IELTS Letter to a Friend

by Gagan
(Amritsar)

Your friend is thinking about learning to drive and would like some advice. Write a letter to your friend.

- Say why a driving license is advantageous
- Recommend a driving school
- Give extra guidance/ tips


Dear Albert

I am glad to hear that you have decided to learn driving. The idea of learning to drive will definitely change your life.

But firstly, you need to have driving license which can be a way round to remove all the restrictions to drive anywhere with freedom. You will be independent in handling routine tasks for instance office, shopping etc. Moreover it is a social and legal responsibility of being an ideal citizen.

Secondly, you need to search a good driving school with supportive & experience instructors. I would like to recommend the Hall Driving School in the down town. I, myself, have learnt from this renowned driving school. All the instructors are well trained and experienced professionals. The medium of instructions include both theoretical as well as practical aspects. Moreover, you will also learn the traffic rules as well which are the foremost important in today’s life.

To become proficient in all aspects you have to appear for an exam to test you knowledge of driving before obtaining license. I think, a two –week course will be sufficient for you to be perfect and clear the driving trust.

I hope my advice will serve the purpose. Looking forward to hear from you.

Love,
Robert

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IELTS Letter - Selling a TV

by ADIL - adilalaamri96@gmail.com
(Oman)

You want to sell your television. You think a friend of yours might like to buy it from you.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter explain:

1. Why you are selling the television

2. Describe the television

3. Suggest a date when your friend can come and see it


Hey my friend, how are you? I hope you're good. I sent these letter to you to inform you that I want to sell my T.V, so I thought I suppose to ask you first I you want to bay it.

I bought a new T.V last week, it’s a new model that it came recently to the shops, it’s a smart T.V which means you can touch the screen as the smart phones. So, I think I don’t need for my old T.V because there is no space for it.

Now here are some details about the old T.V perhaps you want to bay it. It’s an original one which had made by a very famous electronic company called LG, I think you know it. It has a built in receiver and DVD so you don’t need to buy them. Also it has to remotes, one for the receiver and other one for the DVD.

You have the choice if you want it or not. I won’t ask to another person to buy it until I receive your answer. I’ll wait for until next Sunday which going to be the 3rd of March.

Yours,

Adil

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IELTS House Sitting Letter

by Vadim Klimenko
(Baku)

Dear ielts buddy, please give feedback on my IELTS Task 1 General Training Letter

A friend has agreed to look after your house and pet while you are on holiday.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter

• give contact details for when you are away
• give instructions about how to care for your pet
• describe other household duties

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Dear Shamil,

Thank you very much for confirming your readiness to take care of my house and dog. I really appreciate your help as it makes my trip much more comfortable.

Please be informed that I will be in London till June 15th and you can call my UK cell number. In the mid of June I plan to fly to Chicago, so please send me a message via whatsapp if you have any question then.

As I said earlier, it's required to walk with the dog, Sher, at least on early mornings and on evenings. You may take the dog to the small park near the Baku-Astrakhan friendship monument or to the boulevard if you have time for longer walk. The dog food is on the bottom shelf of the refrigirator. Please give no more than one can of the food per day to Sher. I also want to ask you to water all flowers twice per week. The only exception is the flower at the kitchen, which doesn't require water at all. In the case if you find any utility bill in the post-box, just place it on my table.

Thanks again for agreeing to help me with these duties. I will be happy to do the same for you when you go for your holidays to Rio.

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A Visiting Friend

by Fred
(Australia WA)

Hello!

Can you please say approximately what writing score I should get. I wrote this letter for the task 1 Can I have results at least 5.0 or above on writing task 1?


A family member is coming to stay with you. He/she will be arriving by train in the morning, but you won’t be home until the evening.

Write a letter to your relative. In your letter:

- Explain arrangements you have made for them to have keys and get into the house

- Tell your relative how to get from the train station to your house

- Say when you will be home and suggest what you could do together that evening


Dear Marco,

I write you to say that I´ll wont be home until late tomorrow. There is emergency meeting at workplace.

I made some arrangements for you to get my house safely. Your train arrives 07.00am and there is car with my personal driver waiting for you. He will drive you into downtown. From there you have to take 15 minute walk to my place. If he drops you off then you´ll see large orange building on the south side of Williams street. You have to walk trough the tunnel to get First street. When exiting the tunnel, take right from the police station and walk straight to the end of the street. My house is with yellow roof on your right hand side. key is hidden behind the greenhouse which is located in back yard.

We will definitely catch up when I arrive in the evening and we can watch some dvd-s what i have

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Apr 19, 2013
IELTS Letter
by: IELTS buddy

I don't give band scores to things people submit but I can give you some quick general feedback.

Basically the content is ok as you respond to the three points in the prompt (which you must do), though your middle part is possibly a bit long.

You could give less detail and more on the part about what you will do when you get back.

You also have very noticeable errors with your grammar - articles! You have many missing and it is very apparent.

For example: There is AN emergency meeting at MY workplace.

A singular noun must have something before it - either a determiner or an article. Go through all your nouns in the letter and check - which ones have neither of these before them?

Find a good grammar book or some exercises on the internet and practice with your nouns.

If you fix the things above then your answer will be ok.

Thanks

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IELTS Letter Translation of Document

by Sagar
(Karachi)

You need a translation of a document into a different language. you have a friend who speaks that language.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

- explain what the document is and why you need a translation
- explain why is in urgent and important for you
- ask your friend if and when he/she will be able to help you


Dear Chen,

I was just thinking about you the other day when i saw the Jackie Chan movie in the theaters. Anyways, i was just wondering if you could give me a hand with translating a letter from Chinese to English.

The document I need your help with is my university admission letter in the Beijing University of technology for my masters in Beijing,China.As it also has the banking details and the amount of fees which i have to pay, as a part of my admission procedure.

Due to the fact that the deadline to pay the full fee will end in a week's time I want to make sure that i have the translation before that. Moreover, if I fail to do that for any reason then, my admission at the university will be cancelled and as you already know that studying at this university is one of my dreams.

I wouldn't have stressed you more, as I'm aware of your busy working schedule but keeping the urgency in mind please let me know if it's possible for you to translate it and if so then, when can i pop up at your house to get this thing done?

I'll be anxiously waiting for your reply.

Best regards,
Adam

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IELTS Letter to a Friend

by Farhad

I need my writing task 1 to be rated and corrected.

You have a penfriend living in another country and he/she is curious to know about the major news items in your country.

Briefly describe ONE news story that has been on TV, on the radio, or in the newspapers in your country, and explain why people are interested in it.

You do NOT need to write your own address.


Dear Matilda,

I hope all is well with you and we can meet each other one day. It’s always a pleasure for me to write you back. You expressed the desire to know about the major news items in my country. I chose the most important of them for you.

The presidential election will be held on June 14 in my country. Almost every TV channel and radio station is talking about it these days. The competition is between six candidates. Current president actions have led the country into international economic sanctions and isolation, which cost us the value of our currency. We have experienced the highest growth in inflation during his presidency since the beginning of the regime. People don’t have faith in the elections because the Guardian Council of Constitution -- a group of six clerics and six lawyers operating under the oversight of the supreme leader -- decides about qualification of registered candidates. But people also don’t want someone like the current president to run for the office. So this is choosing between bad and worse. There’s still a little hope left to repair the issues in the long term by choosing a reform-minded or a moderate candidate.

Let me know if you ever need to know about anything else. I am also interested about major news items in your country.

Best wishes,
John Smith

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Jul 06, 2014
Good
by: Ak

I think it was perfect. Good use of vocabulary. Though I am not fully to judge, I think your letter was good enough.

Dont know what band it would fall. But i think shouldn't be below 7

Aug 01, 2014
Thank you.
by: Farhad

Thank you AK for taking the time. New comments are appreciated.

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Selling a Television

by Yumi
(SP, Brazil)

You want to sell your television. You think a friend of yours might like to buy it from you. Write a letter to your friend.

In your letter:

- Explain why you are selling the television
- Describe the television
- Suggest a date when your friend can come and see it


Dear John,

6 months ago I bought a brand new LG 42' LCD screen television since, at that time, I was moving to a new house and wanted all my stuff to be new: this TV was placed in my living room along with my new sound system. I had one TV and brought it with me, too, but I decided to put it in my room. That one is not so modern but it has wi-fi connection, so it suits my needs.

It happens that all the expenses with my moving were beyond my plans and I ended up deciding to sell this new TV to make some extra money. When thinking about someone that could have it, you came to my mind. I remember that you were after a 4K TV with integrated wi-fi connection and lots of HDMI slots and mine does have all of that! Besides, it is so lightweight that even your little brother can carry it.

I know you are around town this month, so why don’t you come over and have a look at it? I’ll be at home all day long on weekends. If you want to stop by on weekdays, just let me know. I can make it after 18PM if you wish. We can agree on a great price.

Let me know what you think! Call me on my phone of text me.

Mary.

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Help from a Friend Abroad

by Deeuce


You are going to another country to study. You would like to do a part-time job while you are studying, so you want to ask a friend who lives there for some help.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter,

- give details of your study plans
- explain why you want to get a part-time job
- suggest how your friend could help you find a job


Dear Josh,

Warm greetings from Nepal. I hope you are doing well. I am really happy to know about your promotion recently and wish you very best in your future endeavors.

You would be happy to know that I have been accepted to southern Illinois University Edwardsville for the Masters in Marketing Research program. I am excited as well as concerned to take such a big step in my life, especially for the reason of funding. I have very limited funding available from my school - barely enough to stay - and thinking of looking for a part time job. I can earn for my food and other expenses and spend some during good-times when visiting your place.

I was hoping if you could inquire in some of the stores nearby for job vacancies at your convenience. I will much appreciate your help and can't wait to see you soon.

Warm Regards,
Deeuce

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Holiday Invitation

by katiss
(USA)

A friend who lives in another country has invited to you come and stay with him/her on your next holiday. You are too busy to accept the invitation.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:


Thank him/her for the invitation

Explain why you cannot come

Give him/her your other news



Dear Rosella,
how are you doing? When I got your letter last week I realized we haven‘t talked in month. Thank you so much for including the pictures of your new house and inviting us to visit you in Brazil this summer. I always wanted to go there, but I am afraid we will not be able to make it this summer. Maybe you can visit us instead in Australia? We have just moved to the coast 3 month ago and I have decided to quit my office job. Instead we are now running a small café in a historic beach house. It is quite exciting, but also a lot of work: I get up at 5 a.m. every morning and we usually close after 11 p.m. The house was quite run down when we bought it, but now it looks fantastic. Obviously, I can not close the café for several weeks during summer as we just opened a few weeks ago. We also adopted a puppy named „Spotty“ we can not take on the trip. I attached a few pictures to the letter and I hope they will convince you to come here this summer. Just let me know.
Yours Sincerely,
A. B.

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Corrected Version:


Dear Rosella,

How are you doing?

When I got your letter last week, I realized we haven‘t talked in months. Thank you so much for including the pictures of your new house and inviting us to visit you in Brazil this summer.

I’ve always wanted to go there, but I'm afraid we be able to make it this summer. Maybe you can visit us instead in Australia? We have just moved to the coast 3 months ago and I've decided to quit my office job. Instead we are now running a small café in a historic beach house.

It's quite exciting, but also a lot of work: I get up at 5 a.m. every morning and we usually close after 11 p.m. The house was quite run down when we bought it, but now it looks fantastic. Obviously, I can't close the café for several weeks during summer as we just opened a few weeks ago.

We also adopted a puppy named ”Spotty“ who we can't take on the trip. I’ve attached a few pictures to the letter and I hope they will convince you to come here this summer. Just let me know.

Hopefully see you soon,

Yours Sincerely,
Best wishes,
A. B.

FURTHER COMMENTS

It’s a good letter that fully answers all the points needed. Here are some other comments.

Paragraphs

I’m not sure if it is an IT error, but there were no paragraphs in the version I got. Make sure you break up your letter into paragraphs.

Complex Sentences

You should try and fit a few more of these in as the examiner will look out for them. For example, you could have done this:

Although I’ve always wanted to go there, I am afraid we will not be able to make it this summer.


Closing a Letter

You closed your letter incorrectly. 'Sincerely' is for formal letters.

Informal letters use 'best wishes' or 'best regards'.

See this lesson on how to open and close a letter.

Your letter also seemed to close a bit suddenly, which is why I added that last sentence.

Abbreviations

It's also ok to use short forms or abbreviations in informal letters which is why I changed them in yours. There was nothing wrong with the grammar.

Present Perfect

You wrote:

We have just moved to the coast 3 months ago


'ago' is used with the past simple, not present perfect so it does not look right. That's why I changed it to past simple.

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Nov 19, 2015
question
by: azar

dear freinds,

I have a question from you .any body know that we use complex sentence for informal letter or simple sentace.I do know and i was confused which one is correct?

Thanks in advance .

Azar Rezvani

Nov 19, 2015
question
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Azar,

In all your IELTS writing you need to use a mix of sentence structures, so you will be using simple, compound and complex.

You must have some complex sentences as you need to show that you are able to use these to start getting a 6 or above for your 'grammar range' criteria.

Feb 20, 2016
it was helpful
by: Anonymous

Wonderful

Thank you it was really helpful once again thank you.

Thank you thank thank thank thank you you you.

Sep 18, 2016
Mind blowing letter
by: Raunak

Next day is my exam and it is really very good letter so thank you very very much

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