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Tuesday, October 17, 2017


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so true! we should make section 1-3 be done well first and then conquer section 4 .

My problem is MCQs in listening. I get almost full marks in section 4.

Hi simon
i am writing to ask you a question related to listening sections. I have noticed that the answers are often appeared in the listening audio so that we can write them down exactly in the answer sheet.
However, today i did the ielts cambridge test 9, listening test 4, question number 27:

In the second semester how often did Kira work in a hospital?

transcript: in second semester, we had to get experience in hospital dispensaries, so every second day we went to one of the big hospitals and worked there.
I wrote : every second day
but the answer is : every 2 days

i just feel confused about that and I am not sure if every answer will exactly the same as the information in the listening audio or we need to change them a little bit in some cases.

I am looking forward to your reply.

Thank you for your consideration and your kind help in your daily lessons.

Hi all,

I just want to share a very powerful tip about listening, which is to practice pronunciation.

Listening and speaking go hand in hand. They are communication skills. Unless you are disabled, you can never speak without listening and vice versa.

If you can pronounce a word correctly, that means your ears (to be more precise, your brain) are used to that sound and the brain can recognize that sound in a matter of milliseconds.
Likewise, when you can hear and notice the differences between certain sounds of English, you can surely pronounce the words made up by those sounds.

Also, at school, we are taught pronunciation by pronouncing individual words according to the dictionary, or the IPA. That is NOT a good way to practice because in daily life, native speakers speak so fast that many sounds are changed or reduced. In other words, the sounds that are familiar to our ears are different from the ones made by native speakers. As a result, our listening suffers as well as our speaking skill.

There are tons of academic materials about the effect of pronunciation practice to listening skill, which are not limited to English alone.
However, to summarize, I believe that listening alone is not enough even when it is daily listening. We have to SPEAK the language, even better, speak it OUT LOUD.

Sometimes I don't get the accent or it's all too quick; sometimes it's the vocab. Listening over and over again seems to help.

I have a big problem with part3
I cannot conclude what is exam want to know, I cannot read all of the choice as well.

What should I do?

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