This writing is a translation of one of the popular talk variety show's American cast member's write-up on his instagram page. He has lived in Korea for ten years and to my eyes his writing might not be impeccible as it contains some ungrammatical sentences but his lexical competence and sentence flow are native-level. He usually posts the English version and the Korean version of his text at the same time, but he did not post his new year celebration post's English version for some reason, so I decided to try my hand at translating the post as I want to be like him in English some day.
His Original Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BsEp7Bonhkh
I booked a plane ticket some time ago to spend the Christmas holidays with my family in the United States.
I started to contemplate whether to spend the end and start of the years when booking the plane back to Korea.
This year I felt like coming back to Korea early for some reason. It is because of me feeling like wanting to start
2019 by seeing the sunrise.
In the United States, the New Year's Day is an exciting holiday period that you spend with your family or friends.
However, if you ask Americans about their end-year-new-year traditions, most of them will talk about December 31th.
(New Year's Eve) On December 31th most Americans go to parties waiting for the midnight with beating hearts to do
New Year's celebration champeign toasts. Then they watch the New Year's celebration countdown and performances
at Time Square in person or on TV.
My all memories about the New Year's holidays have to do with December 31th, not January 1st.
This is the reason my first new year in Korea came to me as interesting.
When I asked my friends about their new year welcoming tradition most of them said they are going to see the sunrise
in the Januray 1st morning instead of the bell-striking ceremony at the Jonggak Station (Belfry). Some people said
they are wating the sunrise with their family. What's more, some people said they ride a car and run the highway overnight
to watch the floating sunrise with their friends.
To me, expectations about this quiet beauty-imbued New Year's tradition have started to form.
Ameirca's New Year's Eve parties seem to be past-oriented. It feels like as it is the year's last day they are squeezing
out the year's leftover joy. Maybe parties like this on January 1st you might oversleep. Korea's New Year's sunrise watching
is quite the opposite. Future-oriented and full of hope. WIth courage and hope one welcomes one year early, with firey scarlet-
sunk faces like the rising sun and widly open eyes you welcome the new year.
I also want to welcome 2019 by watching the sunrise now. Instead of obsessing over the last moments of ending one year,
I want to start the new year by projecting hope and resolution on the new year's sun that rises and is covering Korea.
Please fix any errors or mistakes in the writing and have a nice lunar new year.
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The learners ability to use nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. correctly in sentences, using verb tenses accurately, and having the correct agreement between subjects and predicates. For instance, one would say "they were" instead of "they was."
There are 3-4 grammatical errors
There are 0-2 grammatical errors
There are 5 or more grammatical errors
The learner's ability to use certain marks to clarify meaning of their writing by grouping words grammatically into sentences and clauses and phrases.
There are 3-4 errors in capitalization and punctuation.
There are 0-2 errors in capitalization and punctuation.
There are 5 or more errors in capitalization and punctuation.
The learners' ability to form words with the correct letters in the correct order
There are 3-4 spelling errors
There are 0-2 spelling errors
There are 5 or more spelling errors
The learner's ability to tailor the written work to fit the specific context, purpose, or audience
Mostly understandable. However, there are a few errors which cause confusion.
Easy to understand. Writing flows and keeps reader engaged.
Quite hard to understand.