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Cycling

Today I’m talking about cycling.

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The learner's ability to pronounce words shared by the people of a particular country or region of the language they are learning.

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Fluency

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."

Speech is relatively smooth; some hesitation and unevenness caused by rephrasing and searching for words
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Smooth and fluid speech; few to no hesitations; no attempts to search for words; volume is excellent
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The pronunciation contained some individual word pronunciation errors. Around 3-4 errors
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Excellent job again, JacSal! Again, I had no problems understanding you and your English is clear, accurate and your pronunciation is very good. Please see a few things below I feel you need to work on!

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When you said "my first hobby" I think it would be better for you to say "my main hobby". This means that it is the one you spend most time doing and the one you are most dedicated to.

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"I'm practicing cycling only five years ago" - This phrase is not quite gramatically correct. It would be better for you to say "I started cycling five year ago." With cycling, you don't say you "practice cycling" in English but just "cycle" if that makes sense.

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When you said "from my 46th" I presume you are referring to your age at the time? In that case you would say "I started cycling five years ago when I was 46". Remember, in English when you refer to your age you use the verb "to be". (I was 16 when I left school, I was 29 when I got married etc - a few examples)

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When you said "I lose a couple of kilos" you are referring to what happend to you in the past. So you would instead say "I lost a couple of kilos"

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"healthier" - good pronunciation of this word but try to put more emphasis on the "H" sound. When you said it, it sounded like "ealthier" [HEL-thier]

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Same goes for the word "help" when you said "thank you for your help". When you said it, it sounded like "elp".

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"The planet thanks me" - This is very tough for non-native English speakers, though I do feel you could do with working on your pronunciation of the "th" sound. What I recommend you do when you have words like "thank", "think" is to place the tip of your tongue between your teeth but just blow air through your mouth without vibrating your vocal cords. Listen to me and have another go.

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This is very good.  You have a clear, easy to understand English accent.  Try saying "I only started cycling about 5 years ago when I was 46.  I lost a couple of kilos" (It sounded like losed).  Say "It all started when I dcided to change the way I travelled to school."  Watch the pronunciation of "bought"  It should be bɔːt not baʊt.  Apart from that - excellent!!

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