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IELTS Exam: Quick and Easy Test Taking Tips

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It’s no secret.

Passing the IELTS Exam results from good preparation. Preparation involves studying and studying takes time. In most cases, preparation means countless hours spent poring over long and often, boring IELTS study guides.

Going through the IELTS Test Study Guide is like being in a relationship. It involves both time and commitment. It means sitting down and dedicating a fixed number of hours each day to study and review.

With a laundry list of things to do, the idea of devoting a certain number of hours each day to studying seems preposterous. Who has the time? You barely have the time to read three pages, let alone 300!

But here’s what they don’t tell you: There are shortcuts to getting through the IELTS Study Guide.

Yes, you read that correctly.

There are shortcuts.

It’s true that the IELTS Study Guide provides a wealth of information. But you don’t need to go through the entire shebang to gather all the relevant IELTS preparation tips.

Why? Because I’m about to share with you the best IELTS exam tips you’ve ever come across.

The IELTS Study Guide Made Easy

It’s a shame how most IELTS Test Study Guides hide all the juicy information in a 30-pound book. It’s as if you first have to go through the entire book to get a shot at passing the exam.

A single book contains so many practice tests. And I kid you not when I say that I went through all of them! In preparation for my exam, I bought a half dozen study guides meant for the International English Language Testing System. I took practice test after practice test.

I took the long route and ended up passing the exam. However, a short cut would’ve gotten me the same result. If I only knew then what I know now…I would’ve saved myself

In any event, I am about to share with you what I found out.

Best and Shortest IELTS Exam Tips

Without further ado, here are some of the best and shortest IELTS study guide tips:

  • Writing – For the writing portion of the IELTS, use bullet points to pre-structure your essay. Let your bullet points serve as your framework. This way, you’ll be able to organize your thoughts, anchor your ideas, and create a flowing essay that reads well.
  • Listening – You might be surprised but the easiest thing you can do to improve your IELTS listening score is as simple as watching subtitled English movies. By watching subtitled English movies, you practice both your English reading and comprehension skills.
  • Reading – To improve your reading comprehension score, it’s important that you learn how to skim a page. Locate keywords from the IELTS questions and focus on those when you read the paragraph. You might not understand each and every word of the paragraph but by focusing on the keywords, you stand a better chance of answering the question correctly.

Source by Ken H Gibson


3 Tips to Eliminate a Stuttering Problem – Stop Stuttering Forever and Learn to Talk Better Fast!

Learning how to talk right is something many people strive for. If you have a stuttering problem, you are especially going to want to learn to speak better and learn how to overcome your speech problem. What most people don’t know, and don’t take the time to understand is, an embarrassing stuttering problem can be treated if you take the right steps. here re a few tips to consider:

Stopping Stuttering – Tip 1: Understand Where Your Stuttering Condition Stems From:

Stumbling on your words is not something you are stuck with forever. A lot of this problem with messing up certain words deals with anxiety. Most people that have a speech impediment will tell you that it usually only occurs when you talk in front of several people or are nervous for some reason. If you can understand where your problem is beginning, it is much easier to help yourself end it!

Stopping Stuttering – Tip 2: Speaking Exercises To Help Train Your Mind

Although we speak using our mouth, everything you are saying actually comes from your brain. For this reason, someone that wants to stop their stuttering problem needs to train their mind in order to stop stumbling words so often. This is not easy without help, but simple speaking exercises when you are alone can really help in real life conversations. Reading paragraphs from books repetitively, or just reading often in general can really help you improve your speech. Tongue twisters are also a great way to help yourself stop stuttering faster.

Stopping Stuttering – Tip 3: Speech Classes Can Be Expensive

Since speech classes and speech therapy can be extremely pricey, there are other methods of getting the same information. One thing I recommend that is extremely cheap as well as effective for learning to talk better is to invest in a speech pathology guide. You can get a really great one if you look around and most of them are downloadable straight to your computer. Think of these a program you can do privately in the comfort of your own home in order to overcome stuttering!

Source by Chris Swanson


The Money Making Secret of "The Toll Booth Position"

I’m a marketing consultant and at one of my client-companies, a company that, in less than 10 years, has gone from a $10 million to a $100 million dollar business one of the people I work with frequently has jokingly given herself the title, ‘Vice President, Back-End.’

Although that clearly opens her up to be the butt of many jokes, it does very accurately describe her very, very important area of responsibility, in direct marketing parlance. At least 80% of the company’s profitability depends on her contributions.

If the term “back-end” is new to you, it means everything you sell your customers after their initial purchase (that first order is called the “front-end”). For instance, let’s say you sell instructional video tapes to golfers on how to play better. You advertise in golf magazines and your lead product is a $25 video on putting strategies. That’s your “front-end” because that’s what people buy first. But then once people purchase that first video, you send them a catalog offering them over 50 other golf videos ranging in price from $50 to $99. Those follow-on videos are your “back-end.”

In many businesses, there is a relatively brief period of time during which there are significant, exciting profits on the front-end, that is the very first sale to a customer.

But that happy situation dissolves over time, as you “cream” the market. And, as you go deeper and deeper into a market, the cost of making the first sale (acquiring a customer) goes up and up. For instance, in the above example of the golf videos the first time you run a magazine ad you might pull 100 orders. But if you keep running it every month, your order volume will probably drop off steadily. Within six months, you’d be lucky to be selling 30 videos from the same ad in the same magazine. As some point, it gets so high it is no longer practical to advertise and sell that product to that market.

Nothing is forever. This fact of life is what mandates being smart about making all the money that you can from the back-end.

The good news is that your satisfied customers are probably willing to buy other things from you — and they don’t even have to be your own products/services. You can make deals with other companies to offer their products/services to your customers in exchange for a piece of the action.

For instance, let’s go back to our example of the golf video company. You might do a “joint venture” with a manufacturer of special golf clubs which sell for $1,500 a set. You’ll mail a letter to your customers telling them how well these clubs will improve their golf game and you’ll get $750 on each order placed. If your customers trust you, they’ll be much more likely to respond to your letter than they would be if the golf club manufacturer mailed to them directly.

Of course you only want to recommend high-quality products and services which will be of value to your customers. But you get the idea. You could make similar deals with other companies who sell what golfers want — golf apparel, golf trip and excursion operators, even custom home builders who sell houses near golf courses. They’d all happily pay you a ‘toll’ commission to sell their wares to your customers.

No matter what your business, one of the most valuable assets you have is a list of satisfied customer, predisposed to buy from you again. When you control a sizable list of customers who bought from you, know your name/business name, are happy with what they bought and with the ensuing relationship … and are pre-disposed to read your mail and buy from you again, it’s like owning your own “toll booth.”

A pioneer of direct marketing, Harvey Brody, taught me the power and value of getting into “The Toll Booth Position” and I’ve been teaching it for years. Imagine owning your own toll booth on the highway near your city. Anybody who wants to get to the other side of that toll booth has to pass through its gates and pay you money.

As the controller of a responsive customer list, that’s exactly where you are; sitting there in your own toll booth and anybody who wants to get their appropriate product or service to those customers you control, has to pay you money.

You can collect a toll through joint ventures, as described above wherein you do an endorsed mailing to your customers and get a piece of all sales that result.

Or, if you build a list of 50,000 or more, through outright lists rentals. I have a number of clients who pay all their overhead expenses every year just with the checks they get from the list broker representing their list to others.

I have often paid others to pass through their toll booths —and done so cheerfully. I have also been paid by others eager to get through my toll booth, to my customers, with my endorsement.

In the direct marketing business, it’s a well-known fact that most of the profits is derived from back-end sales to existing customers. Yet outside that business, I rarely encounter a company which comes anywhere close to tapping the potential of establishing their own “toll booth position.” Get started building yours right now and start charging others to go down your road.

Source by Dan Kennedy


Plannet Marketing Review – Is This Travel Company The Real Deal?

So lately, I’ve been getting a few messages about a new Travel-based Network Marketing company called Plannet Marketing. And chances are if you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about joining and you’re doing some last minute research on the company. If that’s the case, then look no further. In this Plannet Marketing Review, I’ll cover all the essential details you’ll need before you join. With that said, I do want to disclose that I am not a Plannet Marketing distributor. In all honesty, it really doesn’t matter to me one way or the other if you join so you know you’ll be getting a truly unbiased review.

Who Is Plannet Marketing?

Plannet Marketing is a company that sells travel through a Network Marketing business model. The company is based out of Atlanta, Georgia and as of this writing Plannet Marketing is just over 6 months old. The company was founded by Donald Bradley, formerly of YTB and Paycation Travel. Bradley brings with him 20 years of experience in Network Marketing. Before starting Plannet Marketing, Bradley was the Master Distributor and #1 Income Earner in Paycation Travel. He literally had everyone in Paycation in his downline and was responsible for bringing in the company’s top leadership group. I’m not sure what happened, but around the time Craig Jerabeck and Barry Donalson left 5linx and joined Paycation was the same time Bradley decided to leave. Maybe he didn’t feel good about those guys joining and being sponsored by the company when he was the Master Distributor. Who knows? And who really cares? Regardless of the reason, it looks like Bradley was willing to walk away from everything he built to start from scratch again. Overall, the company looks pretty solid. And while it’s too early to tell if they’ll even be around for the long haul because they’re only a few months old, Bradley and the other members of the Corporate team bring a ton of experience in Network Marketing and Travel, which is a good thing.

How Do You Make Money With Plannet Marketing?

The actual compensation plan provides several ways for distributors to get paid. But the crown jewel of the compensation plan is the 3X9 Matrix. With a Matrix model, it’s critical that you get a spot early on if you want to capitalize on spillover. If you’re positioned underneath a strong builder, you can benefit from their efforts as they place people under you while they’re filling up their Matrix. With a fully filled 3X9 Matrix, you’ll have 29,523 distributors underneath you. If they’re all active and you get $4 monthly from each distributor, you can make up to $118,092 monthly. In addition to your Matrix pay, you can also earn a 10% Match on the Matrix pay of your personally sponsored distributors.

In addition to the Matrix, the company provides monthly bonuses to Directors. Here’s a simple breakdown of how the Director bonuses work:

1 Star Director – 100 active distributors – $500/month

2 Star Director – 300 active distributors – $1,000/month

3 Star Director – 500 active distributors – $2,000/month

4 Star Director – 1,500 active distributors – $5,000/month

5 Star Director – 4,000 active distributors – $10,000/month

6 Star Director – 10,000 active distributors – $16,000/month

7 Star Director – 25,000 active distributors – $30,000/month

8 Star Director – 50,000 active distributors – $50,000/month

9 Star Director – 100,000 active distributors – $100,000/month

Between the Matrix Pay, the 10% Match on your personals and the Director Bonuses, it’s pretty clear that there’s plenty of money on the back end. If you’re a strong team builder and you have a knack for creating good culture, Plannet Marketing might be a very lucrative opportunity for you.

Should You Join Plannet Marketing?

Well, only you can truly answer that. The company certainly looks solid. Travel is a very marketable service that’s easy to talk about. And the compensation plan is generous and lucrative. All those things together should guarantee success, right? Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. At the end of the day, it is your ability to sponsor people into your business on a consistent basis that will lead to your success. This is why I recommend that you learn Attraction Marketing. If you can position yourself in front of prospects that are already looking for what you’re offering, you’ll have no problem getting leads online. And if you have an abundance of quality leads, there’s no telling how successful you can be.

Source by Jaime Soriano


How To Pronounce Paraguayan Guarani Words

“…mba’e guasuete,


Susy Delgado

“… an unexpected thing,

the spoken word.” (Translated by Susan Smith Nash)

The Modern Guaraní is an Amerindian language spoken nowadays in Paraguay and it is the only Indian language in South America which is recognized as a national language. Surely it is important to remember that Guaraní is totally unrelated to Spanish; the other national language of Paraguay. Guaraní and Spanish are then separate languages used in a diglossic society. Spanish, which is believed to be the sole language of less than seven percent of the population, serves as a high variety that is used officially as the government language and the medium of education.

The origins of the Guaraní (or Avañeé) orthography in use today proceed from the transcription adopted by the Jesuit priest Montoya in the 17th century. The Guaraní alphabet (achegety) is composed of 20 letters (tai). The letter (tai)-to-sound (taipu) correspondence is almost always constant. In Guaraní all consonants and vowels are pronounced, which means that Guaraní has no silent letters. For this reason we can say then that the alphabet is phonetic to a great extent, that is, spelling and pronunciation are phonetic. But it should be noted that some grammarians and authors of dictionaries differ in the use of a few letters.

In what follows, comparisons with Spanish and English are given, as guidelines only, where there is close enough approximation to the Guaraní sound. Especially the consonants are pronounced as in English.

The vowel system

There are 6 vowel letters used in Guarani. The vowels (pu’ae) are as follows:

a, e, i, o, u, y

a, e, i, o, u as in Spanish. These vowels are represented exactly by the same characters in IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).

The letter y in Guarani alphabet serves as a symbol for a close central unrounded vowel sound. Note that the IPA system uses the lower-case i, modified with superimposed hyphen.

In fact, Guaraní displays a vowel system with three high vowels (i, y, u) and three low vowels (e, a, o). The schema bellow serves as a representation of this 3 x 2 system:



These vowels can be either pure or nasalized. So all Guaraní vowels have nasalized counterparts. The nasalized vowels (pu’ae tĩgua) are represented with a tilde. That is, the tilde marks nasalization.

To conclude, Guarani vowels are all short. So do not make the vowels too long.

The consonant system

There are 14 consonants in Guarani. As noted above, many of them are similar to the English ones. The consonants (pundie) are as follows:

k, m, n, ñ, p, s, t, g, h, j, r, v, x,

Notice that the apostrophe symbol [] represents a letter which indicates a glottal consonant stop. This letter is called pu’y or puso. A “stop” is a sound in which the air in the vocal tract is completely blocked (Ladefoged:2001).

The consonants ñ, p, s, t, and r sound like Spanish. With loanwords from Spanish, Guaraní uses l and rr.

The pure nasal consonants (pundie tĩguaiteare) are: m, n, and ñ. In a sense, g may be considered also as a nasal.

Besides that, Guaraní displays the prenasalized stops: mb, nd, nt, and ng. These four sounds are named as “semi-nasals” consonants (pundie tĩjurugua) in Guaraní grammar. In general, double or geminate consonants like the prenasalized segments and sounds like rr are termed as pundiekõi. Observe that in some ortographies, the pundiekõi ch substitutes the letter x.

Words in which occur prenasalized stops are pronounced as follows: pytumby (twilight/anochecer) = py/tu/mby.

Consonants that sound like English

The following consonants are generally pronounced as in English:

k, m, n, p, g, j, r, s, t, v

Let us see some observations in relation to the set of sounds above:

s is always pronounced as in fussy;

g is always as in ago;

r is always as in ray (like the rolling sound used in Italian);

The three voiceless stops k, p and t are pronounced WITHOUT aspiration (a strong explosion of air at the end of the sound).

“Special” sounds

Finally, let us examine other sounds:

ñ : this is a velar nasal stop sound as in Spanish soñar (to dream);

x : this letter is pronounced as in English sure; some authors use the “ch” (surely this digraph represents a sound totally different of the same Spanish digraph);

(this symbol is called spiritus lenis in Latin): indicates a glottalized consonant sound, which is released with the glottis closed. This sound is made with mouth air, rather than lung air. The glottal stop occurs only between vowels;

h: is a glottal fricative sound.


Gregores, Emma; Suárez, Jorge A. 1967. A Description of Colloquial Guaraní. The Hague: Mouton.

Guasch, Antonio. 1956. El Idioma Guaraní. Gramática y antología de prosa y verso. Asunción: Casa América.

Ladefoged, Peter. 2001. Vowels and Consonants. An Introduction to the Sounds of Languages. Oxford: Blackwell.

O’Connor, J. D. 1973. Phonetics. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Pullum, Geoffrey K.; Ladusaw, William A. 1996. Phonetic Symbol Guide. 2nd edition. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Source by Marco A. Bomfoco