Green Zebra English Course
Green Zebra is a free English course meant for upper intermediate and advanced students to become more fluent and build useful habits to keep improving on their own. It's based on an original study method and engaging activities such as watching inspiring videos, reading interesting articles, working with interactive flashcards, solving riddles, doing vocabulary exercises and more. Behind it is Alina Liaonava, a human being and a teacher.
I've been working as an English teacher in various language schools since 2013. I've also learned and mastered two foreign languages in two completely different ways: academic for English (school, then University, long and profound) and natural for Polish (came to the country with almost no knowledge of the language, learned it communicating with native speakers), and I now know both of them on a similar near native level. This gave me perspective on language learning both as a student and a teacher. I've also discovered useful tools and techniques testing them on myself as well as my students.
I've learned a lot and keep learning all the time. I've found out that learning a language can be (and is more effective when it is) entertaining and engaging. That we can enhance our knowledge about the world and explore the subjects that interest us in the meanwhile. That our daily habits matter and building the right ones can bring us onto new heights. That combining academic and natural learning styles while using modern tools can make learning effective and rewarding. I know the problems that language learners face inside out and I've incorporated all the knowledge and expertise that I've gained so far in the course.
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Smashwords Book Marketing Guide
on March 12, 2018
A really helpful book. Some of the tips seemed quite obvious while others opened my eyes to the ideas I would never have thought of otherwise. The book covers everything from the very basics to the more professional techniques. Anyone could use it, even people who are completely new to social media and the Internet in general.
Maybe in the next edition you could add more details about social media marketing, running campaigns, creating viral content etc.
I recommend this book to fellow authors. Unless you are a professional marketer and PR specialist, you'll find some useful information there that will help you promote your book and connect with your audience.
I've always been quite sceptical about marketing, viewing it as something almost evil (manipulating people to buy things they don't need through emotions etc.) and extremely boring to do. That's why I've always been putting it off. Now I can finally see it's something else completely, so thank you, Mark!
10 Rules for Achieving English Fluency
on March 12, 2018
The tips in the book are simple and effective. As a teacher I recommend most of these things to my students too, but I've also found a couple of new ideas here. The same tips can be applied to learning any language.
I'm an avid advocate of listening, watching and reading + learning the vocabulary actively too. I'm not so sure about listening while driving or doing other things though. I believe it should be done for pleasure, just like reading and watching videos, and you should be focused on listening, not other activities, otherwise it's not so effective. Maybe I'm wrong, who knows. And as for watching a film multiple times until you understand it perfectly well, it can be quite tedious and take a really long time. If you are on a level that requires watching again and again before you understand, it might be a good idea to go for shorter videos, for instance, TED. They have interactive transcripts you can read even while watching, and if you have to watch something 8 times, it'd better be a 10-minute video than a 2-hour film :).
Anyway, I recommend this book to language learners, if you follow these tips, you'll significantly improve your English (or any other language you are learning).
500+ Real English Phrases
on March 29, 2018
This book contains lots of useful, real-life phrases divided into 3 levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. In each part you will find expressions grouped into different topics like "ways to make and respond to an offer", "phrases for compliments" etc. The only drawback I see is that only some of these phrases are explained (what they mean, in which situations they can be used, whether they are formal/informal), so someone who studies on their own will have to do a lot of work researching every phrase.
The next part of my review is for Shayna. I noticed a couple of minor errors that you might want to correct in your next edition. Sorry if such things aren't welcome. Let me know and I'll delete this part of the review:
1. 10 phrases for estimating and guessing: 6. I wouldn't be surprised if [Peter asks Jill to marry him] - should be "asked" in this case, it's conditional 2.
2. 5 ways to say someone is cor-
I believe you meant correct, the word is incomplete. Maybe it's just my reader though, I have quite an old Nook.
3. 10 phrases for facial expressions: 8. His eyes glazed over. (= he appeared
The explanation is incomplete.
Also, the font size in "6 phrases for talking about future plans" is different from the rest of the book.