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Katie20

Can you believe it? Someone in another group asked me to write some pages of their website in English and French. But they can't pay because 'I'm starting this business with no money.' He said he's a professional photographer and he can do some photos for me instead. Am I wrong to be angry?

Asher87

Nope! I’d be angry too

JayCee99

I can't help but here's the link to a friend's website. He is a French–English writer and translator www.franco-anglo-translations.com/About

Carla62

Er … asking people to work for free … not cool!

Asher87

^^^ This!

JayCee99

Oops! I thought you were looking for someone. Sorry for the misunderstanding smiley

Carla62

I can't pay my rent with photographs, sorry

Katie20

Exactly!

Mylo45

True, but professional photos cost a lot of money, especially if you're getting married. Sorry I don't speak French or I would do it cheeky

Katie20

Here's a link to his photography if anyone wants the job www.billsphoto.com/portfolio As you can see the website needs some work … wink

Carla62

@Mylo45 Maybe, but people always ask writers to work for free #PayMe

Katie20

Yep, if I need photos OK but I prefer to get paid with money

Tips

1. Writing in online forums is more like speaking.

2. You don’t have to put full stops (.) at the end of sentences.

3. Use ^^^ to show you’re talking about the post above yours.

4. Use @ and a person’s name to show clearly who you’re replying to.

5. You can use emojis.  cool

6. Stay calm and be polite. Some people get angry in online discussions but try to avoid that.

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Soumis par Jahon_9225 le sam 16/05/2020 - 09:46

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I like joining online discsussion It helps me to imrove my writing skill

Soumis par yuldus83 le ven 01/05/2020 - 17:56

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Frankly speaking, I don't join any forums, I prefer reading them than writing, it is interesting for me to see what people think of particular subjects, stereotypes are different, sometimes I agree with several opinions

Soumis par ademyonet le dim 19/04/2020 - 08:34

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I join discussion forums, because they are funny and also they give up so informations. At the stuations of discussion we can say our opinions freely. Others can say own opinions freely, too. Finally, everybody can speak freely and explain own opinions. Beauty is this. hurray beauty!

Soumis par NicollGonz13 le lun 06/04/2020 - 16:10

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I had an opportunity to speak in English by call for an interview and it went very well, I had a lot of nerves and a few mistakes but it was a great exercise for my learning, thanks for the advice.

Hello NicollGonz13

Fantastic -- good for you! Thanks very much for letting us know and we hope you get the job!

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Austin le jeu 19/03/2020 - 11:29

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I didn't join any discussion forums because I am an introvert person, I rarely express my opinions, but I think maybe I can try it, it is good to improve English.

Hi Austin,

It's not easy when a person is naturally an introvert, but the more you practise, the more you will improve. Keep it up!

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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Soumis par Magedelabd le lun 02/03/2020 - 05:25

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Unfortunately I don't share forum chatting because I have no time to do fo so

Soumis par Dariusz le sam 08/02/2020 - 18:47

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I don't join in many discussion forums, but I don't know why, especially this is a good way to learn English, I must to improve oneself and find interesting forum to discuss.

Soumis par MaryaSun le dim 02/02/2020 - 14:53

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i sometimes join in a discussions forums and it usually happen on facebook post. I join part in discussion forum about pubblics competitions for teaching, or in pubblics competitions for become soldiers, or i join part in discussion forum about the disabilities of my city. I am always polite and i alway try to avoid quarrels and i always help the others who need my help.

Soumis par shahhoseini le lun 27/01/2020 - 16:26

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I rarely attend a forum. I prefer using social media like Telegram, Facebook, WhatsApp and so on.

Soumis par Odeta21 le lun 13/01/2020 - 10:27

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Does anyone know where to find EASY / SIMPLE English movies for beginners ? I need simple and good moviese, thank you !
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Soumis par Rafaela1 le dim 29/12/2019 - 09:28

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I'm going to join in a face-to-face discussion forum next month. I need to prepare for that! o(;-_-;)o
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Soumis par amit_ck le jeu 26/12/2019 - 08:56

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*We were a bit disappointed with / by / in the hotel Which preposition is correct to use with disappointed there?

Hello amit_ck,

All of those prepositions can be used after disappointed and none of them would be incorrect.

I think disappointed in is most often used about people, and disappointed by for results. In my view, disappointed with is the best-sounding of the three in this context, though all are possible.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter, Thanks for your explanation, I didn't actually know such a vatiation followed by "disappointed". By the way, what about "dissapointed at" ?
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Soumis par Kirk le sam 28/12/2019 - 14:49

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Hello Rafaela1

'at' is also used with 'disappointed' in some cases -- you can see one in this dictionary entry. Like Peter, I'd say 'about', 'in', 'by' and also 'with' are the most commonly used prepositions after it.

Hope this helps!

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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Soumis par amit_ck le mar 19/11/2019 - 08:00

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I am confused about "in the bed" and "on the bed" and "sleep in the bed" or "Sleep on the bed" could you please help me about these and give me some simply example.

Hello amit_ck

In general, we use 'on the bed' to talk about something that is on top of the bed, often not under the sheets. 'in bed' usually refers to being on the bed and under the sheets or blanket, and for someone who's staying there. For example, when a person has gone to bed to sleep, or when a person is sick and resting, we'd normally say they are 'in bed'. But if you leave your shirt on top of the bed, we'd say it's 'on the bed'.

Hope that helps.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Maksmatt le sam 16/11/2019 - 12:50

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I never joined a discussion in a forum. I like to see people in the eyes who I'm talking to.
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Soumis par Rafaela1 le sam 02/11/2019 - 12:01

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About an online forum, not really. Becuase it's sometimes difficult for me to discuss with strangers wiithout non-verbal communication, which is given to misunderstandings. ˉ̞̭ ( ›◡ु‹ ) ˄̻ ̊

Soumis par Ola Jamal le jeu 17/10/2019 - 19:56

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Hello, A portfolio is examples of your work "for" showing to other people. A translator is someone whose job is to change a text "into" a different language. Is it right if we use "to" instead of "for" and "into" in these sentences?
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Soumis par Peter M. le ven 18/10/2019 - 06:56

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Hello Ola James,

You could not replace for with to in the first sentence. You could say ...to show to other people, but I think for is better here.

We generally use into rather than to after the verb 'translate', but I think to can be used in some dialects. Note that we say into when we are talking about a language, but to when we give the actual translation:

I translated the text into Polish.

I translated 'How are you?' to 'Jak się masz?'

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Huyen le jeu 05/09/2019 - 15:17

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If I'm free and a topic is interesting, I will join the forum. I can express my think about it. Moreover, I can get some advice. In the case of no free time, I never join the forum. It's a waste of time to join it.

Soumis par cittàutopica le dim 25/08/2019 - 16:07

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I only join in discussion forums about subjects within the area of my interests.

Soumis par Ifada le lun 19/08/2019 - 05:20

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Just some discussion in my groups chats. Because I want to improve my skill in english by writing

Soumis par Dimpy le jeu 25/07/2019 - 14:57

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Yes, I have accounts at many discussion forums, most of them are anime related and a very few are of movies and games. I'm a big and when I say big I mean gigantic anime fan so, yes, I love watching anime and then discussing about them with other anime lovers.
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Soumis par mtalebi le jeu 06/06/2019 - 07:04

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Not many discussion forums. I do not have enough time.

Soumis par saydin le dim 26/05/2019 - 15:01

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I usually join for business. I can read, write and search in forum.