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I'm actually a Google engineer...
It sounds like you did all the right things to get in and did pretty well in the interviews, because you got all the way through to the end.
I would like to point out that we know very well that our interview process leaves some good people "on the table"; the reason is that a bad engineer can be extremely destructive to the development process. I'd say that about half the candidates I interview that I'm sure are going to get in, don't.
Your written English is excellent; I work with tons of people whose English isn't native; don't worry about that.
In order to get in, you can't have made a lot of mistakes, and at least two people have to be very enthusiastic. If I knew anything at all about your interview in specific :-D I wouldn't say anything but my guess is you got right to the end to the committee and on the balance they said, "Slightly too many goofs, slightly too little enthusiasm from interviewers, next time."
I'm very glad that you had a good time otherwise, and would like to thank you for applying and all your hard work (and would note to you that we allow people to apply again after a year, hint hint...)
(why do I need your e-mail?)
It would be nice if you left your e-mail address. Sometimes I want to send a private message, or just thank for the great comment. Having your e-mail really helps.
I will never ever spam you.
(Your twitter handle, if you have one.)
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