IELTS Study Tips and Skills



Hello everybody!
I am a new member here. Please tell me whether a candidate with CELTA is eligible for IELTS examiner or not?

hi good morning is there any video or film to help me skills learning English thanks

Hello kush1,

I'd recommend our Word on the Street and Britain is Great series. Be sure to use the transcripts to help you learn new vocabulary and the exercises to check your understanding!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello nurul slam noman,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! My first suggestion would be to explore the site.  Use the links at the top of the page to go to different sections and see what kinds of materials are available.  Get a feel for the level of difficulty of different sections so you can see what will be most useful to you at the moment.

Then start with something that is not too high a level. Many users find Elementary Podcasts Series Three a good place to start.  Work through the episodes, and remember that you can use the transcript to help you, or to read and listen to at the same time after you have done the exercises. As you work, it's important to keep a vocabulary notebook. Organise it by topic ('work', 'family', 'food', etc.) and add words and phrases to it as you go through the material.  Test yourself regularly to see if you remember the words.

Finally, practise English every day, even if it's only for 10 minutes. You can study the vocabulary you've recorded, listen to an Elementary Podcasts episode again, or if you have a friend who is also learning English, practise speaking with them. You can also practise by yourself, just speaking English when you are alone at home or at work.  This kind of practice is great for developing fluency in speaking, so that when you need to use English in the 'real' world you are ready and confident.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone,
Yesterday I came across two words while reading a story,
The words are "Awesome &Awful" these two words are from the same root 'Awe' but are exactly opposite in meaning. I want to know why we use awesome for good and awful for bad??

Hello Bohemia11,

In English we can make words from other words using prefixes and suffixes.

Prefixes are added to the start of a word and change its meaning. For example:

possible - impossible

Suffixes are added to the end of a word and change the kind of word it is or the meaning. For example:

hope (noun or verb) - hopeful (adjective) - hopeless (adjective)

awe (verb) - awesome (adjective) - awful (adjective)

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

I'm here new plz tel me how can I improve my english speaking skill.

Hi sono sbi,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! If you're looking to improve your speaking especially for the IELTS, then I'd recommend you look at the pages on the speaking paper on TakeIELTS. If you're more concerned about improving your speaking in general, then the most important thing you can do is practise speaking. Perhaps you can find other English-speakers (they don't have to be natives) to speak with.

You can also learn a lot of conversational English from Word on the Street and Big City Small World. Read the transcripts carefully, and try to pronounce phrases that you find useful as they are pronounced in the recordings. Repeat them until you they are easy for you to say, and record them in a notebook. In this way, you'll slowly build up a repertoire of phrases that you can use confidently in your speaking.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team