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Power English lessons (course) review – Effortless English

Power English is an English learning course I discovered back in 2012 when I used to struggle with English speaking.

It was a time when I was searching for new ways of English learning.

Today I would like to share with you my experience with Power English course and how it has helped me with confidence and fluency in speaking.

When I got interested in Power English course (Effortless English Club) back in 2012, I went online to search for the reviews and opinions of other English learners.

To be more precise, I wanted to read the opinions of real people who already used the course before me.

I was searching for the answer to this simple question:

Will the Power English course help me to speak fluent English?

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much helpful information about the course apart from the official website.

As you could read in my English struggling story, I had a huge motivation to start speaking English as soon as possible. So I decided to give it a shot and joined Power English course anyway.

Now. I bet you are reading this article because you are interested in Power English course too, aren’t you? πŸ™‚

In the following lines, I will try to share with you my own personal experience with the course.

I hope this review will help you to decide whether the Power English course is a right choice for you.

Enjoy! πŸ™‚

LAST UPDATE: September, 2017

If you want you can jump directly to desired section of this review:

  1. Course overview
  2. Who is the Power English course for?
  3. Getting the course
  4. What is in the package? (video)
  5. What you may like about the Power English course
  6. When you should join Power English course?
  7. When you shouldn’t join Power English course?
  8. Final thoughts

Course overview

Power English is an English course created by famous English teacher A. J. Hoge.

Power English is mostly audio course (although several videos are included).

The full course package contains:

  • 30 lesson sets
  • Bonus lessons
  • Action Vocabulary videos

Each lesson set includes fun (and usually crazy) Mini story and so-called β€œPoint of View” story where A.J. tells an easy story in various tenses.

There’s no focus on explaining grammar rules – instead you listen to the same story in the past, future or present tense. Many people like this approach because you can stop focusing on the grammar rules and just enjoy the story.

Course also contains audio tracks explaining vocabulary used in each lesson set. It doesn’t mean that A.J. is going to explain you every single word in the lesson – he focuses on the most difficult words and phrases – like for example – in one of the lesson sets you will learn what “cravings for chocolate” means. This way, every lesson you will learn new English expressions.

A.J. is American therefore the lessons recordings are with American accent. To be more precise, A.J. uses general American accent which is, I believe, easier to understand than other accents. πŸ™‚

Who is the Power English course for?

This was the question I asked myself when I was considering joining the course. After finishing the lessons myself, I would say the course is NOT for absolute beginners.

You need some knowledge in English language. If you are reading this article and understand more or less videos on the Power English website, I believe the course is good for you and you will benefit from it.

The course won’t help you much with writing. The main focus is on listening and speaking. If you want to get better in writing, I suggest using another resource.

From my own perspective and experience with Power English, I would say, the course will help you the most if you don’t feel comfortable in speaking, if you are unsure when you are about to talk and if you want to become confident and fluent English speaker.

The reason for this is that the lessons are designed to make you speak.

Over the weeks of using the course you should feel much more confident and less hesitant in speaking. You should be able to talk in English with fluency and without thinking. Talking should be automatic and effortless. At least that’s what happened to me. πŸ™‚

Also, after finishing the course, you should understand and be able to use new phrases, idioms and other useful English expressions that are taught in the course.

Getting the course

The official website of Power English course is http://effortlessenglishclub.com. Here you can get the lessons.

Effortless English Club

Power English was one of the first courses I have ever bought online so I wasn’t sure how exactly does it work.

I used my paypal account. A few seconds after payment was submitted I got an email with a download link from where I downloaded whole package of audio, video and text document files. Everything organised in folders.

Here’s how the confirmation email looks like:

Email from A.J.

In the video, A.J. teaches his students what does the phrase “she puked her guts out” mean. Yeah I know, it’s quite graphic, but it makes me laugh everytime I watch it. πŸ™‚

In the Action vocabulry videos you will learn these pharses for example: “engage your subcoscious“, “emotional peak“, “acquision“, “vivid” and so on. πŸ™‚

Bonuses

Course contains also bonus video and audio lessons which nicely add up to the main lessons.

Bonuses

The Effortless English Forum

With the Power English course you are also getting free access to the Effortless English Forum. It is a membership forum website where you can discuss and interact with other Power English members. 

The Effortless English Forum is a nice addition to the Power English course. It’s a place where you can come, connect with other English learners, get support or support other learners, share your ideas in your own blog posts or comments and have fun while learning. However, I haven’t been active very much on the forum personally – mostly because I have many online friends already who I interact with. Anyways, if you are looking for a new friends to practice English with, the Effortless English forum can be a good start for you.

To read more about The Effortless English Forum and see the screenshots, click here please.

What you may like about the Power English course

Here is the list of things I really like about Power English course – you may like them too:

  • the lessons are fun – when you compare it to some traditional methods of learning English, Power English is much more fun and motivating
  • each lesson’s main audio file contains a powerful inspiring idea which can help you in other areas of your life (not just learning English)
  • you can listen to the audio lessons when commuting or travelling, mp3 files are easy to keep on a phone or mp3 player
  • crazy mini stories which encourage you to speak and answer A. J.’s questions
  • no one is forcing you to speak – speak only when you feel like it; we are learning a lot by listening alone
  • every lesson has transcript so you can return to it and check the spelling of words used in the audio if you need
  • action vocabulary videos which will make you move, laugh and feel good πŸ™‚

When you should join Power English course

I belive you should join the course if:

  • you want to become fluent English speaker
  • you want to gain confidence in speaking
  • you don’t like studying grammar rules
  • you want to try something new πŸ™‚

When you shouldn’t join Power English course

Yes, I also think that in some cases you shouldn’t join the course. So, don’t join the course if:

  • you want to improve your writing only
  • you are not willing to dedicate your time to listen to the lessons
  • you are absolute beginer and you just started learning English

Final thoughts

This review is my honest recommendation of Power English course. I am a huge fan of A.J. Hoge since 2012 when I first discovered his teaching methods.

Of course, Power English is not the only way that has helped me to get my English where it is now. I have used other English resources and techniques too.

With all that said I consider the Power English course as a key turning point in my learning that has changed the overall approach I have used on my way of becoming a fluent English speaker.

The Power English lessons are not just about “listening to audio” afterall.

The lessons are about the right mindset and effective techniques.

A.J. Hoge and his Power English changed my thinking and has helped me to become confident and fluent English speaker.

There’s always something new to learn and I am so happy and grateful for what these lessons have tought me. Now – thanks to English – I can help other learners like you and me. πŸ™‚

Whether you decide to try out the Power English course for yourself as I did, or if you go other way – it is completely up to you. And I hope this review has helped you to decide. πŸ™‚

Click here to find out more about the Power English lessons.

Alright. πŸ™‚ If there’s anything I haven’t covered in this review or if you have any questions about the Power English course, feel free to ask me in the comment section below. I am happy to help you out.

And if you’ve been using Power English already, feel free to share your thoughts on it.

Thank you very much and Enjoy English! πŸ™‚

56 replies on “Power English lessons (course) review – Effortless English”

Hi Ivan,

One quick question from my side. I know you have answered this question many times but i need some in depth details about English ritual.
I know it is depends on person by person.
1. How many times do we need to study mini story each day?
2. And how many times do we need to study main article each day? is it mandatory to listen each day? because i am feeling bore about this main article but i am very much interested on mini stories. i am listening this MS 4 to 5 times everyday.
3. Coming to Vocabulary AJ itself mentioned that listen one time and if we know about all words then simply we can skip this part.
4. And some times not able to get time because of busy work schedule, so skipping English for 2 or 3 days. So is it normal to skip like this?

Currently i am at 7th lesson. So far going okay. Getting some confidence.
Please provide what you have followed english ritual while you were learned these lessons. What i mean to say each day how many times did you study each part(like Mini story, main article etc etc)

Thanks in advance Ivan.

Hello Amit,

thank you for your comment and questions!

1. How many times do we need to study mini story each day?
2. And how many times do we need to study main article each day? is it mandatory to listen each day? because i am feeling bore about this main article but i am very much interested on mini stories. i am listening this MS 4 to 5 times everyday.

I personally enjoyed the mini stories lessons the most. πŸ™‚ You can definitely focus on the lessons / audio files which you find the most interesting.

Btw, have you tried the shadowing technique with the lessons? Link: https://englishthesmartway.com/2014/07/16/fun-and-effective-way-to-learn-english-speech-shadowing/

It can help in case you are feeling bored.

4. And some times not able to get time because of busy work schedule, so skipping English for 2 or 3 days. So is it normal to skip like this?

Yes, it is normal to skip days – life happens. πŸ™‚

Currently i am at 7th lesson. So far going okay. Getting some confidence.

I am happy to hear that you can feel progress already!

Please provide what you have followed english ritual while you were learned these lessons. What i mean to say each day how many times did you study each part(like Mini story, main article etc etc)

I wish I remember my rituals to the point, but it has been several years – so I can’t remember exactly how many times I listened to each part. :/

But I also think that everyone is different.

What I would say is not to worry about the details and just try to enjoy the process. πŸ™‚

Hi Ivan, I’m Murat and I’m writing from Turkey.First of all thank you for your very useful explain about the “Power English Course” I’ve been looking for a long time the explain like this on the internet, you answered my so many questions. I hope you read this and answer my couple of questions also.
1. How will the one lesson takes to finish? Maybe it depends on the person and I wonder your recommend.
2. What activities did you do during the power English course to improve your English?
3. Do we have to study every day? You know sometimes we may busy or ill etc.
Ivan maybe you answered these questions on site but sorry I couldn’t read every comment dude…thank you in advance…

Hi Murat! Thanks for your comment and questions.

How will the one lesson takes to finish? Maybe it depends on the person and I wonder your recommend.

That’s a good question. Yes, I agree with you – it depends on a person. Once could consider lesson finished once you finish listening to the audio files included in the lesson, but in most cases, I think listening to the lesson just once isn’t enough for most people who want to get most from the course. Depending on how many times you listen to one lesson, the time will vary.

What activities did you do during the power English course to improve your English?

I am guessing you are referring to the activities outside of the course itself, right? Frankly, I don’t remember all the activities in detail – as it has been a few years already.

In general, I try to immerse myself into English as much as possible. Whether it is audiobooks, chatting with English speakers, watching movies, listening to podcasts, …

Do we have to study every day? You know sometimes we may busy or ill etc.
Ivan maybe you answered these questions on site but sorry I couldn’t read every comment dude…thank you in advance…

I wouldn’t worry about skipping a day or two. Of course, it is better to be consistent, but we all know that life just happens and sometimes it can be difficult to work on your English every single day.

All the best Murat! Enjoy English! πŸ™‚

Thank you so much bro, your explanation was quite useful…you can be sure that I’ll have the power english course…thanks again..

Hi ivan, my name is Roshni shaw i’m from india I have just read your vlog I found it to be quiet helpful for taking the course of power English as I myself want to join the course your review is quiet helpful for clearing my mind..Thanks for that. For the past few months I have already joined the British council English course for the sum of amount rupess ten thousand and I feel I didn’t get any support for my speaking abilities as I find their classes is only concentrated on group discussions which I found to be not helpful especially for me. I have a major problem while speaking in English as I get nervous and I have to think before I speak and also sometimes having problems while making a full sentence in English as hindi is my native language Although I know basics in English also I can write in English quiet well but my mind stucks while talking in English with someone and I also don’t have anyone around in my house who knows English well. can you assured me if I joined the power English course can I be able to speak in English fluently without any hesitation and how many months it will require me to achieve my speaking in English fluently as I wanted to become an air hostess for this I wanted to join the course can you help me regarding this.

Hello Roshni, thank you for your kind words and sharing your situation.

I can definitely relate to what you are going through. Power English course helped me a lot. At the same time it is difficult for me to reassure you as everyone of us is different. Regarding the time necessary – it depends a lot on your current speaking skill level – and how much time are you planning to work on your English on a daily basis.

I wish you all the best with your English. πŸ™‚

You are very good at English. You already wrote your opinion in English here.
I just wonder. Before starting Power English course, were you as good as here?

Thank you for your comment Pippi. πŸ™‚ I have been using English for some years now, so I would say my English is getting better and better over time. Written English is what I practise since elementary school – so I guess it is much better than my speaking or listening.

Power English helped me a lot with speaking and listening, not very much with writing or reading. Did this answer you question please? πŸ™‚

Hi, thank you for the article. Could you tell me does A.J. have a course of business english?

Hi Ivan, Thank’s for the excellent article! I’d like to know which of the following courses should I consider to buy? Actually, I’d like to know the order of the Effortless English course.

Power English Now,
Real English Conversation Pack,
Business Lessons,
New Method Learning English,
Flow English,

Which course should I start with?

Hi Ahmad, thanks for your kind words and also the question. πŸ™‚

As I used the Power English Course and Lear Real English Conversations, I can compare these two only.

When I get the question on which of these two would I recommend better, I usually answer this way:
If you consider yourself a more advanced English learner, I would go with the Learn Real English Conversations (the course I review here: https://englishthesmartway.com/2015/08/03/learn-real-english-conversation-course-lessons-review/)

On the other hand, if I felt like a I am more of a beginner, I would go with the Power English Course (the one I review on this page).

And if I wasn’t sure about my your level of English, I would challenge myself and go with the Learn Real English Conversations. πŸ˜‰

Hi Ivan, Thanks for your warm-hearted respond πŸ™‚ Actually, I’ve got planned to live in the United States and if everything goes right for me, I would be there in late 2018. So, I don’t have enough time and the time that I considered for learning the English language should be well managed and effective. Anyway, I consider to start with the “Real English Conversation” as you suggest πŸ™‚ Thanks.

Hi Ivan, I hope you are doing well, I have also known AJ for about a year or so, and I am also a big fan of AJ, following him eagerly on twitter and gab, but I haven’t bought his Power English Course or any other course yet, since you are his student for so many years, I just want to know, which I think the most, and with all that been said in your nicely written article that I have read for so many times, I would like to know does AJ’s Power English Course allows and helps you to talk casual and every day English with fluency, what I mean by casual English is, talking to friends, colleagues, talking at home, talking to family members about your all day long activity, and day to day English, I hope you got it, what I am saying, as what I am facing an issue, when it comes to speaking a bit formal English I can do that well, but when it comes to speaking casual English, I get stucked, and facing difficulty in making proper sentence structure. –

Please reply IVAN so that it can help me and others who has the same concern.

Stay Blessed,

Hi Muhammad, thank you very much for your kind words and your question.

When I read what you wrote up there, it is clear to me that your level of English is quite high. If you would like to get an English course, I would consider Real English Conversations course (also from AJ and his friends Kristin and Joe). This course is focus on much more advanced English students – as you clearly are.
https://englishthesmartway.com/kristin

Here’s my review of this course if you are interested:
https://englishthesmartway.com/2015/08/03/learn-real-english-conversation-course-lessons-review/

I believe this course is much more suitable for your needs than Power English.

With all that said I also think that on your level of English you may benefit a lot from direct practicing of speaking.

You can for example check out if there’s local English meet-up group in your area. It might be called something like “English cafe”, “Language cafe”, “English meet-ups”, etc. You can find meet-ups like this with a help of meetup.com.

In case you can’t find any meet-ups like above, it might be worth searching for communities of foreigners who stay in your city long-term and make friends with them. For example, here, in Slovakia where I live, there are many foreigners working for international companies – it is easy to meet nice people from US and UK, or other great non-native English speakers. You can then get involved in casual conversations easily and improve without even noticing. πŸ™‚

If there are no international people in your city, I would suggest searching for people online and arranging Skype / Google Hangout calls with them. This is from my point of view more difficult to practice periodically, but it has helped me a lot too.

Oh, and one thing – recently I found that for advanced English learners, English improvisation theatre (English improv) may be a great way for becoming fluent in casual English. πŸ™‚ So if there’s English improv theatre group in your area, I would definitely recommend checking that out / joining it! πŸ™‚

I hope this helped you Muhammad. πŸ™‚

Thank you so much Ivan for your great and comprehensive comment, covering all the areas of my questions and with really great solutions, I would say you have written an article for my reply in an article that you actually wrote πŸ˜€ – hope your answer is going to help other students too – Thanks a bunch brother !

Hi Ivan congratulations for your excellent work. The world needs more people as you. I’m reading your book and may see this discussion about “Power English”. I, as you, have spent money in a different way so that can speak with fluency with outcomes not so good.
However I have a big doub about this course, how a course that only have audios and text can help me to improve my level speak and all that this involve?, I mean, how it can hel me to keep a fluent conversation, and the confidence that in my concept is the huge problem? I think that the only solution is to speak, and speak with natives because in my experience when I have spoken to them it is the a great challenge because sometimes they do not understand me or I do not understand them. So I know, that if I know more phrases in english I can more confidence, but I have seen people in USA that know less than me and they can speak with a native without problem. What have that system so that can help me?
Thanks you and congratulations again

Hi Alex, thank you for your nice words. πŸ™‚

Yes, I agree with you – the best way to improve speaking is to practise speaking. πŸ™‚
I don’t think you necessarily have to always speak to native speakers. We can practise English also with non-native English speakers who have better or similar experience in English as we have.

Regarding the Power English course – I can tell you only from my personal experience. Everyone of us is different of course. For me – the course helped me a lot thanks to the psychological perspective that AJ brings to the lessons.

You can also check out a Learn Real English course which uses the same techniques as Power English course, but is more advanced: https://englishthesmartway.com/2013/08/31/power-english-lessons-course-review-effortless-english/

And if you have an opportunity to practise English speaking with native or advanced non-native speakers regularly, I would recommend it over any course. πŸ™‚

Thanks for your comment. Yes, I also like that AJ used personal development as a theme for his English course. This way we can learn English and improve ourselves at the same time. πŸ™‚ And after finishing Power English course, people can continue with some other personal development materials and authors.

Hey guys, it’s a good review, thanks Ivan. I’m already joined AJ’s program and I’m his huge fan. His method’s really works. I hope i’ll improve my speaking and listening, wish you all the same. All the way up, men! Good luck!

Hello, Ivan, This Baran …I saw your page and I visit Mr. AJ Hoge site I listen some short story before I give that of some friend. but I think this method is very good I want to learn fast speak like native English people but I do not now what can I do?…. I do not know How can I start … I am Iranian girl … I do not have any credited card how can I join with that site and give that CD…I do not know….. Please Help me ….

Hello Baran, thank you for your comment. I understand your problem, there are more people who don’t have cards to pay for the lessons. Unfortunately, I think it’s the only way to get the lessons at the moment. Do you know anyone who has a credit or debit and could get the lessons for you?

Lessons are not on the CD, but you will receive an email with the link and then you can download them directly to your computer when you buy them.

If you can’t get the lessons, I would suggest using other great sources https://englishthesmartway.com/2013/07/29/how-learn-english-online-and-enjoy-process/

I wish you all the best for your English learning. πŸ™‚

Hello, Ivan.

I’ve known A.J. materials for several years being listening his podcasts and have been interested in a decent description of his coursed since those ones from his web page I find not detailed enough.

So here I found what I sought for and don’t know why A.J. hasn’t published something like this on his site.

Thank you!

Hello Anton, thank you for your comment. I am glad I could provide you with the information you were looking for. πŸ™‚ My goal was to write a review which can show people the course from the customer’s point of view.

Thank you again! πŸ™‚

thanks my friend for this comment Realy i have all Courses but i don’t which one i Start
Flow English
Learn Real Conversation
Original English
Point OF View Stories
Power English

my level is 40%

i will visit again to see your response
and look up new news on your Blog
thanks a lots

Hi obeid,

you are welcome. πŸ™‚

Power English and Original English are courses which consist of lessons.

“Point of view stories” are parts of the lessons included in the course.

For example, when you get the Power English course there’s a short document where you can find simple instructions on how to use the program. πŸ™‚

This is my response to a similar question of Arash a few days ago: “A. J. suggests to listen to each lesson every day for at least one week and then move to another lesson. Each lesson contains several audio files – start with the “main” audio, then move on to the “vocabulary” audio and then listen to the rest of the audio files. But, if you prefer any other way of using the lessons, it’s completely up to you. Important is that you enjoy your time learning English.”

If you have all of the lessons and courses, I would start with the lesson 1 in Power English program. I would listen to each audio in the lesson, read transcripts while listening and also, I would use Speech Shadowing technique (https://englishthesmartway.com/2014/07/16/fun-and-effective-way-to-learn-english-speech-shadowing/). Then, after one week of practicing lesson 1 I would move to the lesson number 2. And so on… πŸ™‚

Hi Ivan.are there The step-by-step study schedule that GUARANTEES fast success in power English like original pack? because how do i know which program to start in per day? there are many stuff in lessons.

Hi Arash, thank you for your question. When you get the Power English program, there is a document which describes how to use the lessons in the most efficient way. A. J. suggests to listen to each lesson every day for at least one week and then move to another lesson. Each lesson contains several audio files – start with the “main” audio, then move on to the “vocabulary” audio and then listen to the rest of the audio files. But, if you prefer any other way of using the lessons, it’s completely up to you. Important is that you enjoy your time learning English. πŸ™‚ Did I answer your question? Feel free to ask more. πŸ™‚

Hi dear Ivan.thanks for your kindness i have 4 question either /1.V.I.P membership is for advanced level i mean that i will pass this course after purchase power English course or this is another program with compete stuff than power English course? /2.after pass power English during 6 month or more than this time can i speak English automatically like an American native and listening too? /3.when do you start power English method your English speaking is bad?/4.why do you select power English instead of original pack at first? thanks a lot

Hi Arash, you are welcome. I didn’t have internet connection during the weekend so I will try to answer your questions now. πŸ™‚

1. To be honest, I haven’t joined V.I.P. membership yet. I am planning to try it out soon. So it’s difficult for me to answer your first question right now. Anyways, I would personally choose Power English program first and then I would consider joining V.I.P. membership later. But, this is my personal opinion. πŸ™‚

2. I think that this depends on several factors like – for example – your current level of English and how much time a day you would spend practising it. If you follow the instruction which are included in the Power English course and use the program in that way I believe you can see a significant improvement during 6 months. I can tell you from my personal experience that I haven’t followed instructions for exactly 100% percent and still my English improved a lot. πŸ™‚ But I wouldn’t say that after 6 months we would be like native Americans – Power English works really well, but you know – native American has spoken English since his birth so I don’t think we can compare our 6 months practice (doesn’t matter what program or method we use) with many years of day-to-day English of native American. Anyways, Power English program does a great job of getting us and our English closer and closer to the level of native speakers and after these 6 months you will definitely feel much more confidence in English speaking and listening too. πŸ™‚

3. When I started using Power English I could read quite well and I could understand normal spoken English (not everything of course – it really depends on the material you listen to). What I had problems with before using the program, was lack of confidence in speaking and ability to express what I wanted to say automatically. I would say that Power English has helped me most with my speaking and listening skills. πŸ™‚

4. I chose Power English because I am also interested in personal development and each lesson in the Power English course has main audio file about some interesting topic / idea which can improve one’s life. Like for example how our thoughts can affect how we feel. So when you listen to the lesson, your English is improving and also you learn something interesting. πŸ™‚

Did this answer your questions Arash? Thank you very much and enjoy English! πŸ˜‰

(P.S. I removed your duplicate comment which was above – only to keep the comments thread neat) πŸ™‚

Hi Ivan! I’ve just seen your comments at E.E Club web site and I found much interesting your consideration about E.F. I’ve been using it since 2010. I’ve started studying Learn Real English – So cool! The Effortless English System is based on a Real Research developed from Steven Krashen. It’s worth know it. If someone wants to contact me, please send me an e-mail to [email protected]. TKS!

Hi Rafael, thank you for your comment. Yes, you are right. A. J. mentions Steven Krashen several times in the Power English program. He also reads a small section from his book in one lesson. I agree, I could have mentioned this interesting fact in the review. Thanks πŸ™‚

Hi Ivan, thank you for great article. I have been listening to the A.J. podcast for a few weeks and I realy like the way he teachs English. I was not sure if I should buy his program but after reading your comment IΒ΄m going to buy it πŸ™‚ What do you think about his VIP program? Are you going to try it? Best regards, Michal

Hi Michal, thank you very much for your comment. πŸ™‚ I am glad you like the article.

About the VIP program – I haven’t tried it yet. When I get to it, I will definitely write a review how I like it and publish it on the blog. Feel free to follow my FB page or subscribe to the mailing list – news will be always there. πŸ™‚

Ah, and not to forget – I also use the Power English with Speech shadowing technique (https://englishthesmartway.com/2014/07/16/fun-and-effective-way-to-learn-english-speech-shadowing/) I can feel how it helps so much with the pronunciation. πŸ™‚

Hi,Ivan.thank you for your attention and thank you for your complete answers.
1-Ivan,can you introduce me some very very easy storybooks or novesl and movies?Is animation good?for example “frozen”.
2-Could you please give me a complete example of how to write down a new phrase in my notebook.I mean when I find a new vocabulary what exactly should I write in my notebook?
Thank you very much for your attention and for your help.

Hi Amir,

you are mostly welcome. πŸ™‚ Just a side note – when you react to my comment, simply hit the “reply” button below it and write your answer – you don’t have to create a new comment thread each time. πŸ™‚

1. Yes, animated movies like Frozen are great to learn English. Depending on your level of English it is good to watch easy movies for children and then move to more difficult ones. But I personally like for example Tangled or Toy Story and so on. πŸ™‚ You can also try something like How I Met Your Mother or Modern Family – depending on what you enjoy. I would suggest watching it with English subtitles.

About the story books – I think it’s completely up to you. πŸ™‚ I would say, that main rules for choosing the literature to read could be:
– do I enjoy it?
– do I understand at least 70% (so I don’t have to lookup every word in the dictionary) πŸ™‚

2. When I put a new phrase to my notebook, it usually seems like this:
“apple” – round-shaped fruit, grows on trees and it’s usually sweet and juicy πŸ™‚

As you can see this is just an example – I use my “own” definition. The most important is that you understand what’s hidden in your own definition despite I doesn’t have to be precise definition as you would find in the official dictionary.

Hi Ivan.It’s me again.amir.How are you doing?are you ok?I hope you are well.
Ivan , I wanna ask you a question:
How can I communicate with effortless english members and Mr.hoge?In fact , how can I ask my question froms them?how can I be one of the members of effortless english?Must I buy effortless english lessons for being a member of the effortless english club or not?Could you please guide me in this case?

Hi amir, thank you for your question. Yes I am doing great! I hope you too! πŸ™‚

If you would like to join the Effortless English Forum you can see the information there that the forum is for all the people who got at least one of the A.J.’s courses (see the screenshot or the link please). So if you get Power English for example, you are getting free access to the Effortless English Forum. πŸ™‚

Anyways, if you or anyone else is interested in how does it look like when you log in as a member of the Effortless English Forum, I just added some more information to this review especially about the Forum (see the updated section “The Effortless English Forum” above). Also, here are some more screenshots https://englishthesmartway.com/effortless-english-forum-screenshots/

The Forum is a great way to interact with other members. You can make many friends there, discuss various topics, get help from others and also help others. πŸ™‚ A. J. has his own profile there so you can find him among other members of the club. πŸ™‚

if you have any other questions, feel free to ask me in this comment thread. πŸ™‚

Hi,Ivan.
yes,I,ve listened to some of his podcast.
Thank you very much Ivan,for your guide,for everything.
I’m so happy because of the conversations I had with a nice person like you.
thanks

Hi Ivan, first of all I want to thank you for your answer . The link was so helpful and I learned many things . Thank you very very much.
I want to ask you two questions :
1-How can I get other webinar text?
2-I am a student and I want to apply to U.S universities . These universities want TOEFL and GRE and these are very very important . What is your idea Ivan?what can I do for them?Are Mr.Hoge’s lessons enough for listening and speaking sections of Toefl exam or not?what should I do for Toefl?what is your idea about GRE?do you know anyone like Mr.Hoge that can guide me for these two important things?
Thank you so much.

Hi amir, you are welcome. πŸ™‚

Here are my answers to your questions:

1. I am not sure whether there are transcripts of other webinars. Anyways, when you buy Power English lessons, you will get transcript of every audio there which is quite useful when listening. πŸ™‚ Have you listened to the A.J.’s podcasts already?

2. I can’t tell you anything more than you can find on the internet about TOEFL or GRE because I have never gone through these test personally. If I were to take the TOEFL or GRE, I would try to search for more information on their websites. For example, here’s in Slovakia there are companies which provide preparation courses for TOEFL. But, in general I would say A.J.’s Power English lessons are really good for improving your listening and speaking skills regardless of the test you are going to take. I would use them anyway because they are fun and the Effortless English Systems really works. πŸ™‚

Enjoy English amir πŸ™‚

hi,i want to ask you a question.what is the difference between the orginal course and new-power english lessons?are these the same?the prices are different.new-power is 97 dollars and the original cource is 29.99 per month for 6 month equals to 179.94

Hi amir, thank you for your question. πŸ™‚ I haven’t tried the Original course so it’s difficult to me to tell you the difference between Original course and Power English from my point of view. But, when you read the second page of this webinar transcript: http://effortlessenglishwebinars.s3.amazonaws.com/Webinar2%20Text.pdf
you can find a good summary of differences between Original course and Power English.

here’s one paragraph from the document: “In Power English the topics – the main article topics – they are all about powerful emotions or success in your life or how to have a great healthy life or how to be more energetic. So it’s all these really great topics. Very, very strong positive topics.” Click the link to read the rest. πŸ˜‰ If you have any other questions, I am glad to help you.

hi ivan..did you have any idea about voxy.com they offer english course online for 39.99$ per month..i wonder if it is worth it to avail there service..im so desperate to learn english..i do not have confidence to speak english..im afraid that other people may laugh at me if my grammar is incorrect..and i got so nervous when i talk to english speaking people..im torn between aj hoge and voxy..in voxy they have private class and they monitor your progress..while in aj hoge you just listen to his audio and video..hope you can help me about this..thanks..

Hi janjan, I haven’t tried voxy yet. I will check out the website. πŸ™‚

Yes, you are right, Power English program is a lot about listening, but in the same time listener is encouraged to answer the questions A. J. asks during the lessons. So it can help you become more confident in speaking too. πŸ™‚

I understand your concerns regarding the fear of being laugh at when making mistakes in speaking. Many people are feeling similar. Me personally used to be worried about my mistakes too. πŸ™‚

Try to ask yourself these 2 questions:
– Have I ever seen anyone laughing at someone who made a mistake when speaking English? If so, how often did it happen?
– When I see someone making a mistake when speaking English, how do I feel?

From my experience people don’t really care if you make a mistake or not. Of course, they’ll probably notice, but hey, who cares? πŸ™‚ Everyone makes mistakes, natives included. Mistakes are essential to get better in everything.

So keep making mistakes, it will help you. πŸ˜‰

Hi. I am also learning with A.J.Hoge for about 2 months, and I come to lessons number 9_Kaizen. Can you tell me when did you felt your progress ? I think I am better after this lessons, but I fell that I can progress more, but I dont know how much i need to listen.

Hi πŸ™‚ Thank you for your comment. It might be difficult to answer your question exactly. I usually feel more progress after longer period than 2 months. It’s great you are feeling better with your english after finishing just lesson number 9. πŸ™‚

I am also using other ways of learning english together with Power English program (https://englishthesmartway.com/2013/07/29/how-learn-english-online-and-enjoy-process/) Hopefully you can benefit from them as well. πŸ™‚

Feel free to share your next progress of learning english. πŸ™‚

Thank you very much for answer. It’s great to have conversation with someone who already acomplished Power English lessons πŸ™‚

I will visit that page and try the same method that you already use. It seems that you are very excelent English speaker :))

Your are welcome. πŸ™‚ Thank you very much. Your English seems very good too! If you have any other questions just leave me a message. Enjoy English πŸ˜‰