Sunday, December 29, 2013

Why I don’t teach, but I recommend ITALKI instead

Hi everyone,

I had different plans for the seventh entry today, but I changed my mind because of a frequently asked question. Several readers have asked me to teach via Skype, but I can’t. In this post, I'll explain why I don't teach and I'll recommend a great website where you can find teachers and friends. I'll introduce it to you very shortly.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Hi everyone,

For today, I’m writing you a short entry. It’s a special Christmas edition! I know that many people don’t celebrate Christmas, but I hope I won’t offend anyone with this post. I’m spending these days with my family. Before going on their winter holiday, Rachel and Mandy published special Christmas videos or podcasts.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Книги в огне - Books on Fire

Hi everyone,

If you don't speak Russian, please skip the first paragraph.

Мои дорогие Pусские Друзья! Мне стоило бы извиниться перед Вами. Может быть, эта история не очень Вас порадует. Откровенно говоря, двадцать три года тому назад я не любил русский язык. И я со своими друзьями откровенно это демонстрировал. Как мы это делали? Сейчас Вы это увидите.  

I had to begin this entry with some Russian words to my Russian readers. Why? Because this story might not seem very nice for them. Maybe some might think that I don’t like the Russian language. This was true many years ago. Now, I do love the Russian language. In my opinion it’s beautiful. Why am I writing an entry about the Russian language in my blog? Using this story, I would like to explain how bad methods and exercise books can cause trouble for students. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My TOEFL exam - Jaime Miller

Hi everyone,

Nowadays a lot of people takes TOEFL exam. So did I in 2012. TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. Its aim is to test the key abilities of language knowledge. This test focuses on American English. Prospective test takers can sign up for this test on the website. Most American universities require this exam from students whose native language is not English.

Sunday, December 15, 2013


Hi everyone,

In the second blog post, I introduced Rachel’s English. Now it’s time to introduce another excellent site, that I like very much. It is Mandy's  Mandy’s target is to teach pronunciation. However, she uses methods that are different from Rachel’s ones. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Rachel's English

Hi everyone,

Welcome back! I’m very happy that I got some feedback and encouragement on my blog. I was thinking a lot about the second entry since this will be the first one that tries to introduce an issue. For this entry, I’ve chosen to introduce you to “Rachel’s English”. Rachel has a website, a Youtube video channel, and a Facebook page  that introduce you to American English. Her sites are linked together.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Opening – Why I began writing this blog.

Hi! How are you?

Welcome to my blog called “The Challenge of Learning US English”. Why did I begin this blog? I have had many thoughts about learning English that I’d like to share. I began to write these thoughts in an article, but then I realized that one article wasn't enough. Instead, I would need to write a series of 2-3 entries. However, a series was still not enough. My ideas were like a tree and new branches of thoughts continuously sprouted from my mind. So why not begin my own blog about it? Some of my topics are serious, some of them are just for fun.