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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

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Dear Simon,

Thank you for the essay skeleton. Your writing is so beautiful and natural. I often dig holes for myself when I try to express deep meanings.

I often see ielts candidates use 'appear the exam' and 'hone my study' . Are they native phrases?

Thank you

Interesting, Simon. We have been teaching and highlighting this for years but we call it 'The Spine'.

I do like 'Skeleton', though. Certainly much creepier.

Well from my simple point of view. we should aways write 4 paragraphs as Simon has told us. that is simple and obvious.

Hi Simon & friends
I have two grammatical question for you.
The first one, come from writing task 1 about Sales of mobile phone:
Is there any difference if we use:
"Samsung and Apple saw the biggest rises in sales"
or
"Samsung and Apple saw the biggest sales rise"

another is from writing task 2 about wild animal conservation topic, and is almost similar to the first one which says:

" .... natural habitat that ensures the survival of wild animals" or " ... these habitats are also crucial for human survival"

can we write " .. natural habitat that ensures the wild animals survival"
or
" ..... these habitats are also crucial for survival of human beings.

Would you please to show me a link or clue to read and understand more about this points.

I really appreciate your help.

Really . You are great person. Thank you very much

Thank you from my heart .

That sounds interesting. It made me laugh, Sir.

Dear Sir,

Thanks a lot!
You are simply great!
Your guidance is precious for me... I really feel much motivated and confident after learning your lessions. I just hope that I can convey my ideas in more concised and natural manner in the essay.

Thank you for teaching us!

Hey Simon,
I've been reading your blog for a long time and always send my students here for tips. If you or your readers have some time, could you have a look at this template I prepared for IELTS writing task 2 and tell me what you think. Thanks in advance,
Rob
http://everestlanguageschool.com/ielts-discuss-both-views-task-2/

Hi Simon,

First, thanks for this site.I have my exam on April and your strategies and guidance are a great help.

Now, concerning task 1 a have this doubt: when can we use 'while' and when can we say that something increased or decreased 'dramatically'?

Terrific ! I am really thankful for your daily guidance... The bottom line is, you find time to post a new lesson on a daily basis whereas I as a student can't sometimes find time to have a look at the updates ! Keep it up ! I owe you one !

The only thing missing is the detail in paragraphs 3 and 4. ???

3 and 4 ???

or 2 and 3 you would like to write?
do u agree with me?

how is cafe spelled? is it cafe or cafe^?

To SMB.
You wrote cafe precisely. I am not sure why you wrote it three times.

hi bikram, i cannot find the e with an accent mark here in my keyboard thus i wrote it 3 times. hehe. thanks. the reason why i asked bcoz i saw in one of the listening test answers from cambridge ielts series that their spelling for cafe has an accent mark. and my answer has none, i just wanted to clarify if the 'e' in cafe without the accent is acceptable in ielts. thanks for ur response

Hi,

Looking for someone to practise English

reza.tr1000@gmail.com

Hi SMB,

the spelling is ca·fé also ca·fe \ka-ˈfā, kə-\

both are correct.

reza.tr1000@gmail.com

FROM SIMON:

I'm glad you like the 'skeleton' idea. It's easy to remember :)

...

Altay,

Thanks for pointing out my mistake! The details are of course in paragraphs 2 and 3. I don't know why I wrote 3 and 4.

Hi Arya,


1-"Samsung and Apple saw the biggest rises in sales" I think it's more common.

2-natural habitat that ensures the survival of wild animals" or " ... these habitats are also crucial for human survival BOTH are correct.

3-these habitats are also crucial for survival of human beings is CORRECT. (survival of you can check it in dictionary).

4-natural habitat that ensures the wild animals survival>> change it to the wild animals' survival

Those are my own answers, needless to say that Simon is the best one to help.
reza.tr1000@gmail.com

Dear Simon, I admire you very much for your enthusiam and intelligence. I feel ashamed and owe you if I can not get an IELTS 6.5 overall score in the next 2 months.

Hi Miss Home

getting that score is not difficult at all, you can achieve your goal. Good luck

Hi Arya,
1-Sams and App saw the biggest rises in sales I think it's more common.
2-natural habitat that ensures the survival of wild animals or ... these habitats are also crucial for human survival BOTH are correct.
3-these habitats are also crucial for survival of human beings is CORRECT. (survival of you can check it in dictionary).
4-natural habitat that ensures the wild animals survival change it to the wild animals' survival
Those are my own answers, needless to say that Simon is the best one to help.
reza.tr1000@gmail.com

Hi Simon,
I just took the exam and Task-2 question was "Some people think that it is important for children to have some lessons outside the classroom, for example, by visiting local companies and public buildings." to what extend do you agree or disagree.

My essay lasts about 275 words. Is this a problem for my score?

And I really wonder your ideas about this topic.

Thank you.

Hi Simon, first of all, thank you very much for the great website and awesome tips. I am unlucky for not being able to exploit your sources enough. as I have only 6 days for the exam. Do you think this writing get me 6 or 6.5? Thank you..

People have different opinions about whether their children become good citizens. I believe that, this responsibilty should be shared.

On the one hand, parents certainly have a vital role in upbringing of their children. Before having a baby or during pregnancy both dad and mom discuss the process of growing their child in terms of many aspects. Ideas are shared in order to make some positive contribution to the devolopment of their child. As soon as the newborn open his or her eyes teaching starts. Over the year as the baby grows, the course of the development changes accordingly. The common main focus of all parents is emphasising the importance of being good as well as helping to improve the kid's ability to distinguish good and bad. Yet, the devolopment of a child is not limited with home. It rather regularly continues in the social life.

On the other hand, school teachers may contribute almost as much as parents to the devolopment of a child. Teachers are skilled people not just only on education but also coaching, advicing, solving problem of a student. The way they approach to the students would be more effective than parents would do. Likewise, a student who has problem could come and unburden oneself to the teacher in many respect because in the most of students eyes teachers are not just educationalists but also friends who can keep secret and find solutions to the problems. As we all had some inspirational teachers in the past during school years who had influence on us made vast contributions towards becoming a productive and kind member of society know the importance of teachers.

In conclusion, both parents and teachers cooperate together to make sure that young people become honest, kind, assiduous members of society.

Dear Simon,
First of all,I want to say thanks for publishing excellent lessons through this website.I have taken this test at least 10-15 times but unfortunately,I am not getting my desired score(7 each) as I am always missing in both writing and reading(6.5) every time.Please suggest me some advice on how to convert this scores to 7.

Regards,
subhrajit

thank you Simon.

Hello Simon

I am looking to RETRAIN as an examiner in IELTS. Did my training in Dubai and now looking to do it in the Lancashire area. Do you know where I can do this?

Do you mind me asking - do you get a lot of work with IELTS?

thank you!

Lisa Kennedy

Hi Simon ,

I did IELTS exam,and it was the first time for me. I just get 5 overall could u help me to improve my writing and reading
Thank you

@lili jean in which country did you write your exam?i had the same question here in Ghana on the same date as you. unfortunately I need a band 7 in all. my scores were.S8.5,L 7.5,W 6.5 AND R 8.

PAID FOR EOL AND ALSO WRITING ONCE MORE IN MARCH.I HOPE I GET IT THIS TIME

Hi Simon
Your work is highly commendable. De facto, your way of description is so interesting and appropriate that the one who is about to take IELTS for the first time could easily get a lot from your tips and techniques. I am glad that such mentors are still found....5hank you very much for your kind help. MAY you be blessed.

Thanks for your positive comment Breira!

Hi Simon and dear friends
I am writing this letter to you with one purpose. I would like to increase my mark. I have been practising writing section of IELTS more than 2 years. But I have passed IELTS 3 times and my current from writing is 5,5. Please help me with this issue

May I post my essays in order to show you, how my writing is ?

HELLO
THANKS FOR SAMPLES AT FIRST
I HAVE PASSED EXAM THREE TIMES AND i GOT 5,5 OVERALL AND 5 WR FOR ALL OF THEM
WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Hi Simon,

My writing band score is 6.5 and I need to get 7 for my registration, could you please help me for improving my writing skills.

Hi,

MY writing band score is 6.5, could you please help me for improving my writing skills.

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