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    Default any advice is appreciated ^_^

    dear teachers,

    thanks for your sincere help

    here is my biggest confusion:

    i almost can make out all the stuffs in normal english (not simplified english) through reading and listening but it's getting difficult when it comes to expressing it verbally. aaaaa!!!!!:(

    because

    the way i organise sentences and the way i phrase things such as sentence structures i may choose are DIFFERENT to those that native speakers use! that ACHES me alllll the time!!!! so evidently, what i am going to say does not conform to the common way native speakers are accustomed to! no doubt that will sound weird and disfluent!!!

    i'm so puzzled....how to solve it?

    many thanks ^_^

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    Dafunkygirl,
    Don't be discouraged! You just expressed some very complex thoughts in language that I understood. - English. Keep doing what you're doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dafunkygirl View Post
    what i am going to say does not conform to the common way native speakers are accustomed to
    Does it have to? After all, you're studying it in China, while native speakers use it and are surrounded by it every day. I would start by judging your success in terms of successful communication. For instance you say that it 'aches you' where I would use 'pains me' or 'hurts me'. However, I understood exactly what you meant, so look at it as successful communication and then worry about fine-tuning it. This is the sort of thing that can be difficult to get out of a dictionary, especially where different words may be translated the same way. Use native speakers' language as a source, but judge your progress by comparing your English to that of your peers, which is more of an apples for apples comparison.

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