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Hello Aina,

At the moment we don't arrange direct contact between members, though you can use the comments section to reply to other learners' comments.  However, a chat function is something that we may introduce in the future, so watch this space!

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

sir ,when the chat function is introduce then it became very helpful for learners'.i believe that British Council provide this option soon.thank

Hi sir, is it right to say: "i'm watching  a picture on the wall"? 

Hi chahinaz,

For this type of question, I always encourage users to use the dictionary (look for the search box and Look it up! button on the right). If you look up watch there, you'll see that it means "to look at something for a period of time, especially something that is changing or moving".

In the case of your sentence, watch is not standard (unless the picture is moving). Instead, you could say look at: "I'm looking at a picture on the wall."

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir or Madam,
I have a question about how to count the words in the IELTS writing task.
For example in this sentence:
50 % are unfamiliar with this area of knowledge.
Do I have to count 50 %. If yes, are this two words? And area of knowledge - is this one word or three words.
Thank you for your help.

Hi Hyperben,

Personally, I'd say 50% is one one word, but to be honest, I'm not completely sure whether the IELTS team counts it as one or two.  Area of knowledge counts as three words.

In any case, please know that the word counts are approximate - if you go over the limit by a few words, it's not going to make a difference.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hi sir, is the river in london as long as the Nile? 

Hi chahinaz,

The river that flows through London is the River Thames and at around 350 km it's much shorter than the Nile (well over 6,500 km).  In fact, the Thames is not even the longest river in the UK - that is the Severn River in the west of England.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team 

Dear sir,
I would like to immigrate to another country from my home country and a consultancy reveal the information that i need to score either 6 or above, after then i went to IELTS preparation tuition center and they took an examination of writing skill and marked seven and also remarked i am in the stage of intermediate level. should i start the IELTS preparation class or need some language classes for further improvement ? I would like to eliminate my commotion in this regard and waiting your advice. 

Dear rajesh.karki,

I would encourage you to do another mock IELTS exam to see what kind of results you get. There's a lot of free information on the exam, plus preparation materials and mock papers, on TakeIELTS.

In general, I prefer for people to consistently score a half point above the minimum mark they would like before recommending them to take the exam.

The results of your practice exams should help you and the language school administration place you in the proper class and/or decide whether you're ready for the exam.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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