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May 03, 2013


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Hi Simon,
I got this topic in speaking part 2,although question were different.I wrote it in the comment area on 06/04/13.Unfortunately I never came through such topic before and got only 6.5.Now I am looking for someone with whom can practice my speaking on Skype.Thanks again for such a wonderful website.

This is a real exam question on 18 the April.
Here is my sample answer

• Now I would like to speak about a library which I used to visit in my childhood. It was situated in my village and set up right in front of secondary school so that more pupils should use the library.

• The library was quite a small with only two rooms: one was for the reception and another for storing books. As the library was so old, it couldn’t offer readers ample conveniences. There was no any room to stay here for reading borrowed books. As well as, most materials were old enough and they had not been updated for a few years. However, one could find huge collection of 1980s and 1990s publishing. Because library had a treasure which included about 3000 books, newspapers and other supplementary papers in variety topics, a reader could look for any item by the catalogue. Or an old librarian women also used to help finding necessary books. Importantly, the library would charge nothing from members.
• I was great fun for reading novels when I was a child. And at that time it was only place I could find wonderful books. I was really keen on looking at book covers and reading novels’ synopsizes whether they were that I wanted to read. In addition, the librarian was my neighbor and polite to me which motivated me to come back again.
• Although the books, I borrowed, were only novels, I benefited them tremendously that broaden my horizons and cultivated my desire in my future education perspective.

Hi Simon,
I got same topic in speaking-2,although question were different.I posted it in the Comment area on 06/04/13.Unfortunately I was not prepared for it and got only 6.5 .Now I am looking for someone interested in speaking practice on skype.Thanks for wonderful website you created.

Let me tell you about a small, but beautiful library that I often use in Richmond.

It is situated in a park and has both an indoor and outdoor area.

It is used by a variety of different people – school pupils, university students, young children and even elderly, retired people who like to sit in the garden reading the newspapers, which are provided free of charge, and chatting/gossiping.

I personally used it when I was a university student to research information but now I tend to use it more for general reading. Last year I went there every day and used their computers while mine was being repaired.
And, I have spent a lot of time there recently revising for this exam.

It has several facilities which include: free internet access, a good selection of fiction and non-fiction books, daily newspapers and a number of specialist magazines. It also organises regular events which include talks, workshops, seminars ….
Oh, and I shouldn´t forget to mention that it has a superb café, which serves excellent, fresh coffee and has possibly the best selection of pastries in town.
For that reason alone I will probably go there after this test.


Talk about a library you have used.
You should say
-where it is
-who uses it
-how you used it
and say what facilities it offers

Hi Anamika
i am also looking someone with whom i can do speaking practice as i don't have time to join institute anyway this is my Skype ID ajay.sharma8987

Skype me if you are interested. I am also preparing for Ielts. My skype is giagia_01

me too: armin_ninas
Ive prepared for ielts 4mounth.

Please . I would like to ask about teacher give private lesson
Just to speaking ..
Any help ..

I also need someone to pratice speaking, if any of you want, can I add giagia_01 and Anamika to my contact?

hi Anamika,you can add me my skype ID is manukaurbhullar and i am preparing for IELTS as well

Yusufboy, your sample answer seems quiet good. Are you a ielts teacher as well?

Dear All,

Here is my description. Enjoy your weekend!

Today I'd like to talk about the library I used to go when I was in college several years ago.

Since it was a private school, the library was quite small but I think it had all you needed to have a successful life as a student. The facilities included a computer lab, a writing lab, a section with cubicles for self-study, and an area with large tables for group discussions. And if you needed more privacy, they even had small rooms where students could get absolute silence.

There were several reasons why I would go to that library. First, it was right next to my dormitory building, so it only took me a few seconds to get there. Second, before a test, I would go to my favorite spot in the library to study. That spot was in a corner of the third floor and next to a large window where I had a bird's-eye view of the school campus. And third, I would go to the library to do research and find sources of information for my research papers.

Although relatively small, I think this library was quite useful for me because I could find all the necessary materials I needed throughout my school years. I also made use of its writing lab very often because they had people who could take a look at my work and give me feedback. That was particularly helpful since English was still a language I wasn't very familiar with.

All in all, this library played an important part in my life as a college student and I wish I can visit it again some time in the future!

hello..im brenda im also taking the ielts exam this month..i need someone to practice with my speaking. please add me on skype..my skype id is msbrendz88.. thanks

Please someone tell me why recent questions of April are not appearing on the page? Is this a problem with my PC or with everyone?

Hi Leo,
Thank you for your comment.I hope to teach IELTS in coming future. In my region(Khorezm, Uzbekistan) IELTS is going to develop because of high demand but experience is still in lack. I want to equip myself with effective IELTS skills with the help of Simon.

Good luck

Today, I am going to talk about Azad Library, where I used to go there every day during my graduation years.
The library was located in the northern part of the city, which was around 10 km from my town. The library had all advanced amenities that a student need for getting a good grades in their courses. It includes 4 reading rooms on the ground floor, 2 post graduate study cubicles, a big area for news papers and magazines and a conference room for bebates and lectures. Apart from it, cds and e-books in pdf form in the computer lab.
There were many reasons why I used to visit the library during my student life. The first was that this was quite near from my place and all the services were free of charge even for students from other colleges. Second was that it was having lot of collection of science generals, and it was of profound interest and knowledge for my project. Comments are welcomed.
All in all, I would say that it was a good place of educational resources and services that helped me to gain what I needed for a successful career.

a short comment on your topic:

during my graduation years??? I think you meant during my education
around 10 km away from my hometown.
advanced amenities is weird ; I think “advanced facilities” would be much better.

that a student needed for..

It includede ...

Apart from that

CDs and EBooks were available in the computer lab.

More usual: first, second,...
The first was that this was??==> First, it was..

Second was that it was having lot of collection of science generals, and it was of profound interest and knowledge for my project.( Not make sense)==>
Second, having a wide range of materials required, made it easy to doing my project.

Last time that I visited to the Great library in the city of ıstanbul was about my research project that was related to the law and order when ı was a law student.

Unfortunatelly, my favourite library was outside of the university campus but very close to the law faculty. Whenever I needed
to study hard, ı would immediately go and applied this library, which is consists of 4 floors with a basement.

Everything was well-prepared and easyly accessable. There was a wide variety of books, newspapers,magazines, scientific materials what you want to.

I was accusstomed to be there always. because I found it very useful. Besides there was no charge for registered students of my university.

Everyone was really restpectful each other. Silence was the golden rule and all of us would stict to this condition. only thing I got annoyed was the controling of my shoulder-bag while I was leaving the library like everyone.

Dear Simon,
Could you give me some ideal about describing an exciting competition?

Hi Simon and everybody,

As I have known, the sub-question of Speaking task 2 just to help you answer the topic easily. Is it alright for me if I choose not to answer those question?

Hi quynhnga,
I would like to practise speaking as well. I took an ielts test 3 weeks ago, and my result in speaking skill is not good. Hence, i hope that we can practise regularly. If u intersted, add my skpype id: huenguyenkt

well the library i used to visit was Quaid-e-azam library it was named after the founder of pakistan Quaid-e-azam Muhammad ali jinnah and its situated in Lahore.
it is one of the biggest library in pakistan and by largest i mean the number of books it have. It have almost more 50000 books nd refference material .you can find book on every asspect of life from art to science from history to latest inovation. you can find here newspaper magzines journal and publication .
it has a computer section equiped with latest computer attached with printers with internet facility so that you can also search for any topic online and can have its printed form with you .
you can made xerox nd scan any literature which can not be issued for home
i used to went there when i was the student of engineering college as it was at a walking distance from my campus to complete the different assignments by our worthy teachers.
i have found that visiting library for googling books and journels is very benifical for me not only in my eduation but i have found that the books are your best friend and you learnt a lot about life and its expeeriences

Speaking Quest : Hi Simon can you give me some idea about this speaking Question?
Someone you know with good Talent?
How you know him?
What they know?
Why you think that he/she is talented?

I sanded my request via skype to Ajay,Manu and others.But I didn,t get reply from any one.My skype [email protected]

am raju my skype id rajashekar.kasula any one intrested in speaking practice.

am raju my skype id rajashekar.kasula any one intrested in speaking practice.pls contact with my mail id [email protected].

Hi everyone,
I will have Ielts exam on 25th may, so if you need someone to communicate, dont hesitate to contact with me at skype address: nhi_nguyen1993. We can help each other to get the best score. Respond me as soon as possible.
Best regards,

Hi Simon and everybody,
I took an IELTS exam about one month ago, and my result in speaking skill was not good.I would like to practice speaking as well.Kindly, please help me and also I should take IELTS test again on 22th of June . If u and everybody interested, add my skpype id: m.gholipour83

yours sincerely

Dear Mohamed,

I would like to know your result in Speaking.I got 7 in 2 trails and 6.5 in one trail..


Please add me for speaking practise. skype id is sweettomatoe.
I am also preparing for ielts exam. Thanks.

Hello Simon and everyone,

I took the IELTS test a month ago but I could not achieve my goal in speaking and writing (6 and 6.5 respectively). I have to get 7 band in each component and take the exam once again, as soon as possible.

I would like to know some tips to relax and not to panic during the speaking test.

If someone is interested in studying, add me on skype: andrealopez091

Kind regards

Andrea López

Library can be seen on our school campus, usually in a place where students can concentrate, less noise and distractions. It has lots of books or references that are very useful especially if we have assignments or examinations. There are librarians who are helping the students find the book they need. Books are also categorized depending on its topic or subject. Library is a quiet, cool, and comfortable place where we can focus and study. I used to go there during my student years because I find it very useful.

hey over there ....i am looking for someone to talk to....want to improve my speaking...if anyone wushes ,please leave your skype adresses..)

Describe a library that you visited? You should say

- where the library was
- what facilities it had
- why you went there
- and explain whether you found the library useful or not.

I visited a library recently after coming to london. Its located in Eastham. It looked small from the outside. to my surprise it was very huge when i got in. There were 2 levels in it. The ground floor itself was big. on one side there were books based on stories with facts and fictions.The other side they had books related to business, sports, encyclopedias and many more. There was also a small seating arrangment made in the entrance of the library, with a number of different daily newspapers and magazines for people to read. The 2nd floor was very interesting because that had stuffs which i was looking for. I basically went for checking if there were any medical books which would be helpful for my career. I had made a list of books with the authors name so it could be easy for me to look for them. I was very glad when i went to the 2nd floor of the library where i found number of medical books and few books which i had in my search list as well. It was very easy for me to locate the books as there was a computer which accurately made me find the location of the book inside the library when i typed the book with the authors name . It was indeed useful for me as the library was located close to where i was living and there were few books i need aswell.

Hello, my Skype name is jas_fluidm1. Please add me if you feel free to speak and boasting speaking ability.

i want do ielts speaking practise if any 1 interested than add my skype id jaswinder singh

yes i got this question on 13 april 2013 speaking exam and i got 7 in it

i think thewebsite is real useful. It creates real english world ielts atmosphere here. Thanx Simon

Hello everyone,
I am going to attend eilts exam on 6th June in Ankara and I'd like to improve my speaking practice on skype. If you interested in it, please add me;
ID haciahmetcakir60

Hi I m going to give exam on 27 July .I would like to improve my speaking practice on Skype .if any one interested in it plz add me on many2612

I am so worried about speaking ..I find it must difficult..can u help me out ..in practice I got 4.5..it is very negligible.please help me out

hi, i am very week in speaking hou ican imrove

hi im so confused about my speaking test which will held on tommorrow please give me some tips or lesson so i can improve my english please help me.

my skype is shani.khan52

I went to The Greenwich Library two years ago. this library is small and quiet, and is located in Greenwich Connecticut (EE.UU). there are only two floors in the library, in the first floor you can find everything about information sources of many subjects, so if you need help with something, there are many people can help you to search what you need. The second floor have a lot of books and movies, also you can find in this floor a game space for your kids.

One of my aunts works there, so one day she asked me if I would like to spent the day with her in the library. So I went there and I spent the whole day with her. It was useful for me when I went to the library because at that time I was taking english classes at the Uccon university, and all the books and the employers were useful to practice my skills in english languaje.

Its is a nice library, and have a variety of things to entertain people.
As my aunt works there, my little cousins has many books who helped them with their homeworks.

When Pigs Fly :
Something that will never ever happen.

Wild and Woolly:
Uncultured and without laws.

Water Under The Bridge:
Anything from the past that isn't significant or important anymore.

Under the weather:
Feeling ill or sick.

Turn A Blind Eye:
Refuse to acknowledge something you know is real or legit.

To Make A Long Story Short:
Something someone would say during a long and boring story in order to keep his/her audience from losing attention. Usually the story isn't shortened.

The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall:
While the bigger and stronger opponent might be alot more difficult to beat, when you do they suffer a much bigger loss.

Start From Scratch:
To do it all over again from the beginning.
Smell A Rat:
To detect somone in the group is betraying the others.

Skid Row:
The rundown area of a city where the homeless and drug users live.

Rise and Shine:
Time to get out of bed and get ready for work/school.

Rome Was Not Built In One Day:
If you want something to be completely properly, then its going to take time.

Rule Of Thumb:
A rough estimate.

Run out of steam:
To be completely out of energy.
Practice Makes Perfect:
By constantly practicing, you will become better.

Pull the plug:
To stop something. To bring something to an end.

Pulling Your Leg:
Tricking someone as a joke.

Put a sock in it:
To tell noisy person or a group to be quiet.

Over My Dead Body:
When you absolutely will not allow something to happen.

Off On The Wrong Foot:
Getting a bad start on a relationship or task.

Off The Hook:
No longer have to deal with a tough situation.

Off the Record:
Something said in confidence that the one speaking doesn't want attributed to him/her.

On Pins And Needles:
Anxious or nervous, especially in anticipation of something.

On The Fence:

On The Same Page:
When multiple people all agree on the same thing.

Out Of The Blue:
Something that suddenly and unexpectedly occurs.

Out On A Limb:
When someone puts themself in a risky situation.

Out On The Town:
To enjoy yourself by going out.

Off On The Wrong Foot:
Getting a bad start on a relationship or task.

Off The Hook:
No longer have to deal with a tough situation.

Off the Record:
Something said in confidence that the one speaking doesn't want attributed to him/her.

On Pins And Needles:
Anxious or nervous, especially in anticipation of something.

On The Fence:

On The Same Page:
When multiple people all agree on the same thing.

Out Of The Blue:
Something that suddenly and unexpectedly occurs.

Out On A Limb:
When someone puts themself in a risky situation.

Out On The Town:
To enjoy yourself by going out.

A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush:
Having something that is certain is much better than taking a risk for more, because chances are you might lose everything.

A Blessing In Disguise:
Something good that isn't recognized at first.

A Chip On Your Shoulder:
Being upset for something that happened in the past.

A Dime A Dozen:
Anything that is common and easy to get.

A Doubting Thomas:
A sceptic who needs physical or personal evidence in order to believe something.

A Slap on the Wrist:
A very mild punishment.

A Taste Of Your Own Medicine:
When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat others.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words:
It's better to actually do something than just talk about it.

Add Fuel To The Fire:
Whenever something is done to make a bad situation even worse than it is.

Against The Clock:
Rushed and short on time.

All In The Same Boat:
When everyone is facing the same challenges.

An Arm And A Leg:
Very expensive. A large amount of money.

An Axe To Grind:
To have a dispute with someone.

Apple of My Eye:
Someone who is cherished above all others.

As High As A Kite:
Anything that is high up in the sky.

At The Drop Of A Hat:
Willing to do something immediately.
Back Seat Driver:
People who criticize from the sidelines, much like someone giving unwanted advice from the back seat of a vehicle to the driver.

Back To Square One:
Having to start all over again.

Back To The Drawing Board:
When an attempt fails and it's time to start all over.

Beating Around The Bush:
Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.

Bend Over Backwards:
Do whatever it takes to help. Willing to do anything.

Between A Rock And A Hard Place:
Stuck between two very bad options.

Bite Your Tongue:
To avoid talking.

Blood Is Thicker Than Water:
The family bond is closer than anything else.

Blue Moon:
A rare event or occurance.

Break A Leg:
A superstitious way to say 'good luck' without saying 'good luck', but rather the opposite.

Buy A Lemon:
To purchase a vehicle that constantly gives problems or stops running after you drive it away.

Crack Someone Up:
To make someone laugh.

Cross Your Fingers:
To hope that something happens the way you want it to.

Cry Over Spilt Milk:
When you complain about a loss from the past.

Curiosity Killed The Cat:
Being Inquisitive can lead you into a dangerous situation.

Dark Horse:
One who was previously unknown and is now prominent.

Don't count your chickens before they hatch:
Don't rely on it until your sure of it.

Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth:
When someone gives you a gift, don't be ungrateful.

Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket:
Do not put all your resources in one possibility.

Something outstanding.

Down To The Wire:
Something that ends at the last minute or last few seconds.

Drastic Times Call For Drastic Measures:
When you are extremely desperate you need to take extremely desperate actions.

Drink like a fish:
To drink very heavily.

Ethnic Cleansing:
Killing of a certain ethnic or religious group on a massive scale.

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining:
Be optomistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.
Excuse my French:
Please forgive me for cussing اللعن

. From Rags To Riches:
To go from being very poor to being very wealthy.

An old-fashioned and foolish type of person.

Full Monty:
This idiom can mean either, "the whole thing" or "completely nude".

Funny Farm:
A mental institutional facility.

Get Over It:
To move beyond something that is bothering you.

Get Up On The Wrong Side Of The Bed:
Someone who is having a horrible day.

Get Your Walking Papers:
Get fired from a job.

Give Him The Slip:
To get away from. To escape.

Go Down Like A Lead Balloon:
To be received badly by an audience.

Go For Broke:
To gamble everything you have.

Go Out On A Limb:
Put yourself in a tough position in order to support someone/something.

Go The Extra Mile:
Going above and beyond whatever is required for the task at hand.

Good Samaritan:
Someone who helps others when they are in need, with no discussion for compensation, and no thought of a reward.

Graveyard Shift:
Working hours from about 12:00 am to 8:00 am. The time of the day when most other people are sleeping.

Great Minds Think Alike:
Intelligent people think like each other.

Green Room:
The waiting room, especially for those who are about to go on a tv or radio show.

Gut Feeling:
A personal intuition you get, especially when feel something may not be right.


Haste Makes Waste:
Quickly doing things results in a poor ending.

Hat Trick:
When one player scores three goals in the same hockey game. This idiom can also mean three scores in any other sport, such as 3 homeruns, 3 touchdowns, 3 soccer goals, etc.

Have an Axe to Grind:
To have a dispute with someone.

He Lost His Head:
Angry and overcome by emotions.

Head Over Heels:
Very excited and/or joyful, especially when in love.

Hell in a Handbasket:
Deteriorating and headed for complete disaster.

High Five:
Slapping palms above each others heads as celebration gesture.

High on the Hog:
Living in Luxury.

Hit The Books:
To study, especially for a test or exam.

Hit The Hay:
Go to bed or go to sleep.

Hit The Nail on the Head:
Do something exactly right or say something exactly right.

Hit The Sack:
Go to bed or go to sleep.

Hocus Pocus:
In general, a term used in magic or trickery.

Hold Your Horses:
Be patient.


Icing On The Cake:
When you already have it good and get something on top of what you already have.

Idle Hands Are The Devil's Tools:
You are more likely to get in trouble if you have nothing to do.

If It's Not One Thing, It's Another:
When one thing goes wrong, then another, and another...

In Like Flynn:
To be easily successful, especially when sexual or romantic.

In The Bag:
To have something secured.

In The Buff:

In The Heat Of The Moment:
Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.

In Your Face:
An aggressive and bold confrontation.

It Takes Two To Tango:
A two person conflict where both people are at fault.

It's A Small World:
You frequently see the same people in different places.

Its Anyone's Call:
A competition where the outcome is difficult to judge or predict.

Ivy League:
Since 1954 the Ivy League has been the following universities: Columbia, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Yale, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Harvard.


Crossing the street (from the middle) without using the crosswalk.

Joshing Me:
Tricking me.


Keep An Eye On Him:
You should carefully watch him.

Keep body and soul together:
To earn a sufficient amount of money in order to keep yourself alive .

Keep your chin up:
To remain joyful in a tough situation.

Kick The Bucket:

Diagonally across. Sometimes called Catty-Corner as well.

Knee Jerk Reaction:
A quick and automatic response.

Knock On Wood:
Knuckle tapping on wood in order to avoid some bad luck.

Know the Ropes:
To understand the details.


Last but not least:
An introduction phrase to let the audience know that the last person mentioned is no less important than those introduced before him/her.

Lend Me Your Ear:
To politely ask for someone's full attention.

Let Bygones Be Bygones:
To forget about a disagreement or arguement.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie:
To avoid restarting a conflict.

Let The Cat Out Of The Bag:
To share a secret that wasn't suppose to be shared.

Level playing field:
A fair competition where no side has an advantage.

Like a chicken with its head cut off:
To act in a frenzied manner.

liquor someone up:
To get someone drunk.

Long in the Tooth:
Old people (or horses).

Loose Cannon:
Someone who is unpredictable and can cause damage if not kept in check.


Make No Bones About:
To state a fact so there are no doubts or objections.

Method To My Madness:
Strange or crazy actions that appear meaningless but in the end are done for a good reason.

Mumbo Jumbo:
Nonsense or meaningless speech.

Mum's the word:
To keep quiet. To say nothing.


Nest Egg:
Savings set aside for future use.

Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You:
Don't hurt anyone that helps you.

Well, I want to talk about a community library which isn't far away from where I live. I usually go there to study English and borrow some books for my daughter, as well as, for myself.
It is really a quite small lib and there are only four chairs and tables in the quiet study area.sometimes if I was late for opening time ,I couldn't find out available sites in the quiet study area.
there are lot's kinds of books ,CD, newspapers and whatever, oh, there are also 4 computers available for on-line browsing.and different topic activities should be hold in different month.such as about environmental protection ,water saving and using efficiency and so on.
I think the lib is really useful for me ,not only I can make fully use of the facilities there and learn something new, but also I feel relaxing on my spare time at lib.

Discribe a place other then your home were you like to red and

Ambition in life

The best combination librey

Today,I am going to write about a library ?

Let me tell you about a big library. Which I used in my secondary day. The library consist of three floors. The ground floor for newspapers and first floor had general books and maganizes. But second and third floor is not a common floors like other. If we want to go that floor,It will charge per hour.because in that floor there are different kind of books are there like biological and geology etc.and faculty is also available in that floor.there will taught you every thing what u need to get.
I love this place a lot because in this library I had gain lot of knowledge.i used to go there twice time in a day and I will spend my whole day.

How can we help libraries from the stage of extinction

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