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Hi, Oleks. Another compelling series of texts by you! I...

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Oleks you are very committed to learning English and I...

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I am sorry, I had a mistake in the text. The height was 800 meters, not 8,000.
OK, I will continue my story. The next thing I did was to turn the parachute upwind, as we were taught.
After that, I hung over this abyss, happy and pleased, looking around and going down quickly.
Suddenly I heard a click. My first thought was that one of the slings had unfastened and I was going to fall.
A quick inspection of my slings showed that they were all in place. But something was wrong; I felt it.

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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."

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Ros Watson's picture
I learn : Italian (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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Oleks, there is very little wrong with this text and your pronunciation is good too!  Just keep listening to native English speakers to try and vary your intonation.

 

You are a fantastic story teller! I can't wait for the next instalment!

 

I am sorry, I had made a mistake in the text. The height was 800 meters, not 8,000.  [I thought 8000 metres was a bit high!!]

OK, I will continue my story. The next thing I did was to turn the parachute upwind, as we were taught.

After that, I hung over this abyss, happy and pleased [although not wrong, both these adjectives are quite similar.  Perhaps "thrilled and delighted" might be a good substitute?], looking around me and going down quickly. [or you could say "descending quickly"]

Suddenly I heard a click. My first thought was that one of the slings had unfastened and I was going to fall.

A quick inspection of my slings showed that they were all in place. But something was wrong; I felt it.

 
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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Ros,
Thank you! I am glad you like my story. Yes, "thrilled and delighted" are much better.

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I learn : Spanish (Intermediate)
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I am sorry, I had/made a mistake in the text. The height was 800 meters, not 8,000.

OK, I will continue my story. The next thing I did was to turn the parachute upwind, as we were taught.

After that, I hung over this abyss, happy and pleased, looking around and going down quickly.

Suddenly I heard a click. My first thought was that one of the slings had unfastened and I was going to fall.

A quick inspection of my slings showed that they were all in place, but something was wrong. I felt it.

Good job on this one, very little to correct. Keep going

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Kjcoffin,
Thank you for your comment!

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Aliakbar Majidi's picture
I learn : French (Beginner) Persian (Expert) Spanish (Beginner)
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Great work, Oleks!

I am sorry, I had made [See here: https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/have-mistakes-or-do-mistakes.620802/]a mistake in the text. The height was 800 meters, [no comma] not 8,000.

OK, I will continue my story. The next thing I did was to turn the parachute upwind, as we were taught.

After that, I hung over this abyss, happy and pleased, looking around me and going down quickly.

Suddenly, [comma needed] I heard a click. My first thought was that one of the slings had unfastened and I was going to fall.

A quick inspection of my slings showed that they were all in place [Good sentence!]. But something was wrong; I felt it.

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Aliakbar,
Thank you for your comment and link! I understood where a made a mistake.

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

haha I should have realised that 8,000 metres was way too high too!

Oh no - I know that dreadful feeling when you know that something is wrong or there is something you have not done correctly but you cannot quite work out what it is. I hope it was nothing too severe!

With regards to your written and spoken English, it just keeps going from strength to strength yes As Ros has mentioned, in order to improve your intonation make, sure you spend plenty of time listening to native English speakers and then try to imitate them. I do this with the languages I learn and find that it really helps me improve my intonation. I start by watching the first 10 seconds of a video. Afterwards, I pause it and then I try to imitate the speaker(s) as best I can before moving onto the next 10 seconds of the video etc.

Have you tried this technique before?

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Ed,
Thank you for your comment, it is very encouraging! Interesting technique! I didn't use it yet, but now I think to try it.

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