The ‘IELTS Ten Super Instant Easy Everything Magic Book’ // ‘Examiner Approved’!! (3 of 5)

In the last post, I mentioned the … “IELTS Ten Super Instant Easy Everything Magic Book” syndrome. Let’s look at another aspect of these books. Part of the ‘Magic Book Rule No.5 (= having a title which guarantees an impossibly high band scores in a very short time) is a claim on the front cover that the books are ‘approved by IELTS examiners’, ‘recommended by IELTS examiners’, ‘endorsed by all IELTS examiners’, and so on, and so on. Hmmmm. An interesting claim. Time to think, everyone. Do you really believe this? Really? I mean REALLY? I hope not, since straight away you would have to find a good answer to the following questions. …

The ‘IELTS Ten Super Instant Easy Everything Magic Book’ (2 of 5)

In the last post, I introduced the … “IELTS Ten Super Instant Easy Everything Magic Book” syndrome. … and explained how to get an IELTS 7, there would have to be a lot of study, a lot of time, and a lot of effort on your part. But why spent time and effort when you can get it all at once with an IELTS magic book? There are lots of them out there, so just buy one, right? Great idea, right? Maybe I need to define the term. What is an ‘IELTS Magic Book’? Here are rules which must be followed to make an ‘IELTS Magic Book’. The book must … …

“IELTS Ten Super Instant Easy Everything Magic Book” syndrome // Answer to Being Concise (8 of 8)

The ‘IELTS Ten Super Instant Easy Everything Magic Book’ (1 of 5) I had a student a few days ago who said, “I bought all these IELTS Books from mainland China, but I now realize they are all junk, and I threw them away.” Of course they are all junk. But there are so many self-proclaimed IELTS ‘experts’ out there now, and it seems that anyone of them can now write a junk book (in Chinese), promise everything like magic [hence the above picture], get their friends to use the social media to say how good the book is, and the author makes a lot of (your) money. …

Let’s Practice Being Concise (8 of 8)

In the previous post, I quoted from my own IELTS Writing Task Two book (Page 33, at the bottom). This page compares the sentence … When people try to park cars in cities, they usually find it difficult. [13 words] with … Parking cars in cities is usually difficult. [7 words] …

Let’s Practice Being Concise (7 of 8)

In the previous post, I quoted from my own IELTS Writing Task Two book (Page 33, at the bottom). This page compares the sentence … When people try to park cars in cities, they usually find it difficult. [13 words] with … Parking cars in cities is usually difficult. [7 words] …

Let’s Practice Being Concise (6 of 8)

In the previous post, I quoted from my own IELTS Writing Task Two book (Page 33, at the bottom). This page compares the sentence … When people try to park cars in cities, they usually find it difficult. [13 words] with … Parking cars in cities is usually difficult. [7 words] …

Let’s Practice Being Concise (5 of 8)

In the previous post, I quoted from my own IELTS Writing Task Two book (Page 33, at the bottom). This page compares the sentence …   When people try to park cars in cities, they usually find it difficult. [13 words] with … …

Let’s Practice Being Concise (4 of 8)

In the previous post, I quoted from my own IELTS Writing Task Two book (Page 33, at the bottom). This page compares the sentence … When people try to park cars in cities, they usually find it difficult. [13 words] with … Parking cars in cities is usually difficult. [7 words] …

Let’s Practice Being Concise (3 of 8)

In the previous post, I quoted from my own IELTS Writing Task Two book (Page 33, at the bottom), which states …   This new sentence is much shorter, and makes the same point. That is, the sentence is concise, and concision is a sign of a good writer.   …

Let’s Practice Being Concise (2 of 8): The Value of Concision (Part II)

  My IELTS Writing Task One book has Tip 6. My IELTS Writing Task Two book has Tip 10. They both have the same name: CUT THE FLUFF! This has helped the average IELTS Writing Score in Taiwan to rise. After my books were published, and with all my teaching, the message finally got out – but there are still many bad books out there, with many bad teachers playing the ‘memorisation game’, and there are large numbers of students who fall for this. Some of the most popular teachers, the ‘famous’ one, the ones who ‘everyone say are good’, can be the worst. Hence, the average score is only 6. It isn’t 7, or higher. Not yet. But let’s not think about IELTS. Let’s just think about good writing generally. What’s wrong with fluff? Well, here’s a nice quote from a famous book called ‘The Elements of Style’, by…

Idiomatic Vocabulary 14: a sharp learning curve

The Phrases To be a sharp learning curve To do everything from scratch To revert to Plan B. To go back to the drawing board. Their Definitions These are a series of related sayings, describing situations where … where you have to learn very where you have to do everything from the beginning. after the first plan fails, you… Read More »

Idiomatic Vocabulary 13: to go overboard

The Phrase  To go overboard Its Definition A verb phrase meaning to do something good, but do it too much or excessively so that it becomes bad. Discussion This is useful for IELTS speaking because this situation does happen in life. People may ‘go overboard’ in politeness, actions, and public behavior. This phrase passes our test for use… Read More »

Idiomatic Vocabulary 12: turning up your nose

The Phrase   To turn your nose up (at sth.) Its Definition A verb phrase meaning you don’t want to do, use, or accept sth. kindly offered to you. Discussion This is useful for IELTS because people generally try to help others in the world, so not accepting, or not having your offer accepted, can be quite common. Since… Read More »

Idiomatic Vocabulary 11: A grain of salt

The Phrase To take [sth.] with a grain of salt Its Definition A verb phrase meaning you don’t really believe the previous fact. Discussion This is useful for IELTS because there are so many lies and so much deceit in the world. An intelligent person doesn’t necessarily believe it all, and we often have to indicate this to other… Read More »