I struggled with this translation. Part of it is not having sufficient vocabulary to do it (mostly because of not having been exposed to much of it in previous work) and part of it is not knowing exactly what the expected answers might be. I have come to dread these exercises (I much prefer the dictees) and feel really quite inadequate at the end of each. Should I drop back a level and work on B1 rather than B2 exercises or should I just say to **** with it all and be content with the (inadequate) level of proficiency I've acquired? I am feeling very discouraged!!
Freeform Writing Exercise B2
I would concentrate more on what you get right than on what you "get wrong". Don't forget it's a self-grading exercise. Mistakes are more like suggestions of alternate ways to express things than hard and fast errors.
You can use the library on kwiziq to do any writing exercise you want. Why not do one from B1 from time to time, just to bolster your feeling of accomplishment. Don't forget that the levels B1, B2, etc. are just very approximate. You may also be at different levels with different skills (reading, writing, listening, grammar, etc.).
Just do whatever you feel like doing to keep motivated and have fun. That's the important part. A disheartened and discouraged mind is not a good partner for learning anything.
Thank you for your kind and thoughtful answer. Please understand that, having gone through about a zillion years of school (elem, HD, college, post-grad) I've been programmed to be high-achieving, and it's painful when I don't meet my own expectations. (You'd think that, after all these years out of school - finally - I'd have gotten over that...) Your comments helped. I'll continue to try and to keep my expectations realistic and my motivation FUN! Thank you again.
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