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    Silly mistakes

    Hi everyone!
    I live in non-English speaking country. I've started relatively active learning when I was 28 and studying the language for a few years and two of them with teacher two days a week and these two years became the most active phase of the learning. Also, I read news in English on daily basis, try to watch TED talks and TED Ed lessons everyday and sometimes UK and US series. Despite the fact that I still find difficult to express my thoughts and I still have a lot of problems with grammar, fluency, speed reading, vocabulary and etc, one problem is just driving me crazy - I'm constantly making some silly mistakes such as "she know", "they was" and etc. Especially it is noticeable, when I write something quite quickly and don't have any time for correction and when I speak. However the teacher point out, that when I told her what an audio book was about, my speech is better. This fact makes me and my teacher really upset . Could anyone advise how should I tackle this issue?
    Last edited by JuWu; 10-May-2016 at 06:52.

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    #2

    Re: Silly mistakes

    First, say:

    I live in A non-English speaking country.

    For the second sentence, I am not sure if you started studying English when you were 28 or if you are 28 now.

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    #3

    Re: Silly mistakes

    You have been working with a tutor for two days a week for two years. Is that right?

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    #4

    Re: Silly mistakes

    You are constantly MAKING silly mistakes. Is that right?

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    #5

    Re: Silly mistakes

    I am not sure what you mean when you say you "retell" audio books.

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    #6

    Re: Silly mistakes

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    First, say:

    I live in A non-English speaking country.

    For the second sentence, I am not sure if you started studying English when you were 28 or if you are 28 now.
    when I was 28

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    Re: Silly mistakes

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    You have been working with a tutor for two days a week for two years. Is that right?
    yes
    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    You are constantly MAKING silly mistakes. Is that right?
    yes, i you can see now
    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I am not sure what you mean when you say you "retell" audio books.
    I mean that i told her what was the audio book about

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    #8

    Re: Silly mistakes

    Thank you for the corrections - all they are really usefull
    Last edited by JuWu; 10-May-2016 at 07:18.

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    #9

    Re: Silly mistakes

    The second sentence is a mess, but I get:

    I started studying English when I was 28.

    The rest of it is a jumble. You need to write shorter, simpler sentences. (I am surprised your tutor hasn't told you that.)

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    #10

    Re: Silly mistakes

    Quote Originally Posted by JuWu View Post
    I meant when I was 28.
    Quote Originally Posted by JuWu View Post
    Yes.

    Yes, I you can see now (the underlined part does not make sense)

    I mean that I told her what was the audio book was about.
    Quote Originally Posted by JuWu View Post
    Thank you for the corrections - all they are all really useful.
    Note my corrections above. It is very important to follow these rules of written English at all times:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with one, appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Always capitalise the word "I".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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