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.

Role Models

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Every company should have a mission and a vision in order to be truly successful. 
The same goes for every person. If you want to achieve something significant in your life, you’d better have a mission and a vision for the future. There will be inevitable hardships and you gotta have the motive, the motivation, your STRONG why, so not to give up on the road to your dream.
And I think you should be on a mission about your goals and dreams, as well – To have a mission and a compelling vision for your objectives. And what I have discovered for myself, it is good to have role models, too - someone to inspire you along the way. I’ve decided for myself that my mission concerning the health area is to become energetic, vibrant, alive, enthusiastic and bold like Brendon Burchard. In my top list of role models are also Chalene Johnson and Marie Forleo (I want to try their workouts) and also my friend Samir Di Johansson (I want to be strong like him). Nothing is impossible for the willing heart, right? :-)


 
I like what Marie Forleo said about the keys to motivation – 
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Key 1: Stay emotionally connected to the vision of what you want and why that’s important. When you are emotionally connected to why this is important to you, you don’t have to be motivated. Your vision will pull you forward because it is so compelling.
Key 2: Create supportive environment. Our environment impacts our motivation. You need to set your environment to support you rather than sabotage you.
Key 3: Exercise is a key to motivation. When you exercise, you release a flood of neurochemicals in your body like serotonin and dopamine. Those are the happy hormones, make you feel energized and hopeful and excited naturally. But here is the key. You can’t wait to feel motivated to exercise. You gotta exercise first and then you are like – I can take on the world! This is amazing! The action comes first – the whole key with motivation! So when you exercise and you feel like you can take on the world, all of the sudden you have momentum and that carries you ahead. The same things if you want to work on writing a book or starting a business, anything. The moment you start taking action, you feel that sense of progress, you feel that sense of achievement and it makes you want to keep going.


So here is my monthly challenge for September :-) September – Month of Being Full of Beans

I want to find my soulmate:-) I love these words by Chalene Johnson and I'd love to find my soulmate workout, too - Find Your Soulmate Workout and Fall in Love by Chalene Johnson - Your soulmate workout makes you feel you can do anything, it challenges you never to be complacent, makes you feel alive, sexy and young - When doing a soulmate workout, you are surprised by how fast time passes. – Your soulmate workout clears your mind, calms your emotions, awakens your spirit, gives you energy, creativity, and drive. – You can’t help but endlessly talk about your soulmate workout. – You look forward to your next workout.
Most people see exercise as a punishment. It’s usually something they have to do in order to lose weight and be healthy. But what if exercise was like your soulmate? Something you wanted to do every day, something that made you happy and felt good. It can be done and I think the key to finding a soulmate workout is remembering what it’s like to be in love, because that’s what you’ll be doing when you find the right workout for you.

Since, I want to find my soulmate workout, I decided to “go on a date” with different workouts.

September – Month of Being Full of Beans


Project – Health

1.  “Go on a date” with different workouts – Chalene Johnson, Marie Forleo and Cindy Crawford are my possible matches. I’d love to find my soulmate workout
2.    Take a break every 60 minutes – Move, stretch, drink water!
3.    Drink 2 litres of water every day
4.    Change my diet – Include fish in my menu
5.  Use the weekly planner and the daily planner by Brendon Burchard 

Project – Coaching/English

1.    Continue reading the Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard and implementing it in my life
2.    Follow each week the course to it
3.    Finish the third week of Your Next Bold Move course
4.    Write creative stories for my students – vocabulary, grammar, inspiration
5.  Watch the videos from the Influence Course


Project – Music

1.    Piano lessons – 2 times per week
2.    Piano practice – 2 hours a day
3.    Practice singing & writing
4.    Diaphragmatic breathing – each morning

We Shall Reclaim Our Agenda

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My takeaways from The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard (Get the book for free here - http://www.motivationmanifesto.com) - We Shall Reclaim Our Agenda



Yes, rise in the morning and write

Who will I be today?

What dreams will I chase?
What will I create and accomplish no matter what?
Who will I give value, love, or appreciation to?
What will I do or experience that will help me feel fulfilled and grateful when I rest my head to pillow later tonight?
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This is called living intentionally and independently. This is how motivated persons live. This is manifesting a freer life.

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We must choose this day to finally be more intentional with what we want and what shall deserve our golden attention.

CLARITY ON WHAT IS MEANINGFUL

What will give us a sense that we are once more in command of our life’s agenda? 
Clarity. Direction. Progress.  

We begin developing clarity about the current state of our life’s agenda by realizing that all human experience is segmented into two fields: meaningful activities and nonmeaningful activities. This forces a clear distinction when evaluating our days.
 
Do I find what I am doing each day of my life meaningful? Is all this busywork in line with what I feel is my life’s work? These are the questions of the self-determined.
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Fine is the calling card of conformity.
Things are merely fine in life when passion has been slowly bled from our veins. Things are fine when we are bored stiff. Things are fine when we’ve done what they told us to do, and we’re sick and tired of it. Things are fine when we have been marching to the beat of someone else’s song for far too long. Things are fine when we are aching for more adventure, more passion, more intimacy, more creative expression, more contribution, more drive, more independence, more freedom, more life in our days.
If we are merely fine, we are not alive. Should we not be amazing, excited, thrilled, fantastic, phenomenal, beyond grateful?

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The final clear indication that someone’s life agenda is not their own is constant lack of focus. It is that terrible and never-ending distraction of the modern world that is stealing purpose and progress from our lives.

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Let us boldly ask what it says about ourselves if we cannot pull back from our addiction to digital distractions. For it is an addiction; we are no better off than the alcoholic who cannot avoid the bar or the gambler the casino.

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In this age of the quantified self, we measure how many hours we slept, steps we took, calories we burned, pages we viewed. We document our every personal move in photos and videos. Yet we know nothing about ourselves. We spend more time checking our stats than our souls. We mine our life experience for data but not depth. We have all these numbers to improve but no idea how to dial back the numbness. As much as we check in, we are checking out of our own lives and becoming voyeuristic, peering gape-mouthed into the sordid details of other people’s lives in order to feel connected or entertained.
If we are to measure and monitor and improve anything, let it be our story, our character, and our conduct— mindfulness of who we are and how we are experiencing and relating with the world. 

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Reclaiming our life agenda is about asking, “Am I proud of who I am and the person I am becoming? Am I happy with what I am doing and contributing to the world?
Have I felt grateful for this day and its opportunities, and have I directed myself purposefully so that I can live my highest truth and serve my highest good?” Let us check in on ourselves in these ways, for in the end, these are the only measures that matter.

Out of the Blue - Story Part 2

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This is part 2 :-)

Are you curious to know what happened after the incident in Part 1 of the story? Let's see :-)

My neighbor helped me to clean and fixed the broken window. Everything went to normal.
Next day, I went to work like usual. Later in the afternoon when I came back home, and opened the door of that same room again, I gasped in disbelief. Someone had stolen the TV, the computer, all the expensive furniture which was there. Someone had even eaten my birthday cake (I had a birthday the day before).
For the first time in my life, I felt what it meant to have jelly legs. I was thinking that I was dreaming and every moment I would wake up and see that everything was just a nightmare. I pinched myself. Nothing…Everything was real. I called the police. To my relief, an hour after the incident, the burglars were caught. What a day!

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Past Perfect
When I arrived home, I couldn’t believe my eyes:
·         Someone had stolen the TV, the computer, all the expensive furniture.
·         Someone had eaten my birthday cake. 

Which things happened first? Had those terrible things happened before or after arriving?

Past Perfect - had + past participle of the verb


More Organized

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I’m aware that I’m the architect of my time and it depends on me how magical I want my days, months, and years to be. Following my monthly challenges, I’ve decided August to be my Month of being More Organized.  

Only through organization, you can find more freedom, i.e. more free time. I have to get more serious about my calendar. I need to take the ownership of my life. When you manage your time, suddenly you leave with more free time. I use the Productivity Planner from Brendon Burchard.
The following is based on the High Performance GPS course by Brendon Burchard which I attended last month. I have three projects on which I’m working now. For each one of them, I have chosen the five major steps which will lead me to the accomplishment of my dream. One of the projects for this month is to be more persistent. There are projects in all areas – 1. My character 2. Interactions with others 3. Growth
After my morning ritual, I sit down to write my goals for the day, more specifically I fill in the Productivity Planner and try to follow the weekly focus – the eight blocks of time which Brendon suggested.
1.    Weekly Reviews - To measure your progress. You can’t manage something you don’t measure. So usually Sunday evening or Monday morning, I reserve time for doing weekly reviews. In this review, I write the answers to two special questions – 1. What did I enjoy and learn during the week? 2. Is anything on the calendar in the upcoming week that doesn’t matter now? (So I can pull it out and in this way, have more free time)
2.   Schedule Free Blocks, i.e. no work – at least one hour a week – time for yourself!
3.    Family + Significant others
4.    Schedule Time to Create. Check every 90 days - what did you create? When you create, your business grows.
5.   Workouts – Where are they in your calendar? You must have them! Physical exercises will give you more energy and patience, more stamina so you can deal with stress.
6.    Research Time – Look for information that will help you to advance. If you want to be a serious player, update your knowledge, get more insight, study your competitors!
7.    Team touchpoints – See your supportive system
8.    Catch-up blocks – Schedule time each night, set the timer, e.g. 30 min – What must happen by the end of this week so I can move forward to my dreams?
Own your time! Time is precious! Live your life with elegance! You are in charge!
These are some of my notes from High Performance GPS course by Brendon Burchard. I’m trying to follow them and live my life with more strategy, preparation and discipline and most importantly to be consistent in my efforts and habits. Habits are the wheels to success.
August - my Month of being More Organized
Some of my “growth” goals below :-) I’m sharing them in the hope to inspire you to reach new horizons.
1.    Read once again and take notes – Life’s Golden Ticket by Brendon Burchard
2.    Finished the course to it – The 4 Gates to Lasting Change
3.    Follow each week the Motivation Manifesto course (It is extremely motivating and inspiring!)
4.    Do once again the second week from Your Next Bold Move course by Brendon
5.    Piano lessons – 2 times per week
6.    Piano playing – Practice 2 hours each day
7.    Watch videos on YouTube - Piano playing of famous pianists
8.    Start vocal lessons
9.    Speak with my language exchange partners in Russian and German – 2 times per week
    10.    Each morning – Cindy Crawford exercises


MOTIVATION IS A HABIT, NOT A FEELING

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Some notes on Motivation taken from The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard (Get the book here - http://www.motivationmanifesto.com

“Our first step is to understand motivation’s root, motive, which means a reason for action. It’s the “why” we do something. To develop a motive for action, our mind, with or without conscious guidance, filters through various thoughts, feelings, and experiences, and chooses from them a set of reasons to do or not do something. Our mind’s clarity on and commitment to that choice dictates our level of motivation. If we are clear and committed, we will feel high levels of motivation. If we are unclear or uncommitted, motivation will be low…”

“A hallmark of those who achieve greatness is the discovery that they can control the level of motivation they feel by better directing their own minds.”

“People who are motivated are not lucky. They are conscientious. They choose to use their minds in a more purposeful way in order to energize and lift their lives.”

Stages of Motivation
SPARKING MOTIVATION = Ambition + Expectancy
SUSTAINING MOTIVATION = Attention + Effort
AMPLIFYING MOTIVATION = Attitude + Environment

MOTIVATION IS A HABIT, NOT A FEELING. Smart people realize they can control their own aims, attention, and attitude each day. They realize they’ll have ups and downs, but that over a period of time it is their own intentions and initiatives that will sculpt their emotional reality and lives. So, stay intentional. Generate your own energy, emotions, and motivation each day. Will yourself to be strong and keep moving forward. Ask for help. Be bold. Be brave. Fight for the life you deserve.” Brendon Burchard

"When you have big goals, dreams and aspirations, your habits act as the wheels on the road to achievement..."

Out of the Blue - Story Part 1

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Part 1
It was a beautiful day yesterday. I was running in the park at 9 am. The sun was shining and the birds were singing while I was running and enjoying myself. I felt invigorated when I came back home. I started reading my book.
I was reading the book on my e-reader when out of the blue, I heard a loud, banging noise. I jumped to my feet and ran away in the direction of the noise. When I opened the door of the room, my eyes became as big as apples… When I was entering the room, at that very moment, a brick was flying to the window, hitting and smashing the glass into pieces. I screamed and ran out of the room to see what was happening outside. I was shaking like a leaf. Nobody was outside. I talked to my neighbor. He didn’t see anyone…He was always talking on the phone. No wonder, he didn’t notice anything. He was busy…
I. Retell the story
II. Do the grammar exercises from the pdf file
III. Stay tuned for the second part of the story
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Past Continuous
I was running at 9 am yesterday.
We use Past Continuous:
1. for an action which was in progress at a particular time in the past. We do not know when the action started or finished.
e.g. I was running at 9 am yesterday. (It’s not clear when I started and when I finished running. We only know that at 9 am yesterday, at that time, I was in the middle of running)
Analogy between Present Continuous and Past Continuous
Continuous tenses express unfinished action. The action is in progress at a specific time.
Present Continuous – something which is happening at the moment, at the present moment. The activity is not finished. You are in the middle of doing something. The activity is in progress in the present time.
Past Continuous - something which was happening at a specific moment in the past. The activity was not finished. You were in the middle of doing something. The activity was in progress in the past time.

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I was reading a book on my e-reader when I heard a loud, banging noise.
We use Past Continuous:

2. For a past action which was in progress when another action interrupted it. We use Past Continuous for the action in progress (the longer action) and Past Simple for the action which interrupted it (the shorter action)
e.g. I was reading a book on my e-reader when I heard a loud, banging noise. (was reading = longer action; heard = shorter action)
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The sun was shining and the birds were singing while I was running in the park.
We use Past Continuous:

3. For two or more actions which were happening at the same time in the past (simultaneous actions)
e.g.
The sun was shining and the birds were singing while I was running in the park.
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He was always talking on the phone.
We use Past Continuous:

4. with a word like always or constantly when there is criticism or complaint:
e.g. He was always talking on the phone.




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