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January 30, 2014


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Thanks Simon,very nice one.

The bar chart demonstrates a race about how many hot dogs can be eaten in 15. Minutes , it is based on during last 3 decade
As it can be clearly seen that at the begining of the period people could eat maximum 10 hot dogs in certain time but in 1983 ,birgit ferden ,she was first and only female winner all this period and her record was not broken by 1992 , meanwhıle she was from mexico. After 1997 japanese people joined to this competition and they took champion title from usa for 10 years from 1998 to 2006 and they increased record roughly 2 times than before but at following years usa people began to be champion again although these records whıch were after 2007 were nor far away from what japanese done. İn 2009 there was a man who broke all records which had been done by this time , his record was 68 hot dogs in 15 minutes
İn conclusion , usa people were more successful than other national’s people in this contest

Hi Simon,
m in a great confusion abt writing task1.my tutor says there z no need of writing a separate paragraph for overview instead u would have to write only
1-intro(paraphrasing the statement)
2-two body paragraphs
for overview he says u need to mention it in the opening of 1st body paragraph and in conclusion just mention the hidden or prominent change.
m just getting upset abt this all.
please suggest me the way to tackle with this problem and how should i organize my writing task1 regarding overviw and conclusion?
looking for ur reply ANXIOUSLY!

Happy Lunar New Year! <3

Hi Mid,

Both ways are fine. As long as the necessary information is there in your essay (intro, overview, details), it doesn't matter whether you use my template or your teacher's.

The only point I disagree on is the use of the word "conclusion". A conclusion usually contains some kind of final decision, opinion or judgment. If you describe the main/general points at the end of your essay, I would write "In summary" or "Overall, it is clear that" instead of "In conclusion".

Hello Simon,
Is it possible to have a lesson on multiple charts? I had that on the last exam and I found it quite difficult. It was to compare air and water temperatures for there lakes (A, B and C) in three seasons ( spring, summer and autumn). I didn't know whether lake A,B, C should start with a capital letter and the same with names of seasons. I would appreciate it!!! Kind regards:)

Hello Simon,
I have one question .

How do you know Takeru Kobayashi won during 2001 - 2006 ? How about 2000 - 2005 or he won 2 years : 1997 - 1998 then he failed and after that he won next 4 years 2000 - 2003 ??? They did not give any information or data ???

Hi Simon,
THANKS A MILLION..... on looking into my problem and
giving your kind and precious suggestion.
i would like to ask whether both formats effect the high band scoring or not in any way?would both formats lead to high bands equally?

six years in a row..thats mean 2001-2006...Japanease won.

Hello Simon,

I have a question regarding the last sentence.

"However, the current champion, American Joey Chestnut, took hot dog eating to new heights in 2009 when he consumed an incredible 68 hot dogs and buns in the allotted 15 minutes."

why is "heights" in plural ? i thought you are only talking about the year 2009?

Hi, Simon i find it's hard to write a writing task 1 (table). can u suggest some advices?

what words must be used in place of
5)will be
11)have to

what are the words to be written if given comparison between past and future

Hello Simon,

I noticed in the last paragraph, it said "Kobayashi’s winning totals of around 50 hot..." The surname of a Japanese winner is used here.

Does native speakers prefer surname to given name when discussing the achievements of a person?

Wow, that is extremly good piece of writing! thanks a lot:)

Dear Simon,

one quesion is that someone mentioned the phase "axis", for example blah... as what the x-axis indicated. I would like to know if such expression is suitable for IELTS test. Thank you

this is my 2nd try:
The figure illustrates the nationality of Nathan’s hot dog eating contest winners and the number of hot dogs and bunds eaten by these winners in each year from 1980 to 2010.

It is noticeable that generally the records of winners increased dramatically over a period showed in spite of slight fluctuations. The number of Americans accounted for the largest proportion among the winners and outweighed the number of Japanese winners which is the second largest winner group.

1983 and 1984 were notable exceptions to the trend for American winners. The only one Mexican winner won the game in 1983, keeping his record until the year 1991. Among 30 years, there was only one female winner, Birgit Felden, coming from Germany with the record of 9 hotdogs in 1984 which was also the lowest record of the championship.

A Japanese candidate had kept his championship over a period from 2001 to 2006 and achieved the highest Japanese score in the year 2006. The highest record among the whole history was 68, held by American contestant, Joey Chestnut, in 2009.

My very first attempt:

The bar chart shows yearly victors and their respective eating achievements made during Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn between 1980 and 2010.

Playing at home, practically two thirds of 31 championship titles went to the Americans while nearly a third won by the Japaneses, and the last two prizes equally divided between a Mexican and a sole female winner from Germany.

The fever of competition dramatically surged only when Japanese Takeru Kobayashi had been winning consecutive years from 2001 to 2006 with his eating records in the region of 50 hot dogs and buns, which were repeatedly broken by the Americans during 4 years later, particularly by Joey Chestnut who sent the record to a new height of 68 comestibles in 15 minutes. By the largest margin of approximately 50 comestibles did this outstanding winner far surpass the 2 humblest champions - his compatriot in 1980 and German Birgit Felden, the woman contestant in 1984.

The dominant trend painted an upcoming scenario in favour of American players if no overseas giant eaters should emerge in due time.

(Kindly email me with your comments at le_hung@hotmail.com )

Hi, Leo
i am concerning the same "axis" issue with you, have you got the answer yet?

Hi simon I'll be very grateful if you explain the meaning of phrase "winning totals" in your example writting. It doesnt seem to have the meaning exactly what I understand from it, for me "winning totals" is used to describe the number of total wins of particular team or contestant. But here you used it to denote the the number of hot dogs Kobayashi had eaten not the number of total winning over the 6-year period.


Yes, it means "total number of hot dogs that led to a win", not "total wins".

Use "total wins" or "total number of wins" for the meaning that you are thinking about.

Dear Simon,
I have noticed that, when talking about the Mexican's win, you used "almost double the AMOUNT" instead of "almost double the NUMBER", and when talking about Joey Chestnut, you wrote "consumed AN incredible 68 hot dogs and buns" instead of "consumed AN incredible NUMBER OF 68 hot dogs and buns".
Could you please explain why these are the case?
Thank you for your time and long for your answer!

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