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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Tom has decided to study while listening to rock and rap music, and watching television. Why is this is a bad idea?

Ann watches English films without subtitles first, while making notes. Then she checks her notes against the subtitles. Is this a good idea?

Nicholas likes to live a carefree lifestyle and hates to schedule time to practice English. So he studies whenever he feels like it, but his English is not improving. What is the problem with his plan?

Carol thinks that regular practice of techniques that she learns helps her master English faster. Is this true?

The rules of studying are absolute and should NEVER be broken. True or false?


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193 Comments on “How NOT to Learn English – Studying English at Home”


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Thank you.
you are very very good.

Abbas

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

    Thanks… I always to do my best in the English Class.

    Saturday, September 17th 2011

      Sorry… i would like to say: ” I always try to do my best…”

      Saturday, September 17th 2011

I like this lesson becaus its imporve my english very well ….I appraceition teacher who work this porgram ….thank very mach

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

    Hi James,
    I like your study style. awesome.

    Thank you very much.

    Wednesday, December 19th 2012

hi I am anas and I am 13 yeas old I want to help me becoues we donot Speak english we Speak arabic I want to help me

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

    Hi Anas, learning english grammar is very easy. Just read english books,watch english news like BBC and CNN and watch some english lessons so that your english grammar will improve. Good luck! By the way,I’m Krizel from Philippines

    Thursday, February 2nd 2012

      thankyou, i like this lesson

      Monday, April 30th 2012

    find a foreigner, a native speaker in your place. You can not learn any language by yourself

    Thursday, August 16th 2012

      You right huyen, but unfortunately in my place there’s no native speaker, so i have problem when practice speaking in English.

      Monday, January 20th 2014

5/5 Now, I know how not to learn English ;-)

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

THANKS *_*

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

when i listened i didnt understand well, because my english is not so well:(( but i m 5 out of 5 :)) i have one question..i heard that there is some course they teach English language in two–three months.. is it possible?

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

“Do NOT study in an area ‘free’ of distractions.” I think you’ve got something a little backwards. I think you really want to say, “Do NOT study in a room full of distractions” or ” Do study in a room ‘free’ of distractions.”

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

    that is the evil warm who confused you. kindly watch again … regards

    Monday, October 17th 2011

Dear teacher James, thank you so much, these are very good advices, I totally agree with you.

Greetings from Peru.

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

4 out of five.. yey

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

U r right James.

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

thank you so much. Now I love enlish.

Thomas from Poland

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

it is very nice lesson and i must take your advice because it helps me to improve my English Learning very quick.

greeting from South Africa

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

Thanks for all your helping for student studie !

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

That class is so good, I love this page and that teacher is really great !!

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

I have too much fun watching your videos. And I am improving faster… congratulations!

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

Hi James

I got 4/5 without watching video because I have been doing this for a long time I have books, Audio & video cds, Watching Hollywood movies with subtitles (especially for accent), Listening English songs, make my own vocabulary, and I have been follow your website for one year but still I do mistakes.

I learn English in a way of Listening-Speaking-reading-writing (one of my English teacher said) but still SPEAKING part is missing because I haven’t any company for practicing that part and I haven’t any schedule for practicing all these stuff which I have collected and it increases day by day.

I wrote all this without watching your video hope it will guide me in a more specific way. I have a question how I know my sentence correct or not especially in Passive (passive causality)

Thanks, take care

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

    u’re so funny :)) I can watch ur video without getting bored. I kept concerntrating most of the time.
    The lesson is very clear. I wrote down all of this and i’ll try to apply it on my studying ;P
    U’re doing great, keep working hard :)

    Saturday, January 28th 2012

thank for you i have been undrstand your nice lesson

Wednesday, September 14th 2011

You are especially teacher, I like this.

Wednesday, September 14th 2011

I find it is interesting. I really appreciate the effort to teach english to non english speakers by very effective way. It is well organised and attractive presentation. Thank you very much for your good deed. Keep it up.

Wednesday, September 14th 2011

Please teacher.. speak more slowly ^^

Wednesday, September 14th 2011

he is a great teacher!!!! i’m from Argentina and i’m learning a lot!!!!

Wednesday, September 14th 2011

O, man, it’s the best styding video, I’ve ever saw. Thanks a lot for it. You’ll have one more students. You are the best

Thursday, September 15th 2011

Don’t listen alexmelo please, because in real life, in movies, no one would speak slowly if you’d ask him.

Thursday, September 15th 2011

Hi.
5 out of 5 without watching the lesson!
TNX.

Thursday, September 15th 2011

it’s amazing!!!!

Thursday, September 15th 2011

Thank,s

I am happy to study with you.

Thursday, September 15th 2011

thanks james i got 4 out of 5 its ok so thanks
uzbekistan boy QOBILBEK

Friday, September 16th 2011

thankz a lot sir james for da advices on how to study effectvly. i got 4 over 5.

mattz
Philippines

Friday, September 16th 2011

i got 4 out of 5 which is not a bad score…thanx james

Saturday, September 17th 2011

thank you for help me

Saturday, September 17th 2011

thank u reacher for this useful losson

Sunday, September 18th 2011

it is useful. thanks for techer.

Sunday, September 18th 2011

what a great advice …. thanks….

Monday, September 19th 2011

    please change your photo it is very ugly

    Saturday, September 29th 2012

4 out of five

Monday, September 19th 2011

I ‘m Leila ,I’am twenty-eight years old ,I’m from algeria . i am not speaking english and my work have a ducumenents i english can you help me for speak and read english please

Monday, September 19th 2011

Hi,

i got 4 out of five

Monday, September 19th 2011

HI all members I’m new member hope to gives me advise to improve my English

Monday, September 19th 2011

Thanks James
I got 3 out of 5 :D

Tuesday, September 20th 2011

God honored you by enabling

Tuesday, September 20th 2011

that´s a good idea…. but… could you speak more slowly? please

Tuesday, September 20th 2011

Could you tell me , how do you learn the new words?

Tuesday, September 20th 2011

gooooooooooood

Wednesday, September 21st 2011

Thank ya alottt Mr.James

Wednesday, September 21st 2011

Thank you so much James

Friday, September 23rd 2011

Hi thank you for this instructions

Friday, September 23rd 2011

Thanks

Saturday, September 24th 2011

i learned a lot from u……thank ya

Sunday, September 25th 2011

if somebody speaks English good enough and want to improve communication skills, Skype me!My user name is tojemodel)Together we will achieve the best level)))

Sunday, September 25th 2011

5 out 5)) Thanks a lot))

Sunday, September 25th 2011

thank you so much you really do your best i’m from Saudi Arabia and i try to improve my english language and you really help me in lot thing :”)

Sunday, September 25th 2011

5 out 5….. wow…evidently I have Understood the lesson. Thank you teach.

Monday, September 26th 2011

thank u… teacher

Wednesday, September 28th 2011

intelligibly and funny.well done. thanks James

Sunday, October 2nd 2011

Thank you for your advises. Now I know how not lo learn english as well as other topics of study.

Sunday, October 2nd 2011

i appreciate your efforts ^_^

Monday, October 3rd 2011

I realy like every teacher in engvid espacialy sir James. I am from Saudi Arabia and I realy need a great teachers like you to show me the way. Sir James I realy admair you.

Tuesday, October 4th 2011

Thank you so much
you are very active tutor?

Tuesday, October 4th 2011

am still waiting your advice before i will write my toefel exam.tx

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

You are commendable, i like you better than all the teachers on this site, you are the
best man

Thursday, October 6th 2011

Thank you so much, I really like all the editions of ‘How Not to learn English’.

Thursday, October 6th 2011

I’m impressed! What a good website. The true is I found it accidentally, when I needed help with past tense of “should” and google sent me here, but definitively I’ll come back more often here :)

Friday, October 7th 2011

thanks so much dad

Sunday, October 9th 2011

Proprio belo

Wednesday, October 12th 2011

Thank you

Friday, October 14th 2011

I am confused! you say study in area which is free of distraction,but you have written in red pen saying”Don’t”. With all due respect, you got it wrong. It’s a good advice if it’s presented it in another way.

Saturday, October 15th 2011

    Dear, He was talking about the thinks which we must not do

    Monday, October 17th 2011

I find this website excellent…very well prepared teachers… i am very impressed.

Saturday, October 15th 2011

hey guys hope u all fine i am loving these videos keep it up regards for all staff of eng vid.

Sunday, October 16th 2011

i like alll teaching staff of eng vid keep rocking eng vid
im zakir afridi.

Sunday, October 16th 2011

hi.. ur efforts are of great help.thanks a lot.

could we have a video explaining the use of…THOUGH,ALTHOUGH,EVEN THOUGH, IN TERMS OF, HOWEVER and some idioms like ON AN AVERAGE and other such idioms which are used in day to day conversation..

Sunday, October 16th 2011

hey there carol i love the idea it self of your web site actually i love it keep up the good work by helping other pepole becuse of you iam working now in vodafone uk i was nothing with out eng vid it helped me alot to become who iam now so thanks eng vid i hope one day all the pepole can learn like i did just put your mind to it and u can do it thanks and best regarde
aka max

Monday, October 17th 2011

    That’s great to hear. Congratulations on your job and please tell your friends about engVid if you think it would help them too.

    Tuesday, October 18th 2011

      sure sir i keep on telling them about your best out of the best side i.e. ENGVID ….

      Saturday, February 25th 2012

excellent advisory james?

Monday, October 17th 2011

Thank you for everything. You help me to be a better teacher.

Thursday, October 20th 2011

Thanks James, How must I do to improve listening skill? When I hear, I dont recognize new word so I dont understand so much. Please help me

Thursday, October 20th 2011

I totally agree with your tips. Thanks for sharing your experience…

Saturday, October 22nd 2011

Thanks James.You are professiona,artistic and KIND.

Sunday, October 23rd 2011

I fall in love with James and his lessons.How he explanes how to do something and how not to do,it is professional!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 24th 2011

youre the man!

Tuesday, October 25th 2011

im confused about the topic.

Wednesday, October 26th 2011

there is problem with this video I couln’t watch it
any way thank you alot

Wednesday, October 26th 2011

turn on the light please!!

Wednesday, November 2nd 2011

i think You need to add subtitls =))

You have told -” When you listening always watch with subtitls”

Saturday, November 5th 2011

    yup he or she,z totaly wri8 that u must add subtitle plz so that we undstand eaisly????

    Wednesday, November 23rd 2011

    Actually what he told you is that don’t watch the subtle when listening, because the topic is how NOT to learn English at home. I have to say that this also confused for a while…
    Anyway, many thanks for the video James!~

    Wednesday, October 17th 2012

thank you i learn english more with you

Friday, November 11th 2011

tnx i understand

Wednesday, November 23rd 2011

thank you bro, you helped me a lot.

Thursday, November 24th 2011

You speak very quickly it is difficult to understand you.

Friday, November 25th 2011

if you were here in Italy I would go to your english lessons! You’re so brilliant and I like your teaching education.

Sunday, November 27th 2011

Thanks for all your support.
I will keep studying at home and assimilating as much information as possible.
See you soon! Tchau!

Wednesday, November 30th 2011

it’s very cool the way that you express your selft

Thursday, December 8th 2011

Your voice is clear, your ideaas are clear, and you¨re funny, easy to follow. Thanks from Argentina

Sunday, December 11th 2011

I dont think that you are too fast, because its clear enough, well vocalised. And it can be stopped -paused- and re started. Thanks again.

Sunday, December 11th 2011

i agree with u

Monday, December 12th 2011

Like the way you teach, thanks a lot

Monday, December 19th 2011

thanks you

Thursday, December 22nd 2011

thanks…

Friday, December 23rd 2011

“His mother never loved him as a child.” It’s realy funny lesson

Thursday, January 12th 2012

Hello the snake’s teacher today you teach this lesson not bad. But I still see something not clear in my mind. You told if somebody who study in a area with distraction that is attract and they can not study. How about if somebody study and they feel sleep but they have good place in learning.

Wednesday, January 18th 2012

Nice, it really helps..

Thursday, January 19th 2012

I’m 17 years high school student and English isn’t my mother language, but I love this webside and thanks to you guys – I really enjoy learning English :) This is great you’re doing this for free.
Once again – thanks a lot!

Thursday, January 26th 2012

hi james u r great teacher,do u know why cos ur teching english rules r very good,u motivate me to study english,god save u,INSHALLAH AND EVERY1

Monday, February 13th 2012

oh. Why did I took so long to find this site. If I found this earlier I should have saved precious time.

Wednesday, February 15th 2012

this video is very useful, I,m going to practice your advises in my study sessions. Greetings from Colombia!!!

Friday, February 17th 2012

THANK YOU, VERY MUCH!!!!

Sunday, February 19th 2012

GREETINGS FROM SPAIN!!!!

Sunday, February 19th 2012

Can you please, teach the americans teachers how teach English to no native speakers??? listening you, look like so easy. I almost give up, but with the Engvid I came back feel that is possible learn.
thanks a lot!

Friday, March 2nd 2012

HI james you are really great
I am proud of the way you are teaching

GOD BLESS YOU

Tuesday, March 20th 2012

I do love your lessons.Can you teach us something about intonation?
PS:think you.

Thursday, March 29th 2012

hi James u are a great teacher

Saturday, March 31st 2012

Very useful. Many thanks

Saturday, April 7th 2012

Thank you for your lessons! I like it very much!Kind regards from Russia

Saturday, April 7th 2012

1000 likes!!!

Saturday, April 7th 2012

Great lesson! TY!
But dedicated time for studying is a huuuge problem 4 me =)

Monday, April 9th 2012

    Why?

    Friday, June 8th 2012

Hello I have problem in listening skill. I watch tv shows about
Economy , investigation, biography understand a little 50%.
But children shows I understand very well. I didn’t get tired
Of listening to it. I repeat the phrases but I have no idea
How to spell them when I am listening.

Wednesday, April 11th 2012

James pls cut down the jokes

Thursday, April 12th 2012

thanks mr james

Saturday, April 14th 2012

please teacher speek slowly

Sunday, April 15th 2012

I like this lesson becaus its imporve my english very well.

Monday, April 16th 2012

very useful

Tuesday, April 17th 2012

Very nice vid, as well as others videos on this site are very helpful
Thank You and appreciate You

Sunday, April 22nd 2012

Awesome technique and best ways of improving our vocabulary, thanks !

Monday, April 23rd 2012

I think that this site is very helpful with all the people around the world,and you are excellent teacher.I can understand everything and can make differences.Thank you a lof for these lovely videos.

Monday, May 7th 2012

You are amazing! I learn English with you and, at the same time, take a great pleasure! Thank you)

Saturday, May 12th 2012

Thank you! You’re the best! :)

Thursday, May 17th 2012

thanks!

Saturday, May 19th 2012

Thanks ….

Friday, May 25th 2012

Thnx James

Wednesday, June 13th 2012

adorable lesson!!! I’ve got 5 out of 5!!! I am proud of myself!!! James u are awesome!!! I love how u teach English and I like how u imitate different types of accents. hehhe so funny!!! escpecially Indian one!!! LOL Take care

Sunday, June 24th 2012

really, thank youuu :D

Tuesday, June 26th 2012

you can be the teacher number one, but for the beginer would be very dificult to undertand the lessons because you speak very very very fast lol but anyway thank you

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012

Hi. It was a great lesson. I want to apply this advices in my learning process.

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012

I like your style. thanks a lot.

Tuesday, July 10th 2012

A beautiful lesson as always, Jame. Moreover, I have a favor is how to use AS properly, please help me out. Thank you so much!

Saturday, August 4th 2012

hi James i have got a problem in writing ,listing and speaking and when i learns some words i forget very soon i used in a sentence but when i talking to someone i can’t realize that words to use can you give me some advise to help me in my English. thanks a lot.

Sunday, August 5th 2012

Dear, James. Thank you very much, you are very good teacher.

Friday, August 17th 2012

great !!

Saturday, August 18th 2012

hello james. what is better , english dictionnairy or
french/english?

merci de me repondre.

Monday, August 20th 2012

Thank you so much, excellent lesson…

Tuesday, September 4th 2012

Again thank you for your help

Sunday, September 16th 2012

Thanks James

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

Thanks! I’ve been studying for a important test by myself in my home and this site have been helping too much! Excellent lessons!

Sunday, September 30th 2012

Funny quiz:-):-):-)

Saturday, November 3rd 2012

BIG THANKS! very motivating!

Saturday, November 10th 2012

you know?ive learned a lot from you,you are awesome and i like ur style,your lessons are great and your easy to understand,you make learning english fun and knowlegable at the same time,im expecting more videos from u bob,hehe,i mean james more power to you

Friday, November 16th 2012

hello dear all teacher the lessoning of ste is vanderfull I learned alot of things

Sunday, December 2nd 2012

Hi James,

I agree with you on these useful ideas.

By determing a specific time every day, anyone can achieve any goals in life including English profecincy. Also, she/he will have a great time because the learner is focused and determined.

It is quite effective, and it shows absolute determination.

I will always do it and thank you very much.

Regards

Saturday, December 8th 2012

Hi, I do like your lessons. Great. Is there a lesson about ponctuation in English? you know ,.?!:… etc etc etc

Tuesday, December 25th 2012

thanks for great lesson.

Tuesday, January 8th 2013

ur funny

Tuesday, January 8th 2013

thank you!it is too hard to study alone!you are so funny but at the same time so capable like tutor!

Saturday, January 12th 2013

Thanks u teacher!

im learning english with you (:

Tuesday, January 29th 2013

Thank you so much! :)

Tuesday, February 5th 2013

thanks james yr very gd tecr am learning english with u……

Monday, March 4th 2013

5/5 again \o/ I always like to learn during morning occasions.

Wednesday, March 6th 2013

thanks

Monday, March 25th 2013

Thanks James! You’ve improved my motivation :)

Friday, July 12th 2013

thanks!!

Friday, August 23rd 2013

Thanks for your help James, I think you are one of the best teacher in the World. Greetings from Hungary!

Saturday, September 14th 2013

good tips, thanks, James!!!

Thursday, October 10th 2013

I love your lessons, you’re awesome teacher! :)

Friday, January 3rd 2014

Thank you. I live in Africa, though not in a hut, and I learn at home. Thank you for your tips on home study. I have been looking for a lesson on how to write a good Narrative, is there one available?

Tuesday, January 28th 2014

Thanks James, yours suggestions are very useful!

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

thank you James, very much ;)

Wednesday, February 26th 2014

Thanxxxxxxxxx. A lot you are the best teacher ever , I learned a lot from you ..

Saturday, March 1st 2014

Thanks!!!

Monday, March 3rd 2014

Thank you one more time.

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

Hi James,

you are great and your lessons really helps me

thanks :)

Friday, March 21st 2014

hi james

Saturday, May 10th 2014

thank you James, greats ideas

Wednesday, May 14th 2014

thank you

Monday, May 26th 2014

thanks

Monday, May 26th 2014

100% :p

Monday, May 26th 2014

    :D

    Monday, May 26th 2014

B)

Monday, May 26th 2014

Thank you. I’ve learned something interesting about subtitles.

Monday, May 26th 2014

I’m still very weak.

Saturday, May 31st 2014

Hi James. I’m new hear. It’s very interesting and helping. I wasn’t good speak in english but I always study and taking notes some important things in this site. I’m also happy in a way that this helping me more to improve my knowledge in english. Thanks and more power. By the way I’m from Philippine.

Monday, June 30th 2014

Thank ya!

Friday, July 11th 2014
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