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How do I decode fast connected speech on the IELTS exam?

Decoding fast, connected speech in the IELTS Listening Test can be challenging, but there are some strategies you can use to improve your skills.

  1. Familiarise yourself with common phrases and expressions: The more you listen to English, the more you'll start to recognize common phrases and expressions. Try to listen to native speakers as much as possible, whether it's through TV shows, movies, podcasts, or music.

  2. Pay attention to stress and intonation: In English, stress and intonation can change the meaning of a sentence. Pay attention to which words are stressed and how the speaker's tone changes throughout the sentence.

  3. Look for context clues: Try to use context clues to help you understand the meaning of unfamiliar words or phrases. Look at the surrounding words and try to figure out the meaning from there.

  4. Practice taking notes: Taking good notes during the listening test can help you stay focused and remember key details. Practice taking notes during practice tests and try to identify the main points and supporting details.

  5. Use prediction: Try to predict what the speaker will say next based on the information you've already heard. This can help you anticipate what's coming next and stay engaged in the listening.

  6. Use practice tests: The more you practice, the better you'll get at decoding fast, connected speech. Use practice tests to improve your skills and identify areas where you need to improve.

Remember that the key to decoding fast, connected speech is practice and exposure to English. The more you listen to English and practice, the better you'll get at understanding fast, connected speech.

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