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Monday, September 21, 2015

IELTS Vocabulary: American English VS British English

Knowing a lot of English words is a good foundation to becoming a good English speaker. There are a lot of English words and knowing all of them might take a lifetime or even impossible – even native English speakers are not familiar with all the words in English. For non-native English speakers like Filipinos, vocabulary building is a skill that may take time and a lot of hard work.

To evaluate one's fluency in the English language, individuals take English proficiency examinations like the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. Actually, most people who take the IELTS need its certification as a requirement for their visas – work, study, or immigration. Whether you are someone taking the IELTS for self-assessment or for visa requirement, the best thing to do is to be familiar with the vocabulary words being used in the IELTS test.

In the Philippines, Filipinos are accustomed to using American English vocabulary. However, there are certain British English vocabulary words. Here are some words in American English with their British English equivalents. 

Further, there are some words in the American English vocabulary that are the same in the British English vocabulary with a different spelling. 

Being familiar with these words is helpful in reviewing for the IELTS. Once you know how some words are used in the British English, it will be easier to identify and answer questions in the examination. It is important for every IELTS examinee to build a strong vocabulary for the exam. How can one improve his or her vocabulary for the IELTS?

· Read a lot. Not everybody loves reading, so for starters, read something that interests you. For example, if you are fond of comic books, you can enjoy reading comics of different genres. There are some words or even expressions in comic books that might be new or unfamiliar to you. Write these words and look for their meaning in the dictionary. Make a sample sentence for you to remember that word. From comic books, find another material like the newspaper or some journals. It is important for you to enjoy the reading material you have to encourage and promote learning.

· When creating a vocabulary list, group them according to topics. Label them as science, history, health, even arts. In this way, it will be easier for you to find an appropriate word based on the topic you are talking or writing about.

· It is also recommended for IELTS examinees to study phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs are very useful when it comes to finding verbs that will make your sentences sound smarter and more logical.

· Read about idioms. Choose the ones that you can clearly understand. Do not use idioms once you are confused about it.

· Use the vocabulary you have as often as possible. This will practice you in creating meaningful sentences that are needed in your IELTS speaking and writing examinations.

Dedicate a lot of time studying IELTS vocabulary and you will realize the help it does when you take the real test.