Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tips How to Become More Familiar with the Accents Used in the IELTS Listening Exam

“G’day mate!” “Blimey” “Bugger” --- Do you understand these?

For Filipinos, the usage of the American accent is more familiar than any other accents; say for example, Australian and British accents. In school, it is common to hear people using the American accent than the other accents mentioned. The problem arises when Filipinos have to take the IELTS exam or the International English Language Testing System examination. In this test, the usage of British and Australian accents is very common that some candidates for the test find it difficult to understand. As this problem becomes more prevalent, it is best for these IELTS test takers to acquire familiarity with the accents specifically used in the IELTS listening examination. 

Being familiar with these accents will help candidates get a higher score for the IELTS listening examination. Here are some steps to become more familiar with the British and Australian accents for the IELTS.


1. Indulge in watching Australian and British films. 

Watching these films not only makes you familiar with the accent but also with the common expressions used. While listening, try taking down notes on the words that you had difficulty understanding. Review on these words and watch the movie again. The important thing that you gain here is getting accustomed with how such words are pronounced in different accents. If you don't have any idea the best British film to watch, then you can refer to Empire Online's best British films online here. For Australian films, why not try Screen Austrlaia's list  on this post.

2. Watch Youtube videos

Indeed, Youtube almost has everything that you need – from entertainment to informative videos. Youtube has different channels that provide tutorial videos on the Australian and British accents. These tutorial videos showcase different words and expressions that are commonly used. Moreover, viewers can also practice on these accents.

3. Be familiar with how words in the American English are used in British/Australian English.

Here are some words:



AE
BE
AE
BE
AE
BE
apartment
flat
can
tin
candy
sweet
chips
crisps
closet
wardrobe
cookie
biscuit
corn
maize
diaper
nappy
drapes
curtains
elevator
lift
eraser
rubber
flashlight
torch
gasoline
petrol
pants
trousers
sidewalk
pavement
movie
film
mail
post
fries
chips
 



Those mentioned above are some things candidates can do to alone. For better training on these accents, it is best to undergo training on IELTS review centers. Mentors on the review centers provide extensive practice on the accents. Through these, IELTS test takers will have better scores on the test making them reach their target scores.  Truly, the best decision to be knowledgeable is to take IELTS classes


Here are some audio clips showcasing British and Australian accents:













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