Helen Dawson - Odds and bits in English
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Thoughts from A.J. Hoge.  San Francisco, USA.  English teacher.

Imagine speaking 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.
Also, students who learn phrases have much better grammar.

***RULE 1:  Always Study and Review Phrases, Not Individual Words

Never study a single, individual word.  Never.  When you find a new word, always write down The Phrase it is inAlways.  When you review, always review all of the phrase,.. not the word. Collect phrases.  Your speaking and grammar will improve 4-5 times faster. 
 Always write the complete phrase.  Never again study a single word.   Never write a single word in your notebook,

Learn Phrases Only.

Collect and Review Phrases Always.  Never write only a single word, always save the entire phrase or sentence.  Always review the entire phrase or sentence.

**RULE 2: Don't Study Grammar

Angelina quickly improved speaking-- when she stopped studying grammar.  This is your second rule. 
Stop studying grammar.
                                        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 automatically--without thinking!
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

The rule is listening.
Listening, listening, 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.

Start 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 English deeply.

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 Story

Miyuki did 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!"
Miyuki 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.
Then, 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 Mini-Stories

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 automatically!
You can also find Point of View lessons and use them to learn grammar automatically.
It is powerful.  It is simple.  It is successful. You will succeedYou 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.

Learn Real 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..

Listen only 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 native speakers.

**Rule 7:  A Story
Emi, 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 Repeat
Use Listen & Answer Mini-Story Lessons
Use Listen & Answer Mini-Story Lessons
In each 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 :

A 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 same."

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 year!"


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: 

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
“G-D, if you really exist, I want to know You.” 

She 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 and Israel.
Devorah Mei has a degree from a US University in "Associate of Arts and Women Studies", which she finished with Excellence - Cum Laude.

​To 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  Torah. 
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 .
​Pay 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.
Be Passive.

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.
Have faith.
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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