Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

To get high scores on IELTS, it’s not just about testing skills.

Your overall English level must also be high.

Today you’ll learn from a master, Steve Kaufmann.

You’ll get vital tips about how you can approve your English fluency.

This will help you not just on IELTS, but also in life!

How many languages has Steve mastered?

He is learning his 19th and 20th languages, Arabic and Persian.

There are a dozen that he speaks fluently.

He is going to share advice on learning language in general.

He will also let you know how this can be used to get a high score on IELTS.

What started his language learning journey?

He grew up in Montreal when it was divided French and English.

He moved to France and studied there for 3 years.

Subsequently, he started working for the government and was sent to China and then Japan.

Once he discovered the patterns in learning languages, he became intrinsically motivated.

He enjoyed learning languages.

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Intrinsic motivation

It is vital to find something you enjoy.

This is the only way to engage with it and immerse yourself.

It’s a long road and there’s so much vocabulary to learn.

It can’t be done as a mechanical task.

Avoid lists as they don’t help you learn words in context.

He has studied research that block learning doesn’t work.

The brain prefers to “graze,” learning a bit of this and a bit of that.

Step #1: Think past the test

Getting past IELTS doesn’t guarantee you will be a successful English speaker.

Students can pass the exam and still not be able to communicate well.

You also must improve your overall English.

The test is just one challenge, and you must think beyond it.

Keep in mind your larger goals.

Step #2: Go with your interests

Once you have the basics, find what you are interested in.

You will be more likely to understand if you’re engaged.

Listen to podcasts, read novels and watch movies.

Engage your brain with what you enjoy!

Challenge yourself, but also make it enjoyable.

You must naturally acquire the vocabulary that you need.

Step #3: Focus on increasing input speed

Comprehension is the most important.

Input is more important than output when it comes to language learning.

You must be able to read and digest the language quickly.

You need to be able to understand the first time you hear something.

When you speak, slow down and take your time.

This is especially vital for the IELTS Speaking exam!

When you speak too quickly, you make more mistakes.

You also don’t have time to think of ideas and vocabulary.


Passing the IELTS exam is the immediate goal.

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You need to be ready to accomplish your goals and dreams beyond IELTS.

Improving your overall English skills is the only way to do this.

Steve’s advice is the tip of the iceberg.

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Steve Kaufmann is passionate about languages and today he is one of the world’s most well known polyglots, with over 250,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel.

After a distinguished career as a diplomat and in the international trade of wood products, Steve co-founded (along with his son Mark) LingQ, a web and mobile language learning platform.

Steve speaks 20 languages and is looking to add a few more in the near future.

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