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  • Writer's pictureMaher


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Living in a country where you have to speak a foreign language can cause serious problems, as well as practical problems.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


SAMPLE ANSWER: Band score 7.0 to 7.5

Many people struggle to live in a foreign country where they cannot communicate in their own language. They face many practical and social issues. I strongly agree with this statement. This essay will explain the practical and social problems related to living in a new country and I will provide examples from my own experience living in Australia.

To begin with, there are many social problems when people move to a new country and cannot speak the language. They usually feel isolated and lonely because they cannot socialize. In addition, immigrants feel frustrated because they cannot speak and make new friends. For example, I have been living in Australia for one year and I speak Portuguese every day because all my friends are also Brazilian. As a result, I feel that I cannot improve my English and I will only speak my own language forever which will add to my frustration in the future.

Furthermore, there are also many practical problems related to life in a foreign country. Firstly, it is difficult to do simple things such as going to the bank or pharmacy or visiting a doctor when you don’t speak English. Moreover, some people will find it difficult to get the same job in the new country as they did in at home. For instance, I am a systems analyst in my country but here, in Australia, it has been difficult for me to get the same job. Consequently, I am staying at home with my son instead of working and earning money.

In conclusion, I completely agree that living in a different country with a different language is socially and practically challenging, even the simplest tasks are difficult in English and getting a professional job is impossible.

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