Improve Your IELTS Speaking Skills

Volume and Voice Control

Here is a basic tip to improve your communication in English: Speak louder! A loud voice not only helps people to hear the words you’re saying, it also sends a message of confidence.

Sometimes when you learn a new language, you worry about making mistakes, so your voice is not confident. Don’t worry so much; it’s expected to make mistakes! Speak up! Your conversation partners will be able to hear you better, which is a requirement for understanding.


Challenging Sounds: R vs. L

For some English learners, it is difficult to tell the difference between the “R” sound and the “L” sound in English. Unfortunately for those people, the sounds are important to differentiate. In some cases, mispronouncing the sounds can result in misunderstanding!

In many examples, R or L change the meaning of a word. For example: collect/correct. I’m sure you can understand when you see the whole phrase. For example, “I co**ect stamps.” or “Your answer is co**ect.” You can guess, and you’ll probably be right.


Challenging Sounds: P vs. B

For some English language learners, the “P” and “B” sounds are difficult to produce. Let’s take a look at the differences and do some practice!

B and P are both bilabial plosive sounds, which means they are made by putting your lips together, then force air out of your mouth and open your mouth.


Common Sentence Structure for IELTS Writing and Speaking

Sentences provide us with the framework for the clear written expression of our ideas. Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this article, we are going to review the most common types of sentences found in English language writing, and how to determine the right ones to use for your essay.