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Preparing for the winter

I bought blackcurrant yesterday to freeze it for the winter. I bought 12 kilograms (about 5,4 pounds), brought it home, washed, packaged and put it in the freezer. I keep doing it every year. Last year I stocked blackcurrant, raspberry and sweet cherry. Two years ago I stocked huckleberry too. Now it will be blackcurrant only.

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kjcoffin's picture
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I bought blackcurrant yesterday to freeze it for the winter. I bought 12 kilograms (about 5,4 5.4 pounds). I brought it home, washed it, packaged it and put it in the freezer. I keep doing it every year (you can also say, "I do it every year."). Last year I stocked blackcurrant, raspberry and sweet cherry. Two years ago I stocked huckleberry too. Now it will be blackcurrant only.

 
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Thank you, Kjcoffin! I really forgot that for decimal point is used.

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edhutchins88's picture
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My only advice for this post, Oleks is (as I pointed out in my previous comment) to speak about fruits in the plural form.

1. I bought blackcurrant yesterday to freeze it for the winter. - "I bought blackcurrants yesterday to freeze them for the winter"

2. I brought it home, - "I brought them home"

3. "washed it, packaged it and put it in the freezer." "washed them, packaged them and put them in the freezer."

4. Last year I stocked blackcurrant, raspberry and sweet cherry. Two years ago I stocked huckleberry too. Now it will be blackcurrant only. - "Last year I stored blackcurrants, raspberries and sweet cherries. Two years ago, I stored huckleberries too. Now it will only be blackcurrants."

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Thank you, Edhutchins88! I understand that if I speak about fruits I must use the plural form.

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Hi, thanks for this, it's great!

Just try to work on your fluency in your opening sentences. Your speech is great once you get into what you're saying though. I would also open with 'yesterday' to give your sentence context. I've demonstrated this in the recording: Yesterday, I bought blackcurrants to freeze them for the winter.  

You handle intonation brilliantly in the following sentence, particularly in the last part: I bought 12 kilograms (about 5,4 pounds), brought it home, washed, packaged it and put it in the freezer. Well done! You pause throughout the sentence in the correct places and adjust your tone/pitch accordingly.

To make your actions clearer, I would probably have rephrased 'I keep doing it every year' as: I repeat this freezing process every year.

I've also added some commas to where I think breaks/pauses should be below:

- Last year, I stocked blackcurrants, raspberries and sweet cherries. Two years ago, I stocked huckleberries too. Now, I will only be stocking blackcurrant.

Thanks,

Becky :)

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Hi, thank you, Becky! I will use more opening sentences. Your adjustments also very useful.

Best regards, Oleks! :)

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Ros Watson's picture
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Hi Oleks!  This was very good.  You speak quite fluently.  The other editors have made good suggestions.  I would just like to add that when you use the past tense for "ed" verbs, be careful how you pronounce them.  You only need the extra syllable for "ed" when the verb ends in "t" or "d".  So "packaged" is just two syllables.   The only other thing I would say is to try and vary your intonation so that it doesn't always go down at the end of each sentence.  Try listening to native English speakers on the radio or on videos and practise using the same intonation.  Well done though!!  I always enjoy your posts. Ros

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Hi, Ros! Thank you! I really didn't understand how to pronounce these words with "ed". Now I know it. Sincerely yours, Oleks.

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