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January 11, 2016


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Yes,the game is fun

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and the job aaa..nd snap! the job's a game!

~Spoonful of sugar, Marry Poppins, sang by Julie Andrews


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personally , the scholar , the ielts's writer , writing testing questions before or while do they check the dictionary to excel the fine answer , I means parapharse, similiar meaning , seems they having extremely better memory than others.
I am courious , don't say that" courious kill the cat" , I am not a cat , just a human-being

I am going banana now ( syn: crazy )

thanks Simon for your helpful tips.by chance i have found your website and you cant believe how happy i am since i live in Iran and here hardly ever can you found someone qualified in order to teach you tricky hints and tips in all skills...i really appreciate your help.

Nice quotation Mina!



Yes, I imagine that test writers sometimes refer to a thesaurus when paraphrasing. When I write questions for my own reading exercises, I usually manage to think of good ways to paraphrase without using a dictionary/thesaurus, but I do occasionally use one.


I'm glad you like the lessons Shailin.


One more point about the lesson above:

It is often said that we understand things best when we have a good metaphor to help us.

I like using metaphors in my teaching (as well as when I'm learning). I wonder if anyone has noticed any other metaphors in my 'advice' lessons.

I do, Simon. Take this lesson for example:

"To train for a marathon, you don't run a full marathon every day!"


Good metaphor ,thank very much Dear simon

Definitely true! I saw this message that i have to think that it's like a game treasure hunt. I really find reading test difficult but reading this now makes me more interested to work hard. I have to do this and I can do it and I must believe in myself.

hahaha, I'm laughing so hard at your saying, but it helps anyway. Thanks :)

… I think the worst trait of IELTS reading test is its similarity to 'treasure hunt' game. IELTS examiners enjoy to ridicule us instead of a real knowledge assessment. This is true that IELTS is kind of skill not knowledge, but it gradually is going to be a mere game to find the location of the words into the passages. I think this should be changed to the state in which "concentration on meaning of the words" would be the last goal not increasing our "search & find" technics!


You give a fair criticism. I can see why the 'treasure hunt' nature of IELTS reading can seem annoying.

Perhaps this is a cultural thing. I remember doing regular 'reading comprehension' exercises at primary and secondary school here in England. I suppose they are a normal part of the education culture here. But I agree that this doesn't necessarily make them 'right' or 'good'.

My 1st IELTS exam is scheduled for next month. I wish that "reading questions" were in order in the upcoming exams! You know, I have witnessed several IELTS exams in Cambridge Books in which the responses haven't given in order into the passages. I can give you some references and examples if you want.

Unfortunately, I have seen many "TFN", "YNN" & "multi-choise" questions* with "not in order" responses into the texts, as opposed to what IELTS teachers usually say.

Definitely, this is kind of getting one's nerves! Have you ever experienced finding the responses for these questions? It's really seems just waste of time and tests only your memory.

Oh please Mr Simon, help us! To change (improve and maybe reform) this way, we should convey our voice to IELTS question designers.

Indeed, excuse me due to my probable grammatical mistakes in my opinion. I'm just beginner and in the fist of learning English way.

* I mean True False Not Given and Yes No Not Given type of question.

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