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I wrote the following letter with some of my students here in Manchester. It contains some great examples of informal phrases. Can you guess what the full question was?
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Dear Mr. Simon
Thank you very much for your great website.
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Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 12:39
pardon me sir
i am preparing for my IELTS
but one serious problem i have in my writing task 2 that i am still achieving 6.5 score only
what i have to do for reaching 7.5
( my problem is that i always use big & difficult words that i think is reason for this
can you tell me that (should i have to add a logical ideas in my body paragraphs
plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz
Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 15:14
The question can be:
"Write an informal letter to one of your friend and,
* Explain the reason of your move to the new place.
* Describe your new place.
* Invite your friend to visit your new place."
Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 19:35
If you dont mind,but my advice to you is: Focus on the words you already know. We (students) think that we should try to impress the examiner writing "not common words", but dont you think they know this? This attempt of trying to sound a "vocabulary-man" would make us commit terrible mistakes,or sometimes the word would be misused (a native speaker wouldnt use the word ). After reading Simon's notes, he makes clear that we dont need this method to achieve a greater score . What we actually need to do is to answer the question 100%, using words related to the topic and not committing grammar mistakes.
Best of luck on your exam,
Sunday, December 01, 2013 at 02:12
Write a letter on one friend to notify that you have moved to a new apartment.
1. explain the reason.
2. describe the new apartment.
3. invite your friend to visit your new apartment.
Sunday, December 01, 2013 at 06:36
thank you bro braulio
for best wishes i will do my best in my exam
Sunday, December 01, 2013 at 07:59
Write a letter to your friend that you shifted to another flat
Describe the reason why you shifted
Describe the new flat and invite him to your new flat
Ajay Sharma |
Sunday, December 01, 2013 at 12:18
No worries mate. I believe you will perform well, just trust in yourself!!
Monday, December 02, 2013 at 02:47
I think in the beginning of the fourth paragraph, "If you EVERY fancy a trip to London", should be: "If you EVER fancy a trip to London".
And my guess is,
You have recently moved to a new place. Write a letter to your friend.
In the letter, Describe
why you have moved,
where the house is,
and invite him/her to pay a visit.
Monday, December 02, 2013 at 09:02
Everyone guessed correctly - the task was to write to a friend to explain that you had moved house (explain why, describe the new place, invite your friend to come and stay).
NOTE: Evelyn noticed my spelling mistake - I wrote 'every' instead of 'ever' in the last paragraph. I'll change that in a moment. Well spotted Evelyn!
Monday, December 02, 2013 at 13:54
I've just realized that students can also do this kind of analysis or "backward exercise" when proofreading their Task2 essays and/or speaking Part2 descriptions. I think this is the ideal way to figure out by themselves whether they have answered all the questions from the task and avoid unnecessary and/or irrelevant ideas.
Thursday, December 05, 2013 at 00:17
Yes, I think I'll be using this kind of task more often with my students.
Thursday, December 05, 2013 at 15:18
It should be an informal letter for a friend/neighbor,in order to inform her/him from moving house.
Friday, December 06, 2013 at 16:36
I'm preparing for ielts for the first time
vijay laxmi |
Friday, January 03, 2014 at 17:33
Thank you. Good example.
Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:17
Your advice is very helpful to us.
For general writing task 2,in some books it says to use better vocabulary.So instead of using "difficult to remember words", if we use similar meaning words tht we use in normally, will that reduce our marks?
eg: use "essential" instead of "Vital"
nalintha ekanayake |
Friday, January 23, 2015 at 20:01
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