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Hello Simon sir,its my first time that I am posting in your blog,athough I am reviewing this from the last 8 months.Thank you so much for the incredible posts and guidelines that you have been providing to the students,It wouldnt be possible for me to achieve such a fantastic score(L-7.5,R-8,W-7.5,S-7)here in Sydney without this blog and your ideas.Also I would like to thank Martin for his tips and ideas,I have always reviewed whatever he have posted here, his essays and speaking ideas are awesome in my point of view.My problem areas were Writing and Speaking.Previously,in writing I was able to score 6.5 if I was some what familiar with the esaay topic, otherwise I have scored even 5.5 in my worst case.But,Simon sir,the writing technique which you have suggested helped me to write a essay in an organised way even if I didnot have much idea in the topic,the only thing which I like to suggest the people who are intended to improve their writing is just write it in an organised pattern, no matter how simple idea you have and also dont forget giving few examples.Similarly for speaking, first thing is you have to stay calm and relax and the other important thing which I found helpful in speaking is that you need to keep some ideas of various areas, if you donot have much idea in the questions u are being asked,you cant give your best even if you are a good speaker because we are not native english speaker and it can be bit hard to give instant response in the completely unfamiliar areas which u get asked in interviews, so just keep knowledge of various areas,other than of your intrest and environment as well.This can help you not only in speaking but also in writing, reading or in listening as well.In addition,to improve listening and reading, the only thing which can help is Practise! Practise! and Practise!.
Well,this was my a year of experience of practising ielts and I achieved it in my 5th attempt, so never give up, keep trying,and also if you have scored 7 in each area in different sittings, then think you are capable enough to get each band 7 in one sitting, its just matter of time and also luck,beleive in god, stay positive.I am so happy,now I can apply for my nursing registration, still there is a long way to go, but at least I got the way,and all I can give is my heartfelt gratitude to Simon sir,thank you so much and I mean this:)

Thanks Simon!You have been giving us valuable suggestions and tips...I am so impressed with the website and all the content.Once again, thank you very much indeed for all your help.

Juliane Mota from Brazil,currently living in UK.

thx,Simon, i got result yesterday and after half a year i finally got 7 in writing.Also, thx for ur ebook. However, My speaking is only 6, which used to be 7. I am thinking about remark but i am not sure about the tense i used in part 2. the question is as followed:Describe a vehicle you would like to own.
You should say:
what kind of vehicle
why you would like to have it
how you would get (buy) it
and explain why you would prefer this means of transport.*

there are many answers on the internet, but i trust urs.
i said i would like to have a car because if i have a car i can go for a picnic on weekends. i will get it bcz i will save money. i prefer it bcz its convenient..........

is there anything wrong with the tense.
thx

Ellen, I would choose a bicycle. Cheap, get fast to your place, and physical activity

I would like to speak about a house which is the most unique of all I have ever seen.

Part 1 - give short answers
1. Do you live in a house or a flat?

I live in a semidetached house.
2. What's your favourite room in your home? Why?
My favourite room is the living room because it can be a place for family to gather, Sometimes I like to read when it’s peaceful and quiet. My family uses our living room for many things such as movie nights, sitting by the fire place during winter it’s quite the popular place to be in. usually, when I’m home alone, I often watch television while having a snack. Though sometimes the room can be extremely loud and not a very good place to be in, I still love it no matter what.

3. What would you like to change about your home? Why?
I am looking for a changing downstairs floor to an open floor plan in my residential home design. That means that larger spaces are opened up within the house to connect areas with different functions. For example, a large arch connects the open kitchen with a dining area. Without walls to separate the two space , natural light from the dining area spills into the kitchen, making it feel even more open and light.

4. Would you like to move house in the future?
Yes, Looking to move closer to my partner who lives in Canada.
Part 2 - speak for 2 minutes
Describe an interesting home that you have visited.
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It was spacious modern two-stories house in the centre of Jordan capital city, Amman. When you look at this house from the street, you can see, right away, the high trees around the house and the brickwork roof of it. This house is the place where you feel safe, comfortable and settled. As for me, I like modern houses. They are, in my opinion, more up-to-date and more attractive

When you enter the front door you can see the huge chandelier in the top of the entrance hallway; open floor plan ground floor residential design . Also, you'll definitely notice the white marbled stairs up to the first floor.

In the first floor, there are two bedrooms, one bathroom and a large living room. The living room, which is the room that I really like in this house, has two big sofas and a very nice massage chair. And with an amazingly huge LCD screen in it, it is quite nice for watching movies and having some popcorn at night.

Part 3 - give longer answers
1. What factors do you think are important when choosing where to live?
Firstly the Price, should be reasonable and according to my budget. Place, close to amenities and an affluent area is in demands . Thirdly , promotion, there may be new developments in this area in the future for example improvements in public transport

2. Compare life in a city with life in the countryside.
Firstly, the city life carries a heavy price. Housing and food are expensive, when you live in the small town, the hometown grocery store transportation are expensive component of life in the city is the toll it takes on your body through stress. Therefore, people who live in the city are usually under pressure working hard to pay for the cost of the living which is more and more expensive than its in the country.
Secondly , is entertaitment. They have very big different. The life in the country is simple but cosy enough…The inconvenient transportation and underdevelopment of economy deprive villagers the possibility of going to a new show or a latest movie and make shopping a major problem.
Thirdly, is the enviroment. The two place have different environments. The first, the environment in the country is purer and greener than in the city.
Lastly, work, Both people usually work, but how they work different. To begin with, living in the city has its own advantages about education and working, beside living in the city is not only convenient for citizens to study but there are also lots of chances for them to find a good job. People in the country usually do not have conditions to take a good education because of the limited backward infrastructure and manpower.
3. How do you think the design of homes will change in the future?
The home of the future will likely be much ‘smarter’ completely wired to adapt to our needs with smart-glass, moving walls and sensors built in.

Technology will be totally integrated.
Homes will be multi-purpose, incorporating work and living
Homes will be sustainable and environmentally friendly.
For example, the solar panels built directly in to the roof
Gardens and nature will play a vital role in quality of life, with more ‘village’ style living, with common ground and facilities between dwellings
Individual dwellings centred around common gardens and shared open space and facilities will be the development of choice, helping to reduce upkeep.

1. Do you live in a house or a flat?

I live in a semidetached house.
2. What's your favourite room in your home? Why?
My favourite room is the living room because it can be a place for family to gather, Sometimes I like to read when it’s peaceful and quiet. My family uses our living room for many things such as movie nights, sitting by the fire place during winter it’s quite the popular place to be in. usually, when I’m home alone, I often watch television while having a snack. Though sometimes the room can be extremely loud and not a very good place to be in, I still love it no matter what.

3. What would you like to change about your home? Why?
I am looking for a changing downstairs floor to an open floor plan in my residential home design. That means that larger spaces are opened up within the house to connect areas with different functions. For example, a large arch connects the open kitchen with a dining area. Without walls to separate the two space , natural light from the dining area spills into the kitchen, making it feel even more open and light.

4. Would you like to move house in the future?
Yes, Looking to move closer to my partner who lives in Canada.

Part 2 - speak for 2 minutes
Describe an interesting home that you have visited.
.

It was spacious modern two-stories house in the centre of Jordan capital city, Amman. When you look at this house from the street, you can see, right away, the high trees around the house and the brickwork roof of it. This house is the place where you feel safe, comfortable and settled. As for me, I like modern houses. They are, in my opinion, more up-to-date and more attractive

When you enter the front door you can see the huge chandelier in the top of the entrance hallway; open floor plan ground floor residential design . Also, you'll definitely notice the white marbled stairs up to the first floor.

In the first floor, there are two bedrooms, one bathroom and a large living room. The living room, which is the room that I really like in this house, has two big sofas and a very nice massage chair. And with an amazingly huge LCD screen in it, it is quite nice for watching movies and having some popcorn at night.

Part 3 - give longer answers
1. What factors do you think are important when choosing where to live?
Firstly the Price, should be reasonable and according to my budget. Place, close to amenities and an affluent area is in demands . Thirdly , promotion, there may be new developments in this area in the future for example improvements in public transport

2. Compare life in a city with life in the countryside.
Firstly, the city life carries a heavy price. Housing and food are expensive, when you live in the small town, the hometown grocery store transportation are expensive component of life in the city is the toll it takes on your body through stress. Therefore, people who live in the city are usually under pressure working hard to pay for the cost of the living which is more and more expensive than its in the country.
Secondly , is entertaitment. They have very big different. The life in the country is simple but cosy enough…The inconvenient transportation and underdevelopment of economy deprive villagers the possibility of going to a new show or a latest movie and make shopping a major problem.
Thirdly, is the enviroment. The two place have different environments. The first, the environment in the country is purer and greener than in the city.
Lastly, work, Both people usually work, but how they work different. To begin with, living in the city has its own advantages about education and working, beside living in the city is not only convenient for citizens to study but there are also lots of chances for them to find a good job. People in the country usually do not have conditions to take a good education because of the limited backward infrastructure and manpower.
3. How do you think the design of homes will change in the future?
The home of the future will likely be much ‘smarter’ completely wired to adapt to our needs with smart-glass, moving walls and sensors built in.

Technology will be totally integrated.
Homes will be multi-purpose, incorporating work and living
Homes will be sustainable and environmentally friendly.
For example, the solar panels built directly in to the roof
Gardens and nature will play a vital role in quality of life, with more ‘village’ style living, with common ground and facilities between dwellings
Individual dwellings centred around common gardens and shared open space and facilities will be the development of choice, helping to reduce upkeep.

Part 3 - give longer answers
1. What factors do you think are important when choosing where to live?
Firstly the Price, should be reasonable and according to my budget. Place, close to amenities and an affluent area is in demands . Thirdly , promotion, there may be new developments in this area in the future for example improvements in public transport

2. Compare life in a city with life in the countryside.
Firstly, the city life carries a heavy price. Housing and food are expensive, when you live in the small town, the hometown grocery store transportation are expensive component of life in the city is the toll it takes on your body through stress. Therefore, people who live in the city are usually under pressure working hard to pay for the cost of the living which is more and more expensive than its in the country.
Secondly , is entertaitment. They have very big different. The life in the country is simple but cosy enough…The inconvenient transportation and underdevelopment of economy deprive villagers the possibility of going to a new show or a latest movie and make shopping a major problem.
Thirdly, is the enviroment. The two place have different environments. The first, the environment in the country is purer and greener than in the city.
Lastly, work, Both people usually work, but how they work different. To begin with, living in the city has its own advantages about education and working, beside living in the city is not only convenient for citizens to study but there are also lots of chances for them to find a good job. People in the country usually do not have conditions to take a good education because of the limited backward infrastructure and manpower.
3. How do you think the design of homes will change in the future?
The home of the future will likely be much ‘smarter’ completely wired to adapt to our needs with smart-glass, moving walls and sensors built in.

Technology will be totally integrated.
Homes will be multi-purpose, incorporating work and living
Homes will be sustainable and environmentally friendly.
For example, the solar panels built directly in to the roof
Gardens and nature will play a vital role in quality of life, with more ‘village’ style living, with common ground and facilities between dwellings
Individual dwellings centred around common gardens and shared open space and facilities will be the development of choice, helping to reduce upkeep.

hello sir i am karan.my ielts examination is on 14 feb.i am really confused regarding my writing.what should i do to improve my writing.

Hello, Karan Sandhu, in my view you should keep practise your writing and give it to someone for checking. You should practise every day

Congratulations Lata, and thanks for your positive words about my site!

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No problem Juliane!

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Hi Ellen,

The tenses you used seem fine. However, I'm afraid it's unusual for a score to go up by a whole band if you ask for a re-mark.

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Good advice Makhabbat!

I just want to say that I took my ielts speaking exam today and the examiner asked me the same questions that you posted here. I answered that my favourite room is the kitchen ! Is this a right answer??

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