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Old 01-14-2014, 01:57 AM   #16771
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I finally found out what the incident was on the autoroute, the one that had them close part of the highway.

A chunk of concrete fell off an overpass. It hit one car, and the debris caused a number of flat tires. Luckily, no one was injured. That's scary.
Oh no!! That is awful! I'm so glad no one was hurt! That overpass needs to be closed down and inspected and repaired quickly!

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Old 01-14-2014, 02:26 AM   #16772
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Oh no!! That is awful! I'm so glad no one was hurt! That overpass needs to be closed down and inspected and repaired quickly!

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Oh, it is closed. They are closing the highway again tonight to inspect it. They think it just some of the cosmetic concrete. We'll know more, when the engineers give their report. They are being careful ever since an overpass collapsed and killed five people in 2006 in Laval, just north of Montreal.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:38 AM   #16773
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Oh, it is closed. They are closing the highway again tonight to inspect it. They think it just some of the cosmetic concrete. We'll know more, when the engineers give their report. They are being careful ever since an overpass collapsed and killed five people in 2006 in Laval, just north of Montreal.
Please be careful! Can you get to your destination in a different route?

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Old 01-14-2014, 02:55 AM   #16774
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I will be Cat, thanks. It is a very easy surgery and I get to go home the same day. Most people I have talked to have been pain free after the surgery heals.
My SIL had the surgery a few years back. Had it early in the week; by Friday night the four of us went out to a restaurant to eat because she was getting cabin fever! She (along with most people I know who have had their's out) has to watch her fat intake. French Fries will send her running to the bathroom! At least she's pain free.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:07 AM   #16775
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I'm awake too. I went back to school, and found out my remedial English professor said I didn't need her class any more! She said I'd made much improvement but she also said if I had any questions or needed help, her door was open and she would give me all the help I needed!...
Congratulations Cat. She now knows what many of us here at DC have probably noticed over the months you've been posting. Your English is getting better every day. Good work!
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:23 AM   #16776
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Congratulations Cat. She now knows what many of us here at DC have probably noticed over the months you've been posting. Your English is getting better every day. Good work!
But it was all of you who have helped me so very much here! I could see how you all spoke, as in typing, many of you corrected me in the private messages, and seeing the corrections and reading this, I was able to do better and to learn. I now "hear" your way of speaking in my head. Oh, that didn't sound right.

I "hear" the right way to speak by reading better and understanding how this language is spoken. I don't know if I'm making sense.

Before I bury myself into further confusion for you all, thank you for helping me so much. I appreciate all of you so very, very much.

You all are a big part of making this possible, and I thank you.

Does anyone have any ideas of how to get rid of a Romanian accent? I don't type with a Romanian accent, and I'm sure all of you are glad for that!

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Old 01-14-2014, 03:31 AM   #16777
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I am continuing to work on finding a place for a weekend long family re union for my family this summer. It has had it's challenges. Trying to find a place, in July, to sleep 40 people that is affordable. The whole thing is giving me a headache.
How did you get stuck with this chore?
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:59 AM   #16778
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But it was all of you who have helped me so very much here! I could see how you all spoke, as in typing, many of you corrected me in the private messages, and seeing the corrections and reading this, I was able to do better and to learn. I now "hear" your way of speaking in my head. Oh, that didn't sound right.

I "hear" the right way to speak by reading better and understanding how this language is spoken. I don't know if I'm making sense.

Before I bury myself into further confusion for you all, thank you for helping me so much. I appreciate all of you so very, very much.

You all are a big part of making this possible, and I thank you.

Does anyone have any ideas of how to get rid of a Romanian accent? I don't type with a Romanian accent, and I'm sure all of you are glad for that!

With love,
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Cat, see if your school has a class for elocution lessons. It is a class that a lot of actors take that have a deep regional accent. Being from Boston, I would definitely be a candidate for it. The second I open my mouth, you know right away where I come from. Or someone from Texas or Oklahoma. The class will teach you how to speak without any accent of any region in the U.S. It is a non-accent. It will also teach you the correct pronouncement of words. Such as the difference between Mary, merry, and marry. Oil is another word that those in the south have a great deal of difficulty with. New Englanders have a difficult time trying to understand what they are saying. I am sure bakechef grew up hearing the word "eryuh'. A non word peculiar to Maine. It means 'yes'.

To get rid of an accent, you first have to understand how you speak. Bostonians use their hard palate. Southerners use their soft palate and words come from deep in their throat. It is why they can yodel and Bostonians have a difficult time learning to do that. If I try to do a southern accent, I can feel the muscles in the bottom of my throat pulling. It is not natural for me to use them in my daily speech.

Something you can do on your own is to buy some books on tape for the blind and try to emulate what the person is saying. They are often done by an actor who has no accent. Repeat what they are saying. It wouldn't hurt to get a book that you wanted to read also. Make the job more enjoyable.
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:05 AM   #16779
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Came across a site that has some nifty ideas. Great for gift giving any time of the year.

50 Creative Uses for Mason Jars

There is one there for a small sewing kit that would make a perfect Christmas gift of a teacher. Ideal for packing in your suitcase to take on vacation also. Take a looksee.

I need a life. Or some sleep at four in the morning.
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:52 PM   #16780
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Just wanted to stop in and tell you all that I got my surgery date - Feb 4th first thing in the morning. It is three weeks away, but that will give me time to stay on the no-fat diet and lose some weight to make my surgeon happy.

I can manage that long - I have just basically lumped the pain in with my chronic pain and can manage it that way without having to take extra medication. But I will be very glad when it is gone.

Thanks everyone for your concern and encouragement
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