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Alexsandr Bezsalovadded a note 6 дней назад

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🇺🇸 Uly 🐝added a comment 6 дней назад

Alex, was that written by native English speakers?

🇺🇸 Uly 🐝added a comment 6 дней назад

I understand, but written by Russians or native English speakers?

🇺🇸 Uly 🐝added a comment 6 дней назад

I figured as much. It’s not natural. It reads like Russian directly translated into English.

Alexsandr Bezsalovadded a comment 6 дней назад

She writes book for schoolchildren

🇺🇸 Uly 🐝added a comment 6 дней назад

I’m sure she does, but the quality of the English isn’t native. We don’t use IT’S in that context because the word IT can’t be stressed - it’s always unstressed. When we need to stress it, we replace it with THAT, just like you say вот ЭТО! испытание! We say “Now THAT’S a challenge!”

🇺🇸 Uly 🐝added a comment 6 дней назад

You can also tell that English is her second language because she uses WELL in the wrong places (and too often).

🇺🇸 Uly 🐝added a comment 6 дней назад

Was this book assigned to you for school, or did you yourself get it for self-study?

Alexsandr Bezsalovadded a comment 6 дней назад

Now my brother goes to school in grade 9 and I help him)

🇺🇸 Uly 🐝added a comment 6 дней назад

Aha! Ok. Yes, it means вот это испытание!

Alexsandr Bezsalovadded a comment 6 дней назад

we have a lot of mistakes in English books, I notice often

Alexsandr Bezsalovadded a comment 6 дней назад

although these books are recommended by the Ministry of Education of Ukraine)

Tatiana Gerasimenkoadded a comment 6 дней назад

Я думаю, в том контексте That's a challenge! - Это задача не из лёгких! =или= Ничего себе ты замахнулся!/Вот это ты замахнулся!

Tatiana Gerasimenkoadded a comment 6 дней назад

Джон: Я русский начал учить!
Улий: А я русский, японский и китайский одновременно.
Джон: Ничего себе ты замахнулся!

🇺🇸 Uly 🐝added a comment 6 дней назад

John: I’ve taken up Russian.
Uly: And I’m doing Russian, Japanese and Chinese - all at once.
John: Wow, you’re ambitious - I’ll give you that!

Russ Sadded a comment 6 дней назад

it's/that's/this - is an ordeal for Russian speakers. The same as THE/A articles. It's all different is Russian, that is why for Uli it's fairly easy to discern unusual patters in an English book that was written by a foreign speaker.

Russ Sadded a comment 6 дней назад

I've also noticed that a lot foreigners have problem using THE/A. They would either use it incorrectly or not at all.

🇺🇸 Uly 🐝added a comment 6 дней назад

And with IT/THAT - as in this example.

Russ Sadded a comment 6 дней назад

Uli, would you say that "...seen on TV programmes about..." sound odd? I would say something like "There was story on TV about...." Never heard people saying ...seen something on TV programmes about...

🇺🇸 Uly 🐝added a comment 6 дней назад

Are you referring to this post where it says “I’ve heard many stories and seen tv programs about people who changed their lives completely”?

Russ Sadded a comment 6 дней назад

Yes, in the book, especially where it says "...seen on TV programmes about..." Does it sound right to you?

Russ Sadded a comment 6 дней назад

Usually people would say ... I've seen/heard on tv... but not on tv programs... right?

🇺🇸 Uly 🐝added a comment 6 дней назад

Actually, I have no problem with that sentence.

Russ Sadded a comment 6 дней назад

I see, I just never heard people saying I've seen it on tv PROGRAMS.

🇺🇸 Uly 🐝added a comment 6 дней назад

What they said was “I’ve seen tv programs about people who have changed their lives completely.” There’s nothing wrong with that sentence))

🇺🇸 Uly 🐝added a comment 6 дней назад

Russ, are you on VK? You should friend me.

Russ Sadded a comment 6 дней назад

I'm not. I'm antisocial. No one can bear me more than a few days, hence no friends. )))

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