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Hi Oleks,

Thanks for this.

Here, you say '...

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 23:58
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Hi,

Thanks for this. I can see your creative...

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 23:35
Oleks's picture

Hi Ed! Thank you for your comment and corrections! I...

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 19:34
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Thank you, Kealin! I will try to use shorter sentences...

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 19:27
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Hi Ed! At the time I myself was only sitting at the...

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 19:21

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I thought it was very likely that there would be a storm. So, I had to go home to close the window shutters. After that, I started to hurry, because time was already running out. Ayia was still sleeping, and I did not wake her. I went outside, locked the door, and hurried to the exit of the settlement. First, I walked along one of the lanes of a residential quarter, consisting of two-story apartment buildings. The houses are interconnected, forming a real labyrinth through each only locals can easily find their way.

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Hi Oleks,

I'm not sure I would enjoy visiting the settlement you describe. I hate getting lost and am not very good at finding my way around new places, especially if I don't have a mobile phone haha! Are there no signposts in the settlement to help newcomers?

With regards to your English, again there is hardly anything that needs to be corrected! Well done. I would just like to add the following

1. Take a look at this link: https://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/storey_story.htm which details the difference between the spelling of "story" in British and American English. Thought it might be of interest to you :)

2. forming a real labyrinth through each only locals can easily find their way - forming a real labyrinth through which only locals can easily find their way

3. labyrinth - watch a video like this one. This will help you improve your pronunciation of this complex word: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxAUky8GuhI

Note that it is slightly different in US/American  English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlLgY8SWTfA

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Hi Ed! Thank you for your comment and links! And how I mixed up these words "which" and "each"? :)

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I learn : Spanish (Intermediate)
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I thought it was very likely that there would be a storm. So, I had to go home to close the window shutters. After that, I started to hurry (no comma) because time was already running out. Ayia was still sleeping (no comma) and I did not wake her. I went outside, locked the door (no comma) and hurried to the exit of the settlement. First, I walked along one of the lanes of a residential quarter (no comma) consisting of two-story apartment buildings. The houses are interconnected (no comma) forming a real labyrinth through each house where only locals can easily find their way.

Well written. Small tweaks with the commas. Native English speakers tend to use more commas when not necesary, so don't worry. My advise would be that if you thinking about adding a comma, don't do it. Honestly, more times than not you'll probably be correct. Good luck

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Oleks :
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Hi Kealin! Thank you for your comment and corrections! I thought that if two parts of a sentence have noun and verb, they are two clause and must divide with comma. Maybe I was wrong. I will look for more information. Good luck for you too!

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Ros Watson's picture
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Hi Oleks.  Very little to change here.  Just watch that you don't use too many commas!  Ed has dealt with the pronunciation of labyrinth.  Your audio was good.  I would still like you to work on your intonation to vary it a little more.

I thought it was very likely that there would be a storm. So, I had to go home to close the window shutters. After that, I started to hurry, [You have a conjuntion here (the word 'because') so you don't need the comma] because time was already running out. Ayia was still sleeping, [again, you don't need a comma here] and I did not wake her. I went outside, locked the door, and hurried to the exit of the settlement. First, I walked along one of the lanes of a residential quarter, consisting of two-storey apartment buildings. The houses are interconnected, forming a real labyrinth through each which only locals can easily find their way.

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Oleks :
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Hi Ros! Thank you! I am starting to clear up with the commas, thanks to your explanation.

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