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Получила вторую пятерку за писанину. Дэйв выглядел несколько удивленным, когда увидел, что и второй топик написан мной практически без ошибок. Причем ошибки были из того разряда, про которые я в принципе не знала и поэтому все равно бы их не увидела. Например, вы знали, что любое дикое большое животное с рогами не имеет множественного числа? Deer, elk, moose, но не deers, elks, mooses. Вот я не знала.
Чувствую себя, как человек, который совершил волшебство, видел, что оно работает, но при этом до конца сам не может поверить, что это он его совершил. Неужели написание всего нескольких постов на английском могло так резко и быстро помочь?

В пятницу сходила на второй гитарный урок. Там учитель тоже хвалил. Говорит, что быстро все схватываю (Забавно, я не помню выражение, которое он использовал, я просто его восприняла, поняла, но сейчас не могу перевести обратно с русского на английский :)). Врет, наверное, но все равно приятно. Играли с ним дуэтом, отсчитывая ритм. Хм, может, у меня с ритмом не настолько ужасно, как я думаю? Не блестяще, конечно, но и не так страшно. Играть дуэтом понравилось. Он мне прислал свои записи, буду тренироваться играть с ними.

Вчера с новыми друзьями гуляли в парке, потом поехали к ним в гости. Играли в настольные игры и пили. Очень понравился новый медовый Джек Дэниелс, абсолютно нет резкого привкуса, который я не люблю в виски. Мы были без машины, так что Саша тоже оторвался. Домой вернулись в 5 утра. Все очень понравилось, люди отличные, будем встречаться еще.

Вторую неделю смотрим каждый вечер "Секретные материалы" и "Мертвая зона" (сериал по Кингу) в оригинале, 2 серии одного, две другого. Я пробовала смотреть "Секретные материалы" на английском еще в России и это было неподъемно сложно. Какие-то непонятные длинные слова, медицинские термины, научные термины. Если и слышала одно знакомое слово из 20 сказанных, пока вспоминала, что оно значит, герои успевали сказать еще 40. Теперь же смотрится абсолютно легко - не напрягаюсь, не вслушиваюсь, получаю удовольствие. Наверно, когда досмотрю, попробую взяться за Хауса - вот это точно будет прорыв :)

У меня настолько все хорошо везде и во всем, что я наслаждаюсь каждой секундой своей жизни. Последние два месяца жизнь - абсолютно офигительная штука. Подробности позже

I have got an "A" again for the writing. Dave looked a little surprised, when he saw my second topic was almost correct. I made the mistakes I wouldn't have noticed anyway. For example, do you know that words for big wild animal with horns don't have plural forms? "Deer, elk, moose", but not "deers, elks, mooses". I hadn't known that before.
I feel like a person who did magic, saw it work but still couldn't believe that it was done by him. Could writing a few posts in English really help so fast?

I have had my second guitar lesson. My teacher complimented me on my playing. He said I'm learning fast (That's funny I don't remember the expression he used. I was able to understand and translate it, but now I can't translate it back to English). I think he is lying, but I was glad, anyway. We played a duet, counting the rhythm. Hm, probably, my sense of rhythm is not so awful as I think? I liked playing the duet. The tutor sent his records to me for more training.

We walked in a park with our new friends yesterday and came to their place. We played board games and drank whisky. I liked new honey Jack Daniel's, it doesn't have a foul taste. We came back at 5 am. Everything was great, people were perfect, I hope we will meet again.

We have been watching two series "X-files" and "Dead Zone" (based on King's novel) every evening the second week. I tried to watch "X-Files" in English when I was living in Russia and it was extremely complicated. There were many long incomprehensible words, medical and scientific terms. I could recognize only one word of twenty and while I was trying to recall what this word means, actors were saying forty more. Now I don't strain myself or listen too attentively, I just have fun and understand almost every word. May be, I'll try to watch "House MD" next

Everything is so good that I'm enjoying every second of my life. Life has been an amazing thing for past two months (Should I use Present Perfect Continuous, if yes, how it should look like? "life have been being..."? Sounds weird)

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anfisiy
Feb. 13th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
> Неужели написание всего нескольких постов на английском могло так резко и быстро помочь?

Естественно. Язык обычно выучивают, когда начинают им пользоваться.
morfizm
Feb. 13th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
> Неужели написание всего нескольких постов на английском могло так резко и быстро помочь?

Теперь подумай, какая "жопа" с языком у тебя была до этого :)

Если серьёзно, я думаю, да, эффективность реального использования очень высока, и я думаю, у тебя есть ещё один фактор: ты прожила в Канаде достаточно долго, чтобы иметь хороший пассивный запас. При этом ты работала в среде, в которой говорят по-английски на работе, и по-английски говорят customers.

Очень многое из того, что ты делаешь сейчас, ложится на подготовленную почву. Перевод знаний с одного уровня на другой.
morfizm
Feb. 13th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
"when he saw my second topic is almost correct"

was correct, согласование времён.
Для самопроверки советую мысленно рисовать ось времени, отмечать там настоящее, отмечать там контекст, определяемы вспомогательным предложением - контекст "когда он увидел", т.е. прошлое, simple past. И после этого уже смотреть, где располагается main point относительно контекста. "Примерно там же" - значит, тоже simple past. Оно "завершено непосредственно до", с акцентом за факт завершённости - past perfect. Оно значительно раньше в прошлом и этот факт важен - тоже past perfect. Оно в будущем и это важно - future in the past (would), но тут надо быть осторожным, т.к. ты ходишь на грани между обычным повествованием и сослагательным наклонением.

Остальное я не проверял пока :)
Ну, как всегда, совет - вычитай ещё разик самостоятельно и поправь. Наверняка найдётся то, что ты сможешь сама исправить.
archaicos
Feb. 13th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
1/2
I have got an "A" again for the writing.
Again, the reader does not have any idea of when this (you receiving another grade) was supposed to happen, because you either never told it or there was a long enough period of time between when you told it and when it actually happened and the reader may already have forgotten about the time/date. When you use the simple past, the time of the event must be either clearly stated or obvious from the context. You present no context, so your options are: specify the time OR use the present perfect.

... when he saw my second topic is was almost correct.
Both things happened in the past, at pretty much the same time. You can even treat them as one event.

I made the mistakes I wouldn't have noticed anyway.
You're talking about a hypothetical situation happening (or not happening) in the past. That necessitates the use of the perfect form (with "have").

...do you know that words for any big wild animals with horns doesn't don't have plural forms?
Well, the animal does, but the word for this animal doesn't. :)

I haven't hadn't known that before.
You didn't know it and then Dave told you. Both events happened in the past and the first (not knowing) finished before the second. Because of this, and especially because of the order in which you are presenting these events, this event must be not only in some past tense, but in the past perfect.

I feel like a person who made a(?) did magic, saw it worked work but still couldn't believe that it was made done by himself (themselves).
We don't make magic, we do magic.
Generally, magic is uncountable just like water, air, salt...
"saw someone/something + do/doing smth" is the grammatically correct way of saying it: "I saw him enter(ing) the house."

We were playing played a duet, counting a the rhythm.
We mean the duet's rhythm, not some arbitrary rhythm.
There's no need for the continuous tense here. We typically use the past continuous when it is a background action/event to something else, or when it's interrupted by something else:
"He was reading a book at 5 o'clock" - background for 5 pm
"It was raining when I arrived" - obvious
"He hurt his leg while he was playing football" - obvious

...so as awful as...

I liked playing a the duet.
The duet isn't something new here. You've already mentioned it. The main (but not the only) function of the articles is to indicate whether or not something is new information.

I'm glad you've already changed "the park" to "a park". :) If it was "your" park, e.g. near the house, you could also say "my/our park".

it doesn't have a foul taste
There can be many tastes, specifically foul tastes, "taste" is countable here.

We are watching two series "X-files" and "Dead Zone" (based on King's novel) every evening the second week.
We don't say it that way in English. The proper way to say it is: "We have been watching "X-files" and "Dead Zone" (based on a King's novel) every evening for two weeks now."
He's written many novels, right? "Novel" is countable here.

I have tried to watch "X-Files" in English when I had been was living in Russia and it was extremely complicated.
"Living in Russia" serves as a time indicator and it's clearly in the past. For that reason "trying" can't be in the present perfect. "Living in Russia" can also be seen as a background event/action for "trying to watch", which is why there's "tried when was living". I just mentioned this kind of thing, a few paragraphs above, remember?
archaicos
Feb. 13th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
2/2
medicine medical and science scientific terms OR "terms from medicine and science".

while I was trying to recall what does this word does/did mean OR even better: "while I was trying to recall what this word means/meant"
"does this word mean" is how you make a question. And you aren't asking here anything. Watch your word order.

Life is has been an amazing thing for the past last two months.
No, it's your version that sounds truly weird. Pay attention to what people say, to how they do it and what words they use and it won't be weird. I bet, you have seen these things in the book too. Pay attention to them. Copy them.

Btw, there's a slight difference between "last" and "past". "Last" means gone, finished. January was last month. It is finished and gone. "Past" means a period of time until now. In other words, "last month" = January, "past month" = Jan the 12th (give or take) to today. See? Because this "past" includes "now" we use the past perfect tense with it. "last" does not include now and goes with the simple past. The same logic holds for "today", "this week", "this month" - they aren't finished, whatever the day or week or month it is, it is now and the present perfect may be needed.
fearless_cat
Feb. 14th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
Re: 2/2
I've fixed the mistakes, thank you.
A couple of questions, as usual :)

You present no context, so your options are: specify the time OR use the present perfect.

That's interesting, because we had a discussion with my classmate last week. She insisted, we have to use Past Simple when we don't tell about the time, for instance, "I traveled a lot" and use Present Perfect in cases we specify the time, " I have traveled a lot last summer". I didn't agree, but two other classmates said she was right. Was she?

as awful as

Why I can't use "so awful as"? Lingvo says: "so ... as не так ..., как (при отрицательном сравнении) - it is not so easy as you think" I also have remembered this rule since I was in a school, i.e. "He isn't so tall as you" (Он не такой высокий, как ты)
In my sentence "My skill is not so awful as I think" - what's wrong?

I also saw I have a lot of troubles with understanding of Perfect Tenses and Past Simple. But I'm gonna systematize it and write a post with questions

And again, thank you for your time. It's important for me
archaicos
Feb. 14th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
Re: 2/2
You have to differentiate between these different times:
a) now/just, today, recently, this week/month/year, past month/year
b) yesterday, last night/week/month/year, x days/years ago, in 2000, at 3pm, time implied from the context
The times under a) are all related to "now" or include it, which is why it's the present (perfect) and not the past (simple). The times under b) aren't related to "now", they're in the past.

But there's a subtle detail, however, also related that sacred "now":
"I have lived in Russia for many years." is normally interpreted as "I still live in Russia."
"I lived in Russia for many years." = "Now I live elsewhere."
Actions like living/working/etc continuing into the present (into now) are in, well, the present.
I consider this case an exception. I think the present perfect continuous makes much more sense than the present perfect here, but seems like people have dumbed it down and not it's a bit illogical.
Btw, for something that was happening in the past and then stopped we also have "used to/would" and the past perfect.

"I have traveled a lot last summer" is wrong because of the combination of the present perfect and "last".
It would be correct to say either "I traveled a lot last summer" (the summer is over) or "I have traveled a lot this summer" (it is still summer now).

So, I think they got it backwards.

See a grammar book, e.g. Murphy (there's even a Russian translation in many places online).

"so + adj + as" vs "as + adj + as". It may be not wrong, but a simple google search reveals that "as + adj + as" is used much more often, and that includes the negation.
fearless_cat
Feb. 14th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
Re: 2/2
Simple google search reveals that "превед медвед" (402,000) used much more often then "привет медведь"(39,600). Does it mean "превед медвед" correct? :)
archaicos
Feb. 14th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
Re: 2/2
Why, of course it is correct!
For speakers of Medved. :)
shustr
Feb. 13th, 2012 07:05 am (UTC)
блин, так вообще все которые с рогами?
я только недавно узнал что sheep не имеет множественного числа, а тут их оказывается целая тусовка )))
archaicos
Feb. 13th, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
+ bison, swine, quail, fish (salmon, trout, shrimp).
Некоторые словари дают обычную множественную форму тоже. Пока не знаю, это язык меняется, и такое теперь уже можно, или это так только в определенном смысле можно (как с разными народами - peoples, разными винами - wines, разными видами рыб - fishes).
archaicos
Feb. 13th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Кое-какие подробности есть тут (много подробностей, на самом деле):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_plural
shustr
Feb. 13th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
о, круто
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