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December 07, 2013


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Dear Simon, I used your expressions, in a short story I wrote.

One day, while walking through the Yorkshire hills, a beautiful house, which could be seen from a distance, caught my eye. Out of curiosity, I came closer to discover it, in more detail.

The house I ended up looking at appeared to be an old cottage but very stylish and made of ornamented, natural materials - timber and stone.

At first glance, it was clear that it had to be dedicated to someone special or rich, designed and created by good architects.

I hadn't intended to interrupt the people living there, but when I saw someone nearby, I approached them, with some hesitation.

I wandered what they could tell me about the history, of this mansion, and who were, in fact, the owners. Perhaps, there were more various valuables on show, something unique, hidden somewhere inside the house, or in the garden, behind.

I politely, started our conversations and I found it very fascinating. During this talk I discovered that he had a great passion for art and architecture, and he was from an old aristocratic family, being, in fact, a grandson of the first owner.

The most amazing thing, however, was that he didn't mind spending some time with me, and did not treat me as an intruder of his serene and miraculous place.

On the contrary, he had made it clear from the beginning that this talk was an equal pleasure for him to discuss with another enthusiast about his heritage of which he was so proud. He invited me, to even drink a glass of warm wine of exquisite taste when sitting by the fire in the main hall.

Last paragraph's correction- he even invited me to drink...(unwilling mistake)
Kind regards,

Great work Aleksandra!

My pleasure, thank you for the given task and great 9 score speaking examples, with such brilliant expressions.

Dear simon,
I have confused about using "a" before :
nearly a half ? or more than half ?
25% = a quarter or quarter?
50% = half or a half

I explained to the assistant that I hadn’t played the guitar for years, but that I wondered what the differences were between the various acoustic guitars on show.

I explained to the assistant ; I hadn’t played the guitar for years.BUT I wondered what the differences were between the various acoustic guitars on show.


I had my speaking test today and i didn't to it properly i took some long gap in part 2 and i was not articulate even in the discussion part i didn't give much longer answers are there any chances of getting 6.5 i really need it.

one thing i would like to tell is that i have viewed a topic from this website about politeness yesterday and it happened to be my first part that is questionare.

my cue card is about
a recent letter i received

please comment fast i am very much worried about my exam i was so nervous that i didn't even thank her in the end of my exam could predict what my scores would be i need atleast 6.

hi Simone
My reading and listening stuck in 6.0
my listening weakness is plura and distinquish adj and adv
1. HOw to improve that?
2. Answer sheet is read by computer or man?
3. About the reading, the difficult thing for me is YES/NO/NG questions, how to improve it?

I ve a phobia for doing ielts test.. i postponed it manytimes. need ur advice pls

For practising speaking please contact skype id: ielts_2013

Hi Simon,

I would like to ask you whether some informal phrases should be used in IELTS Speaking.

Currently, I'm reading the section of "the English We Speak" section on website of BBC Learning English. The phrases like, "pull the plug", "in the doghouse" & "chew the fat" sound very interesting. But I'm not sure whether they are too informal to use in speaking exam. Actually, they all can be found in Oxford Dictionary......

Can you please give some advice? Thank you!

Hi Alice,

I wouldn't try to remember and use that kind of phrase if I were you - they're a bit too informal.

Thanks a lot for your advice, Simon! :)

good website

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