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Hi Ali! Thank you! "The ideal machine is the machine at...

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Hi Faye! Thank you! I will follow your advice.

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Hi Ed! Thank you! I would not be bored, but traveled....

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Hi Faye! Thank you! I try to use different words as...

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If you are at a dead-end, simplify the task to the limit so that it seems to be completely solvable. Solve it, and set yourself the following simple task. You need to build a chain of simple tasks that will lead you to the goal. The statement of the problem should not scare you, it should, on the contrary, surprise you, so that looking at it, you would like to exclaim - is it that simple?

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Aliakbar Majidi's picture
I learn : French (Beginner) Persian (Expert) Spanish (Beginner)
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Fabulous, Okels!

If you are at a dead-end, then simplify the task to the limit so extent that it seems to be completely solvable. Solve it, and then, set for yourself the following simple task: You need to build a chain of simple tasks that will lead you to the goal. The statement of the problem should not scare you, it should, on the contrary, surprise you, so that when looking at it, you would like to exclaim: is it that simple?

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Ali! Thank you! Now the text looks much more accurate.

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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,

This is excellent advice. It's so important to break seemingly large, ambitious tasks/problems into smaller, more (easily and immediately) achievable ones. Again, most people (myself included sadly) don't do this because we are impatient.

We just want to "get things done" as quickly as we possibly can and don't want to spend any time planning on how exactly we can resolve them.

Aliakbar has done a good job of evaluating your English. I would just like to add the following point

1. Dead-end - watch your pronunciation of this phrase. (Listen to me saying it a few times - it is such a minor point though :)  )

 

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Ed! I am also impatient. I want to achieve everything quickly, but it does not work. Thank you for your comment and audio!

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Faye W.C.'s picture
I learn : French (Beginner)
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Good job again Oleks.

I would recommend to keep using use of commas in your texts as your guide when you pause to speak. Commas mark a brief pause in the sentence, usually at a point where you would naturally pause if you were speaking rather than writing. 

If you are at a dead-end, simplify the task (you paused here; no comma) to the limit so that it seems to be completely solvable. Solve it, and set yourself the following simple task. You need to build a chain of simple tasks that will lead you to the goal. The statement of the problem should not scare you, it should, on the contrary, surprise you, so that looking at it, you would like to exclaim. However, is it that simple?

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I learn : English (Beginner)
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Thank you, Faye! I am trying to improve my grammar.

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