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This is a Section 4 IELTS Listening Test Gapfill Summary based on a lecture about the history of keeping clean. Get more listening practice on my website or follow my 28-day Listening Course in the Members Academy. --- Send in a voice message:
Here's my roundup of daily tips from February. Watch the video version on YouTube with this link: In the podcast we'll review:   - Idioms for IELTS Speaking ('food for thought' 'peckish' 'flagging')  - Formal language ('a high risk of failure')  - How to use inversion (Rarely I have? Or Rarely have I?)  - Tech tools to help you practise Speaking  - Collocations with sports (do, go, play or practise?)  - Can or Should? - Task 1 Graphs: "Temperature AVERAGED 25 degrees")  - Portmanteau terms: breakfast + lunch = ?  - 20 WRONG ways to say 'Although' - Pass a test? Take a test? Sit a test?   - What are 'Mustakes'? - Tuesday, Toosday or Chewsday?  - "It's not everyone's cup of tea"  - IELTS Vocabulary: Physical Health Read the new blog about vocabulary lists for IELTS here: Get all the daily tips here: --- Send in a voice message:
Here's my round-up of the weekly tips that you can find on my website (  This podcast is also on YouTube/fionawattam:  In this episode we look at my daily tips from January 19th:  - when to use the contraction 's' instead of 'is' (Pronunciation)   - how to start a letter and why you shouldn't use 'maam' (GT Letter Writing)  - 'claptrap' advice: "elucidate" (Academic Task 1)  - when to use "Having said that" (Academic Task 2) - when to use 'triple' or 'treble' (Academic Task 1) - feedback or feedbacks? (Grammar)  - useful collocations with 'effect' (Vocabulary) - phrasal verb: "I suppose I'll have to make do with it" (Vocabulary)  - Spoonerisms (Collocations) #ielts #ieltstips #ieltspreparation --- Send in a voice message:
This is a particularly challenging Reading Passage 1, which follows the structure of a Passage 3 'discursive' argument rather than the usual Passage 1 'factual' description. The title gives us a warning of this academic style - it starts with a question, suggesting that there will be a theory developed, with the opinions of expert. It will pose a problem and try to find a solution. This is uncommon for a Passage 1. Also the question types are: Matching information (rare for Task 1) Gapfill (normal for Task 1) Cambridge Book 15 Test 2. --- Send in a voice message:
This podcast talks you through a fortnight of daily tips, with an accompanying YouTube video. Get the daily tips here on my website. In this episode we cover: Pronunciation features - weak sounds e.g Fishnchips How to spot a terrible "Model answer" Free Flashcards for common IELTS topics (Quizlet - Marine Ecosystems) How to use the LABELS in IELTS Task 1 Academic Writing Synonyms for 'houses' in Task 1 A model Task 1 about the construction of houses Banned expressions e.g. "No worries" When to use the ampersand (&) Do you use 'a' or 'an' before abbreviations like "MA" or "FAQ"? Collocations: raise awareness Is it ok to use "and so forth"? --- Send in a voice message:
In this IELTS GT Part 3 Reading lesson we'll practise Matching Headings, Multiple Choice and Gapfill summary on the topic of plastic. --- Send in a voice message:
In today's podcast you'll review my daily tips from my annual advent challenge which you can find on my website under "What's New" and Day 9: "It's not worth + ing" Day 10: Pronunciation - Juncture e.g. Ice-cream/I scream, That stuff/That's tough Day 11: Factor vs reason vs cause Day 12: Linking devices - the present participle Day 13: Modals of deduction (must) Day 14: Not only but also Day 15: Mustn't vs Don't have to  Day 16: Academic Phrasal Verbs Day 17: The grammar of very polite questions Day 18: rise vs raise Day 19: suggest + ing Day 20: Tense review Day 21: damage vs damages Day 22: as well as Day 23: whereby Day 24: a free gift for you --- Send in a voice message:
In this episode I catch up with the daily tips that you can find on my website under "What's new". This episode covers: Pronunciation of phrasal nouns vs phrasal verbs (to give someone the go-ahead) The meaning of 'a shambles = shambolic' The real meaning of 'actually' The use of 'tripling' (reduce, reuse, recycle) Inversion (Never have I ever...) 'comfortable' gapfill in the Listening test "You do the math" (UK = maths) can vs be able to despite due to The closer you get, the slower I go (car sticker) Even if Few people vs a few people Good at/in Hyphens --- Send in a voice message:
This is a nice GT Part 3 Reading to get 2022 off to a great start. It practises Matching Headings, Multiple Choice AND gapfill, and it's absolutely jam-packed with useful IELTS vocabulary, so I made a Quizlet for you to review it. Go to my website "What's new" to get the Quiz Link. --- Send in a voice message:
This is an academic Passage 3 about the importance of laughter. --- Send in a voice message:
In this episode I go through a week of tips about: "is pissed" vs "ears pierced", PEEL paragraphs, Jacinda Ardern and New Zealand accents ("bed" vs "bid"), Bruce Willis, The Sixth Sense and modals of deduction ("He must be a teacher"), Why Martin Luther King didn't say "I've got a dream", Are you feeling OVERWHELMED?, Cost vs value, When "I will" sounds like "ul", Hey! and other offensive words,  Third Conditional in the LISTENING test, When was the last time you had a barbie? Get all the daily posts on my website --- Send in a voice message:
This is my weekly round-up of tips from the "What's New" tab on my free website: In this episode we look at Pronunciation mazes by Matt Hancock (the 'ou' and 'ow' sounds and spelling), What's the opposite of 'must'?, "It's not worth it", Listening tricks and synonyms "at least" and "a minimum of", Is it ok to use "etc" in formal writing?, Modal verb meanings e.g "That should be ok", fifTEEN versus FIFty (15/50) in the listening test, A GREENhouse vs a green HOUSE (word stress), How important is the introduction in IELTS Writing Task 2? If you have a question that you'd like me to answer in the Daily Tips, please get in touch. --- Send in a voice message:
That's a tough question. It's so hard for anyone to measure the quality and effectiveness of an IELTS course objectively unless they've taken all of the IELTS courses available! So here's a quick checklist of things to look for in a course. Go to the blog to download the checklist; I designed it to help you make an informed decision. --- Send in a voice message:
Here's the latest round-up of all my IELTS Daily Tips blog that you can find on my website. In this blog we go through and revise: Have or get something done How to pronounce 'ative' How to pronounce 'able' Thinking critically Research vs researchers Economic vs economical deteriorate vs get worse instill vs install funnest vs the most fun Get all the tips on my website homepage ("What's New") --- Send in a voice message:
I'm trying out a new way of sharing my tips and advice for IELTS. If you go to the 'What's new' tab on my website, you'll find a daily tip: You can leave a comment there and ask questions if you need help or if you have any requests. In this podcast I cover the last 7 days of tips: Should I appeal my IELTS score? Third Conditional and 'be able to' 'Just shy of' Academic Task 1 An elderly person you admire Bring back the big cats Polite requests Phrasal verbs with 'with' (accompany = go with) --- Send in a voice message:
Have you ever been ripped off, conned, scammed, tricked, duped or just misled when buying an online IELTS course? In this blog and podcast, I've outlined the 10 'red flags' that you need to know about before you decide which course provider to go with. Here are are some common tactics that you may not even notice, and they range from being simply 'misleading' to illegal. For more information and examples that I've collected over 5 years, head to my blog, where you might like to leave a comment. The 10 sales tactics that might trick you into panic-buying an online course. 1. "The course is full" (but suddenly a place became available - buy it quickly before it goes!) 2. "Only 2 spots left!" (in an email to thousands of people, 2 weeks before the course starts) 3. "Totaly value $1999 - buy today for $9.99" (Meaning: it is only worth $9.99) 4. "Normal price $99 - today only $79" (Permanent discount - illegal in some countries) 5. "The world's most successful course" (Says who?) 6. "Lifetime access" (so you can buy it and forget about it) 7. "Unlimited Speaking and Writing" (you mean 24/7? Just write and speak all day?) 8. Affiliate Marketing 9. Testimonials 10. Other red flags - bad spelling and grammar, plagiarism from other sites, stolen watermarked images, Click Funnels. If someone emails you to tell you that they could charge hundreds of dollars for their time, but they want to help you for free, there are red flags all over the place. Walk away. Find someone that you know, like and TRUST. Big tutoring companies can afford to lose you because there are plenty more people who will fall for false advertising. Maybe it's time to consider the smaller business who focus their time on developing quality courses rather than scamming their students. End of rant. --- Send in a voice message:
The Members Academy Reading Bootcamp started today (you can still join - it's just $28 and includes 28 days of both live and recorded lessons). This week's focus is on True False Not Given questions, so here's a taster of today's lesson. This is an Academic Passage 1 about a sculptor called Henry Moore. I try to get my students to make educated guesses about TFNG questions by the way they're written, and this text is a perfect example of how you can follow a hunch to get the right answer pretty quickly and save time. For example NOT GIVEN: turn the statement into a question. If you can’t answer it, it’s NOT GIVEN. NO: there is usually an opposite word (antonym) e.g. similar – different; first – last YES: the answer is usually a synonym or paraphrase e.g complied = did what his father wanted him to do There is a balance in the number of True, False, Not Given (fewer NG). Don’t OVER-THINK the answer. e.g. Q7 doesn’t exactly say ‘more popular’ but it means the same thing. I also teach my students to quickly divide the text according to the questions, so that they don't waste any time looking in the wrong place. This text is another perfect example of that. The Bootcamp will run until the end of September, so if you're struggling to get your Reading Score up, come and join us. --- Send in a voice message:
This is an Academic Passage 3 Part 3 (Book 16), so it's tough. In this lesson we'll look at how the language that you learn for Task 2 will help you understand the Reading, and how Reading academic texts like this will help you improve your Writing. Some of the points I mention include: - Word formation - The 'marc' system for pie charts (Makes up, accounts for, represents, consists of) - Willing to vs want - Hedging - Biased, subjective (Task 2 problems) - How to talk about cause and effect - The Language of effect --- Send in a voice message:
Are you using the right idiom in the right place with the right person and the right pronunciation? To use an idiom correctly there are so many factors that you have to take into account, for example who uses this idiom (age, gender, profession, location)? when do they use this idiom? (context) why do they choose to use this idiom (humour, anger, sarcasm, style)? how often do people use this idiom (once in a blue moon?) In my latest blog, I talk about 3 key factors to help you use idioms correctly: 1. Accuracy 2. Appropriacy 3. Pronunciation Find out more on my blog. --- Send in a voice message:
This episode is a Part 4 Listening about an ancient philosophy called Stoicism (don't worry if you've never heard of it - the Listening will explain everything). It's a gapfill summary (one word only) and we also discuss: DESPITE (+ noun or + ing verb or + the fact that) US and UK spellings (do they matter in IELTS?) how my 2-minute Pronunciation feedback can fix a common problem related to your first language (in this case, Spanish). Review the grammar of 'despite' and 'in spite of' on my blog. --- Send in a voice message:
Comments (32)

Hamid Khabiri

thank you thank you

Apr 18th

Dorsa Beheshti

Thank you for podcasts

Jan 30th


Does it have transcript?

Dec 23rd

Sepideh Fattahi

How wonderful this lesson was.

Aug 15th

Farzad Sh.

Dear Fiona, I've been wondering whether or not it's suitable to use a thesis statement in the Task 2 essay. Something like: In the subsequent paragraphs, I shall explain... To me it seems unnatural. What would you recommend?

Aug 13th

Khatai Suleymanlı

good job

Feb 10th

Donya Bashiri

Sorry i want to know where can I find the passage that you talked about "driverless cars"

Jan 13th
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Максат Кондо

Thank you very much!

Aug 9th

Aidin Frdi

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Jul 13th

sepideh shirizadeh

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Dec 31st
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Marcos Andrade

Reading and Listening.

Nov 18th

Marcos Andrade

How can I contact you to get more information.

Nov 18th
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Dr Hamed

You are amazing teacher and your fantastic podcasts really helped me. Keep going I'm your big fan!

Oct 21st
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adebayo mohammed

Hi Fiona, I am a fan of your IELTS ETC podcast. Since I came across your podcast last Dec, I always try to make sure that I listen to your new episodes. And am still trying to listen to the previous ones. All your podcasts have been really helpful I must confess. Due to my busy schedule, the only convenient way to be abreast of your lessons in via podcast, which am making effort to catch up with all. Please Fiona I am finding IELTS questions on T/F/NG, Y/N/NG a lot more challenging. After listening to your podcast, which turned out to be highly useful, I decided to try some of the Cambridge tests. I can see that I have made a lot of improvement in answering the questions, thanks to your guide. However, I felt highly disappointed in myself when scored 1/6 on some questions I tried recently. I can't get a convincing explanation why the answers were what the book said they are. The questions were from Cambridge IELTS 9, passage 3. Questions 32-37. They were, of course, somewhat tricky I guess. Please would you make some tutorial or a review on the questions and explain the reasons for the answers ? I understand that you have other important activities and might be too busy to attend to my request now. Anytime you are treating questions on T /F/ NG, I would love to see that question be among the ones that you will treat. Thanks.

Jun 15th
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eb rozbeh

good tnx

Jun 4th

Ali Almaliky

Thanks for your efforts. A great podcast I have found so far.

Nov 13th
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farnaz Gbd

I just wanted to thank you for this amazing thing you are doing.I Specially totally appreciate the episodes on writing task 2. Wish you could cover speaking too, but this is already a 5stars pidcast❤️

Sep 3rd
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Lovely Girl

I donvt have a blog. Do you have any idea to create my own blog? And what i shoud i write about?

Aug 21st

Preslava Petrova

Hi. I really like the idea of the Discussion Clock. Do you have a blog post about it?

Aug 8th
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Guramritpal Singh

awesome podcasts. thank you

Jun 23rd
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