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How to Study Vocabulary and Grammar for the TOEFL

It’s easy to get lost when studying for a test as variable and unpredictable as the TOEFL can be. Here are some tips to help you to keep making progress and keep track of what you’ve learned.   Write every day Write a little every day. Some people love journaling—they find writing about their experiences […]

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Learning English with Games

Free Rice You’ve probably heard of freerice.com. It gained popularity a few years ago, and while it’s no longer the crazy fad it was, it’s not any less useful for vocabulary building. Here’s how it works: you answer a multiple-choice vocabulary question, and for each correct answer, ten grains of rice are donated to the […]

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TOEFL Vocabulary: Ped Paed

Pedometer. Pediatrician. Pedal. Pedagogy. Pedestrian. What do all these words have in common? Unfortunately, the obvious answer isn’t quite correct. Although all these words contain “ped-,” they actually come from two different roots that, by an unhappy accident, are identical in most circumstances. The Latin “ped-” means “foot;” the Greek “ped-” means “child.” Depending on […]

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How to Use TOEFL Flashcards (Almost) Painlessly

Studying with TOEFL Vocabulary Flashcards When it comes to studying, flashcards are a hot topic. Some people swear by them, and others wouldn’t touch them with a ten-foot pole. Even educators and researchers can’t seem to agree on what, if anything, flashcards can do for us. The problem boils down to whether memorized language is […]

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