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Thank you, Faye! Your options is better.

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Thank you, Faye! I will try to do as you say.

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Essay on the internet (not mine)

 Information will soon be so easy to find on the internet that people will not need to remember anything. Do you agree?

Nowadays all the information we could ever need is available online and some people say that means the end of having to learn anything.

It is true that these days everything you want to know is a few clicks away as long as you have internet access. However, not everyone has working internet all the time, for example in certain buildings or remote locations, so we do need to be able to remember information. Moreover, it takes time to look up everything you need to know online, whereas remembering something is immediate. The human memory is a much more efficient system.

Another problem is the quality of the information online. How do we know if it is accurate or reliable? We need to think about other facts we know and remember how to compare information from different websites. Knowing (and remembering) how to find certain information will be more important than knowing the information itself.

Finally, the internet is a good tool but it is not a useful replacement for our brains. If we did not remember anything, we would all spend even more time on our phones and computers than we already do, which is not good for society.

In conclusion, the internet offers us many things but it is still important to use our knowledge and memories. We need our memories to function without the internet and we also need to know how to use the internet properly.

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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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Faye W.C.'s picture
I learn : French (Beginner)
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Good job in reading this text! Continue to work on your pronunciaton with even simple words that may have complex sounds (knowing, conclusion, knowledge).

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edhutchins88's picture
I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Great effort! yes Your spoken English was perfect in this extract. I was amazed, as it was quite a complex  article! I honestly cannot think of any suggestions / tips to help you improve! Well done :)

Even though it is so easy to find and learn new things on the internet nowadays, our memories and the knowledge we have is more important than ever!

After all, when we need to give a speech or a presentation on a certain topic, we cannot rely on the internet. We need to have all the knowledge (on the topic of our speech) at the forefront of our minds.

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