English is a difficult language to learn, but there are some ways that you can make the process easy. Learning English doesn’t have to be stressful, as long as you know the shortcuts, the most important points to focus on, and the common problems that can be quickly eliminated. Once you get a solid base to stand on, you can take the time to build the more complicated grammatical sentences that are the mark of a fluent English speaker. A good place to go for the essentials of English is the website set up by Fatih Erdem, www.Power-English.net. Whether you have a question about basic grammar rules, vocabulary improvement, or even slang terms, this website has your answers.
UV: You’ve collected a lot of good resources for learning English on your website. What made you decide to create this website and help people with their English skills?
FE: Well, in fact I am not a native speaker and I have been trying to improve my English for years. You know, schools and even special English courses are not enough to speak excellent English. Because, especially in my own country, they are using classical methods and boring textbooks to teach English. So, I tried and tried lots of different ways to improve my English speaking. And finally, I decided to build a website to help people with my experience. I wanted people to use best methods to learn English.
UV: Learning English vocabulary is important, but it’s also important to learn grammar so that you know how the words all fit together correctly. Do you recommend that people start by focusing on grammar, or on vocabulary?
FE: When I was searching the best methods for learning English, I red an article called “Children’s Secret” by Dr. J. Marvin Brown. I learned that children learn to speak their language without studying grammar rules. So English learners must focus on vocabulary an listening a lot, not focusing grammar rules. When I was a student in a high school, my grammar was fine and exam results was okay. But I wasn’t able to speak English fluently. It is very essential to learn vocabulary and phrases plus a lot of listening to speak English fluently.
UV: Many people learn basic English in school, but find they really need good English skills when they have the opportunity to get a new job overseas or with an international company. Where should these people go to get help with the language?
FE: After people learned basic English skills, especially speaking, they need to improve vocabulary in their specific area. In other words people needs to build their own business English vocabulary. To do that, they can use Ultimate Vocabulary builder software. This is very useful and handy feature that build people their own word list. Ultimate Vocabulary can help people get promoted, earn more money, and enjoy a successful life.
UV: Slang and idioms are often very hard for people to learn, because these phrases involve words that are generally not used in the normal way, with the standard definitions. For example, “hair of the dog” doesn’t have anything to do with hair, or a dog – it refers to a “morning after” drink to help get rid of a hangover. How can people learn, and practice using, expressions like this?
FE: Well, one of the most difficult part of learning English are slang and idioms. It is even difficult to find out their meaning in the general dictionaries. However, slang and idioms are very common in daily real English. You might speak English fluently and you don’t have to use lots of slang and idioms. But in order to understand native speakers correctly, you have to know their meaning.
This is where Ultimate Vocabulary come in. This is the most powerful vocabulary builder which I used. It is easy and fast to learn lots of new slang and idioms that are difficult to learn from textbooks. I highly reccommend Ultimate Vocabulary for English learners.
UV: You offer several English lessons as free MP3 downloads so that people can learn English anywhere. Are you planning on adding more material to this section soon?
FE: Yes, I think mp3 audio lessons is very useful to improve English listening and also speaking. You can put them into your phones and mp3 players and listen them everywhere and everytime again and again. So I search this kind of materials on the internet and use them for myself. Because of they are free I want to share them with people. I will add more listening materials in our free download page soon.