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There are many different types of tests to see how much vocabulary a learner knows, from matching words to pictures to completing gaps. This section will introduce you to the main types of vocabulary tests and will give you advice and practice exercises so you will get top marks in your next test.

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What type of vocabulary tests do you have at school?

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June 22 June, 2013 - 05:28

I'm so sorry. I know this question is not really relevant to this topic. Which is the correct word: Over-expenditure or Overexpenditure?
Thank you very much.

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Jo - Coordinator 22 June, 2013 - 10:55

Hi June. Good question! "Overexpenditure" without a hyphen is correct. As you probably know, the prefix over- is common in English to express the idea of too much of something. We don't need to use a hyphen with these words.

eg. overheating (= something getting too hot), overcrowding (= too many people living in a small space), overexcited (= too excited, often used about children!), overfed (= given too much food)

Hope that helps.

Joanna (LearnEnglish Teens team)

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June 1 July, 2013 - 11:32

Thanks a lot. That helps me very much.
Now I want to study for IELTS. Since in my city there is no big English center, I have to study by myself. Do you know what books are used for IELTS? Besides, I find it too difficult to pronounce English, I mean with the British accent. I only study American-English at school. How can I improve that?
Thanks again.

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JoEditor 1 July, 2013 - 14:24

Hi June,
You can find lots of information and help with the IELTS exam on our LearnEnglish site for adults. Here's the link to the IELTS section: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/ielts You asked about your accent - you don't need to have a British accent. English speakers around the world have all sorts of different accents and in fact there is no one 'British accent' - people from different parts of the country have very different accents. You should aim to speak clearly and present your ideas well, the accent isn't the most important thing.
Best wishes and good luck with your studies!
Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

 

 

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June 2 July, 2013 - 15:21

"You don't need to have a British accent." Are you sure? Because many people say that having a British accent will make the speaking result much better.
I took the entrance exam to high school a few days ago. There was a question that has made me wonder all the time. What is the response to this: "Thanks for helping me": No problem OR It's my pleasure?
I'm sorry I have bothered you so much.

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Jo - Coordinator 2 July, 2013 - 17:29

Hi June,
You're right that pronunciation is an important part of your mark for speaking. But you definitely don't have to have a British accent.
So, what's the difference between accent and pronunciation? Well, pronunciation is not just about individual sounds, but also about placing the correct stress on a word. For example, if someone says TOday (incorrect) instead of toDAY (correct), people might not understand. Intonation is also important. If you want to sound genuinely interested when you say "really?", you need to go up in pitch at the end.
The good news is that you can do all of these things and still have your own accent. The examiner is listening for the correct sounds, stress and intonation, and not for how British you sound.

Best wishes,
Joanna

(LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Natalija 22 May, 2013 - 12:18

We have test with word building, completing the gaps, choosing the correct word and words that go together. I think these tests are pretty good and useful, and I find it great for improving vocab.

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