Sep 242015
 
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Let’s learn real English

Let's learn English

Most of the ESL learners suffer from being unable to speak fluently. Reading and understanding is much easier for them. Also they can understand most of the spoken words and phrases. However they lose their confidence suddenly when they have to talk. They are very slow and tedious while talking. They are afraid of making mistakes.

But this is not their own fault. Because, they were taught a rule-based English. So, the real mistake is made by the teaching system.

Now, a group of three native English speakers offers a new learning system especially for ESL learners to speak like a native speaker in six months.

They have seven simple rules:

Rule #1: Always learn English phrases instead of studying and memorizing single words.

Rule #2: Do not study grammar rules. (Most of the native speakers do not know grammar rules well but they can talk fluently.)

Rule #3: Listen first. (Learn first by your ears, not by your eyes.)

Rule #4: Learn deeply. (Create permanent links in the depths of your brain.)

Rule #5: Use point of view stories. (Tell the same story in different tenses, and from the point of view of different persons.)

Rule #6: Use real English materials.

Rule #7: Use listen and answer stories.

Their service is not free. They have a total of 30 sets which should be studied for six months. You can reach them from their web page at: www.learnrealenglish.com

You can also find some videos of the same group in youtube.

If you don’t want to purchase such a service, there are zillions of free sources on youtube.com.

For myself, I prefer free sharings. Maybe it takes some more time behaving like this, but I can learn different interesting methods and I don’t stuck to a single method.

If you can use it efficiently, internet is ready to service whatever you wanted.

Enjoy while you are learning. Watch movies, listen to and sing songs, read and write. Find a native English speaker to chat, or talk to him/her thru Google or skype.

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Because we learn better by our mistakes. So, never lose your confidence. If you want, you can obtain it.

Ahmet Aksoy

New words to learn: confidence, tedious

Aug 282015
 
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Multi-level English Learning with Voscreen

I discovered a new method for ESL learning.

Voscreen

It has five main levels (voSteps):

  • Beginner
  • Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Upper
  • Advanced

And, there are lots of structures: Am, Is, Are; Can; Present Continuous; Relative Clauses; Imperatives; Modals; etc.

Sixteen languages are available: Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bosnian, Croatian, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian.

You can install the application on your IOS or Android system. Or, if you like you can run it online on your PC or laptop.

Voscreen shows you a small fragment from a video with a maximum length of 15 seconds. There is an English sentence in the video. You listen to it, and select an answer from the two alternatives at the bottom of the screen. Answers are in your selected language. It might be English or any other options. You may change your (answering) language whenever you wanted.

By clicking the red triangle button at the middle of the screen, you may repeat and watch the scene as many times you like. When you click to the bottom left box, two answers are shown, and a timer starts. If you click to the bottom right box, the two answers are shown, a timer starts, and as an addition, the sentence that you listened to also is shown in English.

Before the timer stops, you should select your answer by clicking into the appropriate box. If you make no selection, or give an incorrect answer, you lose some points. Your score is shown at the top of the screen.

Yet, I do not know all of the details about the program, but I liked it. It looks that there is an artificial intelligence system beneath the stage.

Give it a try! I’m sure you will like it too!..

Ahmet Aksoy

Link: http://www.voscreen.com/