IELTS Speaking Topic: Travelling by boat

Here is a recent IELTS speaking Part 2 topic:

Describe a travel experience on a boat.
You should say:
       -When did you travel by boat?
       -Where did you travel to?
       -Why did you choice travelling by boat?

And explain how you felt about traveling by boat

Here is an sample answer and it may be hard to most of you, but pay attention to those words that are underlined.

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IELTS General Writing: Things you need to concern

6 common mistakes that will affect your score (i.e. band 7 or 8 or even higher) in General Training module are:

1. The beginning and ending of the letter don't match.
E.g. you start your letter with "Dear Sir," and end your letter with "Good Luck, + your last name"

2. The main purpose of the letter isn't clear.
E.g. Here is a sample question:
       You are about to go on vacation for a month. A friend from another town will come and stay in your apartment.
       Write a letter to this friend. In your letter: 
          – explain where your friend can get the key to the apartment
          – give your friend some instructions about using your apartment
          – recommend some places to go

In your introduction paragraph, if you write "…. Can I ask you to do me a favor to look after my place while I'm on a week long business trip?" Then you are not making a clear or accurate purpose of the letter. Obviously, the purpose is not asking your friend come and look after your place. Your friend should have already agreed to come and stay in your apartment. your purpose is "tell your friend a few things that he'll need to know about staying in your house"  (NB. This will affect your score A LOT!!)

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Wish All of You Chinese New Year Happy

Wish all my students and my friends rock your Chinese Snake New Year.

Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally ran from Chinese New Year's Day itself, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year".

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IELTS Listening: Multiple choice questions

In recent IELTS listening tests, there are more and more multiple choice questions in the paper, and that absolutely increases the hardness of the listening test. Multiple choice questions are difficult because there is more to read, and the speaker often mentions more than one of the choices/options (to trick you).

Here are some tips:

  1. Read all the questions and choices/options before the listening starts.
  2. If you can’t reading all the choices/options within the given reading time, at least read all the questions first.
  3. Read the choices/options while you are listening, and do not read the choices/options line by line. Reading the difference between choices/options.
  4. Underline key words in each choice/option. The key words are those that make the difference in meaning between choices/options.
  5. Don't check your answers to the previous section; use the breaks to read ahead.
  6. When listening, only look at the words you underlined. Don't read everything again.
  7. Expect the trick! They often mention more than one choice/option, so be careful.
  8. If you're not sure, make a good guess, and then move on to the next question.
  9. If you don't have time to read everything (tip 1), don't worry. Prepare as many questions as you can, then do your best on the others.
  10. Remember, all the contents are factual texts. So anything against the truth or any too absolute expression might be considered NOT true. (tip 8)

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