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Visiting my homeland

Holidays are amazing!

I like traveling very much. Especially I love to visit my homeland, Armenia. It is a very beautiful country with a picturesque landscape where inhabit friendly and hospitable people. I stay in our family house which is located in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan. The first thing that I usually do when I am in Yerevan, I call all my friends and relatives. Then I create a schedule of the trip because, usually, I am limited in time while I want to do so many things. Visiting my friends and promenades in the evenings with them are some of my favourite activities. I love being in Armenia in the Summer as many of my friends and relatives who live outside the country visit the homeland as well. Therefore, we have a great chance to come together and spend time there. If I have time, I do my best to visit Kharabax too. It is an amazing place. It is impossible to describe the beauty of the land and the feelings when you are there. It is fabulous.

I love Armenia and want to come back there every time I have a chance. 

        

   

 

 

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shainarue's picture
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Your homeland sounds amazing. 

One change I would suggest:

It is a very beautiful country with a picturesque landscape where inhabit friendly and hospitable people. 

The word 'inhabit' is infrequently used except in a more scientific or historical description. Instead, I would say, "It is a very beautiful country with a picturesque landscape where friendly and hospitable people live." - OR - "It is a very beautiful country with a picturesque landscape and friendly, hospitable people." (You don't have to say the people live there - it is assumed.)

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Thank you for the comment:)

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I learn : Spanish (Beginner)
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Hey Anna, thanks for this! Your audio clip is great! You pronounced every word very accurately!

I've just rewritten the extract with some changes:

Holidays are amazing!

I love travelling. -(or you could also say, I really like travelling)

- I really like visiting my homeland, Armenia, which is where I grew up. - (I would add some context here by saying 'where I grew up.' Also, it sounds more natural in speech to say 'visiting' in present tense rather than 'to visit.')

- It is a very beautiful country with a picturesque landscape and friendly and hospitable people live there too. -(Using the word 'inhabit' sounds a bit like you are talking about animals!)

 - I usually go stay at our family house which is located in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan. (add the verb 'go' here in order to avoid confusion with 'stay' as a noun. Also, I would say 'at' rather than 'in': in is used to describe a general location which is large in context, whether indoor oroutdoor. at describes a specific location, which is in this case your house

- The first thing that I usually do when I am in Yerevan is call all my friends and relatives.

- Next, I create a schedule of the trip because, usually, I don't have much time to do all the things I want to do.

- Some of my favourite activities are visiting my friends and walking along the promenade in the evenings.

- I love being in Armenia in the summer - (you don't need to capitalise seasons), as many of my friends and relatives who live outside the country visit at the same time as me. We have a great chance to catch up and spend time together. - (Tip: try not to start sentences with conjuctions like 'therefore' and 'but')

If I have time, I do my best to visit Kharabax too because it is an amazing place. It is impossible to describe the beauty of the land and the feelings that you get when you are there. It is fabulous.

I love Armenia and want to go back there every time I get the chance too. 

Thanks,

Hope you get to visit soon!

Becky =]

 

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Becky, I really appreciate your comments! I will try to fix them) 

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I learn : French (Beginner)
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Hi Anna,

Great job with your text. Your pronunciation and voice sounds good and clear to understand. I observed a few errors and agree with the suggested revisions that Becky has made. Continue to work on your usage of adverbs when describing different things.

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Faye, thanks a lot! That's why I am here) 

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

I have never been to Armenia (or heard much about it) before but after reading and listening to your extract, I certainly want to go now. Is it quite an expensive country to visit out of curiosity? I'm from London (which is one of the world's most expensive cities sad) so I'm always looking out for cheaper places to visit!

Your spoken and written English is fantastic and it is hard to find fault with any of it!

Just one comment I have in addition to the others.

1. create  - pronunciation.

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Edhutchins88, thank you so much for your comment and recording! 

Armenia is a really fantastic country) It's not as expensive as the UK. I study in London and visit your city quite often. 

Here is my article about my favorite places that I've ever visited. There are a few words about Armenia. If you like to know anything else, I can tell you more)  

https://medium.com/@begunts_23216/holiday-season-already-in-full-swing-a19c99c98509   

Hope you will like it)

 

 

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Wow - it looks like such a beautiful country!

My parents absolutely love visiting historical monuments, so I am sure they would love to visit the Garni temple, Geghard and Khor Virap monasteries!

The Vardavar festival sounds like a lot of fun! I bet children love it haha!

One question I have - what is Armenian food like? Can you recommend some typical Armenian dishes?

Interesting that you come to London to study! Where do you stay when you come to London? What do you study? 

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That's great! If your parents love visiting historical monuments, they would definitely love to visit Gandzasar, which is located in Kharabakh!  (I tried to attach some of my pics of Gandzasar, but I couldn't).  
You are absolutely right with regard to the Vardavar festival! It's one of the favourite games of Armenians!

As you probably can guess, I adore Armenian cuisine! There are so many dishes that I would recommend. As I prefer to eat soups, I would recommend trying spas which is made from matsun (it's similar to kefir which I saw in Waitrose, by the way). Another delicious food is dolma or tolma, which is quite popular not only in Armenia but in other Caucasian countries as well. Khorovats and kyufta are a must-have option of any festivity. I've tried to find some interesting information about Armenian foods and would recommend these two resources.     

https://araratour.com/armenian-national-cuisine

https://www.wanderlust.co.uk/content/best-traditional-armenian-food/

Actually, I am currently studying at UCL. It is an MBA distance learning programme which requires live taught sessions during each module in London. At least we did this way before the coronavirus. When I am in London, I usually stay at a hotel near the University. And you know, I've already missed the University and the people:) Hope, everything will be fine soon.        

 

 

 

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"When I am in London, I usually stay at a hotel near the University." 

When I am in London, I usually go stay at a hotel". I have missed "go" as Becky mentioned above. 

It's interesting to use two verbs without "to" between them, I mean not saying "go to stay" or "go and stay".  

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Wow!

I've just had a look at Gandzasar and it looks spectacular! It is amazing how well preserved it is.

I really like kefir so I definitely need to try spas! dolma/tolma look delicious (I just searched for some pictures of them)

I had a look at this link and think I would really like Manti. (I love tomatoes and garlic!) Do you know how to make it?

That'a amazing your study at UCL. Many friends and cousins I know have studied there. It has such a good reputation. Your MBA it will certainly help you further your career! Would you like to work in London in the future? Or another city?

Yes, stay safe and let's hope that things can soon get back to normal!

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Well done, Anna. Here is my evaluation of your text:

 

Holidays are amazing!

I like traveling very much, especially I love to when I visit my homeland, Armenia. It is a very beautiful country with a picturesque landscapes where inhabit and is a habitant of friendly and hospitable people. I stay in our family house which is located in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan. The first thing that I usually do when I am in Yerevan, I is calling all my friends and relatives. Then, (comma needed) I create a schedule of the trip because, usually, I am have limited in time while and I want to do so many things. Visiting I visit my friends and promenades in the evenings and do with them are some of my favourite activities with them. I love being in Armenia in the Summer as many of my friends and relatives who live outside the country visit the homeland as well. Therefore, we have a great opportunity chance to come gather together and spend time there. If I have time, I do my best to visit Kharabax, (comma needed) too. It is an amazing place. It is impossible to describe the beauty of the land and the feelings when you are there. It is fabulous.

I love Armenia and want to come go back there every time I have a chance to do so.

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Thank you!

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