IELTS Speaking Interview, June 2017, India with Answers.

Taking an IELTS interview is not as easy as it seems from the outset. There are several principles you need to follow to give effective answers. Two of these MOST recommended principles are:

  1. Do not repeat the question stem.
  2. Close the answer with FACTS and not something vague.

Let us practice:

  1. What is your full name? Simply say “I’m …………”
  2. Can I see your ID? Do NOT silently hand over the ID without uttering a single word. Rather say, “Sure. Here it is.”
  3. Where are you from? Now that’s a good question. Must answer this well with facts – the name of the city with ONE fact. “I’m from Alexandria, a seaside city in Egypt.”
  4. Mention some interesting things about your city. You should be prepared with two to three good facts about your city. “If you happen to visit Alexandria you must go to …….” Most students say “The most interesting things about my city are ….” THIS IS WRONG. Do not repeat question statement/ stem.
  5. Do you work or study? “Well, I’m currently working as a lawyer at Clipco Associates.” Some candidates say “I study.” This will wipe your bands off.
  6. What is your role in the job? State your role clearly with FACTS. Do not give a vague answer.“I help accident victim clients of Clipco prepare evidence for a court battle.”
  7. What do you like most about your work? “Assisting the clients who suffer from some form of injury to get a monetary reward is the best part of my job.” Note: There’s no repetition of question statement words.
  8. Do you like reading magazines? Do not lie. If you do not read magazines, do not say “Yes, I read magazines.” There are better ways of saying NO. For instance: “I’m not much into reading newspapers or journals, but I’d love to explore this option.”
  9. Do you think young people like reading magazines? You need not nod in yes. As stated above, there are ways to say NO. Here’s another one. “Youngsters of my age do not read magazines. We prefer spending time on social media instead.”
  10. Do you like reading books? Another NO answer well written. “I rarely engage in book reading. The last book I read was in college.”
  11. How else do you spend your free time? “Well, as I’ve just said, I invest time in social media, particularly Facebook. It gives me a common platform to read the news and stay in touch with friends.”

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IELTS Essay Task 2: Technological Developments in Earlier and Recent Times.


Technological developments in earlier times brought more changes to the life of ordinary people than recent technological developments have brought. Do you agree or disagree?

250 words at least.

Sounds interesting! Let us first look at the keywords.

Keywords: Technological developments – earlier and recent; changes to life; ordinary people.

Now, IELTS demands understanding the two topics and link them to write a context focused answer. The two topics are:

Topic 1: Technological developments (earlier vs more recent)

Topic 2: Changes in life

Now, writing an introduction (for IELTS exam) requires students to follow a structured approach. Start with technological developments and link them with changes in the life of ordinary people. Do not forget to show your vocabulary. IELTS loves this. Write in 30 to 40 words.

Advancements in technical/ scientific knowledge since ancient times have deeply influenced the way humans live. From inventions such as the wheel and agriculture to computers and communication, humans have tremendously altered the world around them. However, I firmly believe that earlier inventions had a greater impact on our lifestyle than recent ones.”

Vocabulary: technical = scientific = inventions; changes = influence = altered = impact.

Note the use of adjectives/ intensifiers to stress on certain words. There are recommended in IELTS writing task 2 (essay) to make your point. For instance: deeply, tremendously, greater.

Once the introduction is done, it’s time to write body paragraphs. Body structure is fairly simple.

Body Para 1: Reason 1 why ancient technology influenced humans more than recent. Give example 1.

Body Para 2: Reason 2 why ancient technology influenced humans more than recent. Give example 2.

Body Para 3: You can choose to write this paragraph on how modern technology has also significantly influenced human lives.

Once body part is done, it’s time to conclude your essay. Conclusion containes the elements of FUTURE and IMPACT. Ask yourself “How will ancient technology continue to impact our future?” 

“Ancient technology clearly provides the foundation on which modern scientific knowhow is built. Ancient inventions like agriculture and the wheel continue to drive our world today without us realizing their importance.”

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IELTS Essay Task 2 June 2017: Teaching style will change by 2050.

3979869492c98968e6b3a7064f59ffc9-6Today’s typical method of teaching involving direct communication between teachers and students will not exist by 2050. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your own opinion and examples.

250 words at least

Well, let me state my opinion before we begin discussing the essay. I strongly agree with this statement. Why? Look around yourself. 4-year university degrees are losing sheen because they’re useless. They’re not only outdated but also do not secure a well-paid job. I’d rather prefer learning a course from experts on Edx or Udemy than study in a class.

Let us proceed to the task at hand. First things first. Identify the keywords.

Keywords: Methods of teaching; Teachers and students.

Like all, well almost, IELTS essays this essay too has two topics:

Topic 1: Methods of teaching.

Topic 2: Direct communication or an alternative communication channel (perhaps Youtube or an online class).

Once we’ve identified a topic, it’s time to write an introduction. It must introduce and connect, as explained in previous blog posts, both topic 1 and topic 2. Look at the following sample:

“The emergence of latest communication technologies such as Youtube, Team Viewer, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Skype have changed the world around us. Teaching methodologies are no exception to this rule. Direct classroom based teaching has witnessed falling numbers in recent years. Gradually, education is shifting online.”

Once you’re done with the intro, it’s time to use ideas to create body paragraphs. Use body paragraphs to give reasons and examples supporting your opinion.

Body Paragraph 1: Reason 1 (reduce the high cost of education, courses relevant to industry), Example 1 (Microsoft teaches online courses at a low cost).

Body Paragraph 2: Reason 2 (Convenient), Example 2 (Youtube, blogs, websites – access at home).

Body Paragraph 3: Reason 3, Example 3.


Conclusion, as I’ve said numerous times earlier, includes elements of future and impact. Since this question is already on future, you should focus on impact only. Remember, reasons supporting your opinion are not “impact”.

While writing a powerful conclusion, you should ask: If students study online, what will be the impact on industry, economy, families, and individuals? Knowing the impact will help you write better.

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IELTS Speaking Cue-Card: not Allowed to Use Mobile Phone


Describe an occasion when you were not allowed to use a mobile phone. Please say:

  1. When and where was it?
  2. Why weren’t you able to use it?
  3. How did you feel about it?

I’m sure everyone has gone through the ordeal of not being able to use cell phone due to some useless regulation. All you have to do is speak it out.

Well, let us strategise before answering.

Like essay questions, you’re supposed to give an introduction before coming to the topic. Give a line or two. That’s it. For instance

“Mobile phones have become an indispensable part of human life. I can’t imagine an hour without my cell phone.”

These two lines hold potential to increase your bands by one notch. So, do not take them lightly.

Rest is easy. Scribble the points during one minute preparation time.

When? 22nd of June, Thursday.

Where? World Health Organisation meeting in New Delhi.

Why? Delegates across the world arrived in the meeting to discuss possible pandemic of swine flu and its impacts on people living in different parts of Asia. So, the issue was serious and demanded undivided attention of all participants.

How did you feel? Expressing feeling is the most challenging part of cue-card questions. Most students fail to express their right emotions. So, I’ll suggest “Keep practicing such questions.” Here’s a sample answer.

Not being able to use my phone for hours somehow felt good. Strangely, I was away from innumerable notifications, WhatsApp messages, SMS and calls and I felt relaxed. I could focus on the task at hand. 

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IELTS Grammar: Its or It’s?

d0ba014107a0e725350128ac49b8253d-1Many students, particularly those appearing in IELTS exam, often confuse the usage of ITS and IT’S. (Unfortunately, old habits die hard and students tend to commit this mistake again and again) So, here’s an explanation.

Question: When should I use ‘its’ and ‘it’s’?

Usage of ITS: Without an apostrophe (‘), this is a pronoun similar to ‘it’. (I choose not to go into core grammar concepts such as possessive pronoun. Keeping it simple.)

Example: The government of India and its armed forces have conducted surgical strikes across the border. (its refers to government of India)

Example: The union and its members are protesting against the new Education Reform Bill. (its refers to the union)

Usage of it’s: Similar to we’ll (short for “we will”) and doesn’t (short for does not), it’s is a contraction for “it is”.

Example: The government of Afghanistan has declared that it’s (it is) not going to tolerate any form of terrorism on its soil. (I’m sure that by now you’ve understood the difference between it’s and its in this sentence.)

Example: The library has announced that it’s (it is) not accepting any membership applications.

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IELTS Writing Task 2: Additional Economic Wealth Increases Happiness in Rich Countries.

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Some people think that if a country is already rich any addition in economic wealth does not make its citizens happier. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

40 minutes, 250 words at least.

Here’s an essay in which one of my best students lost context. So, I’ve decided to write an essay with Harman’s assistance (he’ll be joining us as a blogger soon). Let us start with keywords first.

Keywords: Rich/ developed countries; Additional wealth; Citizens happier (happier than they already are).

Remember, IELTS grades you for generation and organization of ideas in your essay. So, let us start with:

  1. What does Additional Wealth mean?
  2. What does Citizens Happier mean?

Additional wealth here refers to additional money in the pocket of an individual. That is if citizens are richer than they already are, will they be happy? Now, being happy refers to enjoying your time, contentment and pleasure. Once you understand the meaning of these words, writing an introduction is a piece of cake. Here’s a sample for you:

“Citizens of developed countries have innumerable avenues to enjoy their life. While some people believe additional resources will not add value to their already happy life, I think otherwise. Each additional dollar in a resident of a rich nation increases chances of purchasing products that bring joy and pleasure to him.”

You’ve stated your opinion clearly. There’s no doubt where your loyalty stands (who doesn’t want to be a rich man in Australia? I’m jealous Harman). All you have to do now is support your opinion.

Body Paragraph 1: Reason 1, Example 1.

Body Paragraph 2: Reason 2, Example 2.

As always, I’ll desist from giving you ideas. Make your own and feel free to share with us.

Once we’re done with the body, it’s time to conclude. Though conclusion depends on body text, let me give you a sample with elements of future and impact ingrained in it.

“To conclude, an extra padding of money to spend on things other than necessities of life will increase a person’s satisfaction. Such increase in consumerism will further increase national the growth rate as well as jobs in the country, thereby increasing overall happiness.”

Plain and simple, right? Well, it consumed all my brain power. Time for a much-needed coffee break.

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IELTS Writing Task 2: Cost of University Studies – Free or Paid?


Students should pay the full cost of their own university studies rather than have free higher education provided by the state. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

250 words at least.

Like almost all IELTS essays, this essay also has two topics:

Topic 1: Higher education.

Topic 2: Full cost or Free.

Again, the case has two extremes. Either no fees or full fees. You can choose to be more moderate. Take a middle position.

Introduction: Write an opening sentence on education and its uses. Then write two sentences linking higher education and cost. For instance:

“Education plays a crucial role in imparting employable skills to the youth. While some people believe that higher education should be free, other believe it should be paid. I believe that to make our society more equitable for all economic sections, higher education should be paid for those who can afford and subsidized for those who can not.”

Body Paragraph 1: Give a reason 1 supporting your opinion with an example. Perhaps better infrastructure can be maintained through better fees collection.

Body Paragraph 2: Give a reason 2 supporting your opinion with an example. Talk about better quality of education if it is paid.

Body Paragraphs 3: Give a reason why education should not be completely free. It may lead to lack of seriousness among students, become an additional burden on exchequer.

Once body paragraphs are done and you’re close to about 230 words, its time to write conclusion. Conclusion should contain the elements of future and impact. For instance:

“Quality education imparted through better infrastructure and excellent staff will go a long way in creating students employable. This will not only improve economic condition of students but also add productivity to the local and national economy.”

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IELTS Writing Task 2: More People Travelling Than Ever Before

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Today more people are traveling than ever before. Why is this the case? What are the benefits of traveling for the traveler?

250 words at least.

This is not a usual IELTS question that contains two topics and you’re supposed to link them. This is a much simpler question and I strongly doubt that this question will ever be asked in the exam. However, we must prepare simpler questions as well.

First point: This is not a question on international travel. This is just about travel. So, stick to the CONTEXT.

Introduction: Introduction, obviously, introduces the topic. So, introduce it! How? Talk about traveling. Mention the reasons as well as benefits to travelers. That is, mentions everything you’re going to discuss in your body paragraphs. One of my students wrote:

As a result of globalization, relatively low airline fares and publicity, people are encouraged to travel more frequent nowadays than in the past which consequently helps them to enjoy new experiences and acquire more knowledge about diverse cultures.” (Excellent introduction. Mentioned all reasons and benefits in one line.)

My comments are in red color.

Body Paragraphs: Body paragraphs must explain the points you mentioned in the introduction. For instance:

Body Para 1: Reason 1 – Globalisation. Explain with an example.

Body para 2: Reason 2: Low airline fares. Explain with an example.

Body Para 3: Benefits to travelers – new experiences, knowledge about cultures. Explain with an example.

Conclusion: As I’ve stated innumerable times before, your conclusion should focus on FUTURE and IMPACT. Ask yourself these question “Why should travelers travel more in the future? Whom will it benefit?” Something on following lines will emerge:

“Travelling has indeed benefitted everyone – governments, travelers, and native people. More frequent travel will further help not only economically by increasing incomes of local residents but also bridge all social barriers through a better understanding of cultures.”

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IELTS G.T Writing Task 1: Recently moved to a different house.

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You’ve recently moved to a different house. Write a letter to your English speaking friend. In your letter:

  1. Explain why you’ve moved.
  2. Describe the new house.
  3. Invite your friend to come and visit.

Okay. This is a letter to your friend. So, you’ve got to make it a bit informal. Not in terms of language (you can’t use slangs), but in terms of style. For instance:

“Dear Suzan,

I’m happy to inform you that I’ve moved to a new house in London. As you know the previous house ……….. (explain why it was NOT good. Why you didn’t like it)”. Let me give you a few hints:

  • It was far from your college/ place of work. Consequently, you had to travel 2 hours every day.
  • It was too small for your family.

Now, explain why new house/ residence/ home is a better place to live.

“Unlike my old house, this one has spacious rooms ………”

Finally, it’s time to invite your friend to your new abode.

“Since you’re visiting London next week, let me invite you to my home. I’m sure you’ll love it and we’ll spend some quality time playing cards and watching your favorite movies.”

Something like that…..

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Grammar Concepts: More X than Y

ielts-grammar-more-thanI’ve seen numerous students making mistakes in usage of “More X than Y”. This is a common grammar construction that we often fail to use correctly. Let me explain it today for ELTEC’s IELTS and GMAT students.

A few days ago I read a post on Facebook. It contained the following sentence:

She is more wise (X) than clever (Y).

This is wrong! How? Let me explain.

Better version is “She is more wise than she is clever.”

This construction can take two forms: 1. One subject two qualities/ activities. 2. One quality/ activity and two subjects. (I do not mean grammar’s subject.)

Common structure for first version is – (Subject) MORE (Quality) THAN (Subject) (Quality)

Look at following sentences:

Wrong: They talk more than work.

Correct: They talk more than they work.

Wrong: This product is more produced than consumed.

Correct: This product is produced more than it is consumed.

Similarly, I like reading more than watching television.

The second version looks something like this: Anna is more wise than Chris is.

Quality is WISE, Subjects are Anna and Chris. Plain and simple right.

Okay. Here are a few more sentences with suitable explanations:

“Plants are more efficient at acquiring carbon than fungi are.”

Two subjects (Plants and Fungi) and one quality (Acquiring Carbon).

“India is emitting more carbon dioxide in atmosphere than permitted under United Nations framework.”

Two subjects (India and United Nations Framework) and one quality/ activity (Carbon dioxide emissions).

“Analysts expect automakers to set dividends more conservatively than they have been setting.”

One subject (Dividends) and two objects (conservatively and ‘than they have been setting’)

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IELTS Speaking Tips: Can you Repeat the Question?

Most students do not know how to request an examiner to repeat the question. Often, when they fail to understand a question, they simply say “WHAT”? This is rude to the examiner and will terribly affect your score. So, what is the right (polite) way to request?

Well, you can simply say “Excuse me” or “Pardon me“. Or you can say “Sorry, could you say that again please?

Now, the problem starts when you’re not able to understand the second time. What do you say then. Can’t repeat the above phrases. Right?

Here are a few responses:

“I’m sorry. I didn’t get that again.”

“I’m sorry. I didn’t catch that again.”

Now, if the issue is that you didn’t understand the question’s meaning, you can simply say.

“Pardon me, but I didn’t understand the question. Could you express it in another way please.”

Trust me! There will be situations when you’ll have to ask for a repetition. These sentences will come handy in those tense situations when you’re anxious that a wrong or misplaced word may affect your band score.

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IELTS June 2017 Cue-Card Speaking: A work you would like to do.

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Describe a work you would like to do, that you were unable to do in the past. Please say

– What type of work is it?
– How will you do it?
– Why is it important for you?

Another IELTS cue-card means another round of brainstorming. Let’s get started!

“A work you would like to do” can be either professional or personal or both (if you’re lucky enough to have your hobby as your profession). However, it must not be something you’re doing right now. I must be something you DREAM of doing one day.

But, what do you mean by WORK? Work refers to any task you would like to do. You can choose to make your city clean, preserve the environment, draw paintings or write poetry. All these are examples of work.

For instance, “I used to be a good painter as a child. However, as I grew older other professional compulsions consumed my time and I could never hone my painting skills. I still crave to become a painting artist some day. “

Now comes the more challenging part. How will you accomplish this task? Well, give a plan. A step by step procedure. I’ll suggest writing 3 points.

  1. I’ll brush up my long forgotten skills with a teacher.
  2. Will allocate at least 2 hours every day to accomplish the task.
  3. Spread the word.

“Why is it important to you” is another challenge. Give a personal reason why the activity is close to your heart. Perhaps you always wanted to become a painter. However, you could never accomplish your dreams.

Okay. The idea is more than clear. Now, pick your notebook, think for about one minute and make a 7-band 2-minute IELTS response.


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IELTS Writing Task 2: Spend Money to Enjoy Life or Save it for Future.

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Many people believe that they should spend their money to enjoy life at present. Others, however, think that they should save it for the future. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

People have different lifestyles. While some people are focused on living their lives the way they like, no matter how much money they spend, others tend to be more future-oriented and think of keeping their money for futuristic goals and unexpected needs (I’m talking about contingency factors). I believe that rational expenditure of money is the optimum choice.

Introduction well written. Covered all points. 1. Opening sentence. 2. Both topics (A. Enjoy; B. Save) 3. Opinion. PERFECTO!

In a modern sophisticated life, where individuals are rushing to reach their materialistic goals, some people prefer to enjoy their lives without putting the saving obstacle (What do you mean by “Saving obstacle”?) on their ways (without indulging in any savings). They prefer to be instantaneously happy This kind of people often choose to and explore new experiences ranging from buying the top brand clothing or the highly expensive watch displayed at the store to enjoying the superb cruise all around the world. (Excellent from …. To …… construction with perfect parallelisms.)
Next Lesson: Use connectives to create COMPLEX SENTENCES. For instance, use of “and” above.
Although this lifestyle is keen on the happiness of the individuals at the present, it does not guarantee it (Misplaces PRONOUN. See below.) in the future. For instance, some Saudis are keen on buying splurging the latest car models with luxurious features as a kind of splurge, then they are forced to get bank loans to pay for their house rents.

On the contrary, Other people favor spending their money on the necessities of life such as food, clothing, housing, schooling, medication, and healthcare.They do not include any recreational activities in their lifestyle.They prefer to plan for their future and save money to achieve their futuristic goals and save for the rainy day.This is clearly shown in the Egyptian society, where many middle-class families are keen on (we’ve used KEEN ON several times. Try using something else.) saving sufficient money for their offsprings. They believe keeping money would guarantee a better future for their children.

In my perspective, I would prefer to enjoy a moderate lifestyle. Maintaining a balance between both lifestyles is more convenient. There is no need to save a million dollar over years while being deprived of the chance to spend them the way I like.
Conclusion is very well-written.
Misplaced Pronoun: You’ve used two IT. Clearly, the first one refers to LIFESTYLE and, since one pronoun can refer to one noun only, the second “it” must also refer to lifestyle. However, you mean to point it towards happiness. This is wrong. Both IT will refer to the same noun.

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IELTS Writing Task 1: Changes in Average house prices.

The chart below shows information about percent change in average house prices in five different cities between 1990 and 2002 compared with average house prices in 1989. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting main features and make comparisons where relevant.

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Okay, here’s the outline information for introduction:

5 cities – NY, Madrid, Tokyo, London, and Frankfurt. Changes in average house prices. Base 1989. Duration 1990 to 2002.

Let us write an introduction using information written above:

“The given bar chart presents information on percentage changes in average house prices (do not find a synonym to this otherwise you’ll distort the meaning) of five metropolitan cities from 1990 to 2002 with 1989 as the base year.”

Metropolitan = Dense urban area

Base Year = Year on which prices of other years are built.

Now, we have 5 cities and 2-year durations – 1990 to 1995 and 1996 to 2002.

Let us choose durations to create structure.

Paragraph 1: 1990 to 1995

Fall in average house prices – NY, Tokyo, and London

Increase in average house prices – Madrid and Frankfurt

Paragraph 2: 1996 to 2002

Fall in average house prices – Tokyo

Increase in average house prices – NY, Madrid, Frankfurt, and London

Paragraph 3: 1990 to 2002

Prices increased during entire period = Madrid and Frankfurt

Prices Decreased during entire period = Tokyo

Prices moved from negative to positive territory = NY, and London. Both these witnessed huge fluctuation in prices.

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IELTS Writing Task 1: Japan’s People Learning English for Various Reasons.

The table shows  the reasons for studying English language for the people of Japan. The information is based on a survey that was conducted in year 2000. 

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

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The given table provides information about ………………………………………………………..

While most to the Japanese learned/ studies/ (became versed) English to ……… ……………………, only 3% learned/ studies/ (became versed) to ………………………………

The primary occupational reason for learning English was …………………… followed by ………………………………………………

About one in ten Japanese learned/ studies/ (became versed) English for personal reason of ……………………….. and professional reason of ………………………………….

Another 13% ……………………………………………………………………………………..

One in six Japanese ………………………………………………………………………..

About one fifth …………………………………………………………………………………

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IELTS Vocabulary with News Item: TESLA unveils Model S for Military Heroes

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SS Customs released official photos of a “Special Ops” project it’s doing in conjunction with Tesla. They’ve created an all-new camouflage Tesla Model S and unveiled it on Memorial Day. To pay tribute, SS Customs wrote, “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices. From all of us at SS Customs, we wish you a safe and pleasant Memorial Day.”

You can read the complete article here.

In conjunction with: Together

Camouflage: Blend in the surroundings so that it is difficult for anyone to detect (someone or something).

Unveiled: Show or announce something.

Valiant: Bold; Brave

Gratitude: Being grateful

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IELTS Speaking Cue-Card June and August 2017: Try a New Activity

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The cue card was repeated several times in June and August 2017.

Talk about an occasion when you had to try a new activity for the first time. Please say

– What kind of activity was it?
– Where and when did it happen?
– Did you like it or not? Why?

Mark the words: Occasion and New Activity. Well, IELTS demands that students should never repeat the question statement. Please DO NOT start with “I remember an occasion when I tried a new activity.” A sample introduction could be:

“I love trying/ carrying out/ attempting new and exciting/ adventurous things. Last month ……………Name the activity and the place.”

All you’re left with is explaining whether you liked it or not and why? Let me simplify it. Try to answer the following simple questions:

  1. Nature of the activity – adventurous, exciting, loving.
  2. Name two traits that make it loveable.
  3. Explain the two traits.
  4. Perhaps the people you went with made it more exciting.
  5. The likeness is determined not merely by the activity but also by people who’re involved in it.

Okay. Simple IELTS speaking task. Isn’t it? Well, try it for yourself and send us your response.

Follow-up Questions:

– Was it a dangerous activity, in your opinion?
– Do people get enough information about it?
– What do you want to try next?
– Why?

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IELTS Speaking June and July 2017: A Piece of Clothing.

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This cue card has been asked multiple times in June and July 2017 IELTS exams.

Talk about your favorite piece of clothing. Please say

– What is it? (Garment, type)
– Why do you like it?
– How often do you wear it?

Well, thinking about your favorite piece of clothing is NOT difficult. However, effectively answering the elements of the question is.

Most students start the answer with “My favorite piece of clothing is ….”. If you’re one of them, you’ve lost any chance of scoring more than 6.5 bands by merely repeating the question. DO NOT REPEAT THE QUESTION. Period. That’s the cardinal sin in IELTS exam.

Why do you like it? “I like it because …..” NOPE! Stop! Think and act.

“Since my husband gifted this dress to me on our second marriage anniversary, I have a special fondness for this lovely dress.”

Make a story if none exists. Let me present a sample answer:

I’m a party person, and I love trying new dresses. Last year, I heard the Indian Prime Minister’s message of purchasing khadi, a traditional Indian fabric, clothes because purchasing these clothes supports poor cloth makers in Indian villages. So, I bought a traditional khadi kurta pajama. (Story + What is it)

I’m in love with this dress. It is extremely comfortable, simple yet stylish as compared to western dresses. It is elegant, and my colleagues have also stated a khadi day. We wear a traditional khadi dress on every Wednesday in our office. I also use this dress for special occasions and parties. The khadi fashion is catching up in my circle of friends and family. (Why like? How often?)


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Vocabulary: Learning English from Newspapers – Russia Day Protests

Opposition leader Alexei Navanly was among hundreds detained in Russia Monday, as protests raged across the country in a sea of rallies that coincided with Russia Day.

Thousands turned out to voice dissatisfaction with the government on Monday, the latest in a series of demonstrations to engulf Russia this year. More than 100 cities held rallies, including the major hubs of Moscow and St. Petersburg, where crowds were especially massive. Independent political persecution monitor OVD Info said that at least 750 people were detained in the protests in Moscow, with an additional 900 detained in St. Petersburg.

While the protests have previously been marketed more as “anti-corruption” demonstrations rather than an indictment of Russia’s government, Monday’s turnout seemed to indicate that protesters have become bolder and more willing to speak out. Video footage of rallies showed Russians calling for a “Russia without Putin” and yelling “Putin is a thief!”, while also throwing in a “Happy Russia Day!” in honor of the ongoing national holiday.




Detain: To prevent someone from proceeding, often by keeping them under restraint or custody. 

Protest: To object or disapprove something.

Sea of rallies: A lot of rallies. “A sea of …..” refers to “a lot of …….”

Turn out: To go somewhere to attend a meeting.

Dissatisfy: Opposite of satisfy.

Satisfy: To fulfil the needs, desire, expectations, demands.

Engulf: To surround something and cover it completely.

Indictment: Accusation of a serious crime.

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IELTS Academic Task 1: Question and sentence structure.

I’ve seen students struggling with connecting quantitive elements (numbers – years, production) and qualitative elements (you’ll know soon) in IELTS exam. Students fail to connect the two in correct English language. For instance, look at the following table:

The table shows the number of people in each earning group in Australia from 2008 to 2012. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting main features and make comparisons where relevant.

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Most of the students fail to connect the Mathematical facts with express them in English language. One of my students (wrongly) wrote: “Earning between $ 50,000 and $ 150,000 people are dramatically increasing followed by a steady increase.”

Now, this is clearly NOT the best way to express facts. So, I’ve devised a methodology for writing effectively in task 1. Pictures. Plain and simple. So, here’s picture to help you write a more powerful line.

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Okay, how do you make sense of this picture. All you have to do is follow the sequence. For instance:

The number of Australians earning $ 20,000 or less decreased sharply from 2008 to 2009 and thereafter it decreased gradually to 7.07 million in 2012.”

Please not the synonyms for various words. Please write sentences by following the above mentioned sentence structure.

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