Lastly, in the middle of January this year, I took IELTS course in IEDUC Bandung. In first met, we were taught by Mrs.Dewi. She asked us to read one sentence of reading passage topic on the book. After we all finished, she said “almost of you were read it by each word to each word, you were not read it continuously.” Then she gave an example “how did you said ‘based on’ ? almost Indonesian said it like they said ‘best – on (bes – on)’, and trusted me, if you were continue to said like that you won’t understand what they’ll (native English) said. Because what you said was what will you heard then, you said it wrong then you heard it wrong too. They usually talked rapidly in informal conversations, by connecting each word possibly, especially the word begin with vocal alphabets. So, it should be said ‘base-don (besdon)’ rapidly. You should practice more to raise your ears sensitivity about how to differ either says or say, suggest or suggests, based or base, look or looked, warned or warn, and many others. Because in IELTS tests, there are no mercy even about little wrongness –like typos, minus ‘s’ on the end of some words, not wrote it in capital of first some words that it must be that way, and many other examples.”
Besides that, most of Indonesian wrote English by thinking it in Indonesia –so do I. For example, when you want to translate ‘itu adalah bagian dari dirimu yang jarang kita lihat’ then you’ll said it “that’s a sides of you that we see it often” yet the native English might be said it by “that’s a side of you we don’t get to see that often.” It’s confusing, does it? So, like before suggestion, you should practice by reading more and more. Hence, Mrs. Dewi gave an obligation for us to read two pages of articles, magazines, novels or any other –in English– every days. The more we read by way of them, the more we understood and implemented easily.
And the last, in IELTS tests, you were not allowed to combine two words into the one. For example ‘do not’ into ‘don’t’, ‘is not’ into ‘isn’t’ and etc. Besides, you were not allowed to use informal words like ‘wanna’, ‘gonna’, and so on. Cause like the title of this post, IELTS is not enough with correct, more than that it should be proper. I am still studying all of these and still lacking so much, but I hope what I share are useful for you. You can give another ‘should be’ lists on IELTS tests and I really thankful for those 🙂