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Picture 1: Once upon a time, in the Kingdom name “Far Far Away”, there was an ogre who lived alone in a secret swamp. His name is Shrek. As an ogre, it meant he’s ugly and scaring, and no one wanted to make friends with him

Picture 2: Like everyone, Shrek always dreamed about a happy family and he also dreamed about his first love.

Picture 3: Everything was normal until one day the King of the Kingdom ordered army to get Shrek out of his swamp.

Picture 4: Shrek disagreed with this order, so he got to the castle to ask the King. Then, the King gave him the challenge that if he could save the Princess Fiona out of a secret tower, the King would be pleasant to give back his swamp. Shrek then accepted!

Picture 5: Princess Fiona was kept at the highest room of the frightening tower guarded y a fire-breathing dragon.

Picture 6: Shrek overcame many dangerous challenges and after all, he rescued Princess Fiona out of the frightening tower.

Picture 7: Fiona was a romantic princess who was waiting for a handsome knight to rescue her and give her first kiss. But she was so disappointed when knowing that Shrek was an ugly ogre.

Picture 8: On the way to go back the Kingdom, Shrek and Fiona had many interesting activities together.

Picture 9: Shrek then fell in love with Princess Fiona and maybe Fiona fell in love with Shrek,too. But Shrek didn’t have enough courage to tell his feeling because he thought that it’s impossible for an ugly ogre with a beautiful princess.

Picture 10: Life had many secrets and Princess Fiona also had one. She was cursed by a witch that she would become an ugly ogre every night when the sun was down.

Picture 11: Sadly, Shrek stayed alone and looked at the castle where Fiona would get married with the King who she didn’t love.

Picture 12: The following day came, a big wedding was celebrated for the King and Princess Fiona.

Picture 13: Shrek was so sad because the groom wasn’t him. Princess Fiona was also sad because the King wasn’t her true love.

Picture 14: Suddenly, Shrek got all of his courage to ask Princess Fiona if she loved him before everything was so late.

Picture 15: Follow her heart, Princess Fiona accepted Shrek as her true love in stead of the King and then they lived together happily ever and after.

The end

Special Exercise:

First: Read the fairy tale

Second: Write the fairy tale by your own words by seeing the pictures without seeing the writings.

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    Picture 1: Long long ago, there was a lovely princess who was born with the magic golden hair. The hair had the power to heal all the wound and bring back young to everyone who kept it. The princess names “Rapunzel”.

    Picture 2: To celebrate her birth, the King and Queen launched the lantern into the sky with the hope that their princess would grow up healthily.

    Picture 3: Everything was perfect until one day, a witch appeared and she wanted to keep Rapunzel’s power for herself. Then, she broke into the castle and stole the princess.

    Picture 4: The kingdom searched and searched but they couldn’t find the princess anywhere because the witch kept the princess at a high tower into a secret forest.

    Picture 5: But the tower couldn’t hide everything. Each year, on Rapunzel’s birthday, the King and Queen released thousands of lanterns into the sky in hope that one day, their lost princess would return.

    Picture 6: 18 years passed, there was a handsome thief appearing in Rapunzel’s life and that changed her life forever. His name is Flynn Rider.

    Picture 7: At one time, when Flynn was trying to steal the throne in the castle, he was found out. so the kingdom army chased after him.

    Picture 8: In rush, Flynn lost his way and accidentally, he found out the tower where kept the lost princess of the kingdom.

    Picture 9: Flynn then climbed into the tower to find out who lived here, but unluckily he was hit unconsciously by a stranger. That’s Rapunzel. Rapunzel then hid all money of Flynn at a secret place.

    Picture 10: Rapunzel really wanted to go to see the lanterns, so she gave Flynn the deal  that if he could take her to go to see the lanterns and turn her back the tower safely, he would give back his money. Flynn then couldn’t say anything than accept.

    Picture 11: On their journey to go to see the lanterns, Flynn and Rapunzel did many interesting things and then fell in love together. But Rapunzel must return home.

    Picture 12: Unluckily, the witch knew about this stuff. She only wanted to keep Rapunzel as her power to be young forever, so she killed Flynn.

    Picture 13: Flynn was dead but before he’s dead, he cut out Rapunzel’s hair so that the witch couldn’t use Rapunzel as her tool anymore. So sock, the witch fell out of the tower and died.

    Picture 14: Rapunzel was so sad because of Flynn’s death. She cried and then a miracle happened. Her tears touched Flynn and healed his wound.

    Picture 15: Then, Rapunzel recalled all of her lost memory that she was the lost princess. She came back the castle to meet the King and Queen.

    Picture 16: To celebrate for the lost princess’s return, the Kingdom launched the party lasting for 7 days. After all, Flynn and Rapunzel got married and they lived together happily ever and after.

    The end

    Special Exercise:

    First: Read the fairy tale

    Second: Write the fairy tale by your own words by seeing the pictures without seeing the writings.

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      Oct 102011
       

       

      If we want to use Academic English for Speaking and Writing, we must firstly learn Academic English Vocabulary.

      We’ll learn this range of Academic English Vocabulary by Magazine.

      Why do we choose Magazine for learning Academic English?

      Magazine is the tool to describe social life. Reading Magazine will help us catch up with our age.

      Academic Magazine will help you learn Academic English Vocabulary easily.

      A magazine can help you learn about 300 – 500 new words, so you’ll need about 1 week to finish only one magazine.

      Journalists are one kind of the best writers, if you read a writing, it also means that you learn how the journalists describe their ideas in word.

       

      What kind of Magazine do you need to read?

      Depending on your major, you’ll choose a suitable kind of Magazine for your learning. Then, go to the newsstand or bookstore to buy a suitable magazine for your learning.

      If you major in Business or Economy, you can read:

      Economic Magazine

      If you major in Technology and Science, you can read:

      Technology and Science Magazine

      If you can read and comprehend all the content of an academic magazine in English, it means that you have enough Academic English Vocabulary. The last problem is that how to use these words in practice of Speaking and Writing.

       

      Alternative Solution:

      If you can’t find anywhere to buy an academic magazine, you can read it online.

      What kind of magazine and website should you use for reading?

      Major in Business and Economy:

      Yahoo Business

      Major in Technology:

      Yahoo Technology

      Major in Science:

      Yahoo Science

      If you don’t major in any kind of them, go to Yahoo website to find a suitable one to learn Academic Vocabulary.

      If you can read and comprehend 10 academic writings in the website smoothly, it means you’ve mastered about 3000 Academic words in mind. Congratulations, you qualify Academic English Vocabulary for Reading.

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        Aug 272011
         


        First of all, I want you to answer honestly “Are you confident enough to talk something in front of other people in your mother language?” If the answer is “No”, I’m sure your English speaking is bad even how good your vocabulary and grammar are.

        You can’t even express your idea in your mother language fluently, how can you do that in English. That’s almost impossible.

        So what is the reason? There are 3 basic reasons in this situation:

        You are embarrassed to talk something in front of others.

        You can’t express your thoughts in word easily.

        You don’t know what you should talk about.

        If you’ll meet one of three reasons above or among three, then surely you can’t speak English fluently and you can’t become a good English speaker.

        How do I know this? I’ve been an English teacher for many years, I taught many kinds of students and I discover that:

        Many of them are smart and they can learn vocabulary very quickly, but a few days after, they almost forget all. The cause in this situation is that they learn individual words and they’re easy to forget.

        Many of them are smart and they often achieve high scores in  grammar, reading and listening, but their speaking skill is bad. The cause in this situation is that they embarrassed to speak English and they don’t know what to talk about.

        Many of them learn English very badly because the content for studying isn’t attractive, but after I give them a new effective method to apply,  they’ve made a great progress.

        What is the solution?

        Learn English through a comic book. A comic book will help you with the following benefits:

        A comic book can help you learn 500 new words within 1 week and each word then is connected into a full sentence in a suitable context, so you can learn many new words easily at the same time.

        A comic book with an interesting storyline can attract you to read, so you don’t feel bored and your study gets more effective.

        A comic book is a great tool to practice speaking for beginners and for someone who is bad at speaking skill.

        The method:

         

        “Read a comic book”

         

        Can you read out the writing in this picture fluently and attractively? If not, this method is for you! It’ll help you learn enough vocabulary for reading and speaking, otherwise it also shows how to speak English fluently and attractively.

        This method includes 2 steps:

        Step 1: Read the comic book in English

        Book is another way to describe the man’s life in society, reading a book can help you know how people in that society express their thoughts.

        Their thoughts are expressed by the tool name “language”. So, reading a book will help you learn which words they use in talk and how they combine different words to create a meaningful sentence in a suitable situation.

        If your vocabulary isn’t so much, this method will be a great way to improve it. A comic book can help you learn 500 new words and these words are connected together by the story, so you almost never forget them after you’ve learned them.

        But why should we use the comic book to learn English? The next step will help you answer this question.

        Step 2: Look at the pictures in the comic book to tell a story in English.

        Telling the story will help you learn how to express your idea smoothly. Most of us don’t know how to express our thoughts in words, even in our mother language and a comic book can help you improve it.

        You shouldn’t see the writings underneath the pictures. Instead, use your own words to express meaningful story through pictures. This method will help you learn how to express thoughts in mind smoothly.

        If you can tell the story just by looking at the pictures, it means you master this method and you can easily express you ideas in word.

        Some tips for this method:
        Step 1: Read a comic book in English

        Read a comic book in English 1 or 2 times per day until you can read it fluently, then move to step 2.

        How do you know you read it fluently? If you can read and understand every word in the story in English without dictionary, it means you get fluency.

        If your vocabulary isn’t so much, you need about 1 week to read the story fluently.

        Step 2: Look at the pictures in the comic book to tell the story in English

        This step usually costs you about 1 week to reach fluency. If you can tell the story fluently in English, it means you have mastered how to express your ideas in English. Congratulations.

        Don’t try to tell the story so quickly because:

        English isn’t your mother language, you’ll stutter if you try to speak English so fast. You want to speak English so fast while you can’t, it makes you  bored and maybe you’ll quit your study. It’s not good!

        Instead, tell the story slowly to help your mind have time to remember next words to speak out. By speaking slowly, you can make your voice smoothier and more natural, and after a week, you’ll be amazed at your progress.

        Don’t worry about your English speed. If you practice this method, you’ll see yourself speaking English faster and smoothlier only after a couple of weeks.

        If you want your voice to be more expressive, imagine that you’re telling the story to a child and you must keep your speed not so fast. Maybe some day, thanks to this method, you can become a great storyteller to your children.

         

        Exercise Personal:

        Go to the bookstore and buy an English comic book. You shouldn’t regret to spend some money on buying a comic book. A comic book in a bookstore costs 3 – 10 USD. It means you’ll take 2 weeks and 10 USD to speak English fluently and attractively.

        If you attend an English class, you can spend 3 months and 300 USD, and I’m not sure if you can speak English fluently and attractively.

        Which one will you choose? Buy a comic book or attend an English class? If you’re learning in an English class without so much improvement now, try this method and you’ll see yourself making suprising improvement then.

        Otherwise, if you can’t find a comic book in a bookstore, I’ll give you some extra solutions:

        Download it in the internet to save money if you have some internet skills

        Download comic ebook if you have an ebook reader (Ipad, Iphone, Kindle, …).

        Go www.youtube.com and search for “talking book – comic book’s name”, example “talking book – Cinderella”.

        Choose by yourself a fairy tale you like and use it to learn new words and learn how to express your idea in English:

        Cinderella

        The beast and the beauty

        Snow White

        ………………………………….

        You only need to read 2 comic books to qualify the vocabulary for beginner. Then, continue with other lessons to master English Reading perfectly.

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