General Training Writing Task 1 Sample 72 - You have received an important document that needs to be translated

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have received an important document that needs to be translated. Write a letter to your friend and ask him/her to translate this important document for you.

In your letter, explain -

  • Why is it important for you?
  • How fast do you need it back?
  • Why do you need his/her expertise?

You should write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write your own address.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ..., 

Model Answer:

Dear Lee,

I am so sorry that I have not been in touch with you for the last couple of weeks. Hope you and your parents are doing excellent. Even if I did not write you for a while, you were always in my prayer.

You would be glad to know that my application has been accepted by the Wuhan University in China and if things go as planned, I will join them next summer for my Master's degree. They have sent me some documents which are in Chinese language and I need your help on that. You are the best person to assist me and this is really crucial for me to get admitted to this University. Without the proper translation of the documents, I will fail to respond accurately to them.

I am sending xerox copies of these documents, three documents with 7 pages in total, and would really appreciate if you can send them before 10th March. I could use Google Translate to interpret the texts but you know there are always glitches in this technology as some meanings are lost in translation! Your excellent expertise in English and Chinese makes you the most suitable person to translate those documents for me. I owe you a big one.

Take care and write me back whenever possible.

Your friend,


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