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TOEFL Speaking Tips | Infographic and More

Though the TOEFL Speaking section is the shortest section of the TOEFL test, many students struggle with it the most. Speaking in English, into a microphone, under a time constraint, in a room full of other test-takers … it can be stressful if you’re not prepared. Luckily, you have time to prepare! By understanding the […]

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Cooking Vocabulary in English: Cooking Methods, Part 1

I get a lot of questions from students about cooking vocabulary. Students seem especially curious about words for cooking methods. Today we’ll look at several words that describe the way something is cooked. Baked If  food is baked, it is cooked in an enclosed space, using hot air. Usually, food is baked inside an oven. Modern ovens […]

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Learn the Second Conditional Through Popular Music

As Kate outlines in an earlier post, there are four grammar constructions for conditional statements—statements that use “if” to describe something that is possible or could be possible under certain conditions. These conditional forms are known as the zero, first, second, and third conditionals. Photo by Luo Sen Many ESL students find the last two conditionals […]

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Learn Spoken English with Comics

Spoken English can be a little tricky. It’s a lot more “messy” than the carefully written, rule-oriented academic reading material you might normally see. English speech really is quite informal—the regular speech of everyday people is full of idioms and colloquialisms you might not hear in any other form of English. Obviously, the very best […]

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