1st February, Today’s Task

Academic Writing Task 1

The table below shows the volume of snowfall at four hill stations in four months of winter.

Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, making comparisons where relevant.

Snowfall at four Hill Stations

 (Ft=foot or feet)

Months   Shimla Kulfri Theog Summer Hill
December 2 ft 2 ft 3 ft 1 ft
January 3 ft 3.5 ft 4.5 ft 2 ft
February 2.5 ft 3 ft 4 ft 2 ft
March 0.5 ft 1 ft 2 ft 0.5 ft

Sample Answer

The given chart depicts the volume of snowfall in four winter months at Shimla and three other hill stations in its proximity, namely, Kulfi, Theog and Summer Hill. The snowfall has been calibrated in terms of feet.

a glance at the table reveals that the maximum snowfall was experienced by Theog in the month of January, and minimum at Shimla in the month of March – 4,5 feet and 0.5 feet respectively. A uniform measurement of snowfall was recorded by Shilma, Kulfri in December and Summer Hill in January and February, and Theog in March – at 2 feet each. Similar, an equal depth of snowfall was registered at Theog in December, Shimla in January and Kulfri in February – 3 feet each.

Overall, maximum snowfall was experienced by Theog in all the four months, and the minimum was recorded by Summer Hill.

1st February, Today's Task
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General Writing Task 1

You are the member of a public library. You borrowed a book from the library, but could not return it by the due dat.

Write a letter to the librarian. In your letter

  • Mention the name of the borrowed book, and the due date for returning it
  • Describe the reason for not returning it
  • Inform him when you will return it

Dear Sir/Madam

I am a regular member of your library; vide my membership Card no. 478. This is to bring to your kind notice that I got issued from your library a book in World History. I feel sorry that I have not been able to return the book by the due date that is 5th of this month.

I know I have defaulted in this matter. As a rule, the book must be returned on time. But sometimes circumstances are beyond your control. I had gone out of station for a few days, carrying the book along with me. I was to come back home well before the due date of returning the book. But unfortunately I fell ill there, and my return got delayed. I hope you realize my compulsion.

I will be returning the book to you within the next three days. I am prepared to pay the fine for default.

Yours faithfully

G.K. Mehra

Writing Task 2 (AC+GT)

Character is influenced by the environment rather than by genetics. How far do you agree?

While a person’s physical features are attributable (=caused by) to hereditary factors, behavior is the product of the environment rather than genetics. Genes decide a person’s physique and intelligence but individuals develop their manners and character by observing the surroundings. This essay attempts to state that the environment plays a greater role in molding one’s character because of three reasons.

Firstly, character is usually influenced by one’s family but, in the absence of it, one learns it from the society. For example, an African child who grows up with a family somewhere in the West will show no trace of behavior found in that person’s native society in his childhood. This individual certainly will not speak their native language either.

Secondly, the world is benefitted by the innovative ideas of many renowned scientists. With little or no formal education, Thomas Crompton, Michael Faraday and Thomas Alva Edison rose to the zenith of name and fame. In general, neither the predecessors nor the successors of these scientists seem to have made any contributions to science.

Thirdly, it is clear that people achieve many things in life because i=of their own efforts. In doing this they draw guidance and support from the society in which they live, if these were because of genetic factors, the children of scientists would be scientists and the children of military men would be military men. Behavioral scientists firmly believe that it is possible to shape a child into anything be training and education.

In summary, there are several arguments to support the fact that it is the environment, rather than genetic factors that shapes individuals’ behavior.

IELTS Speaking Full Interview

PART 1 – Intro part

What is your full name?

My name is Priya Sheth.

Can I see your ID?

Sure, here it is!

Where are you from?

I live in Rajkot which is around 300 kilometers away from Ahmadabad city.

Do you work or study?

I own a small business of ethnic attires for women. I started this business not long ago and it’s growing by leaps and bounds (=rapidly) these days.

What do you do?

I design clothes as per the latest trend of fashion. My specialty lies in designing the women’s day-to-day Indian attires and for special wedding collection. Also, I’m trying my hands on kids wear as well but it’s at the infant at the moment.

Why did you choose this job?

I completed my fashion designing course two years back. I found designing clothes was a very interesting job and it suited my passion. I’ve knack of designing various types of clothes so I thought why not I pursue my passion and career together.

What will you do in the future?

I want to become a successful entrepreneur, and the world must know my work and appreciate it. I think globally and I foresee my stuff being sold in every part of the world sooner.

What color do you like?

Being an apparel designer, I love all the colors as long as they go well with any combination. But personally I love white and pink color the most.

Do you like chocolate?

Yes, I like chocolates. My favorite chocolates are Bounty, Mars and Dairy Milk.

Did you like chocolate as a child?

Whenever I saw bars of chocolates, it always salivated (=secrete saliva, especially in anticipation of food). My mother always rationed my chocolates eating but I was my dad’s girl so he would buy me chocolates of my choice and both of us ensured that my mother didn’t know about it. I had too much of chocolates as a child.

Do you think most people like chocolate? Why?

I don’t know about the preference of people. But I reckon they should like the chocolate. It’s tasty so why wouldn’t they like it. Plus, I’ve not come across anybody complaining about the taste of chocolate. Yes, that’s true people advise not to have too much of chocolate but I assume most people surrender to the craving for chocolates.

PART 2 – Cue Card

Describe one time when the weather changed your plan.

You should say

  • When this happened
  • What plans you had to cancel
  • What kind of weather you experienced

What did you do instead, after the weather made you change your plan?

There have been many instances in my life when I have had to change my plans because of the weather. Where I live, sudden weather changes don’t usually happen, but in some months we randomly get a few days of clear skies and a few days of thunderstorms and rains. One such instance I would like to discuss here is a time from many people years ago. It was the last day of college, before Diwali. During Diwali we used to get a long 10 day break from classes. So, most of us would usually go out of town with our families. However, my friends and I had planned to leave for our vacations after a day or two. So, on the day before Diwali breaks begun, we made plans to visit a nearby bird sanctuary is located about an hour away from the city by car. One of my friends had a jeep large enough to fill all seven of us. We had arrived at college that morning all prepped up to bunk the last lecture, our picnic baskets were packed and waiting in the morning, the weather had seemed perfect for such an outing. However, by the time we decided to make a move, the skies became overcast. We ignored this slight alteration in weather and continued on our journey. About fifteen minutes after we had hit the road, however, it started drizzling, then raining a little fast, and then pouring cats and dogs. There was no point driving all the way to Thol in such weather. Further, it was not even safe.

But, instead of feeling upset, we simply parked the car, got off, and let the rains drench us to the bone. Such showers have always been welcomed by people in my city, even if they are unseasonal, because most of the year, the city stays very hot. We were no exception to the rule. In a few minutes hawkers selling freshly roasted corn and deep fried lentil fritters started crowding the sidewalks, as was the norm. My friend and I queued up and helped ourselves to the classic monsoon munchies, while still getting wet in the rains. After spending a few hours in the rains, my friend dropped us all home, and tried yet satisfied, we called it a day.

PART 3 – (Discussion)

Where can people get weather reports from?

People can get weather reports from daily newspaper, the television, and the internet. These days, people often get up to date weather reports from mobile weather apps, too.

How do weather reports affect people’s lives?

Weather reports help people plan their outings and trips. They help people decide when to and when not to schedule important meetings. Further, weather reports help Safeguard people by giving timely information regarding the possibility of extreme weather conditions. On rainy days, weather reports act as reminder to us, to carry out raincoats and umbrella.

What do people do on rainy days and sunny days?

On rainy days, people get drenched in the rains, go for long drives, enjoy monsoon-specific street foods, and listen to melodious nostalgic music if they are stuck in traffic jams. Roads often get waterlogged so offices and schools remain shut, giving people surprise holidays at times. On sunny days, people wear reflective pastel colored clothes in comfortable materials like cotton and linen, set out on picnics with their family members and friends, and Go out window shopping. They also enjoy ice creams and ice lilies, which are very popular in my city.

Has climate change affected your country?

In my opinion, climate change has started to affect my country in the last decade very noticeably. Summers start later than usual, writers are either too cold or not cold at all, and remain instead of being intermittent like used to, have become quite scattered. We frequently have flood like situations for a few days in the monsoons, followed by worryingly long dry spells. There are made up for, by unseasonal rains during the summers. This has affected the ecosystem at large, confusing the birds and animals as regards their migrating patterns and breeding times. Further, people find it difficult to make plans relying on seasonal patterns. Many open air functions have started getting cancelled or spoiled because of unseasonal rains.

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