Learn English Online with Dimi

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clip_image003My name is Dimi. I teach online via Skype. All my classes are student-centered and personalized according to my students’ level as well as their interests, goals and learning style. I have wide experience in teaching all levels of English from beginners to advanced users.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.

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"A few minutes a day can really make a difference. Do something today for a few minutes to change your life!"
Whatever you water will grow stronger. If e.g. you water the seeds of learning and improving your English every day, it will grow stronger.
My idea in my classes is, to get inspired and to learn. I think when you enjoy doing something, when you have fun, it is much easier to remember the things and if we add to that a little bit of inspiration, I believe the results will be great.

Pronunciation Challenge Day 1 - Story

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I. Practice the pronunciation of the words with http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/

1.    anonymous
2.    representative
3.    negotiation
4.    event
5.    call
6.    rebel
7.    involvement
8.    underline
9.    isolate
10. breakthrough

II. Prepare to retell the story:

I was reading a book when the phone rang. It was an anonymous call. I’ve decided to pick up the phone. It was a representative of a famous company. He wanted to sell me some of the company's products. He constantly underlined the fact that their product is the best. If I bought it, it would help me to make a breakthrough. I rebelled. We started even negotiations. Of course, I didn’t buy but I agreed on attending their special Christmas event. So in some way, he managed to involve me.

III. Record yourself and send your audio files to me!


My Confidence Story

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When I was a teenager, I was very shy and timid, but I was very creative.
So my classmates decided to challenge me to create something for our last evening in the school for that year. Of course, I refused that call to adventure. Because that was really an adventure to me. I was scared to take those steps and to take the risk and perform in front of the others. And I kept refusing till the very last moment. The final day came and everyone was asking me what I’m going to perform in our prom. And I was shaking like a leaf and saying I’m not going to perform. And you guess, what happened? I didn’t show up. I found an excuse not to go. I was really, really scared. Of course, my classmates understood me very well. But my class teacher came to me and had a serious talk with me. I still remember her words:
You can do it! It’s going to be a crime if you don’t use your talent. Everyone in this world has a talent, has a gift and it depends on you if you are going to bury this gift or if you are going to develop it and share it with the world and thrive. It’s going to be a crime if you don’t use your gifts.
I was deeply affected by that conversation and decided that my shyness and timidity won’t stay on my way anymore. I’m going to change and share my heart and gifts with the world.
The next year was our final year in school. And everyone was surprised when I said that I want to perform and share something special. I needed to perform in front of all the graduates of the year plus the teacher staff and the headmaster. These were more than 100 people. I was terrified but I kept repeating the words of my class teacher – You can do it! And I felt I’m ready to take on that challenge to adventure.
The final evening was approaching. Everything was arranged but I still haven’t created anything and it remained only one evening, the evening before the biggest event. And again, I was shaking like a leaf. Even for a moment thought to escape that challenge. But I knew it wasn’t possible. I felt responsible because I’m a person who keeps her word. When I say something, I keep my promise. So I didn’t sleep that evening, but I created two inspirational poems – one for my classmates to thank them for everything and to send them faith, hope and love, and the other one for my class teacher to thank her for all the support and encouragement during all of those years. I felt enthusiastic and inspired. And the biggest day came...
I was writing the whole evening. When I was writing, I felt asleep. Suddenly I woke up and I was just praying that I didn’t miss everything. I was in panic. I had no idea about the time and the hour. Thanks God, everything was okay. Our ball started. Everyone was wearing fancy clothes and special haircuts. It was a beautiful evening. And my moment came…
I was really excited about my performance. But when I stepped on the stage, I went completely blank. I forgot all of the words. Everyone was staring at me for what felt like an eternity. Suddenly, the time slowed down and everything blended in one. I was just seeing my class teacher. And at that moment, I remembered the words which she told me once:
You can do it! You have a gift and it’s going to be a crime not to show it! Share your faith, hope and love with the world! You can do it!
That was the moment, when I felt a boost of confidence and that was like a waking call. Suddenly the words appeared in my mind and I gave an amazing performance. I received wonderful feedback and these were really magical moments which I would never forget. I left the stage in tears, tears of joy. That was truly a transformational moment for me because from the mouse which I felt I was – the shy, timid girl, I felt like I became the lioness that managed to inspire so many people.

Ronaldo and Messi - Story

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Ronaldo knocked on the door of Messi.
-       Messi, wake up! Let’s go and play together!
No answer.
-       Messi, please, wake up! Let’s practice together!
-       Hmm, come after an hour – replied Messi sleepily.
While Ronaldo was practicing, Messi was sleeping.
After an hour, Ronaldo stopped playing and went to wake up Messi. He knocked on the door.
-       Messi, wake up! Let’s go and play together! – said he in an enthusiastic tone.
Nothing. No answer.
-       Messi, please, wake up!
-       Hmm, come after an hour – said Messi in a sleepy voice.
While Ronaldo was practicing, Messi was sleeping. After an hour, Ronaldo stopped playing and went to wake up his friend. He knocked on the door loudly and with force that time.
Messi opened the door immediately and said with a smile - I’m ready! Let’s do it!
-       I just need to rest a bit. Go and play! I’ll come along – said Ronaldo in a tired voice.
While Messi was practicing, Ronaldo was sleeping.
After an hour, Messi stopped playing and went to wake up Ronaldo. He knocked on the door.
-       Ronaldo, wake up! Let’s play together!
No answer.
-       Ronaldo, please, wake up! Let’s practice together!
-       Hmm, come after an hour – replied Ronaldo sleepily.
While Messi was practicing, Ronaldo was sleeping.
After an hour, Messi stopped playing and went to wake up Ronaldo. He knocked on the door. The same scene repeated.
Messi went to play football. It was 7 pm in the evening. He was elated. Suddenly while he was playing, he heard a loud noise. He stopped and turned around. To his amazement, …
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What do you think happened next? Can you continue the story? Don’t forget to follow the rules about Past Continuous and Past Simple.



 Disclaimer: The purpose of this story is just to practice grammar in a creative way.

My 9 Declarations of Personal Power

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Inspired by Brendon Burchard and his book – Motivation Manifesto, here I’m sharing

My 9 Declarations of Personal Power (Taken and inspired by his amazing book. You can get it for free here http://motivationmanifesto.com/ )

1.  What would happen if my choices and actions were broadcast on the evening news—would I be proud of them?
Think before you act!

2.  Since I’m very sensitive, I have found my answer - even bought a bright green bracelet to remind me of it - “Integrity is learning to feel hurt but release the negative emotion quickly and do not integrate its darkness into your soul or cast it onto another.” 
Maturity is realizing that hurt or any other emotion is like happiness – it is a conscious choice, the way we interpreted the situation, the meaning we put to it. It may be true, it may be not. It doesn’t matter. What matters is to release the negative quickly. First of all, it is detrimental to your health! Substitute the frowns with the dimples from your beautiful smile :-)
Release the negative quickly!

3.  See the divinity in others, and never invite disrespect in our lives by projecting disrespect on others.
Don’t judge! Always treat others with respect!

4.    Action becomes character. Our actions are creating a character that will stand tall or shrink into the darkness of regret.
Always favor action!

5.    Hurt has nothing to do with love, and love is unaffiliated with and unaffected by pain. Ego was hurt, not love. Love is divine; it is everywhere, ever present and abundant and free. It is a spiritual energy that is, at this very moment, flowing through the universe—through us, through our enemies, through our families, through billions of souls. It was never absent from our lives. It is not bound in our hearts or in our relationships, and thus it is not capable of being owned or lost. We have allowed our awareness of love to diminish; that is all.
Amplify Love!

6.    Take time for the people you love otherwise time will take them away from you!
“I thought there would be more time to…” -The time is now! Tell them I love you, show it, prove it while you still can. Like Brendon Burchard says - Live fully, love openly, make your difference today!
Take time for the people you love!

7.   We are not supposed to miss this moment, this life. What would happen to the quality of our life and relationships if we simply amplified our senses just a little longer?
I love TWO BEATS LONGER by Brendon Burchard.

Let us hold this moment for just two beats longer.

·      Do not breathe so quickly. Take in air for two beats longer.

·     Do not gulp down the next meal but savor each bite for two beats longer, let the tastes melt and linger.

·     Do not send a heartless note. Read it once more and spend two beats longer sensing the pain it may cause another.

Life is lived in the extra beats we hold as time unfolds. Slow time!

8.   “I want this, not that” - I want to be successful but at the same time I don’t want to lose my health and family.
Balance is the key!

9.    When you are in love, you want to be as much as possible with the person you love, to know him deeply. You are living for the next meeting, for the next kiss. You are thirsty!
Be thirsty for piano and music – my boyfriend ;-)
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Discussion question – What declarations would you add to your Manifesto?
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7 LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES FROM AN EAGLE

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7 LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES TO LEARN FROM AN EAGLE

1. Eagles fly alone and at high altitudes. They don't fly with sparrows, ravens and other small birds.

MEANING: Stay away from narrow minded people, those that bring you down.
Eagles flies with eagles. Keep good company.

2. Eagles have accurate vision. They have the ability to focus on something as far as 5 km away. No matter the obstacles, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.

MEANING: Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacles and you will succeed.

3. Eagles do not eat dead things. They feed only on fresh preys.

MEANING: Do not rely on your past successes; keep looking for new frontiers to conquer. Leave your past where it belongs, in the past.

4. Eagles love the storm. When clouds gather, the eagle gets excited; the eagle uses the storms wind to lift itself higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagle uses the raging storm to lift itself above the clouds. This give the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the branches and leaves of the tree.

MEANING: Face your challenges head on knowing that these will make you emerge stronger and better than you were. We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers are not afraid to rise to greater heights. Achievers are not afraid of challenges, rather they relish them and use them profitably.

5. When a female eagle meets a male eagle and they want to mate, she flies down to earth, pick a twig and flies back into the air with the male eagle in hot pursuit. Once she has reached a height high enough for her, she drops the twig and let it fall to the ground while she watches. The male eagle chases after the twig and catches it before it reaches the ground, then brings it back to the female eagle. The female eagle grabs the twig and flies to a much higher altitude and drops the twig again for the male eagle to chase. This goes on for hours with the height increasing each time until the female eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art of picking the twig which shows commitment. Then and only then will she allow him to mate with her.

MEANING: Whether in private life or business, one should test the commitment of the people intended for partnership.

6. Eagles prepare for trainings. They remove the feathers and soft grass in the nest so that the young ones get uncomfortable in preparation for flying and eventually fly when it becomes unbearable to stay in the nest.

MEANING: Leave your comfort zone; there is no growth there.

7. When the eagle grows old, his feathers becomes weak and cannot take him as fast and as high as it should. This makes him weak and could make him die. So he retires to a place far away in the mountains. While there, he plucks out the weak feathers on his body and breaks its beaks and claws against the rocks until he is completely bare; a very bloody and painful process. Then he stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, new beaks and claws and then he comes out flying higher than before.

MEANING: We occasionally need to shed off old habits no matter how difficult; things that burden us or add no value to our lives should be let go of.

EVERYBODY DIES, BUT NOT EVERYBODY LIVES

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EVERYBODY DIES, BUT NOT EVERYBODY LIVES - Prince Ea


It is not death most people are afraid of.

It is getting to the end of life, only to realize that you never truly lived.

NEVER TRULY LIVED

There was a study done, a hospital study on 100 elderly people facing death close to their last breath. They were asked to reflect about their life’s biggest regret.

BIGGEST REGRET

Nearly all of them said they regretted not the things they did but the things they didn’t do.

DIDN’T DO

The risks they never took, the dreams they didn’t pursue.

DIDN’T PURSUE

I ask you would your last words be; if only I had – hey, you wake up.

HEY YOU

Why do you exist? Life is not meant to simply work, wait for the weekend and pay rent. No, no I don’t know much. But I know this every person on this earth has a gift.

GIFT

And I apologized to the black community but I can no longer pretend Martin Luther King.

MARTIN LUTHER KING

That man never had a dream, that dream had him.

PEOPLE DON’T CHOOSE DREAMS
DREAMS CHOOSE THEM

See people don’t choose dreams, dreams choose them. So the question I’m getting to is, do you have the courage to grab the dream that picked you?

COURAGE

That befit you and grips you; or will you let it get away and slip through?

You know I learned a fact about airplanes the other day. This was – this was so surprising to see, I was talking to a pilot and he told me that many of his passengers think planes are dangerous to fly in. But he said actually, it is a lot more dangerous for a plane to stay on the ground. I say what? Like how does that sound what he said, he said because on the ground. The plane starts to rust.

RUST
MALFUNCTION
WEAR

Malfunction and wear, much faster than it ever would if it was in the air. As I walked away I thought, yeah, makes total sense because planes were built to live in the skies. And every person was built to live out the dream they have inside. So it is perhaps the saddest loss to live a life on the ground without ever taking off.

TAKING OFF

See most of us are afraid of the thief, they comes in the night to steal all of our things. But there is a thief in your mind who is after your dreams. His name is doubt.

DOUBT

If you see him call the cops and keep him away from the kids because he is wanted for murder. So he has killed more dreams than failure ever did. He wears many disguises and like a virus will leave you blinded, divided and turn you into a kinda.

BLINDED
DIVIDED

“KINDA”

See kinda is lethal. You know what kinda is? There is a lot of kinda people, you kinda want a career change, you kinda want to get straight A’s, you kinda want to get in shape. Simple math, no numbers to crunch. If you kinda want something, then you will kinda get the results you want.

What is your dream? What ignites that spark. You can’t kinda want that, you got to want it with every part of your whole heart. Will you struggle? Yeah, yeah… you will struggle, no way around it. You will fall many times, but who’s counting? Just remember, there’s no such thing as a smooth mountain.

SMOOTH MOUNTAIN

If you want to make it to the top then, there are sharp ridges that have to be stepped over. There will be times you get stressed and things you get depressed over. But let me tell you something. Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school three times, three times but he kept going.

KEPT GOING

The television execs fired Oprah said she was unfit for TV but she kept going. Critics told BeyoncĂ© that she couldn’t sing she went through depression. But she kept going.

KEPT GOING

STRUGGLE & CRITICISM

Struggle and criticisms are prerequisites for greatness. That is the law of this universe and no one escapes it. Because pain is life but you can choose what type? Either the pain on the road to success or the pain of being haunted with regret.

REGRET

You want my advice. Don’t think twice.

DON’T THINK TWICE

We have been given a gift that we call life.

LIFE

So don’t blow it. You’re not defined by your past instead you were born anew in each moment. So own it now.

SO OWN IT NOW

Sometimes you’ve got to leap. And grow your wings on the way down. You better get the shot off before the clock runs out because there is ain’t no over time in life, no do over. And I know what sound like I’m preaching on speaking with force but if you don’t use your gift then you sell not only yourself, but the whole world. Short.

SHORT

So what invention that you have buried in your mind? What idea?

IDEA
CURE
SKILL

What cure? What skill did you have inside to bring out to this universe?

UNI = ONE
VERSE = SONG

Uni meaning one, verse meaning song, you have a part to play in this song.

ONE SONG

So grab that microphone and be brave. Sing your heart out on life’s stage. You cannot go back and make a brand new beginning. But you can start now and make a brand new ending.

A BRAND NEW ENDING

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