Monday, March 23, 2009

Effortless Business English

Hi everyone. I just wrote an article for Squidoo titled "Learn Effortless Business English".

It's a nice summary page about how to learn business English, and also has a short video from me talking about Effortless business English lessons.

One of the key points made in the article is that business English must come after general English. In other words, there's no point focusing on business English until your general speaking skills are excellent. Otherwise, you'll know a lot of business vocabulary, but you won't be able to use it.

So focus first on learning English conversation, and once you have mastered that, then turn your attention to business English-- if that is your goal.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

English Club

One of the most powerful ways to learn English is to join an English club. A club is an informal group of people who share a common purpose.

Because they are informal, English clubs are much more fun than school. You don't need to worry about tough teachers, or a lot of homework, or boring textbooks, or a rigid schedule. English clubs are a more fun and flexible way to meet other English learners.

I highly recommend the Effortless English Club because membership in the club is exclusive. Most international online English clubs are open to everyone. That means a lot of immature, negative, insulting people join the club. If you look on the forums of most clubs, you find a lot of insults and a lot of arguing.

What I love about the Effortless English Club is that everyone CANNOT join. The club is only open to people who first buy the Effortless English Club lessons. This means that only serious students, who are dedicated to improving their speaking, actually join the club.

Another great thing about the club is that the forums are monitored very closely. Any member who is insulting or negative towards other members is immediately and permanently removed from the club. The result is a club full of tremendous people-- super-energetic, super-friendly English learners who are very happy to answer your questions, talk to you (on Skype), and help you in any way they can.

I highly recommend getting the Effortless English lessons and joining this club. You will learn English much faster, and improve your speaking much faster, when you join the club.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Learn English With a Mac

I must say that I think Macs are vastly superior to Windows computers for use learning English. We always get a lot of computer questions from members about how to use audio files, how to open files, etc.

These computer questions are ALWAYS from Windows users. The reason-- on a Mac, all of these things happen easily and automatically. English mp3 lessons go straight to iTunes and are easy to organize and use. Text guides are easily opened with TextEdit or Adobe Acrobat. And all Macs have an automatic zip file opener.

Macs are intuitive and easy to use, so I always recommend Macs for students who learn English with a computer.

Of course, Windows is still the most common operating system, and all our lessons work very well with Windows. I do recommend, however, that all Windows users download Apple's iTunes (for free at ) for Windows-- it will make organizing your mp3s very easy!

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