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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


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Thank you very much, Teacher Simon!

No problem Anh!

Hi Simon,

Is it possible for IELTS to be an essay topic where you cannot give your opinion? I think in all kinds of questions you must give your opinion.

Kind Regards,
Artur Y.

Thank you! Your explanation is awesome.

Task-2 questions which ask 'to what extent do you or disagree?' , is it necessary to write how much I agree?. For illustration, I completely/ partially agree/disagree with the viewpoint.

Similarly for advantages/disadvantages questions.

Hello everybody!

I've passed IELTS on February 25 and my score on speaking was 7.0. It would be great if someone could help me improve my speaking IELTS. You can email me: fira.rahmonov@gmail.com

Regards, Firdavs.

Hello Simon,

I would like you to make some comments about this model answer(as they refer it like this way) coz I have doubts if I could apply this kind of essay in writing task 2.

Questions:the best way to solve the world's environmental problem is to increase the cost of fuel. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

As globalization continues and the world heads into the future, the Earth's natural processes are altered, leading to major environmental challenges. With the assumption that fuel consumption greatly affects ecological balance, certain conservation groups propose to make petrol more expensive to solve the world's environmental problems. While this is a valid suggestion, it is my belief that this approach cannot address all of the environmental concerns of the world.

It is probably true to say that many motorists would be discouraged to use cars excessively when the price of oil is increased. This move may potentially reduce the emission of carbon dioxide harmful pollutants into the air, which would result in the reduction of global warming and air pollution. However, doing so clearly does not help with issues that do not emanate from the use of fuel, such as water pollution, improper waste management and severe deforestation.

Another point to consider is the social structure and culture of people in certain countries. In developing nations, for instance, the great majority of the individuals who own cars belong to the rich and privileged. Although an increase in the cost of petrol would cost would initially hurt, it would not keep them from using cars for long as they can easily adford the price of fuel no matter how expensive.

I also believe that this measure is at best temporary because it focuses more on governmental policy than individual responsibility. Since most of the world's environmental problem result from the inconsiderate actions of man, none of these issues would permanently resolve unless people would learn how to live in a way that is greener and friendlier to the environment.

To my mind, increasing the cost of fuel is but a short term relief to the world's environmental problem. Raising the individual concern for the environment would be better and more lasting solution.
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Dear Simon,

Recently, I have found some topics that I find it rare and strange and require special preparation and I have no much time to prepare all of them.
An example of such questions is:

Fewer schools are requiring children to learn and improve their hand writing skills. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of this trend?"

Do I have to prepare these questions?
I am afraid but I need your advice badly.

Thank you Simon

Dear Simon ,
i have been following your lessons for last 2 years but unfortunately getting not more than 6.5. I m planning to revise all your lessons once again for next time .Please guide me as my writing skills are very poor . I feel that i dont have much ideas for majority of topics thats why getting low score .Waiting for your reply .

Loved these 4 'rules' for introductions.


Dear simon,
I have a confusion about the repetition of personal opinion in task 2
Please clarify that it is correct to repeat personal opinion in the different parts of essay or not

Kind regards,
Harpreet singh

Hello Simon,

I am writing on this blog very first time. I have read that introduction include following things.

Thesis Statement
Outline Statement.

What should we follow?

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