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August 08, 2015


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1.I am writing to ask for your help doing sth...
2.within easy commuting distance
3.I look forward to hearing from you

Hey Simon,
I had doubts about this sentence : My name is Mark Smith, and I am married with two young children.
Is "with" word is correct for the given sentence?

Looking for your reply to improve my skill.

Yes. The sentence makes sense and it's correct.

Thanks a lot Simon

Is an important consideration.
Children can have somewhere to run arround.
a good-sized garden
close to other shops and amenities.
I am married with two young children.
a recent proportion meant that
soon based in sydney
we are hoping to emigrate
Rented accommodation
for at least the first year of stay in australia
Quiet ,suburban place
within easy commuting distance of city centre.
help with house search.
hearing from you


Thanks a lot Simon, we can get some useful collocations for other letters.

Dear Simon.

I have got my last result L-8 R-7 W-7 S-7 Overall 7.5
I have scored the needed one!
Thanks for all knowledge you shared with us and support.
I wish all to reach their aim, keep on trying, You will eventually crack it!

It looks simple and so easy but I don't know why I can not write the same :)

Hey simon,
I had doubt about this sentence
"I am married with somebody",
how can I distinguish the "somebody" means my wife or son/daughter?

Hi Fazliddin,

Well done and congrats for your great score.

I would like to ask you that would you able to share your jounrey in IELTS or something that you would like tell specially for each task.

I know there are all tips on Mr Simon website that is totally enough to get our desired score, but still I am really curious to know your experiences, and your own preparation as mentally and English language level.

I will really grateful if you could able to share with us.


Important Vocabulary

hoping to emigrate
detached house
a good-sized garden
somewhere to run-around
easy commuting distance of the city centre
are an important consideration
close to shops and other amenities
I hope you can help us with our house search, look forward to hearing for you.

Hi Mr Simon,

If you have time then please answer this question. I will be really happy.

I saw one sample answer from Cambridge 10 for General test B for a letter.

The word that I count was around 220-240. It has given 8 band. So, when I saw your answer is around 160 to 175 word maximum, still I feel that it is well-developed.

So, do we have to develop each point with at least 3 to 4 sentences?

if you could able to explain in one of your lesson about BAND DESCRIPTOR WITH EXAMPLE (BAND 7,8,9) FOR BOTH TASK THEN IT WOULD BE REALLY GREAT FOR US.

I feel that sometimes, we do have enough English for 7 band, but we are not able to explain that English in a simple or correct way with the considering exam criteria.

Thank you and look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

Here I would like to add some tips for writing a letter.
1-If you want to wrie a letter to someone you do't know the receipent's name. start in tis way. Dear Sir/Madam. Now you want to finish the letter. How would you end the letter? You would say. Yours Faithfully, instead of Yours Sincerely,
2-If you know the receipent,s name, you would finish the letter by saying Yours Sincerely,
3-If you are wring a letter and you want an answer from receipent. What would you say?
You would say-
I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Dear Mr Simon,

Please, if you read this and have time then please reply it. I would be really happy and appreciate your response.

I read general task 1 model answer in the Cambridge 10 for test B. It got 8 band, and it has written around 220-240 word.

When I read your letter, it has written within 160 to 175 words, and still it is fully developed.

DO we need to write at least 3 to 4 sentences for each point?

It would be really helpful for us if you could explain the differentiate between band 7, 8 and 9 with the example for task 1 (general) and task 2. I feel that to understand the Band Descriptor for Candidate who get 6.5 which can help them to write the answer more accurately according to the criteria.

Thank you for your time and looking forward to your response.


dear simon,
hello ! i would like to answer the upper question could you look at it if possible and give a feed back, if this answer would started like i have written eg;

Dear Sir/Madam
i am writing to the authority of accommodation in Canada to ask for your kind help to find an desirable house as per my eligibility.My name is dash and married with two toddler.recently i have the migration approval letter as a result soon i have to move to the city as possible....

thank you for help in advance.

yours sincerely,

Thank you Sir! I scored 7.0 in ielts writing by following you blog.It's really helpful.You're doing an excelent job which makes contribution for us.I also told my friends to follow your blog. May God bless you. Thank you again.

Congratulations Bibek! I'm happy that I was able to help!

hi Simon,
With regards to the punctuation, would you please advise me why some letters are put "," at the end, but some are not? Is that the difference between U.K and U.S?
("Dear Peter," or "Dear Peter"
"Yours faithfully," or "Yours faithfully"
"All the best," or "All the best")
Thank you

Any update in this session?

Hi Petrina,

Yes, I haven't done a general task 1 lesson for a while - I'll do another one soon. Is there a particular question that you would like me to look at?

Hi Simon I'm a first timer examinee.and I would like to ask from you Sir Simon if you could give me a sample question that I could answer .From there ,you could grade me for as far I can score for my test.thsnk you and looking forward to hear from you.

Hi everyone,

Just wondering is "your help finding accommodation" right?

'cause I often hear "your help in doing something".

Thank you.

Dear Sir/Madame,

I am writing this letter regards with inquiry of finding a rented apartment on April, 19th 2017 in the United States of America, Michigan State.

My name is Khaled Aly, I am an Egyptian citizen who works as an electric engineer. I have got a scholarship from USA, so, my wife and two kids (10 and 13 years old) are going to accompany me during the studying.

Actually, I am looking for a reasonable price between range $1000 to $1500 and 3 bedrooms with large living room and along with 2 bathrooms. In addition, I definitely prefer all appliances to be provided, as well as furniture.

No doubt, I am looking for a decent place that very quiet residential area to live where to be short distance to the university and at the same time very convenient to my children school. Furthermore, I would prefer our location is being near to public transportation which aims us to move smoothly.

I would be grateful if you could help us out finding appropriate place as soon as possible.
I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours Faithfully,

Khaled Aly

I really love Simon's writing style. But in this letter, having a noun phrase i dont know exactly "a recent promotion at work" could you help me explain the phrase. Thanks in advance.

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