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Hi Oleks,

I loved the word "mongrel" to describe...

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Hi Oleks,

I cannot understand why on earth Ilak...

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 21:29
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Hi Oleks

Ilak was incredibly lucky then!!!

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A well-placed strike of a sharpened crowbar breaks through any armor. I was convinced of this once again when I pierced the chest of the nearest warrior running at me. At the same time, I dodged the stroke of the sword on the right and made somersault over my shoulder, escaping two or three javelins thrown at me. I left a crowbar in the warrior’s chest while taking away his sword, which had fallen to the ground.

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Ros Watson's picture
I learn : Italian (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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A difficult text to write.  I've made some notes below.  You are very descriptive in your writing.  Try and make your audio a little smoother now!  Well done.

A well-placed strike of a sharpened crowbar breaks will break through any armour.  I was convinced of this once again when I pierced the chest of the nearest warrior running at towards me. At the same time, I dodged the stroke strike of the sword on the my right and made somersault over my shoulder [Sorry Oleks - I don't really know what you mean by this.  Could you explain?  The definition of a somersault is:  an acrobatic movement in which a person turns head over heels in the air or on the ground and lands or finishes on their feet.  But I don't see how you could do this over your shoulder!] , escaping two or three javelins thrown at me. I left a the crowbar in the warrior’s chest while taking away his sword, which had fallen to the ground.

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Hi Ros! Thank you for your notes! I tried to find another word to replace "somesault", but could not. Maybe you'll help me. It's something like this: https://znatock.org/baza1/2500695739239.files/image028.jpg I non't know what to call it.

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Hi Oleks,

Wow! You were very lucky to survive that encounter! If one of those javelins had struck you, you would (almost certainly) have died instantly :(

As Ros has pointed out the only phrase that is not clear is this one "made somersault over my shoulder"  - but I am sure you will clarify what you mean here :)

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Hi Ed! Thank you for your comment! I answered Ros in the comment above about "somesault". Maybe you will tell me what it's called.

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Hi Oleks,

I've just had a look at that image, and I don't think we have a specific word for it in English. I'm not 100% certain that we do not but I certainly cannot think of one. In my opinion, it is ok to simply say "I dodged the strike of the sword on my right" - as the image you have posted shows someone "dodging" something.

I'm interested to see what the others think though

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Hi Ed! Thank you! I found the closest analogue, in my opinion - this is forward roll.

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Hi Oleks,

That's a good term for it - I should have thought of that myself. In that case you could say something like "I dodged the strike of the sword on my right and then (immediately after) did /performed a forward roll in order to escape two or three javelins thrown at me.

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Hi Ed! Thank you! This option seems to me the most suitable.

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A well-placed strike of a sharpened crowbar breaks through any armor. I was convinced of this once again when I pierced the chest of the nearest/closest warrior running at/towards me. At the same time, I dodged the stroke strike of the sword on the right and made a somersault over my shoulder, escaping two or three javelins thrown at me. I left a crowbar in the warrior’s chest while taking away his sword, which had fallen to the ground.

 

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Hi Kealin! Thank you for your comment and corrections!

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Ros Watson's picture
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Hi Oleks - I think you used the right word - perhaps you could say something like 'I dodged the javelins by somersaulting out of the way'?

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Hi Ros! Thank you for the answer! I think this is the right option. This sounds a lot better.

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Hi Ros! I have so far found the closest analogue - this is "forward roll".

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Aliakbar Majidi's picture
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Good job, Oleks!

A well-placed strike of a sharpened crowbar breaks broke through any armor (armor is American, armour is British). I was convinced of this once again when I pierced the chest of the nearest [Also, closest] warrior running at [Also, towards] me. At the same time, I dodged the stroke strike of the sword on the right and made did/turned a somersault (A front flip, maybe?) over my shoulder, escaping two or three javelins thrown at me. I left a crowbar in the warrior’s chest while taking away his sword, which had fallen to the ground.

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Hi Ali! Thank you! I think, "forward roll" will be the nearest approximation to what I wanted to say.

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