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What I do on vacations

I talk about what vacation are in Mexico

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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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Hello Anna :)

Welcome to Lingora!

Your English is excellent - you speak really confidently, fluently and clearly and your pronunciation is excellent. It's very hard for me (as a native English speaker) to find things you need to improve at. When did you start learning English? Have you studied abroad in an English speaking country?

Here are just a few minor corrections;

1. When you said "I don't have vacations in one year" this is not quite correct. The best way is to say "I haven't had a vacation for a year" or "I haven't taken a vacation this year"

2. When you said "We stay at home in vacation" this is very nearly correct but it should be "We stay at home on vacation"

3. When you said "There's a very good weather all the time" it would sound better to say "The weather is very good all the time".

4. When you said "Thank you for hearing me" the verb you should use in this instance is "to listen". So you should have said "thank you for listening to me". Take a look here at this article which explains the differences between "hear" and "listen" http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1535_questionanswer/page30.shtml

Ps: I'm so jealous that you have a swimming pool :)

 

 

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Adrian Williams's picture
I learn : French (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner)
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Hey Anna!

I agree with everything said in the above comment.

I noticed you said In Mexico we have only one week by year of vacations. I would say it like this In Mexico we only have one week of vacation per year. The word "per" means each.

I also think that when you said the word fish it sounded a bit like feesh. You need to pronounce it with a sharper and shorter i sound. Listen to it here: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/fish

When you said we have sun almost all the year , as it is something general you're talking about you don't need to add the article the so you'd just say "we have sun almost all year"

 

 

 

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I learn : French (Beginner)
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HI Anna, 

very good effort! I believe you sound like you are thinking as you go which makes it sound a bit paused, but this isn't a problem.

I agree with the corrections from the other tutors above.

I imagine if you had written this down and read it, it would flow very well. great thinking on your feet though, shows that you have a good grasp of the English language already!

pronunciation - year (listen to my recording)

grammar corrections:

what vacations are in mexico - what vacation time we have, or annual leave time we have from work - might be better for what you are trying to say

one week by year - one week per year

 

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Ros Watson's picture
I learn : Italian (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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Well done Anna!  I really enjoyed your audio.  Your phrasing and pronunciation are really good.  I have re-phrased some of it - for example "I have just started to work so I don't have any holiday allowance yet but in Mexico we are only allowed one week's vacation per year."  We use the word "allowance" to describe what holiday or vacation the company "allows" us to have.  Be careful to pronounce the "t" in "can't" - In your recording, it sounded a bit like "can".  You could say "so we spend our vacations at home.  I like this very much"  We use the verb spend when we are talking about activities linked to time.  For example "I spend my spare time going to the gym".  When you are expressing that you like something, you need to insert what it is you like - this includes using pronouns like "this" or "it"  - .  So we can say "We like spending our vacations at home" or "We like this very much" but not "I like very much".  Instead of "My City has very good weather" try saying "The weather is very good in my City".  We can also say "The sun shines almost all year round".  You can say I only work part time" or "I just work part time".  Either is right but not both!  The audio is interesting and easy to understand and you should be very proud of your English!  Hope to hear from you again soon!  Ros

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