Living the Language

February 18, 2011

Living the Language

Many readers have asked how Ben Blair and I are handling language learning for ourselves. The answer: French is the language we both studied in high school, and a little in college too. So we do know a few words. And I have to say, Ben Blair can do amazing things with the little bit he knows. So far, I have seen him interact confidently at all sorts of stores, at the school, on the phone and with our neighbors. He is so daring!

But our little bits of French aren’t nearly enough, so we do have a plan. We are trying to hire a tutor who will come to our home and work with us Monday through Friday. Surprisingly, a tutor is proving hard to find, but I’m crossing my fingers it will happen this week. In the meantime, let’s all be inspired to learn a new language after watching this incredibly charming…


English Speaking Tips website. Maybe you might get super super excited about my English Speaking Software review, as well :).


Starting out as a teacher of English Speaking

February 14, 2011

or tailor each CV to fit the school and then email it?


But don’t bother tailoring it too much or making it too detailed – they get a lot of CVs, most of them too lengthy to read, most of them irrelevant. It should say what you want (lessons), why you can do it (Celta) and who you are (an EU citizen) – they can figure out the rest. As important as the CV (or more so, sometimes) is a schedule of when you’re available for lessons. If you aren’t doing many, fill in a few spaces in your timetable to look busier, making clear they are flexible and changeable and that you’re happy to do cover classes without notice.


Should I walk into every school and hand in my CV (which I really hate doing!)

No. You’ll probably only see the receptionist or some bod that doesn’t hire or fire. But when you mail a CV. say you’d really like to call in sometime for a chat – they will remember you.


What hours should I be expecting to work and what is the average starting salary?

Bookends. Meaning in-company lessons at the start of the working day and open groups in the early evening. This is normal, though there are exceptions. For example I never did open groups, except when someone was away. In Warsaw, as a new teacher without experience you should get about 40zl per 45 mins, more if you’re over about 35 and less if you’re very young or non-native. If they contact you at short notice, haggle upwards, othereise don’t bother. Krakow has an oversupply of teachers and the EFL market in PL is declining. Called in the industry ‘the Venice effect’. At least by me.


Any schools I should watch out for
English Speaking Tips website is undergoing some changes. Anyway, remember to check out the English Speaking Software section!

1000 GRE Word List-Study Now

February 11, 2011

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admission requirement for many graduate schools in the United States, in other English-speaking countries and for English-taught graduate and business programmes world-wide. Created and administered by Educational Testing Service (or ETS) in 1949, the exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based, computer adaptive exam administered by selected qualified testing centers; however, paper-based exams are offered in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available. (Wikipedia)

English Speaking Tips.

Best Way for TOEFL practice

February 9, 2011

What the teaching of reading in English, many candidates for the TOEFL is often necessary to examine each word means.They shared words in their roots, and explained that every part of its meaning. Looking for relationships between words in the English language. And finally, the use of words gives meaning to the phrase, and the place the last piece of the puzzle in place at the end of the puzzle.
To prepare the TOEFL, I understand that this is an essential part of the learning process to learn English. After all, if you understand the process to understand what is meant by each word, as can be expected to obtain a complete picture, but I have seen many students TOEFL? – Especially when it comes to a point of reading – but because it is too focused on the words.

Helpful Tips To Upgrade Your Article Writing Skills

February 6, 2011…

Every article writer that writes for the web knows that it’s a different experience than doing it offline. Internet users don’t have the patience for long, unfocused articles, so you have to be brief and on target. It may take practice, but your goal is to be able to consistently write articles that your target audience will respond to. It’s not hard to create articles once you settle into a method that’s right for you. Let’s look at three article writing pointers that will make it easier for you to produce quality articles that your readers will love. Whether you want to write articles about kitchen exhaust fans or any other topic, it’s really important that you focus on quality.

And moreover, I’ve completed my second article in the series of “Improving your American English Accent” articles.

Check this Spoken English Tutorial by clicking on the link :).

Hey, if you want to learn how to write like a Pro :)

February 3, 2011

If you guys want to learn how to improve your writing skills I would recommend following the link included in this post

Upgrade Reality

Ali is a professional writer and runs her own online business. She got on my radar months ago after I read her articles all over the web on many big blogs and sites.

The reason why I was so excited to interview her is because it’s not very common for someone to make a living from pure writing. Since her early teens she knew she wanted to make money from writing.

Ali studied English at Cambridge University after not deciding to study Computer Science which she also considered as an option.

She then went about freelancing and writing articles for other blogs and sites and on the side started her own blog about writing (which now has 1700+ subscribed readers).

She has managed to escape the 9 to 5 rat race and works for herself, in her own time, on her own terms.

Ali also created and released her own product teaching people the rules of being a good writer, and I really love her style and outlook on life.

After listening to this interview and visiting her site you might even be tempted to hire her as a writing coach. She’s really great at what she does!

Definitely worth a visit – I guarantee you, dudes :).

Spoken English Tutorial


January 30, 2011…


As you may be concerned with the complexities when it comes to learning German, realize though that this will get easier with the passing of time (and practice). Because you probably speak English, you will see that learning German is fairly easy. There are actually 5 steps to be discovered as you go through  learning this language. This article will help you see where you are.

CHEERS BY the way! 🙂 It is Asian New Years coming soon, but … more on that later. Here are some ideas of mine for today.

I just got my Rosetta Stone software, by the way, and am planning to do a review on it as a sign that I will be continuing my English Speaking Software review trend.

Have you checked out my very first article (almost very first) yet? 🙂 How To Improve English Speaking – setting up goals. Hehe! I have very good news for you in the upcoming few weeks. My activity will be dimished, or so it may seem at first, but prepare yourself as I will drop a huge load of good information on my blog.

An update to my blog

January 27, 2011

This time I give you guys my review on an amazing English Speaking Software.

The amazon page to buy it at is here, by the way. The product gets a 5/5 stars mark on average, so it must be good!

Here is a sample review from Amazon.

Pronunciation Patterns Professional 3.0 is a very helpful and affordable software, that will allow everyone to improve English Pronunciation after using this program for a month or so.

This program will show you how to pronounce accurately all consonants, vowels and diphthongs by using 57 important pronunciation rules of American English along with 4000 words, grouped by pronunciation patterns, as well as, sound diagrams to help you pronounce difficult words syllable by syllable, videos and online access to important resources.

Access to a phonetic video library will teach you how to pronounce English correctly by showing you the exact point of articulation of each sound. In other words, how much you should open or close your mouth, the right position of your lips and tongue during the whole process of pronouncing a sound, etc.

In addition to this, you can find a lot of links to useful online tools that can help you to master your English skills, like for instance translation, vocabulary, text to speech websites, etc.

The last thing I would like to mention is the excellent customer support I have received from Mr. Wang all the time. He really stands behind his product by addressing all issues nicely and quickly.

I highly recommend this product to everyone who is looking for an effective English pronunciation software and can’t afford to pay the high prices of accent reduction programs commonly offered by language specialists.

This program has helped me to improve my English Pronunciation from the comfort of my house, without causing me a waste of time and money, and the best of all in just a few months.

Juan C. Gonzalez Camejo

You guys should definately take a look at it and consider buying it if you have problems with Pronunciation, English speaking, Vocabulary or anything pertaining to English per se.

A bad English blog example

January 27, 2011

Can you guys read what is being written there?

In today’s computerized universe we have been in a habit of to utilizing required word processors for a every day essay assignments. No disbelief we compensate courtesy to abbreviation as good as spelling in your diverse english essay activities so we can be unapproachable of them; Keep celebration of a mass – you’ll be blissful we did. After many investigate as good as work, a little reputable developers came up with a module which can imitate any sort of created text, by regulating really worldly algorithms.

I like the blog’s layout, though. 🙂

Spoken English Tutorial

Never study just Grammar

January 25, 2011

I talked to a French guy yesterday. Funnily, they have the same problem as described in Spoken English Tutorial article .

Now, despite this, he has an acceptable level of English. Not perfect. Actually, far from it. But acceptable.

Now, there was a misconception to think that Europe, being closer to England, should be able to speak good English on average. Turns out that it is wrong :).

What also fascinated me was that Germany’s level of English proficiency ,for example, is very low. My friend said so.

Fascinating :). Does Anyone read Timothy Ferris’s blog? I do.