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  • Listening and Writing Exercise: 2013 Year in Review

    Many of us are now back at work and and have said goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014.

    For me personally 2013 was a challenging year. I think the lessons it taught me were to expect the unexpected, be willing to change plans, and that sometimes the best we can do is control our reactions to what life throws at us. 2013 gave us a knee injury, a couple of minor car accidents, one move, lots of visitors and time with family. I am personally looking forward to 2014 and I hope that you are too.

    We started it out on a positive note, welcoming a new niece into our family on January 1st. This week we have a listening exercise that reviews the year. Also, I wanted to focus on your writing. In comments, tell me about your 2013 year and what you hope for in 2014, and I’ll make corrections.

    1. Everyone of us has been ______ by this attack on your beloved city, everyone of us _______ with you.

    2. Our ______ was freakin destroyed.

    3. What are the two largest inventions of our generations?

    4. What restricts the activities of a survelience state?

    5. Who gave gay marriage the final stamp of approval in England and Wales?

    6. How does he suggest we stop the ignorance and intolerance?

    Ok. Happy 2014! Tell me about your year and what you hope 2014 will bring you.

    • Patty Mares

      1. Everyone of us has been _touched_ by this attack on your beloved city, everyone of us _stands _ with you.

      2. Our _house__ was freakin destroyed.

      3. What are the two largest inventions of our generations? the internet and the mobile phone

      4. What restricts the activities of a survelience state? Policy

      5. Who gave gay marriage the final stamp of approval in England and Wales? Queen Elizabeth the 2nd

      6. How does he suggest we stop the ignorance and intolerance? By standing strong together

      Ok. Happy 2014! Tell me about your year and what you hope 2014 will bring you. 2013 gave me the opportunity to grow as a person to know that it is possible to have relationship that makes me blossom. It gave me self confidence and knowledge of myself, what I really like and what I don´t. Independance. 2014 will bring me a new stage in my life where I will travel more and will do my best to make it unforgettable, it will also bring me health and this is already making me feel that there are better things to worry about, that your life can change in a minute and as you said that you have to be willing to change plans and as we said in Mexico: when life gives you lemmons….make lemonade, this means that when life is not giving you what you expected you have to take advantage of what it is giving, have an awesome 2014! 🙂

      • LOIEnglish

        Thanks Patty for the response. Your writing is quite good! I found one teeny mistake…to know that it is possible to have (a relationship or no article but relationshipS that make, no s,) me blossom. Happy 2014!

    • LOIEnglish

      Peter congratulations on your move! Your English seems quite good. Who is your teacher? We love giving our teacher kudos and credit. Thanks for the correction, sometimes late night blogging isn’t spot clean.

      • Petar Šimić

        Oh, OK then. The man behind curtains is Joe Manning 😉

    • LOIEnglish

      Good Pedro. Give the writing a try.

    • 1. Everyone of us has been touch by this attack on your beloved city, everyone of us stands with you.

      2. Our house was freakin destroyed.

      3. The internet and the mobile phone

      4. Policy

      5. Queen Elizabeth II

      6. By standing strong together

    • LOIEnglish

      Sara congratulations on your new job. Learning languages always open new doors. A few quick tips on your writing.

      What 2013 left me WITH was a lot of magnificent experiences. IN MY WORK LIFE I grew as a project developer and as a teacher. (work life is the correct term, grow up=to mature, grow=move forward or get bigger. I grew up in the 1960’s. I grow as a woman every year)

      Fortunately this experience GAVE me my new job for the new year (past simple). I hope for 2014 I can improve my English and be able to TRAVEL out of my country in order to get a master degree that allows me to improve all my skills IN the area that I care the most about, Biology. (to go out=to leave your house at night to go to bars or restaurants and enjoy night life)

      I hope this helps you!

    • Marcio Guerguen

      First at all, I love this kind of lecture with videos and audio, It gaves us a great helpful hands. In this year. ( I always read the answer section to gave me direction, mainly the correct field.) , I worked hard, I decided to got up early everyday at six and at least studied 4 hours. and one week of each month I went on the razzle, friends of mine’s moto are Burst at the seams. These effort gave me one new job, Now I will work 24/7. I felt like a millions of butterflies im my stomach, that just they say, When it comes to the crunch… you runs. I’m not afraid of work day by day, but work with kids and failure, I mean, I’m afraid of burn my boats, If i aren’t good enough just I like I figured it out! So I’, m pumped about this new year 2014.

      • LOIEnglish

        Marcio! Happy 2014…I’m glad you are pumped for the new year and new growth in our lives. I’m going to correct your writing below:
        First OF all, I love this kind of lecture with videos and audio. It is very helpful to us. (helping hands is an idiom used for more physical activities, i.g. He gave me a helping hand carrying the groceries in from the car.)
        I worked hard, I decided to GET UP early everyday at six and STUDY for AT LEAST 4 hours. (you used past simple in your active verb: decided, so you must use the infinitive form of your following verbs: get up, study.)

        Marcio…I’m not sure what this sentence means: I went on the razzle, my friends’ motorcycles are busting at the seams. Specifically I’m not sure what razzle is?

        I felt AS IF I HAD a million butterflies IN my stomach, but they say,….(I’m not sure of the following expression when it comes to the crunch you runs.)

        I’m not afraid of DAILY WORK, but working with kids and failure, I mean, I’m afraid of BURNING MY BRIDGES????

        If I AM NOT AS GOOD AS I THINK.

        Marcio…Try not to translate or use direct expressions from your language. Most languages have idiomatic expressions but rarely are they the same. For example in Spanish they say: touch wood, tocar madera; In English we say knock on wood. Same meaning but different words. It is difficult to have a direct translation of expressions. Try simplifying your writing and not using expressions for now.

    • LOIEnglish

      Don’t be sorry for your mistakes, that is how we learn.