Learn English Online with Dimi

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Welcome to my site Smile

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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.

Practice is the key to success :-)

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What’s this? – Car Vocabulary Story

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It’s a beautiful day. I’m talking with my friend Alex. We’re sitting in the car. As you will see, I’m not a driver. I don’t have a driving license and I don’t understand much of cars. However, I’m very good at asking questions Open-mouthed smile

 

-       What’s this, Alex? I don’t know…  - I shrugged my shoulders

-       You don’t know?! Are you kidding me? You have never seen a steering wheel before? – Alex winked at me ;-)

-       Sure. I’m not asking about that. I was asking about the thing that shows how much gas has left.

-       Oh, that one. That’s a fuel gauge.

-       I see. Then, next to it, it’s the temperature gauge, right?

-       Exactly! You’re a clever girl!

-       And what do we have below the steering wheel?

-       What do you mean?

-       I know on the left, that’s the brake, right? What about the other pedals?

-       In the middle, that’s the clutch and on the right, that’s the accelerator.

-       I think, in the US, we say gas pedal.

-       Yes, but you know, I’m from London, not the US ;-)

-      Right, Alex. You say petrol and I say gas or gasoline. By the way, I see you need to fill the car up with gasoline

-       Did we run out of petrol? :))

-       No, I’m joking… ;-)

-       Enough with these questions. Fasten your seat belt! We need to go…

-       Alex, can you explain to me, what are you doing now?

-       I’m turning the key in the ignition, so can start the car.

-       Okay, I see. Why are you honking the horn, too?

-       You’re driving me crazy with your questions…

-       Sorry.

-      You see, the car behind started beeping at us, too. We gotta go, sweety. Please, fasten your seat belt and stop talking.

-       Just one more question, please. What’s this? Surprised smile

 

Home Assignment

 

1.    Create http://quizlet.com/ with the new words from the dialogue and the video

2.    Practice retelling the story

3.    Additional Task - Create your own story

Put on your make-up – part 1

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- Sweetheart, are you ready? We’re gotta go.

- I’m coming…

- But you’ve said that 1 hour ago.

- Sorry, I needed to use the concealer to hide some blemishes of the skin.

- I love your blemishes…You’re perfect just the way you are…

- I know, but let me apply a light eyeshadow on my eyelids, too.

- Only, don’t use this curling mascara, please!

- Why?! Does it matter if I use lengthening or curling mascara, or any other type?

- And I don’t like your lip gloss. Hope you’re not wearing one.

- My lips are chapped and I’m only with lip balm now. Why are picking on me today? By the way, tomorrow, I’m going to have a facial at the beauty salon

- Wow, how much money is that?? You exfoliate your skin once a week. I think that is pretty much enough. You use also facial masks

- Yes, facial masks are good for deep cleansing of the skin. And the facial is a wonderful way to rejuvenate your complexion.

- If you ask me, you just squander money. Are you ready to go now?

- Just a second, I need to moisturize my hands

- Oh, dear…We’ll never be on time…

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See the pictures 1, 2

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More vocabulary Smile

1.a mascara wand

2.thick/ waterproof mascara

3.a smudge of lipstick on the cup

4.Her tears smudged her mascara

to smudge your make-up

to smudge (verb)

smudge (noun) = a dirty mark made when ink or paint is accidentally rubbed on a surface [= smear]

5. She touched up her lipstick in the mirror.

to touch up = to improve something by changing it slightly or adding a little more to it

Messy Room

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Messy Room by Shel Silverstein

 

Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
His underwear is hanging on the lamp.
His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair,
And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp.
His workbook is wedged in the window,
His sweater's been thrown on the floor.
His scarf and one ski are beneath the TV,
And his pants have been carelessly hung on the door.
His books are all jammed in the closet,
His vest has been left in the hall.
A lizard named Ed is asleep in his bed,
And his smelly old sock has been stuck to the wall.
Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
Donald or Robert or Willie or--
Huh? You say it's mine? Oh, dear,
I knew it looked familiar!

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Hi Smile My name’s Peter. I’m a college freshmen and I live in a hostel. I’m a scrawny person. Sometimes, I’m garrulous but most of the time I’m taciturn and rather aloof.

 

My mood is sullen and I act withdrawn. It’s hard for me to concentrate and I drop things on the floor all the time.

 

Do you dare to see what lurks in my room?

 

I haven’t done the washing-up for almost 7 days now and you can imagine the pile of dishes in my sink. Dirty dishes are stacked on the bedside table, too. There is a clutter of bottles in my closet and clutter on my desk, too! Even mold is starting to grow on my half-eaten pizza! Many pieces of paper are thrown on the floor, dirty clothes and shoes are scattered everywhere! Stinky, mildewed towels! And these weird-looking bugs stuck in the bin, must be cockroaches! Oh, my God! I need to take prompt actions before everything goes out of control (It has already gone!) and my mother gets furious with me. She is coming to see me in the hostel after 3 days. I have only 3 days to sort out this mess.

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Home Assignment:

 

What is the cure to procrastination? Please, help! What do I need to do to get this messy room clean?

 

See the pics – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Other ways to say IMPORTANT

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Problems from head to toe – part 2

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Problems from head to toe – part 2 – Unexpected News (See Problems from head to toe – part 1)

 

Tablets must be dissolved in water – my boyfriend told me on the phone. Nevertheless, I decided to read the enclosed leaflet before taking these tablets. Nothing special there – just the usual stuff…

 

How to take the tablets - Adults

Take two tablets, four times a day. Sometimes a lower dose may be sufficient. You should spread the doses as evenly as possible over a 24-hour period.

 

WARNING – Do not exceed the stated dose.

Possible side effects may include stomach disorders and fainting..

This product can cause lethargy, drowsiness, fatigue, or dizziness.

For short-term use only.

If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.  

Do not use after expiry date.

 

I read the leaflet and took two tablets dissolved in water. Then I called a cab. Who could believe it that I wanted to go to work after all what had happened? I looked myself in the mirror. I was pasty-faced and completely listless. And you guess, on the way to work, I fainted in the cab. I woke up in the hospital…After series of examinations, the next day, I found out that I’m…I’m pregnant. Wow, what wonderful news!

 

Meanwhile, my boyfriend underwent shoulder surgery.

 

After two months, we were back on track, invigorated and glowing with health. Love does make wonders! Our beautiful daughter was born on October 19-th Smile

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Nature Journey with an unexpected end :-) - Something from my music creations

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