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GT Task 1: You are trying to improve your knowledge of a language

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are currently trying to improve your knowledge of a language which is not your first language. You have a friend who speaks this language fluently. You have decided to write to this friend.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter,

  • explain why you want to improve your knowledge of this language
  • ask him/her for suggestions on how to learn more quickly
  • propose that you meet your friend to talk about it

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ……………….,

Sample Answer 1:

Dear Leo,

I hope you’re doing great. I’ve recently joined a multinational company, and many of my colleagues speak Spanish in the workplace.  I studied basic Spanish in high school and have always felt a fascination with this language. Moreover, I believe, I would work more efficiently if I speak Spanish with my coworkers.  So I thought it was time to get in touch with you and get some help since you’re a fluent speaker of Spanish.

I wonder if you could give me a few tips on how to speed up my Spanish learning? Do you think I should get a self-study book, or watch some video tutorials from YouTube? Sometimes I think about getting enrolled in a Spanish language course, but I’m not sure if it’ll suit me. I think you can guide me on this. I’ll be looking forward to your tips and advice.

If you’re going to be in the area in the next few days, we could get together, and I could pick your brains about this subject. We haven’t been to an authentic Chinese restaurant for a while, and we could discuss it in detail over dinner someday.

I hope to see you soon. Take care and stay fine.

Yours truly,


[[Written by – Hoang]

Sample Answer 2:

Dear Olivia,

I hope that you’re doing excellent. It’s been awfully long since we’ve last seen each other and spent some quality time together. I really miss those days when we could hang out almost every day.

Anyway, after graduating from university next summer, I’ll start looking for a job in a multination company. Besides, I’ve plans to pursue my Master’s degree at a UK university a couple of years later. Considering my plans and expectations, I’ve started honing my English language skills, which, I believe, will be vital for my further study and career success. In a multinational company, English would be highly essential for communication.

You already know that my command of the English language is not so good. I make many grammatical mistakes and can’t express my feelings and ideas effectively in complex situations. As a native speaker of the English language, your skills are enviable. I hope you can suggest how I can improve my skills and learn the language efficiently without making any grammatical mistakes. I also want to learn fast and you’re the best person to advise me on that.

If it’s not too much to ask, I’d like to meet you in person to discuss everything in detail and have some pleasant time together. We have a lot to catch up with, I believe. 

Your suggestions would be quite valuable to me. Hope we can plan our meeting soon.

Yours truly, 


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