Learn English Online with Dimi

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clip_image003My name is Dimi. I teach online via Skype.
"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 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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Testimonials

 

Dimi – the best English teacher I have ever met and the best coach who believes in me, who helped me find my passion and teaches me not to give up in difficult moments.

 

My life has really changed in all areas (job, love, self-development) and I am grateful to Dimi for that.

 

I remember the day when I was looking on the Internet to find an English teacher. I’ve had different teachers before but they were just simple teachers. Dimi is a unique teacher, she practices individual approach to her students. She teaches with heart, soul and love!!! Her lessons are always interesting, engaging and time goes by very fast with her!

 

Before our lessons, I was afraid to speak in English despite the fact that I studied the English language at school and university! Thanks to Dimi, I’ve started understanding, speaking, writing, and using English in my life easily. What’s more, I’ve graduated from an American university!!!

 

Not only Dimi has helped me to improve my English skills but also to find my passion – a lovely new job. As well as that, Dimi has helped me to organize myself, to build positive thinking and to open my talents.

 

Thank you that you always believe in me, inspire and motivate me!

 

I am grateful to God that I have met you!

 

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Olya – Russia

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After 8 days without social media

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After my 8-days digital diet – 8 days without social media, I felt really great. I felt refreshed and most importantly free. However, the moment I started using social media again, I fell in the old circle of bad habits. While I was downloading something and waiting for it, I found myself checking my social media accounts, again!Crying face – without any particular goal, just to kill the time. I logged off all my social media accounts. But then I started checking my email constantly. Basically, I replaced the bad habit of checking my social media accounts with another bad one – checking my email constantly!

 

Then it dawned on me that I have to replace the bad habit with a good one. While I’m waiting, I can read aloud from my book, or I can listen to a podcast, watch a video (all of them selected in advance – in a special folder in my computer), I can even stretch, do push-ups – There are so many healthy choices. I just have to be self-disciplined. Self-discipline starts with small things. And the more self-disciplined you are, the more self-confident you feel – That’s what I found out in my daily struggle against digital distractions.

 

And what about you? Do you have the same problem? How do you handle it?

 

Being on a diet is great, but there is no point of this diet if after it, you go back to your old way of living.

For instance, if you are on a diet of losing weight and you restrict yourself to eating particular food, but after the diet is over, you go back to your old way of eating, there won’t be any positive change. As a result, you can even gain more weight.

 

I have to apply a new way of living on a constant basis – To have a plan and not to kill my time every day.

 

My new habits:

1.    Checking social media and email – only 2 times a day – in the morning and in the evening (If miss it, skip it!) (You can leave an automatic message saying that “I’m checking my email only 2 times a day. I will get back to you, when I get back to my email. In case of emergency, call me on the phone)

2.    Before turning on the computer – make a plan, write down on a piece of paper your goals and the time limit for them, set mobile reminders!

 

Self-discipline starts with small things like learning to control your digital distractions. The more self-disciplined you are, the more self-confident you feel.

 

Selfdiscipline - the ability to make yourself do things that should be done despite having the desire or not.

When you have discipline, you have self-control.

 

You might want to read also: Why Are You Wasting Your Time? - http://englishwordoftheday2010.blogspot.com/2017/02/why-are-you-wasting-your-time.html

How I beat procrastination

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I was always putting off my dream and saying I will work on it tomorrow. The next day, I promised to myself – I’m starting tomorrow. The next days – the same. I was always wasting tomorrow. There was always a problem, a hindrance, something unexpected.
In the hustle and bustle of life, in this noisy world, we often forget our dreams, we have problems, worries, we are under stress and we lose motivation. That’s what happened to me, too. I had a strong why and a compelling vision related to my dream, but I forgot it. The result was I felt like walking dead, my heart and soul were almost asleep.
The waking call came in the form of a video and two letters. What do you choose “pain on the road to success or the pain of being haunted with regret”? – Some of the words from EVERYBODY DIES, BUT NOT EVERYBODY LIVES by Prince Ea.
It’s too late – I said to myself – I’m too old now to pursue my dream.
“Do you know how old I’ll be by the time I learn to play the piano?
The same age, you will be if you don’t” (The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron)
I don’t want to get to the end of my life and say “What if …?”
So I created my vision statement and started writing it every morning in my journal – to stay emotionally engaged with my dream. I kept writing it and I felt inspired by that but I still didn’t take any actions.
One day, by chance, I read an email by Dean Graziosi. The words went like – The word of the day IMPLEMENTATION! There is MORE…There’s more for you out there, more success, more income, more abundance, more of everything, but it requires you to take an action. Start small – one step today. Then the next day – more steps and the next weeks add more and more steps.
After reading the whole letter, I felt very inspired. Then, I decided to check my other email. What a coincidence! There was a similar letter. That time by Jim Rohn. I opened it and wow – That was the moment everything changed for me!
“Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow”
All too often, we will waste tomorrow as we wasted yesterday… and as we are wasting today.
Learn to develop a sense of urgency and stop wasting your "tomorrow."
“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”
 
Each of us must pause frequently to remind ourselves that the clock is ticking.
(You can read the whole article here: http://www.success.com/article/rohn-dont-wait-until-tomorrow - Highly recommended!)
Those valuable words were a great reminder for me that time is transient and I have to take an action NOW. I copied those words in my journal, turned off the computer and started working on my dream. Today is already day number 5 and it feels awesome! It feels wonderful to write every day in your journal – Accomplishments – Working on my dream!
I’m starting to wake up with my dream, to wake up for a new life – life of chasing your dreams with fire each and every day, life of living your full potential and being more determined, patient and persistent on the road to your dreams, life of being a HERO!
 
You may also want to read my article – Why are you wasting your time? - a real dream, a real story, a real fight…

Why are you wasting your time?

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The woman from my dream came to me and asked me:

- Why are you wasting your time?

Her question was so unexpected that I couldn’t say anything. I was just gazing at her in amazement.

- I’ll call the police – said she.

Finally, I managed to reply:

- I’m 18 years old. I can do anything I want.

She had hard time believing it but she mumbled one shallow okay and entered into the house next to us. She kept watching me, though, over the window – what I will do next.

At that moment, I woke up and realized that was just a dream. In my ears her words: “Why are you wasting your time? I’ll call the police”

and my answer: I’m 18. I can do anything I want” were still sounding.

Funny enough, later that morning, my brother called me on the phone. I said to him, I’m too tired. Yesterday, I went to bed at 1 am.

- Why did you go to bed so late?

- I wasted my time browsing on the Internet.

- Why did you waste your time?

- Hmm, I…I don’t know…

In my mind still the words “Why are you wasting your time? I’ll call the police” and my answer: “I’m 18. I can do anything I want” were ringing.

I tried to find the answer  - Why am I wasting my time?

When my time comes and I go to my Creator and he asks me,

“How did you use one of the biggest gifts I gave you – time? Did you squander it or did you use it wisely?”,

What would I say??

“Did you use the gifts I gifted you? Did you develop them and share them with the world or did you bury your talents?”

I’m aware of the fact that I’m wasting my time every day. Probably, if I have to count it, it will be the half of my life. Do I use my time to live fully? – I started to ask myself. Every day, at the end of the day, I write in my journal my accomplishments for the day and also my stumbling blocks – that what didn’t go well. At some point, I felt really tired of writing almost every day – minuses: wasted time, wasted time on social media… I felt really fed up with all of that and decided to go on a diet – 3 days without social media. I’m happy to say that I’ve managed to make it 8 days. In fact, I felt like a burden has fallen off me. I felt free. It felt so liberating that I think to repeat this diet some time in the future, too.

Social media is an important tool in my business and social media is a great way to connect with my friends all over the world. I’m not giving it up. I just need to learn to control it, not the opposite way – to be a slave of social media and digital distractions.

So what am I doing now? I’ve started to measure how much time I spend on social media. I set the alarm clock of my mobile for 15 minutes. Yes, 15 minutes. I know, I have only 15 minutes to do what I have to do, so when my mobile rings I’m ready to click log off and to close the page.

I do the same with all of my computer activities. What’s important – Before sitting in front of the computer, I write on a sticky note the things which I need to do when I turn on my computer and the time limit I have for these activities.

 

For instance, for writing an article, I set the alarm clock for 30 minutes.

 

When it rings, I stop to where I am, save everything and move away from the computer, drink water, stretch, take a walk outside. If this is an urgent task, I come back and continue after 15 minutes. Otherwise, I take a bigger break.

I’m doing spring cleaning at the moment – getting rid of all the non-essential things in my life. It’s amazing how free you feel after getting rid of the minors and focusing on the major things, on the things that will move your life forward.

What about you? Do you have the same problem with time and digital distractions? How do you handle it?

Back to the question – Why are you wasting your time? – I couldn’t find the answer, but I found the solution for me and I’m working on it. I’ve taken full responsibility for my life and the feeling is incredible - to be the architect of my time, to be in control of my life.

The reader is a leader

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I started setting myself monthly challenges since January last year.

 

There is so much freedom when you choose your own challenges, your own curriculum.

 

I decided to start this year and January with focus on reading and writing.

 

In order to be a better writer and coach, a better leader and person, you have to read more. The reader is a leader and every leader should be a reader, too.

 

That was my main motivation for the challenge. Along with my role model Brendon Burchard. He says that if you want to reignite your life, you have to set yourself challenges, including reading a book per week and that's what he has been doing for more than 20 years...

 

Last year, I read a book per week and I wanted to repeat that challenge again. But…the point is what I learned in the end. Looking back at the last year and the four books I read for one month – a book per week, I discovered that there wasn’t much benefit for me. I can't say anything about the content of these books now. However, that was a very useful experience for my language skills. I started speaking more fluently in Russian, the words came easier to me. That’s why, I think to repeat that challenge again for developing my fluency in Russian language. But in terms of personal development – learning and implementing the knowledge, I need more time, more time to take notes, to reflect… As well as that, I'm aware of the fact that when I read a book per week, my focus is on finishing the book on time, not so much on the content.

 

Focus is power. But the most important thing is, why am I doing this? What is the purpose? Your WHY is what matters! Everything Starts with Why!

 

Like a friend of mine said: "Let us imagine that you wish to explore all 50 states in the USA. Would you jump in your car and drive 144 km/h (90 mph) racing through each state and then, in a year time, proclaim that you know each state? If your goal is just to say you've read a bunch of books, then by all means, set lofty goals, but if your goal is to be transported, immersed, and enlightened, embrace and savor your journeys. As a writer, I would rather people walk through my book, not drive 144 km/h." (Terry Fields)

 

I understand now that everyone's approach to reading is different.

 

I think the way you read a book represents your character. It reveals something about your character. Particularly for me, some weaknesses. Challenging myself to improve my reading, I believe I can improve my character, too.

 

So this time, I decided not to set a deadline – a book per week, but to focus on what I’m reading. I still set a deadline, though – 3 books per month (I’m happy to say I read more). But my focus was on the content and trying to learn as much as possible + taking action, i.e. implementing the knowledge. For me, this approach works much better. Because some books are longer, others are shorter. Some require more time, some less. One of the books, The Alchemist I read for 3 hours in one snowy afternoon.

 

Below are some of my accomplishments in January – Focus on Reading and Writing. Like always, I’m sharing them with you in the hope to inspire you to reach a new level of success and to be more determined, patient and persistent. Be a Hero!

 

January - Month of Reading and Writing – Accomplishments

First and foremost, I’m very happy to say that I didn’t miss my Morning Ritual – my hour of power and joy. If you don’t know what morning ritual is, please, read my experience with it 

Books

1.    Read + took notes – Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi

2.    Read The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho + wrote an article: My Lessons from The Alchemist – part 1

3.    Read The Alchemist for the second time. This time took notes. A lot of lessons from this book – I’m planning to write the part 2 to My Lessons from The Alchemist. The interesting thing is that I needed 3 hours to finish the book both times.

4.    Read + took notes – The Leadership Guide by Brendon Burchard – 36% finished in January. I’m continuing reading this book in February, too.

5.    Read Духовният живот на православния християнин – an Orthodox book by the Bulgarian monk – arch. Seraphim Aleksiev (My faith is of very big importance to me. That’s why I’ve decided to read at least one Orthodox book per month)

6.    Read twice – The Power of Habit by Brian Tracy (the first time – aloud, the second time – took notes)

 

Creations

1. Wrote 10 new stories for my blog and for my book – English with Inspirational Stories – Personal Stories by Dimi – part 1

 

2. Prepared 3 new books

 

 

as a free gift to my students (Collected poems + wrote “How to Use Calendar to Grow”) You can download my books for FREE here

 

3. Created a new music card “Be a Hero” for 123greetings.com

4.    Translated a new poem by arch. Seraphim – Spring has Arrived

 

Inspiration

1.    Watch many inspirational videos by Brendon Burchard + took notes - Plan an EXTRAORDINARY 2017! Here's how, The Year of High Performance. Will this be a courageous year for you? (some of the best ones for me)

2.    Got inspired by Marie Forleo and her videos – one of them - ONTRApalooza 2012: Marie Forleo!

3.    Discovered the work of Jim Rohn and I love it! – watched many of his videos + took notes

4.    Started a notebook – My Lessons – each day at the end of it, I write in my notebook what I have learned

5.    Journaling – Each day – my accomplishments + what went well and what didn’t go well + Beauty Witness Exercise by Brendon Burchard

 

**************************Only two things can change our lives: either something new comes into our lives, or something new comes from WITHIN. - Brendon Burchard.

 

The spring has arrived

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The buds woke up, and there
The withered twigs are in leaves
The sun shines and smiles in the sky
And you see – Spring has arrived
It is spring :-)

A clear creek spouts amid the grasses
In the air - bees, flies fly
and bathe their wings in the rays
And joy, joy fills your heart

Freshness blows from the snowy mountain
And there, past a small house
in a decoration white
as a young bride
blooms a cherry tree
with its wedding vibrant veil

You sit and watch
The storks flying from the south
swim in the sky
Oh, how your soul not to rejoice
The world is already different, so different
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The toolbox and the boy

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Retell the story using the words in bold letters

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Every day, the 4-year-old boy went with his father to his work and watched him how he fixed different devices. His father was a technician. One day, when the father wasn’t at home, the boy decided to surprise him for his birthday and show what he learned. He saw the new radio and was very curious what is inside of it. He found his father’s toolbox and from the first time, he managed to unscrew the screws with the Phillips screwdriver and to open the radio. The boy was so happy from his success that decided to take apart the whole radio. When the father came home, he gasped in disbelief. His son cried:

– Dad, look at what I’ve done - a present for your birthday. I’m a technician like you. I took apart the new radio. I can use the screwdriver.

At first, the father went mad since it was the new radio and his son took his toolbox without asking him. Then he thought to himself – There is no point in shouting at the kid or worse, beating him.

Instead of that, he hugged him and said:

– You are going to become a big technician, but true technicians not only take apart, true technicians should be able to reassemble, too.

– Dad, you’re right. But I have other surprise for you, too. Show me an instrument from your toolbox and I’ll tell you its name.

The father smiled:

– Well, let’s see.

He showed

 

1.    screwdriver

2.    Phillips screwdriver

3.    wrench

4.    pliers

5.    nail

6.    washer

7.    nut

8.    wood screw

9.    machine screw

10. bolt

11. monkey wrench

 

and the boy guessed all of them right. The father couldn’t believe it. He was over the moon, extremely pleased and happy. That was a great present for his birthday, indeed. Gift with a bow

– Now, let’s resemble the radio, son. Will you help me?

You bet! Smile

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What would you do if you were in the place of the father? What would you say to your son?