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Hi Liz ,
Thank you for the lessons. I am preparing General module. Can I write relavent proverbs in the essays and can I use the proverbs in speaking section too.
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Firstly, I want to thank you for putting up this website. I will be taking my exam this May and I find your website very useful and easy to understand. I do have a question on the introduction of the model essay, I’m confused as when to use however in a sentence. I know it is a linking word used to contrast but from the paragraph above, is it applicable to use however? In my understanding, however is used to disagree with the first statement which is “Social networking sites, for instance Facebook, are thought by some to have had…” In this case disagreeing with it means that your opinion is that you don’t agree with the first sentence but at the end of the paragraph, you stated that you are agreeing with the statement. Shouldn’t we omit the word however instead?
Widely recognised as the world's leading paremiologist, or scholar of proverbs, German-born US academic Wolfgang Mieder defines a proverb as: "a concise statement of an apparent truth which has currency among the people" (Simson 1991 on-line). According to Mieder, proverbs are not high philosophy, quoting an old English proverb: "they are the children of experience" (People Weekly, 1989 on-line). He provides examples demonstrating how collective that experience is; for instance, variations on "Love is blind" can also be found in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese and the original Latin, "Amor caecus". Yusuf (1998, on-line) supports this claim that many similar proverbs exist across cultures. In her alarming analysis of rape-related proverbs in Anglo-American and Yoruba cultures, Yusuf cites a body of research conducted between 1931-1993, which concludes that "proverbs from different cultures may express similar attitudes towards a particular phenomenon". However to Yusuf, proverbs are not necessarily benign. She argues that a proverb is "a short, repeated, witty statement or set of statements of wisdom, truth and experience which is used to further a social end". About the truth of proverbs, Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (1973, p.821) notes that: 'Neat symmetries and witty convergences of sound and meaning, tight formulations of logical relations, highly patterned repetitions, structural balance, and familiar metaphors encapsulate general principles and contribute to the feeling that anything that sounds so right must be true.'
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Your website is very useful and had brought about a lot of positive impact on my performance. However, I’d like to inquire whether it is advisable to use “It is considered by many that..” or “some people claim” or the use of statistics as examples in opinion essays
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Man can be equated with the spider but of a different kind, he weaves his web for himself. It is undeniable fact that technology has proven to be the biggest asset for a human being. However, the equally true point is a man is casting the graves for himself by introducing the newer technologies. I fervently agree with the statement that there is a big negative effect on individual and also on the societal front because of social networking sites. There are certain reasons to endorse my opinion which is carried out in the subsequent paragraphs.
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In conclusion, the vast majority of proverbs enjoying currency in Australia have their origins elsewhere. Given "the striking similarity of proverbs from dissimilar cultures in different times and different places" (Williams, 1997, on-line) this is not particularly remarkable. However, it complicates any efforts to infer how popular proverbs may reflect Australian cultural values, except that perhaps it mirrors our multiculturalism. Further, given the overwhelming plethora of proverbs from which to choose, it is casting a wide net to suggest that one could draw conclusions about Australian culture based on the exploration of a mere handful. Within its limited scope, this essay has considered proverbs relating to various virtues and vices, but has barely touched on attitudes to love, family and friends. However, the proverbs that have been discussed reveal an Australian culture that values the enduring ideals - including foresight, level-headedness and honesty - prized by the Ancient Sumerians and many cultures since. Finally, this study reveals scope for further research into the existence and meaning of uniquely Australian proverbs.
IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Band 9
Absolutely not if you want band 9. You must use natural language, not phrases and sentences you have learned from an academic writing website or book. Never learn sentences to put in your essay. Each essay is written uniquely depending on the topic. Any learned sentences are not counted by IELTS. I strongly suggest you get at least one of my advanced lessons in writing task 2 so you understand not only the techniques but what IELTS is all about in terms of how it functions as a language test: