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Thursday, November 19, 2015


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Thank you Simon. I really love your writing style.

many thanks for your sharing!! it is so much useful and helpful!!!

Thanks very much for your effort Simon. It does help us a lot.

hi simon
you used from some phrases that spite of the simplicity are very useful but unfortunately low use by the more candidates in the exam.for example:
-three out of the five
-the highest levels of
-had risen to
-separate years
-while revenue from
-it is noticeable that

just wondering this IELTS can reach until band9, meanhile in my MUET maximumly until band6 , is IELTS can be apply to the other education standard?? i mean the way of report writing?? ,

By the way, can we use 'coffee consumption' as an alternative saying of 'sales of coffee'?

Hi Simon and everybody

Do you suggest to study with 21sh century reading series created by national geography and TED ?
Please help...

Hi Simon, i used your website for a week in my preperation for IELTS exam on Nov 7, today i got the results:


thank you for your studying materials, I needed 6.5 overall and was really scared of writing but got an OK score from it. I really appreciate what you do here, cheers!


'Sales' and 'consumption' are similar but not the same thing. Not everything that is sold is consumed. I know some examiners who don't care too much about this, and I know others who do, so my advice is to stick with the variations that Simon uses in his sample.

Excellent written!!

Okay, sjm, to be honest, I have the same concern too so I think we should be cautious when paraphrasing.

Thank you once again for your help and best regards.

Thank you for your sample answer. I find this website to be very useful for IELTS preparation. I really appreciate your efforts.

I just wonder the use of "revenue" in this sample answer. As far as I understand, revenue is a kind of profit or income. Is it OK to use "revenue" instead of "sales figure"?

if i post an essay, can you check it for me simon?

Hi dear Mr.Simon,
I kindly ask you to write sample essay for IELTS book 10, test 1 writing task 1. This question seems tricky for me.

Thanks in advance

Hello dear Simon
thank you for your brilliant website

I have a question: in writing task 1, what is the difference between the numbers of and the number of
also the amounts of and the amount of

best regards

Dear Simon,
I have a question about the terms "sales", "revenue" and "the amount of money spent on...". I'm really confused with the way you used these words in your answer because "sales" and "revenue" hve opposite meanings to each other as far as I have known. Could you give me explanation for this?
Thank you so much.

dear simon,
i find your style and tips help me so much with writing task 1. and i have a question.
Can I write " the Uk was the largest market of bananas" and " belgium and sweden were the smallest market of both products " ?
thanks in advance

Hello Simon
I am not clear about the structure "the UK saw by far". Should it be "the UK seen by far"? Or it's common expression?

thank you simon! it is really helpful! I really appreciate what you done :-)

Hello Simon,

Is there no need to add "the" before "highest" in the following sentence in the third paragraph?

"while revenue from Fairtrade bananas was highest in the UK, at €15 million."


"saw" is correct - this is a common phrase in English.



We don't need "the" in this case. I'll try to make a grammar lesson to explain why this weekend.

hi simon,
sales means sell product, how can we use spending here? could you plz explain this for me?

thank you so much

Thanks for your sharing, it's a big help. But, the last one sentence should be " fell in Denmark and Sweden".

its million or millions

Hi, a bit confuse. The title says sale and the use of "amount spent" does not really correlate with sales in my own thinking. Also u later mentioned revenue which does not mean same as amount spent.pls would be glad to get a response

Oh, this is not the same table as in Cambridge 10. I was practicing with the book and then wanted to compare with a band 9 version, but I found it very confusing because the tables are different. However, the language is still useful anyway.

The tow tables contain sales data for fairtrade coffee and bananas in 1999 and 2004 in five European countries. Overall it is seen that, Uk sales of fairtrade-labelled bananas and coffee hieghest compare to the other nations.

As is observed from the illustration, the first table compare to the second table . The residence of Uk sales huge quantity of coffee which was 1.5 million euros in 1999 and 20 million euros in 2004. Therefor, 1.8-2 million euros in Denmark whereas 0.8-1 million euros in Sweden in two particular years. In Switzerland there was a double increased which was 3-6 million euros .

On the other hand, in Switzerland there was a noticeable rose(15-45million euros) on bananas in tow years(1999 and 2004). While the Uk and Belgium sales from 1-5.5 million euros and from 0.6-4 million euros respectively.Sweden and Denmark shows there was a fall from 1.8-1 and 2-0.9 million of euros respectively .

The two tables compare the selling amount in millions of euro of coffee and bananas in England, Denmark and other three European countries in the year of 1999 and 2004.

The sales volume of coffee increased in all five countries during that period, especially a significant growth in the UK. By contrast, bananas saw an increase only in three countries and a decrease in Belgium and Sweden.

In 1999, people in Switzerland bought 3 million euros’ coffee which is the highest amount of all five countries. Swedish only purchased 0.8 million. Five years later, English man and woman spent 20 million euros on coffee which was almost doubled than all the rest four countries’ amounts put together.

In terms of bananas consumption, people in England spent 15 million compared with no more than 2 million in each of the other four countries in 1999. After five years, the sales of UK were tripled to 47 million, whereas it dropped to no more than 1 million in Belgium or Sweden.

Dear Simon.

The second table you take is slightly different from that in the book Cambridge Ielts 10. And I think that the orginal version is a bit trickier to write than yours.

Anyway, thanks for your essay and your ideas to deal with this kind of question !

Thank you for posting this answer. It is very easy to understand and read.


thank you simon!

Dear Simon.
I am really appreciate to your lesson.
But I want to tell you that this table is not exaxtly same in Ielts book. The country's order in second table is different with the cambridge IELTS 10. I just want to let you know!
Anyways thank you so much!

but may sir said in seond para we have to ryt overall view!!


Hi simon
You have a problem in giving wrong information in first paragraph. Please check the information with table

In 1999, Switzerland had the highest sales of Fairtrade coffee, at €3 million, while revenue from Fairtrade bananas was highest in the UK, at €15 million

The highlight revenue of fairtrade bananas in 1999 was in Switzerland no Uk

So if we make the mistakes in information, which kind of our writing band score will be affected?

Hi Abbas,

Are we looking at a different table? Mine (linked below) say this:

1999, Bananas:

UK = 15 million Euros
Switzerland: 1 million Euros


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