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Improve: part one

This week was hard to do whatever studies.
But, in some moments, I listen to the michael Jacson songs and I like it. 
Despite of I need to English subtitles, I listen and understood all of the song.
But, I can't sing. If I sung, It would be a tragedy.

Well, I believe there are a lot of to understend the English leassons. But, I'm improving every day whan I study this language.

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BeckyGreenBeans's picture
I learn : Spanish (Beginner) English (Expert)
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Hi Allan, I know the feeling of finding it difficult to concentrate during lockdown! 

I've rewritten your extract with some tips:

This week, I found it hard to focus on my studies. ('Studies' is a noun here so we wouldn't normally talk about 'doing' a noun. For example, we wouldn't say, 'it was hard to do my exams' - instead, we would say something like 'I found sitting my exams really challenging.')

Sometimes, I got distracted by listening to Michael Jackson because I really like his music! (You don't need to say 'the Michael Jackon' as we don't use determiners like 'the' for people's names. For instance, we wouldn't say, 'I'm going to visit my friend the Jane,' we would say 'I'm going to visit my friend Jane.)

Despite needing English subtitles, I was able to listen to and understand most of the songs.

However, I can't sing. If I sang, it would be a tragedy! (Here, you are referring to the present and future tense so you need to say 'sang.' We would only use 'sung' following a verb. It's not “she sung the anthem” but “she sang the anthem.” “Sung” is the past participle, used only after a helping verb: “She has sung the anthem. Using the word 'tragedy' here is a creative technique known as 'hyperbole', so well done!)

I believe there is a lot to learn from English lessons. I'm improving my skills every day as I study this language.

 
 
Why not try out this task during lockdown to to improve your English speaking and listening skills: ​A Clueless Tour Guide.
 
Thanks,
 
Becky =]
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Allan Macedo's picture
I learn : English (Intermediate)
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Hello, Becky.

I'm going to read this notes.

 I can't access the link: ​"A Clueless Tour Guide". Is this a platform exercise? When I click in link, I access a text page. Am I right?

Thank you.

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BeckyGreenBeans's picture
I learn : Spanish (Beginner) English (Expert)
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Hi Allan, does this one work? https://www.elingora.com/lesson - you'll need to scroll down on the page to find the Clueless Tour Guide task

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Faye W.C.'s picture
I learn : French (Beginner)
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Hi Allan, 

You are doing great do not be discouraged! I love Michael Jackson. I have been listening to his music since I was a kid. Unfortunately, I do not know all the lyrics so using subtiles would be helpful for me too to understand what Michael is singing!

Just a few suggestions:

Tragedy- practice pronunciation Tra-jud-dee

Also does the software where you write your text have a spell checker? See if that is helpful and it alerts if some words are misspelled. 

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Faye W.C.'s picture
I learn : French (Beginner)
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Hi Allan, 

You are doing great do not be discouraged! I love Michael Jackson. I have been listening to his music since I was a kid. Unfortunately, I do not know all the lyrics so using subtiles would be helpful for me too to understand what Michael is singing!

Just a few suggestions:

Tragedy- practice pronunciation Tra-jud-dee

Also does the software where you write your text have a spell checker? See if that is helpful and it alerts if some words are misspelled. 

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Allan Macedo's picture
I learn : English (Intermediate)
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Hi Faye,

I forgot to say about the name song in the text. I listened "Thriller" and "We are the world".

I will listening more songs him.

Thanks

 

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

I absolutely love Michael Jackson! What's your favourite song of his? Mine definitely has to be "Thriller"! I am terrible at singing too and much prefer to just listen to good singers haha!

In addition to Fay and Becky's comments, I just have the following

1. Pronunciation of the words "subtitles" and "tragedy". (Listen to me saying them a few times)

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Allan Macedo's picture
I learn : English (Intermediate)
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Helloo.

I also like of the beatles. It's the next song which I'm going to study.

Thanks.

See you.

bye.

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