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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Improving my English

Bonjour tout le monde !

My name is Jean Marron and now at last I have been authorized to write things on the Delavigne Corporation company blog !

For my first story, I will tell you that I am trying very hard to perfect my English. So, I have been researching for a good way to learn English lessons on line. In my searches, I found this review about an innovative on line English course, and I think I will sign up to these lessons. The person who was writting this has a lot better English than mine, so this 'GymEnglish' must be good. Most of the leçons I found did not look so good, with boring old melon hats and flags everywhere. But this sounds better for me. What do you think ?

"When I see a "Bobby" and a businessman in a red British telephone booth, let along
"Big Ben" as a teaser for an English course, a subtle queasy feeling creeps up on me.
Quite frankly, I'm tired of these illustrations along with millions of other English students, who have been haunted by them in English school books for generations. We were confronted with lashings of "umbrellas and bowlers", Union Jacks, business man standing dutifully in queue at the bus stop, friendly Bobbies and stern Buckingham Palace guards. Over the years these images have become more and more an intimidating apparition.

Besides, it shows a distinct sign of a lack of ingenuity and imagination when every second English course adorns its book covers and web pages with these pictures over again and again. Boring and snoring - that's all what comes to my mind whenever I see them - and I'm more deterred and put off than motivated to step in. What's the intention behind it when a provider of an English course employs these shopwworn, hackneyed symbols? Do they really want to imply: "You can learn Englisch here, not Suaheli"?. Thanks a bunch! I would never have guessed. And alas -quite often- the content is as unimaginative and commonplace as the wrapping itself.

Also in this regard GymGlish is different. Again, I'm more than inclined to give three cheers to GymGlish...

After I had subscribed to another online English course in addition to GymGlish, I was confronted with the same mentioned symbols again, conjuring up haunting school memories of my English class I had been successfully surpressing for quite a long time. More to the point, whereas the other course has already begun to bore me after some weeks, GymGlish still excites me even after more than a year.

That's proves again how different GymGlish is in the positive meaning of the word."

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Anonymous Hannah Benedict said...


March 25, 2010 at 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever the author of the quoted article is, I dare say: It's a tremendous display of courage to publish his opinion: There is a risk that no other English course won't ever accept him as participant again and that the British authorities won't ever give him the permission to enter English soil again - not unless he's willing to go through a punishment called "Flogging through the fleet". Luckily he didn't mention the Queen, he could have been decapitated.

March 27, 2010 at 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Hannah Benedict said...


But why would this person ever want to take lessons from anyone other than GymGlish?! ;) From what Jean and this guy say, it really does sound fan-bloomin-tastic!

March 29, 2010 at 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, of course, why should any enthused client ever pivot to another course? I am idealistic, too and I still believe in the notion of a life-long, harmonic marriage, 'til the death does the couple part.

I see, the two of us share the same unwavering trust in the faithfulness of human beings ;-)
May be never be dissappointed...

May 14, 2010 at 7:46 PM  
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