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Do not try to guess the moment of arrival of the storm by its appearance. If you do this, you will always lose. Just a moment ago you could look at a clear horizon, and suddenly you would fly in the stream of wind in the center of pitch darkness. Therefore, it is best to rely on hearing. So, as soon as the noise of the wind became unbearable, we jumped into the trench with our instrument.
I laid supine on the bottom of the trench, then stuck my crowbar into the one wall of the trench and secured the other end of the crowbar in the opposite wall. After that, I put a spade and a pickaxe under my back, pulled a hood over my head, and began to wait.

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Lynette's picture
I learn : Spanish (Intermediate)
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Oleks, you have done a good job, as usual, but I'm not quite sure what you meant by this phrase, "you would fly in the stream of wind in the center of pitch darkness"

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Lynette! I meant "you would be carried away by the wind during a storm".

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

How long do these storms tend to last for? Being stuck in a trench lying on your back for a long time must be incredibly uncomfortable.

With regards to your English, I just have the following points to make

  • and suddenly you would fly in the stream of wind in the center of pitch darkness. - and suddenly you would be lifted off your feet  and thrown into pitch darkness by the strong wind/ By a strong gust of wind [I have not heard of the phrase ‘stream of wind’ being used]
  • spade and a pickaxe - watch your pronunciation of these words. Listen to me saying them a few times [ pik-aks ][ speyd ]

 

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Also, when you said the word "hearing", the "a" sound is not pronounced. [ heer-ing ]

Listen to me saying the word a few times

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I learn : English (Beginner)
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Thank you, Ed! I also noticed that I need to pronounce the sound "b" in the word "best" softer.

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Oleks :
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Hi Ed! Thank you for your comment and audio! Your variant of the sentence about "stream of wind" much better and much more correct by my opinion.

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I learn : Spanish (Intermediate)
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Do not try to guess the moment of arrival of the storm by its appearance. If you do this, you will always lose. Just a moment ago, you could look at a clear horizon (no comma) and suddenly you would fly in the stream of wind in the center of pitch black darkness. Therefore, it is best to rely on hearing. So, as soon as the noise of the wind became unbearable, we jumped into the trench with our instruments(add the "s" on the end of the word because you are talking about more than one)

I laid supine on the bottom of the trench, then stuck my crowbar into the one wall of the trench and secured the other end of the crowbar in on the opposite wall. After that, I put a spade and a pickaxe under my back, pulled a hood over my head, and began to wait.

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Hi Kealin! Thank you for your corrections!

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