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Hello Ahmad Saeed Saeedi,

I'd recommend that you first take some time 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.

Second, start with something that is not too high a level. Many users find Elementary Podcasts Series Three a good place to begin, though this obviously depends upon your level and needs. Work through the episodes, and remember that you can use the transcript to help you, or to read and listen at the same time after you have done the exercises.

Third, keep a vocabulary notebook as you work. 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, try to find time to practise English during your regular day. Perhaps you have a friend who is also learning English, with whom you can practise speaking, or perhaps you can 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.

By the way, all comments are reviewed before they are published, so there's no need to make the same comment more than once.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi all, sometime I can't enter in Big city Small world. I opened cookie as you advise but its not useful. Please help me!!!

Hi Tuan Daddy,

Thanks for alerting us to this problem. I'm happy to report that it's now fixed!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter . i m here to my listening skill. i always failed in this exam bc of listening . how can i improve to reach 7 band. in my last attempt i got 7 in reading 7 in writing 6.5 in speaking ...... but in listening .......sorry less than 5. thnx

Hello SyedFareenShah,

I'd highly recommend you read through the pages on TakeIELTS, where you'll find advice on how to prepare for the exam, tips for exam day, as well as free practice materials. If you have access to other practice materials, focus on the listening sections, and in general listen to English as much as you can. Although they are not oriented towards exam preparation, there are loads of free listening resources here on LearnEnglish under Listen & Watch.

In all of your work, try to identify as specifically as you can where you make mistakes. This may help you focus your efforts more effectively.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hello everyone! i have a problem. I lack confidence in speaking English. could you give me some tips to make me more confident?

Hi Dandelion18,

It is hard for us to give specific advice without knowing how you speak at the moment. However, there are some suggestions which we can make which will help you to improve over time. The most important thing you can do is to speak English as often as possible. To do this a partner is very helpful, so think about the people you know and consider if any of them could be a practice partner for you. It may be that you know someone else who is also learning English and who would like to practise with you, or perhaps you know some people who do not speak your language but do speak English.

However, if you do not have a practice partner it does not mean that you cannot practise because it is possible to practise alone. Just speaking English to yourself while you are at home, going about your normal daily activities, can help a great deal with your fluency and can help you to feel more confident, which will help you to cut down your hesitating.

You can also use the audio and video materials here on LearnEnglish to improve your fluency. After doing the exercises, try listening with the transcript (listening and reading). Then try saying the text yourself, and finally try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording. This will help you to develop speed in your speech, which is a key component of fluency.  You'll also pick up a lot of language as chunks - words which are often used together in set phrases - which you can use to communicate with less hesitation.

You can also use this approach towards preparing for the IELTS. Look through the pages on TakeIELTS dedicated to the speaking exam and watch sample videos, and practise using the useful expressions as I explained above.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

Hello everybody, i am new here and i will sit for the ielts next month for the 3rd time. my problem in listening and reading. I need your advise

This month im goin to write my ielts for d second time as already 2 years are over so d scores are no more valid.There are plenty of videos in you tube spend sometime everyday they r helpfull. But u shud do ur practice tests too.

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