Teach yourself IELTS Writing – Free today

Free to download today from Amazon. Please share!


It’s a great little resource book with tips on:

How to tackle task 1 and task 2 on the IELTS reading paper

Sample essays and ‘HOW TO USE THEM!’.

How to ANSWER THE QUESTION for both task 1 and task 2.
Here’s the UK version


Here’s the American version


For the Spanish version


Brazilian version


In Japan click here


In India click here


If you’re in Germany, click here



For the Mexican version, it’s here


Canadian version


If you’re in Australia click here


If these links don’t work – please search ‘Teach yourself IELTS writing’ on Amazon in your country. You should see that the price for Kindle download is 0.00 –  Click to ‘buy’ it for free.
Why would he give you it for nothing?

He wants you to buy his other resource book – Teach yourself IELTS Reading! See below…



Video: How to write a simple Task 1 IELTS essay

Here are some things my students said about IELTS task 1.

‘When I see graphs I feel sick…’bar chart.png


‘I just don’t understand all the pictures…’


‘I’m terrible with numbers and tables…’


‘Task 1 is easy….you just write what you see.’

Audiobooks – More practice for IELTS listening

Normally, I’d tell you that reading novels isn’t really going to help you get very good at IELTS academic reading….but…

…if you need some free practise for your IELTS listening, then audiobooks, might just be the right thing!

Like the radio or podcasts, you can listen to them anywhere, in the car, on your bike, in the gym or even at work. Here’s a list of places to find them.

1. Audible. You can get a month’s free trial and choose from an enormous number of audio books from Harry Potter to Emily Bronte. You can also listen to my novel ‘Warmstone’ here as well.



2. https://librivox.org/ – totally free, LibriVox aims to have most classic literature in audio form. Click on the pictures below for Mary Shelly’s absolute classic – Frankenstein.











3. Open Culture http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks 700 free audio books here – there must be something good for you to read…and free too. Click on the picture for some free Sherlock Holmes stories to listen to



Big list of antonyms for academic English : IELTS, TOEFL and TOIEC



Here’s a great list of academic antonyms to help you with your IELTS speaking and writing.

Lists are great, but how can you use them? Do you learn them? Do you just read them? What do you do? Read the advice below.

  1. Read through this list and circle 10-15 antonym pairs that you don’t know and learn them. Test yourself on them.
  2. Read through the list. Choose ten hard pairs you don’t know, print them off and stick them on your wall / toilet wall / fridge door – anywhere you will look, often
  3. Play a game with them like the awesome word frog game http://www.arcademics.com/games/frog/frog.html
  4. Play pelmanism. Choose ten you think are useful. Write them on small pieces of paper. Put them face down on a table. Now turn each one over and try to match the pairs.



IELTS and Academic writing – fixed expressions

Language is made up of chunks (see Michael Lewis – The Lexical Approach).

Like bricks that you put together, pieces of language fit together to make sentences. This is how we all use language. Learning fixed expressions and how they work will make you a more powerful writer.

…and it’s easy.

Download a copy of the fixed expressions worksheet and complete the tasks here academic-fixed-expressions-for-ielts


More fixed expressions from around the web

Nice Fixed Expressions Quiz with a video from ESL about

Good Expressions explained from Study Lib

Here’s an awesome audio on fixed expressions from Luke’s English Podcast

For more help with your IELTS writing, check out Richard L King’s Teach yourself IELTS writing



IELTS, TOEFL Academic reading: Read quicker! I need more time!


There’s not enough time!


If only I had more time…I could do better if I had more time. I need more time.

Slow down! There are no short cuts!

Academic reading tests are hard because they don’t give you much time. You need to be able to read faster! Here are three simple tips that will help you read more quickly.

1. Change your way of thinking.

If you want to succeed you will have to ENJOY READING.

Read something you like – do you like football? Aeroplanes? Video Games?


2. You will only get better at reading if you READ!

Read 1 article a day for 15 minutes. Try this for a month.

No excuses!

You can find good, free articles here.




3. Learn to skim and scan

Reading techniques help you find information quickly.

Download our worksheet here.

improve reading

For more help with academic reading. Check out Richard L King’s book Teach Yourself IELTS reading.





Synonyms – a common list for IELTS, TOEL and TOIEC


What are synonyms?

IELTS exams are full of synonyms – two words that mean nearly the same thing.

The IELTS reading paper made me feel sick.

After I did the IELTS reading paper, I felt ill.

Sick and ill are synonyms.

How they are used on the IELTS, TOEFL and TOIEC exams

In exams you’ll find that the questions often use synonyms. For example.

Pete went skiing last month and broke his leg in three places. Lucky guy!

What part of his body did Pete injure? His leg.

Break (past tense broke) doesn’t mean the same as injure, but in the context of this sentences it does! So, it’s still a synonym.

More help on the internet

Get a big list of synonyms here https://justenglish.me/2014/04/18/synonyms-for-the-96-most-commonly-used-words-in-english/

Play some synonym games here with Word Frog http://www.arcademics.com/games/frog/frog.html

To get the score you want, you’ll need a big vocabulary! Here’s a big list of synonyms for you learn! Print it off, stick it on your door, your wall or your fridge.

Amazing — incredible, unbelievable, improbable, fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, astonishing, astounding, extraordinary
Angry — mad, furious, enraged,
Answer — reply, respond, retort, acknowledge
Ask– question, enquire of, interrogate, examine, quiz
Awful — dreadful, terrible, unpleasant
Beautiful — pretty, lovely, handsome, attractive, gorgeous,
Begin — start, open, launch, initiate, commence, originate
Big — enormous, huge, immense, gigantic, vast, colossal
Break — fracture, shatter, smash, demolish,
Bright —brilliant, sparkling, shimmering, radiant, vivid
Calm — quiet, peaceful, still, tranquil
Come — approach, arrive, reach
Cool — chilly, cold, frosty, wintry, icy, frigid
Dangerous — perilous, hazardous, risky, uncertain, unsafe
Decide — determine, settle, choose, resolve
Definite — certain, sure, positive, determined, clear, distinct, obvious
Destroy — ruin, demolish, extinguish
Difference — disagreement, inequity, contrast, dissimilarity, incompatibility
Dull — boring, tiring„ tiresome, uninteresting
Eager — keen, fervent, enthusiastic,
End — stop, finish, terminate, conclude, close, halt
Enjoy — appreciate, delight in, be pleased, indulge in, like
Explain — elaborate, clarify, define, interpret, justify, account for
Fair — just, impartial, unbiased, objective, unprejudiced, honest
Fall — drop, descend, plunge, topple, tumble
False — fake, fraudulent, counterfeit, spurious, untrue,
Famous — well-known, renowned, celebrated, f
Fast — quick, rapid,
Funny — humorous, amusing,
Get — acquire, obtain, secure,
Go —depart, fade, disappear, move, travel, proceed
Happy — pleased, contented, satisfied, delighted, elated,
Hate — despise, loathe, detest, abhor,
Help — aid, assist, support, encourage
Hide — conceal, cover, mask,
Hurry — rush
Hurt — damage, harm, injure, wound, distress
Idea — thought, concept, conception, notion, understanding, opinion, plan, view, belief
Important — necessary, vital, critical, indispensable, valuable, essential, significant, primary
Interesting — fascinating, engaging,
Keep — hold, retain, withhold, preserve, maintain, sustain, support
Little — tiny, small, diminutive
Look — see, glance, watch, survey, study
Love — like, admire, esteem, fancy, care for
Make — create, originate, invent, beget, construct, design, fabricate, manufacture, produce, build, develop
Mark — label, tag, price,
Neat — clean, orderly, tidy,
New — fresh, unique, original, unusual, novel, modern, current, recent
Part — portion, share, piece, allotment, section, fraction, fragment
Place — space, area, region, location, situation, position, residence
Plan — plot, scheme, design, draw, map, diagram, procedure, arrangement, intention
Popular — well-liked, approved, accepted, celebrated, common, current
Put — place, set, attach,
Quiet — silent, still, soundless
Right — correct, accurate, factual, true,
Say/Tell — inform, notify, advise, relate, recount, narrate, explain, reveal,
Scared — afraid, frightened,
Show — display, exhibit, present, note, point to, indicate, explain, reveal, prove, demonstrate, expose
Slow — unhurried, gradual, leisurely, late, behind, tedious,
Stop — cease, halt, stay, pause, discontinue, conclude, end, finish, quit
Strange — odd, peculiar, unusual, uncommon
Tell — disclose, reveal, show, expose, uncover, relate, narrate, inform, advise, explain, divulge, declare,
Think — judge, deem, assume, believe
True — accurate, right, proper, precise, exact, valid, genuine, real, actual
Unhappy — miserable, uncomfortable
Use — employ, utilize, exhaust, spend, expend, consume, exercise
Wrong — incorrect, inaccurate, mistaken

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