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yolprica
Spain

Dictation
 
I have invented this dictation for a beginners ´ exam and I would like to check with you if it sounds real English.
Thanks in advance
 

Hello! My name is David. I am twelve years old. I am very tall for my age. I have got brown hair and green eyes.

I live in a small town near London with my parents and my two sisters. We have got a big house with a beautiful garden. We have got three cats and a dog. My sisters are older than me but we play a lot together. My parents are teachers and work in a school in the centre of the town.

I am a good student and I like reading and writing stories but I love going on holiday in summer.

In August I am going to visit New York with my family.

 

1 Sep 2010      



lamyaa
Egypt

it seems fine to me :)

1 Sep 2010     



Mariethe House
France

just some minor corrections that would make the text more colloquial:( in my opinion!!)

in the centre of the town. in the town centre( british english!)


I love going on holiday in summer. I love going on holidays in the summer

2 Sep 2010     



melahel7
Canada

I wouldn ´t use ´ ´in the town centre ´ ´, sounds odd to me.  I you were in a city you could say ´ ´downtown ´ ´ but your story is set in a village.  Perhaps you could use ´ ´in the middle ´ ´...  Let ´s see what other suggestions people can come up with.

2 Sep 2010     



inmanena
Spain

Since it ´s a dictation for beginnersI think it ´s correct. I use these sort of dictation for  my beginner students too. the sentences are simple, short and really understandable. Very good.
 
Well that ´s my opinion.
 
Hugs
 
Inma

2 Sep 2010     



yolprica
Spain

I have changed it a little. Let ´s see if it sounds better to everybody.
 
Hello! My name is David. I am twelve years old. I am very tall for my age. I have got brown hair and green eyes.

I live in a small town near London with my parents and my two sisters. We have got a big house with a beautiful garden. We have got three cats and a dog. My sisters are older than me but we play a lot together. My parents are teachers and work in a school in the middle of the town.

I am a good student and I like reading and writing stories but of course I love going out with my friends and doing sport.

I also like going on holidays in the summer to other countries. Next August I am going to visit New York with my family.

2 Sep 2010     



Lina Ladybird
Germany

I haven ´t checked properly, however, I noticed THIS sentence straight away:

 

I also like going on holidays in the summer to other countries.

 

I think the correct word order would be like this:

 

I also like going on holidays to other countries in the summer.

 

Moreover, I have some minor corrections for the following sentence:

 

I am a good student and I like reading and writing stories but I love going on holiday in summer.

 

My version would be like this:

 

I am a good student and I like reading and writing stories, but I also love going on holidays in the summer.

 

In the next sentence I personally would change the word order again:

 

My sisters are older than me but we play a lot together.

 

My sisters are older than me, but we play together a lot.

2 Sep 2010     



yolprica
Spain

Yes, you are right, thanks. First where and then when.
Yolanda

2 Sep 2010     



ballycastle1
United Kingdom

I agree with Mariethe: in the town centre.

2 Sep 2010     



yolprica
Spain

You are incredibly helpful, what would I do without you all? I am so grateful...
Yolanda

2 Sep 2010     



Apodo
Australia

How about this? It sounds more natural.
 
I also like going on holidays in the summer. I like going to other countries and next August I am going to visit New York with my family.
 

2 Sep 2010     

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