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Tuesday, April 07, 2020


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I'm so happy that I can see your message again. I appreciate it that your selfless contribution for every student who is preparing for the test.
I'm from China, and the place I am living here where has been slightly influenced by the pandemic. I believe that everything will be good quickly.
best wishes for you.

Hi Simon,

I'm from VN and you're right about preparing IETLS
things. I don't know whether 2 months left are enough for me to achieve my goal but I'm glad that I found your website, such an amazing source of English learning materials.
My country is under lockdown too so I hope best luck will come to you guys.

well written!

Hi Simon,
I am from IRAN and my lovely country is on lockdown not only due to the spread of the new coronavirus but also US sanctions.
Before you made your new decision and changing your teaching way, I could benefit from your blog but now I am not able to use it. because I don't have access to the international credit cards and pay to be your site member.
So, I am on lockdown!

Hi Simon,

As you have thought I am experiencing corona days off. I am free and I want to prepare for the IELTS test. I am very glad as finding out your website. It is very interesting because you have updated the daily news. It is easy to remember and understanding.
Thank you so much and I hope you are well to continue to teach English for us forever.

Hi Simon,
I have not been checking your blog for a while, which was my daily routine before your website lockdown :)
I hope you happy days being healthy with your family.
I am from Iran too and I do not have access to your member-site too for the same reason Hamidreza said in the previous comment :)
If you could release some of your older VIP classes, or introduce us some beneficial sources here, it will make us happier :).

Hi Simon,
I'm from Taiwan and preparing for the IELTS exam recently and benefit from your website a lot. Our country, Taiwan, is one of the rare countries which are not in lockdown due to the effective approaches of our government. I hope we could keep the status quo untill the pandemic is over. I read the news about the NHS and your PM in ICU. I hope everything will be fine soon.

good lock and stay home and stay safe :)

Hi Simon, I am a Chinese from mainland working in Canada. Thanks a lot for sharing so much with us about IELTS, which is amazing!! We could all use this time to do something that we have always want to do but couldn’t find time. I hope you and family are well. We will overcome this challenge and each country will I believe. Keep healthy and keep well.

I’m learning a lot from you. Thanks

Good from you to hear

Hi. I'm from the UK. On lockdown of course like Simon.Preparing for IElTS and hoping exams will resume soon.
On a side note, I'm wondering how Taiwan is approaching this virus and is effectively handling it.
I'm quite impressed by South Korea containing the situation so quickly
Stay safe everybody. it's a time for all humanity to be united.

Hi Simon
I come from Iran and unfortunately our country is not on lockdown seriously either legally, so some people have to work at out of home. I hope that this situation change as soon as possible for all over the world.
in during the time, I tried improve my English knowledge and skills and also try hard to not forget vocabulary and speaking English. I had decided to pass the IELTS exam in the first of this summer, but I do not have any Idea about it now when I can do it. I have a question about the IELTS exam, What happen and has this test been stopped in other countries or not?
Best wishes for everyone,

Thanks Simon sir. You have some free time now.Please start again the lesson here.
Keep calm and wash hands.

Viola Saleh
One view from a friend in Taipei on 1st April:
Taiwan is not locked down. After being ignored by the WHO (who really are at the whim of what the CCP wants today), Taiwan as early as December 18 were already implementing counter measures. Very little community spread. Vast majority all through international arrivals. So, while China continues to lie and cover up, Taiwan has been proven right on multiple levels. It’s really been a nationalistic type attitude I’ve never seen...Taiwan, due to CCP interference and Western countries mocking its measures, forced everyone to pull together. On an international level, Taiwan is having one of its finest hours I think. This is the third major outbreak they’ve dealt with, so the Taiwanese know what they are doing.

Stay safe

Hopefully doing well all,It’s very useful time for preparing IELTS ,I am from India. Can use the time to better practice and preparation for IELTS. The pandemic situation is somewhat difficult, however isolation is only way to control.

Hi Simon,

It is really nice to see you again, I am from China and I was grounded for almost two months due to the devastating spread of covid-19 in my region.Perhaps 2020 is the toughest year for most of us, but I am strongly believe that there must be a good reason for our suffering and if we stay positive,we are about to have a shoot at silver lining.

I do really appreciate for your generous help for such a long time in this blog and wish you all the best.

Hello Sir, I am from India. 🇮🇳During this lockdown, I downloaded an application named ‘Kindle’ for my mobile phone and laptop. By using this, I have read many books, especially your recommended ‘Atomic Habits’. Thanks for your valuable suggestions. I was hopping that you could recommend me some more books for self improvement.

Hi Sahar,

For the most recent information on IELTS exams, look at this link:


It will continue to be updated as the situation changes.

Also, for all students, even if you are not a member yet on Simon's member site, you can still email him about essay correction. Just click on the link on the blog.

Hi Simon,
I'm from Vietnam where is strongly believed to have effective methods to help residents overcome this awful epidemic so I am not really uncomfortable or frustrated with the social isolation. Fortunately, this time is truly a nice opportunity to improve myself, especially my English skills. Thanks a lot to your contribution and support.
I hope you and your family will be fine during the pandemic.
Best regards,

I actually use Duolingo for better practice and after looking at the content you provide, I felt it's good to learn from you. Hope you could do some free webinars. And also I learn by watching English movies for free on Cyberflix apk


Cam you help with correction?

Hi Simon,
I am also from Iran. hope you introduce us some valuable sources....
Sad to say,we cannot access to membership part:(

Hi Simon,

I am from Hong Kong. I enjoyed reading your blog so much! I will take the IELTS at the end of April.Somehow, the lockdown gave me more time to prepare for it. I think many people have benefited from your teaching. Thank you so much.

Dear sir
I am writing a letter in response with regard to "lockdown experiences ".
I have been studying Executive-MBA in marketing for the past two year.I currently work as an Athlete so I am used to get affected in many different ways from being anxious to overwhelmed or sad.Lockdown have increased pre-existing feelings of loneliness,so looking into this matter first suggestion would be whether video calling or other tech helps to alleviate isolation till lockdown period ends.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully
Bhupendra Thapa Chhetri

Hi Simon,
I am Elif from Republic of Turkey. I've been following the blog. So useful and imagical website that i've ever discover
I have to pass ieltz for my dream, being a pilot so
please do not leave us alone:)
Still i am struggling to find a right way to studying, please could you tell me advices to prepare?
Thank you/ Stay safe

when I write this comment, my country have no injection case within 5 day long, hope your country will overcome the pandemic soon. (from vietnam)

Hi Simon,

I have to be honest that during this crisis, my feeling is a little complicated. Sometimes, I'm excited about having more time for myself but immediately I'm in a blue mood cause I have to face with my deep thoughts. To overcome these difficulties, I always choose to do something distracting me from negative thoughts.Learning English helps me a lot, I mean I immerse myself in learning language.

I believe that every single person has their own choice to react to this problem. From my perspective, this outbreak is a nature's wake up call to human. It's not unprecedented event at all. We as individual need to do something before the next much disastrous pandemic happening.

Stay safe and healthy Simon!

hi Simon,I am from India,though we are in pandemic ,we are coming together and supporting our people to stay safe and make everyone psychologically boosted,thaks from TYPHOON TV https://typhoon-tv.com/

Hi amigos ,stay home and stay safe ,make this time to strengthen the way to your dreams and to fly heights in life ,make sure ur attentive towards every situation ,Best regards from HYFY TV APK https://hyfytvapk.com/

Hi everyone,we are being at home and making time for our family,and firstly thanks for refreshing us in such a pandemic and making us to interact with people over all the world ,Best wishes from OREO Tv

in my country some of city , the local government plan to practice how to working well and more safely life if one day the people face the lack down

Jacqueline Liu from Taiwan

Hi Simon, my country was prepared will before the virose spread they closed everything and stoped a lot of work, but still, the number of people who got the infection is going high every day. we started to be less careless about the precaution, unfortunately, people get tired of being at home too. I hope this nightmare ends soon.
take care,

Nora from Jeddah

Hi Simon, hope you are doing well, as you said new normal was the time to me preparing to IELTS. Today I have known about your website and online lessons,I think your are really person i should come across 🤓 and I'm happy to say it) MY hopefully,target score is overall:9 that must have to be taken on the middle of May inşa allah and I believe that I can achieve it with your highly Motivated skills and experience 🎯 thanks very much Simon, see you soon☘️

Wow, from the comments, I do see people come from different corners of the world. I am a Chinese now residing at Seattle, WA in the U.S. I am glad to find this website and keep preparing IELTS.

I have been locked down for almost two months since March, in the beginning, I was extremely insecure and deeply lost, I did not know what is the end of the lockdown. But since after that, I tried best to cheer myself up, listen and repeat self affirmations from youtube clips, medicate, read some philosophy books, and think a lot of the life.

So now, so far so good. And I realize that I cannot waste my time anymore on TV shows. I should start again to pick up IELTS.

Hi Simon, I'm an Iranian who lives in Cyprus.
I've booked the exam on 16th May 2020. It's been two months since we are in lockdown here and I'm not sure when it will be finished.

BTW, thank you for all your efforts and supports for people around the world. Hope you feel the love behind you.


I am so happy when hearing your comeback. I am following your website, which helps me very much. I hope to have enough scores to fulfill my plan. Thank you very much.

hi simon, do you have an answer key? can't correct my answers.

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Hello Simon, I used to be a English teacher like you too but only for children.

I always try my best to improve my language and I find 7ESL Learning English through Youtube the inspiration way to discover your language, in other way the useful channel to enjoy it.

But it's time I don't feel I have something to find out about English anymore (from that channel). So I visit your website and write a little bit of my feeling.

Hi Simon,

Thank you for sharing your lockdown experience,
I am a foreign worker here in Saudi Arabia, I can say that being on the state of lockdown here is not way far from the normal days, we've been adopting the culture sensitiveness of the country, however the current lockdown have made a bit of changes in the open hours for socializing in the public areas alone, thus to avoid further spreading of the new corona virus "COVID-19"

As the aspirant for ielts passer, I'm glad that you've posted again, because It will help me on expanding my English skills by reading lots of insights from your site,

I wish you good health Mr. Simon.

I really learn a lot of things from you. Thank you so much all articles.

Hello Dear Simon
I am so glad about finding your beneficial website. Also, I am so surprised about finding such a generous person who helps others to reach their ambitions.
My name is Sahar, I am from Iran and I am going to practice the English language in the way that IELTS evaluates us, and the lockdown is a great opportunity. Please, guide me.
Thank you.

Hello Simon,

This is Michael from Japan. As you said, I am utilising this time to improve my English. There is less possibility for me at age of 43 to go abroad to study or immigrate, but preparing IELTS is really positive thing with clear aim I can do during the quarantine.

Good day Simon,

It is nice reading from you once again. In as much as the Coronavirus pandemic has subjected us to the new normal; I have cease the opportunity to prepare for IELTS examination.

I am looking forward to sitting for the examination around August this year, and I am hopeful I will come out with flying colours.

I really appreciate how helpful your online tutorials have been to me during this period of COVID-19 lockdown.

Best regards


Hi Simon,
It's my first time to comment your post.
I'm living in Seoul, South Korea. We've never been locked down since the covid-19 outbreak happened, but many things around us changed a lot. It's still difficult to imagine what the 'new normal' exactly means, but I'm trying to adjust changes around us.

National humiliation for 520 in Taiwan

because this woman is liar

because this woman is liar

and she doesn't have the PHD from LSE




who can help Taiwan?

above films is about the liar and this is a book what had been happened from 1982 to now .
Who can help Taiwanese ?

Hello from New Zealand,

New Zealand have so far managed to contain Covid 19 successfully and recently moved to alert level 2, which is the state that can give us more freedom.

I wish everyone else here is safe!

Hello, I am a nursing graduate form India, currently preparing for IELTS Academic in order to apply for UK nursing job. My colleagues say that OET is easier compared to IELTS. Is it true?

it is true that now the media is very depraved in Taiwan they are doing the sale of the period of time to govern. such as interview show.
what is beneficial for citizens?
the ads flee pay by tax
spread the fake news
teach how to bully

@ Ben Ealoor 'sjm' an ielts examiner made the following comment: "OET is generally 'easier' than IELTS for medical professionals. For this reason, I would recommend OET over IELTS."


See also: https://www.yourworldhealthcare.com/uk/news/ielts-or-oet-which-test-should-nursing-professionals-take


Also note the following: " To register with the NMC, an applicant taking the OET needs to score an overall Grade B. However, the applicant will also need to take the UKVI IELTS (General Training) and gain an overall score of 4.0 in order to apply for a visa. This option is considered the easier of the two but is more expensive."


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