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September 11, 2011


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Hi Simon,
Thank you for sharing this.

By the way, when the question uses "show" in the topic sentence, do we have to paraphrase with other verb such as "illustrate","compare","describe","depict"?

It seems using " show" and "illustrate" are more common. Is there any concern to displace it with words such as "depict" or "describe"?


Hi Simon,
Could you give some ideas for the question; what are the advantages of learning a foreign language for young children?

Hi Kathy,

I think if young children learn a different language, they easily absorb that language compared to older children. This is because older children may have more subjects in schools.
Another advantage is children will learn not only a language, but also culture from different country. Additionally, with the development of globallisation, people who have professional skills and can use multi language fluently,can have a high chance to be successfull. So, the early children learn another language, the better outcomes they can achieve.
Hope this help, Kathy
This is my ideas, not sure they are right.


Hi Simon,

You are very welcome and I am glad that I could contribute to the lesson for today!

Hope you had a nice weekend~


Thank You Nga!

Hi Ed,

I just use: shows, illustrates, compares, gives information about.

I would avoid other words because many of them are not appropriate for this situation e.g. 'depicts' is used when we describe what a painting or piece of art shows (not for describing a graph, chart etc.)


Hi Kathy,

Nga's ideas are perfect. You don't need my help this time!

Thanks Nga!


I did have a nice weekend, thanks Martin!

Hi Simon,

Can we write % in our task 1? Or we have to write percent?


Just write %. It's perfectly acceptable (and it's what a native speaker would write).

Dear Simon,
Is there any differences between "compared to" and "compared with".
Thank u in advance!

Hi Quynh,

For the purposes of IELTS, there is no real difference that you need to worry about.

If you want to read something about small differences in terms of 'style', read the article below:


Dear Simon, I found this article as well as this website really helpful! Thank u sooo much :D

No problem Quynh.

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