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What is one to say about June? The time of perfect young summer, the fulfilment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.

Gertrude Jekyll
A swarm of bees in May
Is worth a load of hay;
A swarm of bees in June
Is worth a silver spoon;
A swarm of bees in July
Is not worth a fly.
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aprilapril ModeratorPosts: 10,031 mod
@Yevhen ,

You can write your texts here.
Have fun! :)
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  • YevhenYevhen Posts: 71 ✭✭
    Thank you @april for your time and help. I do appreciate this :)

    One friend of mine works in an it-company that requires English and hires English teachers to help their employees to improve it. He passed a test some time ago. Of course detailed results were reported to chiefs and those who are interested in that. But my friend is a curious one and asked about them. Here is a short answer he was given:

    "Hello - some aspects of English changed for better (according to the test) but some didn’t :(
    Generally - slight upgrade took place."

    I don't want to judge anyone especially English teachers in informal messages but as far as I know there are some mistakes. Here my concerns:
    1. "change for the better" is an idiom so the definite article "the" is missed.
    2. "a slight upgrade". I searched a word "upgrade" and found out that it is countable and has both singular and plural forms. It seems the indefinite article "a" must have been used.
    3*. Using dashes. I am not familiar with this topic yet but my gut tells me that a dash is used in situations where it is not needed or at least can be omitted.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,031 mod
    @GemmaRowlands?
    What do you think of @Yevhen writing and questions? :)
    , @GemmaRowlands .
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,031 mod
    @Yevhen , I"ve posted your text in the category A Question of English.
    Maybe that's the better place for your questions. :)
  • YevhenYevhen Posts: 71 ✭✭
    Thank you @april , you're very generous ;)
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,031 mod
    You still could write another story here and get it corrected, @Yevhen . :)
  • YevhenYevhen Posts: 71 ✭✭
    edited November 2016
    Hi @april . Finally I've got something to be put down here. I tried my best and the writing took two hours and a half. I am still slow :)

    ***
    A friend of mine I’ll call VGrey works in a company that is looking for new employees now told me he was asked by our mutual group mate I’ll call HmAssemble to introduce him as a potential candidate. Of course he gladly agreed to help.

    At present HmAssemble successfully passed 2 of 3 stages of interviewing. The last one is about English. Who would doubt that nowadays?

    I’ve got a message from VGrey today in which he informed me that HmAssemble called him and took an interest in possible questions he may be asked during the test of spoken English. To tell the truth this made me smile.

    I can still remember the time when I had my first English interview. At that moment all my language skills including knowledge of grammar were weak. In order to prepare for the test I questioned myself trying to assume possible ways a conversation with an English teacher could take place. Almost the same happened when we were students and had exams. Inquiring of mates who have already passed an exam about asked questions was a usual student habit that was often caused by ignorance or poor understanding of theme.

    Returning to the thing which amused me I must admit it also got me thinking of being a probable and having a similar situation. Would I ask such questions hoping to cheat an interviewer?

    Speaking for myself I would not. I would not think in terms of questions or possible topics. Since I had my first interview I have improved my English. My speaking and a lot of other aspects are still desired to be better but being even on the current level allows me not to think about such cheats. In any case an interviewer will dig deeper and deeper by changing topics as often as it is needed to reach your real proficiency.

    What about you guys? Most of you are English learners. I guess at least some of you were in such situations. Were your thoughts changed as your English got better? What do you think?

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    A friend of mine, I’ll call him VGrey, works in a company that is looking for new employees. He told me he was asked by a mutual friend, I’ll call HmAssemble, to introduce him as a potential candidate. Of course he gladly agreed to help.

    At present HmAssemble has successfully passed 2 out of 3 stages of interviews. The last one is about English. Who would doubt that nowadays?

    I got a message from VGrey today in which he informed me that HmAssemble had called him and expressed an interest in the questions he may be asked during the spoken English test. To tell the truth this made me smile.

    I can still remember the time when I had my first English interview. At that moment all my language skills, including my knowledge of grammar, were weak. In order to prepare for the test I questioned myself, trying to imagine all the possible ways a conversation with an English teacher could go. Almost the same thing happened when we were students and had exams. Inquiring of mates who had already passed an exam about the questions was a common student habit, often caused by ignorance or poor understanding of the theme.

    Returning to the thing which amused me; I must admit it also got me thinking about being in a similar situation. Would I ask such questions hoping to cheat an interview?

    Speaking for myself I would not. I do not think in terms of questions or possible topics. Since I had my first interview I have improved my English. My speaking and a lot of other aspects could be better, but being at my current level allows me to not think about such cheats. In any case an interviewer will dig deeper and deeper by changing topics as often as needed to reach your real proficiency.

    What about you guys? Most of you are English learners. I guess at least some of you have been in such situations. Did your thoughts change as your English got better?

    What do you think?
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  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,031 mod
    Great, @Yevhen .
    Hopefully @GemmaRowlands will have time to read your text soon. :)
  • DeucalionDeucalion Posts: 383 ✭✭✭
    edited January 15
    @April, it looks like Gemma Rowlands doesn't descend to comment on whatever we ask.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,031 mod
    @Deucalion , maybe I didn't ask her nicely enough? :D
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 25,675 mod
    Reading anything that you find interesting helps improve your skills @Yevhen. The key is that it should interest you, as like you say, it requires a lot of time. Reading should be fun, not an ordeal!
  • DeucalionDeucalion Posts: 383 ✭✭✭
    edited January 17
    A-a-h-a-a... I gotcha, @april! You are from that category of people who use to start examining their own possible mistakes first. :blush:
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,031 mod
    Yes, @Deucalion I always blame myself. :D
  • DeucalionDeucalion Posts: 383 ✭✭✭
    edited January 17
    In regard to such kind person as you are, @April, it is too unfair. :(
  • YevhenYevhen Posts: 71 ✭✭
    Hello! Tried to connect some new words in a story.

    There once was a guy named William. He was very patriotic. He installed a flagpole in front of his house and hung his national flag on it. Every time when he came back home and saw the flag swinging high in the sky, he felt proud of his country. It toughened William up every time he had a hard time obeying unjust laws. He was wide awake to the danger of losing the retention of his flag. Therefore, trying to find an outlet for these anxious feelings, William always reassured himself before going to bed. It helped him take it down early.
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