MonthMay 2014

Pedalo

It is the first music post in my blog, thanks to my son with whom I played tonight and hit on this amazing song Pedalo in my iPhone 4S. The melody in this song sounds like the sunshine in morning performing ballet on the piano, and is inducing me something in my own childhood sitting with my mother and playing. It’s a long long way to go on. Another reason why I recorded this song is that there are several less common but still indispensable words in the lyrics that are worth remembering. I gave the explanations for these words later on in my post. So let’s learn English with the memorable song.

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Words in the news: Defiant

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NEW YORK — A defiant Rep. Michael Grimm, in his most extensive interview since federal prosecutors accused him of rampant fraud, accused the media on Tuesday of trying to destroy him and vowed to campaign hard for reelection — even as the New York Republican acknowledged his fundraising has dried up to the point he can’t air TV ads.

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IELTS Writing: Throwing money at military

Many countries have spent vast sums of money on armament for the sake of self-defense. Some people think they should spend money helping reduce poverty and other issues rather than on military. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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6 IELTS essay tips for writing Task 2

The problem that we seem to face with task 2 is the topic and ideas. Actually this is the least important thing about task 2! Much more important about IELTS writing is the language and how you can handle the language at band 7 to express your ideas. I know that anybody who lives in the 21st century, reads a newspaper, watches the TV and engages with the world will have more than enough information to formulate the ideas required for task 2. After all you are only writing 25 sentences and 6 of these will be introducing the idea (using information in the questions) and concluding (mirroring your introduction).

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Words in the news: Wilt

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Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid win their 10th European Cup as they finally overwhelmed arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in a compelling Champions League final in Lisbon.

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IELTS Writing: Medical care and education

Some people said that the government should not spend money on building theatres and sports stadiums. Instead, it should spend more money on medical care and education. Do you agree or disagree?

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