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Sunday, November 25, 2012


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Mr, I wonder what about if we answer the question in listening with the difference of "s/es" in the end of words? Do they count the mistake? Thank you

Hello Simon,
Great advice. Thanks. I am convinced that this will help candidates. From what I have experienced, the examiner in my exam hold the conversation smiling all the time except that his face became overly serious at times. And that rendered me a bit nervous, to be honest. However, I admit that my grade was fair. All I am trying to say is that the exam would be ideal for me if he didn't seem to change his face immediately. I am far away from blaming him. This is just my personal opinion.
Thank you, best regards.

Dear Mr Simon!

I am Ngoc, a Vietnamese student. I am preparing for my IELTS examination and I go to your website everyday for studying! And I am really thankful to you for your help to me and millions of other students!

There is some matters that I am not really clear about in your teaching and I am writing with the hope that you will answer me!

As for the essay part 2, the type of "partly agree", I am not clear about the introduction, could you please give a a shample? Because there is one on your website about the hobby "the hobby must be challenging to be fun" but in the introduction you stated that you totally disagreed, which made me somehow confused.

And one more point that I wish you could explain for me is the key difference between that type and the type of discussion and giving opinion.

I know that you are extremely busy, therefore it would be more than great of you to spend just some minutes reading my email.
I wish you good health and effective work!
I am really looking forward to hearing from you soon!

i am just worrying about my writing task2 ;)

@ Ngoc,
While Simon is busy, I am trying to give you an explanation by my ability.

This is the question you are referring about:
Some people believe that hobbies need to be difficult to be enjoyable.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Some hobbies are relatively easy, while others present more of a challenge. Personally, I believe that both types of hobby can be fun, and I therefore disagree with the statement that hobbies need to be difficult in order to be enjoyable.

Now what you feel about question is really a trickiest part of the IELTS exam and therefor stopping most students their desire score and I am one of them. :)

In this particular question, the key word is "need to be difficult". So, question says that only difficult hobbies are enjoyable not an easy one.

So, in that essay's Introduction, Simon stated that, BOTH TYPES of hobbies can be enjoyable and therefor he disagree with the question.

Sound confusing... Just break a part little bit more:
He is agree that, easy as well as difficult hobby can be a fun. He just disagree with the belief of people who says, "Hobbies need to be difficult to be enjoyable".

So, his essay said that, He is agree, that both type of hobbies can be a fun, not only difficult.
Some important links within this site:

Search this site you will have plenty of topics for all task and module.
In left side, under category click on "IELTS writing task 2" and browse through it.

Hope this help,

Hi all,
Finally,i got through ielts on the last Nov 17th exam.It was my 8th attempt.Previously,my writing was 6.5 repeatedly.This time,R-8,L-7,W-7,S-7.5.Thanks simmon for the valuable advice. I want to advice those who still trying to get through, please try hard don't loose your focus.Try..Try....Try... one day you can fly.Thanks

@HP, thank you very much for your help.
I have got it!
Nice day, guy! :D

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