GYG Day 40 Fun on Friday: Wish you were here.

Here’s an email from a German colleague Markus. As you can see, his English is pretty good, but he still made 11 (small) (grammar/spelling/vocabulary) mistakes. Could you spot them with your ‘beady eyes’?

Hi Dave

Greetings from Scotland. We’re travelling through Scotland. It’s very funny. Today we’re spending the day in Inverness and making a sightseeing tour. It’s quite heavy to be in a town after these days in the Cairngorms.  We’ve been to Edinburgh. Awesome city. We went up to the castle – from the castle are the views tremendous.

We are standing in a B&B tonight. I love B&Bs because of the personally touches and the owners are so friendly. The Pearl View Guest House (www.pearlview.co.uk) in Edinburgh was the best so far. Lorraine Wilson is great & gave us lots of informations about Edinburgh. And her full scottish breakfast with bacon, sausage, fried egg, haggis & potato pancakes – simply the best!!

Tomorrow we will check out Loch Ness – I hope I’ll spot Nessy with my ‘beady eyes’.

C u in a week.

Take care.

Markus.

beady eyes (wachsamen Augen)

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Hi Dave

Greetings from Scotland. We’re travelling through Scotland. It’s very funny. Today we’re spending the day in Inverness and making a sightseeing tour. It’s quite heavy to be in a town after these days in Cairngorms.

We’ve been to Edinburgh. Awesome city. We went up to the castle – from the castle are the views tremendous.

We are standing in a B&B tonight. I love B&Bs because of the personally touches and the owners are so friendly. The Pearl View Guest House (www.pearlview.co.uk) in Edinburgh was the best so far. Lorraine Wilson is great & gave us lots of informations about Edinburgh. And her full scottish breakfast with bacon, sausage, fried egg, haggis & potato pancakes – simply the best!!

Tomorrow we will check out Loch Ness – I hope I’ll spot Nessy with my ‘beady eyes’ – thanks to www.dict.cc.

C u in a week.

Take care.

Markus

Corrections

1. around

2. I guess he really means “It’s (great) fun” = ‘Es macht (viel) spaß’

3. doing

4. difficult / hard / or other words like strange / weird (kömisch)

5. Think ‘this’ & ‘these’ are close in time and space whereas ‘that’ & ‘those’ expresses distance. E.G.  ‘These days’ = now compared with ‘Those days’ = in the past!

6. Word order is quite strict in English. Always think SVOPT = Subject Verb Object Place Time ! So ‘the views from the castle are …. ’

7. staying

8. personal (need the adjective not the adverb)

9. information

10. Scottish (capital ‘S’)

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