Welcome back to another episode, everyone! This is going to be great for you guys to do some freewriting, but more importantly, understand the question.
Learn to analyze task 2 questions. They contain a subject and often include a general noun or nouns to help you organize your essay. The world is changing rapidly (noun). What are the causes (general noun to help you organize your answer) of this?
In each group a-d below, which general noun has a different meaning from the other two?
a. Advantages, drawbacks, benefits
b. Measures, steps, reasons
C. causes, effects, consequences,
D. disadvantages, drawbacks, solutions.
2. Complete each task 2 question below with the general nouns and verbs from down below.
Agree or disagree, advantages, disadvantages, causes, solutions, measures, views, benefits
a. What are the benefits of learning skills in the modern world?
b. Any attempts to preserve the natural world will always hinder economic development. However the benefits of helping the environment will always far outweigh the ____________. Do you ___________?
c. Some young people take a year off between school and university. What are the ________________ and ______________ of taking such time off?
d. Students should be trained on how to cope with changes in the modern world. How far do you _______________?
e. Volunteer work with disadvantaged groups like underprivileged children is the best way for young people to learn about the real world. To what extent do you ____________________? What other _________________could be effective?
f. Every day, animals are becoming extinct throughout the world. What do you think the _____________ of this are? What _______________ can you suggest to deal with this?
g. Some people think overcrowding in large cities can be reduced by building skyscrapers, while others think the problem can be solved be encouraging people to move to the countryside. Discuss both these _____________ and give your opinion.
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Let’s first look at some examples of common comparative and superlative forms.
as high as the market will support.
more difficult than we first expected.
faster than the competition.
the cheapest product.
his/their/my greatest problem.
the most important thing.
Given the examples above, use them to complete the following sentences.
The ____________(good/better/best) thing they have is the food.
This system uses the ___________(advanced/more advanced/ most advanced) technology on the market.
This department may not be as __________(big/bigger/biggest) as some of the others, but its budget is much ___________(large/larger/largest).
They are our ____________ (important/more important/most important) customers.
The old distributor’s delivery was much ______________ (fast/faster/fastest) than the new one.
Most attendees felt the first presenter was ______________(informative/most informative/ more informative) than the second one.
Task – Make comparative and superlative sentences about the transportation below.
Car, train, ship, airplane, motorcycle.
This practice is from the book, and it’s time to break this down. On my podcast, I will not give the answers. However, on YouTube — I will. So be sure to tune into that! Type your answers in the comments section and be sure to tune in Tuesday for the answers when the YouTube video makes its debut.
High among the many triumphs of man’s courage and spirit is Walter Drake’s and Olivier Vogel’s _______________ climb to the summit of Mount Everest without oxygen tanks in 1967.
Although several attempts to climb Everest without additional oxygen had been made in the past, none had been successful. Drake and Vogel began moving cautiously up the south ridge towards the summit, which the reached after a grueling climb at 10:30. They lingered ____________ on the summit and then began the tiring climb down the mountain. They said it was the _______________ test of endurance they had ever experienced.
So, this will sound a bit similar to IELTS speaking task 2, but it’s not going to be academic, just a very laid back story-telling time. This is great for non-NES speakers in order to tell a story about where they have traveled with someone else. If you’re taking a class, this is even better to give a presentation about. So, because I have so many crazy a$$ stories that I’ve told before in regards to going to Bali, Maldives and other places, I decided to tell a story about my Hawaiian trip with a college buddy back in 2013…and what a trip this was!
Where was the journey to?
How did you travel?
When was it?
Who had chosen the destination?
How had you prepared for the journey?
What special thing(s) happened on the journey?
What were you doing when these things happened?
How did the journey end?
How did you feel about what happened?
I set off on this journey on a Thursday evening (if I’m no mistaken). I met a friend in Phoenix, Arizona and we went to Buffalo Wild wings the night before, got two hours of sleep, then left her home around 4am. We made our way to Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, and there was the ticketer, talking about Nemo and looking like he had about 10,000 grams of caffeine. We waited for our plane to take off, a very small one at that, and we needed to get to LAX to transfer planes.
Because LAX, at the time, was the biggest eyesore in all of America, it proved just that. we landed and we couldn’t disembark the plane for at least 30 minutes, reducing our layover time to a mere 15 minutes. We ran about 800 meters to the next gate, arrived there gasping for air, and the two workers pointed at us and said, “Arsenio, Alissa…on the plane now.” As soon as we entered, the door was shut and that was the end. We nearly missed our plane because America….is America. Lol.
After arriving and surprisingly getting our luggage (thought our luggage wouldn’t make it), we got on Speedi shuttle and made way to Pagoda Hotel, the cheapest and ugliest hotel on the island (lol). We went to Waikiki the first day, dragging ourselves there because the lack of the sleep we had, and we ended up going into a coma around 6-7pm and woke up 12 hours later. When I woke up, I went running around the island to get the feel of the air. If I can recall, we did a couple of things before going on a snorkeling trip to Hanuama Bay (probably misspelled it, but can’t be bothered with correcting it). This crazy Vietnamese driver gave us our snorkeling gear and we went into the bay, which was magnificently beautiful and lavished with turquoise waters and ultra-gorgeous fish. After our long day there, we did a couple of others things before going out at night.
The night time came and we walked into — let’s just say — the wrong bar. I was playing pool with three women, Joy, who ended up becoming a great friend of mine to this day — and Alissa. I realized that men were hitting on me, so I quickly asked Joy if it was THAT TYPE OF BAR…she said “ughhh yeah!” I ran down the stairs and went home with Alissa, completely inebriated and woke up feeling like pure hell.
That morning I wanted to cancel all activities (rent-a-car and go around the island), but Alissa was adamant and aggressive with getting the car. So, we hopped in a taxi, and I quickly got car sick and complained the entire way there. We got out, walked into the car dealership, and there I saw an African American male wearing a fat rock on his finger. He was a wide receiver for the University of Hawaii, and after glancing at me when I walked in the door, he knew I had a rough night.
Soon after that, Alissa and I began driving around the island and I got sick — AGAIN! I told her to pullover a many of times and we started to argue because she said she didn’t want to pull over anymore. LOL. We went to the pineapple plantation, Aulani Disney Resort, Turtle Beach, and a few other places — all spectacular beyond belief.
The day before we left, it was pretty relaxing and we met up with Joy again that evening. It was a little head-scratching because three men approached our table and act as if they knew my friends, but they didn’t. We call these people “pick-up” artists….such a cringing couple of hours. Japanese tourists were everywhere and tried smooching on a friend…and I just laughed the night away.
That next day we had to check out the hotel early but our flight left at 9pm. We sat in the lobby for some time, but we also went to the movies. Nonetheless, it was a journey back (and we had to land in DRAB SALT LAKE CITY) before I went to Arizona, and back to Vegas. That was the last time I had seen Alissa for four years (my adventure back last year), but it was the most memorable journey of my life.
Here we go! Some phrasal verbs you can understand and use IMMEDIATELY! Traveling, especially for my Thais, is tough because of the language barriers. To take that further, I remember when I met a Japanese girl on a bus in Hawaii and she couldn’t speak ANY ENGLISH! Imagine traveling the world without knowing English! Well, do not fear! I’ve got a pocket book for you today.
Task – Look at these sentences. Match the phrasal verbs in bold with the letters down below.
We got on the first flight but we got off due to a mechanical issue.
When all the passengers were in their seats, the plane finally took off.
She got into the car and drove down the street. When she arrived at her location, she got out of the car, only to realize that she forgot some important documents back home.
This bus is really old. I think it’s going to break down any minute. *breaks down*
Excuse me, sir. Could you please tell me what time the flight from Paris gets in? I’m meeting someone on it.
They checked in their bags at Changi airport before going through the very easy passport control lanes.
I took a long journey last year. I set off from Bangkok around 10pm and arrived in America about 30 hours later.
Because I have such a flexible schedule, I love to get away every two months and travel to neighboring countries.
a. start a journey
b. enter/leave (a train, bus, boat, plane)
c. go somewhere different to have a rest or holiday.
e. show your ticket/give your bags to someone
f. stop working (any form of transportation)
g. enter/leave (a car)
h. start flying.
Answers in podcast down below.
Task 2 – Complete the text with these following words: away, down, in, into, off (x2), on, out of
Last week my sister and I decided to get ___________ for the weekend because of the long holidays. We decided to go to Kanchanaburi. We set __________ early, at around 8am. We got _____________ my friend’s car, which is a Ford Focus because it’s the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the market today. The only problem was that her car had a tendency of breaking _________. 10 minutes later, it did. We got __________ the car, grabbed our belongings, and went to a nearby minivan station. After 30 minutes, a van pulled up and we got ________ and sat down. The van arrived at Kanchanaburi on time — we got ___________ around 5pm. We took our luggage and got ________ the minivan. The only problem we had with everything that entire weekend was a broken Ford Focus!
Yes! The big SHABAAM is here! This could be super difficult for a lot of you, but to put this all on one blog will help the majority of you out there who seemingly don’t understand the concept of the words above. I’m your guardian angel today in showing you the light!
These words are frequently used with the present perfect tense: ever, never, for, since, just, already, yet — so let’s go over the rules and then do some exercises to help you!
We can use ________________ in questions with the present perfect. It means ‘at any time in your life.”
We use _____________ with the present perfect to talk about very recent activities.
We use _____________ with the present perfect to say that something has happened, possibly earlier than we thought.
We can use _________________ to make negative sentences in the present perfect. It means ‘at no time in your life.’
We use ______________ and _______________ with the present perfect to talk about things that started in the past and continue in the present. We use _________ with periods of time, and ____________ with specific moments in time.
We use _________ with the present perfect to say that something has not happened, but we think it is going to happen soon. We use it in negative sentences and questions.
for and since: for, since
Complete these sentences with the present perfect form of the verbs.
already/visit, ever/live, have/for, just/buy, love/since, never/travel, not sell/yet
They haven’t sold their car yet.
I _______________ to Mongolia before, but I would love to.
I ____________________ Vietnam. I went there for a holiday 2 years ago.
We ______________ this particular home ______________ ten years.
Hey, I ____________________ dinner, so you don’t have to worry about making anything.
I _____________ this country _______________ the day I first visited back in 2012.
Guys, welcome back to another TOEIC language building podcast/YouTube and I’m proud to be bringing you today a very informative blog on adjectives and adverbs. There are some differences between the two, so I want to break them down as easy (not easily) as possible.
Language building: adjective and adverb endings
You basically have “ly” versus everything else in these sentences. Let’s check them out.
We chose this condominium because the rooms are fully furnished and____________(comfortable/comfortably).
We have ______________ problems with the pipes below our home. (serious/seriously)
You are expected to listen _____________ while listening for the exact words in order to become a great transcriptor. (attentive/attentively)
Our sales have been ____________ good in the last three months. (consistent/consistently)
The response to the new layout of the office has been __________. (wonderful/wonderfully)
The contract ____________stated that you could be replaced if you don’t meet our demands. (specific/specifically)
Adjectives – write down five in each category down below.
Now make sentences with two of the words from each category and post them on my Facebook wall.
Four vowel sounds — e as in feet, a as in late, u as in boot, and o as in boat — require you to glide or move your tongue toward a/w/ or y sound.
These are the words that I did recently on my Facebook live video that focuses on the high-pitch in the words on the left and the dull/short sound with the words on the right. Tune into the podcast down below!