November 2017

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Which of the two exams to discover ourselves?

Congratulations. You are now ready to take an important internationally recognized exam to show in-depth English language skills. The only problem is that there are a few exams you can choose from.

Two of the most important examinations are TOEFL and IELTS.

There is a wide choice for English tests, but in most cases, English is chosen from TOEFL and IELTS. Typically, this is the student’s choice, both of which are considered to meet the entrance requirements of an academic environment. Here we will try to clarify some factual moment for each individual to make that decision.

To begin with, it is important to answer some questions before deciding whether to attend IELTS or TOEFL.

NB! If you do not need IELTS or TOEFL for academic English – you can appear on IELTS (general version) – much easier than IELTS (academic version) or TOEFL

  • What emphasis do you feel comfortable with – North American or British?

If you have more experience with British English (or Australian English), you can go to IELTS as the vocabulary and accent tend towards British English. If you watch a lot of Hollywood movies and you like American idiomatic English, just talk to TOEFL as it reflects American English.

  • Do you feel more comfortable with the broad range of North American vocabulary and idiomatic system or the British vocabulary and idiomatic system?

Here the answer may be contained in the above-mentioned information – IELTS is for British English and TOEFL – for North American English.

  • Can you type characters quickly?

As you read below in the section on key differences between IELTS and TOEFL, TOEFL requires you to type your essay in special test fields. If you type the characters too slowly – IELTS would be more advisable, as there you write your answers by hand.

  • Would you like to finish the test as quickly as possible?

If you are too worried during a test and want to finish as quickly as possible – choosing between IELTS or TOEFL is easier. TOEFL lasts 4 hours, while IELTS is significantly shorter – about 2 hours 45 minutes.

NB! Remember – shorter does not mean easier!

  • Do you feel comfortable with a wide range of topics to work on (answering questions)?

The TOEFL exam is made almost entirely of multiple choice questions, on the other hand IELTS has a much wider range of questions including questions with choice of answer, filling in the missing word, linking words meaning and so on. If you do not feel comfortable with multiple choice choices, TOEFL is not the exam for you.

  • Are you experienced in making notes?

Taking notes is an important element for both exams. However, this is a much more important element for the TOEFL exam. As you will read below, the listening section, in particular, depends on the extent to which your writing skills are developed. This will also depend on the answers to the questions.

Check your knowledge here for TOEFL and here for IELTS.

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Every one of us had to clean up various stains, whether coffee, ink or chocolate fell on the couch, the carpet, the garment or the carpeting. Spots can be different and varied, but the problem ends when you know how to clean them. When cleaning each spot it is important to remember two basic rules. The first and basic rule is the rapid reaction to the appearance of the stain. Second, pre-test a piece of tissue that is not visible to reduce the risk of damage.
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Cleaning chocolate stains

Image of chocolateThe first and most important thing is to remove the chocolate from the surface of the fabric with the help of a knife or other sharp object. Then immerse the edge of a cloth in medical alcohol and carefully treat the stain to dissolve the stain of chocolate. Wait for 20 minutes and wipe the stain with a dry cloth. If the stain is still present, treat it with a 1: 1 solution of warm water and ammonia. The important thing here is not mixing ammonia with chlorine or bleach-containing substances. Re-dry the stain and neutralize the ammonia with a solution of one part of vinegar in four parts of warm water. You can now rinse thoroughly with hot water. The chocolate stain is gone.

Cleaning stains of coffee and tea

Gently moisten the stain of coffee or tea and dip it with a napkin or kitchen paper. In the case of coffee or tea stainsImage of tea that are fresh, you can clean them with cold milk. By pouring the milk stain and circular movements, treat it carefully. Then rinse it with lukewarm water. But if the stain is old and dry, you can remove it using glycerin. Thoroughly smear the stain of coffee or tea with glycerin, leave it for 20 minutes to break down and rinse again with lukewarm water. You can then apply the standard laundry in the washing machine.

Cleaning ink stains

Image of stain of inkWhen cleaning ink spots, you need to be very careful and precise because they can not only enlarge, but they can also stain the fabric if it is not treated properly. When cleaning ink spots, you need to arm yourself with patience and act. Take a towel and soak it with fresh milk, then gently rub into the tissue. The ink should begin to degrade and begin to absorb it with a napkin or kitchen paper. If the milk has not worked well on the stain and still has ink residue, treat it with lemon juice.

When we need to clean up more specific tissue stains, we need to get to know what the method and how they are cleaned. In case of wrong and improper treatment, there is a great opportunity to lose our favorite garment or to leave an even bigger spot on the fabrics. Be careful when cleaning your carpets because a small mistake can cost you very expensive. My advice is to call a professional carpet cleaning company like Carpet Cleaning Essex, depends on which part of England you live in.

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