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    Aleck is offline Newbie
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    Default Would you please correct my writing.

    I started learning english about six month ago. I read books in
    english, listened to podcasts, watched english films etc. My ability
    in reading and listening grew quite fast, so did my confidence. But my
    confidence was shattered when I tried to write a short letter in
    english. I just couldn't make sentences look right. After several
    attempts I gave up.

    I think I'm starting to realise now what makes writing so difficult
    for me. A major difficulty is my active vocabulary, which is very
    limited. I spent more than hour writing this, and still can't make it
    right. The only solution to this problem I can think of is to try and
    write in english as much as possible until I get it right, or at least
    correct. After all, this the method which helped me to learn reading in
    english. I'm sure my first writings will be horribly ugly, but I hope
    they will get better over time.

    Second big obstacle is grammar. I tried to learn english grammar in
    the past but failed miserably. I think the main reason was that I
    tried to remember all the rules without using the language itself.

    Of course the most important thing is feedback from native speakers,
    and I can't think of better place than this forum. So I'm going to
    flood this forum with my faulty writings hoping someone will find a
    couple of minutes to edit them :) Thank you very much for your help.

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    Default Re: Would you please correct my writing.

    Hi Aleck,

    Self-criticism is an important attribute to have in acquiring and mastering any new skill. Writing clearly and correctly in a new language is no exception. At the same time, it's important to keep the right perspective about one's self-criticism. For someone who just started to learn English 6 months ago, your writing skills are very impressive! I doubt very much that, if had I started to learn your native language only 6 months ago, I could have reached the level of competence that you now demonstrate in writing English. Congratulate yourself on your accomplishments thus far.
    Last edited by Monticello; 19-Feb-2009 at 19:09.

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    Default Re: Would you please correct my writing.

    Hello Aleck,

    If you don't mind, I'd like to suggest that the word - English should always be capitalised.

    I agree with Monticello about your ability of learning a new language.

    For someone who just started to learn English 6 months ago, your writing skills are very impressive!
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 20-Feb-2009 at 18:23.

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    Default Re: Would you please correct my writing.

    Dear Aleck:

    Second big obstacle is grammar. I tried to learn english grammar in
    the past but failed miserably. I think the main reason was that I
    tried to remember all the rules without using the language itself.

    The second big obstacle or My second big obstacle

    Congratulations on your very high level of fluency in written English.

    Best Wishes,

    Petra

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