Listening Section 1 is a dialogue between 2 people arranging something. Try listening to a conversation and write down any numbers and well known names of people, cities and countries you hear. For example:   Listening Section 2 is a monologue, often about a tour or changes to somewhere. If you’re in the U.K.,

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Improving your reading for the IELTS exam

Monday, 03 November 2014 by

The reading section of the IELTS exam is often one of the most difficult for students.  The academic style of the text can be unfamiliar and the vocabulary is more challenging than everyday English.  Here are some tips to improve your score: Don’t read intensively – at school and university it’s important that you understand

What is it? An oral interview between a candidate and an examiner. How long is it? 11-14 mins How many parts are there? 3 parts What are they? Part 1: Introduction and Interview Examiner introduces themselves and checks the candidate’s identity. Examiner asks questions about personal information such as home, studies, family, work, studies, interests

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Scottish Slang

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 by

Do you ever listen to local people and have no idea what they are talking about?   Do you ever hear words that just don’t sound like English?   Chances are that you have heard some Scottish slang during your time in the country. The following is a list of typical slang words and expressions

A useful guide to phrasal verbs

Thursday, 02 October 2014 by

Phrasal verbs are an integral part of the English languageand there are many reasons why students should afford these a particular focus.  Native speakers use the very frequently each day (sometimes without realising it), therefore a knowledge of phrasal verbs will help students to interact with and understand native speakers authentically.  Perhaps of more obvious

What learning style are you?

Thursday, 18 September 2014 by

Have you ever wondered what learning style you are?  Below you will find a questionnaire that can help you find out.  By simply taking 5 minutes to answer the questions you can discover it.   Of course the majority of us are a combination of many styles. However, knowing what style you are can be

What shall I read ?

Monday, 08 September 2014 by

How to Improve English Reading Students at LiveLanguage are often told to read a quality newspaper regularly.  But what else could you read to help you understand British culture as well as improve your vocabulary, spelling, fluency etc etc ? How about a magazine ? I’m a bit old-fashioned – most of these are available

Help with IELTS reading

Friday, 22 August 2014 by

Do you need some help with IELTS reading and ideas for writing task 2? Do you find the news difficult to follow?   Why not start with news aimed at children? The vocabulary will be easier to understand.   Try the following websites:   First

A world without Scotland

Monday, 18 August 2014 by

I woke up this morning and it looked like it might rain, so I decided to take my rain mac. I love tea so I thought that it would also be a good idea to put some into my Thermos flask to keep warm.  I am quite healthy and decided to take my pedal bike,

Interesting Facts About Running To celebrate the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Live Language will be focusing on fitness! Every day we will be posting little motivational messages to improve your health, while practising your English, of course! To get us in the mood for this weekends marathon, read on to learn more about the benefits of