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Practice English

Ekaterina Shnurko
Communicate on different themes.
develop their linguistic skills.

okey, i'm first.
I' Kate. I'm 14.
I live in Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk city.
I wont a learn english, but I can't because I don't have a practice!
HELP ME please!!!!!!
Inna Foremnaya-Tomenko
oh, hello Kate))) i'm Inna from Kherson))) i'll help you to practice in your English with pleasure)))) it's not a problem for me but interesting))) so you are 8th or 9th former now???
Begench Nepesov
Can anyone of you give me a task, may be to translate a topic? After that i want somebody to verify my work.
Ekaterina Shnurko
oh,thank you very much!
In 8th.
And I'm not very friendly with the grammar in english language.
Igor Dexter
I'm Igor. I was born in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1994 I moved to US. Now i live in Los Angeles, Ca. I'd be happy to help anyone who wants to practice in English
Ekaterina Shnurko
ooo, Igor...
do you live in Los Angeles?
o my God it's my dream! =))
Okey, thanks Igor.
can you tell about Los Angeles?
it's a city of my dreams)
Igor Dexter
Well... LA is the largest city in the world built in the desert. It's very nice city, and it's huge. The city spans the over 498.3 square miles (1,290.6 sq. km). The Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to nearly 12.9 million residents. City was founded on Sept. 4, 1781. The Original name of the city was El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels). As you can see the LA's nickname "City of Angels" is not quite right.

Nice climate. The period of May through October is warm to hot and dry with average high temperatures of 23–29 °C and lows of 14–19 °C, however temperatures frequently exceed 32 °C and occasionally reach 100 °F 38 °C in inland areas..

The period of November through April is mild and somewhat rainy with average high temperatures of 20–23 °C and lows of 9–12 °C, but temperatures can occasionally drop to the low ~5°C or be as high as 27 °C for a few days during winter.

Average number of rainy days per year - 27.

But it's said that nothing comes free. The price Angelenos pay for such nice climate is pretty frequent earthquakes. There are approximately 10,000 earthquakes every year in LA area.
Ekaterina Shnurko
oh...cool...
and....when you moved to USA you knew a english or you learned on on site?
Igor Dexter
When I moved to US I THOUGHT I knew English. But, as it turned out that wasn't 100% true. Here's the story.

In about a month after I moved here was my birthday. At that time I was considered the most fluent English speaker in our household, so, my wife asked me to go to the bakery and buy some cakes for tea. In the bakery I saw very unusual cakes. They looked like balls about 5-7 cm in diameter, sprinkled with a lot of crumbs and nuts. I asked the assistant what that was. She answered me something which sounded to me like "blah-blah-blah-apple" and I decided that those cakes had apple inside. I bought 7 of them, one for each family member. When we gathered around the table, it turned out that those weren't cakes at all. They were caramel apples (apples dipped in caramel and sprinkled with a lot of crumbs and nuts). My first birthday in US was spoiled. :(
Ekaterina Shnurko
oh no...((

obtained that you was hard communication in USA...
tell me please, have I a chans fluent English speaker in Ukraine without practice?
sometimes i fly with my father in different country for example: Turkey, Emirates, Egypet....

My father told me, that i fluent English, we will fly in USA!!!!=)))))))))))))
Igor Dexter
Unfortunately, nothing comes without practice. You HAVE TO practice. But, the good thing is you can choose your way of practicing. You can read the books (try to read the original English books, not the simplified ones), find online friends (preferably native English speakers or those who live in English-spoken countries for pretty long time). When communicate with English speakers, ask them to correct you if you do mistakes. (No offense, bu I couldn't understand the first phrase in your previous post). The most important: build phrases directly in English, not translate them from Russian. Unlike Russian (or Ukrainian), English is the language with the FIXED order of words. Changing the words order can give a sentence a completely different meaning. We can say in Russian: "Лошадь видит собаку." or "Собаку видит лошадь". The meaning of the phrase hasn't changed after changing the words order. We understand who sees whom. That's because Russian nouns has cases (падежи). There's no such thing in English. "A horse sees a dog" means that a horse looks at the dog ans sees it, while "A dog sees a horse" means the opposite thing.
Igor Dexter
Another example of the FIXED order of words is when you switch a subject and a verb. If a subject PRECEDES a verb the sentence is narrative; if a subject FOLLOWS a verb the sentence is a question!
Ekaterina Shnurko
oh,thanks.
I know...
I said that i have a problems with a grammar...=((
And i try fix this....
I don't have a teacher, i'm autodidact...
Anna Antonova
Hi, my name is Ann (as u can see) :)
I'm from Moscow!
Have a lot of questions to Igor :)
Why did you decide to leave Kiev? Why did you choose La...not London, NY, Paris for example..? Do you still remember russian? Don't you want to come back to Ukraine?
Sorry about my mistakes, sometimes I'm not good in grammar, because don't have enough practice(
Thank you for the answer!)
Аскар Даулетов
Check this out! A new album of japanese hard-rock band called "Black Mission Savage" is already in stores! I'll be glad to everyone listening to it!
Igor Dexter
Ann,

I left Kiev in 1994. If you remember the quality of life people in the former Soviet Union had at that time, you'd understand me. I've chosen LA because my brother (he moved in 1989) and my parents (they moved in 1992) lived here. Yes, I still can speak Russian, this is the language we speak home. I visited Ukraine in the summer of 2007. I liked it a lot... as a visitor. People were very friendly and everything was affordable, at least for me. I understand if I lived there it wouldn't be so affordable for me. If you want to ask me if I'd like to move back, the answer would be "No!". I'm an American citizen now and definitely don't want go go back to the uncertainty, the people of Ukraine experience in their everyday life.

I didn't mean to offend anybody and I'm bringing my apologies in advance to those who might have been offended.
Igor Dexter
Катя,

English grammar is ridiculously easy. It's just different from the Russian grammar. The major accent of the Russian grammar is the noun. The major accent of the English grammar is the verb. I know, you are confused with the huge number of the tenses. The total number of tenses in English is 32. 6 of them are NEVER used which lives us only 26. Perfect Continuous group of tenses is so exotic you can live without it. That leaves only 18 tenses (both active and passive voices). Actively only about 12 - 14 are used. Now let's see what we have in Russian. Активный и пассивный залог, совершенный и несовершенный вид, 3 времени. That gives us 12. Not a big difference, eh? Add here лицо, род, наклонение and спряжение and you'll see that Russian grammar is much more difficult to study. Russian is easy for you because it's you mother's tongue. Believe me if you are neither native English speaker, nor native Russian speaker English would be much easier for you to study and learn than Russian.
Elena Zakharova
Of course english is easier, and more the russian one means as one of the most difficult language.
Ekaterina Shnurko
I know that English better than Russian, I know...
And I hope that I'll teach this tenses...
because I asked you and other people to help me!
Thank you very much!
Giorgy Natsvlishvili
Hello Igor. How long you could not understand english of americans? I am going to live in London after several years (I am 16 for now) and I am worried about how will i speak there. I have been studying english for 9 years already. Thanks
Igor Dexter
Катя,

Of course, you'll LEARN the tenses, and after that you even might be teaching them...
Igor Dexter
Гиоргий,

When I came to the US I had pretty good basis. It wasn't too difficult to understand the Americans. In most cases I experienced difficulties only when they were talking about the things that were completely new for me. Don't forget, that was 1994. There was a lot of thing common to Americans that we (in the USSR) never heard of. Like those caramel apples I was talking in my post #9. But, again, I had pretty good basis. 6 years in the school, 3 years in the university. Those years of study gave me an ability to read and write. Just before leaving I was studying English with American teachers. In 1993 in 5 Russian cities and in Kiev English schools were opened by the organization called International Teacher's Services. Instructors were Americans who couldn't speak Russian at all. The course was split into 6 semesters 8 weeks each. There was 2 classes per week. Their goal was to make us speaking. The tuition fee was $7 per semester. In 1994 that was a lot of money. At least in Kiev. I had completed 4 semesters before I left.
Giorgy Natsvlishvili
So if I will have good base I won't get trouble with it? That's cool:)
Roman Zudkov
Hi i'm Roman. I'm first-year cadet of the Petrozavodsk river college. English helps me in my future job. And why do you learn English?
Giorgy Natsvlishvili
Hi Roman. It is interesting, at first. I will need it my future profession, at second. And why not?)))
Sashka Semyonova
Hello I'm Sasha. I want to learn english, becouse after a while going to visit some english-speaking countries.
Lyaysan Rakhimova
omg... now I'm afraid I don't know english at all!!!
Sashka Semyonova
Why!?
Ksenia Borodavkina
Hi, Kate. My name is Ksenya. I'm from Russia, Kaluga. I'm not sure with you about 'English is bette then Russian'. Why you think so? Sorry for my English:) Please, write me somebody where's my mistakes.
Lyaysan Rakhimova
well... I've hadn't any practice, but I thought I knew english enough to go to GB
now I think I won't be able to say even two words.... right or without dictionary, at least
Lyaysan Rakhimova
Ксения Бородавкина
better (пропустила букву), than (чем), why DO you...(ну это нужно думаю)
=)))
Igor Dexter
Ксения,

I'm not sure with you... - I don't agree with you...
Please, write me somebody where's my mistakes. - Please, somebody point me where my mistakes are. or ...point me to my mistakes.
Ekaterina Shnurko
oh, no, i don't thinks so...=))
I said: that English easier study than Russian for aliens.

Oh, thanks Igor for your support
=))

sorry for my English=)))
Igor Dexter
Ксения,

And about your question why 'English is better than Russian'... I believe, Kate meant 'English is EASIER TO STUDY than Russian'. I personally don't see why one language can be better or worse than other.
Ksenia Borodavkina
Oh, thank you!
Igor Dexter
"sorry for my English"... When Americans are cursing they usually say: "Sorry for my French!" or "Pardon my French". Funny, eh?
Lyaysan Rakhimova
as for me english is even easier than my native language
Ekaterina Shnurko
Ksenya, how long you study English?
Lyaysan Rakhimova
Igor, so do russians))
Igor Dexter
Ляйсан,

What's your native language?
Ekaterina Shnurko
Igor tell me please in USA, when dies man, mourn him or vice versa arrange something similar for a holiday?
Ksenia Borodavkina
Kate, I study English two month...
Ekaterina Shnurko
so little..
Oh, how old you?
Ksenia Borodavkina
Oh, I'm 26...
Ekaterina Shnurko
and you autodidact? or you study with teacher?
Ksenia Borodavkina
I study with teacher in group.
Ekaterina Shnurko
cool you...

do you watch a movie on english?
and this help in your english?
Igor Dexter
They are in mourning even when a woman dies :)). It's another mistake that we were taught in school (at least I was). Maybe it's related to a stupid political correctness, but in modern American English (sorry, do not know about the British English) man is rarely used in the meaning of человек.

When a person dies, survivors mourn the loss of him/her.
Ksenia Borodavkina
I can translate the text with dictionary, but I can't write word and use gramma in correct...
Igor Dexter
Катя,

do you watch a movie on English? - Do you watch movies on English? (You usually watch more than one movie)
and this help in your English? - And DOES this help you in your English?
Ekaterina Shnurko
I asked you, becouse мне сказали that in American don't mourn peoples who dies...(простите это предложение не получилось сформулировать..)

When Michael Jackson dies Americans people long mourn him?
Ksenia Borodavkina
And this's 'конечно' (I don't remember how it spell in English) help for me...
Ekaterina Shnurko
Thanks Igor that fix my errors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!=))
Ksenia Borodavkina
Oh, I'm so stupid in English... Sorry...
Ekaterina Shnurko
I'm stupid too in english...
you are not alone....=)))
Igor Dexter
Do you mean the official mourning? Usually the official mourning consists only in the lowered flags. It's not like in Russia. No canceled events, no "Swan Lake" on TV. When Michael Jackson died people payed him a tribute by bringing flowers to his house and all radio stations played his songs. I moved to the US just after Pres. Nixon died. One month of mourning was declared. But again, month of mourning meant that flags were lowered for one month. Same happened when Pres. Reagan died.
Ksenia Borodavkina
:) Kate, thank you for support! (if I can say so)))
Igor Dexter
Sure you can!
Ekaterina Shnurko
that is mourn long time...
Okey...

In Ukraine some believe that Michael Jackson is alive...
what you say on this word?
Ekaterina Shnurko
oh, Ksenya you are welcome... I said true (about me...I'm stupid in english)
Marina Ivanova
Hi, everyone! I love english soooo much!!! )))))
Ekaterina Shnurko
Hello Maria...You know english very well?
Albina Sadykova
Hi, everyone! :) I found this great group. It's a very interesting group. I'm Albina. I'm 26 years old. I study English by myself.
Ekaterina Shnurko
And how are you Albina?
How long you study english?
Albina Sadykova
I'm fine. Thank you. And you?
I study English for 2 years.
Ekaterina Shnurko
I'm not bad=))
And do you know a english very well?

sorry for my errors....
Albina Sadykova
I don't know English very well. I'm at elementary level.
Ekaterina Shnurko
oh...
what are you doing for addition so improve your english?
(I want know, because I want know english better!=)
Marina Ivanova
Unfortunately, not so good as I would like, but I try to high my level ))))))
Albina Sadykova
I read English newspapers and magazines.
I listen to English radio.
I talk with native speakers by ISQ, MSN.
I watch English fimls.
Ekaterina Shnurko
ooo...I understand you=))
What are you doing for addition so improve your english?
(I want know, because I want know english better!=)
Ekaterina Shnurko
about films.
That help in your english? (films)
I watched a films, and many things I don't understand... many word....(((
it's concerned a some book and newspapers and magazines, too...((
Albina Sadykova
I don't understand many words in films but I'm trying to understand )
Igor Dexter
For better understanding try not to use bilingual dictionaries. Try to get Webster's or Oxford dictionary. They are similar to словарям Даля и Ожегова. That's what I did when I moved to the US.
Marina Ivanova
I do understand many word too, they say so fast for me ))))))))))))
Ekaterina Shnurko
do you turn а subtitles?
Albina Sadykova
I watch films without subtitles.
Ekaterina Shnurko
I can not take hearing the words .. I'm very hard to understand them ...
What should I do?
Marina Ivanova
I'm fifty fifty...
Ekaterina Shnurko
Maria....hi-hi-hi=)
Marina Ivanova
...i'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me (c) ))))))))))))))))
Ekaterina Shnurko
your statement concerned me...
it's about ME=))))
Igor Dexter
Turning on subtitles is OK. But when you read them you have to listen. Listening must be your primary goal while reading subtitles is a secondary goal.
Marina Ivanova
)))))))))))))) i just love this song
Marina Ivanova
i love british english....it's sound so sexy )))))))))))))))
Ekaterina Shnurko
Oh, thank you Igor))) Movies little impact on the knowledge of the language?
I'm try)))))

what the song Marina?
Marina Ivanova
Beck - Loser )
Ekaterina Shnurko
Thank you Maria...
I love Michael Jackson..., he inspires me...
Аскар Даулетов
Is there anyone from Japan?
Marina Ivanova
)))) my name is Marina...by the way ;)))
Marina Ivanova
i'm from Kazan
Ekaterina Shnurko
know Maria (Marina)
I Marin used to call Maria...I'm sorry.
Ekaterina Shnurko
I'm from Ukraine...I think that here unlikely there is someone from Japan.
Аскар Даулетов
Katya Shnurko
But I still am. =)
Oleg Evseev
Hi Katya.
How are you?
Lyaysan Rakhimova
Igor Deck
вчера в 21:44
Ляйсан,
What's your native language?

I'll say on russian: татарский :D
Giorgy Natsvlishvili
Ляйсан So you know three languages?
Lyaysan Rakhimova
Гиоргий
actually I almost don't know my native language... I always confuse it with english
Ksenia Borodavkina
I think, it so difficult to know three or more languages....
But to know two languages it's realy, for my mine..
Lyaysan Rakhimova
no it's not SO difficult)) just some people have abilities only for one language...
I tried to learn french, but I haven't understood nor one word
Ekaterina Shnurko
Hi Oleg... I'm fine..and you?
Ekaterina Shnurko
Hello everyone!
=)
Lyaysan Rakhimova
hellooooo!!
Ekaterina Shnurko
How are you?
Alexander Listopadov
Hi guys and girls, how are you, all of you?
Ekaterina Shnurko
I'm fine,and you??
Alexander Listopadov
Great. if anyone wants to chat in English my ICQ is 190401656// I'd be glad to hear from you.
Igor Dexter
Hi Катя!
Lyaysan Rakhimova
I'm fine
Ekaterina Shnurko
Hello Igor =))))
Oksana Pronko
Hello everyone! I'm Oksana. I'm 15. I was born in Chernihiv. There is anybody here who lives in Chernihiv?
Ekaterina Shnurko
I live in Dnipropetrovsk
=)
Ekaterina Shnurko
Igor, how are you?
Ksenia Borodavkina
Hi, everyone. Александр Листопадов where are you from?
Alexander Listopadov
I'm from Nalchik.
Kristina Seldina
hello everyone! I am from Piter. Is anybody from here?
I'd be very glad to communicate on various themes with everyone. write me please =)
Lyaysan Rakhimova
ha.... there is no need to chat with foreigns)) we can talk to each other and exchange our knowledges
*please correct me*
Ekaterina Shnurko
Hello everyone!!!
Lyaysan Rakhimova
ok, let's start to talk about something and do not greet each other all the time
Alexander Listopadov
So what's the topic then?
Ekaterina Shnurko
okey...
about what we will communicate?
Maxim Morozov
Hi everybody) I have a quistion to Igor/ You said early you have been living in LA since 1994,and how the USA changed for this period ? I'm intrested it, because I've been there last summer ( near your hometown,in SD,CA)) previous thank)
Lyaysan Rakhimova
#120
umm... I actually don't know, but I think it's not so difficult to find the theme
Giorgy Natsvlishvili
Today I rang in Italy and I was speakin with an italian woman in english. I was happy that I was speaking better then she)))
Viktoria Shishkina
Hello! Are there people, who want to practice English with me? Write personal messages!
Alexander Listopadov
Sure Viki, we all can, just write.
Ekaterina Shnurko
Ok...

where you'll want abroad?
Alexander Listopadov
Excuse me, you mean, where would we like to go? If so, my choice is Australia!
Ekaterina Shnurko
Yea I mean,where would we like to go?
Sorry for my english!
ooo, Australia it's interesting!
Alexander Listopadov
Yeh, I guess it's great... It's okay, not all people here speak good English.
Ekaterina Shnurko
Yes....not all people...
But I'm working on it
Igor Dexter
Aussies' accent is awful!
Giorgy Natsvlishvili
I want to go to London it is my dream. And you Katya where you want to go?
Ekaterina Shnurko
In America! It's my dream too... I very,very,very want in America...
Igor Dexter
So, why don't you come?
Ekaterina Shnurko
Igor, do you communicate with Australians?
Igor Dexter
I had couple of Australian co-workers.
Giorgy Natsvlishvili
I wanted to go there before. But some things made me to change my chose.
Ekaterina Shnurko
Because my father said me: ''Kate when you learn English and be able to freely communicate on it then any country is open for you, teach English as learn any time and talk.''=)))
Igor Dexter
What was that if it's not a secret?
Giorgy Natsvlishvili
If you will get a personal teacher it will be very soon))
Igor Dexter
Катя, What is "teach English as learn"?
Giorgy Natsvlishvili
It was my personal english teacher. She told me that New-York (I wanted to go there) just like Moscow and said that England is better
Ekaterina Shnurko
"учи английский когда выучишь тогда и поговорим" вот что я хотела сказать...)))))
Igor Dexter
Гиоргий,

Entire America is like Moscow if you mean a lot of different people. I doubt that London is not like moscow from that point of view
Ekaterina Shnurko
I have not time for personal english teacher((((
Igor Dexter
Катя

Teach - обучать; study - изучать.

Study English and we'll talk when you learn; that's what you meant
Ekaterina Shnurko
Ok. Thanks Igor!
Igor Dexter
Gotta go to work! See all of you later!
Giorgy Natsvlishvili
She meant that New York is a city like Moscow, but London is a historical city and there I can rise my knowledge. I forgot! I wanted to ask you: how much different in British and American english?
Sofya Koshkina
Hi everybody))

I'm Sofi, I want to comunicate, talk and make friends))
Giorgy Natsvlishvili
Hi Sofi:) I am George nice to meet you
Maxim Morozov
in New York people are more polite and kind than in Moscow)
Giorgy Natsvlishvili
I am absolutely agree with you:)
Lyaysan Rakhimova
Hello Sofi))
Sofya Koshkina
hi Ляйсан _Linn_aka_Johnny_ Рахимова )))
lets talk)
Ekaterina Shnurko
Sofi Hello)
Marusya Kino
May i join you all? I wonna sharing my spring feelings with you:) In my native city Samara the weather is great!!!All day long the sun was shining, it was just hot!!And what about your cities?
Maxim Morozov
in Rostov-on-Don there is wonderful weather at last: light blowing wind and marvellous rays of Sun))
Ekaterina Shnurko
In my City (Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk), rain and medley temperature....(15)
in morning and afternoon was heat and was sun...
Giorgy Natsvlishvili
Here in Moscow weather is very bad. Cold and rainy:(
Igor Dexter
Гиоргий,

British (B) and American (A) English are slightly different.
1. Spelling:
centre (B) vs. center(A)
colour (B) vs. color (A)
2. Different words for the same thing:
flat (B) vs. apartment (A)
lorry (British) vs. truck (American)
3. Using of the word "have":
Have you a book? (B) vs. Do you have a book? (A)
I have not a book (B) vs. I don't have a book (A)

There are also difference in pronunciation. But grammar usage and rules are the same.
Giorgy Natsvlishvili
Ok thanks:)
Lyaysan Rakhimova
I've finished drawing, I'm a hero!!!
Maria Lipko
Hello, Igor! Thanks you a lot,that you could find a little bit time to help us! Before I have found this groupe, I was so upset,(((( because it was so difficult to find some people, who can help me to practice my English!!!
Now I'm stydying English in IQ Consultancy School, in Pre-Intermediate level.. it's very reliable and nice school, but I want to improve my skills of English more quickly!))) I am learning English so that I can change my job and may be(I hope this!) move to another country..or may be just for travelling! Any way..
I hope, that writing with you give me a good experience!
You wrote this phrase - (try to read the original English books, not the simplified ones). I tryied! Really! I don't think so, because it's too difficult for my level!!! I tryied, but I could to translate only 1 page! and I was so exhaused!! there are specifific words in these type of books, I think this way really good for people who knows english perfect.. ma y be better to read newspapers?What's your opinion?
I know ?that I have too much grammar mistakes and not very good lexicon..but I hope, you can to correct me if you see it..
Thanks, sorry for my English!)))
Alexander Listopadov
Maria, if you need practice, we are all ready to help you, including me.
Maria Lipko
Great! I'm the happiest person in the World!!
Anar Guliev
hello ,my name Anar.I'm from Dnepropetrovsk,my hooby is sport and many different thing,I want you tell but I don't have this time and knowledge =)))
In future a want will learn English and could free have a chat...please tell me ,how me achieve this =))))

мой Англ.мягко сказано "хромает",но я пытаюсь устранить эту проблему..)
Ekaterina Shnurko
Hello Anar!
How are you?
do you some kind of sport? how?
Maria Lipko
Hello, Anar! In my opinion, you should to go to English school exactly! But chating is important too, of course!
Ekaterina Shnurko
Hello Maria!
I can help you too...
unless you can help me too)))
Igor Dexter
I've already written this in the other topic (sorry, I don't remember in which one), but I think it worth repeating.

In my opinion, our common problem (I mean people who lives in the former USSR) is the wrong methodology we are taught foreign languages. At least the methodology used prior to 1994. That's when I moved to the US. maybe something has been changed by now, but I doubt it. In our schools we were starting with reading and writing. And this is the MAIN problem. Just think of the way a child starts learning the language. First comes understanding, then speaking, after that reading, and writing comes the last. The same approach is used in American schools when kids start studying foreign languages. The same approach is also used in adult ESL schools. The standard ESL course is split on 6 levels. People start reading on Level 2 and writing on Level 3. This approach combined with banning on using bilingual dictionaries produce good results. When I was studying English in ITS school (see my post #22) there was no such thing as reading and writing. Even on Level 6. Their goal was to MAKE US SPEAK. And, the most important thing, they didn't let us communicate in Russian during class.
Igor Dexter
Мария Сиднева,

About your mistakes. Majority of them are spelling related, such as tryied (should be TRIED). Also, do not put "to" after the modal verbs can, may, must, could, would, might.

As of newspapers... their language is very specific. Especially, American newspapers. I remember that I was able to freely read "Moscow News" (I don't know if this newspaper still exists), but couldn't read "The Los Angeles Times"
Yulia Khrisanfova
Igor, maybe the thing is that some of the english-language newspapers printed in Moscow are simply the translated russian originals... For example, Moscow News that you've mentioned. But some of them are written by native-speaking journalists or at least bilinguals (i guess, 50% of Moscow Times is like that, Passport, etc).
And regarding Maria's questions, I would not recommend trying to broaden your vocabulary by reading the newspapers. Journalists use lots of idiomas, neologisms and other specific lexical constructions what makes understanding even harder.
You can start reading foreign literature specifically adopted for foreign students. Not simply original texts, but the ones with the translation at the back of the book.
And practice, practice, practice. You can learn language only by communicating with others))
PS Sorry for interrupting your dialogue, I just felt a serious urge to speak (yep, right at the middle of the night...) ;)
Maria Lipko
Thank you for your advices, and thanks to Igor,who corrected me!I fixed it! To Uliya- I've found in this groupe some people, who would like to help me practice! I'm really happy!)))Do you know some methology the best way how to learn new words? My teather said that I should to repeat new words three time in different sentences..not: opposite, opposite, opposite.. and so on and so forth...
Arina Krushlinskaya
Mary, it is interesting methology... I think, that is realy worth to try. Thank you))))

My name is Alina.
I'm 15.
I go to school with English grade, but my lexical reserve consists of real primitive common phrases(( I understand only some words in sentences. And I'm not friends with grammar. For example, verbs in sentences.
But I realy want to know these interesting language! Advice me anything!)))))
Ekaterina Shnurko
Hello Alina, I'm Kate,I'm 14))))
I'm from in Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk (where do you from?)
I want to know English too...
I can help you, if you help me))))
Nikolay Semenov
Hello. Is anyone in here?

My name is Nickolay.
I'm 20 years old.
I was learning English for 10 years in school and 3 years in University. I like books about Harry Potter, American and Soviet Movies and British Sci-Fi TV series "Doctor Who". I watch DW every week without translate.
Mari Miqayelyan
hello,i'm Mari!
i also need your help.
will you help me??
Lyaysan Rakhimova
with pleasure, Mari)))
Mari Miqayelyan
oo,thank you very much!
Lyaysan Rakhimova
you are always welcome!))
Mari Miqayelyan
i'm very glad..
Lyaysan Rakhimova
=)
Mari Miqayelyan
what about we are talking here??
Lyaysan Rakhimova
I want to know either... just start talking about something, we'll continue
Mari Miqayelyan
=)i don't know what about to talk..
Igor Dexter
To Julia (#174),

That was exactly my point. Newspapers are not the best source for the beginners. As of newspapers written by native-speaking journalists. I left country 16 years ago when there wasn't such thing. I'm so left behind.

To Мария Сиднева (#175)
I knew one English teacher here in LA (at least he thought that he was a teacher). He taught English to newcomers, mostly elderly people. Here is his methodology for memorizing new words.

You need to write each word on a separate card with color markers. The word should be written nicely. You have to like the way how it's written. The more you like it the faster you'll memorize the word.

Don't ask me what I personally think of this metodology. :)
Igor Dexter
Mari, Ляйсан,

We're talking here about anything and about nothing. Any topic is welcome. Please start your own if you want.
Lyaysan Rakhimova
I'm trying))
Mari Miqayelyan
I think this topic is good one,because i want to practice my english..
Igor Dexter
As my boss likes to say. Stop trying, DO IT!
Mari Miqayelyan
=)
Maxim Morozov
Hi Mari, how era you doing? where are you from?))
Lyaysan Rakhimova
Igor, won't you help me?
Mari Miqayelyan
Hi Maxim,i am from Armenia,i'm studying,and what about you?
Igor Dexter
One of my friends, when he just moved to he US, to better understan Englis speach was listening only to the rap stations on the radio. It worked for him. I tried it and it didn't work for two reasons. First, I hate rap. Second, when I listen to the rap music, I can't understand a word, even if it's Russian.
Igor Dexter
Ляйсан, (#195) with pleasure!
Mari Miqayelyan
Igor,now you are in LA?
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Igor Deck
What a great damn story! xD I'm under the table! xD
Igor Dexter
Аскар,

Are you about writing words on cards? And that bastard charged $50 for 2 hours class
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Igor Deck
I mean your listening to rap music... =) That was very funny!
Igor Dexter
But it worked for him. My point is if you want to learn, you'll always find your way.
Mari Miqayelyan
I agree with you Igor Deck
Аскар Даулетов
Well, I'm trying to find a way in military forces...=)
Lyaysan Rakhimova
I hate rap either
Maria Zhoglo
#188, Igor:
<<That was exactly my point. Newspapers are not the best source for the beginners.>>

+1, i agree for sure. I remember when at school they gave us english newspapers, books.. We didnt know even how to discribe our family.. hehe.. And we tried to read about english politic system.. it was fun.
Language there very specific. And for people who only start its really difficult.
Yulia Khrisanfova
#175 Маria, agree, this is the best way to incorporate new words into your vocabulary. This technique is recommended not only for learning foreign language but also reachening your own))..
Yulia Khrisanfova
#188 Igor
"I'm so left behind."
Don't be so strict to yourself)) You're trying to keep up (by talking to us right here;)
Vera Theoneandonly
hi everyone!
i ve been in LA for almost 2 years already. And i can tell u guys that i believe before i came here i used to know english better than now. in america no one really use that much grammar, as they teach us at school. and besides, i never have a chance to use a lot of lexics i used to learn in my university. so what's left in my mind after this time, is only things that im using in everyday speech.

Also, when i came, thou i knew the language at a pretty high level, i couldnt understand quite an amount of what i heard. but all u need is just to get used to their accent! so now when im watchin a movie (like Alice In Wonderland...thats omg!!!!!!))) this british accent! Now i cant understand it any longer!!! And american accent seems so easy now to me! That when some actors speak british i prefer to read Spanish subtitles!!! =)))))))))) axaxaxaaa!! LOL
Vot do 4ego dowlo!!! Tak 4to vse prixodit s opbltom! i esli komy-to iz vas dejstvitelbno pridetsya ispolbzovatb english v jizni, vbl bblsto etomy nay4itesb (xotya bbl neobxodimomy dlya obweniya minimymy), a esli net - to i ne nyjen on vam! ;))
Yda4i!
Arina Krushlinskaya
Hello Kate)))
I'm from Russia, Chita. It is small city in Siberia. I was learning English for 7 years in school.
With great pleasure, Kate. What is your problem in English?
Karina Smirnova
Hi!! My name is Karina!!!I live in Rybinsk. I am 15. I learn English more ten years!!!!!!!!!!!!Can i help you???
Arina Krushlinskaya
Yes, Karina)) You started learning in five years?!
My problem is about in the use of words that I know. I know different frases, but I can't time oriented. I do not understand why this is happening...
Giorgy Natsvlishvili
Alya I had this problem before (now i have to increase my words knowledge (словарный запас)). You just have to have more practiсe:)
Sergey Revenko
Hello people ) I am in a good mood today ) Now i must go and work,,, Life is life... )
Arina Krushlinskaya
OK, I try it) Maybe, these problem is a lack of practice... I speak English so rarely(
Lyaysan Rakhimova
#210, that's why I want to go to GB...though american english is easier than british...
Maria Lipko
Hi, Аля! You have to use your free time for chating(or writting), you should be more a attentive. Thiрk about your phrases and use new words in speaking! After some time, you see result! I'm sure!!
Arina Krushlinskaya
Thanks, Mary))) I agree with you.
Arthur Zbarskiy
Hello I''m Arthur ,I'm 17,I'm was born in russia and when I was 14 I move on to Israel by the ''NAALE" program .I need to practice my english for getting to the good job.can you help me .?!!!!
Lyaysan Rakhimova
Arthur, so do you)))
Ira Polyakova
Hi, my name is Ira, I'm 16. I live in the capital of Belarussia - Minsk. I like english very much, but I need in practice. It's very cool, that you created this lesson (в смысле тему:) )
Lyaysan Rakhimova
yeah, the author of this topic is genius!!
Alexander Listopadov
Ira, if you want you can practice with me.
Igor Dexter
Or with me...
Lyaysan Rakhimova
or with us!!)))
Ira Polyakova
Oh, thank you! But, what should I do? (I hope it's right)
Maria Zhoglo
u should speak =))))
Ira Polyakova
you're logic! XDDD
Zaur Plaev
hey, I am Zaur I am 16 y.o. I wanna practise english with native speakers, is here anybody from usa,england or somewhere else????? but I am glad to chat to russians too))) so a bit about me ))) I am Zaur from North Ossetia, I take great interest in sports, particularly in football :) I am FC Chelsea fan, do ya wanna to know something else??? write me :D
Lyaysan Rakhimova
228, you damn right!!)))
Аскар Даулетов
Do you want to practise it with a guy from Japan?=)
Igor Dexter
Zaur, I live in the US, but was born in Kiev. If it doesn't scare you, let's try!
Zaur Plaev
Deck Igor
no it doesn't scare me , I am glad to chat to ya, what are ya doing in the USA????? what state do u live in????? how long time have ya been there????? and please correct my mistakes :)
Zaur Plaev
Kengi Shinoda sure I wanna!!!!!!!! I am glad to chat to everyone, I know much about your football national team
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Zaur (allon fyrank) Plaev
Do you prefer American English?
I don't care about our football teams.=) Have you ever heard the Black Mission Savage rock band?=)
Lyaysan Rakhimova
#232 I'd love to!! Japan is a second country I want to go to))
*yes, correct me))*
Igor Dexter
Zaur,

I moved to the US in 1994. I live in Los Angeles and pretty much happy about it. I'm a database programmer working for myspace.com
Аскар Даулетов
Lyaysan _Linn_aka_Johnny_ Rahimova
What's the first one?
Lyaysan Rakhimova
Аскар, GB)) the third one is America, next - Italy, France and Spain)
Igor Dexter
Lyaysan,

Usually it's UK, not GB
Lyaysan Rakhimova
Igor, you're right)) it's a habit... from school
Igor Dexter
When I moved to the States, I knew the abbreviation UK means United kingdom, but when I saw it the first thought was about UKraine. I was cured in couple of years
Anzhela Migranova
блин))офигеть
Igor Dexter
Angela, why?
Aygul Khayrusheva
Hello! How are you?
Lyaysan Rakhimova
#243 interesting...
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Lyaysan _Linn_aka_Johnny_ Rahimova
Well, I'm not so interested in England.=)
Come to Tokyo.
Lyaysan Rakhimova
#248 I'd love to)) but first of all I need to earn a lot of money!!!
Igor Dexter
Yes, UK is not the cheapest country in the world
Lyaysan Rakhimova
absolutely not
Ekaterina Polyakova
Hi! It's amazing, interesting group! I'm very glad that i founded it!
My name is Ekaterina) Katya)
I live in Arkhangelsk.
I adore English! I try to speak, to read books in the original and to watch different films on english.. but sometimes i feel that level of my english is falling without practice!
I want to communicate on english, to help each other!
And please correct my mistakes!!!!
Thanks so mush!
Igor Dexter
Katya,

"I'm very glad that i founded it!" - found - нашла; founded - основала
"watch different films on English"; "I want to communicate on English" - IN English
"Thanks so mush!" - Thank YOU so much! or Thanks a lot!
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Lyaysan _Linn_aka_Johnny_ Rahimova
Yeah, you need a lot of to get to.
Lyaysan Rakhimova
Аскар, besides, I'm steel too young to go to other country....
Igor Dexter
Lyaysan,

Still or steel?
Jannet Zhangalova
steel ))
Lyaysan Rakhimova
no, he is right))
I've just forgotten
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Lyaysan _Linn_aka_Johnny_ Rahimova
That's not a problem, I'll talk to you parents.=)
Lyaysan Rakhimova
Аскар, what will you say them?))
Ivan Zheltonogov
I want to learn English, but do not know where to start
Anya Shaturova
Иван, start with learning the alphabet well :P I started with it))
Ekaterina Polyakova
Igor Deck !!! Thank you so much! I forgot irregal verbs)))
I'll repeat it)))
"IN English" Of course! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!
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Askar Kenji Shinoda
Let her go with me to my native land of great nature!=)
Natalya Alieva
2 Katya #263
"irregal" - "irregular" ;)
Natalya Alieva
Hello everyone! I'm Nataly, 23, from Kemerovo. I'm happy to join you=))
you know, I've read all the 14 pages of your messages and see that there are people with different level of English. Personally I learn English for more than 15 years (since primary school) I still got a feeling, that I'll never get enough)) The more you learn - the more you know. I've got a qualification of a Teacher of English. Now working as a translator, but I'd rather prefer to be an interpretor. From time to time work as a tutor, so you are welcome!;)
I guess, you see my point - it's easy to forget any foreign language without practice. If we could make friends, I'll be happy))))
Natalya Alieva
2 Аскар Kenji Shinoda
I like Japan, a lot. I find this country very unusual (in a good sense of this word).
Sorry, I missed the point - when did you moved to Russia, or, if it's not so, where do you live now?
Аскар Даулетов
For a moment I live in Surgut, a nothern town in Syberia.=)
Natalya Alieva
I know this town!))) Live in Kemerovo. A big and industrial developed city.
You asked if we heard about the Black Mission Savage. it's a rock band, isn't it? I like this style of music, and the tittle of the band is rather familiar to me... but I can't say for sure, whether I've heard them or not..
Saltanat Kenzheeva
Hi! my name is Saltanat)I'm 15.
i live in Kazakhstan in aktau city))
i learn English 3 years,but my English is not fluent..
somebody help me.
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Natalya Sharapova
Yeah, that's our rock band.=)
Andrey Kozhin
And I'm tomato...
Natalya Alieva
Hi, Saltanat ;)
I guess for 3 years learning you've got a good vocabulary. So, all you need is to use the words you know in speech)) There are a lot of ways to do it, but if you have no opportunity - join us, here in this group! we can discuss whatever you like;)
Lyaysan Rakhimova
#264 okay, go try!))))) :D
Anna Oseeva
#272 lol

Hi everyone! :)
My name is Ann, i'm from Divnogorsk, Krasnoyarsk region. I study English for more than 10 years (don't actually remember when i started.. i was in kindergarten at that time). 2 years ago i decided to go to America by the programm Work&Travel. I thought i know English not bad but when i came to USA i had culture shock. I couldn't say anything and understand almost nothing. It was so hard for me for the first time. People I worked with tried to talk to me but i couldn't answer. I feel myself stupidly... In 2 weeks i began speaking and understanding everyone (even guys who speaks really fast). I lived in small town Red Lodge (MT), people was so kind to us (foreign students). I was so unhappy that this town is smaller than my Divnogorsk but than i understood that this is my privilege: there were not too much russian-speaking students. I spent my free time with my american friends. I want to say thanks to all of them, for their care and tries to understand me and to help me.
But 2 years left. Now i don't have time to take any courses or don't have people i can speak with. I've read all this staff u've written. It helps me to remember something to write the answer to all of you.
So hi guys! :) I join you if you don't mind :)
Lera Sidorova
HELLO !!! My name is Lera. I am from Khabarovsk, I am 14 years old..learn english 6 years and 2 depth
I have dream learn it and travel the world, I think it is really
Аскар Даулетов
IS THERE ANYONE FROM SURGUT?
Alyona Rogova
Hi everyone! my name is Aljona, I am from Ufa. I study english since 2002.I can understand written text and slowly oral speech well. But I`m very very bad in grammar and formed sentenses :( I beieve that can manage with it.
I dream about reading english books in the original.
I really happy to join u!
Lyaysan Rakhimova
hi Aljona)) we live very close)) I'm from Neftekamsk))
Igor Dexter
Aljona,

Welcome to the club!
Elena Semyashkina
Hello!
My name is Elena! I am from Arkhangelsk.
I would like to have more practice in talking... That is why I am here.... I hope you can help me to get my aim. ...I am open for communication on any topic :)
Igor Dexter
Elena,

to get my goal
Elena Semyashkina
Thanks Igor!
What is the difference between aim and goal?
Yulia Zhuk
Hi!My name is Julia!I am from Brest? but studying in Minsk. I want to improve my English speech , I need more practice. If you want to communicate write to me, I will be glad to answer!
Igor Dexter
Techicaly they are synonyms, but I've never heard the word "aim" in the meaning of "goal". Here's usual usage of these words.

Goal (n.) - something that somebody wants to achieve. Also, a target area in some games.
Target (n.) - an object or surface is aimed at in archery, rifle shooting, and similar sports.
Aim (v.) - 1. to point a weapon or object or direct a blow at somebody or something; 2. to intend or plan to do something; 3. to target words, a message, an action, or a product at a person or group
Lyaysan Rakhimova
yeah, Igor is our teacher)))
Natalia Lim
ok, hello, i'm Nathalie from Kazakhstan and i'm 19! my aim is to visit US as soon as possible to practise and improve my language level)) i'd like to have someone of my own abilities to communicate and train with!
Igor Dexter
Why is it so quiet here?
Mikhail Bokov
'cause nobody writes.
Hey, my name is Michel, I'm from Kazan. I've been studin' english for about nine years. But I have nobody to practice with...( I mean with somebody from England or US. I have some teach experience...in english, of course... Also I know German a bit & study Spanish...
Lyaysan Rakhimova
oh, I want to learn Italian!! it's so beautiful language!))
Igor Dexter
Hey, guys! Don't be shy! Let's practice! As my teacher used to say: "Let's go, chop-chop!"
Alexander Listopadov
Just add the chat applet to this group, and let us chat there, it's easy. Everyone will be able to chat.
Аскар Даулетов
Are you fond of modern rock-music?
Lyaysan Rakhimova
what bands it contains? (пардон)
Zhan Guseynov
Hi all) my name is Jean. i'm 14.i'm from Togliatty...anybody listen about this town? :D..my aim visit one of the famous cites USA: San Francisco...
Igor Dexter
Yes Jean, I've been there in 1985. May I correct your mistake?
anybody heard of this town?
Zhan Guseynov
oh, you been in San Francisco or Togliatty?
do not judge strictly, i'm just learning :D..mistake happend all)
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Lyaysan _Linn_aka_Johnny_ Rahimova
For example, Limp Bizkit. There is a whole world of rock-music.
Check our "Black Mission Savage".=)
Yana Samburova
Hello all:)
i'm 19 years old.I study in Saint-Petersburg.I learn French,but my second language is English.I want to improve my English, but i don't have practice(((
In summer i will take an exam, but i think i will be very different for me.
Also my vocabulary is very small(((
Sashechka Popova
Yana Sumburova,
may be you wanted to say - "it will be very difficult"?
Sashechka Popova
Hello everybody!
My name is Sasha) I'm 17. I study at school. I'm going to become a teacher of English. That's why I need a lot of practice! I'll be glad to talk answer everybody!
Yana Samburova
Thank you,Sasha.This mistake made through lack of attention.
Sashechka Popova
not at all, Yana)
Igor Dexter
Яна Самбурова
This mistake WAS made BECAUSE OF lack of attention.
Sashechka Popova
Меня давно мучает один вопрос... Местоимение ANY. Когда оно все-таки употребляется? В школе нас учили, что только в вопросительных и отрицательных предложениях. Сейчас же я все чаще встречаю его и в утвердительных тоже.
Разъясните мне это кто-нибудь!!! Пожалуйста!!!
Dasha Yushkova
---например, ты ищещь работу, долго не можешь найти и жалуешься подруге: "я уже заколебалась ходить по собеседованиям!!! мне уже всё равно, мне хоть какую, ЛЮБУЮ работу бы найти!!!" - "I would be glad to get ANY job!!!"
---в подобных случаях надо хорошо чувствовать, что употреблять, какое слово.. в дальнейшем обращай внимание на те случаи, где ты встречаешь any. так натренеруешь чутьё:)
Igor Dexter
И еще пример. Помните в мультфильме Lion King Симба зовет "Somebody! Anybody!" Перевести это можно как "Кто-нибудь! Ну хоть кто-нибудь!"
Maria Lipko
все правильно any используется в отрицательных и вопросительных предложениях,А также в предложениях где подразумевается отрицание
Marusya Kino
Есть ещё такой классический пример: "Take any journal you like" ("Возьми ЛЮБОЙ журнал, который тебе нравится")
Katenka Savchenko
Hello everybody!
My name`s Kate. I`m from Kiev. I`m 21.
I study in the University (National Aviation University). In the future I will be an Ecologist. I`m studing in English. And I want to practice with my grammar.
Good luck to everybody.
Viktor Sysoev
Hello Kate! I want speak english, because I need practic. If you can speak with me then help me.
Lyaysan Rakhimova
today I realized that i'm very...bad in grammar...i'm always forgetting a correct writing words
Viktor Sysoev
To know grammar very well, you may read more book or use special software.
Lyaysan Rakhimova
i'm reading a books....
Dzhon Keyn
Ляйсан

Просто "I'm reading books."

без 'a'
Lyaysan Rakhimova
забавно, но сначала я так и написала, но потом грузанулась и приписала артикль
Viktor Sysoev
Артикли 'a' или 'an' образованы от слова 'one', поэтому и употребляется перед существительными в единственном числе. Так что в следующий раз не грузись ))
Lyaysan Rakhimova
thank you))
Elena Semyashkina
отслеживаю обсуждения, поэтому вступлю в беседу...
если учесть контекст, то все-таки "I am reading books" or "I read books"?
In my opinion "I read" more correct.
Viktor Sysoev
Ты права в первом случае говорится о действии которое происходит сейчас ну или запланировано..
Dzhon Keyn
"I read books." Вообще я читаю книги когда-то.

"I'm reading books." Я читаю книги (сейчас) present continuous

Витек написал:

"To know grammar very well, you may read more book or use special software."

Она хотела ответить как "Yes, I'm doing that"

Поэтому, "I'm reading books"

Hope this helps :/
Sashechka Popova
Спасибо всем огромное! Все, оказывается, просто))
Elena Semyashkina
Ok. Thanks.
However....i think we may use Pr.Ind. in this case because of duration of studying process...
What do you think?
Dzhon Keyn
Pr. Ind. = Present Indicative?

"I think we may use Pr.Ind. in this case because of duration of studying process..."

Explain, please))
Viktor Sysoev
Present Indefinite or present simple. You are right Lena. I read books- я читаю книги (действие периодически происходящее во времени).
Elena Semyashkina
Yes,Victor....
Present Indefinite...
Dzhon Keyn
Да, Витек. Но не в этом смысле.

You said:

"To know grammar very well, you may read more books or use special software."

She is answering in the sense that "I'm already doing that."

If she answers:

"I read books." - This simply means that she can read books. Она умеет читать.

Check out this rule for Present Simple:

"Use the Simple Present to express the idea that an action is repeated or usual. The action can be a habit, a hobby, a daily event, a scheduled event or something that often happens. It can also be something a person often forgets or usually does not do."

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So, in this sense, she is trying to tell you that she is already doing what you have suggested her to do.

"To know grammar very well, you may read more books or use special software."

"Но я уже делаю это."

Therefore, we have to use present continuous in this case to show that she has already begun an action in the past but the action has not yet been completed.

Try saying: "I am reading books" to answer the question that was given with a stress on the word 'am.'
Dmitry Sineok
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Viktor Sysoev
OK Jon I understand your opinion.
Elena Semyashkina
хм.....поэтому я и говорю,"учитывая контекст"....
не настаиваю на "I read"....пытаюсь рассуждать..... :)
мне кажется "I am reading" значит "начала читать, читаю, но в какой-то момент остановлюсь"....так?
Только вот применительно к лучшему знанию английского...когда ж это случится??? :) Это достаточно растянутый во времени процесс. Поэтому здесь уже начинает действовать Pr.Ind.
т.е. "I read books to improve my english but realized that i'm very...bad in grammar" ...
Джон Кейн, прокомментируй, хочу,чтоб не осталось сомнений:)
Oksana Chernysheva
Hi! I am 13. and I study English at school for 7 years.But I know English not so good. I understood all your messages in this topic. But I cant speak what I want. I havent practice. My level is-pre-intermediate.
Almat Tyumaliev
Me too!!! But I've been learning Eng. for 3 years. I have never...ever...had a practice!
Yana Samburova
Hello!I offer to choose any theme, for examle, let's talk about your plans on summer.
Almat Tyumaliev
I'm gonna... visit my grandma. Then I'll try to improve my Math, History,Eng,Russian,Kazakh,Physics (Oohhh! physics! I'm f**kin' hate it!) XD
Lyaysan Rakhimova
Елена все-таки я настаиваю на том что в моем предложении не было ошибки (во времени) относительно контекста
Dasha Lukina
good evening )
My name`s Dasha , i`m from Sochi, i think you know our small city))
here`s the problem
i`ve been studying english for about 5-6 years. My teacher constantly visits some of the european countries such as UK. His son has been living in London for 10 years. so , i have a good practice twice a week)
sometimes my teacher invites his friends from America, and we have practice with people whose native language is english)
And here it goes- my grandma lives in Greece. this summer i`m going to visit her.a lot of greeks like to study in America,so in her surroundings a lot of people can help me with my pronunciation. One woman offered to help. Thanks a lot to her)but i`m really aware of being such a fool in there, talking to her)
i`m also really afraid of messing up all the words and tenses))
how can i get rid of this feeling ?))
help me. and correct my mistakes,please) that`s will mean so much for me)
Dzhon Keyn
The best thing you can do for yourself is to learn from your mistakes. Being shy will really slow down your progress. You have to realize that you're learning a new language and in order to speak it fluently, you need to meet and converse with new people.

No one likes making mistakes, but it's part of the learning process. Look on the bright side that you are improving yourself. No need to care what others think.
Аскар Даулетов
Hello, everybody!=)
Mango Avocado
hello everyone, I've been living in ES countries for pretty much 5 years already, so if u need any help with ur grammar or english, ure more than welcome to ask questions :)
Johan Haar
Hello all,

I am living in Saint Petersburg in July.
Anyone here who wants enlish lessons face to face give me msg
I return you must teach me some Russian... cause otherwise i wont survive in Russia i am afraid haha
Dasha Lukina
Джон Кейн
thx for your advices)
i guess, you`re right))
i almost don`t fear at all now , because i inderstood that i SHOULD talk to people, who knows language perfectly, just to approached theirs level step by step)
thaaaanks a lot)
Anya Pryadka
hey, everybody! my name is Ann! I`m going to be an interpreter, and I need a lot of practice! In spite I`ll enter the university only over 2 years, I desided that it`s never to early to begin practice in speaking))
So let`s talk!))
Аскар Даулетов
I'm glad to see new people here!=)
Anya Pryadka
=) let`s talk about.....hm....maybe favourite hobbies, how do you like to spend free time?
Аскар Даулетов
Oh, I like jamming my guitar and I love eating!=)
What about you?
Anya Pryadka
hm, I like to spend free time with my friends, read books and study english and italian))
Lyaysan Rakhimova
Аня Прядка
i want to learn italian too)) "assassin's creed 2" have made me want it))
Vladislav Spinyov
Hello)My name is Ira.
I live in Moscow.I am a schoolgirl
MY English is bad, but I want to improve it)
Add me=)
Irina Knizhnik
hi, my name is Ira too)
I am from Kaliningrad, Russia) I am going to Malta, but I don't know English well((( help me!)
Igor Dexter
how do you want us to help you?
Sweetlana Yarlikovskaya
Irina, don't be afraid of going to Malta. If you are not able (or are afraid of speaking English), I am sure you will overcome this difficulty as soon as you are there.
Just speak, speak and speak - and you will feel the ability to speak fluently!
Vyacheslav Buylin
#351
When I was abroad, I felt some difficults too, but then i began to fill free. It's a big pleasure to speak in English with somebody, who can understand you only in English) Ofcourse we have much fears, and maybe the biggest one is a fear of making mistakes. And I think that mistakes is a good thing. You can learn on your mistakes, so make your mistakes, correct them and make your English better.
That,s my opinion.
Igor Dexter
Вячеслав Андреевич,

Completely agree with you. One shouldn't be afraid of making mistakes. But "You can learn on your mistakes" it's in Russian. In English you learn FROM your mistakes.

I hope I haven't offended you.
Sweetlana Yarlikovskaya
Вячеслав Андреевич, thanx for your comments. I agree somehow with your point of view. Though, I would say sometimes one should take into consideration the way how to correct the mistakes you are making.
Foreigners more often than not do not pay attention to the mistakes we are making. They say that if they understand what you are saying, then it is ok.
Nobody will tell you that you are using the incorrect verb tense or whatever.
Sweetlana Yarlikovskaya
I would add that English speaking skills to some extent depend on the personality and pshychological features. I mean that it sometimes happens that a person (having come abroad) knows numerous grammar rules, can read and write and so on, and suddenly it appears that he/she cannot speak English at all.

On the other hand, we sometimes see people who know just a few words/phrases and feel indeed free in communicating with the foreigners. And those foreigners really understand what they are saying. Body language (gestures, eye contact, etc.) help us a lot.
Thus, being a good mixer by nature enhances English speaking skills.
Igor Dexter
Sweetlana,

"They say that if they understand what you are saying, then it is OK."

It depends on the person's goal. If the person's goal is to improve English skills, then that person always pays attention to the mistakes corrected. But, if person's goal is just to be understood then all corrections are null and void.
Maria Plotnikova
Hello, everybody)
Ok, I`ll try to introduce myself with my tiny vocabulary.
My name is Mary, I live in Moscow and study English at school. So as you see I know this language badly, and I`m always afraid of my silly mistakes. I hope you will be able to help with my English...)
Sweetlana Yarlikovskaya
to 356

Igor, of course, I fully agree with you. This is just one of the situations I used to face from time to time when studying English (and Dutch as well).
Marina Panova
hello! My name is Marina. I'm from Voronezh. I'm 13. I study English, but I want to know English better that I know it now. I have problems with English grammar. I need in practice.
Please, help me.)
Sweetlana Yarlikovskaya
hi Marina, what grammar rules/issues/etc. seem to be the most complicated to you?
Аскар Даулетов
Sweetlana, what a wonderful name! =)
Zhan Guseynov
hello everybody) Igor Deck, I see you here lodger, the questions you answer? :D
you should teach English?
i am apologize for my mistakes) just (or only...don't know) learning)
Mango Avocado
"Foreigners more often than not do not pay attention to the mistakes we are making."

because English became such a popular language and its so broke down by the immigrants, that everything seems fine, unless u speak it with the confidence lol

well most of the people can handle the grammar, but the accents, oh God...!
Igor Dexter
Жан Гусейнов,

Why should i teach English? There are a lot of incompetent English teachers here in US. I don't want to be another one.
Аскар Даулетов
American English is a great incompetent language!
Igor Dexter
Why?
Linochka Shipelova
Hello) I am Lina. I`m 14. I study in school, and I go to RELOD. It is public school for special lessons about different lunguages.
I like English, but I often make mistakes.
I think You understand me))
I want learn English culture/
Аскар Даулетов
Igor Deck
Because it's just a local variant of English language. Its status can't be called an entire language.
Zhan Guseynov
Igor Deck, because you good talking in English. You have a lot practice?
Igor Dexter
Аскар Kenji Shinoda,

I don't agree with you. 50 mil people speak Brittish English and ovr 200 mil people speak American English. Which variant is more spread?

Жан Гусейнов,

I live in the US for over 16 years. How much practic do you think I have?
Lyaysan Rakhimova
a lot of :D
(C.O.) )))
Аскар Даулетов
Igor Deck
Of course, they do. I agree that American one is more spread. But I'm talking about the status of American English, which hasn't its own standard as British English has.
Yulianka Baychuk
здравствуйте,Игорь! Почитала переписку,скажу,это то,что я давно искала! Вы показались мне очень интересным и отзывчивым человеком))),я самоучка,мой английский,как говориться оставляет желать лучшего))но желание и интерес неподдельны)))))))))). Для меня понимание дается легче,чем воспроизведение слов,почему так? и еще я стесняюсь говорить английские слова и фразы,потому что мне кажется это звучит в моих устах смешно.очень сложно,когда не знаешь,где ошибки и нет разговорной практики.Чтобы вы могли посоветовать?
Vyacheslav Buylin
376
I think you need to listen some records with English speeches and try to speak as the speakers at the record )))
Igor Dexter
Юлианка*** Байчук
Что посоветую? Говорить и не бояться делать ошибки!

Аskar,

Wht standards are you talking about? American English, as any other language has it's standards (set of rules) which is called grammar.
Аскар Даулетов
No, I'm talking about Standard English, which has place only in Great Britain, because they formed their ideal standard of speech, which is based on a dialect of London. But Americans didn't form standard of speech. (for example, based on a dialect of Washington) So Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders also have no standard. But namely the standard makes the status of the Language. Well, if it doesn't exist, so it's just a variant.
Mango Avocado
Well Britain English has all types of accents dependent on the place also: cockney, standard British, and probably much more

I still do not really understand what u mean
Аскар Даулетов
You don't understand what you are talking about. You should learn about such terms as variant, Standard, RP and so on.
Mango Avocado
maybe u should learn how to EXPLAIN, before giving other advices :)
don't take too personally, but it seems like no1 understands what u really mean
Аскар Даулетов
Well, maybe you're right. And maybe no one ever faced this problem.
And I studied the point of the status of language in USA.

I just meant that you'll understand it when you study the differences between languages, their variants and dialects, because it's exactly a pivot of current discussion.
Olya Zakharova
Hello ))
i speak english very bad
excuse me in advance
i build the suggestions bad please to indicate on ny mistakes ))
My name is Olga and i would learn speaking english for talking )
Kristina Kholomenko
Hi))
My name is Christina, i like to communicate with interesting and clever people)
also i would like to improve my knowledge))
Lets speak about summer holidays)
Igor Dexter
Кристина Холоменко,

Just start speaking. Оля *current of dark realists* Захарова it's applicable to you as well.
Margarita Voytko
Hello everybody) Glad to see you) I want to learn English too. I hope you help me. I have a chance to go to Finland school of English this summer, and i'm afraid that i'll have some problems with communication(((
Anna Maximyuk
Hello! I`d like to join you. I study ehglish a nd I like it. But I start to forget smth becose I have no much practice last 6 month. I like to improve it. I think on summer holidays I`ll have enough time to do it. I think I should read some english book, to develop my word stock. Would anybody advice me some books? )
Alexander Listopadov
Anne, try The Harry Potter books 1-7 for a start.
Alexander Listopadov
Igor Deck, 16 years of practice you say, that's great. How's life in the United States? Did you leave Russia when you were young?
Lyaysan Rakhimova
#386 you're right, harry potter (UK) is more easier for reading, than twilight (USA) (my experience)
Ridvan Arifmemetov
Hello everybody who like speak in english))
my name is R I D V A N )) I am from Ukraine,Crimean.I want to ask all of you: is it realy to learn English in 1 year period?Thanks a lot)))
Lyaysan Rakhimova
hello Ridvan, I think it is possible if you will learn zealous, and do exercises about two-three hours every day
Maria Lipko
Hi, RIDVAN. Of course, it depend on your character and your level at the moment, and how are you going to study English . If you study hard,you will see the result even after 1 year.. I think so..
Ridvan Arifmemetov
I see,thank you)And one another question:
and how many english words I must to know if I want to go abroad?
Lyaysan Rakhimova
well...you must speak free, there is no need to count the words
it's..bad question
Ridvan Arifmemetov
Оh,ok)
Lyaysan Rakhimova
you know, it'll come with time)) you will exactly know how to say what you need)) you'll feel it)
Ridvan Arifmemetov
I hope, I hope)I think its very good feels)
Anna Maximyuk
Of course it is=) I think if you study english hard enough you will know it quite well in a year )) Good luck!
Ridvan Arifmemetov
Thank you))And if I have some difficults may I ask you?)
Nastyonka Mozgovaya
Hi everybody)
My name is Nastya.
I am really sorry because my english is rather bad.
I want to have much practise.))
Amina Foster
Hi guys! )) I'm from Donetsk. I've started learning English not long ago.)) And I have some problem with my vocabulary. Can anybody advice how to memorize new words without overstudy? Thanks in advance))

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