Buku Penunjang Belajar IELTS

Review of Cambridge Vocabulary for IELTS

At a glance:

  • First Published: 2008
  • Type of Work: Work-book
  • Subjects: Word collocation, language building, word families.
  • Locales: United Kingdom


Cambridge Vocabulary for IELTS is a book which is aimed to improve vocabulary and collocation for students, advanced students and academic English students. It provides some study tips, error warnings, vocabulary notes and test tips in each unit.

The book suggests to read units 21 and 22, and to study wordlist before begin each unit. Units 21 and 22 provide tips on learn about new vocabulary and how to use dictionary. Furthermore, these units will help you to develop good vocabulary learning techniques and strategies. Here are some of the tips:

It is written that learn about English, especially IELTS, cannot be separated from collocation, word family, prefix and suffix. Indeed, collocation has some patterns. For example, when using an adverb with an adjective, there are several models: extremely which means to a large degree, should not be used with adjectives which have an extreme meaning.

For instance: extremely terrified. Slightly, which means to a small degree, has the same pattern as extremely. While, significantly is often used with comparative adjectives. Such as: significantly greater. However, other collocations just have to be learned from dictionary.

Next, prefix is a letter, or group of letters, which can be added to the beginning of a word to create a new word. While, suffix is a letter, or group of letters, that can be added to the end of a word to form a new word.

The prefix im– is often in front of adjectives beginning with b, m, or p. Likewise, ir– often comes before words beginning with r, il– often comes in front of words beginning with l, and in– comes before other words. For instance: irresponsible, illegal, impossible, and insensitive. However, there are exceptions: unbelievable, displeased, unlikely, unpopular etc.

The book explains that some words and phrases such as: because of, as a result of, in spite of, and despite must be followed by a noun and cannot be followed by a clause. Moreover, to avoid repeating the same phrases and to add extra meaning, a combination of verb + adverb, or adjective + noun can be used. Furthermore, adverbs are often used to show our opinion of an idea.

The book also provides some information that I do not obtain from dictionary. Such as:

It is noted that the phrasal verb to look forward is always followed by to + ing.

Tell can be used to refer a chart or graph. But, it is better to use more impersonal language, such as the chart shows. And when you talk about charts, do not use say.

Products is used to refer to things that are produce to be sold. But, goods is used to refer to things that are sold.

It is noted that the Earth always use capital letter, but the sun does not.

Build up is not used to talk about construction, but refers to increasing or developing something.

Hyphen used between two words if they are joined together to form an adjective. But, do not use hyphen if the word ends in –ly.

Lexical resource means that you can use a wide range vocabulary accurately.

The book provides the difference between two or more words that have same meaning.

Overall, the book is easy to understand and provides me new knowledge that I never acquire before, like word collocation and language building. It fulfills its promise to improve students’ accuracy of vocabulary through its tips, warnings, notes, and tests practice.

Due to its explanations, I realize that every word has its own collocation and sense. In fact, to learn about collocation, Google search engine can be used. Because, it shows you which words go together forming natural collocations through its intuitive search function.

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