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IELTS Idea: Pets | Intro

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Topik yang akan saya sharing kali ini tentang PETS. Topik ini bisa dikatakan tidak begitu sulit, dan juga tidak begitu gampang, dikarenakan orang Indonesia sudah terbiasa dengan Hewan Peliharaan. Seperti apa pertanyaan yang kira-kira akan muncul pada topik IELTS tentang PETS ? berikut saya share prediksi pertanyaan beserta ide-ide yang dapat digunakan untuk menjawab pertanyaan ini.

1/ Do you keep a pet?

Reasons to keep pets:
-          Keeping pets is a great way to improve my mood
-          They give people unconditional love and are always faithful
-          They are an antidote for loneliness
-          They are known to reduce stress and anxiety levels
-          They are excellent companions
-          They teach people how to nurture, communicate and build a trusted bond
-          They prevent boredom
-          They provide entertainment
-          They bring the attachment and fun

-          I don’t like animals
-          I am allergic to pets with fur
-          I often travel on business and can’t provide with necessary care

2/ What is your favorite animal?
A dog
My favorite animals are dogs because they:

-          Are super smart
-          Are loyal
-          Are devoted
-          Are the perfect doorbell and security system
-          Make people happier
-          Make people active
-          Make people laugh
-          Love people unconditionally

A cat
I love cats because they:
-          Are cute
-          Are playful and agile
-          Are fun
-          Are easy to care for
-          Are independent

A python
I love pythons because they:
-          Are exotic
-          Are fascinating
-          Are easy to tame and handle
-          Are extremely easy to take care of
-          Don’t need very much attention from their owners

A hamster:
 I like hamsters because they:
-          Are cute, small and fury
-          Are self-content
-          Are friendly
-          Love to be cuddled
-          Are very simple to look after

A guinea pig:
My favorite animals are guinea pigs:
-          Are very friendly
-          Are easy to care for
-          Are not destructive
-          Don’t require a lot of commitment

3/ Do you like watching animals in the zoo?
I like watching animals in the zoo because:
-          It’s a chance for me to observe wildlife I may otherwise never see
-          It’s very soothing
-          It’s a good rest for me
-          It’s enjoyable
-          It’s a perfect break from the hustle and bustle of the city
-          It’s a great way to relax and recharge batteries
-          It helps me to collect my thoughts
-          It’s a way for me to spend time in peace and silence

I don’t like watching animals in the zoo because:
-          I don’t like zoos for causing great suffering and stress to the captive animals.

4/ Is it important to let children know about animals?
It is important to let children know about the animals as animals can teach children:
-          Responsibility
-          To read body language which they can then caddy over to their human interactions as well
-          To feel empathy
-          To express feelings of love, compassion, caring and concern
-          Important social behaviors models such as respecting elders, being nice to neighbors, helping each other out and others

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IELTS Ideas: Best Friend | Cue Card

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Beberapa peserta IELTS mengalami kesulitan menjawab pertanyaan speaking part 2. Boleh jadi mereka terkendala akan pembendaharaan kosa kata. Selain itu, ide juga berperan penting dalam menyusun jawaban. 

Dalam sesi kali ini, saya akan membagi beberapa kosa kata dan ide yang dapat digunakan pada topik Best Friend pada sesi speaking part 2 IELTS

Cue Card: Best Friend 

Describe one of your best friends:

You should say:
  • how you first met
  • how long you’ve been friends
  • what you used to do to together
  • explain why you like this person

1/ How did you first meet?

Where met:
at work/ at fitness centre/ in a swimming pool/ in a sports club/ in a locker room/ attended the same hobby classes/ in a social network/ in a chatroom/ online/ on a dating site/ during a social event/ in a book club or book store/ at a cafe or night club/ at a private party/ in a park/ during a cultural party/ at a seminar/ at  self-improvement club/ at a public speaking club/ at a singles club or event/ during a contest or tournament/ in a quest room

How became friends:
  • had to work in a team
  • once started a conversation
  • sometimes made small talk
  • once initiated a get-together
  • attended an English learning course
  • attended the same classes
  • walked dogs together for a long time
  • exchanged telephone numbers
  • we hit it off fast
  • first, I didnt like them at all, but later we became inseparable friends
  • I hated them for a good year
  • it was inevitable that we became best friends
  • we almost immediately became best friends

2/ How long have you been friends?
  • next year we’ll have been friends for X years
  • we’ve been friends for X years now
  • we’ve been friends since X

3/ What did you like to do with this person?

Play computer games/ go out/ hang out/ travel/ speak on the phone/ go shopping/ go to concerts/ go to the cinema/ go to cafes and restaurants/ play bowling/ have a small get-together/ sit around and talk/ walk in the park/ it doesnt really matter what we do as long as we are together

4/ Why is he or she your best friend?
  • be on the same wavelength
  • have a lot in common
  • be so much alike
  • enjoy my friend’s company
  • share special moments
  • laugh at the same jokes
  • trust this person
  • can always rely on my best friend
  • get problems off my chest
  • have a good time together
  • confide in this person
  • tell my friend all my secrets
  • ask for advice
  • we are always there for one another
  • will support me no matter what
  • supports when times are hard
  • insult each other in a playful way without either of use feeling offended
  • will not deliberately hurt my feelings
  • has qualities that are in short supply nowadays
  • never judges me

Salah satu topik pembahasan IELTS Speaking di program IELTS Masterclass English Studio Kampung Inggris Pare. 

- Eddy Suaib, Pengajar IELTS English Studio Kampung Inggris Pare, Kediri, Indonesia

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IELTS Ideas: Money | Follow-up

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Alhamdulillah, akhirnya bisa juga membagi materi IELTS speaking ini via blog IELTS Kampung Inggris Pare.

Materi ini diajarkan di program Masterclass C2 Band 7+ English Studio Kampung Inggris Pare. Tepatnya pada kelas IELTS Speaking Feedback.

1/ What can parents do to teach children save money?
- tell children what if they really want something they should wait and save to buy it
- introduce children to saving by showing its advantages
- tell children that it’s important to plan purchases before going shopping
- give children some money and let them choose what to spend it on
- explain that money doesn’t grow on trees and parents have to work to earn it.
- teach children to keep track of their money putting down their expenses in a notebook.

2/ Why do young people tend to waste money?
- young people tend to keep up with the fashion trend in order to attract attention, and name brands are very expensive
- there is always competition among young people and they are to waste to be better than others.
- to reflect their personality and express their individuality.
- young people tend to spend money out of an emotional reason

3/ Do schools in your country teach anything about finances?
- the ins and out finances
- money management skills
- how to make decisions about financial products and services
- how investments can benefit from compounded growth
- how to avoid debt
- school teachers might not have the skillset to teach finance
- there are not enough teachers who have the expertise to teach finance
- school think that financial knowledge isn’t useful until students are ready to use it
- School think that there are more important subjects than financial literacy.

4/ What kind of things do people like to buy in our country?
- product that makes or saves money such as energy saving power strips, energy saving socket power timers, water filter systems portable space heaters, LED bulbs, water saving toilet valves, rain barrels, solar powered devices.
- Products that make life healthy and comfortable such as vitamins and supplements, personal care products (cosmetics, shampoo, hair conditioners, shower gels, body moisturizers, hand washes), candles, drapery, lighting , photo frames, bed wedges, bean bad chairs, kitchen equipment (microwave ovens, dishwashers), furniture, cars.
- Products that save time and effort such as kitchen stuff, (blenders, grinders, food choppers, cheese slicers, juicers), gadgets (smartphone, GPS unit, Personal Digital Assistants, electronic calculators, portable scanners)
- Products that improve knowledge and develop life skills, such as books, attending seminars, coaching, IELTS online couses.

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Cara Sukses Menjawab Line Graph (Waste) IELTS Writing Task 1

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Sebagai Contributor Essay Forum, tiap hari saya membaca tulisan siswa yang masuk ke forum ini. Dan tiba saatnya satu esai IELTS task 1 tentang Waste Graph yang menarik perhatian saya yang kemudian akan dibahas di blog kali ini. 

Berikut judul dan gambar dari grafiknya  :
The graph below shows the amounts of waste produced by three companies over a period of 15 years.

Hal pertama yang wajib kamu lakukan adalah dengan mengelompokan trend yang ada. 

Kali ini saya akan mengelompokan Company A dan B menjadi satu bagian paragraf yang sama, karena menunjukkan trend yang “menurun”, lalu Company C akan saya bahas di paragraf isi berikutnya.

Tapi sebelum menulis paragraf isi, kamu wajib membuat “Overview” yang menggambarkan trend grafik secara keseluruhan. Overview dapat kamu tempatkan di awal paragraf bersamaan dengan kalimat pembuka ataupun di paragraf akhir.

Berikut contoh yang saya buat:

Kalimat Pembuka:
This graph presents tonnes of waste produced in three different companies for every five years, from 2000 to 2015. 

Kalimat Overview:
The amounts of waste created from Company A and B 
showed dramatic decreases. This contrasted to the waste product of the Company C increasing gradually.

Paragraf isi 1:
After reaching a high of 12 tonnes in the first year, the amount of waste produced by Company A continued to decline dramatically to the 2000 company's B figure. As it can be seen in the Company B, the amount of waste generated rose gradually to 10 tonnes in 2005, but the converse would be true for the subsequent years and then hitting a low of 3 tonnes over the ten-year period.

Paragraf isi 2:
Although company C was close behind when it came to waste product in the 2000, this trend showed an upward trend from 4 to 6 tonnes in first 5 years and then continuously rose to overtake the figures for Company A and C in years of 2010 onwards. 

Jika digabungkan, isi keseluruhan esai sebagai berikut: 
This graph presents tonnes of waste produced in three different companies for every five years, from 2000 to 2015. The amounts of waste created from Company A and B showed dramatic decreases. This contrasted to the waste product of the Company C increasing gradually. 
After reaching a high of 12 tonnes in the first year, the amount of waste produced by Company A continued to decline dramatically to the 2000 company's B figure. As it can be seen in the Company B, the amount of waste generated rose gradually to 10 tonnes in 2005, but the converse would be true for the subsequent years and then hitting a low of 3 tonnes over the ten-year period. 
 Although Company C was close behind when it came to waste product in the 2000, this trend showed an upward trend from 4 to 6 tonnes in first 5 years and then continuously rose to overtake the figures for Company A and C in years of 2010 onwards. 
Oke, sementara itu skil IELTS yang saya share kali ini. Semoga dapat membantu meningkatkan pengetahuan kamu tentang IELTS Writing task 1, khususnya Line Graph. 

Bagi kamu yang ingin belajar IELTS Online secara Gratis, silahkan bergabung di Group Facebook kami di sini
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Cara menjawab soal IELTS Writing task 1 ala Kampung Inggris Pare (with a score of 7+)

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Banyak jalan menuju Roma. Hal ini juga berlaku dalam penulisan Writing Report Task 1 pada perolehan skor 7+.

Salah satu cara yang paling cepat dan mudah digunakan dalam penyusunan report writing task 1 adalah dengan membagi paragraf berdasarkan tahun. Contohnya sebagai berikut:

Body Paragraph 1
  • 1900 and 1950
  • Key Features: Agriculture = the highest vs the lowest one = Business and Financial. 
Berikut contoh kalimat yang saya buat: 
The figure for the Agriculture sector in the UK economy accounted for 48% in the initial year. This continued to rise slightly in the 1950 year. The contribution made by the other sectors: Business and Financial was very low, although this showed a slight rise from 1900 to 1950, between 3% and 8%, an increase of 5% in a 50-year period. This contrasted to the sector of Manufacturing experiencing a downward trend to 40% in the second year.          
Body Paragraph 2
  • 1975 and 2000
  • Key Features: Decrease for manufacturing and agriculture vs Business and Financial = increase
Berikut contoh kalimat yang saya buat: 
1975 to 2000 saw downwards in the Manufacturing sector at 18% followed by the trend for Agriculture coming last in the eventual year, at almost 1%, and those contributed the small percentages. The reverse appeared to be true for the importance of Business and Financial increasing to the 1975 year Manufacturing’s sector in 2000 and therefore this became the most important sector from all described on the graph.
Saya sengaja tidak menuliskan Introduction and Overview, karena saya memberikan Anda kesempatan untuk melakukan itu. 

Jika Anda telah menyelesaikan penulisan Introduction and Overview, atau Anda memiliki cara lain dalam menyusun paragraf isi (body paragraphs) yang dapat digunakan dalam menjawab pertanyaan yang disajikan pada sesi Writing Task 1 di atas, silahkan posting jawaban Anda di Group Facebook di sini, dengan senang hati saya akan memberikan feedback terhadap performance Anda.

* Dalam penulisan Introduction, Anda cukup membahasakan ulang dengan bahasa Anda (paraphase) judul yang Ada di atas: The graph below shows the contribution of three sectors-agriculture manufacturing, and business and financial services- to the UK economy in the twentieth century.

** Sesi ini pernah saya ajarkan di Kelas IELTS English Studio Indonesia Kampung Inggris Pare 

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IELTS Test Day Advices

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You have to feel nervous on this day. If you don't, I guess you aren't really normal then :) So here we go. Nervousness will not ever ruin your IELTS score, as long as you can control it. Here are some advices that will make your test day a little bit - maybe much- better.

1. Breakfast. What?? You said you do not feel hungry even tough you haven't have your breakfast? Believe me that your nervousness has made you forget your stomach's sound. Make sure that you EAT YOUR BREAKFAST properly so you will have the strength you need to take almost-4-hours IELTS test. Remember that your test needs your focus and stamina so without eat a good food and drink, how could you do well on your test?

2. Arrive early, so you will have all the time you need. To prepare, and also to take a deep, long breath :) You should arrive early for your IELTS test in order to allow time for you to register and be seated for the test. Please refer to your booking confirmation for details. If you arrive late, you may not be allowed to take the test.

3. Bring your ID. It can be your passport or national ID according to identification that you provided in IELTS application form. If you do not have the correct identification document, you will not be able to take the test.

4. Bring stationery. Pens ? Pencils ? Eraser ? Take the stationery you need to stay comfort on test but not too much.

5. Check-in your personal items. No personal items to be taken into the test room. Test day staff will collect and safely store your personal belongings. Items which are forbidden from the test room include: mobile phones, hand-held computers, cameras, hats, scarves, wallets, books or notes.

6. Listen to test's supervisor carefully. If you have anything to ask, raise your hand.

7. If you have problems during your test, do not hesitate and raise your hand. Remember that your test's supervisor is there to support and assist you.

8. Stay calm. Everybody has their own way to keep calm, there are people that walking around and around to make themselves calm. Some may have to listen to the music for calming down. Do whatever make you calm, but do not disturb the others.


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Guessing Strategy in IELTS

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Unlike other standardized tests, in IELTS, there is no penalty given for getting a wrong answer. When you have no idea about the answer, you can keep trying to answer as it will give you 20 until 25% chance of getting right answer. So, guessing is a thing that could give positive contribution for you as well. However, it should be noted that guessing in IELTS may not be done carelessly. There should be some considerations that are taken to have a meaningful guessing. 

There are some specific guessing techniques that you can apply.
1. Slang
It is better for you to choose an answer which sounds scientific than slang ones. For example,
A. To evaluate the outcomes of the two different kinds of treatment.
B. Because some objects insisted on getting one or the other of the treatments.
As choice A sounds more scientific compared to B whenever you should guess, pick A as the answer.

2. Extreme statements
You should avoid choosing a controversial choice as your answer. Pick an answer which is calm and rational. For example,
A. Abortion should be banned completely.
B. Though it has a lot of benefit, many doctors have suggested their patients not to take abortion as a merely way out for the unwanted pregnancy.
Choice B is better to take than A because it is less controversial. There is another consideration stated in this option as well.

3. Similar answer choices
When you find two answers which are almost the same, there is a big tendency that one of those answers is the right one. For example,
A. Use polyunsaturated cooking oil instead of other cooking oil.
B. Use polyunsaturated cooking oil is not even better than other cooking oil.
These two choices are almost the same, so there is a big opportunity that one of it is the correct answer.

4. Hedging
If you are dealing with a question about the conclusion, you can look for critical ‘hedge’ phrases such as likely, may, can, will, often, generally, mostly sometimes, etc. You could pick the answer which uses one of the above phrases. It will be better for you to avoid answer with phrases such as exactly, and always.

Still, you need to remember that being sure for the answer is always better than putting your selves in a “grey area” by guessing for the answer. But if you really need to guess, then guess in a smart way of guessing.

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What Lies Beyond the First Part of Speaking IELTS

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The first part of speaking test is about introduction and interview. Introduction here means that examiner introduces his or herself to the test taker. Then, he or she asks about test taker’s full name and other general data of the test taker. Test taker needs to answer some basic questions about his or herself.
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Face to Face with Writing IELTS

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There are two tasks that test taker can find in writing test. In the first task, test taker has to write for about 150 words; meanwhile it takes about 250 words in the second task. So, what is the difference?
In the first task, test taker has to show his or her ability in describing some visual information. It can be in the form of graph, table, chart, or diagram. The time given to complete this task is 20 minutes.
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The Importance of Text Analyzis in Reading IELTS

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One form of questions in reading IELTS is multiple choice. The kinds of questions that are given can be various as well. Purpose of the text can also be the question in this part. Have a look at the following example: 
Question 1
Choose the appropriate letter (A-D) and write it in box 1 on your answer sheet.
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Sharpen your skills on IELTS listening test | Part 1

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“Listening is a skill, not a gift”, said Simon Braverman on his book titled Ace the IELTS. Here are some tips to sharpen your skills on IELTS listening taken from the same book. You may find many tips about listening already; assume these as added value for your experience.  
  1. Teach yourself the words. The main point of this is to train your ears to understand the words you hear in the flow of the sentences. You may hear flow of sentences that you could not follow, resulting in misunderstand of the sentences. Train your ears using recording or podcast or even the real audio selections. Use a mp3 player that is small and light so you can bring it wherever you go. Here are some tips while practicing with podcast: 
    • Listen, and remember what you heard and stop the podcast after each phrase. Even if you did not understand, keep play it in your head. 
    • Say it out loud. If you understand the phrase, this practice will improve your pronunciation. If not, break the sentence into words, look at the dictionary, and make sense out of them. You got new vocabularies and your skill to make sense of sentences sure is improving. 
  2. Instruction will keep you safe. Every task in IELTS listening test has its instructions. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. If the instruction states that you have to choose 3 words, choose exactly 3 words, because choose 4 or 2 words will get you 0 score. Moreover, when counting words, “a” or “the” count as a word. 
  3. Divide and concur. The recording in audio selections IELTS divide questions into groups, so every time you are instructed to answer a group of 4-5 questions, there are 20-30 seconds to prepare before each group. 
    • Understand which group of questions you need to answer. Example: “Look at questions 1 to 4”. Take your 20-30 seconds to pay attention and underline the keywords of those questions. Draw a line under the last question (question 4) to prevent your eyes from seeing the other questions. 
    • Answer all the questions while listening to the passage. You can answer one questions while still listening to answer the next questions.   
    • Repeat the process to the next group of questions. In the next article of this series, we will talk about 5 more tips to sharpen listening skill in IELTS. 
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Reference: Ace the IELTS (Simon Braverman)

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IELTS Reading: Improving Reading Score | Part 1

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When we talk about IELTS, it will be also about reading section. This section gives you a big opportunity to increase your overall band score as long as you can manage everything properly. One form of managements itself can be translated as using skimming and scanning techniques. If you have got the basic ideas of these two techniques pretty well, you can ask whether you have got the idea to improve your skimming and scanning ability or not.
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IELTS is the Key to Unlock the World

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IELTS, International English Language Testing System, consists of four modules: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing and takes two hours and 45 minutes to complete. Here are IELTS details:
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What We Should Know about Reading IELTS

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Reading is the second skill tested in IELTS series of test. After finishing listening section, test taker gets 60 minutes to finish three sections in reading IELTS with 13 until 14 questions for each section. A total question in this section is 40. The detail time arrangement for reading IELTS is:

  • 17 minutes on section
  • 20 minutes on section 
  • 23 minutes in section 

In IELTS, test taker has to realize that he or she is going to deal with a three long passages. The passages are taken from academic sources. These passages can be categorized as an advanced text.  These three passages will be given started from the easiest until the most difficult one.

Passages in IELTS reading section are followed by some different kinds of question. There are 11 types of question that test taker meets in completing this section. The lists are:

  1. Multiple choice
  2. Multiple matching
  3. Short-answer
  4. Sentence completion
  5. Tables, diagrams, flow charts
  6. Summary completion
  7. Paragraph headings
  8. Locating information
  9. Identifying writer’s views or claims
  10. Classification
  11. Matching

As test taker can see, there are many kinds of questions that test taker should deal with. Therefore, test taker needs to try each type of question to find out the most difficult type for him or her. Focus exercise on the most difficult type of question will contribute a lot in improving reading IELTS score.

Test taker can also apply another strategy in finishing this section by giving mark on the difficult question, moving from that question then coming back later when he or she has completed all questions. Test taker also needs to prepare some time for correcting his or her works.

In saving more time in doing this section, test taker should do three reading techniques, which should be matched with kind of question test taker are dealing with. The techniques are:

  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Reading for detail

Besides applying the techniques above, test taker could also do some other efforts such as adding his or her bank of vocabulary by reading newspaper, books, and magazines. Test taker could improve his or her skill and speed in reading as well by taking more reading resources, especially from authentic materials.

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