"I'm an export coordinator from Mexico. I just completed a ten-week course with Michelle. My goals were to get more fluent, to feel confident when I say something for both the grammar and pronunciation. I wanted to get more vocabulary, be able to use phrasal verbs, idioms, and prepositions more: not only be able to understand them but be able to use them. When I started the course, I didn't talk much. I'm too strict so I was limiting myself because I wanted to be really good and didn't feel confident. Even though I had everything in my head it wouldn't come out right. Now I have stopped over-thinking, just let it flow, and it works!
I have learned so much from this training. I have learned the simplest pronunciation of each vowel, combinations of consonants, where to put the emphasis on phrasal nouns and verbs, and the rules of word stress. I have learned how to say /z/ and /i/ correctly, I have an understanding of phrasal verbs and I use them more often. I learned some idioms, but I need to learn more. I've also improved my grammar, especially when I write emails at work. I don't hesitate now and I use different words in my emails too. Now I just need to keep practicing what I have learned.
My pronunciation has also improved. Words I thought I was saying right before, I was not! I feel more confident now. It has helped me to socialize more in English, to ask more questions. My fluency and accent have all gotten better. I'm using a lot of new words that I hadn't used before.
If you are thinking about doing this, go for it! It's worth it because you always learn something new. You'll get what you need because the coach is experienced and will give you what you need for your level and interests. She does this with conversations, exercises, suggestions, how she explains words and answers questions. The readings and materials were interesting and appropriate for my level and interests, and the Ted Talks she recommended really caught my attention.
I discovered new and interesting things I didn't know about word meanings and pronunciation. Now when I hear conversations I notice these things, so you discover new things with this course. She will also teach you how to stick with what you learn. She guided me on how to absorb and apply what I learned."
Cinthia, Export Coordinator / Native language: Spanish