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ANIMALS- VocabularyVocabulary

1) Donkey – Male: Jack, Female: Jenny, Child: Foal

2) Bear- Male: Boar, Female: Sow, Child: Cub

3) Cat- Male: Tom, Female: Queen, Child: Kitten

4) Cattle- Male: Bull, Female: Cow, Child: Calf

5) Chicken- Male: Rooster or cock, Female: Hen, Child: Chick

6) Deer- Male: Buck or stag, Female: Doe, Child: Fawn

7) Dog- Male: Dog, Female: Bitch, Child: Pup

8) Duck- Male: Drake, Female: Duck, Child: Duckling

9) Elephant- Male: Bull, Female: Cow, Child: Calf

10) Fox- Male: Dog, Female: Vixen, Child: Cub

11) Goose- Male: Gander, Female: Goose, Child: Gosling

12) Horse- Male: Stallion, Female: Mare, Child: Foal

13) Lion- Male: Lion, Female: Lioness, Child: Cub

14) Rabbit- Male: Buck, Female: Doe, Child: Bunny

15) Sheep- Male: Ram, Female: Ewe, Child: Lamb

16) Swan- Male: Cob, Female: Pen, Child: Cygnet

17) Pig – Male: Boar, Female: Sow, Child: Piglet

18) Tiger- Male: Tiger, Female: Tigress, Child: Cub

19) Whale- Male: Bull, Female: Cow, Child: Calf

20) Wolf- Male: Dog, Female: Bitch, Child: Pup

21) Goat- Male: buck, billy, Female: doe, nanny, Child: kid

Alternatives of 25 words to enrich your vocabulary

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Interesting- note worthy; thought-provoking; fascinating; attracting; appealing; attention-grabbing; captivating; gripping; invigorating; engrossing; engaging; electrifying.

Beautiful- striking; stunning; magnificent; lovely; charming; gorgeous; radiant; dazzling.

Good- acceptable, wonderful, exceptional; positive; brilliant; first-rate; notable; stellar; favorable; superb; marvellous; prime.

Bad- awful; lousy; poor; unacceptable; crummy; dreadful; rough; inferior; substandard; atrocious; appalling; dreadful; defective.

Look- glance; fixate; observe; stare; gaze; peer; scan; watch; study; browse; eye; glimpse; review; inspect.

Nice- lovely; superior; pleasant; satisfying; delightful; likeable; agreeable; correct; adequate; swell; fair; okay; approved.

Very- extremely; exceedingly; exceptionally; immensely; tremendously; abundantly; particularly; remarkably.

Fine- satisfactory; worthy; respectable; exquisite; suitable; well; imposing; decent; admirable; praise-worthy; decent.

Happy- cheerful; delighted; pleased; content; amused; thrilled; elated; thrilled; ecstatic; on cloud 9.

Really- genuinely; truly; honestly; actually; undoubtedly; certainly; remarkably; incredibly; downright; unquestionably; extremely.

Sad- miserable; gloomy; devastated; distressed; down at heard; distraught; distressed; dispirited; sorrowful; downcast; feeling blue; desolate.

Big- massive; huge; giant; gigantic; enormous; large; colossal; immense; bulky; tremendous; hefty; sizable; extensive; great; substantial.

Shocked- taken aback; lost for words; flabbergasted; staggered; outraged; astonished; astounded; stunned; speechless; appalled.

Small- tiny; petite; mini; miniature; microscopic; minuscule; compact; pocket-sized; cramped; puny; undersized; limited; meager; modest; minute; pint-sized.

Angry- irate; enraged; touchy; cross; resentful; indignant; infuriated; wound-up; worked-up; seething; raging; heated; bitter; bad-tempered; offended; frustrated.

Know- understand; comprehend; realize; learn; perceive; recognize; grasp; sense.

Change- alter; transform; replace; diversify; adjust; adapt; modify; remodel; vary; evolve; transfigure; redesign; refashion; advance; transition; shift; adjustment.

Old- aged; ancient; matured; elderly; senior; veteran; decrepit; seasoned; venerable; past one’s prime; doddering; senile.

Think- ponder; reflect; conceive; imagine; contemplate; consider; determine; realize; visualize; guess/assume; conclude; envision.

Funny- comical; ludicrous; amusing; droll; entertaining; absurd; hilarious; silly; whimsical; hysterical; joking; witty; facetious; slapstick; side-splitting; knee-slapping.

Go- move; proceed; advance; progress; travel; walk; journey; depart; exit; flee; make one’s way; clear out; get underway.

Give- grant; donate; hand-out; present; provide; deliver; hand over; offer; award; bestow; supply with; contribute to; send; entrust.

Get- acquire; obtain; receive; gain; earn; gather; collect; buy; purchase; attain; score; secure; take possession of; grab.

Easy- effortless; simple; clear; smooth; straightforward; uncomplicated; painless; accessible; apparent; basic; plain; child’s play; facile; elementary; cinch.

Fast- agile; brisk; rapid; nimble; swift; accelerated; fleeting; high-speed; active; dashing; winged; hurried;


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Essay Format

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Essay Format

A general idea for your essay should consist of these paragraphs:

🔷 Introduction
🔴 Body
◼️ Conclusion

→ A more detailed format:

🔷 Introduction Paragraph ↓
🔹 Lead
🔹 Background Information
🔹 Thesis Statement

🔴 Body Paragraph (s) ↓
🔺 Topic sentence
🔺 Supporting ideas

◼️ Conclusion Paragraph ↓
◾️ Re-stated thesis statement
◾️ Writer’s comments

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Phrases and Vocabulary

IELTS Writing Task

Phrases to open/start an essay:

Many/some people claim/opine/believe that…
There is no denying that…
It is often said that…
These days…/ Nowadays…/ In this day and age…
It goes without saying that…
It is universally accepted that…
We live in an age when many of us are…
People are divided in their opinion regarding…
…. is one of the most important issues…
Whether …. or …. is a controversial issue…

Phrases to end the Introduction part:

Let us examine both views before reaching a concrete decision.
The following paragraphs discuss whether …… or …… and reach a reasonable conclusion.
The following essay takes a look at both sides of the argument.
My two cents go for…
However, I strongly believe that…
I oppose the view and my reasons will be explained in the following paragraphs.
I will support this view with arguments in the following paragraphs.
I personally believe that…
Thus the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages…
I wholeheartedly believe that this trend should be changed.

Vocabulary for the opinion part of introduction:

In my opinion…
I strongly opine that…
I strongly agree with the idea that…
I strongly disagree with the given topic…
I think…
My opinion is that…
Personally speaking…
In my view…
I believe…
Apparently…
Personally speaking…
According to me…
From my point of view… (Not ‘In my point of view’)
As far as I am concerned…
From my perspective…
I realise…
To my way of thinking…
It seems to me that…
To me…
To my mind…
My own view on the matter is…
It appears that…
I feel that…
I understand…
I suppose…

Vocabulary for introducing an idea:

It is true that…
First…
First of all…
Firstly…
First and foremost…
Initially…
To begin with…
To start with…
Let us take a look at…
It is worth considering…
In the first place…
Though it is true that…
Some people believe that…
Many people think that…
According to many…
Some people believe that…
Many support the view that…
On the one hand…

Vocabulary for challenging and opposing an idea:

On the other hand…
On the contrary…
However…
Nevertheless…/ Nonetheless…
But…
Nonetheless/ Nevertheless…
Oppositely…
Alternatively…
Unlike…
While…
Whilst…
Although…
Though…
Even though…
Despite… / In spite of…
In spite of the fact that…
Alternatively…
In contrast to this…
Then again…
On the other hand…
Despite the fact that…
Even so…
Yet…
Meanwhile…

Vocabulary for conclusion:

In conclusion…
In summary…
To conclude…
To conclude with…
To sum up…
In general…
To summarise…
In short…
All in all…
Overall…
On the whole…
To draw the conclusion…
In a nutshell…
To elucidate…(‘To elucidate’ means – ‘make something clear’ or ‘to explain’.)
All things considered…
By and large…
Taking everything into consideration…
Taking everything into account…
Weighing up both sides of the argument…

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IELTS Essay – It is unnecessary to teach children skills of handwriting

IELTS Writing Task / IELTS Essay

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:

Some people say that in our modern age, it is unnecessary to teach children about the skills of handwriting.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.
 
Model Answer 1: [Disagreement]

Many people believe that handwriting skill is no longer important in this era of technology, and children do not require investing time to hone their handwriting, especially when they will most likely type instead of writing for the rest of their life. Unfortunately, this opinion is misguided. I strongly believe that handwriting skill is important even in today’s digital world.

Good handwriting is important because when children learn to write clearly and concisely, they also learn how to express themselves properly. This leads to better academic and professional performance. I reckon handwriting is much more than simply putting letters on a page; it is a key part of learning and expressing ideas. Scrawls that cannot be read may be compared to speaking that cannot be understood. Handwriting is also important because children are required to use it daily in school, and who struggles with the mechanics of handwriting may have trouble taking notes or completing their schoolwork. This can affect both their self-esteem and their attitude toward school. Good penmanship means better grades as studies show that the same mediocre paper is graded much higher if the handwriting is neat.

More importantly, handwriting proficiency inspires confidence despite some people’s belief that handwriting is not related to better academic performance. The more children practise a skill such as handwriting, the stronger the motor pathways become until the skill becomes automatic. Furthermore, handwriting aids memory. For example, if a person writes a list or a note and then loses it, he is more likely to remember what he wrote than if he just tries to memorize it.

In conclusion, computer and digital data have no way replaced the necessity of handwriting skills. They are even more prevailing in this era of technology where good handwriting is related to academic performance and success, one the one hand, and inspires confidence, on the other hand.

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Fractions📝IELTS Writing📝 –

(Task | Fractions)

Here comes a number of fractions to express percentages:

🔹4% = A tiny fraction.
🔹24% = Almost a quarter.
🔹25% = Exactly a quarter.
🔹26% = Roughly one quarter.
🔹32% Nearly one-third, nearly a third.
🔹49% = Around a half, just under a half.
🔹50% = Exactly a half.
🔹51% = Just over a half.
🔹73% = Nearly three quarters.
🔹77% = Approximately three quarter, more than three-quarter.
🔹79% = Well over three quarters.

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