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Richard-Business Eng
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My Best Advice for any Language Learner ... and it costs you nothing :)

Let's say that you have spent many hours learning a second language (let's use English as an example).

Let's say that everything you have learned = 100

But, when we don't use a language every day, we forget 30% of the things we learned.

If you could correct all the mistakes, your English (maybe up to 30%) would improve quickly.


italki has a large number of smart, kind and helpful native Language speakers.

They will correct your mistakes for free, so why not ask them for their help.

MY ADVICE

Every time you write something on italki, ask a native speaker to correct your mistakes.

Sometimes they will, sometimes they won't, but when they do, (and if you repeat the correction 700 times :), your English will improve.

Just write something like "I would truly appreciate corrections from any native English speaker."

Try it... it just might help.

Feb 12, 2018 3:56 PM
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Hi Snarling Wolfy,

just a couple of comments, if I may.

Firstly every sentence should start with an upper case letter (ABC). 

In the same way every time you use the word "I" it should always be upper case - so never "i" but always "I".

In relation to the text itself I would mention the following:

"once when I was little, no more than 11 years old. my mother took me to my grandma, actually forced me to go since she had to work every day without [do you mean "including"?] weekends and simply didn't have time to take care of me. She dropped me off and headed back to the train station. there i was wandering around the property when i saw a menacing goose staring at me as though thinking what to do first, attack right away or wait for the perfect moment. 

in a split of a second [should just be "In a split second"] it pinched my right buttock quite sharply, I looked around and saw its beak at the ready. I screamed, but no one came to my rescue so I tried to kick at it and thank god it went away. 

I complained to my aunt about this situation and without hesitation, she took out a long knife from its sheath and slaughter the goose by its head [cut off the goose's head?]. I asked if there was some kind of ointment for my hollow wound but there was none. 



February 12, 2018

right, I've learned three new words today (sheath, gore, and ointment) and why not come up with some horrific story to let other people correct it? 

once when I was little, no more than 11 years old. my mother took me to my grandma, actually forced me to go since she had to work every day without weekends and simply didn't have time to take care of me. She dropped me off and headed back to the train station. there i was wandering around the property when i saw a menacing goose staring at me as though thinking what to do first, attack right away or wait for the perfect moment. 

my grandma has a very battered outside bathroom and its door doesn't close at all and we have to make sure no one's around in order to use it. so here i was, indulging myself unaware that the goose had chosen this particular time for its attack. 

in a split of a second it pinched my right buttock quite sharply, I looked around and saw its beak at the ready. I screamed, but no one came to my rescue so I tried to kick at it and thank god it went away. 

I complained to my aunt about this situation and without hesitation, she took out a long knife from its sheath and slaughter the goose by its head. I asked if there was some kind of ointment for my hollow wound but there was none. 

A couple of days after that I was elated to stroll around the grounds and savor the thought of walking on that nasty goose's gore. 


I would truly appreciate corrections from any native English speaker." :)

i'm sorry for the numerous edit. /

February 12, 2018
i use your advice now and i try to compare my text and its correction several times. and really it works. before that my English was weak and i was so hopeless. when i started to write and many native English speakers like Graham correct my mistakes, i really feel my English is improving. when i talked with native or non native speakers it wasn't really effective. when i made mistakes, the other side got my mean but he or she didn't correct it. because we wanted to continue. but when i start to think about different issues and talk with myself about that and then i write it and finally review and compare my text with its correction, i really feel its a better way than chat. i suggest that way to every real learner.


I would truly appreciate corrections from any native English speaker." :)
February 12, 2018

Wolfy...

I'm glad you thanked Paul for his good work.

You said in your culture you have the expression "laziness is the cause of progression" and that's a good expression.

We also have a similar expression "Necessity is the mother of invention". A need or problem encourages creative efforts to meet the need or solve the problem. 


Rose... You are very welcome

February 13, 2018
Thanks Richard for this advice.
February 12, 2018
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