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.


"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.

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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, …
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 ;-)

Discussion question – What declarations would you add to your Manifesto?

Hour Of Joy

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1) MOVE (20 minutes)
When you wake up, immediately stretch, take a walk, work out or do whatever you need to do to awaken, flex and energize your body. Any sort of physical movement releases stress and serves as a meditative priming for your big day.

2) PLAN (20 minutes)
Before you answer emails or get busy with the day's obligations, strategize your day with the Daily Productivity Planner. You've never seen a to-do list like this!

3) ENERGIZE (20 minutes) Ask yourself empowering questions while getting ready for the day.

SURPRISE: Who could I surprise today with a kind gesture, playful joke or extra attention, and what specifically could I do to be kind, playful or appreciative with this person? This question generates a social enthusiasm for the day.

STRENGTH: What might stress me out, throw me off or upset me today, and how can I prepare my mind to help me be a stronger and more positive person in those moments? This question acknowledges that life can be tough and teaches your mind to anticipate a positive response to life's challenges.

SPIRIT: What am I most grateful for (or happy about) in my life right now? How can I share that with someone? This question frames the day for gratitude and sharing.
My Hour Of Joy for Month of October – 2 hours

1.    Prayer
2.    Take a big glass of water
3.    20 min stretching or workout on the background of Motivation Manifesto audio
4.    Play the piano – 1 hour
5.    15 min reading aloud Motivation Manifesto
6.    15 min recording what I learned and my thoughts about this subject
7.    Plan my day using the Daily Planner of Brendon Burchard
Retell the article using the expressions below:
1.    flex and energize your body
2.    releases stress and serves as a meditative priming
3.    strategize your day
4.    ask yourself empowering questions
5.    generates a social enthusiasm
6.    what might stress me out, throw me off
7.    acknowledge
8.    anticipate a positive response
9.    frames the day for gratitude

Create Your Hour of Joy in the morning

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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.

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