Other Ways to Say “I Miss You” in English

The phrase “I miss you” seems too weak for some situations. It doesn’t capture that feeling of chaos and minor catastrophe caused by the absence of a true love or however you call them. To give the phrase more depth, sometimes you need to add props or a few extra words.

 

1. I can’t stop thinking about you.

2. I can’t wait to see you again.

3. When will I see you again?

4. I hope I see you again soon.

5. I feel sad without you.

6. All I do is think of you.

7. I wish you were here.

8. I’m counting down the days.

9. I’m counting the days until I see you again.

10. Your picture makes me smile.

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11. I think of you night and day.

12. I was thinking about you and it made me smile.

13. I’ve been thinking of you.

14. You have been running through my head all night.

15. I can’t wait to see your beautiful face.

16. I think about you all the time.

17. I smile when I think of the time we spent together.

18. I miss you so much it hurts.

19. I can’t work because all I do is think of you.

20. I can’t sleep because I have been thinking of you so much.

21. I need you now.

22. I can’t wait to be with you again.

23. I can’t wait to talk to you again.

24. I look forward to seeing you again.

25. I would like to be with you again.

26. The world is not the same when you are away.

27. You’ve been on my mind.

28. You occupy my thoughts.

29. I yearn for you.

30. I long for you.

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31. You crossed my mind.

32. I smile when I think of the time we spent together.

33. I miss you so much.

34. I want you here with me now.

35. I’m incomplete without you.

36. My life has a void when you are not with me.

37. I’m so unhappy without you.

38. Can’t breath without you.

39. Your presence makes me a happy person.

40. My life is meaningless without you.

Tips for Speaking English Fluently

Learners of English Language browse the internet daily, looking for easy English speaking tips. This is all in a bid to increase fluency. When filling forms for jobs, schools, business or even travel documents, we may sometimes find a section set aside for us to either tick or fix in our fluency level of certain languages. These sections are added to these forms mainly to gauge a person’s ability to control the languages he or she claims to speak. A popular example is the LinkedIn social media. To create a profile, there are some information you may be asked to fill. On the ‘accomplishment’ section of a person’s LinkedIn profile, you would come across different languages to select from, and a drop down where you can select whether you have elementary proficiency, limited working proficiency, professional working proficiency, full professional proficiency, or a native/bilingual proficiency of the language you have selected.

Language proficiency is the ability to relate socially and intellectually in a particular language which is usually acquired. It can also depict the ability to use a particular language for other functions asides speaking. These functions may include writing, reading and speaking. In as much as there are claims to show that language fluency and language proficiency are somewhat different terminologies, the fact still remains that these two terms are closely connected. Where language proficiency deals in acquiring a language as a skill, fluency is the ability to flow in a language in all criteria that is, speaking, reading, listening and the likes. This then takes us to the real question of the day:

What is Fluency in English?

Fluency is the ability to speak a language well. I remember going to France for an exchange program. The first question I got from people there when I told them I could speak French was if I was fluent. Language fluency could be a very confusing term. For me, I could communicate basically to save my life, at least. However, when faced with situations for me to speak on my level of fluency, it becomes a struggle.

The word ‘fluent’ is derived from the Latin word, ‘fluere’ which means to ‘flow’. When something flows, it does not expend so much energy. It just ‘flows’ smoothly and effortlessly. Hence, being fluent in the English Language is the ability to use it easily and skillfully. It is the art of mastering the English Language.

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Mastering a Language

Language is one of, if not the most important form of communication. As social beings, humans thrive better with language. Every psychologically healthy human has the ability to learn and master a language. Where it is possible for humans at every age grade to pick up and master a language, language is best mastered from the toddler age to puberty. This is not to say that adults cannot easily learn a new language. Everyone can. The drill is: the earlier the better. This is because the older a person gets, the harder it would be to learn and master a new language.

Mastering a language involves quite a number of factors. As much as it is fun to pick up a foreign language and show off to friends that you can speak something exotic, continuity is most important when mastering a language. A toddler may start learning English and may begin to gain some level of fluency in that. If that toddler gets into middle school and stops speaking or learning English for whatever reason, it may eventually be lost in the toddler.

There are quite a number of English speaking tips that will come in handy when learning to gain mastery in English. For one to have full mastery of English, he or she has to have an extended exposure to it. If not, just like the case of the toddler above, ability to communicate in English will eventually reduce. When learning the English Language, it is important to continually practice it. This can be done by reading books in English, playing word games in English, seeing movies or listening to music in English and even striking conversations with someone who is fluent in the English Language.

Why English Fluency?

For a lot of people, being fluent in English would mean you have a high level of proficiency in English. Being fluent in English has quite a number of advantages. First of all, the English Language is the international language of business. This means that it is an accepted language all around the World. This means that if you want to sell yourself globally, English would be one of the perfect languages to pick up and gaining fluency in the English language would be your goal. Also, the English language is practically the language of the World Wide Web which is also known as the internet. With us being in the internet age, getting a level of fluency in the English language would be an added advantage. For a non native English speaker, fluency in the English language would usher in more job opportunities compared to a candidate who has no command of the English language.

Levels of English Fluency

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which is an international standard for gauging language fluency and proficiency, came up with six levels of fluency:

Breakthrough level and elementary level which fall under the basic fluency; the intermediate level and upper intermediate level which fall under the independent fluency; the advanced level and the mastery/proficiency level which fall under the proficient fluency.

To make this much easier, londonschool.com breaks the above levels into 9 levels of English fluency with Level 1 being the lowest level of fluency and Level 9 being the highest level of fluency.

  • Beginner: Non English Language speakers
  • Elementary: Can only understand a few English words
  • Pre-intermediate: Can communicate simply, though with some difficulty
  • Low Intermediate: Can make simple sentences in English. However, these people only have a limited vocabulary.
  • Intermediate: This set of people can speak and understand the English Language to a reasonable level. They can make use of basic English tenses although they have great difficulty using more complex grammar and vocabulary.
  • Upper Intermediate: These people speak the English Language well and are capable of understanding when people speak to them in the language. However, they still make grammar mistakes and sometimes may not know how to construct their sentences in a way that people can fully understand them.
  • Pre-advanced: Just like the upper intermediate, these people speak the English Language well and are capable of understanding when people speak to them in the language. However, they still make grammar mistakes and sometimes may not know how to construct their sentences in a way that people can fully understand them.
  • Advanced: These people speak and understand the English Language well enough but can be lost in more complex English vocabulary.
  • Very Advanced: This is the highest level of English fluency which is sometimes attributed to native speakers of English. These people have a strong command and mastery of the English Language.

Tips for Speaking English Fluently

For some people, mastering the English Language as a second language can be quite frustrating. The truth is: it doesn’t have to be. Just like acquiring any other thing, being fluent in English requires hard work, a passion for the language and continuous practice and usage. Here are a few tips that will help you in your journey to being fluent in English.

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1. Listen, Listen, Listen!

I cannot overemphasize the importance of listening when acquiring the English Language. To gain fluency, you have to learn to be a good listener. First of all, listening to native speakers or fluent speakers would help in shaping your ability to pronounce English words in the right way. Listening doesn’t have to be so hard. You can enjoy the time while carrying out some listening exercises. You could get nice movies in English and enjoy a pastime at the same time, acquire some English Language skills. You could also get some good music in English and listen while you do other things or just relax in bed. In whatever way you choose to listen, the fact still remains that listening to a language continuously would help you learn to speak the language better.

2. Motivation

As with every other skill, trying to acquire fluency in English without the right drive would be chaotic. You have to keep passion up, determine that you want to master the English Language and go for it. Motivation is a very important key in gaining fluency.

3. Consistency

I remember trying to learn Spanish because all my friends felt that Spanish was the cool kids’ language. I started eagerly and bought a ‘Spanish for Dummies’ book to get me started. In the first month, I was able to say out Spanish numbers one to twenty by heart and I was able to introduce myself in Spanish. However, I lost interest after the fad died down and about two years after, I realized that I could not even remember how to conveniently count numbers one to twenty again in Spanish. The truth remains that language acquisition is quite technical. You have to consistently speak and practice vocabularies, sentences you have learnt in the English in order to master it. The more you speak the English Language, the more fluent you will become.

4. Cramming is a No! No!

There is an idiom that goes, ‘slow and steady wins the race’. Sometimes, learning English within a school environment might make us learn words and sentences mainly for the purpose of answering and passing tests and exams. That is not an effective way to master a language. When learning a language, it is importantly to take your time and learn vocabulary and sentences by heart. Learning a language deeply, taking your time to make sure that you have a grasp of what you are learning is the best way to master the English Language.

5. Get Learning Aids or Study Materials

For second language speakers of English, there are many learning aids that you can get to better your journey into gaining mastery of the English Language. Some of these materials are audio-visual and for some of them, play along to their games and sing along to the songs they offer. Using audio-visual language learning aids is a fun way to increase your fluency in English.

6. Keep a Dictionary

Ever heard of anyone who wanted to learn the English Language and decided not to get a good dictionary? I haven’t either. A good English dictionary is one of the most important tools to have when learning the English Language. A dictionary is a resource which lists words of a language (usually in alphabetical order) and provides the definition and other important information on the words. A dictionary can be in print form as in hardcover books or paperback books. It can also come in electronic format that is in an e-book format. These days, dictionaries have websites that anyone can easily use online. There are quite a number of very good English print dictionaries. Some of them are Cambridge Dictionary, Longman Dictionary and Oxford English Dictionary.

7. Make Mistakes and Learn

It is okay to make mistakes on your journey to being fluent in English. The beautiful thing about being around native speakers of that language is that when you make mistakes, they can help you and point out the mistakes to you. When you know you have made a mistake in English, do not be hard on yourself. Making mistakes is a part of learning. Correct yourself and learn what you need to learn about the correction. This way, what you have learnt would stick better and you would find out after some time that you will not make that mistake again.

8. Join Social Media Sites and Internet Forum

There is nothing better than learning the English Language with a bunch of other people interested in learning the language also. You can find groups of people on the internet who like you, want to be fluent in English. The internet is another great tool for learning. For some of these forums, you can ask questions and have people answer your questions. Some examples of English forums to join are ‘the free dictionary language forum’, ‘English Language and usage stack exchange’, and even better, an online English learning community like Fluent Land would even ensure that wrong usage of English in your posts would be corrected. All these forums are great for learning English.

In conclusion, being fluent in English, as a second language speaker, doesn’t have to be so difficult. By keeping your passion alive and being open to corrections, you can learn the English Language and even grow to become very proficient in it.

How To Prepare for and Pass the IELTS Reading Test

For some candidates, the IELTS Reading Test is the most difficult part of the exams. It is also the one that requires the most practice and training. There are some ways to be better prepared to pass the exam with confidence and practised efficiency. Easy mistakes are easy to make, but when you have prepared and practised, and follow these eight tips, you’ll be ready to do your best.

Tips to prepare for the IELTS Reading Test
1- Learn to read with a purpose

Many people enjoy reading, and that is fine. It is a leisure activity that helps expand your mind and your language skills. But in an exam environment, it is only a tool to pass. In the case of the IELTS exam, you must be able to read quickly and comprehend the most important points of what you have read. This is a mindset that takes time and practice to develop. One way you could do this is by learning a specific way to study. For example, begin a chapter by understanding the general topic and the purpose of the chapter, write down one to three questions that you intend to answer by reading the chapter in full. Set a time limit, read it, and answer the questions.

2 – Know the difference between singular and plural

This is something many students of English struggle with at first. But you must learn and understand the difference between singular and plural versions of words. There is an example right there, word vs word. One word vs many words. One way you can practice this is by looking at random objects or ideas, and saying to yourself both the singular and plural version of that word. Look at the chair, and then remember that the plural is chairs. You will get into the habit of this and very quickly it will come easily to you.

3 – Practice skimming and scanning

Like the first tip, but where that tip focuses on comprehension and the “purpose” behind what you are reading, this tip is about how to achieve that within a time limit. The IELTS Reading Test is timed, and this means that you need to read and answer the questions within the time limit. Practice reading a page as fast as possible while still understanding the main ideas. This is not to say that you need to skip much, but you don’t need to fully read every single word on a page to understand what is being said.

4 – Develop your speed reading abilities

By practising tip three, you will begin to read faster. But this is more than skimming and scanning written information, it is about mentally processing each line or sentence very quickly. Ideally, you should be able to read one line in one to two seconds. This will obviously allow you to read something very quickly. But the downside is that this skill does reduce your comprehension and recall memory. So only use it in the test when you are running out of time.

Tips to pass the IELTS Reading Test on the Test day.

5 – Read the question and be sure you understand what it is asking

Sounds simple. But, in reality, it is a very hard concept to remember to use. There are many times during the test where you will feel rushed, you might skim, scan or speed read the question and believe that you have understood exactly what it is asking. That is good, but you might also have misunderstood what it is truly asking. It would be advisable to read the question once, understand what is being asked, read it a second time just to be sure. Then answer the question and once you have finished writing your answer, re-read the question a third time to be sure that what you have written does answer the question originally asked. You might find that by working through the actual answer, that you have a deeper understanding of what was being asked that was different to what you originally thought.

6 – Pay attention to timing

The IELTS Reading Test is a timed exam. That means you need to be very mindful of the time. If you think that you have estimated you are ahead of time and will have a lot of time to answer the remaining questions, then you do not need to feel too much pressure. However, if you can see that you have many questions still left to answer but only a short time left, it may be a good idea to start speed reading, scanning or skimming the work. It is better to answer all questions at a good level, then to answer some questions perfectly.

7 – If you don’t know, move on

Honestly, this is hard to do. It feels like you must answer every single question in the exam, to the best of your abilities. But, sometimes a question is simply too hard for you to answer. Maybe it is in an area you have not studied, or for some reason, it is not making sense to you. Maybe you are stuck on a word or a concept. That is fine. It is better to try your best and move on or to simply skip the question than to waste your time answering something you don’t know.

8 – Attempt all questions

Is this a contradiction to the last tip? Kind of. When we are saying that you should skip questions you cannot answer, no matter how hard you try, we are not saying that you should not try at all. There is a difference there. Try your best first. But if you cannot understand or answer the question after trying, then move on. This is important to keep in mind when you are aware of the time limit.

Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to better prepare for and take the IELTS Reading Test. The skills and understanding gained from practising for this test will be a great benefit to you in everything you do afterwards. So, the concepts here are not just required for the IELTS exams, but also for your continued learning and use throughout life. Do your best, try your hardest and you will do well!

How to Prepare for and Pass the IELTS Writing Test

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is a test that is recognized internationally by hundreds of countries, and thousands of universities and institutions. It is a test you will be required to write if you (as a non-native English speaker) wish to migrate to a country with English as their native language. The IELTS exam has four parts which are listening, reading, writing and speaking. It has two modules also which are academic module and general training modules.

  • The general training module is for those who want to immigrate for non-academic purposes.
  • The academic module is taken by those who aim to study in higher institutions in English speaking countries.

The speaking and listening parts are the same for all the participants while the Writing and reading parts differ depending on whether you are taking the general training or academic modules. While there is usually no pass or fail in the IELTS exam, and no minimum score required in passing the test, results are issued to the participants with scores from band 1(non-user) to band 9(expert user). Different thresholds are set by each institution. There is a band 0 as well for those who does not attempt the exam. In this article, we will focus on how to prepare for and pass the IELTS Writing Test.

Things to Know about the IELTS Writing Test

The IELTS Writing Test differs for the academic and general module. Here are some things to know about them

Academic Module

The writing test is a 60 minutes test in which the participant is required to complete two tasks of different styles and texts.

Task 1: Here, the participant is required to write 150 words of descriptive report about the pictorial or graphical information provided. The graphical or pictorial information could be a diagram, table or chart. The time allotted for this task is 20 minutes.

Task 2: The participant will be given a topic to write an argument on. The argument needs to be 250 words and must be supported with applicable examples. This task should take around 40 minutes.

General Writing Module

The IELTS Writing Test for this module is different. The participant also has to finish two tasks oh 150 words and 250 words each in one hour. The first task will be letter writing while the second task is essay writing usually based on any allocated topic.

Tips to prepare for and pass the IELTS Writing Test

Here are some tips to follow in order to prepare and pass the exam. We have divided the tips into what you have to do while preparing for the exam and what you should do during the exam. Here are the tips:

Before the exam
  1. It will be great if you know people who have taken the test and passed. Meet with them and ask them for advice on areas to focus on and the topic trends of the exam. You can also get past IELTS Writing Test questions to familiarize yourself with the test. Also, try to get IELTS self-study books or even hire a tutor.
  2. Try to focus more on making what you write understandable. If all your tutor does is to write question marks on your essay, then you need to know that you are not making yourself clear enough. You need to perfect this because if the examiner fails to understand what you wrote, then you have not communicated and that can stop you from getting the high score that you were hoping to get.
  3. You need to learn to use your words and phrases well. You should not be preoccupied with trying to link them. Even though you need to use words and phrases efficaciously to score high, you won’t score high when you use them obscurely or unusually or if you place them wrongly.
  4. Another tip in preparing for the IELTS Writing Test is to try to imagine and develop different kinds of ideas and opinions on all the common topics in former tests. Study your course book, read newspapers, watch videos on YouTube, listen to news and make ideas book.
  5. Although you need to memorize a lot of vocabularies to score high, don’t go on to start memorizing long vocabularies you find in you IELTS book. Find some phrases instead and familiarize yourself with them until you are very familiar with them. You can use them in your writings, what you say etc. Also make sure you are using them rightly. Then keep at it and try more words.
During the exam

On the day of the exam, here are some tips to follow to score high on your IELTS Writing Test.

  1. One golden rule you need to follow is “Do not spend more than 20 minutes on task 1”. You need to have enough time to for task 2 in order to score high. This is because Task 2 carries more mark. This is a very important rule that must stick with you as you sit for you IELTS Writing Test
  2. Sometimes, you might not fully understand the question, if and when this happens, do no panic. Just make sure you read the question again and again. If you really, really, really find it difficult to understand the question, be calm still. Just take the most reasonable guess you feel the means and clarify yourself in the introduction. It will be easier for the reader to grab and he/she will get where you are coming from. If you write a very good piece, you will still get a nice score.
  3. To get a good score, try and scribble your main ideas. Make a very quick plan on how you are going to write the essay. This will make your writing look more organized and you will easily express yourself. There is a lot of mark awarded for neat and organized work. It will be very hard if you try to do it while writing.
  4. When you reach the end of your writing, and you immediately think of a very good idea that you should have put in, say the second paragraph, don’t try and put everything in the conclusion. In order to get the mark for the idea, after writing the conclusion, leave a space and then put down your awesome idea. After putting it down, link the separate idea with a long arrow to where it’s supposed to be in the essay.

These are some tips that will be useful to prepare for and pass your IELTS Writing Test. Take time to study well and rest when necessary. You can take a break once in a week to avoid being depressed. Also absorb English whenever you can, watch videos, TV, and listen to radios; and you will surely get a good score.

How To Prepare for and Pass the IELTS Listening Test

The IELTS Listening Test is an examination of your listening skills. During the test, you will read through the questions and then listen. You will hear a recording only once, so listen carefully. Write your answers to what you are listening to and then at the end of the test you will have a short time to use your notes to answer the questions. These tips will help you prepare for your test, as well as give you the best advice to use during the exam.

Tips To Prepare for the IELTS Listening Test
1) Practice Tour Shorthand

The test only allows you to listen to the verbal answers once, so you will not have time to record everything you are hearing. Thus, it is important to be concise and quick when recording what you are hearing. One of the best ways to achieve this is by writing in shorthand. This is where you write in a short way that will be able to trigger your memory. You can practise this by listening to a TV show, movie or song and writing in shorthand about things relevant to what you are hearing, such as conversations or answers to questions you form.

2) Practice Spelling and Grammar

Since your final answers will be written, you must be able to use the correct spelling and grammar. If you do not, then you will lose marks. English can be very difficult sometimes, for instance, the difference between there, their and they’re may seem impossible. So, practice, practice, practice. Use whatever method of study works best for you, but be sure that you are confident in your ability to use the correct spelling of most words. If you struggle with a word, then try and avoid using it in your answers. Instead, find an alternative word, or a similar word (synonym).

3) Learn To Multitask

You will be required and expected to be able to read, write and listen at the same time. Doing all 03 can be very taxing on your brain, so the best way to prepare for this is to… practice. The ability to do this is not something that comes easily to everyone, even to natural born English speakers. Sometimes you may be better able to focus on one or another. If that is the case, it may be prudent to find a method of coping with this. For example, if you can read and listen well, but not write at the same time, you could try breaking things up into parts. Read and listen, then write down what you need to as an individual activity. The ability to do this may be limited to the exam, but if you can focus on what you know you will need to write down, then you can pace this for yourself.

Tips for the IELTS Listening Test on Test Day
4) Follow Instructions Carefully

Be precise and understand exactly what a question is asking. This can be difficult, due to the ambiguity of the English language, you may not be able to easily decipher what exactly is being asked. For example, if a question asks you to complete the sentence “in the…” and you know the correct answer is “evening,” then the correct answer to the question would be “evening” and not “in the evening.” A small difference, but one that makes you right or wrong. Double check the question, once before answering, and again after answering to ensure your answer is correct.

5) Concentrate and Anticipate

Concentration is key to focus. Focus allows you to pay attention and digest as much information as possible. When you are focused, your brain turns all its power towards the task. In this case, understanding the information you are hearing and then writing it down. Without concentration, your brain will not give enough attention to the task and you will miss things. Try also to anticipate your examiner, this will put your brain into overdrive and help you focus better.

6) Don’t Stress If You Don’t Know a Word

You are on a time limit for this exam, so it is more important to answer or not answer and move on as soon as you are sure you’ve done your best. The word may not even be important to the answer, so focus only on what matters to be able to answer the question. Some words are more difficult than others, and some you might struggle with. For this words, it is better to skip them or use an alternative you have prepared (mentioned in tip 2).

7) Word Count Counts

Many questions will have a word limit, and you are expected to stick to it exactly. If a question requires 2 words, then you will find an answer that uses 2 words. IF you have a question that requires 4 words, then use 4 words! For example, if the question is asking you a question that you know the answer is “treasure island,” but the question asks for a 4-word answer, then you might say “the mysterious treasure island.” Stretching your answer, or shrinking it, are surprisingly vital tools in an English speaker’s arsenal.

8) Do Your Best & Don’t Stress!

Relax, be confident, and know that you have prepared for this (hopefully!). If you do not know an answer, then skip it and come back later if you can. Do not feel bad for this, it is more important you answer the questions you can answer than to try to answer the questions you cannot answer. See how hard English is sometimes? If you are unsure, take a blind guess, you will not lose marks for an incorrect answer, so you may as well try!

Conclusion

Armed with these 8 tips, it is our hope that you will be able to overcome your IELTS listening test and be ready to move on to the next step or complete the qualification. If you take the time to prepare, practice and study, then you will be in a good place to put the tips from part 2 into practice. Follow these tips but above all, remember to summon your best disposition; be calm, relaxed and confident and you will do fine. Good luck with your IELTS listening test.