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TOEFL Writing: Types of Essay and Samples

In TOEFL-iBT Writing section for Independent task, the test taker is expected to write an essay in response to a question that asks to state, explain, and support the test taker’s opinion on an issue. The time limit is 30 minutes. An effective essay will have at least 300 words. The test taker needs to […]

Use of Comma Exercise

Practice your knowledge on using comma (,) in the following sentences. Check rules of comma to know when to use comma. Start here: 1. Having thought of a great idea Michael runs to his mother. 2. The puppy is cute but smelly. 3. Today the sun is shining brightly. 4. The diet which was introduced by Dr. Holts […]

Uses of Comma

Punctuation is an important aspect of writing. Many, even native English speakers, do not know when to use comma in writing. Here are the rules on how to use comma (,) in sentences.  1. Use commas between lists of three or more.  Example: My mother bought cake, balloons, candies, and chocolates for the party. 2. Use […]

What is TOEFL iBT

The TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language – internet Based Test) is a test to measure the English proficiency and skills of a nonnative speaker of English. This test is usuallly required by colleges and universities as well as companies and scholarship programs. The TOEFL iBT has four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, […]

Regular Past Verbs Pronunciation /t/ or /d/ or /-ed/

I usually notice  from my students the pronunciation errors of the regular past verbs. The error is normally on the last syllable of the verb like “talked” pronounced as /to-ked/ instead of /tokt/ or “robbed” as /rob-bed/ instead of /robd/.  So, I decided to post some of the rules on pronunciation for regular past verbs. Regular […]

Writing Practice: What’s Next – A Swedish Tale Part 3

This is the last part of  “What’s Next writing practice with A Swedish Tale”. For the first and second parts, please click HERE and HERE. Did you write the continuation of the story? Now, let’s check if you got it correctly, or if your version is much better. “Hurry! Use your last wish to get it […]

Writing Practice: What’s Next – A Swedish Tale Part 2

Let’s continue our What’s Next writing practice with A Swedish Tale, now with the second part. For the first part, please click HERE. Did you write the continuation of the story? Now, let’s check if you got it correctly, or if your version is much better. “I wish I had a big fat sausage to […]

Vocabulary: Name This

This vocabulary exercise is for beginners level. Building vocabulary through pictures is one of the best ways to improve vocabulary skills. So, when I saw this in one of the ebooks I had, I thought that it would be a good vocabulary exercise. What you need to do: Name the things found in the picture. […]

Dictation: Airport Announcement

For our another listening practice, let’s listen to an airport announcement. Listen carefully on the announcement and complete the text below. Listen to the announcement: Complete the text: Paging __________ passenger Kim. Mr. Chang Soo Kim. Mr. Kim, please come to the ticket counter of _______________________ or pick up one of the ______________________ located throughout […]