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Speak English Now Mini-Review: Interactive Audio Activities

Speak English Now
Price: Freemium, with paid courses starting at $47
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Speak English Now was created in collaboration with Oscar from Unlimited Spanish and therefore has a very similar style. The main difference is that Georgiana is not a native English speaker and doesn’t have a completely neutral accent. There are also a few (but rare) grammatical errors in her podcasts.

On her website, you can find hundreds of downloadable podcasts with free transcripts. The podcasts provide an introduction to the teaching method in her four purchasable courses, and seem most appropriate for upper-beginner learners.

Georgina avoids the traditional textbook methods of learning English and helps her students to learn to think in the language. Her episodes include short stories with accompanying exercises for you to respond to while you listen. Another type of listening exercise she provides is the point of view lessons, which tell a story twice — the second time, she changes the point of view or the verb tense to familiarize you with verb conjugations.

The purchasable courses include a 30-day crash course and two courses that can help bridge the gap between the intermediate and advanced levels. There is also a Business English course that will prepare you for job interviews.

If you want to improve your confidence in speaking English, these courses are probably a good investment, even if you are not learning from a native speaker. You could also just listen to the podcasts if you don’t need as much structure.

The current rating is our best estimate. We haven’t had the opportunity yet to more thoroughly evaluate this resource, as we do for our full reviews.

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