The American English Pronunciation podcasts teaches non-native English speakers and ESL/ELL students correct English pronunciation in short lessons. Learn, listen, repeat!
The American English Pronunciation podcasts teaches non-native English speakers and ESL/ELL students correct English pronunciation in short lessons. Learn, listen, repeat!
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Rahul Moodgal - Master Fund Raiser (Capital Allocators, EP.87). Rahul Moodgal has spent 20 years as a fund raiser across long only strategies, hedge funds, fund of funds, customized solutions, start-ups, and non-profits. Collectively, Rahul has raised and helped raise $60 billion for firms since 2005. He started his career in the industry at powerhouse TT International, and later joined The Children’s Investment Fund (TCI) where he led the marketing effort that raised $20 billion in just 3½ years. Within TCI’s affiliate model, Rahul also was responsible for the largest India fund raise in history ($1 billion for TCI New Horizon Fund), and the largest sector fund launch in history ($1.1 billion for Algebris Investments). Our conversation covers capital raising lessons learned from teaching, the value of transparency, the gold rush before 2008, the lean times afterwards, modern fee structures, the three key points to effective marketing, the three traits that will kill you, the two biggest issues start-up funds face, the best questions asked by leading allocators, and some of the worst horror stories in attempted capital raising. We close comparing by fund raising for charities and investment firms. Learn More Discuss show and Read the Transcript Join Ted's mailing list at CapitalAllocatorsPodcast.com Join the Capital Allocators Forum Write a review on iTunes Follow Ted on twitter at @tseides For more episodes go to CapitalAllocatorsPodcast.com/Podcast
Vanguard's Joe Davis Discusses Global Economics (Podcast). Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz interviews Joseph H. Davis, global chief economist at The Vanguard Group. Davis is also head of Vanguard's investment strategy group and a member of the senior portfolio management team for Vanguard's fixed income group, which oversees more than $500 billion in assets under management. He earned his doctorate in macroeconomics and finance at Duke University.
Elizabeth Kolbert: We have locked in centuries of climate change. Elizabeth Kolbert covers climate change for the New Yorker. She's the Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction. And she recently wrote a paragraph I can't stop thinking about. "The problem with global warming—and the reason it continues to resist illustration, even as the streets flood and the forests die and the mussels rot on the shores—is that experience is an inadequate guide to what’s going on. The climate operates on a time delay. When carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere, it takes decades—in a technical sense, millennia—for the earth to equilibrate. This summer’s fish kill was a product of warming that had become inevitable twenty or thirty years ago, and the warming that’s being locked in today won’t be fully felt until today’s toddlers reach middle age. In effect, we are living in the climate of the past, but already we’ve determined the climate’s future."Kolbert lives, to an unusual degree, in the planet's future. She travels to the places around the world where the climate of tomorrow is visible today. She has watched glaciers melting, and seen species dying. And she is able to convey both the science and the cost with a rare lucidity. Talking with Kolbert left me with an unnerving thought. We look back on past eras in human history and judge them morally failed. We think of the Spanish Inquisition or the Mongol hordes and believe ourselves civilized, rational, moral in a way our ancestors weren't. But if the science is right, and we do unto our descendants what the data says we are doing to them, we will be judged monsters. And it will be all the worse because we knew what we were doing and we knew how to stop, but we decided it was easier to disbelieve the science or ignore the consequences. Kolbert and I talk about the consequences, but also about what would be necessary to stabilize the climate and back off the mass extinction event that is currently underway. We discuss geoengineering, political will, the environmental cost of meat, and what individuals can and can't do. We talk about Trump's cabinet, about whether technological innovation will save us, and if pricing carbon is enough. We talk about whether hope remains a realistic emotion when it comes to our environmental future.Books:-Edward Abbe’s “Desert Solitaire”-Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”-David G. Haskell’s “The Forest Unseen”-Bill McKibben’s “The End of Nature”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#877 - Jordan Peterson. Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and tenured professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. https://www.youtube.com/user/JordanPetersonVideos http://www.selfauthoring.com/ 100% off the Future Authoring Program code: "ChangeYourself" - The offer is valid until the end of Nov 30th.
Rank #1: Private Victory | The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The next chapter in our book club!
Rank #2: English Obsession and Love. English obsession and love are the keys to super fast speaking improvement. Most learners want to improve their English quickly. Everyone wants rapid improvement. https://effortlessenglishclub.com/english-obsession-love
Rank #1: 0642 Daily Easy English Lesson PODCAST—tenacity. Do you have any experience with SUCCESS? Think about what kinds of successes you have had. Make a short list. They can be simple successes or great successes. After you make a list, FIND a similarity. There might be many--focus, concentration, luck, practice, love, passion, enthusiasm, knowledge, experience... Now, there is one thing I did not write--and it is REALLY common for the "big successes". You'll find that word in today's expression! Have a super successful day! Coach Shane Today’s English expression and dialog: tenacity He’s still there~ All day and nothing. Not a bite. Just sunburn. I respect his tenacity. Subscribe on iTunes and get this English podcast EVERY DAY! PLEASE support my sponsors: www.letsmasterenglish.com/free www.audibletrial.com/lme (Get a free AUDIO BOOK!) Study English, FREE ENGLISH LESSONS, on our YouTube channels: http://letsmasterenglish.com/tv Support the Let’s Master English team! On PayPal: Send to email@example.com Or you can go here: www.patreon.com/coachshane Today's Daily Easy English Expression PODCAST is UP and READY for YOU!! #LME #LearnEnglish #ESL
Rank #2: 0834 Daily Easy English Lesson PODCAST—beneath contempt. TGIF! Have a super weekend everyone^^ Don't forget to check out my new FREE lesson: www.youtube.com/dailydictation Subscribe, learn and SHARE, please!! Today’s English expression and dialog: beneath contempt Bankers are beneath contempt. Come on~ They’re just regular guys. Taking bonuses when their banks lose money? Well…wouldn’t you take free money? Subscribe on iTunes and get this English podcast EVERY DAY! Support the Let’s Master English team! On PayPal: Send to firstname.lastname@example.org Or you can go here: www.patreon.com/coachshane PLEASE support my sponsors: www.letsmasterenglish.com/free www.audibletrial.com/lme (Get a free AUDIO BOOK!) Study English, FREE ENGLISH LESSONS: http://letsmasterenglish.com/tv http://LMEtoday.com
Rank #1: Learning English Broadcast - September 16, 2019. Learning English use a limited vocabulary and are read at a slower pace than VOA's other English broadcasts. Previously known as Special English.
Rank #2: Learning English Broadcast - September 17, 2019. Learning English use a limited vocabulary and are read at a slower pace than VOA's other English broadcasts. Previously known as Special English.
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Rank #1: BEP 327 – Expressing Opinions in English. https://traffic.libsyn.com/bizpod/BEP327-Expressing-Opinions.mp3 Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on expressing opinions in English. Imagine you’re in a difficult meeting where everyone is disagreeing. Tension is high. And the boss turns to you and says “so what do you think?” In this situation, you need to express your opinion. But giving an opinion isn’t always easy, as you surely know. You’ve got to say it the right way. But the right way has changed a bit. Ten to fifteen years ago business meetings were often quite formal. But many business English meetings today tend to be more informal. And you can see this change in the different ways of expressing your opinion in English. Sometimes we need to be cautious, while at other times we might want to be more direct or stronger. And there’s still a difference between giving opinions in a group setting and speaking informally. When we want to be informal, we are often more direct. We say exactly what we think. But when we’re being formal or cautious, we tend to add words and expressions to soften our opinions. We also use words like “might” and “could” instead of “must” and “should.” Overall, we try not to sound too strong or direct. In today’s dialog, we’ll hear a conversation between Kerry, Nick, Gregory, and Lola. Their company hired a freelance writer to do some work, but the writer hasn’t communicated with them lately. Kerry is asking the group for their opinions about what they should do. Listening Questions 1. How does Kerry ask Vincent for his opinion near the start of the meeting? 2. What expression does Gregory use to introduce his strong opinion? 3. What is one expression that Lola uses to make her opinion careful or cautious? Premium Members: PDF Transcript | Quizzes | PhraseCast | Lesson Module
Rank #2: BEP 334 – Project Management English 10: Internal Debrief Meeting. https://traffic.libsyn.com/bizpod/BEP334-Projects-10.mp3 Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on project management English for debriefing a project with your team. Project management can be a messy business. You can plan, but you can’t really predict all the challenges and obstacles that will come up. So on every project, and especially in agile project management, you have to learn and adapt as you go along. And at the end, it’s a good idea to discuss what you’ve learned in a project debrief meeting. If you’re following an agile approach, you might also hold sprint retrospectives, which are like mini-debriefs at the end of each sprint. Whether it’s a project debrief or one of these sprint retrospectives, you’ll cover similar topics. A project debrief meeting might start out with a review of the project goals. You want to look back and see what you set out to do in the first place. Then you can talk about successes during the project. What did you do well? What would you do again? From there, you can move on to discuss mistakes, and what you’d like to change in the future. And finally, you’ll want to summarize everything that you’ve learned. The whole idea, of course, is that you’ll be able to do things better next time. In today’s dialog, we’ll hear a project manager named Martin, who’s running a debrief meeting at the end of a software development project. We’ll also hear Jill and Sumita, two of the engineers who’ve worked on the project. Together, the group is discussing the work they’ve done and what they’ve learned. Listening Questions 1. After discussing the project goals, what does Martin ask about? 2. The discussion of mistakes leads Martin to ask a related question about what topic? 3. What does Martin do at the end of the meeting? Premium Members: PDF Transcript | Quizzes | PhraseCast | Lesson Module
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Rank #1: English Cafe #450. Topics: Famous Americans – Charles Schultz and Peanuts; The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve; to be pleased to versus to be happy to versus it’s (one’s) pleasure to; to sit versus to seat; willy-nilly Words: cartoon freelance folks memoir tomboy national park national preserve glacier mine to designate volcano to be pleased to to be happy to It’s (one’s) pleasure to to sit to seat willy-nilly
Rank #2: 875 - Shopping at the Supermarket. Do you ever go to the supermarket without finding what you’re looking for? Learn more about it in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:11 Explanations: 3:17 Fast dialog: 16:18 Stocker: Can I help you find something? Meg: Yes, I’m looking for coffee. Stocker: That’s on aisle 3. Let me show you where it is. Meg: Thanks. Hmm, I don’t see the Jitters brand that I normally buy. Stocker: It looks like we’re out of stock. We should get another shipment next week. Meg: Okay, I’ll check back. I’m also looking for the Fructose brand soda, but I didn’t see it in the soda aisle. Stocker: I’m afraid that’s been discontinued. Their parent company no longer makes soda. Meg: Really? I love Fructose soda. How about the Mushy brand bread? I didn’t see it when I checked the bread aisle. Stocker: We no longer stock the Mushy brand. There were so quality control issues at the company, so we’ve pulled all of their products from the shelves. Can I help you find anything else? Meg: No, I guess I’ll just have to try some new brands. Oh, yes, do you carry Worm organic apples? Stocker: We normally do, but they’re out of season right now. We won’t have any until early summer. Meg: All of this shopping and I have nothing to show for it. I guess I’m going home empty-handed. Stocker: We do have chocolate cakes and cookies on sale. Meg: I’m there! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
Rank #1: 554. ODD NEWS STORIES (with Mum & Dad). 554. ODD NEWS STORIES (with Mum & Dad) Discussing some strange and funny news stories with my parents. Thanks to my Mum & Dad for their contribution to this episode. Transcripts and notes available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8u1 italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk Sign up for LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium
Rank #2: 499. Prince Harry & Meghan Markle / Royal Family Quiz (with Amber). Talking to Amber about the UK's Royal Family, including our thoughts on the upcoming wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, some royal gossip & rumours, and also a Royal Family Quiz with questions about the monarchy today and in history. So, expect to hear our thoughts and some facts about this very traitional British institution. Notes available. italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-856
Rank #1: IELTS Writing Topics with Ideas and Answers (Task 2). IELTS Topics are extensive, and consistently finding answers for them takes practice. Below I share how I produce an essay, including thinking of ideas, building paragraphs and planning. Contents How to Get Ideas For Topics Topics and Answers Video of IELTS Topics, answers and getting Ideas Audio version and transcript How to Get Essay Ideas for Task 2 Topic and Answer: Education Topic and Answer: Globalisation Topic and Answer: Travel and Transport Topic and Answer: Employment Topic and Answer: Gender issues Topic and Answer: Education (Student Reward) Topic and Answer: Employment (Skills) Topic and Answer: Gender issues (Career) Topic and Answer: Technology Topic and Answer: Health Topic and Answer: Society Sample IELTS Vocab Ebook Quick presentation on the Topics and Answers Soundcloud Playlist How to Get Ideas For Topics Sometimes you see a question and your mind goes completely blank. This is such a common problem that we have a full chapter in this course dedicated to solving it. Here is a very brief method I have taught for years that helps solve this exact problem, for the complete tutorial click here. Make sure your head is full of ideas for every type of question. Work through lists of task two questions. Specifically practise making quick essay plans / answers – they need to be made quickly to simulate exam conditions. If you find you have no idea what to write then research online. For example, imagine you got a question about the environment / climate warming, you go to google and research and read about that exact topic. Then go back to the question and try making a plan. Try to simplify the question in your mind, cut through to the minimum – this will make the task clearer. For example this question: Some people give praise to famous scientists and mathematicians. Others think more highly of literary authors and artists than scientists or mathematicians. Which group of professionals do you regard more highly and why? Include specific details and examples to support your choice. Could be crudely simplified to: Who are better? Scientists or authors? – Yes, this is an oversimplification, but it will get your brain started in the right direction, especially if your mind has gone blank. Recent IELTS exam questions with answers A full and comprehensive archive of recent IELTS exam questions with answers can be found in the comments section below. IELTS writing task 2 structure Structure is quite essential when writing a fully relevant and well formatted essay. In the IELTS they are especially looking for how coherent your essay is, to see how you can better structure yours for success click here. Vocabulary for IELTS writing task 2 band 8 Achieving a band 8 score in the IELTS is not impossible, it just needs preparation and a variation of vocabulary to help showcase your English skills. We have compiled a list of helpful vocabulary you might want to incorporate to your own. IELTS writing task 2 introduction phrases Introducing your essay is the first way to grab and hold the attention and good impression of the marker. Take a look at some introduction phrases here to help you do just that. IELTS General Writing Essay Topics can be found here. Common IELTS Writing Task 2 Topics (List) Below is a list of the most common essay topics for Task 2 questions. Click the topic to get a sample essay, vocabulary list, and a Ted Talk video (to help learn the vocabulary in context). You can also find an indepth tutorial about IELTS vocabulary and lexical resource here. Sport Employment Law Health Technology Politics Education Language and culture Crime Environment Topics, Answers and Ideas TECHNOLOGY Some people think that robots are important for human’s future development. Others think that robots have negative effects on society. Discuss both views and give your opinion. IDEAS: Definitely important, true, big advances, productivity, intelligence, machine learning, artificial intelligence, etc Can have negative effects – Unemployment – automation – loss of jobs – safe nets need to be in place – welfare system etc Even death of citizens – Tesla accident autonomous driving – Conc: there are too many advantages to ignore, we cannot forego these advances however more precaution and govt. Legislation could be wise. SOCIETY Some people think that new houses should be built in the same style as older houses in the local area. Others disagree and say that local authorities should allow people to build houses in the styles of their own choice. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Yes, should be in the same style, keeps property values higher, uniformity, conformity, and cohesion – EG certain villages in prosperous parts of England such as Cheshire, The Cotswolds, and Howarth have extreme rules because the areas have immense cultural heritage. To place a modern MacDonald’s style restaurant in one of these areas would be tantamount to architectural vandalism. -Great idea! Innovates an area, introduces new flavours, styles and ideas into stale and old areas. Your house can reflect your personality. You can make it more environmentally friendly. You can install technical innovations. Solar panels, or even solar cells in roof tiles, available from Elon Musk’s company. Conc: both are viable and fair, the caveat is that the law should be clear from the beginning and be permanent – changing it would be extremely unfair. SPORTS Some people spend a lot of money attending cultural or sports events. Is it a good or a bad thing? Give your opinion and examples from your own experience. INTRO BODY PARAGRAPH 1 Definitely a good development, gives something for people to aspire to. It also most likely begets higher revenues for the performers and promoters, which should ultimately lead to a even more events. This undoubtedly leads to greater monetary and cultural wealth for a society. Take for example the English Premier League (EPL), this entertainment spectacle has brought considerable wealth into cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and London. Higher ticket prices lead to better wages for football stars, which lead to more quality players wanting to play in the EPL, leading to a considerable increase in high net-worth individuals residing in these cities. There has undoubtedly been a positive self-fulfilling cycle of improvement and quality, fuelled by increasing prices. Furthermore high prices will most likely mean higher tax revenues for the government, this is definitely beneficial for society. P2 – Same, but apply to a cultural event – ballet – opera??? Video of IELTS Topics, Answers and Getting Ideas Click here to Subscribe to the Youtube Channel. Audio version and transcript |Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Click to read the transcript How To Get Ideas And Plan Your Essays What we’re going to do is look at about 5 or 6 IELTS Task 2 questions. And together we’re going to work through what we’re going to write for each paragraph. I’m going to be quite quick but I just want to show you the process I use for when I’m writing my essays. And I do write a lot of essays ’cause I find out the more I write, the easier it gets (logically). And of course being a native speaker, I don’t have to check it. Although, I will admit my spelling isn’t fantastic. However, I got Microsoft Word and stuff like that for some of the other problems (usually the vowels and stuff). But anyway, let’s get going. First of all, good luck to Shuko and Hamilian. The 2 online students that are gonna take the test. I’ve been working with them trying to get ideas working on the speaking, get ideas for essays, working on their grammar, and I’m pretty certain they’re going to do it. So we’ll see. I’ll let you know how it goes. But I’m pretty certain they can do it. They’ve been working quite hard (especially Shuko… she never stop sending me essays). But it’s good. Let’s get started. So I’ve decided to take question from about 3 or 4 subjects. Globalization Education and Equality. Let’s get started. First question: “Do you think it is better for students to work before the university study?” “Why” “Use reasons and specific examples to support your choice.” Now then… For this essay, I decided “Yes, it is better.” For the 1st paragraph I said: “The student would get practical experience,” “they get contacts,” “they get on-the-job skills.” That’s very good collocation to use “on-the-job skills.” And then to prove my point, I give an example and I say, “Studies from the UK Government show that graduates with work experience are twice as likely to find employment.” So it’s quite believable, that example. And of course, these are just rough ideas but it’s a solid idea. And I’m going to say “yes” from beginning to the end. I’m not going to write a discussive essay because there’s no need to. I agree totally with what the question says. Then for question 2, once again “yes.” A second reason. So I’ll say, “Can you continue the first argument?” I’ll say, “It’s better preparation, chance to improve social skills, close the gap between academia and the private sector…” Also more collocations there: “social skills,” and “private sector.” “It also helps the student to commit…” “It also helps the student before they commit to a long term plan.” So it helps them decide. Then for my example, I said: “One out of six students will change their higher education course while at university.” If you actually look at the presentation on a slideshow or on the video on YouTube, You’ll see that the notes, they’re not full sentences. It’s just a few bullet points, random ideas, all put together. And I’ve used the shortened version (I didn’t say “university” I just put “uni”). ‘Cause at this stage, my grammar doesn’t have to be perfect. The spelling doesn’t have to be perfect. I’m just getting ideas and building the essay. In this podcast, we’re just going to look at paragraph 1 and paragraph 2. ‘Cause introductions and conclusions can be written after you’ve got your main ideas for your body paragraphs. … And that’s where you pick up most points. Next question… Also related to education… “Some people believe that children should do organized activities in their free time while others believe that children should be free to do what they want to do in their free time.” Not the best written question there but anyway… “Which viewpoint do you agree with?” “Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.” Let’s go. Quickly, I’m writing down ideas. I’m going to say: “There’s lots of benefits in letting the mind wonder.” “Children can express themselves.” “They can find themselves.” “They can do what they prefer and excel at.” Like I said, ideas. Ideas. Just getting them down. Maybe I’ll use 2 of these in the actual body paragraph. Then I’ve got an example… or a believable example (I invented this but it doesn’t matter.) (I invented this but it’s believable.) “Recent studies show 12% of school students dislike physical education, therefore if sports were chosen it be unfair to this minority.” Yeah? That’s believable. That’s believable. It’s about 12%. I remember at school, there’s a few that didn’t’ like sports, so it’s believable. I’m not saying, “99% or all students hate physical activity” because that would just be insanely inaccurate. And also, notice the vocabulary I used. I’ve used the collocations of course, “physical education” but I also used, “dislike” I didn’t say “hate” or “absolutely disgust” because that is very strong language. And this is an academic essay so we have to limit it a little bit. We cannot be so absolute. Now, my second paragraph focuses on the cost and what would be necessary. Basically, the disadvantages. And so I’m saying that: “It’d be costly for the school.” “They might need time to plan it.” “They might need to buy possible equipment.” And then for my example, I would say: “Furthermore studies show that the brain operates better after a distraction from a structured task such as studying.” Then finish the sentence with “Therefore recreational time from the students’ schedule would have detrimental effects.” Also, not the more specific vocabulary. I’m talking about “schedule” “recreational times” This is good vocabulary because it’s vocabulary only related to education or specially related to education. So it shows the examiner I’ve got rich vocabulary. Next question. “Many people say that globalization and the growing number of multinational companies have a negative effect on the environment.” “to what extent to you agree or disagree.” “Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.” So what’s the crooks of the question? “That globalization and multinational companies are damaging the environment. Having a negative effect.” So first: Globalization, definitely damaging the environment. I could be long. I could give a long and complex, more accurate answer saying that: “Globalization is increasing the cost of world economic resources which is therefore increasing the price of substitute products (or rival products) such as ecological energy from wind farms… blah, blah, blah…” But the examiner doesn’t care. Yeah? He wants to see just something logical. So I’m just going to take simple route. Something that’s going to be easy to explain and where I’ve got some good vocabulary. Let’s go. This is my idea: “Increased interaction between countries” “Leads to increase goods and services traded” “Which means more production” “Therefore more resource extraction” (such as mining)… Maybe I’ll remove that in my final sentence ’cause then I could just talk about the example, which would be: “For example, in China (largely considered the workshop of the world), in many cities air pollution masks are needed to commute around the city center.” So therefore, I’ve proved my point. I said that globalization is damaging the environment. Quite simple. Believable example. And it’s easy to follow. Next, I have to go back to the question ’cause I wanted to check. The 2nd point was about multinationals. Once again, I’ve taken the simple route. It says, “Multinationals are responsible for negative effects in the environment.” It’s quite a big statement to say that. But I’m just gonna say “yes.” I’m just going to say “yes” because it’s simple. I’m getting points for my language, not for the quality of my ideas. So I will say, “Yes, multinationals do increase pollution.” “Globalization requires global solutions (these can have drastic consequences if accidents happen).” Of course I’m going to expand it a little bit but that’s the main part of my argument. It says, “A negative effect in the environment” in the question. Here, I’ve put “increased pollution” more or less is saying.” I’ve put “destroyed the local ecosystem” in my example. In my example, I talk about: BP The Gulf of Mexico The oil pill (a few years ago) … destroyed the local system. It proves my point. And if you’ve caught them before, I said “drastic consequences” just another collocation there. Once again, get in a solid plan together, put in down the points, thinking of an example that will correspond, then I’ve got 2 solid paragraphs. Now, all I have to do is my conclusion and my introduction. Which I can draw from the body paragraphs. Next question: “Parents want to achieve balance between family career but only a few manage to achieve it.” “What do you think is the reason?” “Discuss possible solutions and provide examples.” Now, we’ve got the problem and a possible solution. So the first paragraph will be what is the reason why there is a challenge trying to find the balance between family and career. My second paragraph, I will suggest solutions. This is very important. I’ve paid attention to the question and each paragraph will correspond to the question, to the parts of the question, structures of the question, and therefore I’m going to pick up points for Task Response. Let’s have a look. “The first reason why there is an imbalance…” Notice as well, I used the negative form of the verb. It says, “It’s difficult to achieve a balance,” so I said, “The reason for the imbalance…” “… is because there’s increased competition in the work place,” “changes in society,” “increase in the amount of working mothers put strain on the family…” As you can see, I’ve got quite a few points here. So I might cut them down and only use the ones most relevant to my example. And my example (once again) is completely invented but it’s believable. Here it is: “Studies in the United States (US) show that families with two full-time parents are more likely to separate.” “Therefore, this shows that finding the balance is incredibly difficult.” This is the reason. This is what I think. They’re more likely to separate. Full time, lots of stress, it’s going to be difficult. Paragraph two, possible solutions. Possible solutions. Here, I’ve just gone for something that fitted… I came with my example first, and then I thought “Okay, I can go with this route.” First I thought of France having a 35-hour working week. (Which is quite outrageous if you’re coming from the UK and from the United States to even do this.) (Due to the culture that we have there in the UK). So the solution would be: Regulations from the government. Government could legislate for increasing maternity leave. More flexible working practices. Reduced working week. For example, “In France, the government proposed and implemented a 35-hour working week.” Also, lot of collocations there. “maternity leave” “flexible working practices” “working week” Use these. Once you get in special vocabulary that you’re only going to find talking about this topic. So we’ve done a few questions about globalization, also touching on the environment. We’ve done a few about education. Now, we’re going to do one about… Well, another one about equality. Let’s go. “Nowadays both men and women spend a lot of money on beauty care. This was not so in the past.” “What may be the root cause of this behavior?” “Discuss the reasons and possible results.” Now this one was tricky. This one was tricky for me because it’s difficult to find the examples about this. Especially for 2 paragraphs. Okay, it wasn’t difficult. It was a bit more of a challenge and I have to think more. But it’s important that you do the thinking process beforehand. So let’s have a look at paragraph 1. Before I tell you the answers, try and think of some ideas yourself. The more times you do this, the more times you look at a question and think of examples, think of ideas, think of arguments, the easier it gets. Especially regarding the examples. Especially if you invented the examples. So my idea was basically marketing. I’ll give you the question again: “Nowadays both men and women spend a lot of money on beauty care. This was not so in the past.” “What may be the root cause of this behavior?” “Discuss the reasons and possible results.” My idea for paragraph 1: Marketing. For this, it’s quite easy to think of examples ’cause we are exposed to publicity everyday. So it’s not that difficult. “The beauty market for women is worth millions, consumer goods companies see similar potential for the male market.” Once again, just bullet points. “Therefore developing new ranges, e.g. L’Oreal for Men Expert.” “Therefore the reason is the potential opportunity.” Okay? “The female market for women is worth millions.” “The male market isn’t developed.” “Therefore developing the male market and we’ve practically doubled our sales.” So let’s have a look at some of the collocations. “consumer goods companies” And I can even say, “Consumer goods companies such as L’Oreal, Proctor and Gamble, Johnson and Johnson…” “see the potential for male market” For example, L’Oreal developed an expert. And that’s fine. That’s fine. If I put up all these ideas together in one cohesive paragraph… And if you need to know how to write a cohesive paragraph, have a look at the sentence guide at ieltspodcast.com Because that gives you just a really simple formula to use to drop your ideas in and presto. You have a strong, coherent paragraph. Let’s go. Next paragraph. This one was a little bit more difficult to think of. Because I was going a bit off topic. I was going to talk about people are now caring for themselves more. They started to eat more organic food. And then I thought, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Stop. Stop. That’s a crazy idea.” “There’s nothing to do with organic food.” So what I did was just crossed it all out, went back to the beginning, and I said: “It’s difficult to say the results of this because it’s earlier.” I went back to the question. The second part was: Discuss the reasons and possible results. Well, the results are that it’s difficult to say because it’s early. It’s early days. And then I say: “However the general trend is in this direction.” For example: “Deodorant was considered unnecessary before the 1950s.” “Therefore the market will probably grow and will be completely normal in the future.” I didn’t have to say reasons to this or stuff like that. Because it’s kind of clear. Deodorant wasn’t a product available in the 1950s/before the 1950s. However the consumer goods companies slowly introduced it in the society. So maybe if you’re from a different country, you’d think of an example. Maybe it’s happening at the moment in certain countries. You know? 10 years ago, there was no market for moisturizer in the country. Now, the local market is the 2nd biggest in the world. Blah, blah, blah. Something like that. Now, to get the skill of thinking of ideas and building paragraphs, all you can do is go to ieltspodcast.com/250 Download 250 IELTS Task 2 questions, 20 IELTS essays. And if you’re still having problems, if you want to develop it further you can go to ieltspodcast.com and have a look at the sentence guide. I’ve been having lots of success with that. It’s making the whole process a lot easier. So definitely consider that. And if you’ve got any questions, just send us an email and I’ll be happy to respond. I’ll be happy to help you out. Ok, good luck in the exam. It’s just a question of work. I think you can do it. Alright? Keep on it. Keep going. Topic and Answer: Education Do you think it is better for students to work before their university study? Why? Use reasons and specific examples to support your choice. MY ANSWER: YES! – One position, easier to write, easier to read. PARAGRAPH 1 Practical experience, contacts, on the job skills. EG: Studies from the UK Government show graduates with work experience are twice as likely to find employment….. PARAGRAPH 2 Better preparation, chance to improve social skills, close the gap between academia and private sector, helps student decide on future before committing long term, EG 1/6 students will change their higher education course while at uni…. Many people believe that it’s better to learn something in a group rather than individually. Do you agree or disagree? Paragraph 1 Agree – learning in group has many advantages Elements of teamwork can be adopted Group can utilize each person’s skill expertise Paragraph 2 Disagree – Individualism is better Self reliant, own the result, not dependant on others More mature way, more responsible No laggards For the full podcast, click here Topic and Answer: Education (child) Some people believe that children should do organised activities in their free time while others believe that children should be free to do what they want to do in their free time. Which viewpoint do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. MY ANSWER: CHILDREN FREE TO CHOOSE PARAGRAPH 1 -In favour of letting them choose. -benefits letting the mind wonder, children can express themselves, find themselves, do what they prefer and excel… etc etc -EG Recent studies show 12% of school students dislike physical education, therefore if sports were chosen it would be unfair to this minority. PARAGRAPH 2 -Reasons against “organised activities” Organising activities is: -costly for the school -need time to plan -possible ‘equipment’ to purchase -furthermore studies show that the brain operates better after a distraction from a structured task such as studying. Topic and Answer: Globalisation Many people say that globalisation and the growing number of multinational companies have a negative effect on the environment. Which viewpoint do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your position. PARAGRAPH 1 -DEFINITELY DAMAGING THE ENVIRONMENT -Increased interaction between countries -Increase in goods and services traded -this means more production, therefore more resources. EG China ‘workshop of the world’ – many places air pollution masks needed.PARAGRAPH 2 -MULTINATIONALS / PROBS WITH GLOBALISATION -YES increase pollution – (this decision taken for simplicity) -Globalisation requires global solutions -these can have drastic consequences if accidents happen -EG BP Gulf of Mexico, oil spill, destroyed the local ecosystem… Scientists believe that in order to protect the environment, people must use less energy in their daily lives. However, most people have not changed the way they live. Why do you think many people have not taken individual action? What could be done to encourage them to take action? Ideas for body paragraph 1 Not taken individual action because: – Danger not immediately or directly facing them – Tragedy of the commons – Collective problem – easier to shirk responsibility Ideas for body paragraph 2 What could be done to encourage them to take action? – Media campaigns by the government – Tax or financial incentives EG In Tokyo …… Some believe that is the responsibility of people to take care of the environment. Others say it is the government that should take care of the environment. Discuss both views and state your opinion. Paragraph 1 People should take care of the environment because: We are the consumers, we vote with our wallets, Throw away culture become considerably too prevalent – consumers are causing horrendous damage (pacific garbage patch) Paragraph 2 Government should take care of the environment because: They have the power to legislate Can impose fines and taxes on polluters Supposed to be guardians of the country, which means collectively they are guardians of the earth… but not true in reality Conclusion Both should be doing more! For the full podcast, click here Topic and Answer: Travel and Transport In many countries small shops and town centers are going out of business, because people tend to drive to the large out-of-town stores. This results in an increase in car use, and it also means that people without cars have limited access to out-of-town stores. Do you think advantages of such development outweigh its disadvantages? Ideas for body paragraph 1 The advantages of out of town shopping centres are very limited… – Slightly cheaper prices – but huge new developments contribute to urban sprawl of cities… This reduces investment in city centres … which are more much more than just places for shopping EG Vienna regularly has art exhibitions in the city centre… Ideas for body paragraph 2 – For example: those without transport are disenfranchised – Traffic on the roads – ALSO (MAIN POINT) -Some might argue they create jobs .. but really it is probably just shifting employment from one area to the other… Topic and Answer: Employment Parents want to achieve balance between family and career but only a few manage to achieve it. What do you think is the reason? Discuss possible solutions and provide examples. PARAGRAPH 1 – The reason for imbalance -Reason is work life balance, increased competition in the workplace, changes in society, increase in the amount of working mothers puts strain on the family, EG Studies in the US show that families with two full-time parents are more likely to separate. -therefore this shows that finding the balance is incredibly difficult. PARAGRAPH 2 – Possible Solutions? -Regulations from government, increasing maternity leave, more flexible working practices, reduced working week, EG France had a 35 hour working week… Some people believe that employees should stay in the same job for the rest of their lives. Others think they should switch jobs at least once during their career. To what extent do you agree / disagree? Click here for the Band 6.5 – 7 essay graded by an EX-IELTS examiner (from our team of essay correctors!). Topic and Answer and Ideas: Gender issues Nowadays both men and women spend a lot of money on beauty care. This was not so in the past. What may be the root cause of this behaviour? Discuss the reasons and possible results. IELTS Writing Essay Structure: INTRO PARAGRAPH 1 -Marketing. Beauty market for women is worth millions, consumer goods companies see similar potential for the male market. Therefore developing new ranges, e.g. Loreal for Men Expert. Therefore main reason is the potential opportunity. PARAGRAPH 2 -Results? -Difficult to say the results because it is still early, however general trend is in this direction, –Deodorant was considered unnecessary before the 1950s. -Market will probably grow and it will be completely normal in the future. CONCLUSION Some people think that men are naturally more competitive than women. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Paragraph 1 Agree – Men are more competitive Look at sporting fans, globally most are male A lot of sports historically only men participate: F1, Boxing, MMA, etc. Psychological drivers of men include: dominance, control Paragraph 2 Agree – Men are more competitive Although it is difficult to say without sounding sexist Is it nature or nurture – difficult to say For the full podcast, click here Topic and Answer: Education (Student Reward) Students perform better in school when they are rewarded rather than punished. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Discuss both views and give your own opinion. IELTS Writing Essay Structure: INTRO: Paraphrase question and state your side / argument. IDEA / PARAGRAPH 1: they perform better in schools -definitely better Types of reward – certificate, recognition, positive reinforcement, Studies show children are sensitive and easily influenced when younger, therefore positive environment probably better… IDEA / PARAGRAPH 2: they perform better when punished – works but too harsh for childhood Possibly does work, but it’s old fashioned, potentially dangerous – could discourage a student for life CONCLUSION Positive better and more more modern. Topic and Answer: Employment (Skills) In today’s very competitive world, a worker has to possess multiple skills to succeed. Among the skills that a worker should possess, which skill do you think is more important, social skills or good qualifications? Explain the reasons and provide specific examples to support your answer. IELTS Writing Essay Structure: INTRO: Paraphrase question and state your side / argument. PARAGRAPH IDEA 1: Social skills more important – no man is an island – idiomatic expression correctly used i.e in context We need people around us – Lacking social skills could seriously disrupt, demotivate and damage a team. – big list of great vocab for Lexical Resource score there. PARAGRAPH IDEA 2: Good qualifications, certificates very useful, extremely useful in certain fields such as medical, but in general, less technical areas, social skills triumph – less common vocabulary “triumph” CONCLUSION Consider both, but give more weight to sociability. Topic and Answer: Employment (Business) Do you think businesses should hire employees who will spend their entire lives working for the company? Explain why do you agree or disagree. Use specific reasons and details to support your answer. IELTS Writing Essay Structure: INTRO: Paraphrase question and state your side / argument. PARAGRAPH IDEA 1: Very bad idea to have life time permanence- almost zero incentive to improve, Not fair to employee because the company may pledge allegiance to the company but then the company relocates to Asia. Horrible. PARAGRAPH IDEA 2: The employee may become a burden for the company. Employee may become a cost that damages the company, lots of companies suffer because contractual arrangements made in boom times. British Airways is a perfect example of expensive pension contracts made, only for the entire industry to change and render the contracts a massive headache. CONCLUSION Freedom should be given for employees to “cherry pick” their career destiny. Cherry Pick your Best Ideas Topic and Answer: Gender issues (Career) Some people think women should be given equal chances to work and excel in their careers. Others believe that a woman’s role should be limited to taking care of the house and children. Which opinion do you agree with and why? Include specific details and examples to support your choice PARAGRAPH IDEA 1: Women should of course be given equal rights to perform to the best of their ability (good collocation) in the market place Generous provisions and allowances should be made into law to encourage this behaviour and allow females to also fairly take time out from the career ladder to pursue a family. PARAGRAPH IDEA 2: another good reason why I think the first point: Making legal structures to facilitate this transition would not only help to improve the worker’s happiness and wellbeing but also improve the health of society as a whole. Japan has a rather bleak future due to the low fertility rate, perhaps this kind of future could be avoided with more generous legislation. Conclusion Definitely should pursue a career and definitely fulfil the traditional family role also. Government should help make both objectives possible. Topic and Answer: Technology Do you think that technological advancement has brought more harm than good? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer. What technologies did you use to help you in your studies? Describe how it has helped you. Use specific reasons and details to support your answer. With the latest technological advancements, dating is now possible online. Would you recommend online dating for your single friends? What are the advantages and disadvantages of online dating? Site some examples to support your answer. In the developed world, technological progress is increasing. What problems will this cause for individuals and society? Suggest some measures that could be taken to reduce the impact of radical technological advancements. At the present time, artificial intelligence of some technologies is advancing rapidly, especially in the driving sector. Do the advantages of this situation outweigh the disadvantages? Films and computer games which contain violence are very popular. Some people believe they have a negative effect on society and so should be banned. Other people, however, say they are just harmless and help people to relax. Discuss both these points of view and give your own opinion. Ideas for body paragraph 1 Some people believe they have a negative effect on society and so should be banned. – No strong scientific study – Present globally but clearly only the US has issues regarding gun violence. – Banning usually has the direct opposite of its intentions Ideas for body paragraph 2 …harmless and help people to relax. – Playing with toy guns never seemed to be a problem, these are a modern interpretation of toy guns – With every new development of a generation the older generation is usually worried… EG This happened with the Beatles, with heavy metal and Us hip hop.. These days, mobile phones and the internet are very important to the ways in which people relate to one another socially. Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages? Paragraph 1 It is more advantageous to relate socially to others via the phone Possible to give more frequent contact and support Possible to find others similar to you, useful for those with obscure or specialist interests Paragraph 2 Disadvantages Cyber bullying is becoming a realty Teenagers becoming addicted to phones, even labeled screenagers Phenomenon called instagram realty which shows the real life pictures without the filters… . For the full podcast, click here Topic and Answer: Health Many doctors say that people in today’s world do not do enough physical exercise. What do you think are the causes of this? What solutions are there to this problem? Ideas for body paragraph 1 Cause of not doing enough physical exercise – Joke: no natural predators nowadays, nature would have solved this problem,… in the past wild animals would have eliminated those out of shape…. JOKE – Sedentary lifestyle in the office – Lack of time for sport in a lot of modern lifestyles (40h / week + commuting etc) What solutions are there to this problem? – Media campaigns by the government – Tax or financial incentives EG In Tokyo …… Topic and Answer: Society Weddings are more expensive in many countries nowadays when compared to the past. What is the reason behind this? Is this a positive or a negative development? Paragraph 1 Reason behind this is probably social media Vapid attempts at self promotion and “keeping up with the joneses”. Now it can be really publicised Ideas here need to be organised a little before starting the essay. Paragraph 2 Definitely a negative development Although it’s a memorable day and should be cherished – fact is, large amounts of cash are being spent, Most families have a considerable financial mountain ahead – babies, mortgage, etc For the full podcast, click here Sample IELTS Vocab Ebook Quick presentation on the Topics and Answers Soundcloud Playlist l The post IELTS Writing Topics with Ideas and Answers (Task 2) appeared first on IELTS Podcast.
Rank #2: Language Tips from a Polyglot EX-IELTS Examiner. In this episode I chat with Olly Richards from (I Will Teach You A Language.com). Olly has learnt 8 languages, from Spanish to Chinese. Before his current project he was an IELTS examiner. Olly shares: -His unique way of teaching languages -Why it’s very effective, and how it can be applied to learning English (faster and better!). -Why the current language teaching system is broke! And then we talk about IELTS!!!! -where most students lost points in the IELTS exam -how examiners are trained -what the examiner expects from you You can download or listen to the audio version here: |Direct Download Here | Stitcher | iTunes | Spotify | Soundcloud | Transcript | The post Language Tips from a Polyglot EX-IELTS Examiner appeared first on IELTS Podcast.
Rank #1: 036 – Daily Rituals 1 – Real English Conversations. INTRODUCTION Hi English learners! Lori here, your teacher from Betteratenglish.com. In this episode of Real English Conversations, you’ll hear me talking to Kyla, a fellow musician. We met up to talk about a book that we both really like. It’s called Daily Rituals, and was written by Mason Currey. But as it turned out, Kyla […] The post 036 – Daily Rituals 1 – Real English Conversations appeared first on Better at English. © 2017 Lori Linstruth
Rank #2: Real English Conversation: junk food (part 1 of 3). In the first of this three-part conversation, Lori and Michael talk about junk food and television advertising. In a nutshell, they don't like it. The post Real English Conversation: junk food (part 1 of 3) appeared first on Better at English. © 2017 Lori Linstruth
Rank #1: To go around the houses. Feifei wants to borrow Rob's car but she takes a long time getting to the point. Find out why Rob tells her not to go around the houses. And why doesn't Rob want her to drive his car?
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Rank #1: Simplified Speech #065 – Little Mermaid controversy. Recently, there have been quite a few posts popping up on social media about the new live-action Little Mermaid movie set to release sometime in the next few years. This movie is getting a lot of media coverage due to Disney’s decision to cast 19-year-old Halle Bailey as the main character, Ariel. Listen to Andrew and Kassy discuss the issue in this week’s episode of Simplified Speech. Fun factsThe Little Mermaid movie made by Disney is roughly based on the Danish fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. The Little Mermaid was an amazing success and kicked off the renaissance of Disney’s children’s films, with successful movies such as Aladdin, Mulan, and Beauty and the Beast quickly following.Expressions included in the study guideOn the right page/same pageBubblyZero problemTo get one’s nose bent out of shapeHaterTo cross one’s fingersCredit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo: Nsey Benajah (Unsplash.com)
Rank #2: Chatterbox #205 – Conspiracy theories. In this episode, Morag and Andrew share their thoughts on popular conspiracy theories. You may agree or disagree with some of these, but you will surely learn some new words! Fun facts NASA scientists say that the US flag planted on the moon should still be standing, although you probably wouldn’t find colour on it.Read More
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