Думаешь, у тебя полно работы? Попробуй управлять Вселенной. (с) Хаус

I must say I really never know what to say when I have to introduce myself. Well... I'm twenty years old, I've been studying English since I was five. I am a freelance translator of fiction and editor of English textbooks (and some other even less interesting books). I used to be a student of the School of Foreign Languages at the National University of Kharkiv, but by the second year of education it became clear that, even though it was the Translation Department, they were mostly preparing us to become teachers (e.g., everyone had to work at some school or other for three terms to get a diploma etc). Now, I do teach English to some kids occasionally, but this is so not what I would like to do for the rest of my life. So I left the university and am now a proud student of the local Academy of Culture, the Department of Publishing Business (I have just got the news that I'm in, you may congratulate me:)))). English is still very much a part of my life, though. First of all, most of my jobs are connected to it. Also, I read in English a lot, I watch movies and tv-shows in English and anime with English subtitres. I'm a wannabe writer, and I write stories in English, as well as an occasional piece of poetry (but my English poetry sucks:)).

If I say so myself, my grammar is far from bad, I can spot mistakes easily and I have a pretty good grasp on the language. But my vocabulary is more poor than I would like it to be, unfortunately; I also have spelling problems sometimes. All in all, I still have a great way to go. I really hope that this community will help me to improve my English skills, I count on it :).

Pleased to meet you all!

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