FAQ How to learn English
How soon will I be able to learn English?

It really depends. I am usually reluctant to give you an exact forecast until I have about six lessons with you and can evaluate your current level, learning abilities and progress. There are four essential factors that impact your advance: your interest, your memory, your attention and your persistence. As learning speeds vary considerably, a general rule-of-thumb is 50 to 300 hours to reach a new level.

How many classes should I have per week?

That is really up to you. Some students have only one class per week, whereas others choose to learn English five classes per week. The more hours you study, the faster your progress is. In fact, you can feel comfortable at two or three lessons per week, complemented by self-study.

Is it really efficient to study via Skype?

Personally, I believe that Skype sessions and face-to-face lessons are absolutely identical in terms of efficiency. The only requirement is that you should have excellent high-speed Internet connection to ensure the quality of Skype conversation. However,  teaching methods and techniques slightly differ. For instance,  personal English lessons allow for dictation practices and drawing some schemes to explain grammar, whilst Skype sessions enable me to type new phrases and collocations in chat window, send you online materials in real time and set up typing dictations.

Do you teach middle-aged people?

Yes, I do. So far, the age of my students ranges from 13 to 55, however I set no upper age limit. You are only as old as you feel :). The only important factor for me is your continuous desire to learn English. In case you display tenacity and motivation and do not give up after you encounter your first obstacle, I will be able to teach you.

How can I contact you?

You can write to me to kuzina.polina@gmail.com.

Why should I learn all this grammar terms like “nouns”, “verbs”? When I am abroad, I can just talk, and people understand me.

Right, but how can you make sure that they understand you CORRECTLY? When you learn driving, you study the names of pedals and car parts. Language is a much more complicated system, and you need to know the basics of grammar to communicate. For example, sometimes students confuse Present Simple and Past Simple or Active Voice and Passive Voice. Once, a student said, “My friend stole a bicycle” meaning “My friend’s bicycle was stolen”. If you say such a phrase in real life, your friend may have a problem with police :).