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Hi Oleks,

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

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 21:41
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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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Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 21:16
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Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 21:08

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The quick blow of my sword cut the side of the neck of one of the warriors, who were attacking Ilak. Blood gushed out, pouring over his shoulder and flowing onto his chest. At the same time, the second warrior delivered a series of short lunges with a javelin, and as a result pierced Ilak in the shoulder.

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Aliakbar Majidi's picture
I learn : French (Beginner) Persian (Expert) Spanish (Beginner)
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Hi Oleks, good job! Regarding you pronunciation, keep these in mind:

Warrior -> / ˈwɔːriər/ | https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/warrior

Series -> /ˈsɪriːz/ | https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/series

The quick blow of my sword cut the side of the neck of one of the warriors [no comma, restrictive clause see here: http://www.butte.edu/departments/cas/tipsheets/grammar/relative_pronouns.html] who were attacking Ilak. Blood gushed out, pouring over his shoulder and flowing onto his chest. At the same time, the second warrior delivered a series of short lunges with a javelin, and as a result pierced Ilak in the shoulder.

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Hi Ali! Thank you! I need to do grammar more. I was always mistaken with the pronunciation of "series".

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edhutchins88's picture
I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Hi Oleks,

I hope Ilak is ok. How will you get him the urgent medical treatment he requires  if his wound is bad? Presumably there are no hospitals nearby!

Another thoroughly enjoyable, gripping extract. I loved the way you (so graphically) described the warrior's blood gushing out over his shoulder and flowing onto his chest!!!

In addition to Aliakbar's comments I just have one more

1. When you pronounced the word "gushed" it sounded a bit strange. [ guhshd ] Listen to me saying it a few times

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Hi Ed! Thank you for your comment and audio! When you pronounce both options, I better understand my mistakes.

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Ros Watson's picture
I learn : Italian (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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Nothing further to add here.  Could you just clarify if it was just one warrior who attacked Ikak (one of the warriors) or were they all attacking Ilak? If you meant just one warrior, then you would say 'cut the side of the neck of one of the warriors, who was [not 'were'] attacking Ilak' - using a comma BUT if you meant all the warriors were attacking Ilak but you hit the neck of just one of them - then you wouldn't need a comma.

With pronunciation of regular verbs in the past that end in 'p, f, s, sh, tch and k' you pronounce the verb as one syllable and the final sound is 't' (as Ed demonstates in his audio)

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Hi Ros! Thank you! I meant that two warriors attacked Ilak, and my main hero killed one of them. I got it: I don't need a comma there.

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