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from A.J. Hoge. San
Francisco, USA. English teacher.
English automatically... without thinking. The words come out of your mouth
easily, and fast. You understand instantly.
To do this, you must change the way you
study English. Your first action is to
stop studying English words.
Stop studying English words.
That's right, do
not memorize words. Native speakers do not learn English by remembering
single words. Native speakers learn phrases. Phrases are GROUPS of words that naturally go
together. Research by
Dr. James Asher proves that learning with phrases is 4-5 times faster thanstudying individual words. 4-5 Times Faster.
students who learn phrases have much better grammar.
1: Always Study and Review Phrases, Not Individual Words
a single, individual word. Never. When you find a new word, always write down The Phrase it is in. Always.
When you review, always review all of the phrase,.. not
the word. Collect phrases. Your speaking and grammar will improve 4-5
Always write the complete phrase. Never again
study a single word. Never write a single word in your notebook,
Learn Phrases Only.
and Review Phrases Always. Never write only a single word, always
save the entire phrase or sentence. Always review the entire phrase or
**RULE 2: Don't Study Grammar
quickly improved speaking-- when she stopped studying grammar. This is
your second rule.
Stop studying grammar
Right now. Stop. Put away your grammar books and textbooks.
Grammar rules teach you to think about English, you want to speak
With Effortless English, you learn English without grammar study.
Your speaking improves quickly. You
succeed. You speak English naturally.
So Rule 2 is: Don't Study Grammar!
**RULE 3: The Most Important Rule-- Listen First
rule is listening.
You must listen to UNDERSTANDABLE English. You must
listen to English EVERYDAY. Don't read textbooks. Listen to English. Its
simple. That is the key to your English success. Stop readingtextbooks.
listening everyday. **Learn With Your Ears, Not Your Eyes
You learn English with
your ears, not your eyes. You listen 1-3 hours every day. Your speaking improves quickly. You
speak English easily. Spend most
of your study time listening- that is the key to great speaking. Do not view films or documentaries with subtitles - that just distract you from listening.
**RULE 4: Slow, Deep Learning Is Best
The secret to speaking easily is to learn
every phrase DEEPLY.
Its not enough to know a definition. Its not enough to remember for a
test. You must put the phrase deep into your brain. To speak English easily, you must repeat
each lesson many times. You must learn
Learn deeply, speak easily.
Learn deeply, speak easily.
How do you learn deeply? Easy-- just repeat all lessons or listening many times. For example, if
you have an audio book, listen to the first chapter 30 times before you go to
the second chapter. You could listen to the first chapter 3 times each
day, for 10 days.
Under Rule 2, I told you never to study grammar
rules. But, of course, you want to use correct English
grammar. Maybe you are thinking, "How can I learn English grammar
if I don't study English grammar rules?" Well, today I will tell you. I will teach you a way to learn grammar
naturally. Use this method and your grammar will improve automatically.
You will automatically use the correct verb tense.
You won't think. You won't try.
**Rule 5: A
very well on grammar tests. She knew all of the grammar rules.
She knew English verbs. But Miyuki had a problem. She couldn't USE
the grammar in a real conversation. She could explain the
past tense, but when speaking, she would say "Yesterday I GO to
school". Miyuki was confused. How could her grammar tests be
so good, but her speaking so bad? Miyuki said: "Before, I knew all the grammar rules,
but I couldn't speak correctly. I couldn't feel English grammar. After
using Point of View stories, I feel it and use it correctly.
Now my grammar is great when I speak. I never think about it, I
just automatically use correct grammar!"
learned this grammar naturally. She never studied grammar rules.
How did she do it? First she listened to a short story in the present
tense. She listened to it everyday.
she listened to the exact SAME story-- but this time it started with
"10 years ago...." She learned to "feel" the
past tense by listening to this story.
Next, I gave her the exact same story. This time, it started with
"Since 2004..." Miyuki learned to FEEL the perfect tenses
by listening to this story.
Finally, I gave her the exact same story... beginning with "Next
year". She learned to FEEL the future tense simply by
listening to this story.
***RULE 5: Use Point Of View
I call these
stories "Point Of View Mini-Stories". They are the most
powerful way to learn and use English grammar automatically.
Use Point of View Stories for Automatic Grammar
Use Point of View Stories for Automatic Grammar
You must learn grammar by listening to
real English. The best way is to listen to the same story... told in
different times (points of view): Past, Perfect, Present, Future.
How do you do this? Easy! Find a story or article in the present tense. Then ask your native speaker tutor to
write it again in the Past, with Perfect tenses, and in the Future.
Finally, ask him to read and record these stories for you. Then you can listen to the story with many
different kinds of grammar. You don't need to know the grammar rules. Just
listen to the Point of View stories and you will improve grammar
You can also
find Point of View lessons and use them to learn grammar automatically.
powerful. It is simple. It is successful. You will succeed.
You will use correct grammar naturally and automatically. This is the secret to English grammar.
**RULE 6: Only Use Real
English Lessons & Materials
You learn real English if you want to understand native speakers and
speak easily. Use real magazines, audio articles, TV shows, movies, radio
talk shows, and audio books.
English, Not Textbook English
Learn Real English, Not Textbook English
How To Understand Native Speakers
Megdelio studied English for 5 years in Venezuela. Teachers said he was
an advanced student. When he came to the USA he felt good. He was excited
to meet Americans. He was ready. He wrote:
One day I tried to talk to an American woman and everything
changed. The woman started talking-- and I couldn't understand her.
Not at all!
Her pronunciation was
totally different than the textbook tapes and CDs I listened to. She used
idioms, slang, and many casual phrases.
I was totally confused. That's
when I realized I needed to learn real English!
**You Must Learn Real English
I taught Megdelio to learn with real English materials-- learning the English
we use everyday in conversations, books, movies, TV shows, comic books, audio
books, articles, newspapers, magazines, and podcasts.
To learn real English, you must
listen to English that native speakers listen to. You must watch
what they watch. You must read what they read..
to real English
Listen only to real English
Listen only to real English
How do you learn Real English? It's
easy. Stop using textbooks. Instead, listen only to real English
movies, TV shows, audio books, audio articles, stories, and talk radio
shows. Use real English materials. After 6 months of real English,
Megdelio could speak easily. He could understand real English from real
**Rule 7: A Story
a Japanese woman, had a problem. Her speaking was SLOW. She could not answer questions
quickly. Emi listened to
many English tapes and CDs. She listened. She
repeated what the speaker said. Emi emailed me. I
recommended "Listen & Answer
lessons. I told her not to use "listen and repeat".
I told her to use "Listen & Answer" Mini-Stories. I told her that
"listen and repeat" is not enough-- when you repeat, you only
copy the speaker. But when you hear a question and you ANSWER it-- you must think in English. After using listen & ANSWER lessons for just 4 months, her speaking was
fast, easy, and automatic.
**RULE 7: Listen and Answer, not Listen and
Use Listen & Answer Mini-Story Lessons
Use Listen & Answer Mini-Story Lessons
Mini-Story Lesson, a speaker tells a short simple story. He also asks a lot of easy questions. Every time you hear a question, you pause and
answer it. You learn to answer
questions quickly-- without thinking. Your English becomes automatic. How can you use Listen & Answer Stories? Easy! Find a native speaker tutor. Ask him to use
this method: Ask him to tell a story...
and to constantly ask you easy questions about it. This will teach you to think quickly
in English! You can also find Listen
& Answer lessons. They will teach
you to think quickly in English.
If you are interested in this method - write to me via the contact page on this site, don't forget to give me your email address - and we can discuss it.
Just so that you know how important the weather is to English people, please read the following article from the BBC :
spokesman has confirmed that the BBC is very disappointed in the state of the
Scottish climate this winter.
"We look forward to reporting below freezing temperatures and hailstorms
up North every winter!" he stated. "We love moaning about how cold it
is up there. Anything to distract us from the bleak misery of life in London,
in fact. And now we cannot even do that. How dare they have mild weather at
this time of year! There's been wind and rain, of course, but it's not just the
A series of weather warnings has now been issued by the Met Office.
"The public should be aware of the risk of further weather reports from
the BBC not containing ANY Scotland-based snow reports," their spokeswoman
told us, "although they will of course endeavour to maintain the usual use
of unnecessarily huge wind arrows 'in the North west' in order to manage an
illusion of bad weather as the week goes on."
The BBC has revealed that the slew of flood warnings and heavy rain 'in the
South' of the country is causing desperation in the weather department.
"Things have become so bad, we've had to start reporting on the situation
in the US instead. Thank God *somewhere* has the kind of freezing conditions
and travel disruption we always like to whinge on about at this time of the
This other page is also very good for listening to English. They have a radio programme and are on Spanish television (TVE2) in the mornings. They also have good immersion courses for weekends and for the summer.
Other pages that might be useful/interesting:
Excellent audio clip with the script to follow. Look up "The Teacher".
For those who wish to visit the United Kingdom, here are some useful links:
You can change the language to Spanish but it would be better to read it in English!
Very nice photo gallery!
For those who love walking, no better way to see a country!
Lots of useful pieces of information
Having worked for 15 years in Maritime Consultancy, and translating related technical documents between English and Spanish, I always wanted to do something about teaching maritime English and editing a decent dictionary for that industry. If anyone has the dictionary, or know of one, please let me know. In the meantime we now have a good book for teaching Maritime English. I am pleased to provide this link:
ENGLISH IN PRINT
If you want to read English about England I can recommend the publications you can order from the following sites:
with very good articles and wonderful pictures.
Here are pieces of excellent English that will also make you think!
Devorah Mei Snidecor
if you really exist, I want to know You.”
grew up with the knowledge that there was something more, something beyond what
we can see or sense. She felt she was alone and different yet privileged
and protected, but by whom? By the age
of 37, she was married and with four children. She dreamed that something
very important would take place in her life at the age of 45. The dream was
forgotten until it was fulfilled eight years later and to the letter.
What was the prophecy all about?
We follow her and see how her life changed drastically as she discovered that
both her families were of Jewish background. Her book reveals the many
mind boggling Divine miracles which surrounded her life, from the moment she
was born, till this very day. It tells of her struggle for acceptance, her pain
of family rejection, and glowingly also of her moments of joy and her prayers
to save the rest of her family. This is the story of a woman of great strength
and a deep sense of emuna – faith in her G-D, the God of Israel.
It took 22 years to finish this book: and we now find her living in the
Holy Land with her beloved husband, Michael, who without doubt is her soul
mate, right hand, her emotional and spiritual support.
Her message is that - it is
only by knowing our past that we can have a future
One thing is related to the other. Recalling and repossessing our roots, is the
key to finding our goal in life. Only HaShem knows which souls are Jewish: He will take care that those
neshamot (souls) will be grafted back into the Tree of Life – which is Torah
Devorah Mei has a degree from a US University in "Associate of Arts and
Women Studies", which she finished with Excellence - Cum Laude.
accomplish the Women Studies it was necessary a broad spectrum of knowledge in
many areas related to them such as - cultural background,
psychology, sociology, religion, education, work, family, children and some
aspects of emotional issues connected to private life as well. These particular studies gave her a great depth, understanding and experience into
the analysis of the women psyche , much more as she
audaciously brought all that secular knowledge under the Light of
She was amazed to discover that in spite of
knowing she was Jewish, the University honored her stand point, and even
asked her permission to print some of her works to be distributed during
an "Open day of literature on campus".
That's is how Devorah gave Honor to Hashem, the Eternal God of Israel .
close attention to everything you read, meditate upon every message – and hope
that you will find the answers you have been seeking. Life is not a random
accumulation of events – it has a pattern, a design and a Designer. All we have
to do is to find our private “road map and follow its outline.”
To order the book Online In www.amazon.com and www.alibris.com
The Faith That Moves The Mountains
When you know not where to turn,
stay still, just where you are.
There is something yet to learn.
Be careful lest you jar the threads that
fate is weaving in a patternyou can't see.
Trust the Hand that works the looms of destiny.
Though it is your wish to set things right
and put things straight,
Choose the wiser way.
With patience watch and wait.
There's a purpose in it all,
as time will surely prove
And when you least expect it,
you will see the mountain move.
© Patience Strong. All rights reserved
THE aphorism, "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he," not only embraces the whole of a man’s being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.
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