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Akademisches und Allgemeines IELTS – Was ist der Unterschied?

Es gibt zwei Versionen der IELTS-Prüfung: Akademisches und Allgemeines. Hier ist ein kurzer Guide zu den Unterschieden (und Ähnlichkeiten) zwischen den beiden Arten 

Beide Versionen der IELTS-Prüfung bestehen aus vier Abschnitten: „Hören“, „Lesen“, „Schreiben“ und „Sprechen. Die Abschnitte Hören und Sprechen sind in beiden Versionen gleich, Die Abschnitte Lesen und Schreiben sind  jedoch unterschiedlich.  

In beiden Versionen hören Sie im Bereich Hören insgesamt vier Monologe und Gespräche und beantworten dazu eine Vielzahl unterschiedlicher Fragen. Sie werden die Aufnahme nur einmal hören und der Test dauert ca. dreißig Minuten.  

In beiden Versionen beantworten Sie im Bereich Sprechen Fragen zu vertrauten Themen. Sprechen anschließend ein bis zwei Minuten lang kontinuierlich über das Thema und beantworten Fragen zu abstrakteren Themen. Die Sprechprüfung findet individuell mit einem Prüfer statt. Sie ist elf bis vierzehn Minuten lang.  

Für Academic Reading lesen Sie drei längere Texte und beantworten eine Vielzahl von Fragen dazu. Die Texte sind eher akademischer Natur. Sie haben eine Stunde Zeit, um den Test abzuschließen.  

Für General Reading lesen Sie ebenfalls drei Texte und beantworten eine Vielzahl von Fragen zu diesen. Allerdings beziehen sich diese Texte mehr auf arbeitsrelevante Themen und allgemeine Interessen. Dieser Test dauert ebenfalls dreißig Minuten.  

Für Academic Writing schreiben Sie zwei TexteDer erste ist eine Zusammenfassung der Informationen. Möglicherweise werden Sie aufgefordert, Informationen aus einem Diagrammeiner Grafik oder einer Tabelle zusammenzufassen, welche einen Prozess, ObjekteKarten oder Pläne zeigen könnenDer zweite Text soll ein Aufsatz sein. Sie haben insgesamt eine Stunde Zeit für beide Schreibaufgaben.  

Für General Writing müssen Sie auch zwei Texte verfassen. Die erste Aufgabe ist ein Brief und die zweite Aufgabe ist ein Aufsatz. Die Dauer der Prüfung beträgt auch hier insgesamt eine Stunde für beide Schreibaufgaben.  

Jetzt wissen Sie etwas mehr über die Unterschiede und die Ähnlichkeiten zwischen Akademischem und Allgemeinem IELTS.  

 

English version:

Academic or General IELTS?

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ESPECULAR SOBRE LAS FOTOS EN LOS EXÁMENES DE EXPRESIÓN ORAL

¿Te preguntas qué decir cuando tienes que hablar de fotos en tu examen de expresión oral? Especular es la respuesta. “Pero ¿qué es especular y cómo lo hago?” Te oigo preguntar. Sigue leyendo para obtener la respuesta. 

Especular es cuando adivinas algo basado en la evidencia, y usar modales de especulación es una gran manera de especular. Aquí tienes algunos ejemplos: 

 

 

I think hmust be happy because he’s smiling. 

 

Aquí usamos must + bare / base infinitive para mostrar que estás casi completamente seguro de que algo es verdad. 

 

He’s looking at a website, so he could be looking for another job. 

 

Aquí temenos could + be + ing para mostrar posibilidad. 

 

He looks injured. I reckon he might have broken his leg. 

 

Aquí usamos might + have + past participle para mostrar posibilidad. 

 

She seems tired, so I think she may have been working very hard today. 

 

Aquí temenos may + have + been + ing para mostrar posibilidad 

 

También podemos usar can’t para mostrar que estás casi completamente seguro de que algo no es cierto, por ejemplo: 

 

She can’t have slept enough last night because she looks tired. 

 

Los dos primeros ejemplos son sobre el presente. Si estás haciendo el examen B2 First, puedes impresionar a los examinadores usando modales de especulación en el presente. 

 

Los últimos tres ejemplos son sobre el pasado. Si estás realizando el examen C1 Advanced, puedes impresionar a los examinadores utilizando modales de especulación del pasado. 

 

Por lo tanto, no te quedes sin palabras cuando tengas que hablar de fotos en tu examen de expresión oral. Especula basado en lo que puedes ver y usa modales de especulación para hacerlo. 

 

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What’s going on with British weather?

If you’ve been living in the UK for even a short time, you’ll know that the weather is very changeable – sometimes we get four seasons in one day! Whether it’s chucking it down, or we’re having a heat wave, you should be prepared – never leave the house without an umbrella and sunglasses!

But why is the weather so unpredictable? Well, geographically, the UK sits between warm air coming from the topics and cold air from the polar regions. When the two types of air meet, the atmosphere can change very quickly, from mild to freezing in just one day.

This is one of the reasons that we love to talk about the weather so much – there’s always something new to say!

Four seasons in one day – when we experience many different types of weather in a short period of time

It’s chucking it down – it’s raining a lot (informal)

A heat wave – a short period of surprisingly hot weather

Mild ­– not cold (especially after a period when it’s been very cold)

Freezing – very cold

If you want to find out more, watch this fascinating video from the BBC:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science-environment-17223307/why-is-british-weather-so-unpredictable

 

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WHY ENGLISH CAN BE HARD

English can be difficult because sometimes words with the same spelling can have different meanings and / or pronunciations.

Here are some examples for you to try to figure out:

  • The bandage was wound around the wound.
  • The farm was cultivated to produce produce.
  • The dump was so full that the workers had to refuse more refuse.
  • We must polish the Polish furniture.
  • The soldier decided to desert his tasty dessert in the desert.
  • Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present to his girlfriend.
  • A bass was painted on the bass drum.
  • I did not object to the object which he showed me.
  • The insurance was invalid for the invalid in his hospital bed.
  • There was a row among the oarsmen about who would row.
  • They were too close to the door to close it.
  • The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  • A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer.
  • To help with planting, a farmer taught his sow to sow.
  • The wind was too strong to wind the sail around the mast.
  • Upon seeing the tear in her painting, she shed a tear.
  • I has to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  • How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
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IDIOMS – ANSWERS

Here are the meanings of the idioms featured in our last blog post:

to beat about the bush:

  • to avoid the main issue; to not speak directly about a topic
  • Stop beating about the bush and get to the point!

a bed of roses:

  • an easy, comfortable situation
  • Living with my ex-husband was no bed of roses.

to bite off more than you can chew:

  • to take on a task that is bigger than you can really manage
  • My wife certainly bit off more than she could chew when she decided to cook for a dinner party of sixteen people.

to call it a day:

  • to stop working on a task
  • We can continue working on this tomorrow, but let’s call it a day for now.

cat nap:

  • to go to sleep for a short time
  • I’m just going for a cat nap now. See you in about half an hour.
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THE EASIEST LANGUAGES TO LEARN

Mastered English? Then these languages should be a breeze. Here are the six easiest languages for English-speakers to learn:

Dutch

The sixth easiest language for English-speakers to learn is Dutch. Many Dutch words are written the same as English ones – but be careful as the pronunciation can be different.

Portuguese

Portuguese also shares many words with English but watch out for false friends!

Indonesian

Indonesian is one of the few Asian language that shares the same alphabet as English. A lot of the pronunciation matches the written form too.

Italian

Some Italian words are similar to English. English has also stolen a lot of Italian food words, so if you know these words in English, you know them in Italian too.

French

There are a lot of shared words in English and French as the languages have influenced each other throughout history.

Swahili

The easiest language for English-speakers to learn is Swahili. Swahili has very straightforward pronunciation and grammar, and it has also borrowed some words from English.

So, now you know English, which language will you learn next?

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5 reasons to learn English!

Five of the most important reasons to learn English:

  1. English is one of the most widely spoken languages

One in five people in the world can speak or at least understand English. English is one of the official or main spoken languages in more than 50 countries.

  1. English will make you more desirable to employers

An important reason to learn English is for your career. You will feel more comfortable to speaking English, even with native speakers and earn your manager’s respect.

  1. English improves your memory and keeps your brain engaged

There is some evidence that suggests being bilingual can protect your brain as you get older.

  1. English is the language of the Internet

Many Websites are written in English- you will be able to understand them and to take part in forums & discussions

  1. Because it’s fun!

By learning English, you will also learn about other cultures. Few experiences will make you grow as a person more than learning the values, habits and way of life in a culture that is different from yours.

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THE MOST DIFFICULT LANGUAGES TO LEARN

You might have thought English was hard, but, apparently, these are the six most difficult languages to learn.

Mandarin

Mandarin had thousands of special characters and four tones.

Arabic

Arabic has 28 script letters and sounds that do not exist in some other languages.

Polish

Polish spelling uses a lot of consonants, which makes writing and pronunciation hard.

Russian

Russian uses the Cyrillic alphabet. If your language uses the Roman alphabet (like English), this can be difficult because some of the letters look the same, but the pronunciation is different.

Turkish

In Turkish prefixes and suffixes are added to words in order to change their meaning or show direction.

Danish

Written Danish is often very different to its pronunciation.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT INFORMATION IN SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton has a varied number of Bus Operators, Coaches, Trains and Ferries; giving you a big range of options to travel around town and from the city. Passes and tickets are not interchangeable between the buses of different companies, the best thing to do is to plan your journey in advance online.

Southampton is also a bike friendly city with plenty on offer for cyclists with cycle lanes along congested routes, advanced stop lines at busy road junctions and shared use lanes for cyclists and pedestrians.

Bus Operators: Blue Star, City Red and First Solent, Salisbury Reds, Uni-Link, Wheelers Travel and Xelabus.

There are also Coaches operating from town: Mega Bus, Travel Express.

Rail Operators: National Rail Enquiries, Cross Country, Great Western Railway, Southern and South Western Railway.

Ferry Operators: Hythe Ferry and Funnel Ferries.

Ticket options: Cash, Online tickets, Contactless payments, mTickets, PlusBus, Solent Go, Touch Card, Apps

Blue Star: http://www.bluestarbus.co.uk/page.shtml?pageid=788

Ticket for City Reds and more details: https://www.firstgroup.com/southampton/tickets/ticket-prices

Unilink: https://www.unilinkbus.co.uk/fares-and-tickets

For more information and updates can be found on the Council website: https://www.southampton.gov.uk/roads-parking/travel/

Journey Planner and Live Rail Departures you can access: https://myjourneysouthampton.com/

Public Transport Map: https://www.southampton.gov.uk/images/southampton-public-transport-map-aprill-2018-final_tcm63-365520.pdf

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MUSEUMS & EVENTS

SeaCity Museum

The exhibition shows the live of the families affected by the Titanic that left the port in Southampton in 1912.

The SeaCity Museum is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm, including Bank Holidays.

Last entry at 4pm. Adult tickets £8.50, children £6.00, ticket is free for under 5’s.

Solent Sky Museum

Solent Sky is Southampton’s Aviation Museum giving a home to over 20 aircrafts from the golden age of aviation including the fighting Submarine Spitfire, Short Sandringham flying boat, as well as racing planes.

Solent Sky is also the home of the Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Collection.

The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm (last entry at 4pm), with tickets: £8 adult, £5.50 children and family tickets: £18

Southampton City Art Gallery

Showing high-quality exhibitions of paintings, drawing, sculptures, photography and even film, the gallery holds an internationally important collection of over 5,300 works of art, and displays are changed regularly ensuring new experiences every time.

Accommodating around 100 people Southampton City Art Gallery can be hired for events such as weddings, drinks receptions, business events and more. And the best: it has free entrance!

Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

The only steam driven brickworks in the UK. Opens three days a week to conserve its fragile structure. The heart of the collection is the original brick making machinery, steam engine and related smaller equipment once used at Bursledon Brickworks. The steam engine and machinery were restored about 20 years ago and are operated on special events.

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