[Grammar] but it took me a while to get the hang of fixing them.

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Can we replace "but" with "although"?

What I am really good at is cooking steaks, and I would love to talk about how to barbecue them. My steaks are finger-licking delicious, but it took me a while to get the hang of fixing them. Now, however I have a reputation in my whole family for my succulent beefsteaks.

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Yes. There should be a comma after "however" in the final sentence.

(Note that we don't use "fixing" in this way in BrE. That would mean, to us, that the steaks are broken and need to be repaired! In BrE, we would say "it took me a while to get the hang of preparing them".)
 
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In BrE, we would say "it took me a while to get the hang of preparing them".)
Thank you Emsr2d2.
Is the verb "fixing" OK in AmE?
 

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No. He is not my teacher. He is an IELTS examiner and Iranian. He published a book related to speaking skill.
 

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"Steak" is beef, unless otherwise noted. So there is no need to use "beefsteaks" at the end.
 
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