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Sunday, September 09, 2012


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Dear simon,

I totally agree with you that read around is very helpful, you can collect the phrase and works at the same time.

However, I find it is so different for us to find the same topic in internet, especially in Non-english speaking country.

Would you kindly recommand some column in the internet, such as eduation about children, economics and environmetn& technology?

Thanks very much!



I have some confusion about writing task 2 when I give an example I have to give it specific rather than general example but in some essay topic I wont be able to give a specific example so in that case can I give my personal example I mean can I mention my work or my company name


Dear Simon,
I have an IELTS exam this weekend and I have been following your website for 2 weeks, and learned a lot more than others.
I have a question about a writing topic. Here it is:
"The position of women in society has changed markedly in the last twenty years. Many of the problems young people now experience, such as juvenile delinquency, arise from the fact that many married women now work and are not at home to care for their children. To what extent do you agree or disagree?"
I wrote introduction and ended up with "I agree with this point of view for couple reasons. The following is a discussion of the extent to which I agree." However, I stuck to start my body paragraphs. Should I start about discussions like "One the one hand,...On the other hand..." or "Firstly,..." or "Secondly..." why I disagree ?
I know you should be busy but, still
Many thanks

Hi Simon,

Just come here to thank you!
Thanks to your helpful website, I got an 8 in academic writing and 8 overall (Unfortunately I missed answering a question so I only get 6.5 in speaking).
Your advice and instructions are really helpful and useful!

hi simon
what is the difference between "program" and "programme"?


I'm afraid I can no longer answer everyone's questions individually. Please check the link below to see my answers to students' questions:


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