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The joke about Joe has already become our catchphrase. For example, you were looking for a friend, but he was nowhere. In the end, you found him, and you could say: "You are like Elusive Joe." Almost everyone would get the context.
OK, back to the story.
We arrived in the airfield; it turned out that it not far from my settlement. 
They once again told us about a parachute, measured our pressure, and forced us to write a note that we, in our right mind and firm memory, take all responsibility for our actions on ourselves, something like that.
We were given out parachutes and helmets; we put them on an walked in this outfit.
The parachute was heavy, about 30 kilograms. I then thought about how I will be falling to the ground with such a load.

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Ros Watson's picture
I learn : Italian (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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Great job once again, Oleks (though I'm afraid I didn't really get the joke - I think humour is very different in different countries!!).  Just a few little points.  Your audio was excellent.

We arrived in at the airfield; it turned out that it was not far from my settlement. 

They once again told us once again ["briefed us" is a good phrase here and it's more natural to put "once again" at the end of  the sentence] about a the parachute, measured our pressure, and forced us to write a note that we, in our right mind and firm sound memory, take took sole all responsibility for our actions on ourselves, something like that.

We were given out parachutes and helmets; we put them on and walked, in wearing this these outfits.

The parachute was heavy, about 30 kilograms. I then thought [or "I started to think"] about how I will would be falling to the ground with such a load.

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Ros!
Thank you for your corrections. "Took sole responsibility for our actions": I will try to memorize that.
About joke: its general meaning in that he is Elusive because no one tried to catch him, and therefore no one caught him. Maybe, really different humor.

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The joke about Joe has already become our catchphrase. For example, you were looking for a friend, but he was nowhere. In the end, you found him (no comma) and you could say, "You are like Elusive Joe." Almost everyone would get the context.

OK, back to the story.

We arrived in the airfield. It turned out that it's not far from my settlement. 

They once again told us about a parachute, measured our pressure (no comma) and forced us to write a note that we, in our right mind and firm memory, take all responsibility for our actions on ourselves, something like that.

We were given out parachutes and helmets. We put them on and walked in this outfit.

The parachute was heavy, about 30 kilograms (Can also say, "The parachute was heavy and weighed about 30 kilograms"). I then thought about how I will be falling to the ground with such a load.

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Hi Kjcoffin!
Thank you for your comment.

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

Wow! 30 Kilograms is a lot. I thought parachutes weighed a lot less than that! (Yet another misconception of mine about skydiving haha)  Was it hard for you to carry?

With regards to your English, I would just like to add the following point:

  • and forced us to write a note that we in English, you would normally say "sign a written agreement / declaration". Presumably you did not have to actually write the note yourself. Am I right?
  • not far from my settlement. Do you mean your home? (where you live?) "Settlement" seems a rather strange word to use in this context.
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Hi Edhutchins88!
Yes, it was quite heavy and uncomfortable. About note: we wrote it dictated. By settlement I meant remote part of the city on its outskirts.

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Aliakbar Majidi's picture
I learn : French (Beginner) Persian (Expert) Spanish (Beginner)
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Hi again, Oleks. You have been posting quite a lot of posts which is fabulous. I know I am a bit behind but I will catch up. I tried to make minimum corrections.

The joke about Joe has already become our catchphrase. For example, you were looking for a friend, but he was nowhere. In the end, you found him [no comma] and you could say, "You are like Elusive Joe." Almost everyone would get the context.

OK, back to the story.

We arrived in the airfield. It turned out that it was not far from my settlement.

They once again told us about a the parachute, measured our pressure, and forced us to write a note that we, in our right mind and firm sound memory, take all responsibility for our actions on ourselves, something like that.

We were given out parachutes and helmets. We put them on and walked in this outfit.

The parachute was heavy, about 30 kilograms. I then thought about how I will would be falling to the ground with such a load.

Keep it up!

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I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Aliakbar,
Thank you for your comment! The last sentence is the future in the past, as I understand it.

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