vocabulario

pursuit (noun): The action of following someone or something

mentality (noun): a habitual or characteristic mental attitude

urgency (noun): a level of importance or immediate need to do something

adrenaline-rush (noun): a sudden burst of energy in certain situations

descend (verb): to go from a higher to a lower place; to go down

TOEIC Top Tips 10

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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: Take time out

Sometimes when you are learning a language you just need to give your brain time to really understand and learn the language subconsciously while you are doing something unconnected, for example by sleeping after studying and then trying it again the next day.

 

Tip #2: Learn to cope with stress

For some people, stress is as much of a problem in the exam as the language they are being tested on. Preparation for this can include getting used to other stressful situations like public speaking and learning relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing.

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TOEIC Problems and Solutions 2

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Welcome to Love Speaking’s TOEIC problems and solutions blog post where you will be able to discover new ways to solve any errors you make in the reading section of the TOEIC test. The problem we will be looking at today is ‘Identifying Suggestions.’

Problem: The answer cannot be found in the statement

Solution: Look for an answer in the suggestion question itself

 

On the TOEIC test, we usually find answers in the statements. But sometimes the key to finding the answer is in the question. If you see or hear these question types, look or listen for answers about suggestions:

 

Shall we…

Why don’t we…

What if you…

If I were you, I’d…

You could always…

Maybe we should…

Let’s…

You may want to…

 

The answers to those questions are usually responses to a suggestion. The responses can either or positive (Let’s go!) or negative (Let’s not!).

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Thanksgiving : Turkey, pumpkin pie and much more!

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Thanksgiving is an American holiday which took place this year on 22nd November. Some of the traditions of Thanksgiving include the typical food, such as turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Also before the meal, each member of the family will give thanks.

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In the winter of 1620 a group of pilgrims arrived to Plymouth Rock aboard the Mayflower.  The pilgrims were in a new country, on new land; everything was unfamiliar. It was freezing, they didn’t have food, they didn’t have shelter, they had no idea how to survive.  The local Native American tribe helped the pilgrims by teaching them all the skills they needed to survive, especially how to grow food.  Half of the pilgrims died in the first winter.  When the fall harvest came they had a huge celebration to celebrate that the pilgrims had been able to produce a successful harvest: this illustrate that they had become (or could become) self-sufficient and survive in the new world.  This celebration lasted three days and during the celebration, the pilgrims and Native Americans feasted all together.
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Pilgrim (noun): an original settler in a place that has traveled from far away

Aboard: (adverb): on or in a train, plane, bus, ship, etc.

Shelter (noun): a place that protects you from the outside, such as a house

Harvest (noun):  Season where crops (food grown in fields) are gathered

To illustrate (verb): To show; to prove

To feast (verb): To eat a lot of good food

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