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Great effort!...

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 21:34
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I wish I had been taught about connected speech in the...

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 21:23
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Totally agree, Oleks!

I would also like to point...

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 21:16
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Hi Oleks!

Very good point again! As the saying...

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 21:08
edhutchins88's picture

Hi Oleks,

Very good point! The end of a speech is...

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 21:04

Some phrases to practice new words and structures

  1. Whenever the team had a problem, he would come up with a solution that would only benefit himself. He is such a self-centered person. 
  2. He's always put other people's needs before his; he is a very selfless guy. 
  3. His point was less self-evident to the team than he had initially thought. As it turned out, everyone had many questions about it. 
  4. I always felt very self-conscious about my English. I used to listen quietly for fear of making mistakes in front of other people. 
  5. The sound of the engine shattered the peace in the neighborhood. 
  6. The easiest way to peel garlic cloves is by first crushing them lightly with the flat of a knife. 
  7. I love the sound of the waves crashing against the shore. 
  8. My brother borrowed my car and crashed it. 
  9. The first stretch is the worst. After that, it flattens out considerably. 
  10. The museum owns hundreds of drawings, engravings, and photographs from that period.
  11. One of the main problems was the overcrowding of classrooms. There were more than 30 students per class.
  12. The payment will be made on completion of the project.
  13. She smiled, but her eyes belied the disappointment I knew she was feeling.
  14. He claims to offer disinterested advice, but the truth is that he is getting paid by several companies to promote their products and services.
  15. I grew up in a family in which unquestioning obedience to authority was considered the greatest virtue.
  16. Don't worry about it! It's a minimally invasive procedure. You'll be all right!
  17. She is a wholly different child when she is at school.
  18. The article suggested that this new technology could reduce power consumption by as much as 80 percent.
  19. No homework today! Just take a look at the next chapter and jot down any questions you have.
  20. He barely looks 50, let alone 70!
  21. This was particularly important for her family, especially in view of the fact that her son was having trouble adapting to his new school.
  22. I hate the fact that it is considered inappropriate to let your emotions show.
  23. Some people never grow out of childish ways.
  24. She set out with the aim of becoming the first person in her family to go to university.
  25. The problem here lies in the fact that most people fear public speaking.​
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Faye W.C.'s picture
I learn : French (Beginner)
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Good job with your text. Below are sentence adjustments to some of the sentences. Overall good sentence structure. 

3. His point was less self-evident apparent (word may fit better in this sentence) to the team than he had initially thought. As it turned out, everyone had many questions about it. 

8. My brother borrowed my car and then he crashed it. 

13. She smiled, but her eyes belied revealed the disappointment I knew she was feeling.

17. She is a wholly completely different child when she is at school.

23. Some people never grow out of their childish ways.

 

 

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I learn : English (Advanced) Polish (Beginner) Japanese (Beginner)
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Thanks Faye! So, actually, "self-evident", "belie", and "wholly" were some of the words I was trying to put into practice. Is there any context in which you think they would fit, or do they just sound off to you? :) 

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Hi AlbaSteng!

That was a fantastic effort. Have you done a creative writing course before?

Here are some of my observations

1. The sound of the engine shattered the peace in the neighborhood.  - The sound of the engine broke the silence in the neighbourhood. (I have not heard of the term "shattered the piece". It is not grammatically wrong. However, it is not commonly used)

2. He claims to offer disinterested advice - He claims to offer unbiased advice

3. in which unquestioning obedience to authority - in which questioning obedience to authority

4. to let your emotions show. - to show your emotions / express your emotions.

5. Some people never grow out of childish ways. - Some people never grow out of their childish ways.

 
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I learn : English (Advanced) Polish (Beginner) Japanese (Beginner)
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Thank you, Edhutchins88! No, I've never done a creative writing course. Any recommendations? :) 

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Well if you are looking for a cheap, online option I would certainly recommend checking out some courses on Udemy

Might you be interested in gaining a more recognised qualification in it though?

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