I think to myself. I think Meghan’s PR people and others on the 2020 GRAD -Graduated During Quarantine shirt also I will do this American side of the pond led her to believe that the world would be her oyster now she was HRH The Duchess …. PR people, after all, have an eye for the main chance (I know, because at one time I was one!) and that is what they do. From all I have read, Meghan already had a reputation for being a bit tricky, diva-ish, and demanding. For some reason we have a really big subterranean water tank in our house, which looks more like a bunker than a water tank. They knew because they used to play there with my dad and his siblings when they were kids as if it was a pool. About a month after I moved into my house, a “gentleman” purchased the place directly across the street. I had looked at the place with thoughts of buying them both – but it smelled really bad. About six months after I moved in I had a girlfriend over. She had been working long hours and had worked late the night before and she said she wanted to lay down and take a nap, so she went to my bedroom and crashed awhile and I finished up working on a car I was building. I understand the frustration of having to translate everything in your head. And even if you are really good at that and have trained yourself to translate really quickly, chances are you are not sounding very native and fluent when you speak. That’s because when you translate, you tend to use sentence constructions that are specific to your native tongue, not English. Anyway, my bedroom was on the second floor, the garage was at ground level, and my house was about ten or twelve feet above street level – he was at street level. And, because of the angles and brush and trees – and because I had the radio on (low, I had a friend sleeping upstairs) – the sound of the guy and his mother/wife/girlfriend (it was never clear) talking went over me, but Lisa could hear what they were saying. The first thing I usually recommend to my students is to drop their bilingual dictionaries and start using an all English dictionary. Not a good springboard from which to launch a second career. Suits was a nice little earner for her – but she was far from Hollywood filming that series and was already an also-ran in tinsel town. She had failed to make it big at any time in her career to date – and was unlikely to ever make it as a successful leading actress.
He was griping about how, if he wanted to live across the 2020 GRAD -Graduated During Quarantine shirt also I will do this street from an auto shop, he would have stayed in the city. Our houses were three miles down a six-mile-long dirt road. We were surrounded by thousands of acres of forest, state lands, and logging properties. Well, it turns out that he was about fifteen years older than me, and he was a guy who drove into our neighborhood when we were kids and played basketball with his kid at a park we hung out at and “caused trouble” just down the street from my house (my parent’s house) – and he always tried to tell us that we had to leave! By saying this, I don’t mean that you should pick a verb and start conjugating it in all tenses. The one car was an ’85 Camaro – no rust, nice paint, nice wheels – I just hadn’t gotten around to rebuilding the engine yet, it was to be a present for my kid when I felt he deserved it – and, it was not visible from the street, his house or yard. Neither was my “lawn”. The other car was my truck, which also had no rust and nice paint that I just hadn’t been driving because I finished the car I was building when he first moved in. And, my car. Shadowing means listening to native speakers and repeating after the speaker. This is one of the easiest, most available exercises nowadays. You can listen to native speakers on YouTube, TED talks, podcasts, audiobooks, etc. Try to listen to one sentence at a time and repeat after the speaker. This is an excellent way for you to catch the nuances of native English pronunciation and become more fluent. On my way to work, I noticed a VW Bug in front of me driving very slow, then it swayed off the road and tipped into a muddy agricultural ditch. A dazed young lady, possibly 20 years old, stepped out of the VW Bug into ankle-deep mud. As the young lady driver told me; her name was Anne Marie, she had been up late studying hard all night for her college finals. She was driving to class while reading a textbook at the steering wheel; and, she fell asleep. She was unhurt but her VW Bug was half-stuck in the muddy ditch. She insisted she was not hurt and was frantic and in tears that she was now going to be late for taking her final exam.