Preparation may outweigh vocabulary.

What I wanted to say was that the TOEFL is a test. When it comes to a test, there should always be a certain amount of preparation, especially when you know what questions will be asked. If you know that you will be asked to describe the most impressive book you have ever read, and yet you intentionally try not to prepare for it because you believe this is a language test that does not judge what you say, but how you say it, then, you should be prepared for the consequences. Be better prepared!

That’s what I said in the Daily TOEFL 17 video. If you are interested, visit

And this week, I taught another speaking class, where we practiced this very hard question.

What are some of the qualities of a good neighbor?

The hardest part, for most test-takers, would be their lack of adjectives that express people’s nature. They come up with “kindness” and turn quiet for the rest of the allocated time. Why? Because they don’t have many “kind” neighbors?

They may even make a complaint or criticize themselves for not having large enough vocabulary. However, vocabulary may not solve this type of problems. After all, their main complaints would be, “I can’t do this even in my native language!” Then, it would be almost impossible to solve this problem by enriching their vocabulary; even if they have the equivalent amount of vocabulary to their mother tongue, the result would not be different.

That is where preparation for the test matters.

We have only several similar speaking prompts. So make your own response to each one of them as you prepare for the test itself.

What are some of the qualities of a good…neighbor / son or daughter/ teacher / student /parent / marriage partner?

Now, you know the question.

It’s up to you if you can make it to the next TOEFL test. If you are ill-prepared, you will end up repeating the complaint: I can’t do this even in Japanese.



My TOEFL Speaking / Writing Workshop will be held on March 22.

Hope to see you there!

Also offered by my English school are…

TOEFL 80 on-ground course

Monthly online course



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