2020 Update

Hey everyone,

this is Ivan. I haven’t published any new content on this website for quite a long time. My priorities have shifted into a different direction and I am not planning to update the English the Smart Way anymore.

With that said, I see that many people find the content useful, so I decided to keep the website online. The website is now redesigned and slightly updated for better experience.

Free eBook

English the Smart Way ebook is still here for your to download for free. If you find it useful, please share it with your friends.


As I am stopping the newsletter, it is not possible to subscribe anymore. Not to worry – you will now find all the newsletters published over here.

It was a pleasure building this blog for you. All the best and enjoy English!


Rap your way to English fluency! Interview with Jason R. Levine AKA Fluency MC

English the Smart WayETSW 7: Rap your way to English fluency! Interview with Jason R. Levine AKA Fluency MC

Hello my dear listener,

I am extremely happy to share with you the new episode of English the Smart Way podcast. 馃檪

This time we are talking with a very special guest – Jason R. Levine AKA Fluency MC

From his early DJ-ing career, Jason transitioned into a completely new path – he became an English teacher. A very special one – as you will hear on the interview!


Stop studying grammar and focus on listening! Interview with Kristin Dodds from Learn Real English

English the Smart WayETSW 6: Stop studying grammar – focus on listening! Interview with Kristin Dodds, Learn Real English

In today’s episode I鈥檓 talking to one of the founders and teachers of Learn Real English – Kristin Dodds.

Kristin has more than 20 years of experience teaching English to speakers of other languages.  She has taught English in South Korea, Thailand and Japan, as well as in the United States. She has a CELTA certificate, as well as a Master鈥檚 degree in TESOL, which stands for Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages.


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From English learner to professional English teacher in England

English the Smart WayETSW 5: From adult English learner to professional English teacher in England

Ye艧im Be臒en started learning English as an adult in Turkey, but her passion for this language led her all the way to England where she became a professional English teacher.

Today Ye艧im takes advantage of her unique experience and helps her students in England and also remotely via Skype.


Non-traditional English learning methods with Jeremy Kemp

English the Smart WayETSW 4: Non-traditional English learning methods with Jeremy Kemp

Jeremy Kemp, originally from London, teaches English online.

He started his teaching career in a local language school when he moved to Italy. Soon he realised that traditional English teaching methods don’t work. Fortunately, Jeremy’s background in psychology and experience in working with children with autism has helped him to develop a new set of non-traditional English teaching/learning methods.


Learn Real English Conversation course (lessons) review

After using the Power English lessons I have decided to try out another English learning program called Learn Real English.

In this article I am going to share my thoughts on the Learn Real English course as a complete newbie to this program. I will explore the lessons and tell you what I think about them. 馃檪


Still not speaking confident English? Let鈥檚 change it together!

Yeah, I know. You want to become fluent and confident English speaker! And I can completely relate. Because once, English fluency was my dream too. It was a Dream that became the reality. And that鈥檚 the reason I want to share this article with you today.


English Success Story: Interview with Massimo from Italy

English the Smart WayETSW 3: English SUCCESS Story | Interview with Massimo from Italy

This is the 3rd episode of English the Smart Way podcast! Plus, this is the first interview on the show! 馃檪 Interview with my very good friend Massimo who is a successful English speaker.

Let鈥檚 listen and learn from his experience with English learning. 馃檪

Btw, the interview is around 38 minutes, so if you have a tea or coffee, grab it, relax and enjoy English. 馃槈

Also, feel free to download the interview to your MP3 player or mobile phone to listen to it while on the go.

Important Note: Please be aware that we 鈥 me and Massimo 鈥 are not native English speakers and we made some grammar mistakes during the interview.

When I write articles, it鈥檚 easy to correct the text before I publish it, but interview is a bit different 鈥 I can鈥檛 just go back and fix all mistakes. 馃檪 I hope you will enjoy the interview anyways. 馃檪

This is the real authentic interview! 馃槈

The first 6 minutes are dedicated to Massimo鈥檚 introduction. After that, the English interview questions begin.

In the session you will learn

  • How Massimo finally overcame his issues with public speaking in English (6:14)
  • Massimo鈥檚 favorite tools and sources for English learning (17:44)
  • How our identity can affect our English learning (25:14)
  • Massimo鈥檚 number one tip(s) for English learners around the world (32:05)

Mentioned in this session

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Click Here to Download the Transcript for Session 3 (PDF)

And don’t forget to tell us what you think about the interview in the comment section below! 馃檪


Fear of making mistakes | Anxiety of speaking a foreign language | My story

English the Smart WayETSW 2: Fear of making mistakes | Anxiety of speaking a foreign language | My story

I am happy to share with you the second episode of English the Smart Way podcast. As I have had many request from you to cover the topic of speaking anxiety, I have decided to dedicate the whole podcast session exclusively to this topic. 馃檪