Monday, 28 October 2013

In Memory of Rock Legend, Lou Reed

American rock legend Lou Reed died at age 71 yesterday.

Have you heard of him? Here's one of his most popular songs, which I remember from my youth!

http://www.youtube.com/watch v=QYEC4TZsy-Y



"Perfect Day"

Songwriters: JAMES, TIM / ARMATO, ANTONINA

Just a perfect day
drink Sangria in the park
And then later
when it gets dark, we go home

Just a perfect day
feed animals in the zoo
Then later
a movie, too, and then home

Oh, it's such a perfect day
I'm glad I spend it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

Just a perfect day
problems all left alone
Weekenders on our own
it's such fun

Just a perfect day
you made me forget myself
I thought I was
someone else, someone good

Oh, it's such a perfect day
I'm glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

You're going to reap just what you sow
You're going to reap just what you sow
You're going to reap just what you sow
You're going to reap just what you sow

(Lyrics from http://www.lyricsfreak.com/ )

Read more about Lou Reed and his musical influence here:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2013/10/27/240841092/what-lou-reed-taught-me


Saturday, 26 October 2013

IELTS Speaking Test - Intensive Preparation Package

IELTS Speaking Test - Intensive Preparation Package: 5 classes for $225 (prepaid)

Intensive program for candidates aiming to lift their spoken English to the next level in the IELTS test - see more at http://www.englishteachinglive.com/

Monday, 21 October 2013

Announcement of Next Live Chat Session ~ IELTS USA Experts

"If you’re thinking about studying in the USA make sure you join us for our ‘ASK THE EXPERTS’ live chat session here on the page on Friday 25 October at 15.30-16.30 BST (British Summer Time).
Experts from IELTS USA will be here to answer your questions so make sure you join us.
Find out the time of the session where you are: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ "

Go to the "IELTS Official" page on Facebook to join the chat: https://www.facebook.com/IELTSOfficial .

(Information from IELTS Official Facebook Page)

Sunday, 13 October 2013

IELTS News: High Tech ID Verification Measures Introduced

"IELTS, the International English Language Testing System and the world’s most popular English language test for higher education, has introduced biometric measures – including finger scans – to verify the identity of test takers."

According to IELTS, "the new security protocols incorporated finger scans in jurisdictions where this was permitted, along with high resolution photography."

For more details, go to http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2013101111554962

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Understanding Basic Patterns of Intonation in English

Here's link to a good, clear summary of the way some basic intonation patterns are used in English:

http://reallifebh.com/intonation-the-secret-ingredient-to-great-pronunciation-with-audio

You can use the audio which accompanies the article to hear, and practise, the examples.

Note: these are just some of the ways intonation is used in English. However, if you can begin to use these patterns correctly in your own speech, you're off to a very good start.