Learning punctuation

punctuations are the most important component of English. They allow the reader to better understand what the writer is trying to say. For example, consider the following sentence-
She is a really nice girl said Avinash

When reading the sentence one cannot make out when does the reader need to give pauses or are there any.
One has correctly said that punctuations bring out the real emotions of the writer.

While giving the IELTS exam it is very important that you are able to tell clearly with words what you want to express!

There are different kinds of punctuations that are available and can be used in English. They are –

  1. Period
  2. Question mark
  3. Exclamation point
  4. Comma
  5. Semi colon
  6. Colon
  7. Parentheses
  8. Brackets
  9. Quotation marks
  10. Dash
  11. Hyphen
  12. Italics
  13. Ellipses
  14. Apostrophe

The better you know how to use then, more are the chances of getting a high band in IELTS. So, in the “Learn punctuation” series to come you will learn how to use the different punctuation mmarks to make sure you write effectively.


IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Cloud Types

Cloud Types

The audio given below has been taken from BBC 6 minutes English. You can download it, from the given link –

Answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN FOUR WORDS

  1. Which type of clouds indicate a good weather?
  2. Gavin Pretor-Pinney has founded which company?
  3. How many basic types of clouds are present?
  4. What are the basic types of clouds called?
  5. What are things or animals or plants having same characteristics called?
  6. On what basis are cloud divided?
  7. What is the person who studies the weather for living called?
  8. Who named the first type of clouds?
  9. Which kind of cloud signals bad weather?


  1. cumulus
  2. Cloud Appreciation Society
  3. 10
  4. genera
  5. species
  6. type, height, appearance
  7. meteorlogist
  8. Luke Howards\
  9. nimbus


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IELTS Sample Questions # Weekends And Weekdays

In the busy world that we live in we all have got different meanings for weekends and weekdays. Some although tend to have the same life for all the days, while some tend to live completely different lives on these days. Let us today have a look at some of the questions and their possible answers related to weekends and weekdays.

Do you spend all your weekends the same way?

Well, too an extent you can say yes. My job is such that I have very less time for travelling during weekdays, but travelling and blogging being very important for me, it is in weekends that I do the travel blogging part. So, every weekend I travel to a new place and get to know about the local culture and what is important about the place, the history and the changes it has seen since the time it was built. Sometimes, however, I travel with my friends as well and make some memories.

What is the favorite day of your week? Why?

I would definitely go for Saturday. This is the day that brings with it lot of possibilities for me. I am not working under any one on this day. I am free and free to take whatever decision I have to take for my life. I can travel, write, click photographs, meet people and enjoy the life that I work for on weekdays.

What day is the busiest day for you? Why?

There is no particular day because work can come out on any of the day and that day becomes busiest. But apart from the work, I would say weekends are the most busiest for me. Because these are the days when I have lot to do, travel, click photographs and then compile it all into a blog post which requires lot of draft work and then the final presentation.

Do you wear a particular outfit on weekends and weekdays? Why /why not?

I work at a software company, so there is a certain attire that I need to maintain while at work, i.e. on weekdays. I prefer wearing Indian formals during weekdays, because I am more comfortable in them and they look more classy as well. On weekends, I put on t-shirts and jeans for most of the time. Because there is lot of ground work that I need to do and tshirts for some reason are easier when you feel like jumping and fighting.


Will you change it in the future?

I have thought about it, but I think with time if my preferences change I will surely adapt to it. Like, earlier, I did not liked wearing Indian formals but today I find them more comfortable then the western, so I wear them. Likewise if the preferences changes, I will definitely go ahead with it.

In your country, do men and women do the same kind of things on weekends?

Things are slowly changing with corporate culture creeping in. I remember earlier, on weekends we all as a family used to go out and spend some time at a nearby place but as I have grown and working in corporate, men and women surely do almost the same thing on weekends. But, with other occupations, you can find women mostly doing things related to family while men could be find juggling with relaxing and work.

What did you do on last weekend?

The last weekend, I was busy preparing for the IELTS and I remember, I had a mock test. So, I was giving the test and then working on all the grey areas.

Do you like working on weekends?

Definitely not. I would say, work is surely worship but I would prefer enhancing on my other areas of life during weekends rather than just working something that I do on weekdays. Like, I have signed up for a badminton club, so I go on and practice badminton during weekends.

Do you think employees should have to work on weekends?

I think it depends on the person, but according to me, a person should definitely not work on weekends. A weekend is the time to work on yourself, to improve on oneself. There are so many things in life that we would want to learn and so many activities that we would want to do. I think weekend is the time that should be dedicated to this.

Do you think weekends now are important to you than when you were a child?

Definitely yes. As a child, I remember  neither the weekdays, nor the weekends did mattered to me much. Because I had a perfect balance of play and work. But as I have grown up, I have realized that for some reasons the balance is missing out. So, weekends become those days for me, when I try to balance out my life.

What are you planning to do next weekend?

For the next weekend, I am planning to go to Jagganath temple. It has been quite a time that I have been in Bhubaneswar, but have not gone to the temple, so I am planning to visit it and some nearby areas along with it.


IELTS Listening Practice Question # Bee Keeping

Bee Keeping

The audio given below has been taken from BBC 6 minutes English. You can download it, from the given link –

Answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN FOUR WORDS.

  1. Which animal is said to be harmful to other animals or damage crops called?
  2. What is the condition in which there is not enough land that provides natural conditions for species to thrive or survive called?
  3. How many species of bees are present in UK?
  4. By what percent has the honey bees fallen in the last two years in UK?
  5. Which organization is encouraging people to buy plants that bee like?
  6. Who is the Chief scientist of Natural England?
  7. What are the creatures that carry pollen grains and help to fertilize plants called?
  8. Bees are crucial pollinators for which commercial crop?
  9. Where are bees kept to collect their honey?

bee keeping

  1. pest
  2. lack of habitat
  3. 250 species
  4. 10-15%
  5. Natural England
  6. Tom Tew
  7. pollinators
  8. oilseed rape
  9. beehive


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