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.

Lessons from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Lessons from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – part 1




After I finished the book, I was curious to see what other people think of it. I have to admit I was struck to find out many negative reviews. All of those reviews had a valid point, though. I noticed all of these negative things, too. I just didn’t pay attention to them. My focus was on taking the positive and learning something from the book. I didn’t pay attention to its shortcomings. All that reminds me of focus. And you find what you look for.

I remember now the fairy tale of the king who ordered his servants to bring him stinky grass. They came back with a whole sack of it. When the king asked them if they saw sweet-smelling grass, they said they didn’t because they were busy finding stinky grass, so they didn’t pay attention to the other one. You find what you look for.


We can find a similar story in The Alchemist, too about the drops of oil in the spoon. Focus matters!


Personally for me, for instance, when I go to the market with the intention to buy grapes, my focus is on the grapes. I see the other things, but at that moment, they are not important to me and I ignore them. My focus is on finding the best grapes for me. After I finish with that task, then I may look at the other things in details.


Also, when you focus on something, it grows. If you focus on the negative, it becomes double negative. But if you focus on the positive, you guess, it becomes double positive. Beware of where your focus is!


FOCUS – that’s the biggest lesson for me – a great reminder, especially nowadays when we have so many digital distractions.


In the connection with focus, I’d love to add - Successful people are focused, they are not distracted.




When the main hero was robbed in a foreign country, first he cried, but then he decided to change his perspective and from victim to look at himself and the situation like a new adventure. That helped him tremendously. He found a job and later became very successful, simply by changing his perspective.  


“We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes.”  Charles R. Swindoll


Celebration of 2016 + Lessons

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StarThe New Year has started. But did you celebrate your achievements from the last year?
I believe this is essential before you start setting new goals and making new resolutions.
When you celebrate your accomplishments,
you boost your self-confidence and self-confidence is critical for success.
Before the celebration of the accomplishments, however, I will start with the lessons -  
What did I learn last year?Light bulb
Last year, I promised that by the end of the year I will transform myself into lioness :-)
I was enthusiastic to start living my life as a lioness. I felt tired to live as a mouse.
There comes a time in the lives of those destined for greatness when we must stand before the mirror of meaning and ask:
Why, having been endowed with the courageous heart of a lion, do we live as mice?
(an excerpt from Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard)

For me, personally, to transform myself from mouse into lioness, means to start doing physical exercises on a regular basis. If you read My Transformational Story, you already know that this transformation was successful. However, I still haven’t reached that top shape and that state to be fit as a fiddle. That’s my main goal for this year. Last year, I did my exercises only for 2 months. Then something happened and I stopped. Now, I’m fully aware of the reason why that happened and I’m determined to change.

StarThe majority of the world’s people are not advancing at the speed of which they are capable.  They have not sought self-mastery and so they lack the personal power to direct their energies… It is like watching a cheetah stroll lazily all its life, never powerfully stretching and leaping at the staggering speed within its potential.
(an excerpt from Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard)

A confident person for me is someone
who when fails, rises up and tries again, this time harder.
So now, I’m hungrier for success like never before :-)

I’d love to share my accomplishments with you from the last year, too. Hope to inspire you to be more determined, patient and persistent on the road to success, and never ever to give up!

Sending you lots of joy and success for the New Year and always!

Celebration of the Accomplishments 2016    Red heart
When you celebrate your accomplishments,
you boost your self-confidence and self-confidence is critical for success.
Accomplishments from January to June 2016 (I celebrated them on my birthday which was on June 28th) - You can read them here: http://englishwordoftheday2010.blogspot.com/2016/06/accomplishments-and-birthday.html
Below are my accomplishments from July to December 2016 :-)
Accomplishments July 2016 – Month of Brendon Burchard Smile
Courses by Brendon Burchard
1.    Finished the course - 10 Human Drives that make you feel alive
2.    Started a new course and looking forward to the book from it – The Motivation Manifesto - watched the videos from the first three weeks – extremely inspiring and energetic
3.    Finished the first week from Your Next Bold Move course
4.    Attended the live cast to the High Performance GPS course (3 days). My reaction after it – I felt charged up with positive energy like never before in my life
Books by Brendon Burchard
5.    Finished reading The Charge Life
6.    Started and finished Life’s Golden Ticket (read it twice - the ebook and the hardcover)
Other books
7.    Listened to the audio version, read the book, too – Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
8.    Piano lessons – 2 times per week
9.    Piano practice – almost every day for 2 hours
10. Learned to play by heart – 10 short compositions
11. Watched famous pianists playing on YouTube
12. Wrote many creative stories for my blog and students
13. Followed Brendon Burchard and Marie Forleo FB’s pages – watched some inspirational videos
14. Kept my morning ritual, i.e. for my soul, body and mind – prayer, physical exercises on the background of music)) – Brendon Burchard’s podcasts
15. Got in touch with an old friend and played music together
16. Met interesting people and happy to be a part of Experts Accountability Team
17. Have set reminders on my phone – my three words which define me – determined, patient and persistent
18. Have visited the lovely Irish sea! – thanks to my Irish friend
19. Practiced Russian & German with my language exchange partners – 2 times per week
Accomplishments - August 2016my Month of being More OrganizedSmile
1.    Read once again and took notes – Life’s Golden Ticket by Brendon Burchard
2.    Finished the course to it – The 4 Gates to Lasting Change
3.    Followed each week the Motivation Manifesto course (Extremely motivating and inspiring!)
4.    Finished 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.    Talked with my language exchange partners in Russian and German – 2 times per week
    9.    Each day – Cindy Crawford’s exercises!
Accomplishments – September 2016 - Month of Role ModelsSmile
Marie Forleo and Chalene Johnson
1.    “Went on a date” with different workouts – some of them by Chalene Johnson, Marie Forleo, Cindy Crawford
Brendon Burchard
1.    Started using the weekly planner and the daily planner by Brendon Burchard + the hour of joy
2.    Started to make steps in taking a break every 60 minutes – Move, stretch, drink water!   
4.    Changed my diet – Included fish in my menu
5.    Started implementing the philosophy - Don’t listen to the #LITTLEMAN
6.    Piano lessons – 2 times per week
7.    Piano playing – Practice 2 hours each day
8.   Finished the Motivation Manifesto course (It has been extremely motivating, energetic and inspiring!)
9.    Finished the third week from Your Next Bold Move course by Brendon
1.    Created my first music composition after many years – Hero (thanks to the inspiration of Peggy from Experts Accountability Team!)
2.    Created a video to it
3.    Created stories for my students including in Italian language + inspirational stories
Practice Russian with my language exchange partners – every week!
Accomplishments – October 2016 – Month of Creative ExpressionSmile
1.    Have created many inspirational short videos
2.    Have created my 9 Declarations of Personal Power + a video to it
3.    Done many audio and video recordings even in Russian language – my takeaways, lessons, teaching and more
4.    Started the Storytelling challenge – wrote one inspirational story – My Confidence Story
5.    Created stories for my students, too
6.    Created a new website and posted many articles
1.    Started a new course (my present for my Name Day - Oct 26th) – Reignite Your Life by Brendon Burchard
2.    Finished the fourth week from Your Next Bold Move course by Brendon
1.    Read Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard (My second time reading this book - the first time was in Russian language)
2.    Started reading The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie
1.    Started doing Monkey Mind exercise and Beauty Witness exercise - every evening!
1.    Piano Lessons – 2 times per week
2.    Play the piano – Started increasing the number of hours - 3 hours a day – every morning, every afternoon and every evening!
3.    Started preparing for my piano concert
1.    Practice Russian with my language exchange partners – every week!
Accomplishments November – Month of PianoNoteSmile
1.    Piano Practice – almost each day 3 hours a day – every morning, afternoon and evening
2.    Piano Lessons – 2 times per week
3.    Listened to famous piano players on YouTube and Facebook
1.    Finished Reignite Your Life By Brendon Burchard
2.    Started accent reduction lessons with Karen
1.    Learned a lot from Bob Heilig about branding, promoting yourself on social media, etc. – You should own your business, not the business to own you!
1.    Practice Russian with my language exchange partners – every week!
Accomplishments December 2016 – Month of Finishing StrongSmile
2.    Took a part in SC piano challenge for Christmas
3.    Wrote my first real song (including the arrangement) to one of the poems of arch. Seraphim!!! – Still work in progress
Got to know many different music instruments from different countries – quite inspirational!
1.    Practice piano playing - each day
2.    Piano Lessons – 2 times per week
3.    Started learning kids songs for my future project
2.    Practice Russian with my language exchange partners – every week!
3.    Got in touch with my language partners for German language
1.    Finally finished Our Prayer – an Orthodox book by arch. Seraphim
2.    Read the 4 Agreements by Luis Miguel Ruiz
3.    Read the first two chapters – Building Champions by Jeff Piece (Planning to buy the whole book – Really inspiring stuff!)
4.    Started reading Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi
1.    Finished Your Next Bold Move course (the last week)
2.    Finished the 30 days The Better Life Challenge by Dean Graziosi

Singing Story

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My first experience in a heavy traffic jam was both a test of patience and a test of inspiration. I was in bumper-to-bumper traffic. That traffic really made me feel tired. At some point, the cars stayed in gridlock for more than an hour. I started to get irritated. At that moment, I remembered that a guy from Moscow managed to learn many different languages in traffic jams simply by listening to CDs. Since, I didn’t bring any CDs with me and I didn’t have mobile Internet, I decided to turn on the radio. The news was just horrible: Everything went up in flames; palls of smoke; blazing, raging fires… I couldn’t stand it anymore and turned off the radio. Then I decided that this is a wonderful opportunity. I could use that situation as an inspiration for a new song. So here we go :-)

  I’M SINGING (by Dimita)

I’m in bumper-to-bumper traffic,
in gridlock
But I’m not grind to a halt
I’m singing

I’m singing
about the heavy traffic
I’m singing
about blazing, raging fires
about the saddening atmosphere
I’m singing
about the carelessness of the people,
the deliberate disregard
of the long-term consequences
I’m singing
about the palls of smoke
that obscure the scene
The palls of smoke
of egoism and greed
I’m singing

You may think I was crazy, but I was happy. I just sang my heart out.
After three hours, I was finally able to get out of the town. As I was approaching the suburbs, I saw a beautiful landscape. My car sped along the dusty highway to that idyllic landscape. When I reached that place, however, I started to choke. Even though the windows of my car were closed, I still could feel the intolerable stench of the open dump. There were discarded household goods burst open and spilled out everywhere. The stifling atmosphere was disgusting. That open dump marred an otherwise idyllic landscape. But I smiled and thought - Another inspiration for a song, right? :-) What would you say?

1.    Retell the story using the words in bold
2.    Prepare the speaking activities from the pdf file

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