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This is an IELTS writing task 2 sample answer essay on the topic of advice for medical problems and seeing doctors from the real IELTS general training exam.

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IELTS Essay: Neighbors in Large Cities

Today, many people do not know their neighbors in large cities.

What problems does this cause?

What can be done about this?

It is increasingly common in large urban areas for neighbors to interact less. In my opinion, this results in a declining sense of community and the solutions must be individually motivated.

In most cities today, the lack of connection between neighbors has caused less culturally unique neighborhoods. An illustrative counter-example to this would be famous neighborhoods such as Venice Beach in Los Angeles and Greenwich Village in New York City. In the past, individuals living in these areas shared similar values and that led to a flourishing of a unique culture. One result of such a sense of community was the “Beat Poets” of Greenwich. Related to this is the fading distinctiveness of communities that have value for locals and tourists alike. An individual living in a district in a major metropolis today feels little sentiment for its streets, buildings and other inhabitants and therefore derives nearly nothing in the way of a singular shared identity.

Remedies for the problems detailed above involve individual initiative. Governments attempting to contrive a sense of community will likely only provoke backlash. Instead, individuals could choose to live in parts of a city with a heritage that suits them and not join mass movements toward gentrification. A standout example of this would be expatriate enclaves in developing nations. These communities are able to preserve some of their cultural traditions and are entirely the result of individuals choosing to live together with those who represent their values and interests. This could be replicated on a larger scale if city residents choose their homes more thoughtfully and are more respectful of the traditions of any given community.

In conclusion, the problems stemming from less involvement between neighbors affect the community at large and should be dealt with by those most impacted by the ramifications. In this way, some cultural integrity can be preserved in a globalized world.

Analysis

1. It is increasingly common in large urban areas for neighbors to interact less. 2. In my opinion, this results in a declining sense of community and the solutions must be individually motivated.

  1. Paraphrase the overall essay topic.
  2. Write a clear opinion. Read more about introductions here.

1. In most cities today, the lack of connection between neighbors has caused less culturally unique neighborhoods. 2. An illustrative counter-example to this would be famous neighborhoods such as Venice Beach in Los Angeles and Greenwich Village in New York City. 3. In the past, individuals living in these areas shared similar values and that led to a flourishing of a unique culture. 4. One result of such a sense of community was the “Beat Poets” of Greenwich. 5. Related to this is the fading distinctiveness of communities that have value for locals and tourists alike. 6. An individual living in a district in a major metropolis today feels little sentiment for its streets, buildings and other inhabitants and therefore derives nearly nothing in the way of a singular shared identity.

  1. Write a topic sentence with a clear main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your main idea.
  3. Develop it with specific examples.
  4. Keep developing it fully.
  5. Stay focused on the same main idea.
  6. The more detail, the better!

1. Remedies for the problems detailed above involve individual initiative. 2. Governments attempting to contrive a sense of community will likely only provoke backlash. 3. Instead, individuals could choose to live in parts of a city with a heritage that suits them and not join mass movements toward gentrification. 4. A standout example of this would be expatriate enclaves in developing nations. 5. These communities are able to preserve some of their cultural traditions and are entirely the result of individuals choosing to live together with those who represent their values and interests. 6. This could be replicated on a larger scale if city residents choose their homes more thoughtfully and are more respectful of the traditions of any given community.

  1. Write a new topic sentence with a new main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your new main idea.
  3. Include specific details and examples.
  4. Continue developing it…
  5. as fully as possible!
  6. Stating the results is a good way to develop your ideas.

1. In conclusion, the problems stemming from less involvement between neighbors affect the community at large and should be dealt with by those most impacted by the ramifications. 2. In this way, some cultural integrity can be preserved in a globalized world.

  1. Summarise your main ideas.
  2. Include a final thought. Read more about conclusions here.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean? Make some notes on paper to aid memory and then check below.

It is increasingly common in large urban areas for neighbors to interact less. In my opinion, this results in a declining sense of community and the solutions must be individually motivated.

In most cities today, the lack of connection between neighbors has caused less culturally unique neighborhoods. An illustrative counter-example to this would be famous neighborhoods such as Venice Beach in Los Angeles and Greenwich Village in New York City. In the past, individuals living in these areas shared similar values and that led to a flourishing of a unique culture. One result of such a sense of community was the “Beat Poets” of Greenwich. Related to this is the fading distinctiveness of communities that have value for locals and tourists alike. An individual living in a district in a major metropolis today feels little sentiment for its streets, buildings and other inhabitants and therefore derives nearly nothing in the way of a singular shared identity.

Remedies for the problems detailed above involve individual initiative. Governments attempting to contrive a sense of community will likely only provoke backlash. Instead, individuals could choose to live in parts of a city with a heritage that suits them and not join mass movements toward gentrification. A standout example of this would be expatriate enclaves in developing nations. These communities are able to preserve some of their cultural traditions and are entirely the result of individuals choosing to live together with those who represent their values and interests. This could be replicated on a larger scale if city residents choose their homes more thoughtfully and are more respectful of the traditions of any given community.

In conclusion, the problems stemming from less involvement between neighbors affect the community at large and should be dealt with by those most impacted by the ramifications. In this way, some cultural integrity can be preserved in a globalized world.

Answers

For extra practice, write an antonym (opposite word) on a piece of paper to help you remember the new vocabulary:

increasingly common more pervasive

urban areas cities

neighbors people who live next to each other

interact communicate with

results in causes

a declining sense of community less of a feeling of being neighbors

individually motivated people doing it themselves

lack not have

connection link

less culturally unique neighborhoods places all the same

illustrative counter-example good example showing the opposite

shared similar values have the same ideas/beliefs

led to causes

flourishing doing really well

unique culture distinctive lifestyles

sense of community feeling of a culture

“Beat Poets” a specific style of poetry from the 1950s

related to this is also part of this is

fading distinctiveness less unique

value importance

alike the same

district neighborhood

major metropolis large city

sentiment feeling

inhabitants residents

derives comes from

in the way of opposing

singular shared identity same cultural values

remedies fixes

detailed above described before

initiative motivation

contrive try too hard

provoke backlash cause a reaction

heritage tradition

suits makes sense

join mass movements become part of what many are doing

gentrification moving to take neighborhoods

expatriate enclaves immigrant areas

preserve keep the same

cultural traditions heritage

entirely totally

represent symbolize

interests what you value

replicated on a larger scale repeated in other places

thoughtfully carefully

traditions heritage

any given community a random place

stemming from coming from

involvement engagement

at large all of it

dealt with handled

ramifications implications

in this way through this method

cultural integrity pureness of a group of people

preserved kept the same

globalized world world becoming all the same

Pronunciation

Practice saying the vocabulary below and use this tip about Google voice search:

ɪnˈkriːsɪŋli ˈkɒmən |
ˈɜːbən ˈeəriəz |
ˈneɪbərz |
ˌɪntəˈrækt |
rɪˈzʌlts ɪn |
ə dɪˈklaɪnɪŋ sens əv kəˈmjuːnɪti |
ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒʊəli ˈməʊtɪveɪtɪd |
læk |
kəˈnekʃn̩ |
les ˈkʌltʃərəli juːˈniːk ˈneɪbərˌhʊdz |
ˈɪləstrətɪv ˈkaʊntər ɪɡˌzɑːmpl̩ |
ʃeəd ˈsɪmələ ˈvæljuːz |
led tuː |
ˈflʌrɪʃɪŋ |
juːˈniːk ˈkʌltʃə |
sens əv kəˈmjuːnɪti |
biːt ˈpəʊɪts |
rɪˈleɪtɪd tu ðɪs ɪz |
ˈfeɪdɪŋ dɪˈstɪŋktɪvnɪs |
ˈvæljuː |
əˈlaɪk |
ˈdɪstrɪkt |
ˈmeɪdʒə məˈtrɒpəlɪs |
ˈsentɪmənt |
ɪnˈhæbɪtənts |
dɪˈraɪvz |
ɪn ðə ˈweɪ ɒv |
ˈsɪŋɡjʊlə ʃeəd aɪˈdentɪti |
ˈremədɪz |
ˈdiːteɪld əˈbʌv |
ɪˈnɪʃətɪv |

kənˈtraɪv |
prəˈvəʊk ˈbæklæʃ |
ˈherɪtɪdʒ |
suːts |
dʒɔɪn ˌmæs ˈmuːvmənts |
ˈdʒentrɪfaɪ |
eksˈpætrɪeɪt ˈenkleɪvz |
prɪˈzɜːv |
ˈkʌltʃərəl trəˈdɪʃn̩z |
ɪnˈtaɪəli |
ˌriːprɪˈzent |
ˈɪntrəsts |
ˈreplɪkeɪtɪd ˈɒn ə ˈlɑːdʒə skeɪl |
ˈθɔːtfəli |
trəˈdɪʃn̩z |
ˈeni ɡɪvn̩ kəˈmjuːnɪti |
ˈstemɪŋ frɒm |
ɪnˈvɒlvmənt |
ət lɑːdʒ |
delt wɪð |
ˌræmɪfɪˈkeɪʃn̩z |
ɪn ðɪs ˈweɪ |
ˈkʌltʃərəl ɪnˈteɡrɪti |
prɪˈzɜːvd |
ˈɡlobəˌlaɪzd wɜːld |

Vocabulary Practice

I recommend getting a pencil and piece of paper because that aids memory. Then write down the missing vocabulary from my sample answer in your notebook:

It is i________________________n in large u__________s for n_________s to i________t less. In my opinion, this r_____________________________________y and the solutions must be i____________________d.

In most cities today, the l_____k of c___________n between neighbors has caused l_____________________________________s. An i________________________________e to this would be famous neighborhoods such as Venice Beach in Los Angeles and Greenwich Village in New York City. In the past, individuals living in these areas s___________________s and that l_______o a f____________g of a u_______________e. One result of such a s____________________y was the “B______________s” of Greenwich. R________________s the f____________________s of communities that have v______e for locals and tourists a_____e. An individual living in a d________t in a m_____________________s today feels little s__________t for its streets, buildings and other i_____________s and therefore d___________s nearly nothing i______________f a s_____________________y.

R____________s for the problems d_____________e involve individual i_______________e. Governments attempting to c______________e a sense of community will likely only p________________h. Instead, individuals could choose to live in parts of a city with a h___________e that s______s them and not j_____________________s toward g_________________n. A standout example of this would be e____________________s in developing nations. These communities are able to p____________e some of their c__________________s and are e____________y the result of individuals choosing to live together with those who r____________t their values and i____________s. This could be r_________________________e if city residents choose their homes more t______________y and are more respectful of the t____________s of a_________________y.

In conclusion, the problems s_______________m less i______________t between neighbors affect the community a_________e and should be d_________h by those most impacted by the r__________________s. I____________y, some c_________________y can be p____________d in a g______________d.

Listening Practice

Learn more about this topic in the video below and practice with these activities:

Reading Practice

Read more about this topic and use these ideas to practice:

https://www.timeout.com/coolest-neighbourhoods-in-the-world

Speaking Practice

Practice with the following speaking questions from the real IELTS speaking exam:

Where you Live

My sample speaking for these questions is here.

  1. Where do you live at the moment?
  2. What do you like about your neighborhood?
  3. Are there any parks where you live?

Writing Practice

Practice with the same basic topic below and then check with my sample answer:

Some cities create housing for growing populations by building taller buildings while other cities have opted to build on wider areas of land.

Which solution is better?


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