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TOEIC Top Tips 23

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TOEIC_Test_TipsSo 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 yourself a vocabulary goal

For example, if you learn 5 words a day for a year that will mean more than 1500 new words you can understand in English and being a whole level higher in reading comprehension. Once you have set that target, try to learn double that everyday, so that you are always ahead of your target and therefore motivated.

 

Tip #2: Join discussion forums

Reading an online forum about something you are interested in or knowledgeable about can be very motivating, as you will really want to know what people are saying and can write your own comments if you have some information that other people need, or want to say that you agree or disagree with someone. Like chat pages, there is also quite a lot of useful functional language like agreeing and disagreeing. You might also be able to find a discussion forum about other people’s experiences with the TOEIC exam.

TOEIC: English Gerund Part 3

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shutterstock_23909317This is part 3 of the TOEIC gerunds blogs, click here to read part 1 or click here to read part 2.

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.

Adjective Combinations and Gerunds

Gerunds also follow common adjective + preposition combinations. Remember that prepositions are always followed by the gerund form. In other words, any adjective + preposition form you learn will always be followed by the gerund if used in combination with a verb. Here are some of the most common adjective + preposition combinations:

 

interested in   –   guilty of   –   proud of   –   bored with

known for   –   scared of   –   tired of   –   worried about

Examples:

She’s interested in taking French lessons.
The man was found guilty of committing the crime.
Tom is proud of donating his free time to the charity.



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TOEIC Top Tips 22

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TOEIC_Test_TipsSo 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: Train your memory

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.

TOEIC: English Gerund Part 2

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shutterstock_59706091This is part 2 of the TOEIC gerunds blogs, click here to read part 1.

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.

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Verbs and Gerunds

There are many verbs that are always followed by the gerund form. Here are some of the most important:

deny   –   discuss   –   postpone   –   advise   –   regret

consider   –   avoid   –   suggest   –   recommend

Examples:

He avoided paying late fees on the account.

She denied knowing anything about the crime.

I postponed making a decision until Monday.

She regrets not studying French in college.

NOTE: Notice that the negative gerund form is ‘not + verb + ing’.



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TOEIC Top Tips 21

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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: Clear up your desk and your life

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.

TOEIC: English Gerund Part 1

Publicado el by ryan Publicado en Novedades, TOEIC | 1 Comentario

shutterstock_55953016This 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.

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Introduction to the gerund

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.

Examples:

Playing tennis is good for your health, and good fun!
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It’s also possible to use gerunds in any other position in a sentence. As a direct object of a verb:

Examples:

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.

Examples:

I looked into buying a new computer.
Sally was afraid of walking alone in the dark.



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TOEIC Top Tips 21

Publicado el by ryan Publicado en Novedades, TOEIC Tips | Deja un comentario  

TOEIC_Test_TipsSo 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.

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.

 

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TOEIC: All About Money

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TOEICFor today’s TOEIC blog, we are focusing on some activities related to money. Below you can read some related phrases with the main verbs highlighted and also given in the simple past tense. The definitions are also included beside each phrase. You can then test your knowledge with the quiz at the bottom to see if you can now use these phrases in sentences.

Useful phrases

Earn money (earned) = to get money by working

Inherit money (inherited) = to receive money from someone who has died

Invest money in something (invested) = to buy shares for example in a business with the aim to make a profit

Withdraw money (withdrew) = to take money out of a bank account

Waste money (wasted) = to use money to buy something you don’t need

Pay someone back money (paid) = to return money that you have borrowed

Lose money (lost) = the opposite of win or find

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Discussion questions:

  • Have you ever lost any money?
  • Which companies would you like to invest your money in now?
  • Have you ever found any money? Did you keep it?
  • Do you owe anybody money?
  • Have you ever borrowed money from someone but never paid it back?

Quiz!



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TOEIC_Test_TipsSo 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.

Tip #1: Stop snacking while studying

As well as getting used to not being able to do this during the exam, it could also improve your general health and mean that time preparing and eating food is a proper rest from study that leaves you refreshed and ready to do some more serious work.

 

Tip #2: See if you understand why it is wrong now

If you are studying on your own, a few weeks or months are trying an exam task look at your answers again and see if you have learnt something that now makes the answers you got wrong more obvious. If you still don’t understand after looking at something three or more times, it is probably worth getting a teacher for at least 2 or 3 classes so you can ask them questions and stop making the same mistakes, or at least joining a study group so you can get the ideas of other students.

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TOEIC: Possessive ‘s

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shutterstock_24057424This week in the TOEIC practice blog, we are focusing on the possessive ‘s, used to show possession of objects of singular and plural nouns.  Take a look at the rules below and see if you can complete the quiz at the end of the blog to test your knowledge of this topic.

When we want to show that something belongs to somebody or something, we usually add ‘s to a singular noun and an apostrophe ‘ to a plural noun, for example:

  • the boy’s ball (one boy)
  • the boys’ ball (two or more boys)

Notice that the number of balls does not matter. The structure is influenced by the possessor and not the possessed.  Some other examples include:

  • my brother’s favourite movie (one brother)
  • my brothers’ favourite movie (two or more brothers)

You can also use ‘s after more than one name or noun like in the example below:

  • Kathryn and Adam’s wedding (not “Kathryn’s and Adam’s wedding”)

However, we normally do not ‘s for objects and ideas:

  • the name of the movie (not “the movie’s name”)
  • the beginning of the week (not “the week’s beginning”)



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