IELTS Pre-Test 26.03.2016

IELTS Pre-Test 26.03.2016

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Which color would you choose to paint your room?

Which color would you choose to paint your room?

What's your favorite color? What color would you choose to paint your room?

These are just two of the many questions being asked in the topic "Colors" in IELTS Speaking Part 1. While the first question is rather simple. The second one - your bedroom color - requires a little thinking plus explanation.

We present to you a few fascinating facts about colors and how they affect your mood by their role in interior design. With some luck, we hope you could find yourself a satisfactory answer after reading this article.



Designers find it to be quite a problematic color. It’s often perceived as girly, so most people reject it immediately and without hesitation. But there are so many wonderful shades of pink that will make your interior look fresh and luxurious! It’s also a very popular choice for nurseries.

Since blue is a cool color, associated with air and water, it’s often used in bathrooms. Soft shades of blue and navy may also be suitable for bedroom decorations. Turquoise (though it’s not quite blue) looks especially gorgeous in combination with white. blue
purple Oddly enough, purple increases sexual desire. Therefore, it’s ideal for the bedroom. Purple goes well with modern interiors, especially in combination with grey.
This fun and bright color is better used only as an accent. Yellow carpets and other accessories are sure to please the eye, but yellow walls certainly wouldn’t be a good idea. yello
brown Brown would be perfect for creating a simple, down to earth atmosphere. It’s warm, cozy, and you can’t assemble a rustic-style interior without it. Men especially like brown for its peacefulness and sense of reliability and comfort.
Very few colors can compete with green in freshness and vividness. But green can also be remarkably calming and relaxing. Feel free to use it in bedrooms and living rooms. green
red There’s no doubt about red being the color of passion and energy. It is perfectly suited for entertainment areas, for example, the living room. But remember to use red in moderation; it’s easy to overdo it.
White is an exquisite color, calm and quite reserved. It won’t work for showy vibrant interiors. But it will be perfect for creating a simple, clean and relaxed atmosphere. white
black Black is a very powerful color, which is also incredibly simple and elegant. It’s probably too dark for the bedroom or the living room, but black is an excellent choice for your home office. Don’t forget, however, to add enough light sources to your ’blackened’ rooms.
Warm and enjoyable, orange creates a sense of well-being and improves appetite. It will look great in the living room, making your guests feel at home. Kitchen and dining areas will also benefit from it. orange
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Learning a foreign language - 10 things you need to know

Learning a foreign language - 10 things you need to know

Thinking about learning a foreign language? From ignoring your age to avoiding the F-word, our multilingual experts share their tips.

1. Make realistic, specific goals

You have decided to learn another language. Now what?

Language learning is best when broken down into manageable goals that are achievable over a few months. This is far more motivating and realistic.Phil McGowan, director at Verbmaps, recommends making your goals tangible and specific: “Why not set yourself a target of being able to read a newspaper article in the target language without having to look up any words in the dictionary?”

2. Remind yourself why you are learning

It might sound obvious, but recognising exactly why you want to learn a language is really important. Alex Rawlings, a language teacher now learning his 13th language, says: “Motivation is usually the first thing to go, especially among students who are teaching themselves.” So why do you want to learn a particular language?

It might sound obvious, but recognising exactly why you want to learn a language is really important. Alex Rawlings, a language teacher now learning his 13th language, says: “Motivation is usually the first thing to go, especially among students who are teaching themselves.” To keep the momentum going he suggests writing down 10 reasons you are learning a language and sticking it to the front of the file you are using: “I turn to these in times of self-doubt.”

3. Focus on exactly what you want to learn

Often the discussion around how to learn a language slides into a debate about so-called traditional v tech approaches. The question is not so much about online v offline or app v book. Rather it should be how can we assemble the necessary elements of language for a particular objective, present them in a user-friendly way, and provide a means for students to understand those elements.

4. Read for pleasure

reading for pleasure

For many of our panellists, reading was not only great for making progress, but one of the most rewarding aspects of the learning experience. Reading for pleasure “exposes you to all sorts of vocabulary that you won’t find in day-to-day life, and normalises otherwise baffling and complicated grammatical structures. The first book you ever finish in a foreign languages is a monumental achievement that you’ll remember for a long time.

5. Learn vocabulary in context

Memorising lists of vocabulary can be challenging, not to mention potentially dull. It's believed that association is key to retaining new words.

6. Ignore the myths: age is just a number

Adults and children may learn in different ways but that shouldn’t deter you from committing to learning another language. Languages are simultaneously organic and systematic. As children we learn languages organically and instinctively; as adults we can learn them systematically.

7. Do some revision of your native language


Speaking your first language may be second nature, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you understand it well.  You can’t make good progress in a second language until you understand your own.

8. Don’t underestimate the importance of translation

Different approaches may be necessary at different stages of the learning process. Once you have reached a certain level of proficiency and can say quite a bit, fairly accurately, Rebecca Braun, senior lecturer in German studies at Lancaster University, says it is typical to feel a slowing down in progress. “Translation,” she says, “is such an important exercise for helping you get over a certain plateau that you will reach as a language learner ... Translation exercises don’t allow you to paraphrase and force the learner on to the next level.”.

9. Beware of fluency

Many of the panellists were cautious of the F-word. Hammes argues not only is it difficult to define what fluency is, but “as a goal it is so much bigger than it deserves to be. Language learning never stops because it’s culture learning, personal growth and endless improvement. I believe that this is where learners go wrong”.

10. Go to where the language is spoken

It may not be an option for everyone but Braun reminds us that “if you are serious about learning the language and getting direct pleasure from what you have learned, you need to go to where that language is spoken”.

Travel and living abroad can complement learning in the classroom: “The books and verb charts may be the easiest way to ensure you expose yourself to the language at home, but the people and the culture will far outclass them once you get to the country where your language is spoken.” In this case, maintaining and enriching the language you have learnt is a matter of personal efforts.

Source: The Guardian

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Why do Brits talk about the weather so much?

Why do Brits talk about the weather so much?

Đã bao giờ bạn tự hỏi tại sao người Anh hay dùng câu hỏi về thời tiết như " It's a nice day, isn't it?" để bắt đầu 1 cuộc hội thoại. Bài đọc theo dạng IELTS học thuật ở phía dưới hứa hẹn sẽ cho bạn 1 câu trả lời thỏa mãn.

More than nine in 10 Brits have talked about the weather in the last six hours. But is this unusual – and if so, is it their culture or the climate that makes them so obsessed?

The weather – and the British obsession with talking about it – has been puzzling outsiders for decades.

According to recent research, 94% of British respondents admit to having conversed about the weather in the past six hours, while 38% say they have in the past 60 minutes.

So why do the British do it? Is there something about the nation’s weather that makes it worthy of discussion, or is it simply a cultural foible? And do any other nationalities share this peculiar conversational trait?

Stormy skies

Several features of Britain’s geography make the weather the way it is: mild, changeable, and famously unpredictable.
Britain’s position at the edge of the Atlantic places it at the end of a storm track – relatively narrow zones over oceans that storms travel down, driven by the prevailing winds.

As the warm and cold air fly towards and over each other, the earth’s rotation creates cyclones – and the UK bears the tail end of them.

The Gulf Stream

Then there is the Gulf Stream, which makes the British climate milder than it should be, given its northern latitude, and the fact that the UK is made up of islands, meaning there is a lot of moisture in the air.

The variability means residents never know quite what to expect. Snow in summer? T-shirts in winter?


Coded conversation

In some situations, weather talk is an icebreaker. In others it’s used to fill awkward silences, or divert the conversation away from uncomfortable topics. Often it’s an excuse for a good old grumble, which can be a bonding experience in itself, but we can also use weather speak to gauge other people’s moods.


But there are certain unwritten rules that the British follow when conducting these weather-related conversations. Firstly, the topic will almost always be introduced as a form of question, even if only in the intonation. Secondly, the person answering must agree. Or at least if you disagree, you have to express it in terms of a sort of personal foible.

Positive or negative?

Of course, these kinds of purely social conversations also occur in other cultures. But both the nature of the conversation – and their content – will vary. Experts in language and impoliteness explain that in every culture, individuals tread a delicate balance. On the one hand, they want approval by other members of society and to forge closer bonds with others. On the other, they desire to be autonomous and left alone.

When it comes to small talk, countries that privilege positive face will choose personal topics, such as someone’s age, weight or what they do for a living, as an appropriate icebreaker. That explains why people from some cultures – including the Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, South America and the United States – will ask questions that British people might find rude at worst or a tad forward at best.

A country like Britain, on the other hand, will choose a safe and personally unobtrusive topic – such as the weather.
The Swiss and Finns, though, are not quite as obsessed, possibly because there’s less to talk about. In Finland, for example, you can bond with people simply by sitting and drinking with them; you don’t even have to talk much.

In Britain, on the other hand, we can be wrapped up against the elements on Saturday; picnicking in shorts and t-shirt on Sunday; and battling torrential rain on Monday. That’s just the way it is here.

Cold, isn’t it?

Source: BBC

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Fun facts about Christmas

Fun facts about Christmas

Have you ever wondered about some of the things we see and embrace at Christmas? We know that Christmas is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. That story is familiar to us all, and embraced by billions around the world.
But what about some of the other things—like Christmas trees and stockings and Santa? And just how many people on Earth celebrate Christmas, anyway?

We did a research and found those interesting facts.

Here are a few “did you know” kind of things that intrigued us:

1. The French gave the biggest Christmas present ever in 1886. It was the Statue of Liberty, and they gave it to the United States of America. The French have one too, a smaller one, in Paris.


2. Santa Claus was a real Saint. He lived in Myra in the 300s. Myra is in what’s now Turkey. The German name for Saint Nicholas is Sankt Niklaus.

3. The first artificial Christmas Tree wasn’t a tree at all. It was created out of goose feathers that were dyed.

4. Christmas has many, many names. Do you know some of them—aside from, of course, Christmas? How about Sheng Tan Kuai Loh (China), or Hauskaa Joulua (Finland), or Joyeux Noel (France) In Wales, it’s Nadolig Llawen, in Sweden, God Jul and in Vietnamese "Lễ Giáng Sinh".

5. That “Xmas” stems from Greece. The Greek “X” is a symbol for Christ.

6. Riga, Latvia was home to the first decorated Christmas tree. The year was 1510. About 36 million Christmas trees are produced each year on Christmas tree farms.


7. The Candy Cane is one of the most familiar symbols of Christmas. It dates back to 1670 in Europe but didn’t appear in the U.S. until the 1800s. The treat we see today, where the shape is Jesus’s hook to shepherd his lambs and the color and stripes hold significance for purity and Christ’s sacrifice, became common in the mid 1900s.


8. The Christmas Stocking got its start when three unmarried girls did their laundry and hung their stockings on the chimney to dry. They couldn’t marry, they had no dowry. But St. Nicholas, who knew of their plight, put a sack of gold in each stocking and in the morning the girls awoke to discover they had dowry’s. They could marry.

9. An estimated 1 of 3 people worldwide celebrate Christmas, including 2.1 Billion Christians. There are about 7,038,044,500 people in the world, so about 23,460,148 celebrate Christmas.

10. The most popular Christmas Song ever is We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The song can be traced back to England, but its author and composer remains unknown.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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