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    Good day. My name is Julia, I'm from Ukraine. I'm keep training to improove my english, that's why i'm trying to translate some texts. I'm just wondering if i'm dooing well. Thanx in advance for your kind help.

    (Cry).(Sound of backwinding). (Terrible knocking and roar, followed immediately by a frightened whisper.) My God, what's going on, what's happening?! (Cry). (Sound of backwinding). If someone listens to this recording, drop everything and run out of the house! Only horror and death are waiting you here! My husband went down to the basement to turn the electricity on 2 days ago. And then therefrom rang out such terrible sounds, and then he shouted, long and as awful as if he had seen death itself. (Cry). (Sound of backwinding) That creature that got Jimmy still behind the door of my room, I'm afraid to get out from under the table... (sounds of backwinding). (the sound of blows at the door and roaring). It soon gonna break to me, be aware this house is one big trap, I just realized that there was no second cousin's uncle, that I never had him, but it was too late.. (sound of the broken door, girl’s scream). Hissing.

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    Default Re: Record on a dictaphone

    Quote Originally Posted by Julia_P View Post
    Good day. My name is Julia, I'm from Ukraine. I'm keep training to improove improve my english, that's why I'm trying to translate some texts. I'm just wondering if i'm dooing doing well. Thanx Thanks in advance for your kind help.

    (Cry).(Sound of backwinding). (Terrible knocking and roar, followed immediately by a frightened whisper.) My God, what's going on, what's happening?! (Cry). (Sound of backwinding). If someone listens to this recording, drop everything and run out of the house! Only horror and death are waiting for you here! My husband went down to the basement to turn the electricity on 2 days ago. And then therefrom from there rang out such terrible sounds, and then he shouted, long and as awful as if he had seen death itself. (Cry). (Sound of backwinding) That creature that got Jimmy is still behind the door of my room, I'm afraid to get out from under the table... (sounds of backwinding). (The sound of blows at the door and roaring). It is soon gonna break in and get to me, be aware this house is one big trap, I just realized that there was no second cousin's uncle, that I never had him, but it was too late. (Sound of the broken door, girl’s scream.) Hissing.
    Welcome to the forum.

    Of course, without knowing what the original text said before you translated it, we have no way of knowing if the translation is accurate. Several points spring to mind:

    1) Note the correct spelling of "improve".
    2) Note the correct spelling of "doing".
    3) What is "backwinding"?

    I have made some corrections to your post in red.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Thanks a lot for your time spent on my request.
    I'm curious not as much about spelling but if the sentences are built correctly. And if you can feel from my text that it's written by foreigner

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    Default Re: Record on a dictaphone

    "backwinding" - I found this word in google translator. It means - rewinding

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    Backwind is a technical term from the world of sailing. It mainly applied to square rigged ships, so it has become rare, but is still occasionally heard. It does not mean rewind.
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    Default Re: Record on a dictaphone

    Quote Originally Posted by Julia_P View Post
    Thanks a lot for your time spent on my request.
    I'm curious not as much about spelling but if the sentences are built correctly. And if you can feel from my text that it's written by foreigner
    You may not be curious about spelling but I can assure that we are. We will correct every spelling error we find - we would not be helping people properly if we didn't. I thought that you might have meant "rewinding" simply because you mentioned "recording" so I guessed there was a tape involved. However, "backwinding" is definitely not used naturally in this context. You also wouldn't hear the sound of rewinding on a tape so I'm still not quite clear what's happening.

    I would have assumed that you were not a native speaker from the use of non-standard or incorrect terms such as "backwinding" and "therefrom". It was perfectly comprehensible but I would have suspected that some kind of online translation tool had been used which would have led me to assume that you were a non-native speaker translating a foreign text.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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