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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.
Are illustrations important in textbooks?

According to James, should textbooks promote cultural awareness?

Does context matter for grammar and vocabulary?

Does a good textbook allow only for group work?

Are unit tests important?

Should textbooks remain the same level or build and become more advanced through each chapter?


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145 Comments on “How to choose a textbook, so you can learn English at home”


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Sunday, February 23rd 2014

    Before buying a book, we as language learners should know in advance the textbook features that best meet our language learning needs.

    These handy tips for buying a book will help us -no doubt about it- to choose the best one.

    Thanks James for sharing this useful information .
    Have a great day!!!

    Tuesday, February 25th 2014

    Hi! Thanks a lot. Great job!
    Which one is correct?
    I’m German/ Iranian.
    I’m a German/ Iranian.

    Monday, March 10th 2014

      Both are correct, but they have slightly different meanings! “I’m a A German/Iranian” (the noun) refers to nationality — what country you belong to. “I’m German/Iranian” (the adjective) can refer to nationality as well, but it also means ethnicity. For example, you might be born in Canada, have a Canadian passport, etc., but you can still say “I’m Iranian” when you talk about your family and culture.

      Monday, March 10th 2014

        Thanks a lot. Excellent and brief answer.

        Tuesday, March 11th 2014

Ok, James let’s go to read book, thank you.

Monday, February 24th 2014

Thank u James , It was wonderful …

Monday, February 24th 2014

Nice lesson, as usual in James (I have to share my opinions becuase I’m blocked yet after the sad Jade argue; very sad).
I agree all the issues you explain. But: I like old books; I love it. I have checked most of the old shops -no only libraries- in London chasing old books about grammar. Certainl, it does’nt tell us anything about internet but I think that the core of the language is the same now than 200 years befores. I don’t know, of course. But ii was a think I wanted to shar with you. Maybe somene is the same opinion. Thanks Adam!!!!!

Monday, February 24th 2014

    I agree with James. The grammar of a language changes over time.
    We need modern,illustrated books and dictionaries to study the real, contemporary English .

    Monday, February 24th 2014

      No doubt…old books are fascinating! :)

      Monday, February 24th 2014

        I think the same like you. New books are more usefull. But old books mayble explains more things… I don’t know ;)

        Monday, February 24th 2014

Good job James , i really appreciate .

Monday, February 24th 2014

Its very interesting to say i am very happy to join this site.It may helpful for every one to learn better speaking skills.

Monday, February 24th 2014

Thanks got 83%.

Monday, February 24th 2014

Very useful lesson. Thank You very much, James.

Monday, February 24th 2014

very nice

Monday, February 24th 2014

Thanks, That was helpful

Monday, February 24th 2014

You give me an amaizing lesson James,thank you :)

Monday, February 24th 2014

    Yep!!! No doubt about it.

    Tuesday, February 25th 2014

    you are the first Greek to see to this site..!so,I’not only the one…!!!I’m happy for that.

    Thursday, February 27th 2014

mm How about English File?)

Monday, February 24th 2014

My score was perfect after a long time :D Ya~y. BTW I have some books for tests; TOEIC and EIKEN. I can study English at home any time. I prefer engVid though ;) The title “How to be a gentleman” made me giggling. Thank you for your interesting lesson, James and Mr. E!

Monday, February 24th 2014

Great and very useful lesson Mr. James.
Thanks.

Monday, February 24th 2014

Thanks James.
It’s really useful.

Monday, February 24th 2014

Very informative..
Thank you James!

Monday, February 24th 2014

Thanks James, very useful lesson

Monday, February 24th 2014

83% amazing ! :)

Monday, February 24th 2014

You give me a funny lesson James,thanks a lot!!! Really u cool!

Monday, February 24th 2014

i donot understand

Monday, February 24th 2014

    Don’t worry Fatmah, everything will be ok. Just keep study

    Monday, May 5th 2014

this lesson is not bad.

Monday, February 24th 2014

come on james Mr E looks bad today because of you i dont like that man u must take care of himmmmm…thx for this worthy lesson my regards to Mr E cya

Monday, February 24th 2014

Thank you vey much !!! <3

Monday, February 24th 2014

hello Folks, is there anyone looking for speaking-partner to improve speaking skills?

Monday, February 24th 2014

    Hello, Hany…

    Monday, February 24th 2014

    yes i did :) and this is my skype : Mr.dirty3

    Tuesday, February 25th 2014

    yes i’m lookin forward my skype:chandru1306

    Tuesday, February 25th 2014

    I invite those who are serious to improve their english in writing or speaking skills. you reach me at talkingpal@gmail.com :)

    Thursday, February 27th 2014

    Hi Hany ,I am intrested .

    Thursday, March 13th 2014

Thanks James

Monday, February 24th 2014

Tnx James!

Monday, February 24th 2014

I got %83 thanks James.

Monday, February 24th 2014

Don’t blink ! :p

Monday, February 24th 2014

Thanks James!

Monday, February 24th 2014

dear mate. i want to improve my english.so who want to write for me to this adress i’ll be happy to read your nice words.i want to have a lot of frinds. thank you dear frinds

lyly_moi@hotmail.fr

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

    wow my first time doing this got all right . But still no one believes me because I always shy and don’t talk. Now I am not shy now so thanks James. I will tell everyone to com to this wesibt.

    Saturday, March 1st 2014

Dear James, thank you for the marvellous lesson!

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

thank u james

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Great lesson James. Thank you

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Thank you.

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

You are great James!!!
your explanations are very clear, infact just scored 6/6 on this quiz :)
Thank you and sorry for any mistakes in my english!
Greetings from Italy!

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Thank you :D

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

    hi imanita

    Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Hi James
Thanks for your video. It is helpful.

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

I got 100%, thanks James, i understood your great lesson

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Thanks.

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

AWESOME QUIZ! DUMB questions! :(

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Thank you James, very helpful video

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Hi James, thanks and special greetings from germany

Wednesday, February 26th 2014

thank you ;)

Wednesday, February 26th 2014

Thanks very much, james: 5/6

Wednesday, February 26th 2014

IT WAS VERY HELPFUL,
THANK YOU JAMES.^_^

Wednesday, February 26th 2014

I GOT 6 OUT OF 6.^_^

Wednesday, February 26th 2014

Thank you very much,James.
It was helpful.

Thursday, February 27th 2014

Thanks for your good lesson, James.

Thursday, February 27th 2014

I got 6 correct out of 6, Thanks alot

Thursday, February 27th 2014

THANKS JAMES

Thursday, February 27th 2014

Those were the tips I needed about textbooks,man.In other words,that was a superb video.Thanks a lot!

Thursday, February 27th 2014

i got 83 % . Good job / Thanks :)

Friday, February 28th 2014

very helpful

Friday, February 28th 2014

Thanks :)

Friday, February 28th 2014

thank u james for valuable information

Friday, February 28th 2014

thanks

Friday, February 28th 2014

hahaha,your teaching is so funny!

Sunday, March 2nd 2014

Thanks :)

Monday, March 3rd 2014

It was helpfull james but i think your most words is not clear for new english learners like Teacher Emma I like there voice so much….

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

Thank u Mr James

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

Very good lesson, teacher you are so enthusiastic!
Thanks.

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

Thanks a lot, very nice tips James.

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

I got 100%.
Thanks James!!

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

thank you very much James, you are the best.

Wednesday, March 5th 2014

Oh,Thank James for such a lucrative lecture.I got a 100.

Thursday, March 6th 2014

Thanks James

Friday, March 7th 2014

thanks james

Sunday, March 9th 2014

Thank you James! You are the best!

Sunday, March 9th 2014

my favurite teacher I like the way that u explain it to us .. thanks you so much

Tuesday, March 11th 2014

Thanks :) very helpful! :)

Wednesday, March 12th 2014

100% thanks James.

Thursday, March 13th 2014

Thanks.. I’m still trying to get the books name..
could you please write the names ?..

Saturday, March 15th 2014

HEYYYYYYYYY JAMES WHERE ARE YOU? PLEASE COULD U POST NEW VIDEOS FOR IELTS EXAM ….

Sunday, March 16th 2014

Thx James, Great lesson :)

Sunday, March 16th 2014

thx james ^ i got D

Monday, March 17th 2014

Thank you James . The topic is so useful . I enjoy with it :)

Monday, March 17th 2014

Thank you so much Mr James for good English?

Wednesday, March 19th 2014

Hi James

Thanks for your videos. Can you make tutorials how to use “An, in, at the, the” in the text :)

Friday, March 21st 2014

HI, JAMES …. FIST TIME, THANKS YOU, I UNDERSTAND ALL E AFTER DO THE TEST AND HAVE 100% CORRECT… WOWWW I AM SO HAPPY AND THANK YOU!!! SO EASY, SO COOL….I NEED IMPROVE MY ENGLISH A LOT, BUT NOW I DO THIS, SMILING, SEE YOU AND NEXT LESSON.

Monday, March 24th 2014

Thanks James, very nice work with great advice. I’ve got 100% .

Friday, March 28th 2014

could you speak slower?I can not understand all your words
Thanks alot

Sunday, March 30th 2014

Thanks Jame. it’s really good.

Sunday, March 30th 2014

Hi James. I downloaded the books you recommended (Yes, because they’re very expensive as you said) and I’m liking very much. I’m a good listener (I can understand many sentences) but the visually characters helps too. So Thanks a lot.

Tuesday, April 1st 2014

thanks a lot,it sounds good

Tuesday, April 1st 2014

You are an awesome teacher)

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

thanks a lot teacher

Thursday, April 3rd 2014

I was estimation that I’m the first Chinese guys in here. LOL! .Like everyone of you, just wanna to polish my english . make more friends . Here, Thats my skpe:ledsmaster23 . And make it happen .Thx!

Thursday, April 3rd 2014

thanks a lot teacher

Tuesday, April 8th 2014

Thank you,James.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014

Many many thanks for the useful information Mr.James..it’ll help me preparing for my English test next month

Friday, April 18th 2014

isn’t useful at all !

Saturday, April 19th 2014

thanks a lot James, really it is helped me. Great! I got from 6 questions 6 correct answer

Thursday, April 24th 2014

thank you for sharing, got 100 wow!

Thursday, April 24th 2014

Thank you James. The first point is very important.

Monday, May 5th 2014

Thanks for your recommendations.

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

Thank you for your video.

Sunday, May 11th 2014

Thanks James

Monday, May 12th 2014

Very good, James! I’m enjoying very much this place and your lessons to learn this awesome language. Thank you very much!! :)

Tuesday, May 20th 2014

yes .. i perfect the exam hehehe.. thanks for this lesson , atleast , now i know how to choose which book is best to buy..

Sunday, June 8th 2014

Hi James I speak english a little but i got 83%
I am happy thank

Tuesday, June 10th 2014

Very good explanations James, as usual. I would like to know your opinión about the gramar book “Grammar for CAE and Proficiency” by Martin Hewings.
That’s the book I’m following to prepare my CAE exam next 24th July.
Thx and Regards,

Sunday, June 15th 2014

waaaaaaaaaaoo, i got 100% marks.

Tuesday, July 15th 2014

thanku sir

Wednesday, July 16th 2014

Wow , thank you James . You really help me a lot for how to selecting textbook.
English as my second language , I always use wrong grammar to write a sentence , even in this comment~ haha..
Now i know how to learn grammar :)
I really love yours video , funny and really meaningful.

Friday, August 1st 2014

Thanks.

Wednesday, August 6th 2014

six out of six :)

Sunday, August 10th 2014

Thanks again MR. James great lesson.

Sunday, August 10th 2014

Once again can you send to my email (jon.solm@gmail.com) what kind of book should I read to improve my English skill other than grammar book? Thanks

Sunday, August 10th 2014

Thank you JAMES.
this is really a good lesson.
but…. my question is….
I am INDIAN, I am a Student,i need to improve my English grammar (with lot of grammar exercise + answer). what book should I read ???… give me the name of this books

Saturday, August 23rd 2014

Hello, James. What d’you think about Rosetta Stone courses? Do they provide a high quality service?

Kind regards, Kirill.

Saturday, August 23rd 2014

Thank you James for this lesson. I will buy an useful book using your advices.

Thursday, September 4th 2014

Great lesson!! I just have one question: these 2 books you suggested can be used from beginners to advanced students or not? I’m really interested about them and practice my English by myself since I don’t have anybody to talk to. Btw, I got 10/10 :) Thanks!!!

Friday, September 19th 2014

I got 6 out of 6. Not bad But i should re watch the video because i didn’t write out the tricks.

Sunday, September 28th 2014

if you learners want to have the books recommended by the teacher, go on 4shared.com and type the titles. You’ll be able to download them for free.

Sunday, September 28th 2014

fantastic tips

Sunday, October 19th 2014

Thanks James .. I think reading is the best way to learn a language also to master every part in it .

Saturday, November 22nd 2014

Awesome Work! Ek number :)

Wednesday, December 10th 2014

Igot 100%

Thursday, January 8th 2015

This site is very helpful. Kudos! to all of the teacher of EngVid specially “James”. He’s always tryin’ to be humorous, which makes the lesson more fun and interesting. SIMPLE and CONCISE. Thanks a lot!

Sunday, January 25th 2015

Thanks alot james :)
by the way I’m interested in speaking english with someone ..
I’m not that perfect guy In english , english is my second language
But you can try me on skype .. my email : abdo7940@gmail.com if you are interested

Sunday, February 15th 2015

wow i got it all, it means i understood what Sir James discussed in the video. Thank you Mr. James.

Sunday, May 31st 2015

Thanks for the tips.

Sunday, July 26th 2015

I don’t read books but I like very doing the test at the end of each of your lessons ,-)

Thursday, August 6th 2015

Mr.James,I love your lessons ,that’s easy to study.:)

Thursday, August 27th 2015

Thank you James, your are the best.

Sunday, February 14th 2016

i got 5 corret out of 6.
actually i aspired to be a good english speaker so i bought “use in english” a month ago.
but i disfavor to read it.
now i will make steady and persistent effort
to become an outstanding english speaker.

Thursday, February 18th 2016

    the book buying for me a month ago is
    not “use in english” but “grammer in use.”

    Friday, February 19th 2016

Great teacher! I am new here. And i liked the way that it works.

Monday, July 25th 2016
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