Process in IELTS Writing Task 1

Occasionally, candidates may be given a process to describe in IELTS Writing Task 1. This can be a problem if you are not prepared and have no idea of the language that you need to use for this context. Obviously, you cannot use commonly-used (and sometimes over-used!) expressions like: increased dramatically, fluctuated, gradual decline, etc. […]

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Today was supermarket day with the kids and I managed to cart a whole month’s supply of grocery in my trolley, but I didn’t mind the weight. Guess what I discovered on the shelves in Carrefour: seaweed! My daughter and I are big fans of Japanese food and love chomping on unhealthy snacks as well. […]

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That cookie dough!

When I get stressed, I usually bake. It used to be that I would listen to music to soothe myself but there’s something about beating dough in a bowl that’s far more therapeutic. Plus, you get to eat the results! I’ve been baking for the past three days, don’t ask me why because I’m not […]

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When life gives you melons…

…eat them! Those were exactly what I had after lunch today. I love melon season in the summer! It cools you down on the inside just when you feel you’re drying up like a crust. There are other types of tropical fruit that I miss but I’ll start getting depressed if I go on about […]

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One of the things I’ve learned in my travels is that wherever I settle with my new teaching contract, I should never leave home without essential ingredients that you could never get anywhere else. From the supermarkets in Moscow to the medina souks in the Middle East, one can easily find spices like cumin, coriander, […]

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Afternoon Tea

We had a surprise visit yesterday by an old friend whom we hadn’t seen for years. He arrived with his family and stayed the night at ours. We did some *catching up while enjoying a bit of afternoon tea, coffee, and pastry. All in all, we had a lovely day. 🙂 *Meaning: a meeting at […]

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At the Restaurant

I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of eating chips, as long as there’s really nice mustard, ketchup or even chilli sauce to go with them. Although they’re not healthy, they’re certainly tasty! Here is an episode that looks at food vocabulary and restaurant language. If you would like the answer copy of the worksheet, […]

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Gimme the Chilli!

There’s something I must confess: I’m a 1) junkie. To be precise, a chilli addict. Been hooked since I was a child. You know how it is. I’ve 2) witnessed chocoholic 3) tendencies among friends and ketchup addicts 4) coming out of the closet. But this is something else. I have had to order kilos […]

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