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Sunday, January 20, 2019


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Hi , Simon.
Coping is really a good way to learn English. I've been copying both your essays and some model answers from IELTS Emamination Papers. Your essays no doubt deserve Band 9 scores. However, some model answers from the IELTS books are not as yours . I was wondering are they really writen by examiners ?

I only copy some of the ideas, vocabulary and format from the lessons.Idea is easy to copy but vocabulary is difficult.Thanks.

Hi Simon,
I completely buy your idea of having a good English teacher. Are you providing online teaching service specifically for writing and speaking? I would really appreciate to have you my online IELTS teacher! Please respond ASAP as I will take IELTS exam on February the 14th.

please help me with this structure:

I was wondering what is the best way to contact you.

I was wondering what the best is to contact you.

These are for listening and pronunciation practice: the idea is to make you more aware of accent. Hopefully, in the long run, you will be more aware of what you yourself are producing.




The underlying thesis is that one of the gangplanks to improved pronunciation is the ability to identify various English accents when listening. People I know who can do this also have very good quasi-English accents; in fact some of them pass as native speakers.




I would not use the first version you gave. Technically indirect questions are not inverted.


If you mean Cambridge past examination papers, there are a few model answers marked Band 9, which are fine. However, many of the answers are marked with a lower band.

Always be aware that there are many different approaches to answering an IELTS Task 2 essay. However, in the exam you do not want to be dithering about which approach to use. You need go in with a plan, and method.

These two words are really tricky! Some say advancement has an abstract meaning. But, to me, they're still confusing!

advances/advancements in technology
Thanks to the new advances/advancements in technology

technological advancement
advances in technology

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I don't like the 'examiner' essays in the cambridge books. This is because each essay seems to be written in a different style or using a different method. This lack of consistency makes it difficult for students to learn anything about how to write a good essay.

I use the same approach / method every time I write an essay, and I think this makes it easier for you to learn from me.

Hi simon;

This blog is really great. I am wonderding, have you ever thought before to make a book only with these blog notes so-called "just notes by simon". İf not, why not:)).

Thanks for helping to us.

Thanks onurlu-alp! Yes, I'll probably do that one day.

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. It shows someone is doing something that is appreciated :)

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