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emitis 18 May, 2013 - 12:23

Dear my friends: Demy, Something nice and Ellen
How are you? I think you are very active here and I find this video UK recently but unfortunately I cannot download those because internet speed is very low these days in Iran. Anyway, I can answer to above question.
There are a lot of historic sites and tourist attractions in Iran. Of course, Iran is an ancient country that can potentially offer plenty of historic sites and tourist attractions to its visitors.
I think when Muslims must visit Mecca once in their life time; people of the world should visit Iran once in their life time. This is the land of their ancestors. They will find their own roots here. I invite everyone to come home, to the land of their grandparents.
In addition to all the unique characteristics, Iran has a four seasoned climate. In any time of the year you could travel from winter of the north to the spring of the south. And at the hot summer of the south, to the beautiful climate of the north and enjoy such a fantastic place as well. Iran has a history backed to the thousands years, and it is recommended for all to visit such a paradise at least once in their life.

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saba 1 September, 2013 - 18:28

hey emitis how r u?
I live in Iran too and I agree with u that it has a lot of beutiful places but I've also lived in Australia and i think it's much better than Iran and it has a better weather and better nature and kinder people and plus Irans historical places like takhte jamshid are alomost destroyed ...

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Natalija 19 May, 2013 - 13:58

Hi, Emitis
I'm fine, thanks. Yes, you're right, I'm very active here, because this site is really helping me to improve my English communication skills, and I find it really useful. I hope you're fine too.
Greetings:)
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Jonathan - Coor... 19 May, 2013 - 09:05

Hi emitis. Thanks for your comment but I have edited it because the information about tourist attractions was copied from another website, and this breaks our house rules. Just a reminder:

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Could you tell us about some of these amazing places in your own words? Thanks,

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Jonathan - Coor... 19 May, 2013 - 14:34

No problem and I hope to read more of your interesting comments! :-)
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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ellen 17 May, 2013 - 18:38

Hello my dearrrrr friend
Something nice
Not problem.
I am fine.
I like many names.
My girl list-Ruyi, Alica, your name, Damy , Sabina, and s.on
Boy list-Ricards, Aydın~my brother name, Ricards, Mark and s.on.
thank you Something nice(for best wishes)
yes,I watched the Eurovision song contest
It is very nice.
Oh it is not nice!
Serbia isnt final.
yes, Farid Mammadov he is very good singer
Do you like His performance?
And Which country your favorite Eurovision song contest.
You know ,I give the exam.
after exam I shall go to the some city.
And you?
What movie title would you pick as your life story?
If money was no object, what would you be doing with your life?
What’s one of your worst habits?
You have a good read?
What are your main features of your character?
Are you energetic?
Do you like orqanizing things?
Are you patient?
Do you like animals?
Are you noisy?
Do you like to work with your hands?
Are you artistic?
And What about you?
your Azerbaijanian friend Ellen.

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Natalija 19 May, 2013 - 13:54

Hi, my dear friend Ellen:)
I liked Farid's performance very much, it was splendid. I wanted him to win this year, I even voted twice. He almost win, but Denmark won at the end. But Only teardrops was also a great song, and my top 5 were Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Denmark, Spain and the Netherlands, although almost all songs were amazing, and I'm still singing these songs:).
What do you think about Serbia's performance? Many people told it was bad:(.
I'll have tests at school, and exam at ballet, and after that, I"ll probably go to Istanbul and after that, I"ll attend law course.
The film title about my life would be "The ballerina", since ballet is my life:).
If money was no object, I don't know exactly what would I do, but I know that people would be much happier, and we'd have more artists, singers, writers etc., because nowadays people don't choose these professions very often, since it's not certain. There's one about about this, but I can't remember the title.
My worst habit is going to bed late. I want to change that, but I"m got used to read before sleeping, so it's hard, and my mother always tells me to go to bed earlier. What's your worst habit?
Yes, I read many books, I enjoy in reading. At the moment I'm reading one Turkish book, it's called The music of my life, and it's very good and interesting, and the reader can't guess the ending. I recommend you to read it.
The main features of my characters-good, responsible, sociable, ambitious, impulsive, keen on new experiences, an adventurer etc.
Yes, I'm very energetic, and my sister tells me I have too much energy:)..
I like organising things, and to be the leader.
I like animals so much, they're man's best friend. They give so much, and don't ask for anything in repayment.
I'm not noisy, rather silent I don't like working with my hands.
I'm an artistic soul-I like dancing, writing, acting, singing etc.
If you have any other questions, you're welcomed:).
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SARAH K 15 May, 2013 - 18:41

KRUJA is my town, I expect that everyone of you will come in Kruja some day. VISIT THE SCANDERBEG'S TOWN.
Kruja is a medieval town near Tirana. The name of Kruja is closely connected with the name of the National Hero, George Kastriot Scanderbeg, who fought against the Ottomans for 25 years in succession, defending European civilization from their threat in the 15th century. At a prominent and strategic place near the city, there is a castle, within is housed the Scanderbeg Museum (National Museum). On the way to the castle there is a medieval bazaar.

What to see:
- Museum of Gjergj Kastrioti Scanderbeg
- Ethnographic Museum
- Archaeological site of Albanopoli, in village of Zgerdhesh
- Traditional Bazaar.

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Natalija 16 May, 2013 - 19:35

Sounds great! I'd like to come there and to visit all those places you've mentioned, Sarah K. By the way, I heard about Scanderbeg, and I'd like to say he was a real hero and a fighter for his country. Well done for being so knowledgeable about your country's history! Bazaar seems to be an interesting place, I'd like to go there and to bargain, of course. I guess it's the same as Kapali bazaar in Istanbul.
Greetings:)

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SARAH K 19 May, 2013 - 09:27

HI SOMETHING NICE,
I live in Kruja and I can sure you that we are very friendly people. If you come to visit Kruja, you would be welcomed.
I'd to be your site friend. If you would like too, write to me soon.
BEST REGARDS, SARAH

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Natalija 19 May, 2013 - 13:32

Hi, Sarah K
Thanks for your warm invitation:). You would be welcomed in Serbia.
I'm glad you'd like to be my site friend, so do I.
Well, could you tell me something more about yourself? I'd like to get to know you better:).
Looking forward to your answer:)

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SARAH K 30 May, 2013 - 18:59

Hi Natalija,
I noticed that you have changed your address name. Is that your real name?
I am sorry that I didn't answer to your invitation to to be site friends, but I had not read it before. I am 15 and I am on 9th grade. I am serious, sometimes more that it needs. My character has not allowed me to make many new friends, so I'm not a sociable person. I am a very good student. This year I have 2 exams at the end of the school and I am dying.
I know that STUDENT+EXAMS=DYING.

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Natalija 31 May, 2013 - 11:31

Hi, Sarah:)
Yes, Natalija is my real name. Is Sarah your real name? I think it's not an usual Albanian name. No problem, I'm glad you've answered me. I'm serious too, and the majority of my friends usually tell me to speak more, but that's the way I am. I read somewhere that quiet people have the loudest minds, and I think it's so true. Although I have many friends, sometimes I like to be my own company, and many people told me I'm shy, including professors. I'm excellent student too, and I think that knowledge is the biggest fortune one can get. I like studying, although it seems a bit weird for some people. I can completely understand you about the exams, you're right, we're so swamped with exams and tests, that we can barely find time for ourselves. But it'll end very soon and the summer holiday will begin in a few weeks:). I'm so looking forward, because I'm really exhausted from everything. I need to take time for myself, to read, dance, swim, travel and enjoy in all summer's facilities. When will your summer holiday begin? What're your plans for this summer?
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SARAH K 2 June, 2013 - 10:52

Hello, NATALIJA
SARAH is almost my real name. My real name is Desara, but I don't people to call me with that name, so they call me with my short name SARA. The letter K is because I live in KRUJA, Albania. My holidays officially begin on 20.06.2013 I don't have exact plans for this year holidays. Sometimes my parents think that it is better this year not to go to on holidays, and sometimes they say that we are going on holiday on the south of Albania.
But for me it doesn't matter for the moment. I just want to pass very well my exams and have a long rest without anything related to school.
I read at your comments that you like to go to OXFORD UNIVERSITY. That is my dream too. But I don't think it will came true.
My hobby is reading. My personal library contains more than 200 artistic books in albanian, italian and english. I think that my love for books is transmited to me from my parents, because they are both literature teachers. They are my big love.
At what grade do you are? How is the educational system in your country? What are your hobbies? Tell me more about yourself.
Love, SARAH

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Natalija 2 June, 2013 - 13:33

Hi, Sarah:)
I think Desara is an interesting name. I agree with you completely, I want to pass all tests well and to have deserved vacation. Yes, Oxford is my dream. But why do you think your Oxford dream will never come true? I don't think so. Believe in yourself, and you'll make it. Everyone can, just we need to have self-confidence. Everyone says it's so hard to get there, but I think that if we want, we can move mountains.
I like reading too. You have a nice library, well done:). I like buying books, and they can really illuminate us. Since you have books in Italian, do you speak it? I think it's one of the most romantic languages there are.
Your parents' profession is really great, being literature teacher is a great job. Are you following in their footsteps?
I'm at second grade of a high school. Educational system in Serbia is not the best, and I find many flows in it. For example, we have many subjects and many classes, and we usually focus on quantity, not on quality, and I think it's the biggest mistake in Serbian educational system. But on the other hand, we get deep knowledge of many important subjects, we study science, social subjects and languages, which really enables us to make it later at university. We have eight grades of a primary school, and five grades of a high school, although there're some high schools during three years, for hairdressers, cookers etc., but it's not so popular among teens here. I'm attending Gymnasium, and I think it's the best school, because it provides us with general knowledge. What's Albanian school system like? What kind of high school would you like to enter?
I have many hobbies, and enjoy in any of them. I like playing sport, like swimming, tennis, riding, dance. Dance is my biggest love, and I dedicate to it the majority of my time. I'm attending the ballet high school too. I've been thinking of professional ballet career, but I'm not sure about it. Being ballerina is not a very certain occupation, it lasts for a very short period of time, but I like it so much, and I feel free while dancing. Ballet keeps me alive, and I can't imagine my life without it. I had many performances so far, and when I see that people like it, I'm the happiest in the world. But I'm also interested in architecture and law, and I'll probably study one of this. As I've already said, I like reading, but writing as well. I like writing essays and short stories. I even participated at several open essay contests. I used to write poems too, but not anymore. I feel I don't have imagination enough for poems, but people told me I was quite good at writing stories and essays, and I maintain that style of writing. I'm writing a roman too, but I can't find time to finish it. Every summer I say to myself that I must finish it, but I have many other duties in summer, and I always postpone it, but I must do that this year. I've been writing it since I was 12 and it's really time to finish it.
I like fashion, and I was a model for a year, but I gave up modeling, since I had to dedicate to ballet, but it was a nice experience. I like learning languages, and I'll take up German this year. I like traveling so much, and I'd like to have a tour of world.
What're your favourite films? What kind of music do you usually listen to?
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SARAH K 3 June, 2013 - 15:14

Hi Natalja,
I am writing this answer for a second time, because when I was writing this reply the first time my INT disconected and I couldn't save it.
First of all, thanks for your warm words. I know that we can everything we deserve when we work a lot. But I am not too many optimistic, and this is not a good side of me.
I started to learn italian since I was 10, but I have started to read italian book only this year, because now I think that my italian is quite well. I am very happy that I have a friend that is dedicated in art. I also love art but I am not as talented as you. I like ballet, but I can't even image myself as a ballerina. I think that dancing is a way to express our feelings. When you are very bored or just mad, you leave your negative energies dancing a rock music. But for me this doesn't work very well. I also see the pubs as a waste of time, not an entertaining one. I feel pity for those people. My friends always say me that I am completly wrong. Do you agree with them?????
I think that you world is very big, you don't have limits. I think that now it is the time for you to publish your first book, the Serbian literature may need it. I don't know well Serbian literature, but I still keep in my mind the roman "Teens" written by a serbian writer whose name I can't remember now.
My favourite films are comedies, musicals and dramas. I love "LES MISERABLES" and "AMOUR". "AMOUR" is like a quiet heartbeat which in end it gets bigger and and it starts beating very fast.
I love music. I am always singing in my mind. Music makes my life easier. I like especially balads, house and pop
music.
BYE

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Natalija 4 June, 2013 - 13:57

Hi, Sarah,
Oh, I know that feeling when you have to rewrite comment, it happened to me before.
And I think you should try to become a more optimist person, because if you're like that, you'll feel much better about this world and about yourself. Yes, I agree that dance helps us to somehow release ourselves, and whenever I'm mad or angry, I just put music on, dance and enjoy. It's a kind of sublimation too.
No, I don't agree with your friends, I'm not a kind of person who would go to pubs or something like that. Of course, I go there from time to time, but I prefer playing sport and spending time in the nature. Many teens in my country enjoy going to pubs, but, yes, you're right, it's wasting of time. You could do something more productive instead.
Thanks for your kind words for my book, it means a world to me:). I don't know who's author of that book you've mentioned, but I guess it's a good one, since you liked it. I'm not very knowledgeable about Albanian literature, but I heard for Ismail Kadare. I haven't read his books, but if I remember well, he won the Nobel prize. Do you appreciate his literature?
I like musicals too, like Dirty dancing, Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady etc. Have you watched Dirt dancing? If so, did you like it? Patrick Swayze stared there.
I haven't watched Les Miserables, but I read the book by Victor Hugo and I liked it pretty much, because of its realistic style. I haven't heard for Amour. I'd like to watch it. Yes, music can really make life easier. Whether you're sad, happy or thrilled, is there any better way to relax? :)
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SARAH K 5 June, 2013 - 19:33

My fave singers are Rihanna, Beyonce, the winner of the "X FACTOR UK" James Arthur, Black Eyed peas, BUT recently Pink's songs are becomed in an obsession for me. I can't understand that. ALBANIA is proud of her values in music. ELHAIDA DANI is one of them. A week before she won "The voice of Italy" and her coach Ricardo Cocciante separated for the first time in a scene his diamond, "la sua "MARGHERITA" ". Another albanian brillant singer is Vace Zela. Now an old woman, that lives in Swiss, but that keeps inside of herself very big memories from her artistic career here in Albania.
I have too many questions for you, but I won't ask you none of them. Just tell me more about youself, your daily routine or your future plans. <3

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Natalija 6 June, 2013 - 12:12

Hi, Sarah:)
I like some Beyonce's songs, and I've been listening to Pink recently, just like you, and I like her style, especially her song Give me a reason. It's one of my favourite songs. And I didn't understand something-how does ELHAIDA DANI won The voice of Italy, if she's Albanian?
Well, when I start talking about myself, I can't stop:). Just kidding:). You wanted to know more about my daily routine. Well, I wake up at 7 o'clock on week-days and at 8:30 at week-ends. I go to school from 8 o'clock to 2 o'clock, after that I come home, repose for about half an hour, and after that, I study for school, and studying takes me about 5 hours daily, but I study in periods, and make breaks during studying. After that I go to ballet school and practice for 2,5 hours, and after that, I go home, listen to the music, have dinner, and at 11 o'clock I go to bed. At week-days I'm usually swamped with work-homework, studying, dance etc., but weekends allows me to have more time for myself. For example, at weekends I go to hippodrome and ride. I like horses so much, and it's a real pleasantry to ride them. I go to my grandparents on Sundays, and we lunch together. Weekend are reserved for friends too, but I don't have many of them, just a few, but those're my real friends. We usually watch films or something like that. I study English almost every day, and Arabic as much as I can, since I had many school obligations so far, but I'll study it seriously this holiday. My holiday has almost started, we have one week more to wait, but it seems it be eternity. I finished with school tests, but in mid-June I'll have ballet exams, so my goal this June is to pass them with highest grades.
I decided to go to Istanbul, but my mother doesn't allow me, because there're some protests now, and it's very dangerous to go there, so I'll have to postpone it. I'm so sad, and I'll probably go to Bulgaria, to visit some relatives.
As you know, I'm planning to study at University of Oxford, so I'll have to seriously dedicate myself to studying this summer. Every summer I make plans what I'll do, but this year I decided not to make plans, but to let things go spontaneously. Only thing I know is that I'll be studying Maths, Physics and English a lot, but it will pay off at the end, because I hope to enter Oxford. But I'll repose well firstly:).
In September I'll be visiting Austria and Prague, and I'm so looking forward to it. I've never been there. It's a school trip and I'll spend a few days with my friends abroad. I can't wait!
I'd like to mention some good and bad sides of me. Good characteristics of mine are that I'm open-minded, have no prejudices and sociable, but people around me always tell me I'm a dictator:). I was told I like demanding, and everything to be just as I said. I think it's true because I'm very stubborn, but I think it's a good thing. When you're stubborn, you're a fighter. My life motto is "Never give up". Do you have any life motto?
I don't like cheaters at school, lies, bad manners, bad hygiene, boring people, and I hate the most people who use you, and call you when they need something from you, but they don't say you "hello" later. I had one "friend" like that. I'm excellent at French, so she asked me to help her about exam, I said "yes", of course, why not? We should help each other, but the next day, she turned head from me. I don't like ungrateful people, and I always have comebacks for them:). I use Internet, but I don't have profile at any of those popular social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, My Space etc. I think it's wasting of time. What do you think? How often do you use Internet?
I talked about me too much, it's your turn now:). I"m looking forward to your answer:).
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SARAH K 6 June, 2013 - 18:15

Hi Natalja,
I am happy for your answer because I understood that our daily routine is almost the same. I also wake up at about 7:15 in morning and I go to school every day late and every day the headmaster of my school shouts to me! It's a little boring but now I have no problem. We are at school from 8:00 a.m-14:00 p.m. When I come at home I am really exhausted, and I can't do anything if I don't sleep at least an hour. When I get up I eat my lunch and then I start to study and about 16:15 p.m. I study for 5 hours in an ordinary day, while when I have exams I study 6-7 hours a day. I eat dinner with my family and we speak for our day and problems during it. These are the best moments of the day for me. I watch TV and I go sleeping at midnight. Sometimes I really want to change my life because it seems really boring.
I have to go now. I will write the rest a next time. <3

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Natalija 19 June, 2013 - 08:45

Thanks for your reply, Sarah:)
Sorry for not answering you before:(.
I agree, our daily routine is very similar. It's so boring sometimes when you have a routine, I know, and that's why I always try to change something in life, because it's so boring to do the same things every day. All those commonplaces, like school, home, shops-there's so little scope for imagination in them. I wish I could do the most exciting things in the world, like bungee jump, flying balloon, go to the world tour etc. Would you dare to do bungee jump? What's your opinion about extreme sports?
I'm looking forward to your answer, my friend:)
P.S. I like your new picture, Taylor Swift is my favourite singer, and she's so gorgeous on this photo:).

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SARAH K 28 June, 2013 - 19:45

Hello natalja,
I am very sorry that my latest was so short and I have not written you for a long time. Excuse me, but I have been very busy studying for my exams (I finally finished them), and I am getting ready for my prom party ( on 1 july).
I am glad that you liked my photo. Taylor is my favourite singer too. She is too melancholic in many of her songs. Her songs suit very much to my nature, I feel melancholic all the time; it's just my nature. What about the girl in your photo, who is she?
I like extreme sports, but I am not the right person to practise them. I just do not find myself as sporty person. I do not like in myself the lack of courage.

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SARAH K 4 July, 2013 - 21:30

In one of your earlier comments I told you about Elhaida Dani, the latest winner of "The Voice of Italy". I understood that you were surprised. Well, Elhaida won too many music competitions here in Albania, but I think that she realised that an international career was too difficult working only here in Albania. So she participated in "The Voice of Italy" this year, where she absolutly was perfect. Today she published an album with 7 songs. I invite you to listen and enjoy them. >3

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SARAH K 5 June, 2013 - 18:58

Hi Natalja,
I am sorry that the albanian literature is not widely known in Serbia, even though Serbia has been "in contact" these latest 100 years with Kosovo, a charming side of our national literature. Ismail kadare has not won the "Nobel Prize" yet, but in the middle of too many others international important prizes he won in 2009 the prize "THE PRINCE OF AUSTURIA". It was a great prize not only for him, but for all albanians. Ismail Kadare is my father's favourite writer,, so I am presented with his poems and romans since I was a little girl. He is almost my favourite writers. I can't have a sure name for my favourite writer because I feel myself not ready to judge about my favourite styles. I want to invite you to learn more about our literature, because it holds brilliant values, such as Ismail Kadare, Dritero Agolli, Martin Camaj, Gjergj Fishta (even though I think that it is a little difficult to understand his works.).
I like musicals, too. Yes, I have seen Dirty dancing and I loved it. It is my favourite.

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Natalija 12 May, 2013 - 17:41

Hi, Demy:)
I'm glad you've answered me, and I hope you had a great time during your holidays. I agree with you about all these things you'd like to change about the world, and the food prices should go down, since so many people don't have much money.
I'm an individualist too, and I think my school also doesn't provide us with experience, but solely with knowledge gained from books. Would you really like to be the president of Ukraine?
I think it's a great job, and I would like to be the president of Serbia, because the only way to change things it to take part in current events in the country.
The film title about my life-"Ballerina", because I train ballet for ages and it's almost my profession.
Allan Watts wrote a book If money was no object. I read it a month ago. Well, if money was no object, I think people would be much happier; they wouldn't be so obsessed with making money and they would do all the thing they like, including their jobs. We'd have more writers, actresses, archaeologists, because people don't choose these professions very often, because succeed is not certain. I think that people are leaded by the motto Earn money and survive. But it's completely wrong, and it's much better to live a life that is full of which you like doing then a long life spent in a miserable way. I think I'm already acting like money is no object, because it's not for me. I like to be cheerful and to do all things I enjoy in, so I feel happy, but I'd be happier if all the people would think the same.
My worst habit is that I go to bed late. I don't want that, and I'm trying to change that habit. I usually delay going to bed, and I read til midnight sometimes. My mother often comes to my room and tells me to sleep. The consequence is that I'm too exhausted the next day, and it's necessary for me to change that. Do you have any bad habit? What is the weirdest thing about you? Are you proud of it?
Do you prefer mountains or a beach?
Do you prefer to be in crowd or in a small group?

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Ruyi Jessie 12 May, 2013 - 16:36

hello everybody.
İ am Ruyi Jessie.
İ am American.
I live in New York city.
i entered in this comunity for learn English UK.

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Natalija 14 May, 2013 - 13:08

Hey, Ruyi Jessie
I know there're many differences between American English and the UK English. But I think it won't be hard for you to learn it, since there're many similarities too. It's great you wan't to widen your interests. How old are you?
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