It was scary to jump, but most of all I was afraid to lose control of myself and to do something, stupid and cowardly. We were told that the plane rose to a height of 8000 meters, and it was time to jump.
The plane veered, and the first row, that sat across from me began to jump out of the hatch. Then the turn of our row came. I was the first.
I got up on jelly legs and fell out of the hatch somehow. I am afraid they helped me with a push. It was outrageous, I would jump myself.
There were no thoughts; they all disappeared somewhere. At first, only white fog stood before my eyes. I flew somewhere; it was like an astral journey or a dream. It was uncomfortable though because I was spun and thrown in different directions. No wonder, on earth we had been warned about the turbulent airflows the aircraft makes.
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The learner's ability to pronounce words shared by the people of a particular country or region of the language they are learning.
Good effort at accent. Quite close to that of a native speaker
Excellent effort at accent. Extremely close to that of a native speaker.
Limited effort at accent. Definitely a non-native speaker
The learner's ability to speak continuously by chunking and linking words together. For example, instead of saying very slowly, "I - am - poor. I - have - no - money" like a robot, a fluent speaker would say, "I'm poor because I don't have any money."
Speech is relatively smooth; some hesitation and unevenness caused by rephrasing and searching for words
Smooth and fluid speech; few to no hesitations; no attempts to search for words; volume is excellent
Speech is frequently hesitant with some sentences left uncompleted
The learner's ability to understand the relative emphasis that may be given to certain syllables in a word, or to certain words in a phrase or sentence
Able to identify and produce correct intonation, word stress and rhythm patterns with 50-90% accuracy.
Able to identify and produce correct intonation, word stress and rhythm patterns with 90-100% accuracy.
Able to identify and produce correct intonation, word stress and rhythm patterns with < 50% accuracy
The learners' ability to enunciate the various consonants, consonant blends, vowels, and vowel blends in words, words linked together, and words in sentences.
The pronunciation contained some individual word pronunciation errors. Around 3-4 errors
The pronunciation is exceptional and mirrors a native speaker. Shows a clear understanding of word stress and intonation. Only 0-2 errors
The pronunciation is inconsistent and made it difficult to understand. 5 or more errors