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  • #308520
    OzBoy
    Membre

    What I do wrong .

    #308521
    Kate09
    Membre
    Oz|Boy wrote:
    First I wanted to say  » The book I’m reading these few days « 

    And – past progressive – is not what I wanted to use . Because I’m still reading it .

    Aha, the tricky part: it still has to be written like this (maybe it’s better to call it ‘past continuous’ ) because 1: you have been reading it in the past few days (passe)
    AND 2: you are still reading it now (present)
    – so you end up with the combination of past + present in the one sentence to be grammatically correct.

    You’re right, the most important thing is to be understood… 😀 . but if you can use this tense in speaking, you will be understood much faster, without confusion and somebody asking « Do you mean…..? »

    I guess it’s a bit like your « future perfect » tense, (ie j’aurai lu)
    but in the past….(sorry, I don’t know the names of all the tenses, we just use ours automatically)

    Kate

    #308522
    OZMAN
    Membre

    G’Day mate ! 🙂

    Me too! Me too! I want to post in English… :onfire:

    Well, last weekend, I went to Paris to take for my second time my English examination called IELTS…and in the train which brought me to Paris I was reading an English book writen by Peter Mayle…it was  » Hotel Pastis »…this writer is wellknown in France to have writen « une année en provence »…I like very much his books because they are not to hard to understand and he uses simple word…

    I will bring it in my bag to share it with you Kate when I will be in Creswick next March… 😀

    I wish you a goor reading…and only in English of course … 😆

    #308523
    OzBoy
    Membre

    Hey I’m back here

    #308524
    Dorian
    Membre

    Hi, I would like to come back to the effisk message…Because there is a little mistake or just a misunderstanding. When you say « 
    le livre que je lis ces derniers temps, le livre que je suis en train de lire (la lecure est en cours – present) ». I would say that it is the present only for « le livre que je suis en train de lire ». Indeed, when you speak about the present in english, it’s either to descibe something you’re doing right now or something you do usually.
    In our case Kate is talking about the Present perfect progressive,isn’t it? that should be translate: le livre que je lis. (The book I’ve been reading). I am right?
    Cheers

    #308525
    OzBoy
    Membre

    Uhmzz !

    Gonna buy me an english book because I’m feeling so noob now … 😆

    #308526
    Yannus
    Membre

    G’day mates! 😮

    Hehe this thread is a very good idea 😀

    I leave on the 9th march only but i’m trying to improve my written english these days, for example by taking part in US forums about varied subjects (mostly about video games 😛 ) and i try to go on vocal chats to speak with the people with whom i use to play on multiplayer videogames as often as possible.

    It’s an excellent training for a shy guy like me. 😳

    I think i should buy myself an english book though. 😆

    See you.

    #308527
    OzBoy
    Membre

    G’ Day Yannus !

    This is a good idea .
    I’m taking part in US forums too , this is a good train .

    N’ I’m not shy so i dont need that vocal chat’s but I’m trying to find a  » written  » chat with Australians , so If u know where i can find one , tell me

    #308528
    Dorian
    Membre

    It’s the same for me let us know the link to get access to a australian chat mate..cheers

    #308529
    tadpole
    Membre

    😀 G’day all!! I only just logged in for the first time and was actually looking for a topic for presentations but couldnt find one, then saw the english part straight away so I thought I should introduce myself on here first.

    First of all, a big hello to all you ozzie lovers, you have great taste!! A huge hello to Kate, sorry im very patriotic!! Im an ozzie, ive been living here in France since 1992. Born in Waratah near New Castle, NSW then lived in Melbourne for a while, then moved to Auckland NZ for seven years, then here in France. Im the only one who has decided to stay in France actually, my sis lives in Sydney and mum and dad have gone back to NZ so im here all by my lonesome and get a bit home sick sometimes, so im glad ive found this forum to take away some of the pain.

    Anyway, thats a pretty long introduction already and I dont want to bore anyone so im off to have a geezer at the other topics and hope to be talking to you all very soon.

    Cheers! 😛

    #308530
    OzBoy
    Membre

    Hello Tad ! :bienvenue

    You’ve been travelling a lot during your life .

    😮

    You’re a  » globe trotter « 

    #308531
    tadpole
    Membre

    Thanks for the welcome.
    Ive had a good look at the site and forum this afternoon, alot is actally for french living in australia isnt it?
    But I guess I can always help out with info on australia, ozzies, habits, slang and other stuff from time to time. Guess i’ll mostly post on this english part though as I make heaps of spelling mistakes still in french so I dont like typing it alot! Lazy me! 😆

    #308532
    OzBoy
    Membre

    Yep I think that it’s always better to be helped by a very Australian than by a Fan .

    Can you gimme some informations about ozzies holidays ? when they are etc..

    #308533
    tadpole
    Membre

    Sure, do you mean school holidays or public holidays?

    There are alot less religious meaning public holidays like over here in France, the most known public holidays are of course Australia Day, the Queens Birthday and Boxing Day, the 26th December that you dont have over here in France.
    Maybe its because the ozzies get alot more pissed over christmas and need more time to recuperate from hang overs?? 😆

    #308534
    tadpole
    Membre

    Sorry for double posting …

    Try this link for aussie holidays

    http://www.australiatravelsearch.com.au/trc/hols.html

    #308535
    OzBoy
    Membre

    We celebrate Xmas during the vacations so no matter with that 😎

    #308536
    Kate09
    Membre
    Dorian wrote:
    In our case Kate is talking about the Present perfect progressive,isn’t it? that should be translate: le livre que je lis. (The book I’ve been reading). I am right?

    Hi Dorian, sorry, I’m really not sure if that’s what we’d call it – Present perfect progressive (in English we don’t often remember the names of the complicated tenses, just how to form them automatically).

    Cheers,
    Kate

    #308537
    Kate09
    Membre

    Yannus, great to see you on the English forum. Where will your trip in Oz begin?

    Tadpole, a big welcome to you aussi….. we’ve some things in common (besides being Aussies 😉 – my mother is from Auckland and I spent quite a few childhood holidays there – I think NZ must be about second on my list of beloved countries to visit after my love of France.
    I hope you can stick around here – a few Aussies come, but after a time, they seem to mostly go (lack of company and Frenchie reading level not high enough perhaps) – would be good to have other Aussie company on these forums and another aussie opinion (as I don’t often feel my views to be ‘typical Aussie’ as I’m rather focused on multiculturalism) 😀

    Cheers,
    Kate

    #308538
    OzBoy
    Membre

    Yeah ! 😀

    I’d have nearly my confirmation for my trip :
    ( 10/07 : 6/08 ) > Sydney

    It’s in a while but I’m happy 😛

    #308539
    Yannus
    Membre

    Howdy Kate! 😀

    My trip will begin in Sydney, after a short stop in Hong Kong.

    I plan to stay in Sydney about 2 months after that i’ll try to go along the east coast, but it will depend on the people i’m gonna meet and on the opportunities i’m gonna find there. 🙂

    #308540
    tadpole
    Membre

    🙂 Thanks for the welcome Kate. I think we might have even more in common than you think, ive read your signature saying that you love Switzerland too, well, guess what? My dad is swiss so I have a swiss passport and love switzerland as well and am probably one of the rare species of australian/swiss nationality!! 😆

    All you lucky people going off to Oz, ive been in France for 13 years and only gone back three times!! My folks are coming over in May 06, so not long to go before I can see them, and mostly, they can see thier grandchildren.

    #308541
    Kanguhru
    Membre

    To many posts to read, but I just want to insert myself in here.
    Normally, I’ll go to Sydney in July to see my grandmother who is quite sick. That will be five years that I haven’t been over there. I miss my family as I miss my little island : Guadeloupe too 😳
    About species of nationalities, my origin is original as well : Guadeloupean/Libanese/French/Australian :p
    Trying to tape this posts shows me that I really lost my english, since I leave in Paris without my mother who talks to me in English of course (but I answer in French, shame on me !)

    See you guys.

    #308542
    tadpole
    Membre

    😮 Wow, and I thought I had a weird mixture.
    Hopefully I will be able to add French on too, ive asked for French nationality seeing as both my children are french.

    So ill be Franco/Australienne/Swiss!! I bet if I dug really far I could find some English in there too and aply for an English passport, then I guess Id become a spy or a James Bond girl!! 😆

    #308543
    OzBoy
    Membre

    I’m mixed too 😆 French/Iranien

    But Iran is not a country I’d like to discover . I prefer ze Australia 😮

    #308544
    tadpole
    Membre

    🙂 I think you’ll find alot of people are mixed, now adays its more a rareity just to say im only french or only english with no other mixture in it.

    #308545
    effisk
    Participant
    tadpole wrote:
    🙂 I think you’ll find alot of people are mixed, now adays its more a rareity just to say im only french or only english with no other mixture in it.

    I’m 100% full-blooded citizen of the world and proud. No other mixture whatsoever.

    #308546
    OzBoy
    Membre

    Citizen of the world too but who isnt ?

    #308547
    Kate09
    Membre

    Hi Kanguhru, nice to see you here, welcome to you too – another interesting mixture I haven’t seen before.

    Tadpole: what a cool mix! Lucky! I’ll be heading over to France for a whole month at the end of May….. 6 long years since my last visit (30 days split over France, Germany & Switzerland) but this time, it’s going to be almost all just France, with just a bit of Switzerland at the end. Can’t wait!
    ***** (I’ll be in the A-A chat room 9 am — Paris time – for a few hours today, if anybody is around and would like to turn this forum into an « English chat » live for a while.

    See you around,

    Kate

    #308548
    OzBoy
    Membre

    I’ll be heading over Switzerland in 2 weeks for skiing

    #308549
    tadpole
    Membre

    My folks are coming end of May too over here to france, I hope they will at least stay about 3 or 4 months!! We probably will be going away on holidays for maybe 10 days in Switzerland to my aunties chalet for some R and R. Got no hols till then, so no ski this year (again!!)

    #308550
    OzBoy
    Membre

    I be skiing in 2 weeks 😛

    #308551
    tadpole
    Membre

    😆 All right, all right oz boy! No need to boast!!

    #308552
    effisk
    Participant

    I went surfing last week-end, I’ll be surfing next week-end and probably the week-end after, and so on. 😎

    #308553
    OzBoy
    Membre

    Don’t push it too far , effisk -_-

    #308554
    Kanguhru
    Membre
    Oz|Boy wrote:
    I be skiing in 2 weeks 😛

    I have never been skiing, normal for a Guadeloupean ^^ Even, since I have been in France, I didn’t profit yet, shame on me. Sniff, that stays one of my dream 🙂

    #308555
    OzBoy
    Membre

    Well I’m J-10 Now 😆

    #308556
    Kate09
    Membre
    Oz|Boy wrote:
    Don’t push it too far , effisk -_-

    I think Effisk might also have been trying to highlight the important I’ll there….

    Kate

    #308557
    Kate09
    Membre
    Kanguhru wrote:
    Sniff, that stays one of my dream 🙂

    A tip for you Kanguhru: in English, we use « sniff » as the sound you make when you have a cold/the flu, or it can be use a little bit like a sound of contempt….so quite different.
    I learned recently that the direct translation for « sniff » into English is « sob »

    which makes it « Sob, that remains one of my dreams »

    Hope this helps 😀

    Kate

    #308558
    OzBoy
    Membre

    Didn’t understand what you told me .

    But the tip for kanghuru I did .

    #308559
    Kanguhru
    Membre
    Kate09 wrote:
    Kanguhru wrote:
    Sniff, that stays one of my dream 🙂

    A tip for you Kanguhru: in English, we use « sniff » as the sound you make when you have a cold/the flu, or it can be use a little bit like a sound of contempt….so quite different.
    I learned recently that the direct translation for « sniff » into English is « sob »

    which makes it « Sob, that remains one of my dreams »

    Hope this helps 😀

    Kate

    Ok ! I stick it somewhere in my brain 😀 But « Sob » is really odd !

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