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Old March 04, 2011, 10:52 AM
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Hi everybody, I need to practice a lot of my English like "writing" and "listening-oral". For example I'd like to send you a short text and You must be correct my mistakes.
What about your Spanish?
If you wanna practice or learn your Spanish... I'm here.
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Old March 04, 2011, 05:17 PM
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Hello rox, I am a native English speaker. I am not an expert at English Grammar but I can make your paragraphs sound correct to a native speaker. English has a lot of grammar rules which are not usually used when speaking.

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Old March 04, 2011, 05:38 PM
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Hi Anthony, you're right!
I have English class twice a week. The last week I had a "writing test" it was wrong.
The most surprising was that the oral test was good.
Ow I'm sad!.

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Old March 05, 2011, 03:27 PM
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Spoken English is usually not that hard for non native speakers of English to learn, it is the written language that makes it one of the hardest to learn. Good luck in English Class, I myself am currently studying Spanish.
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Hello Rox, welcome to the forum! The big pluses (advantages) that I see about learning English is that: 1) There are no accent marks to remember, if there are, it would almost be an exception to the rule. 2) English Verbs do not change in so many forms as Spanish verbs do. Good luck with your learning.
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Old March 08, 2011, 10:50 AM
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My first "writting-test".

Thanks a lot!

I'd be pleased if you would correct my mistakes:

Carnival's Days in South America and Europe

A lot of people in different countries are waiting for this special day. Some of them prepare traditional, exotic and modern dances. Maybe they were practicing different dances in the last year all depend to their culture and custom.

For example Brazil’s Carnival is the most exotic Carnival, they are the best dancers in “samba” they can to move their feet with a lot of facility, they love their Carnival. We can see big people and young people dancing and singing in the roads. Probably they were practicing a before year.
This isn’t the only Carnival in South America because the people from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Bolivia celebrate this day too, but these are the less/least known.

About Europe, the most popular is the Venice's Carnival in Italy they wear a mask and some colonial clothes. The masks are more beautiful than other masks in the world.
In Spain there are different forms to celebrate these days, the funniest is in Canarias, Tenerife, Andalucia, Cadiz and in the rest of Spain is more common to find a group of children and teachers both with carnival costumes.

These days are so very funny, but the worst in these days are the thefts, drunks and a lot of things that sometimes can be dangerous.
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I have tried to write correct versions of each paragraph below. I tried to leave the original meaning when possible.

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Carnival's Days in South America and Europe

A lot of people in different countries are waiting for this special day. Some of them prepare traditional, exotic and modern dances. Maybe they were practicing different dances in the last year all depend to their culture and custom.
- The last sentence is incorrect, but I am not sure what you are trying to say, so I am not sure how to correct it.

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For example Brazil’s Carnival is the most exotic Carnival, they are the best dancers in “samba” they can to move their feet with a lot of facility, they love their Carnival. We can see big people and young people dancing and singing in the roads. Probably they were practicing a before year.
This isn’t the only Carnival in South America because the people from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Bolivia celebrate this day too, but these are theless/least known.
For example, Brazil's Carnival is the most exotic Carnival with the best samba dancers that can move their feet with ease/grace. They love their Carnival. We can see old (big is for size, not age) people and young people dancing and singing in the streets (roads is okay, but streets is more common for this phrase). They were probably practicing for a year for this. ( <- I am unsure of this sentence. Can you write it in Spanish, so I can help translate?) This isn't the only Carnival in South America. People from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Bolivia celebrate this day too, but these celebrations are not as well known.

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About Europe, the most popular is the Venice's Carnival in Italy they wear a mask and some colonial clothes. The masks are more beautiful than other masks in the world.
In Europe, the most popular is Venice's Carnival in Italy where they wear a mask and some colonial clothes. The masks are more beautiful than other masks in the world. (You could also say: "The masks are the most beautiful masks in the world." )

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In Spain there are different forms to celebrate these days, the funniest is in Canarias, Tenerife, Andalucia, Cadiz and in the rest of Spain is more common to find a group of children and teachers both with carnival costumes.
- This is a tough one to understand the meaning. Can you write this in Spanish so we can help translate it correctly in meaning?

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These days are so very funny, but the worst in these days are the thefts, drunks and a lot of things that sometimes can be dangerous.
These days are very funny, but the worst parts of these days are the thefts, drunks, and a lot of other things that sometimes can be dangerous.

- I hope this helps. I tried to keep as close to your writing as possible just to correct it from an English view and no from a writing style view. Good job! Keep writing and I'll try my best to help.
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the funniest is in Canarias, Tenerife, Andalucia, Cadiz and in the rest of Spain is more common to find a group of children and teachers both with carnival costumes..
Yes, you need to re-write this. Note that Tenerife is part of the Canary Islands.
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Again, many thanks for your help.
I really like Language English, my future goal is to speak and write correctly. I really hope so.

· Maybe they were practicing different dances in the last year all depend to their culture and custom.

Tal vez estuvieron practicando distintas danzas durante el año anterior, pero depende de su cultura y sus costumbres.

· They were probably practicing for a year for this.
Probablemente estuvieron practicando el año anterior.

· In Spain there are different forms to celebrate these days, the funniest is in Canarias, Tenerife, Andalucia, Cadiz and in the rest of Spain is more common to find a group of children and teachers both with carnival costumes.
En España hay muchas formas de celebrar estos días, los más entretenidos/divertidos están en Canarias, Tenerife, Andalucía, Cádiz y en el resto de España es muy común encontrar o ver grupos de niños y maestros/profesores llevando disfraces.

· In Spain there are different forms to celebrate these days, the funniest is in Canary Islands, Andalucia, Cadiz and in the rest of Spain is more common to find a group of children and teachers both with carnival costumes.
En España hay muchas formas de celebrar estos días, los más entretenidos/divertidos están en las Islas Canarias, Andalucía, Cádiz y en el resto de España es muy común encontrar o ver grupos de niños y maestros/profesores llevando disfraces.


Saludos y que tengaís un buen fin de semana.

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Again, many thanks for your help.
I really like the English language, and my future goal is to speak and write it correctly. I really hope so.

· Maybe they were practicing different dances in the last year, but all depend to their culture and customs.

Tal vez estuvieron practicando distintas danzas durante el año anterior, pero depende de su cultura y sus costumbres.

· They were probably practicing last year.
Probablemente estuvieron practicando el año anterior.

· In Spain there are different forms to celebrate these days, the most enjoyable is in The Canary Islands, Tenerife (isn't Tererife in the Carary Islands?), Andalucia, and Cadiz. In the rest of Spain, it is more common to find a group of children and teachers dressed for carnival.
En España hay muchas formas de celebrar estos días, los más entretenidos/divertidos están en Canarias, Tenerife, Andalucía, Cádiz y en el resto de España es muy común encontrar o ver grupos de niños y maestros/profesores llevando disfraces.

· In Spain there are different forms to celebrate these days, the funniest is in Canary Islands, Andalucia, Cadiz and in the rest of Spain is more common to find a group of children and teachers both with carnival costumes.
En España hay muchas formas de celebrar estos días, los más entretenidos/divertidos están en las Islas Canarias, Andalucía, Cádiz y en el resto de España es muy común encontrar o ver grupos de niños y maestros/profesores llevando disfraces.


Saludos y que tengaís un buen fin de semana.
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