Hey everyone!

I've had correspondence with an Australian girl for over a year now. Since she is not a professional teacher she sometimes finds it hard to explain errors I make to me. Therefore, I have decided to post one of my letters to her here so that you can take a look at it and make your comments about it. Of course, I always try to use informal language when writing letters to her but this time I decided to write a fairly formal letter. Here is what came out of it

Hey Aleski!

I was very glad to receive your letter. It's not small for me. It's small compared to most of your previous letters. I'm going to have plenty of homework this week as well. I have to write three essays till 11.11-14.11 . Frankly, I have got very little time to write them now. The problem is that I have not yet even gotten around to them! I have got to write these essays on the following subjects: History, Ecology, and Psycology. The most ploblematic one is on History. The problem is that I need to buy a book, having read which I have to form my own opinion and express my thoughts in the essay. But I can't buy this book. It seems to be out of sale now. I even went to our university library to check out if they have this book but their answer was laconic: "No". The book is a two-volume one. This only complicates matters. I don't think I'll be able to read about 900 pages in 10 days. If I cannot buy the book by Wednesday I'll have to change the subject of the essay, which would be crappy since I very much like the subject.

I think we have tons of indoor ice skating rinks in Russia. There are also a load of outdoor ice skating rinks here. You can always find a place to go skating in Moscow, particularly in winter. Honestly, I was amazed to hear that your school loves ice hockey. It's odd because there are many more kinds of sports you can do in Australia apart from ice hockey. Do you play golf? Golf is not popular in Russia. I think there is only one or maybe a little more golf courses in Russia. But I hear this sport is getting more and more popular now and is likely to attract a lot of people in some 5 years. I don't play hockey rough because I don't have my own hockey kit. As I said, I have only got skates and a hockey stick. It isn't common to have your own hockey kit in Russia. Well, I mean that it is uncommon among amateurs like us. We play on public rinks and cannot afford to pay $250 (Aus) to rent a rink and buy the necessary kit. But we still tremendously enjoy the game. I think it is not necessary to play very rough to get pleasure. There were hardly any fights durings matches in the USSR. Still, the SU played ice hockey best. At least, as well as Canadians. Now there are far more fights in Russia's domestic championship but the level of our play is not so good as that of the USSR was.

How's school going for you now? How's your filming coming along?
I'm going swimming with a couple of friends of mine tomorrow morning. We are going to swim for about 1.20. After swimming, we go to the university to have lunch and prepare for an Economics class. Classes finish at 6.10pm. I'll be home at about 7.30. So, as you see, I am going to have a hard day tomorrow.

I've got to go now as it's fairly late in Moscow - 11.52pm. Bye for now!

Cheers,
Alex

Thank you very much for taking the trouble to make comments on this letter.


Hi there,

These are just my two cents. Hope they help.

I was very glad to receive your letter. It's not small (wording) for me. It's small compared to most of your previous letters. I'm going to have plenty of homework this week as well. I have to write three essays till 11.11-14.11 . Frankly, I have got very little time to write them now. The problem is that I have not yet even gotten around to them! I have got to write these essays on the following subjects: History, Ecology, and Psycology. The most ploblematic (sp) one is on History. The problem is that I need to buy a book, having read which I have to form my own opinion and express my thoughts in the essay. But I can't buy this book. It seems to be out of sale now. I even went to our university library to check out if they have this book but their answer was laconic: "No". The book is a two-volume one. This only complicates matters. I don't think I'll be able to read about 900 pages in 10 days. If I cannot buy the book by Wednesday I'll have to change the subject of the essay, which would be crappy since I very much like the subject.

I think we have tons of indoor ice skating rinks in Russia. There are also a load of outdoor ice skating rinks here. You can always find a place to go skating in Moscow, particularly in winter. Honestly, I was amazed to hear that your school loves ice hockey. It's odd because there are many more kinds of sports you can do in Australia apart from ice hockey. Do you play golf? Golf is not popular in Russia. I think there is only one or maybe a little more (awk) golf courses in Russia. But I hear this sport is getting more and more popular now and is likely to attract a lot of people in some 5 years. I don't play hockey rough because I don't have my own hockey kit. As I said, I have only got skates and a hockey stick. It isn't common to have your own hockey kit in Russia. Well, I mean that it is uncommon among amateurs like us. We play on public rinks and cannot afford to pay $250 (Aus) to rent a rink and buy the necessary kit. But we still tremendously enjoy the game. I think it is not necessary to play very rough to get pleasure. There were hardly any fights durings matches in the USSR. Still, the SU played ice hockey best. At least, (at least what) as well as Canadians. Now there are far more fights in Russia's domestic championship but the level of our play is not so good as that of the USSR was.

How's school going for you now? How's your filming coming along?
I'm going swimming with a couple of friends of mine tomorrow morning. We are going to swim for about 1.20. After swimming, we go to the university to have lunch and prepare for an Economics class. Classes finish at 6.10pm. I'll be home at about 7.30. So, as you see, I am going to have a hard day tomorrow.

I've got to go now as it's fairly late in Moscow - 11.52pm. Bye for now!

Hey!

Thanks for the answer! I thought no one would ever answer my post because it's not an essay.

I've got a few questions after your reply.

1. short (or brief) letter - it'd be ok, wouldn't it?

2.till and until - well, I have always thought that these prepositions are synonyms. Have I been mistaken?

3. What does 'sp' mean?

4.The problem is that I need to buy a book, having read which I have to form my own opinion and express my thoughts in the essay.

What about the following modification?

The problem is that I need to buy a book after reading which I have to...

5. At least, (at least what) I'm afraid I don't undestand what you mean here.

6.Now there are far more fights in Russia's domestic championship but the level of our play is not so good as that of the USSR was.

Have you added 'was' because I said the letter was formal or is it grammatically incorrect to omit 'was' in sentences like that?

Thanks.
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ReDSanchous
1. short (or brief) letter - it'd be ok, wouldn't it? Short sounds good.
ReDSanchous 2.till and until - well, I have always thought that these prepositions are synonyms.
You have a date range: till 11.11-14.11. So you can't use either.

3. What does 'sp' mean?

- spelling

4.What about the following modification?

The problem is that I need to buy a book after reading which I have to...

-Doesn't seem right. Perhaps breaking it into two sentences?

5. At least, (at least what) I'm afraid I don't undestand what you mean here.

-incorrect use of at least. You're using it as if it's a transitional phrase or sth.

6.Now there are far more fights in Russia's domestic championship but the level of our play is not so good as that of the USSR was.

-I bolded was because there's a parallel issue with the sentence.

Hope that helps!
4.What about the following modification?

The problem is that I need to buy a book after reading which I have to...

-Doesn't seem right. Perhaps breaking it into two sentences?

OK, I'll give it a try:

I need to buy a book. The problem is that I have to form my own opinion of the subject which will be based on the book I'll buy.

What about this one?

Thank you! Your last post was really helpful for me.
Hi ReDSanchous,

This is better. :-)

Cheers!
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