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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.

Discussion

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Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

Well, it's really useful for everybody when we write the comment on Facebook or Instagram. It's necessary to write politely words.

Yes, I join in many discussion forum because I can learn their opinion and I can know what they think the problem. If I am lucky, I can get help from them. So, I like discussion forum.

no, not a lot i only join if it suits my interests e.g reading

I like to join forums and make communication with people because it helps me to learn more and make some new friends. it is important to br polite nad respect other's ideas and opinion.

Well, absolutely I agree with you.

oh I used to take part in the forum like this, but the shape is pretty different, it is more likely to group chat. It's very good if people keep polite while chatting.

I am used to participating in online discussion forum, from others opinion I can learn their viewpoint and express my standpoint. Besides it is a good opportunity for me to improve my writing skill and change my thought about some stuff. Our living circumstance is changing everyday, we need to open our mind to learn more from other people, other culture, even their advanced technology

i sometimes participate in the forums in the issue like education self development business and some interesting issues i presenting my thoughts politely also i believe the main value of this conversation to know the opinions of others not for wine in the discussion i found some people attack anyone have different thoughts also speak impolitely
i try to avoid those guys and end the discussion with them

I only join in the discussion forums that I'm really interested in the post's topics like topical issues about national politics, education, economics, health, traffic, or lifestyle. I like to read positive, polite, funny comments of forum participants. Sometimes, If I disagreed with somebody's comment, I would have polite feedback to express my opinions.

Well, absolutely I agree with you.

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