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September 13, 2012


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The given bar graph compares the amount of domestic consumtion in different parts of the world between 2007 and 2009.

The bar diagram gives information about region-wise weekly household expenditure in U.K between 2007 to 2009,
over all,the significant impression one gets by looking at the graph is that London region had high household expenditure which was approximately more than 500$.On the contrary the lowest expenditure in North east households.
The second and third expenditure regions were south east and East Which were almost 520$ and $490 respectively.Thereafter,there was no much difference in East and South west regions.
The lowest expenditure region next to north east was Yorhshire and The Humber that was $400.Then,there were marginal variation in household expenses between East M idlands,North west and West M idlands which were arround $420.
To sum up,the expenses of household in all regions was more than $390.Therefore,the average hosehold expenditure in England was $470.

Hi Simon
I came up with the below:

The table gives information about the expenditure spent weekly by an average English household in terms of a region for the period 2007 to 2009.

It can be clearly seen from the table that in each of the four regions namely, London, South East, East, and South West, people spent more money than those in England as a whole. The highest expenditure rate was seen in London (about 552) followed by the other three, while the figure for the North East was the lowest, at about 387.

The bar chart above shows the average weekly regional households expenditure in England from 2007 to 2009.
Looking at the chart, the highest expenditure was in London, which was approximately(£552 per week),followed by South East(£523), the East of England(£487) and the South East(£474).
The chart also shows that spending was lowest among the households in the North East(£387)and Yorkshire and The Humber(£400).
In the Midlands, the spending was(£440)while that of North West and East Midlands were almost the same-(£430 and (£428)respectively.
In conclusion,the average weekly household expenditure in all the regions in England was higher in London,while the lowest spending was in the North East.

hi every body ,i am welcoming any comment

The bar chart compares the weekly spending on households in ten different region in the UK, over a period of three years from 2007.
It is clear that london has the highest household expenditure compared to north east which had the lowest spending.

The average household spending per week in England was about £470.However, london reported the highest spending which was above the average,at£550.This is followed closely by south east which had the second largest weekly household expenditure,at£520. The figures for the east and south west were almost close, at£490 and£480 respectively,while those for west midland were slightly lower, at£450.
People spent roughly around £430 on household in North west and East midland. However, northland`s household had the lowest spending which was around £390. About £400 per week was spent on household in Yorkshire

Hello Simon

what is the difference between this two phrase below? These phrases cames from your 2 different essays. Can we replace "out" and "of" in this usage?

"Out of the 5 countries,..."

"Of the six items,..."

please help me Simon, thank you in adnance.

Hi Simon
My question is about the usage of "more of an emphasis" and "more emphasis".
We usually use put more of an emphasis on something but i also find someone use that put more emphasis on something. WHICH is better and how to differentiate?

Thanks a lot

Hi Simon

I came up with this description:

The bar chart above shown the highest spending households in UK. England which is the highest, with most household spending of £520. While the lowest, are North East household with expenditure of below £400.


Thanks for sharing your ideas. I'm sorry I can't comment on students' writing or answer individual questions - I just don't have enough time to help everybody. I still read every comment, and I try to use students' ideas and questions as the basis for future lessons.

I'll share my description for the above chart next week.

Hi Simon,

Can we use viz. in Writing task 1?
If not can we write 'namely' instead? Or both are accepted?

I doubt if these words can be used in task 2?


Hi Simone,

I was reading through your blog last couple of weeks. Simone trust me, I am getting frustrated now.I have attemted IELTS about 16 time. I need 7 in each componant of IELTS. Most of the time I have got 8 in Listening, 7.5 in reading, 6.5 in Writing and 7.5 in speaking.Simone, for writing I know around more that 100 topics which I have learned by heart.I dont know what to say.I am still motivating myself and attempting next text on 22 September.Can you please tell me what should I do.Please note my results are same regardless of module whether it is academic or general. My email is [email protected]

Thanks a lot.



I am working on a chart ( from road to ielts ffrom the british council) showing how australian kids are spending their leisure time ; it shows different sort of leisure and the diffrence between boys and girls ...
my question is : after saying the main fact ( veryone watch tv ..)
should I focuse my essay on : the difference or the common taste of boys and girls OR the coparaison between the diferrent kind of leisure ? or a mix .. anyway Iam kind of lost about what to choose to be efficient ..
thakns a lot !

hi simon
I need your advice ,I had an exam and I get 5.0. the problem is I have and over at the st andrews in january ,but I need 6.0 as overall at the same time I have an offer at salford universit
I prefer st andrews, but I am concern
please help me
thank you

hello again simon !!

stil actising with the BC lessons on line too ..
And there are lots of bars with more than 2 informations on the same diagram !! example : the use of internet among americans females between 2000 and 2001 in a line , AND bars showig the ages ..
I took ielts three times and i dont remember having such a complicated task !! is it possible to have to describe such data ON THE SAME diagram ?
thanks a lot , I hope this question may be useful for others students

I did Ielts on 15th sept.
the task 2 was very simple than previous exams.it was a bar chart comparing tea and coffee import statistics in 4 countries in 2007.
Just to compare and contrast the amount of tea and coffee between 4 countries such as UK,USA,Canada and Germany.

Hi Simon and everyone, please comment in my graph interpretation below. I am about to sit my IELTS on Sept 22. I need your suggestions. Thanks!

The bar graph shows the money spent weekly by each home in ten different regions in UK over a period of three years.

Overall it can be seen that people in London had more household expenses compared to other regions in United Kingdom.

Another important factor is that London was the highest in terms of household expenditure amongst other regions that reached up to 550 pounds. The figure for South East household expenses stood at 520 pounds, while people in the East part of UK spent weekly at around 490 pounds only.

However, another interesting fact is that people in the North East had the least money spent in a week which stood at 390 pounds only. Likewise, Yourshire and the Hamber average weekly household expenditure rate was up at 400 pounds while the British living in North West and East Midlands family expenses was up at 420 pounds and 430 pounds respectively.

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Hi Simon and everyone, please observe my essay below, I'm going for IELTS next two weeks, thank you.

The bar chart illustrates average domestic expenses per week in different regions in England in the period between 2007 and 2009.

Overall, the household spending of London citizens ranked the top priority, while that of Yorkshire and Humber and North East was lowest.

Among all the listed regions, London was the one with highest expenditure, about $540, followed by South East, which covered approximately $510. East and South West citizens' s spending were about the same with the average weekly spending of the whole country, around $470-490.

In other regions, such as West Midlands, North West and East Midlands, the domestic expenditures were slightly lower than the average expense of England - they were merely $450, $425 and $420, respectively. Average household spending in Yorkshire and The Humber and North East were the least ones. Yorkshire and The Humber inhabitants spent only about $400, and those in North East spent even less, just around $390 per week, $90 lower than the average spending of English citizens.


Hi all,

This is a first time that i myself write task 1 completely. So i need your all comment and idea to support my writing skill.

The bar graph shows the consumption of residents in nine areas, which indicated on the Y-axis, in the UK from 2007 to 2009 from 0 to over 500 pounds in a week as indicated on the X-axis. In London and South East, the amount of money experiences at over 500 pounds a week. On the other hand, the two regions North East and Yorkshire and The Humber have the least expenditure under 400 pounds although the highest area Yorkshire and The Humber is equal 400 pounds of spending. This cost is less second three than London which is the highest expenditure in all areas accounts of about 600 pounds a week. The other five areas have medium expenditure between over 400 and 500 pounds every week. In this five areas, the spending of the East reaches almost 500 pounds a week and this is appropriately equal to the South West area. As we can see from the overall shape of this bar graph, the household expenditure has gradually increase from the North to South in pounds. By observing the bar of expenditure in this nine regions in England, we can infer that the average spending is about 450 pounds a week.

The chart below gives information about the variation of average family spending per week in ten different regions of UK between 2007 and 2009.

Overall, the household expenditure in London and the South were much higher than those in the North.

London reported the highest spending, while North East was the lowest spending. The average household spending per week in England was approximately £470.The figure for London was above the average for England, at £550. This is followed closely by South East which had the second largest weekly household expenditure, at £520. The household expenditure in the East and South West were almost close, at £490 and £480 respectively.

In contrary, the household expenditure per week in West Midland, North West and East Midland were lower than country average, at £450, £430 and £420 respectively. People spent roughly in Yorkshire and the Humber and North East. About £400 per week was spent in Yorkshire and the Humber. However, the lowest expenditure was in North East, at £390 per week.

It is clear that London had the highest expenditure and also be higher than the country average, while the North East had the lowest and much lower than the average spending in England.

The graph illustrates the average weekly spending of a household in various UK’s regions from 2007 to 2009.

It is clear that household expenditure of a family in London was the highest among the other regions in the abovementioned period, while the lowest was in the North East area.

The average spending of a household in London stood at £ 550, It was slightly higher than the figure in South East which was accounted at £ 525. As for the weekly household expense in East, South West, West Midlands, North West and East Midlands areas, the figures were in the range between £ 400 and £500.

The average expense of a household in the North East was the lowest among the others, as it was accounted at approximately £ 390 for a single week. This figure was £ 10 lower than the weekly expenditure of a family in Yorkshire and The Humber. It is also noticed that the average expenditure of a household in England was around £475 per week.

The bar graph shows the everage amonut of money spent by householde in a week in differnt areas of the UK between 2008 and 2009.

It can be seen that households of London spent the most money over the period on the graph shown, while households in North East expended the lowest money among 10 areas in Britain.

Families who live in London spent the highest amount of money in a week, with over £550, compared to those in South East Whose figure is the second highest area, with about £520 per a week. The number of average weekly expneses of households in East area and South West was stood at approximatly £480 and 470 respecttively. In England, about £460 was spent by household a week.

Meanwhile, The amount of expenditure of households in West Midlands and North West was around £450 and £430 respectively. East Midlands and Yorkshire and The Humber saw lower money expenses per week in conparison to the other regions, with about £420 and £400. The lowest figure was less than £400 for North East.

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