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January 03, 2015


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Hello Simon. I have one question about the listening. Is it okay to write 22nd of October in your answersheet? I have just done CI9 test 1 and the answer was 22 October. I am always confused whether to write data with of or not. Please help

hello sir,
i have question

my teacher suggest me to write following way of opinion type of task 2 essay.


*general statement (rephrase topic)

*opinion sentence 1. (Wild animals have no place in the 21st century)

*opinion sentence 2. (so protecting them is a waste of resources)

*Thesis statement (in this essay, i will discuss some arguments for and against )
there will be total 4 sentences for the intro


" in conclusion, i am convinced that".....(summary of personal opinion.)

a suggestive ending e.g wild animals should be treated well etc

my question are

can we mention any suggestion in conclusion?

this intro and conclusion is good for band 7 or 8? i know body of essay is also important .

please sir guide me i am very confused .
i shall be very thank full to you for your kind response .

my test is on 29 jan

Hi everybody here,

For those who are learning another language:

That's it!!

apply this:

"When you are in Rome, do as the Romans do"

Hi ayesha,

The way I see it, you shouldn't add another idea in the conclusion. The conclusion's purpose is to summarize your whole points mentioned before and help readers to remember them. At this point, they should not expect any other information. If you add a new idea or any different suggestion, this will confuse the readers. As regards the introduction, I think it depends on what your topic and question are.

Hi Simon,

There is one thing that has been bothering me. When I listen to a recording, I cannot recognize all the words in it. However, when I check the transcript, I find that there is no new words and I know the correct pronunciation of each word. So how come I can't fully hear all the words in the passage even when I don't face the vocabulary issue?

I once hear that even native speakers don't listen to all the words spoken but just key words, content words. Then, what if it is words that carry the most meaning of the sentence which I cannot hear? What should I do to improve this?
It would be great if you can help me with that.

I know that trelation is bad behaviour, we shall avoid it ,
there are some of questions to asking:
I had been heard that quote the own language , like the idiom of confucious said, " Clever talk and pretentious manner are seldom compatible with benevolent. "
in the real ielts , if the examier does'nt understand it , can the candadite explain it .

the food topics,
described the food , or name the local food ,( a lots of food are trelated) can I explain it. if the examier does'nt know it .

thanks advanced

Hi Hellcha,

I think this is a common problem for every candidate if you practice your listening mostly with standard English speaking programmes such as BBC news. Because there are lots of informal dialogues/programmes that speak with accents or too quick. To improve listening, we all have to practice on a variety of forms of speaking programmes. Regarding the unknown key words in listening, you have to just accumulate your vocabulary gradually, there is not a quick way to solve this problem. It does happen to me as well.

Hi Simon,

I am Ella from China and i spent few days finishing all contents of WRITING TASK 2.

You always, of course, have a clear idea of structure and you have a preference of the usage of "firsly, secondly" because you keep telling us that this can make structure clear and never fails to respond to task response.

But,some people argue that your style is out-of-date in China because the IELTS examiners in China have developed a set of the strictesr criteria and they are the most picky ones in the IELTS field. So, if you attended an IELTS exam in China with your style (firstly, secondly…), you would perhaps at most get 7 score not 9.

We really appreciate your teaching style and the essays that you wrote. But based on what i mentioned above, what do you think? Do you really think IELTS exminers in China are extremely picky?

Thanks for your time!

Ella Hou

(Irrelevant problem)
Can anybody help me? Thanks.

With this task:

Increasing the price of petrol is the best way to solve growing traffic and pollution problems.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
What other measures do you think might be effective?

Can we answer the first question in the way that we partly agree with the statement? So that in this paragraph we mention both advantages and drawbacks of higher petrol price.

Thanks for replying.

Hi, leo
I have written this topic and I have used the same idea with you. It is totally ok.

Thank you Diep, you help me a lot.

my gold is get C1 degree in june of next year. i set out a thoughrough plan to reach it. i began making a fresh start by diving my task studying inti many sub task. for example reading for monday and writing for tuesday, the rest for the next days. the noticeable benefit is that i find it interesting in learning english.and the only important things id establishing better habits and redouble my effort. that's step by step to reach sucess

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