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    Letter of advice

    I would like you to check this comp. of my own, as I would like to see my mistakes...


    Dear Hugh,
    Your last letter was charming and all of us were glad to hear from you again. I am writing in connection to your request. Therefore, I will write some pieces of advice that you could take into consideration.
    First of all, while talking to a teacher you should not get nervous, it increases the possibilities to get lost, and consequently, to bore the professor with nonsense speech.
    Another aspect you need to bear in mind is to organise the topics you are going to talk about. It helps a lot while having to converse about an specific issue such as the universal inflation, the global warming, politics in general, today technology, the uses of the Internet, etc.
    Finally, I advise you to practise the right and necessary. A good way to implement this methodology is to make a timetable with all the subjects you need to study. Moreover, you could also have a conversation with your mate, and as a result you will be much more prepared for
    the oral examination.
    Hoping this will be useful, I greet you and give the family salute.
    Yours sincerely,
    Leandrito

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    Re: Letter of advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Leandro-Z View Post
    I would like you to check this comp. of my own, as I would like to see my mistakes...


    Dear Hugh,
    Your last letter was charming and all of us were glad to hear from you again. I am writing in connection to your request. Therefore, I will write some pieces of advice that you could take into consideration.
    First of all, while talking to a teacher you should not get nervous, it increases the possibilities to get lost, and consequently, to bore the professor with nonsense speech.
    Another aspect you need to bear in mind is to organise the topics you are going to talk about. It helps a lot while having to converse about an specific issue such as the universal inflation, the global warming, politics in general, today technology, the uses of the Internet, etc.
    Finally, I advise you to practise the right and necessary. A good way to implement this methodology is to make a timetable with all the subjects you need to study. Moreover, you could also have a conversation with your mate, and as a result you will be much more prepared for the oral examination.
    Hoping this will be useful, I greet you and give the family salute.
    Yours sincerely,
    Leandrito
    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) You have written a very nice letter. In modern English, however,

    it is suggested that letters be short, come to the point, and avoid un-

    necessary words.

    Your last letter was charming and all of us were glad to hear from you

    again. [The two sentences that follow are unnecessary: it is assumed

    that you are answering his letter. It is not necessary to tell him.]

    First ["of all" is unnecessary], while talking with a teacher, you should

    not get nervous because you may get confused and bore the professor.

    You also ["also" = "another aspect you need to bear in mind."] should

    carefully organize specific topics, such as:

    inflation, global warming, the Internet, politics, etc.

    Finally, draw up a practice schedule. If possible, get a classmate to

    help you with the questions and answers that you may face in the

    oral examination.

    Please give my warmest regards to your family.

    (2) I am sure that someone else will do a much better job in

    revising your letter. I just wanted to make the point that English

    readers appreciate "tightly written" letters. Some languages are

    very "flowery" (full of unnecessary words). Modern English is

    very "lean." (All the fat is cut away.)

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    Re: Letter of advice

    Thank you very much. I am glad to know that the fact that I have spent most of my lifetime learning English is now showing its results. To my mind, the points you made on my "long explanation of the things" is because I am so related to British English I cannot omit its eloquence.

    Thank you again and know that I look forward to hearing from you soon. It was truly a pleasure to exchange ideas.

    Yours,
    Lendrito

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