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IELTS General Writing Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

A friend you met last year has invited you to visit them in their country.
You have never been there before and need some information before you leave.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter

  • request advice about a gift for his/her family
  • ask about activities and clothing
  • find out about the food

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ................. ,

model answer:

Dear Robert,

Hi there, I hope you're enjoying your college year. Thanks very much for asking me to come and visit you in Singapore. As you know, I haven't travelled to Asia before, so I though I'd write and ask you a few questions.

I want to bring a present with me and I wondered what would be appropriate. Perhaps you could let me know what your mum's hobbies are and then I could come up with an idea based on one of them.

Also, what sort of clothes should I bring? I know it's pretty warm where you live but do I need jumpers or a coat? What sort of activities are we likely to do while I'm there and should I bring things like swimming gear or trainers.

Lastly, I hate to be nuisance but I hope you remember that I'm vegetarian. I do eat fish and eggs but I don't eat red meat and chicken at all. Is that going to be a problem?

Look forward to hearing from you.

Barnaby

(174 words)


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