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Idiomatic Vocabulary

This section gives some idiomatic vocabulary in English, as a blog, or list to which I regularly add. This vocabulary is also given (in more detail) in the page ‘Idiomatic Vocabulary’ (under the ‘Vocabulary’ Section). So, you have the same input twice, since both forms can be convenient. However, if you are accessing the information here, it is… Read More »

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Cultural Insights to Australia

Hello Everyone. In the ‘IELTS Vocabulary’ section, I mentioned seven rules to learning vocabulary. Rule 7 is by reading. And here is some light, easy, and interesting reading pieces – all about … the country shown below.   Yes, Australia. My country is huge, diverse, and has a fascinating history, which all means there are many insights I… Read More »

Answer to Concision Rides Again (12 of 12)

Answer to Concision Rides Again (12 of 12) In the previous post, I gave you an entire essay, of 304 words, but with very much over-wording, repetition, and irrelevance. Let’s take the next step (hence the picture above), and look at it again, paragraph by paragraph.   Paragraph 1 …

Weekend IELTS Course starts tomorrow! // Get in quick, to join/observe [whatever you want!]

Hey everyone. Just a reminder. There’s a weekend IELTS course, and is starts tomorrow. If you are not interested, tell your friends. IELTS Intensive Saturday Course  (週六 9:30–5:15 pm)  [開課 June 8th – August 24th].  Get in quickly [You don’t want to miss the the first lesson]! If you want, you can just come to observe, totally free, then make up your mind later. Check out the website: www.aisielts.com . …

Concision Rides Again (12 of 12): An Entire Essay // Remember, IELTS Speaking Seminar scheduled for this Thursday, 2.30 pm

First Part Concision Rides Again (12 of 12): An Entire Essay Good writing, remember, is concise, like the mathematic equation above: E = mc2. Beautiful precision, clarity, and concision. Think about that in this final post, where I will give an entire essay, of 304 words. The student writes fairly well, and with honesty – which is good – although I have corrected the grammar, wrong words, and logic errors. The message is clear; however, there is very much over-wording, repetition, and irrelevance in the content.  …

[分享] 6/1免費試聽 // Free Classroom Observation Tomorrow (Saturday 1st)

Hi everyone I’m doing two ‘makeup lessons’ tomorrow (Saturday morning & afternoon) for some students who joined my IELTS courses late, so I may as well invite anyone who is interested to watch. Remember, SEEING IS BELIEVING, right!  So, come and see the truth. Here’s the message from my website. FREE CLASSROOM OBSERVATION! [Two lessons] 9.30 am – 12.45 pm  IELTS Reading (Lesson 1) 2.00 pm – 5.15 pm   IELTS Listening (Lesson 1) WHERE:  in the normal AIS classroom [Click http://www.aisielts.com/location/ ]. …

雅思考試作文真題解答 [Sample Answer, IELTS Writing Task One, May 11th, ‘UK Domestic Residences with Cars’ Graph

  Just a week ago (on Saturday May 11th), the  Task-One Item shown above appeared in the real IELTS test.   Student have been asking me to provide sample answers to real questions, so I will do that here. This is a line graph, so we have change over time (COT). There are four lines, which is unusual [more often it is three], although the trends are simpler. The answer follows the system given in my Writing Task One book. Here is the sample answer. …

Concision Rides Again (10 of 12)

Concision Rides Again (10 of 12) No one wants an IELTS 5, right? Let’s look at the original paragraph from the previous post.   Another cause of the losing of culture of aboriginal groups is that the youth of these native aboriginals usually do not understand the importance of protecting their unique and traditional customs. These days, most aboriginal children need to go to the city to get an education, and most of them stay and do not go back to their hometowns after they graduate from university. As a result, they usually lose the opportunity to undertstand the history of their culture. [79 words] …

Concision Rides Again (8 of 12)

Concision Rides Again (8 of 12) In the last post, we reduced a 83-word paragraph to 17. 83 words cut to 17. Wow! That first paragraph had so much unnecessary stuff. But now, let’s consider how to continue this sentence, and build a real paragraph in a strong and convincing way. Tip 16 of my book (‘Include Specific Support’) mentions a simple way to think.   Approach …

Concision Rides Again (6 of 12): ‘Circling Paragraphs’

  Concision Rides Again (6 of 12): ‘Circling Paragraphs’ We will now look at concision in a bigger way: by looking at the whole paragraph (rather than just at the sentence level). Lack of concision here often relates to the design of the paragraph – and correct paragraph design is very important in IELTS Task-Two Writing. …

Concision Rides Again (5 of 12)

  Concision Rides Again (5 of 12) Remember, being concise helps give you that ‘clear progression’ in your writing (= IELTS 7). If you can make the same point in fewer words, WRITE THOSE WORDS!  You then have time to …   …