Speed Reading For Education

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Speed Reading Software Reviews That You Might Have Missed In 2014

It’s 2015 already, but did you keep up with last year’s software reviews on speed reading software, 7 Speed Reading™? If 2015 is the year you are planning on mastering speed reading, then you ought to read what others say about eReflect’s reading improvement program.

Top Ten Reviews gives 7 Speed Reading™ a near perfect rating, 99.5%

Top Ten Reviews, a renowned software evaluator trusted by millions of Internet users, had put eReflect’s software to the test. After rigorous assessments the editor announced that the program is a leader in its category, giving the software a 9.95/10 score.

In a detailed review of the software’s features and technologies, the Top Ten Reviews editor focuses on five aspects of the program: its reading level and exercises (9.8/10), methods and materials available (10/10), features set (10/10), reporting (10/10), and finally help and support (10/10). The reviewer, Noel Case, emphasizes that the software’s entertaining and complete approach to teaching speed reading are unrivaled.

But that was in 2014.

Top Ten Reviews rates 7 Speed Reading™ with 9.95/10 for 2015

For its 2015 rankings, Top Ten Reviews insisted on its previous stellar ratings of 7 Speed Reading™ . The verdict comes as no surprise, as the editors note, saying, “User friendly, feature rich and effective, 7 Speed Reading is the best speed-reading application on the market.”

Typing Lounge and Mark Ways acknowledge 7 Speed Reading™’s superiority

Typing Lounge is another site that thoroughly tested and evaluated 7 Speed Reading™ against other reading improvement software products. Typing Lounge and Mark Ways have found that 7 Speed Reading™ offers a unique set of features and technologies that make it stand out from its competition. The reviewer stated in his 2014 review that 7 Speed Reading™ has industry-leading status thanks to its unrivaled combination of capacities and features.

Spreeder emphasizes 7 Speed Reading™’s effectiveness

A child project of 7 Speed Reading™, Spreeder, offers a review of and in-depth look at the program. This website focused the evaluation on how the program is essential in the classroom, listing the ways it is able to help children improve their reading habits and let go of habits that sabotage their academic performance.

Spreeder asserts that speed reading helps students master reading and other reading-related assignments much faster and effortlessly, motivating them to keep improving their academic efficiency. For the latest reviews of the 7 Speed Reading™ 2015 check here.

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7 Speed Reading Declared The Best Speed Reading Software of 2015 by Speed Reading Lounge

Speed Reading Lounge proclaims 7 Speed Reading™ software by eReflect the top software for 2015. If there’s one site dedicated to the skill of speed reading that’ s Speed Reading Lounge; it helps people understand the significance of speed reading and offers them tips and how-tos on improving their reading skill so that they can learn more with less effort, and in less time.

Speed Reading Lounge recently published a detailed, comprehensive list they’ve named “Best Speed Reading Software for 2015.” 7 Speed Reading™ by eReflect topped the list with its unrivaled set of features, technologies, and benefits.

The Speed Reading Lounge top 5 list for speed reading software is as follows:

1.   7 Speed Reading™
2.   Ace Reader Lite
3.   Iris Reading
4.   Reader’s Edge
5.   EyeQ Deluxe

The Speed Reading Lounge editor used his detailed review to focuses on the fact that 7 Speed Reading™ is a popular and renowned speed reading tool. 7 Speed Reading provides a surefire way to improve reading efficiency through expert-designed lessons, activities, and interactive games that are fun to practice with. As the editor notes, this is something consumers and software editors know very well, and have known since the first release of this popular software by eReflect.

The program helps people improve their reading habits through 7 distinct reading strategies and techniques that first eliminate bad reading habits and then help the reader adopt more time-efficient and comprehension-promoting ones. The reviewer states that 7 Speed Reading™ is the go-to speed reading program, saying that it is “[r]ecommended by thousands of students and professionals who have tried and tested it. The quality of videos and exercises makes it an effective guiding tool, making it superior to its competitors. It is beneficial for anyone at any age. Family and friends can take advantage of this program as there are no limits to user accounts.”

For the Speed Reading Lounge editor, eReflect’s software is without peer. Its winning combination of features, functionality, and state-of-the-art activities and tools ensure effortless and quick improvement of anyone’s speed reading skill.

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7 Speed Reading Declared The Best Speed Reading Software of 2015 by Speed Reading Lounge

Can Books Change A Person’s View About Life?

Reading books is something that, time and time again, has been proclaimed the medium to knowledge – and thus power. The more you read, the more benefits you collect: cognitive, critical, factual, social, economic, cultural, spiritual, you name it.

What effect do books have on our lives? Could they really change how we view or think of the world? Is there really such a thing as a life-changing book?

From a scientific point of view, books have been found to actually alter the biology of your brain.

Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta looked at MRI brain scans to see how reading affects brain networks. They found that days after the participants had finished reading a novel, they were still able to exhibit high connectivity in their left temporal cortex, the brain region associated with language receptivity. In other words, reading changed how their brains react and process language.

Reading had a lasting effect on their brains’ physiology with the impact lingering on for days after reading took place.

What is more, increased activity was located in other brain regions too, namely the central sulcus brain region, the one associated with motor function.

What the researchers discovered is that the act of reading about an activity (for example, running, chopping wood, or driving) is enough to stimulate this motor activity brain area and momentarily make those brain neurons active, just as if the person reading were actually engaging in that physical activity.

Therefore, as studies show, our brains are definitely affected by what we read. From a more experiential and cognitive aspect, books are consistently changing people’s lives, mindsets, and outlooks. Any person with a favorite author or book will undoubtedly tell you the same.

A book will make you reconsider ethical values, even your religion and spirituality. A book will give you hope about humanity or confirm your long-held assumptions about the hopeless cruelty of people. A book will give you the skills to cope with a mental or physical malady, and it could give you relief, support, and encouragement while you go through a rough time in your life.

The ways a book can affect and in fact change your life are manifold, and that’s the pure magic of reading. We cannot anticipate or predict how we will react to a best-seller or how an old-time favorite will make us feel the third time we read it.

Books give us cues to follow and hint at possible solutions, they present puzzles to solve and issues to ponder. Books are enthralling windows to our psyche. They hold us by the hand while we pry into the unending space of our shared humanity.

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One Book Can Change It All: Read To A Child And Spark Their Ambition

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Best Speed Reading Program In Exciting New Partnership With Online Typing Test Keyhero.com

The ultimate hack to being productive turns out to be much simpler than we imagined. Take a second and consider what currently takes up most of your time at the office. Most likely, it’s typing and reading. Typing reports, blog posts, meeting notes, and social media content – and then reading reports, blog posts, meeting notes, and social media content. You get the idea. Touch typing and reading are two activities that comprise most of the workday for many people. You read a ton of emails and corporate communications, you type your own in reply, and then you read some more. And then there’s the stress of having to meet deadlines with all of this typing and reading, and an answer to your boss who’s asking about the documentation you said you’d have ready by Monday morning …

Being productive in the 21st century office means being able to deal with the new technologies and the constant arrival of new ideas to read and write about. It’s evident that the corporate world must get more serious about how they can develop a well-equipped staff that can tackle this workload. That’s why it’s so exciting that eReflect and KeyHero, two productivity-boosting specialists in their own industry, have teamed up to answer this need.

The new partnership announced by eReflect and KeyHero aims at improving workplace productivity by giving employees the opportunity to increase their typing and reading speed.

Speed Read Your Way To Workplace Efficiency

If one thing can make your day easier it’s not having to read through chapter-long memos, documents, and other corporate content. However, you need to keep up with that information. The solution? Learn to speed read them, and stay up to date with everything your company is up to.

eReflect offers the chance to people like you to improve reading speed and increase reading comprehension with 7 Speed Reading™, a program designed by experts aimed to help you read more efficiently.

It eliminates reading habits that get you nowhere (subvocalisation, regression, narrow reading block span) and helps you master reading-boosting ones, including how to read in blocks rather than word by word. The program improves your eye-muscle strength and optimizes your optic nerve’s capacity so that you can read faster without exhausting your eyes and compromising your comprehension of what you read.

KeyHero for Mastering The Art of Keyboarding

While eReflect works on improving your reading skills, KeyHero focuses on how to save you time and make you more productive at touch typing. KeyHero offers resources like typing speed tests and informative articles and training resources to improve your typing speed and accuracy.

One thing is crystal clear: if there’s one way to get noticed at the office with an increase in productivity that will astound your boss, it’s by improving your reading and typing skills. Today.

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Which Is The Strongest: App or Web Tools?

When you’re using technology for work, pleasure, and communication, do you prefer using apps or web tools? A new infographic by Edudemic shows that apps win by a wide margin for many people. Let’s have a look at the numbers.

If you combine the apps on the Google Store and Apple store then you get over 2 million apps. This is a mind-blowingly gigantic number, especially considering how recent a phenomenon mobile apps truly are.

More than 50 million apps have been downloaded through the Apple store. Google’s apps come second with about 48 million apps being downloaded so far. It is also estimated that out of all these app downloads only 75% of them are actually used. Some are not used even once after they’re downloaded.

Estimates suggest that by the year 2017 there will be more than 4.4 billion users of mobile applications. So where does that leave web tools usage?

When it comes to Ed tech, students and their educators seem to opt for a combination of the two. Web tools offer more feature-rich content, enhanced capabilities, and the advantage of being more reliable. On the other hand, mobile apps provide variety and easy access, and they tend to be, well, mobile.

As many major web tools, platforms, services, and communication tools already have corresponding mobile apps, it is becoming evident that the future belongs to the app world. Apps are irresistible, handy, powerful tools. By contrast, people often find that web tools are more burdensome and inflexible.

Given that popular services like Google Maps, Pandora, YouTube, and a wide range of games dominate both the Apple and Google stores’ top downloads, it comes as no surprise that web tools will slowly morph into apps and our access to Internet tools and resources will eventually be primarily app-based.

Care to weigh in? Tell us which you prefer – web tools or apps?

Which Is The Strongest: App or Web Tools?

WriteToTop’s Experienced ESL Teacher, Adam, Aims To Teach ESL Learners The Skills Needed For A Clear, Persuasive, and Compelling English Text


INTRODUCTION: English classes often focus only on the basics of vocabulary, spelling, and grammar. ESL courses cover language basics, but many then spend their time on teaching students how to hold a conversation, order a pizza, or answer the telephone. While these are all necessary skills for anyone who wants to speak English as a native, many classes don’t always take the next step: teaching students to write fluently, as well as to speak fluently. Experienced ESL teacher Adam recognized this lack and decided to set up a new video training series at WriteToTop to help ESL and native speakers alike learn to write clear, persuasive, and compelling English text.

UV: As a longtime professional editor, you’ve probably seen every mistake possible. What types of errors do most people need to learn to avoid making?

While most people might expect me to point out certain grammatical errors as common issues, these can easily be learned or reviewed, and thus avoided. The most common problem that writers need to focus on is their awareness of their readers. One of the first things I remind writers of is the fact that they are not writing for themselves—they are writing something for someone else to read, on their own. Unlike a conversation, where misunderstandings and language issues can be cleared up instantly, a person looking at a text does not have the writer standing next to him or her to clarify a word choice, or an incomplete sentence, or a disjointed argument. So writers need to approach their text with an eye to clarity, concision, flow, and of course a grasp of language rules. Moreover, these problems are manifested in two ways: first, many writers take shortcuts, assuming a reader can make the connections and jumps that are obvious to themselves. Do not make these assumptions about your reader. A good rule of thumb is to consider that your reader is an intelligent person who is literate, but who knows nothing about your subject, so spoon-feed them everything. Second, written language does not tolerate the informalities and the grammatical rule bending and breaking of spoken language. In other words, do not write in the same way as you speak. Again, you are not present with the reader and therefore cannot compensate for shortcuts with facial and body gestures, tone of voice, or other cues.

UV: How does your experience as an ESL tutor influence the way you work with writers?

I had taught ESL for almost fifteen years, in four countries. The first thing I learned as a teacher was that every student is different and cannot be lumped into a “type” of learner. The same applies to writers. There is a whole history behind each person, a culture, a native language, and of course a personality. Teachers and editors need to take these things into consideration. I have found that both English students and writers tend to be very sensitive about their communicative abilities. In fact, one of the hazards of being an editor is showing someone all the corrections made on their text. Students and writers alike hate seeing red on their text. They sometimes seem to take it as a personal affront. This is where my teaching experience has benefited me; I learned how to point out errors in a way that doesn’t offend, such as by highlighting strengths at the same time, or by asking for an explanation in such a way that the student or writer notices the error on his own and makes the necessary adjustments. In terms of editing, I also ask for confirmation on major changes so as to involve the writer in the process. I add a comment in the margins, asking, “is this OK?”, or explaining why I made the change and asking the writer for feedback on the change. When a writer or student feels that the final draft is still his or hers, they are more confident about their writing and want to continue improving.

UV: Your website provides lessons in grammatical structures like independent clauses, and on topics like the use of the subjunctive. Aren’t these taught as part of basic English and ESL classes already?

Yes, they are, but generally these topics are dealt with in a “light” way. Most ESL classes focus on speaking and listening skills. Even when it comes to writing, formal academic writing is often a class on its own. The reason for this is that when it comes to spoken language, much of the communication is delivered in terms of tone, gestures, question-answer cues, and so on. In other words, a person doesn’t have to have perfect grammar in order to communicate an idea. In written communication, on the other hand, even one wrong preposition can alter the meaning of an entire sentence, and unlike spoken English, the person trying to convey a message isn’t usually there to make instant corrections or find alternative ways to express a thought. That’s why on my site I focus on the essential elements of grammar that will make a piece of writing strong, clear, and whenever possible, interesting. I also don’t have much in the way of too-basic grammar on the site. If a writer isn’t aware of verb tense rules, or article usage, then he or she might need to work on their basic language skills a little more before they tackle academic writing. The grammar I include is essential for good writing, and though many students have already learned it, I present it in a way that, hopefully, will make them understand why it’s so important to fully grasp these elements that they could approach “lightly” in their ESL classes.

UV: Another area you cover is how to structure and organize essays and reports. Why is this an important skill?

The basic function of any written work is to convey ideas such that the reader can follow the train of thought of the writer and reach the conclusions, or retain the information as the writer intended. If a written work is not properly organized, then the reader needs to search for the connections, the relations, the reasons, or whatever else the writing tries to express. Most readers do not have the patience or desire to “mine” a passage for the information they need. If it’s not handed to them on a silver platter, they’ll go find another platter.

UV: You also offer video coaching on English-language evaluation tests like the TOEFL and the IELTS. Is this just overall advice and instruction, or do you provide students one-on-one help with these exams?

I offer students private, personalized coaching sessions via Skype, or at my office in Toronto. I say coaching because I do not want to have “students”, nor should test-takers want a “teacher”. Ultimately, the person who takes one of these tests will do so on his/her own. That’s why I coach them on things like approaches to the test they take will take, good/better study habits, time management skills, and whatever other areas they need to focus on. I set them up to self-study, but to do it in an efficient and effective manner.

Cross-posted on the Ultimate Vocabulary blog.

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WriteToTop’s Experienced ESL Teacher, Adam, Aims To Teach ESL Learners The Skills Needed For A Clear, Persuasive, and Compelling English Text

Calling All #BookLovers! This Book Town is Real – and We Want to Live There!

Been wanting to read books your whole life? Got extra days this Holiday Season? You should get a vacation and explore the world of this town.

You Can Bring Your Kid!

Indulge Yourself With Books From Different Stores

And You Will Be Mesmerized By The Books Around You!

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Calling All #BookLovers! This Book Town is Real – and We Want to Live There!

The Psychology of Reading Affects How – and What – We Read

Is there some scientific rationale behind our reading habits and predilections? Why, for example, do you sometimes find that you can’t even finish a book that critics and your friends alike say they couldn’t stop reading?

Reading is a deeply mental experience people engage in on an individual, more than a social, level. A person reads for pleasure, for knowledge, for entertainment, for mentally escaping. But what’s the one factor that makes  it impossible for some readers to put a book down? Is there even one single reason that is common to every reader?

In fact, there are many reasons why people get hooked by a book. Even if a book initially disappoints a reader, readers do sometimes keep reading. There are several reasons:

  • They’re curious to find out what happens in the end.

  • They dislike the thought of leaving something unfinished.

  • They have faith the author will not disappoint them in the end.

  • They’re in the middle of a series, and have to read this book before the next one.

  • They think ending is what tells if a book was worth it or not.

GoodReads.com users cite these and others as the main reasons why they often feel they have to finish a book they’ve started. However, for some people these rules simply don’t apply. In fact, book abandonment rates are soaring, as another book list on GoodReads.com reveals.

Book Abandonment

Looking at the GoodReads.com abandoned book shelf, you quickly see that a book’s best-selling status is not a trustworthy index as to the books’ acceptance by readers. So while a book might have a groundbreaking storyline and a compelling anti-hero, not everyone will like it.

This explains why readers might have enjoyed J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, but not the style she adopts with her adult-oriented novel,  The Casual Vacancy. It also explains why classic novels like Moby Dick are not to everyone’s liking, much less the range of best-sellers found in airports around the world.

The most cited reason why we have the urge to put a book down without finishing it, according to GoodReads.com users, is a slow beginning or a non-engaging writing style. Not liking the main character, and books that have a weak plot, are two other popular reasons cited in comments on the site.

Other reasons given by people who’ve abandoned popular and classic books range from a hero’s immorality or character incongruence, to a “stupid” plot, and even bad editing of the book, especially in ebook format.

Ultimately, book reading is a truly personal experience. In fact, mood plays a vital role as to what reaction a reader will have to a given book at any given time. If you’re not in a particular mood or even stage in your life you may not like a book that would otherwise become your personal favorite if read a few years before, or later. A teen version of you would interpret Catch 22 differently than you would as a 45-year old, true? Your book selection can even change depending on the time of day or year.

The advantage of rereading books is that you know you won’t be disappointed. This is why many people seem to frequently return to old favorites, and even books that they read as children: for the extra layer of meaning and for the satisfaction of knowing they’ll enjoy the book to the very end.

Cross-posted on the Spreeder blog.

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Founder of EngVid.com, Joshua Kostka, Shares His Motivation In Providing Resources for English Language Learning

INTRODUCTION: Idioms, common expressions, words to use in business situations (and words to avoid!), the right way to use negative phrases, and even how to answer the telephone – many of these important language lessons aren’t taught in the classroom. In fact, most of the time the best way to learn these aspects of a language is to live in the country where that language is spoken daily, and where you’ll have to speak it, too. For people learning English as a second language, traveling to an English-speaking country isn’t always an option. Fortunately, there are sites like www.engVid.com, where you can find hundreds of mini-lessons on these tricky aspects of English in free videos taught by English speakers living in Canada, the United States, and Britain. We talked to the website’s founder, Joshua Kostka, about his motivation for providing this useful resource.

UV: You live in Ontario, where about 15% of the population prefers to speak French rather than English – and in neighboring Quebec, French is the official language. Did you have to learn another language when you were growing up? Did you choose to learn a second (or third) language as an adult?

Well, the bilingual aspect of Canada is I think overstated. People in most parts of the US hear and encounter Spanish more often than I do French in Toronto.

Speaking personally, though I was born in Canada, my family left when I was 10, and I lived abroad until returning to Canada in my early 20s. My experience of having to learn another language as an adolescent definitely informs my vision for the site. I know first-hand what it’s like to be a new immigrant, to not understand what people are saying or what’s going on around me. More than anything, I know the feeling of being silenced because of an inability to confidently and correctly express myself in the language. It’s not a good feeling, nor is it healthy, to have words inside you that cannot get out. That’s the reason I ask the teachers to focus quite often on practical speaking skills and soft skills. Most people who try can eventually understand another language, but having the ability to speak that language without hesitation is what puts a person on the same level as his/her native speaker peers.

I’m learning Spanish in my spare time now, but I don’t really think learning English is comparable to learning other languages. Most people learning English as adults have had some amount of English in their lives already. How much varies from place to place, but as the dominant language of the last century at least, English is around. That’s why we can teach English to people in English. Much of the audience understands enough English to get at least the gist of the lessons, even if they don’t yet know even the most basic grammatical structures.

UV: You graduated with an honors degree in English literature. Did your experience with language and literature motivate you to start the engVid site?

Probably not in the way you’re thinking, but you might say so. I had four years at university, during which I could indulge myself in the type of humanities education that I expect won’t be around too much longer. I got a broad base of liberal arts knowledge, and developed the skills to analyze and thus deepen my appreciation of those works of narrative I find moving. None of this is useful though when you’re 25 and trying to figure out a career.

So as many do, I ended up travelling for a bit, backpacking in Asia. I met so many people in India, Laos, Cambodia, and other countries in the region, for whom English was the one thing that could immeasurably improve their lives. For so many of these people, English is what can get them out of the slums, out of abject poverty. For the first time, I understood what a fundamental advantage I had been given by being born in an English-speaking country. At the same time, I saw YouTube, which was just beginning its ascent at the time, as a good tool to use to not only give people educational material to which they wouldn’t otherwise have access, but to give them material that was more useful, more direct, and more practical than what they might get in school, if they were even lucky enough to be taught English in school. My mother had taught English at the corporate level, and ran an ESL business while I was growing up, so I had quite a bit of knowledge about the industry. When I got back to Canada, I worked with her to develop a style of lesson video that would be focused, engaging, and consumable in small segments. It was also important that the format of the lessons be something we could create relatively quickly. No fancy animation or things like that, because I strongly believe that a library of 30 English lesson videos wouldn’t be that useful. 300, though – that’s useful. And when we get to 3000, that’ll be really useful.

UV: The videos on the website cover a wide range of topics related to learning English, including pronunciation guides, business English phrases, and preparation for important exams like the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Although you have a “vocabulary” lesson category as well, isn’t vocabulary the key to learning a language?

In the sense that you can’t learn the language without knowing words, clearly learning vocabulary is the core of learning any language. Our content reflects this – vocabulary is the category in which we’ve produced the most lesson videos, and lessons filed under some of the other categories on the site, like slang or business English, are often just more specialized forms of vocabulary lessons. We provide the categorization on the site for viewer convenience, but the fact is that most lessons involve learning some grammar and usage, some vocabulary, pronunciation dos and don’ts, comprehension in the form of learning how words are actually encountered in real life, and so on. Depending on the viewer’s level of English, he/she might not catch everything or even retain the main lesson taught. It doesn’t matter – they are improving just by watching and listening actively and trying to parse and process everything to the best of their abilities.

UV: Students can use the English Lesson Finder to search for video lessons by difficulty level and topic, and even search for specific teachers. If someone is a first-time visitor to the site, where do you recommend they start?

Something that’s both a strength and a weakness of EngVid is that our lessons are not presented in any given order. Though new users might find this scary, what it actually means is that you can get on the site, watch any of our almost 800 videos, and get a complete lesson. Lessons on vocabulary or expressions are good places to start, because they usually don’t require extensive knowledge of grammar. Sometimes these lessons are really specific, and sometimes they are general, but anyone who wants to improve his/her English can devote 15 minutes to watching one of the lessons, committing the information to memory, and taking the accompanying quiz. I actually recommend that viewers do the quiz the day after they watch the video, to make sure the knowledge has been retained. Over time, all these smaller chunks of knowledge add up to greater proficiency and confidence in using English.

UV: You’re constantly adding new lessons to the site, and you also provide printable documents for offline study. What are your plans for the website in 2015?

The main focus has been, and will continue to be, creating a large library of videos for people to watch. We have around 800 video lessons now, and are currently adding close to 200 new ones per year. In addition to the videos, the site will be growing in several ways. A new teacher will be joining early in the year. Her videos are very clear and are primarily aimed at beginners. We will also be updating our site; the most important addition will be giving users the ability to easily track which videos they’ve watched and to keep a record of their quiz scores.

Our biggest project for 2015, though, is a completely new section of full courses in English, covering large areas from start to finish. In addition to providing a more linear, guided learning path for students, these courses will include more supplementary and reference material than our normal English lessons. So lots to look forward to.

Cross-posted on the Ultimate Vocabulary blog.

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Founder of EngVid.com, Joshua Kostka, Shares His Motivation In Providing Resources for English Language Learning