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Hi simon , I have got 6.5 band score on this essay topic but I need 7. I am going to take another exam on this saturday. would you please recommend any tips about what we should do couple of days before exam?

hello simon sir,would you please tell me any synonim for celebrity ...I wrote it as a famous TV Star/film star ....and got6.5...
regards

Introduction: people have different views about the influence of celebrities glamour and wealth on the lives of young people.some people argue that celebrities such as film stars,sports personalities and muscians are usually famous for their charming , elegant and luxurious lifestyles rather than their accomplishments and taking them as an example can be dangerous for children .while i agree that celebs have a negative influence on children,i also believe that can be a role model.

hi Mr. Simon,
I took the exam on 10 May in Sydney, Australia. Unfortunately , my seat was at the corner at the back of the room, so my listening test was not good because I could not listen to the recorder clearly. they asked if everyone hear the voice clearly at the beginning of the test, at that time I was ok with the volume, but when I was actually doing the test, I realised that I am supposed to tell them before. you know 20 minutes ran so quickly and I could not do anything except my test. I feel very depressed now. I am wondering if I can request for retaking another listening test in this case.

I am looking forward to hearing from you

dear simon

that was my exam task2.. and i got 7.5 in writing..though , i wrote only 1 side..thanks for your tips n help:)GOD BLESS YOU

Hello Simon,

Actually, I am going to get Ielts exam next Saturday. If you have another recommend, please provide it for us.

God bless you.

Adorable simon :) thanx a lot

Balance statement:
It is undoubtedly true that celebrities have been making huge amount of money than any profession globally. At first sight it seems unjust, but on closer analysis it is totally justifiable and inevitable.

It is true that celebrities are popular for their luxuries and their their attractive sides, rather than their accomplishment.While I agree that it has a negative impress on children, it can be a positive value for adult.

...Set a bad example to... And ...set a bad example for... are both correct, right?
Thank you, Sir! I love your tips! I think they will help me a lot on Saturday, when I'll be taking my IELTS test for the second time. I need band 6 each component.

Hi simon sir,
can we use these words as synonyms for celebrity. famous person, superstar, dignitary .

why can't I comment?

Hi Simon,
Regarding your introduction, I am afraid that I think differently:
The topic question has two parts:
1. Nowadays celebrities are more famous for their glamour and wealth than for their achievements,
2. This sets a bad example to young people.

Do you agree with the part one? Partly?
If we choose to agree that some celebs are being famous for their glamour and wealth. What is the “this” in the second part referring to? I think it that it refers to the fact that “some” celebs are famous for their glamour and wealth. So, I would not choose to talk about those celebs that are famous for their achievements.

If you don’t agree, what if I change the question to below (add a “some” before celebrities)?
Nowadays some celebrities are more famous for their glamour and wealth than for their achievements, and this sets a bad example to young people.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Dear Simon,
Thank you for providing your insightful advise on writing a "balanced view" essay.

Regarding the example you shared, however, I am a bit confused. It seems to me that the question is " Do we agree or disagree that glamous celebrities without achievements are a bad example for children". So to me if we choose to write a "balanced" view, we should say something like "while I believe they (celebrities) have negative influence on children, I can also see a positive role they sometimes may have for young people".

In your example, your said " other famous" people" which seems to me is not directly related to the topic. Or am I simply missed the point?

I look forward to your help and clarification. Thank you.


Yours sincerely

HI All,
Below is my essay plan:
Introduction:
It is true that there are some celebrities are famous of being famous, which means that it is the glamour or wealth rather than their exclusive abilities or achievement in a specific field that makes them famous. Although I agree that some celebs of this kind set a bad example for young people because of their extravagant and self-indulgent lifestyles, I don’t think being famous for glamour or wealth should be condemned.

Hi Simon,
Im planning to sit for my IELTS on this Saturday.. Do you have any clues?

HI All,
Below is my essay plan:
Introduction:
It is true that there are some celebrities are famous of being famous, which means that it is the glamour or wealth rather than their exclusive abilities or achievement in a specific field that makes them famous. Although I agree that some celebs of this kind set a bad example for young people because of their extravagant and self-indulgent lifestyles, I don’t think being famous for glamour or wealth should be condemned.

Paragraph 1:
Use Paris Hilton (maybe Kim Kardashian ?) as an example to demonstrate that some celebs set bad examples – they make sex tapes!

Paragraph 2:
Use David Beckham as an example. He is quite a little different because he has his achievement in football but his charm definitely adds to his fame. He would not be so success if he is not so handsome. David Beckham is a good role model for young people because of his loyalty to his family and his contribution to charity groups.

Conclusion:
I don’t think being famous for wealth or glamour is necessarily a sin, and what really matters is their doings. Celebs should realize their social responsibilities and make more contribution to society.

Hi Allen,

I think you found it difficult to get past my spam filter due to your references to the activities of Paris Hilton!

I agree with your interpretation of the question, and this did occur to me when I first read it. However, I decided to go with the interpretation in my introduction for a few reasons:

1. The question was given to me by students who took the exam, and it may not be worded in exactly the way that it appeared in the test. Knowing how the IELTS people work, I think this would have been a question that aimed to get candidates to write about the two types of celebrities: those who are famous for glamourous lifestyles, and those who really achieve things.

2. Most candidates would interpret the question (even as I worded it above) in the way that I did, and I don't think that they would be penalised in any way for this interpretation. It's definitely on-topic enough for IELTS purposes.

3. It's ok to disagree with the first part of the topic: "Nowadays celebrities are more famous for their glamour and wealth than for their achievements". I'm really saying 'no' to this statement when I write that "some" (not all) celebrities are famous for glamour and wealth - then I agree that "these" celebrities set a bad example. As you said, if we add the word "some" to the question, I wouldn't strictly be able to answer in this way.

I hope this all makes sense!

Good day simon..

Sorry if im may be off topic to ask u about one of the topics in your e book w/c is GM FOODS.im really confuse because u stated that the environment is NOT damaged by fertilizers or pesticides. I would like to ask in wat way it does NOT destroy the environment?

Hi Simon,
Thanks for your clarification.
Yes, I did find myself in trouble to commit these words. :-)
I think you are right that it is a language test and the topic might not be strict enough.

Many many thanks for your great work!

Simon,
Your spam checker are continually blocking me.
:-(

Hi simon I am a new student of IELTS and one of my best friends showed me your site,Now I hope that you write an essay about intenet adicttion and technalogy.

you are great!

sincerely simon

internet adiction

Hi
Please Do corrections if necessary , the sentence is
In the meantime,movies play vital role in children development. In current circumstances, children should watch the movie with in certain limits
Are the above 2 sentence are right or need correction

Dear Simon,
I'm louise from china. I have been studying English for 6 months before I have never been studying it. My IELTS score are listening 5 reading4.5 writing3.5 speaking3.5. my school require each 6.5 so that I don't know how to study it.I have just time for 1year

Warm Regards,

Louise

hi Simon, this is my paragraph about celebrities who can be bad models:
on these days, we can go online and see many articles about some modals or singer stars looking charming or elegant in some beautiful luxurious dresses or of them just spending an enormous money for a band new car or house. you rarely see them in the article about their achievement or their accomplishment. actually they are not famous for their talent at all, they become well known for their extravagant lifestyle and their appearance.this may send a bad message to children. children may believe that their appearance and money are important part of being famous. they may focus more on these aspects than on developing their talents. these celebrities are bad example for children.

Dear Simon,

I feel a bit confused with the following question:
"When a country develops its technology, the traditional skills and ways of life die out. It is pointless to try and keep them alive. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?"
Do we have to explain how does technology makes traditional skills die out(first sentence in the question) or we just need to focus in explaining why is it important to preserve traditional skills?

Hope you may help me to clarify it.

Many thanks!

Best Regards,

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