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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
You have just heard a lecture on the importance of teamwork in business.
Which of the following sentences is NOT important for your summary?

The last paragraph of a summary begins as follows:
In conclusion, it is clear that the speaker makes a stronger argument for smaller class sizes.
What is the problem with this ending?

When writing your summary, you should never:

The reading offers three supporting arguments for its thesis. How many arguments will the listening component likely offer to counter the reading?

You should write down the reading's main points down first, then write the lecture's points as they relate to the reading's points.

Note-taking is important in both the reading and listening components of the task.

Which details should you always try to include in the summary?

It's important to listen for and write down technical terms like lilium candidum (Lily flower).

In the three minutes you're given to read the passage, you should:

You should listen carefully to the task question after the lecture to know whether you need to compare or contrast the reading and lecture.


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Hello Adam,
I got 90 . I need to review this lesson one more time to have the quiz perfect.
I considered taking TOEFL some years before and this lesson makes it comes again to my mind. I am going to work out.
Thanks Adam

Friday, November 27th 2015

    Integrating skills makes the writing task more challenging for test takers. But does this test really meassure what it claims to meassure?

    A mock exam would be of big help. It will help us to get more familiar with the test format and type of items;not to mention the development of all the necessary skills to cope with this part of the test.

    Useful tips Adam! They provide a clear picture of the TOEFL writing task.

    P.S. By the way, what does iBT stand for?

    Bye for now.

    Sunday, December 27th 2015

Hi dear Adam. Excellent and exceptional It was. I personally did know plentiful about that however you taught it magnificently. But may you please present a lesson about the third and four skills in TOEFL speaking they are somehow challenging and also make me anxious. Thank you for your humble teaching

Friday, November 27th 2015

    Hi Ahmad, I’ll see what I can do ;)

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

Thank you very much Adam. Although I don´t think about taking an official exam, it´s always a pleasure to listen to your explanations and tips :)

Friday, November 27th 2015

I got 10 correct out of 10. Thanks again, Adam!

Friday, November 27th 2015

Even that you’re speaking a little bit faster in this video, I can understand you perfectly, and that makes me glad :)
Your videos are helping me a lot.
Thank you so much!

Friday, November 27th 2015

    faster? have you forgotten about James? hahaha
    I speeded up thls vldeo!!
    Practice, practice and practice!!

    Monday, November 30th 2015

Hi Adam. Thanks for sharing this. You are an amazing teacher. I do have one question though. Can we talk about the main points of the lecture and the passage each in two separate paragraphs? I can’t thank you enough for everything!

Friday, November 27th 2015

    Hi Maisy,

    You can do this, but it is better to connect ideas from each together, that way the contrast or support is more immediate. It will also make it easier for you to structure the summary.

    Ultimately, as long as you cover all the main points and o it in a comprehensible way, you’ll be ok :)

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

Thank you so much Mr.Adam,and God bless you.

Friday, November 27th 2015

Thank you

Friday, November 27th 2015

    Hello.I’m interested in learning English and i want to speak it as native.If you would like to practise with me.Here is my skypeid: hamid.abdi90

    Sunday, November 29th 2015

How can i understand this sentence, teacher
“her words have remained fixed in my memory”

Friday, November 27th 2015

    Hi Sophia,

    ” I will always remember what she said.”

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

hi! I have just met you by Lingualeo with this video:) It was great. Thank you I made 10 correct :) Studying for toefl I am sure you will be so helpful for me! Thanks a lot!

Saturday, November 28th 2015

    Welcome Ecehediye :)

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

Isn’t easier but I get points to answer questions of TOEFL

Saturday, November 28th 2015

I’ve done the TOEFL test once and I can state this is not easy, nevertheless tips like yours are not given on any preparatory course I’ve attended so I thank you so much for these videos because when I was taking the test with a lot of work to do in a quite short time I just could remember your tips, it was like you were whispering in my ears lool, thus I got a better grade than I was expecting. Thank you Adam and keep up with the great job!

Saturday, November 28th 2015

    I’m glad to hear that Felipe. Thanks :)

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

What a super guiding lesson! Thank you so much teacher Adam. :)

Saturday, November 28th 2015

I cannnot hear the audio for this section. How can I use it?

Saturday, November 28th 2015

    There is only the video with me speaking :)

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

Hi Adam,
What is the easiest way to learn Synonyms and Antonyms? Could you please make a lesson about this?
Thank you
Thiago from Brasil

Saturday, November 28th 2015

    I’ll get on it Learner ;)

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

Hi Adam, great lesson.
Could you make a lesson on difference between various, diverse, distinct and similar.
I’ve tried to read about them but I’m not sure I understand it completely.
Keep doing great work!
Thanks!

Sunday, November 29th 2015

    I’ll get on that Valera :)

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

thank you very much…

Sunday, November 29th 2015

thank you sir ..this is interesting lesson

Sunday, November 29th 2015

I did not understand anything

Sunday, November 29th 2015

    Watch it again Fawze. It just takes practice. Also, keep in mind that this is about the TOEFL test, so if you don’t know this test, this lesson might be a little difficult.

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

hi adam
you’re speaking faster mr adam please speak slowly for better understand thank you

Sunday, November 29th 2015

    Hi Imane,

    As I mentioned at the beginning of the video, I speak faster in the lessons for TOEFL and IELTS to give people practice for what they will hear on the test. Usually, I don’t speak this fast. :)

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

Thank you Adam.

Sunday, November 29th 2015

hi Adam
I suggest you to make engVid telegram channel and upload all the videos there because in Iran we don’t have access to youtube :(
any way a telegram channel is an excellent way of sharing!
have fun ;)

Monday, November 30th 2015

    I’ll pass that idea on Hossein. Thanks :)

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

Thanks Adam for this very elaborate lesson!

Someday I will try the Toefl test. I think this will be a good method to use in the writing section.

Monday, November 30th 2015

Hi Adam.
I have a question.
please tell me the meaning of below words.
irony:
ironic:
sarcasm:
sarcastic:
figurative:
literary:
disapproving:
pejorative:
derogatory:
please help me Adam.

Tuesday, December 1st 2015

    And I’ll be happy if you help(tell) me how I can improve my English speaking.
    Actually, how can I improve my English speaking?

    Wednesday, December 2nd 2015

      And I want to get TOEFL license A.S.A.P, Any suggestion?

      Sunday, December 6th 2015

    Hi Mark,
    irony:noun– when the opposite of what was intended occurs
    ironic:adjective
    sarcasm: noun- saying the opposite of what you mean in order to emphasize it
    sarcastic: adjective
    figurative: not the meaning the words suggest
    literally: exactly as the words suggest
    disapproving: not approving
    pejorative: putting something or someone down
    derogatory:- insulting, or putting someone down

    Type into Google:
    Use _____ in a sentence— this will show you examples.

    Hope this helps.

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

thank you Adam.

Tuesday, December 1st 2015

Hi, I should take the class again. I failed the quiz.

Tuesday, December 1st 2015

    You can try as many times as you need to Ishaja :)

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

Thank you for interesting lesson. Could you, please, make a lesson about such situations https://youtu.be/vk14WqxFXGg ?

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015

    Lol. I’ll see what I can do. That’s a funny video, though most of the misunderstandings can’t be explained here I’m afraid ;)

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

      Thank you for your answer. I watched the whole movie https://youtu.be/LRvb5dPLhso, there are a lot of such situations, that could be add to a video and explained, what was said, what should be said and how…

      Saturday, December 12th 2015

        Thanks for the link Roman!(it’s funny) I think you can like something like this with Canadian accent – “The Grand Seduction” 2013.

        Tuesday, December 15th 2015

        The problem with this video, Roman, is that many of the expression are sexual in nature and so I can’t really put them up here. I’ll make an expressions video soon though :)

        Tuesday, January 5th 2016

          Thank you, Adam! This is a video of your Russian collegues, maybe it can be interesting for Engvid https://youtu.be/hse5aYsdVYA

          Wednesday, January 6th 2016

Thank you very much Adam. I got 90 points in the quiz. I am going to take TOEFL exam only 13 days later. That’s why I feel more appreciated. I am looking forward to hearing from you a new lessons about TOEFL. This video has several beneficial tips.
You are a great teacher.Thank you again!

Sunday, December 6th 2015

Hi Adam! How are you doing? I’ve a question. Could you help me?
– What’s the difference between WALK IT OUT and WALK?
(If I say to somebody WALK IT OUT and other time just WALK will be there any difference?)Which is used commonly in America?
Thank you!

Sunday, December 6th 2015

Sorry! Two more!
1 Is there any difference in meaning between:
A. I came yesterday.
B. I had been coming yesterday.

2 Which is right:
A. I have worked at the factory for 20 years.
B. I have been working at the factory for 20 years.
(Which is more grammatically correct?)
Thank you! Bye!

Sunday, December 6th 2015

    In textbooks more commonly used “I have worked at the factory for 20 years”, “I have played football for 2 hours” but I think there should be I HAVE BEEN ….

    Sunday, December 6th 2015

    Hi Katrin,

    I’m not familiar with walk it out, actually. I know walk it off means walk to relieve the pain in your leg or to calm down.

    A. I came yesterday.–correct
    B. I had been coming yesterday.–incorrect (come is not a continuous action)

    A. I have worked at the factory for 20 years.
    B. I have been working at the factory for 20 years

    both are correct and acceptable. If you want to make sure the listener knows you are still working there, use B

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

you are the best Adam :)

Tuesday, December 8th 2015

Dear Adam,
Thank you very much for your vivid explanation.
regards,
Z.Salehi

Wednesday, December 9th 2015

By the way, I got 10 out of 10 ;)

Wednesday, December 9th 2015

hello Mr. Adam , thank you so much for the info that you’re providing .. I’m really interested in what you’re doing ..

Wednesday, December 9th 2015

Thanks, Adam.
But I want to ask ‘lots’ and ‘a lot’ what is the difference?

Wednesday, December 9th 2015

    Hi Sophie,

    Essentially, nothing. Both can be used interchangeably, though lots is more informal than a lot.

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

I got 90 point in this quiz.What do you guys think abouyt my point?If you don’t mind I would like you to connect me and share experiences which is related in all respects.Please contact me. See uu :)

Thursday, December 10th 2015

Good morning Adam sir. i studied your all classes. I will certainly hug with you if i will meet.

Friday, December 11th 2015

    :)

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

Your comment is waiting to be approved by engVid.

Friday, December 11th 2015

thank you and this is very helpful. but what if the terminology is confusing me like medical words?

Friday, December 11th 2015

    Hi Yooniesta,

    Don’t worry too much about the technical words. They do not expect you to know them, and will only use common ones (like influenza) if they want you to include it.

    Saturday, December 12th 2015

Thank you everyone :)

Saturday, December 12th 2015

Thank you Adam

Saturday, December 12th 2015

Hi Adam can we take a short video call by Skype?

Saturday, December 12th 2015

    Hi Tamir,

    If you have any questions for me, this is a good place to ask :)

    Tuesday, January 5th 2016

I am so surprised,10/10.) Maybe I don’t confident in my opportunities. Thank you Adam very much!

Monday, December 14th 2015

I got 5 correct out of 10.

Monday, December 14th 2015

I haven’t try it yet.

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

    Sorry, I haven’t tried it yet.

    Tuesday, December 15th 2015

I’ve got 7 correct from 100l i’ll work hard to get more and also succes at toefl exam thank you 👏 teacher

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

ThanksAdam, I got 9 out of 10.

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

Thanks…

Wednesday, December 16th 2015

Thanks sir

Thursday, December 24th 2015

Hello Mr. Adam,
A Plenty of thanks for brilliant videos you prepare and publish here. Nowadays I’m preparing myself to get TOFEL internet based test, but I don’t know which kind of accents is better to be followed and speak accordingly (American accent of British accent)? or dose accent has a specific role in order to get more score?

Best wishes
Hasib Nasir
Kabul, Afghanistan

Sunday, December 27th 2015

    Hi Hasib,

    On the TOEFL you’ll here more North American accents in the listening section, though they are trying to be more global now. On the IELTS you’d hear more British and Australian.

    Tuesday, January 5th 2016

In quiz, I got 9 of 10.

Sunday, December 27th 2015

thanks

Sunday, December 27th 2015

9/10. Thank you teacher.

Sunday, January 3rd 2016

Thanks,Adam.
I want to ask
“sth might prove difficult.” is it correct?
If it is correct, why don’t we use passive voice “might be proved difficult”?

Monday, January 4th 2016

    Hi Sophie,

    It’s not about someone proving something, it’s about something proving itself (to be) difficult.

    Does this help?

    Tuesday, January 5th 2016

Thanks.
I’m so grateful your help.
You help me a lot.
Thanks a million.

Wednesday, January 6th 2016

    I’m so grateful for your help.

    Wednesday, January 6th 2016

hi adam
i cant stand to join your telegram channel adam ! and i would be wonderd if you had mind focusing your unique lessons on vocabulary. i think the most chalenging part of learning a foreign language is learning vocabularies , so what kind of methods do you suggest me to memorize vocablularies?
a red rose for you from your student and also your fan , Sorso ;) gl

Wednesday, January 6th 2016

    Hi my friend , Sorso
    Thanks a lot for your exactlly true message !
    Best regards: Soei

    Friday, January 8th 2016

Hello. How can I improve my speaking in English. is listening to videos help it?

Thursday, January 7th 2016

Great lecture, thank you. It is really important to know how pass this part of exam.

Friday, January 15th 2016

for the body paragraphs, I know we are focusing on Listening but what about Reading. Do we need to write what the reading about?

Sunday, January 17th 2016

HI ADAM!!! first of all , congratulations. you are a very good teacher. I had aa problem during nunmer 5. i didn´t get it. i tought that i realy should write down the main points of the writing.

Sunday, January 17th 2016

Nice video, thanks Adam!

Sunday, January 24th 2016

Hello, the video is really helpful. Thank u very much. Could you tell how to download this video? Best,

Thursday, January 28th 2016

Great lessons, thank you, Adam!

Thursday, February 11th 2016

thank you so much teacher Adam, it really helped me.

Monday, February 15th 2016

Thank You, Adam . :) Very informative explanation.

Monday, February 15th 2016

Hi Adam, can you please help me with some tips about celpip test as I’m looking forward to write the test soon.
Thank you.

Friday, February 19th 2016

alright, thanks

Sunday, February 21st 2016

I got 70/100. Cry and Cry

Friday, February 26th 2016

Hi Adam I really want to say thank you! you’re awesome man!

Wednesday, March 2nd 2016

hi adam… can i get some your contact in social media… bbm, facebook, or line?

Saturday, March 5th 2016

Thank you very much for your teaching. God bless you

Wednesday, March 16th 2016

But I want to ask ‘lots’ and ‘a lot’ what is the difference?

Friday, March 25th 2016

Hi Adam, well I got 50% was my first time. I will be better next time. For sure.
Tks Adam, you have been great.

Saturday, April 16th 2016

Thanks Adam, I’m a Malagasy and I got 70 for my quiz.

Tuesday, April 26th 2016

Hi Adam, Thank you for the video.

Sunday, May 1st 2016

that’s great! thanks for the lesson

Wednesday, May 4th 2016

Hi Adam, I hope you are doing well. Please, would you tell me how would it possible to listen to the lecturer to response to the quiz? Thank you for all your videos are very interesting and useful to prepare TOEFL test or just to improve English.

Tuesday, May 10th 2016

Ok, I got it! I thought that I have to listen to another video to respond to the quiz. I got 9/10 because I didn’t answer to the first question. :)

Tuesday, May 10th 2016

You are probably the best lecturer with the clearest ideas in the site.
you made TOEFL seems easy, i think i will get my try, if it is as easy as this i’m gonna make it.
thanks for you and other lecturers as well.

Monday, May 30th 2016

Hello Adam! Thanks for this usefull video. I will take TOEFL soon and I want to know if is there a word counter on the screen or do I have to count words myself? Thanks in advance for your help.

Tuesday, May 31st 2016

Thanks Adam. I made 9/10 in my very first attempt! Ever since I found your webclasses on youtube I can feel my english has improved substantially.
Keep up with the brilliant work of yours!

Thursday, June 2nd 2016

Hi Adam this Navneet.I am planning on taking TOEFL test some time in August so I can take admission in university coming fall.Bit problem is TOEFL test.I am scarred to take TOEFL.is there more study material or help that you can help me with I enjoy watching TOEFL related videos.

Monday, June 27th 2016

you are a good teacher Adam, thank you .
for me all your lessons are beneficial and helpful .
thanks again

Sunday, July 3rd 2016

Hi Adam, in your video you said that each paragraph should have a topic sentence, an explanation of that sentence and an example. I couldn’t understand the word “example”. Will I have to use an example of my own to support the idea or does it have to be from the passage?

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016

Hello Adam, I want you to know that you are my real teacher :) I told everybody that my english teacher is Adam, I don’t know where is he from, but he is the best teacher I can ever see :)

Friday, October 14th 2016

Hi Adam, my english too bad, help..

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

Hello Adam. Thank you so much for your tips about TOEFL Integrated writing task. Though I am a bit confused. I follow TOEFLtv (a youtube channel) and there they advise you to write a conclusion statement at the end of your summary. Here, however, you recommend us not to do so. Please, can you help me with this doubt? That you so so much

Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Hi Adam. I have been practicing to take the TOEFL test.
I have watched one of your video where you have shared ideas on how to aproach the writing task #1. Is there a way to see one full answer about the writing task#1 that has gotten a score of 5. I would love to see one because I am visual learner. Thnaks so much for your time and all the excellent tips on that video I watched.

Sunday, December 4th 2016
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