Diary in English♡On the 11th of March
Time flies, especially if it is weekend. My days off are Sunday and Monday.
On Saturday, I realized that I got a text from my ex housemate after I finished working. She texted me that she was in London that day and she was going to leave at 8 pm. I replied to her immediately and we met at a cafe near Victoria coach station. We had a nice time and talked over coffee to catch up. I was happy to chat with her because I've felt a bit lonely since I moved to London. I haven't had close friends here, so I really missed my friends in Bristol.
As she is going to finish her course in a few weeks, we are thinking about a small trip. If I can get holidays, we will travel together.
On Sunday, I just relaxed at home. I watched You Tube and Netflix a lot. I was a couch potato!
On Monday, I did a lot! First, I sent a letter of refund claim to claim a refund as I had paid much a lot of money to receive a parcel from my mother in Japan. I asked her to send some clothes and food, and she did that for me, but the UK government asked me to pay the duty and VAT even though it is my personal used items they were items for personal use! I am sure I hadn't had didn't have to pay for it. I paid them to in order to receive the parcel, but I hope the claim would will be accepted. Second, I went to the library and got my library card. I registered my account online in advance, so it was easy to get the card. Third, I went to a clinic to register it as my GP. I filled in a form and show my ID and two proofs of address. I didn't need to see a doctor to register it, so it was easier than I expected.
And then I went shopping to some supermarkets and came back home. I had some coffee and scones, studied English and chatted with my landlady. It was nice weekend.
Thank you for your corrections Francis on italki!
As I hope you realise, your English is close to impeccable. I mark student essays written by native language speakers and they contain far more grammatical errors than yours, so you should be very pleased with yourself. I did think the beginning of the third paragraph could usefully be improved, but nothing you wrote was incomprehensible. Some of the choices I made were mainly for clarity. "I am sure I hadn't had to pay..." might better be "I am sure I didn't have to pay.." but your usage is nicely idiomatic and not wrong. One other thing, Londoners (and I think generally native speakers) tend to refer to "Victoria coach station" rather than "the Victoria coach station", it being quite famous. Your usage sounds a little old-fashioned. The kind of thing that my grandparents' generation might have said. The good thing is it sounds like a native speaker. Also, my commiserations concerning the mean UK government.
でも、文体が一世代前並みに古めかしい（”Your usage sounds a little old-fashioned. The kind of thing that my grandparents' generation might have said. ”）とも言われたので、もっと自然な若者英語を書けるようになりたいです……！
ライティングもさることながらスピーキングとリスニングが壊滅的な私は、ここ一カ月程 BBC Learning English や Landlady が教えてくれたアプリで毎日少しずつ勉強しています。また、効果が感じられたその時は、勉強方法もご紹介したいと思います✐