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

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



the “Should have” quiz!

Complete these sentences which include the phrase ‘Should have’ with the correct ending.

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TOEIC Top Tips 13

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

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.

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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: Read

The thing you need most to pass the TOEIC test is vocabulary, and the best way of learning vocabulary is through reading. Although looking words up in a dictionary and learning them later is a good idea for this, you need to make sure that this doesn’t slow down your reading speed.

 

Tip #2: Write

Although there is no writing in the exam, learning to write the kinds of documents you will have to read in the exam is a good way of finding out where the important information usually is and so reading things quicker. It is also good for learning vocabulary.

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 Top Tips 10

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

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 Top Tips 9

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

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 3 tips for this week below.

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Tip #1: Stop translating

The thing that slows down listening and reading comprehension most is translating things into your own language in your head. You can start to think only in English by using an English-English dictionary, not using translations in your lists of vocabulary to learn, and learning whole phrases of English.

 

Tip #2: Join a study group

Just sitting next to someone studying the same thing as you can help you to discipline yourself you not take too many breaks. You can also test each other on what you have been trying to learn and try and explain why certain answers are wrong.

TOEIC Problems and Error Correction

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TOEIC correctionWelcome to Love Speaking’s TOEIC problems and error correction 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 in this blog are similar words.

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TOEIC Problem: Similar Words

It is easy to confuse words that have similar meanings or similar spellings. However, these words CANNOT be interchanged. Check out some examples below:

  • accept / except
  • advise / advice
  • affect / effect
  • lose / loose
  • say / tell

Solution: Pay attention to both the meaning and spelling of the word

EXAMPLES

1. Incorrect: Mr. Chang said his secretary to schedule a meeting.

Correct: Mr. Chang told his secretary to schedule a meeting.

2. Incorrect: My shoelace is lose.

Correct: My shoelace is loose.

EXPLANATION

1. ‘Say’ is followed by a direct object. ‘Tell’ is followed by an indirect object. Use ‘say’ when you just say something. (Mr. Chang said to schedule a meeting.) Use ‘tell’ when you say something to someone else. (Mr Chang. told his secretary to schedule a meeting.)

2. The spelling of a word can change it into a different word. To ‘lose’ something means that you cannot find it. Check the spelling; ‘lose’ should be ‘loose’, which means not tight. 

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TOEIC Top Tips 8

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More TOEIC tips from Love Speaking!

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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 3 tips for this week below.

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Tip #1: Change everything to English

Some of the reading texts and listening texts in the exam are instructions on how to use machines and office equipment. Changing the language of your mobile phone, iPod, laptop, search engine etc. to English can be good practice for this.

 

Tip #2: Online chat

If you don’t have the chance to speak English, the closest thing you can find is text chatting online. This is fairly similar to speaking as you have to write in real time and there is quite a lot of functional language like greeting people, apologizing etc. that is like the language you will hear in the Listening part of the test.

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TOEIC Top Tips 7

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

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 3 tips for this week below.

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Tip #1: Volunteer

If you can’t use English in your job, try volunteering as a guide to foreign tourists, for an English language telephone helpline, charity fundraising in an area where many foreigners hang out. This is a good way to listen to native speakers and also practice speaking with native speakers.

 

Tip #2: Watch with English subtitles

Although watching videos can be a good way of getting used to fast, natural speech, the disadvantage is that it is very difficult to look words up that you don’t understand in the dictionary. Watching a DVD with English sound and English subtitles makes it easier to understand and easier to look words up. As you can easily lose concentration before the end of a movie, short episodes of series are better practice.

TOEIC Error Correction: Improve your score!

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This week’s blog relates to learning about the correct use and rules of certain phrases when making plans: will, going to, bound to, sure to, likely to, might, may and could. Read the explanations and examples below and test yourself at the end with our quiz.

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TOEIC Error Correction

Will / Going To

We can use will and going to to make predictions about the future. Sometimes there is not much difference between will and going to.

  •                     I think the weather will be nice later.
  •                     I think the weather is going to be nice later.

We say something is going to happen because we have some physical evidence.

  •                    I think it’s going to rain. (because there are clouds in the sky)
  •                    I think I’m going to be sick. (because I feel terrible now)

Do not use will in these situations. We use will to make predictions when we feel something will happen because of intuition or experience.

Be bound to / Be sure to

We use be bound to/be sure to to say something is certain to happen.

  •                     He’s bound to be late.
  •                     He’s sure to be late.

Be likely to

We use Be likely to to say something probably will or won’t happen.

  •                      Peter’s likely to get the job. OR It’s likely Peter will get the job.
  •                      Jane isn’t likely to get the job. OR It’s not likely Jane will get the job.

Might / May / Could

We use might/may/could to say something possibly will or won’t happen.

  •                      Peter might get the job.

Quiz



the “Making Plans” quiz

Read the situations and complete the sentence with ‘will’ or ‘going to’.

Start

Congratulations – you have completed the “Making Plans” quiz.

You scored %%SCORE%% out of %%TOTAL%%.

Your performance has been rated as %%RATING%%

Your answers are highlighted below.

Return

Shaded items are complete.
1 2 3 4 5
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