Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Learning English Through Music, Movies & TV Shows

Learning a language through multimedia such as music, movies & TV shows is a great way to learn not only about the language but also about the culture of the place where the target language is spoken.

For instance, you can gauge your PROFICIENCY LEVEL in English, particularly your COMPREHENSION SKILLS, by listening to songs or watching movies and TV shows in English. The list of chart-topping songs below can serve as your guide on choosing which CDs to buy or which songs to download from the Internet.

Here is a complete list of weekly TOP 12 SINGLES in the US with their respective trailers.

I'll be updating this LIST weekly from now on.

TOP 12 SINGLES from HOT 100>>

1. California Gurls -Kate Perry feat. Snoop Dogg

2. Love the Way You Lie - Eminem Feat. Rihanna

3. OMG - Usher Feat.

4. Airplanes - B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams

5. Billionaire - Travie McCoy feat.Bruno Mars

6. Cooler Than Me - Mike Posner

7. Dynamite - Taio Cruz

(no video yet)

8. Find Your Love - Drake

9. Ridin' Solo - Jason Derulo

10. Not Afraid - Eminem

11. Your Love is My Drug - Ke$ha

12. Alejandro - Lady Gaga

*15. Somebody to Love - Justin Bieber feat. Usher

Billboard Hot Dance Club Music Charts TOP 10

1. Happiness - Alexis Jordan

BILLBOARD 200 >> Recovery - Eminem

30 second snippets of all the songs off of Eminem's Recovery album. Guests include Rihanna, P!nk, Lil Wayne & Kobe. Production from DJ Khalil, Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, Jim Jonsin, Alex da Kid, Boi-1da, Denaun Porter, Havoc, & more.



Now, here is a complete list of weekly BOX-OFFICE NUMBER ONE FILMS in the US with their respective trailers.

I'll be updating this LIST weekly from now on.


July 11, 2010 ~ Despicable Me ~ $56,397,125

July 4, 2010 ~ The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ~ $83,637,242

June 27, 2010 ~ Toy Story 3 ~ $59,337,669
NOTE: Toy Story 3 is the first Pixar film since 2006's Cars to reach #1 more than one weekend.

June 20, 2010 ~ Toy Story 3 ~ $110,307,189
NOTE: Toy Story 3 broke Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen record ($108.9 mil) for the highest weekend debut in June. Toy Story 3's $41.1 mil opening day gross broke Shrek the Third's record ($38.0 mil) for the biggest single day gross for an animated film. It also broke The Incredibles's record ($70.4 mil) for the highest weekend debut for a Pixar film.

June 13, 2010 ~ The Karate Kid ~ $55,665,805

June 6, 2010 ~ Shrek Forever After ~ $25,486,465

May 30, 2010 ~ Shrek Forever After ~ $43,311,063

May 23, 2010 ~ Shrek Forever After ~ $70,838,207

May 16, 2010 ~ Iron Man 2 ~ $52,041,005

May 9, 2010 ~ Iron Man 2 ~ $128,122,480
NOTE: Iron Man 2 broke the record for highest Mother's Day opening weekend. It is currently the highest weekend debut of 2010.

May 2, 2010 ~ A Nightmare on Elm Street ~ $32,902,299

April 25, 2010 ~ How to Train Your Dragon ~ $15,350,213

NOTE: How to Train Your Dragon reclaimed #1 in its fifth weekend of release. It is also the first DreamWorks Animation film, since 2004's Shark Tale, to reach #1 more than one weekend.

April 18, 2010 ~ Kick-Ass ~ $19,828,687

NOTE: Initial estimates had How to Train Your Dragon ahead of Kick Ass.

April 11, 2010 ~ Clash of the Titans ~ $26,633,209

NOTE: Initial estimates had Date Night ahead of Clash of the Titans.

April 4, 2010 ~ Clash of the Titans ~ $61,235,105
NOTE: Clash of the Titans broke Scary Movie 4's record ($40.2 mil) for the highest Easter weekend debut.

March 28, 2010 ~ How to Train Your Dragon ~ $43,732,319

March 21, 2010 ~ Alice in Wonderland ~ $34,189,969

March 14, 2010 Alice in Wonderland $62,714,076

March 7, 2010 Alice in Wonderland $116,101,023
NOTE: Alice in Wonderland broke Spider-Man's record ($114.8 mil) for the highest weekend debut from a non-sequel, 300's record ($70.8 mil) for the highest weekend debut in March, Fast and Furious's record ($70.9 mil) for the highest weekend debut for a Spring release, and Avatar's record ($77.0 mil) for biggest debut for a 3-D film.

February 28, 2010 Shutter Island $22,665,205

February 21, 2010 Shutter Island $41,062,440

February 14, 2010 Valentine's Day $56,260,707

NOTE: Valentine's Day broke Ghost Rider's record ($45.4 mil) for the highest President's Day weekend debut.

February 7, 2010 Dear John $30,468,614

January 31, 2010 Avatar $31,280,029

NOTE: Avatar broke Titanic's record ($25.9 mil) for the highest seventh weekend gross of all time.

January 24, 2010 Avatar $34,944,081 Avatar broke Titanic's record ($25.5 mil) for the highest sixth weekend gross of all time. With this intake, it became the highest-grossing film of all time.

January 17, 2010 Avatar $42,785,612 Avatar broke Titanic's record ($30.0 mil) for the highest fifth weekend gross of all time, and Cloverfield's record ($40.1 mil) for the highest Martin Luther King weekend gross ever.

January 10, 2010 Avatar $50,306,217
Avatar broke Titanic's record ($28.7 mil) for the highest fourth weekend gross of all time.

January 3, 2010 ~ Avatar ~ $68,490,688
NOTE: Avatar broke Spider-Man's record ($45.0 mil) for the highest third weekend gross of all time, and Cloverfield's record ($40.1 mil) for the highest weekend gross in January.


CURRENT TOP 10 TV SHOWS based on popularity and downloads

Thursday, June 10, 2010

English Made Easy & Exciting

Contrary to some people's impression, e.g. for non-native speakers, learning the English language can be EASY and EXCITING.

Simply follow the instructions of the SAMPLES in the following posts and you're on your way to using English like a native speaker!


The following snippets are just a few of the numerous multimedia files that will be used to teach TAGALOG with the multimedia method. More samples will be uploaded soon.

BASIC LEVEL : THEME - Useful High-Frequency Expressions

Watch the video clip and fill in the blanks in the screen cap below.





(-- longer clips will be shown featuring more 'complex' words such as some of the words you'll hear in the clip below)








Did you notice the man's name that was shown on the computer screen towards the end of the video clip?



Michael: Maybe it was a pervert or a deformed kid or something.
Gertie: A deformed kid.
Michael: [mockingly] Maybe an elf or a leprechaun.
Elliot: It was nothing like that, penis-breath!
Mary: [laughs in shock] *Elliott!* Sit down.


PARENTHOOD - the title of the movie mentioned above starring Zachary.

----ADS for other foreign languages ----

What do Bárbara Mori , Pau Gasol, Carlito, Manu Ginóbili, Shakira & Pitbull have in common?

Do you wanna join them and the approximately 400 000 000 + Spanish-speaking people around the world? Do you want to earn a salary DOUBLE or even TRIPLE as much as a non-Spanish-speaking employee? Sí?


Sunday, June 6, 2010


*The samples below comprise an AD for ENGLISH ACCENT TRAINING .

ACCENT TRAINING is included in the Multimedia Method not only for English but also for all foreign languages.


[sample of recent tirade against PACMAN who was called 'illiterate' - LINK -

The video clip below shows an instance wherein Manny Pacquiao mispronounced certain words that made it sound as if he was talking about a woman's private part. Click on the PLAY button to watch it.


The video clip below is the much-talked about interview of Janina San Miguel. Click on the PLAY button to watch it.

Well, you shouldN'T be! It's NOT your fault!

...And you are not alone. THERE ARE SO MANY FILIPINOS, KOREANS, JAPANESE, CHINESE, EUROPEANS, LATINOS and others who are in the same situation.

You may think this is funny but for concerned linguists and language professors, this is actually a serious problem. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOUR GRAMMAR, ACCENT and PRONUNCIATION, it could mean that your English teachers in the past did not make an effort to correct your mistakes.

Based on my research, many English teachers in the Philippines are NOT very fluent in English and make occasional mistakes themselves. Some of them even have difficulty in pronouncing :



TH (as in the),

TH (as in think),




LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE IS A NEW HABIT TO FORM and you have to ALWAYS use it if you really want it to be PERMANENT.

The Problem is, many language teachers in school fail to point this out and they don't make an effort to motivate their students to use it as often as they can. LANGUAGE IS UBIQUITOUS, you use it everyday and everywhere which is why there are so many opportunities to practice what you have learned and learn more.

Our training, thus, also involves IMMERSING ONESELF in the target language, most especially in CYBERSPACE / Internet where almost everything is possible.

(Have you ever wondered how Manny would talk to Kobe ? )


To each his own. Each individual is different and it's the same vis-a-vis someone's proficiency in English or any foreign language.

Thus, we personalize and tailor-fit our materials for the individual even in group classes. Each trainee has his/her own INDIVIDUAL FILE with facebook-like (user-friendly) template that can also be modified by the trainee.

There are also some slight variations of particular language. For instance, English can be spoken in slightly varying accents depending on where the native speaker is from. For example, Daniel Radcliffe, David Beckham and Hugh Jackman speaks English slightly different from the way Kobe Bryant and other black Americans speak English.


Unlike in most foreign language schools and institutions such as Berlitz, we let the student CHOOSE whether s/he would like to use his/her native language to be used or not.

The DIRECT METHOD totally prohobits the use of the learner's native language. Consequently, it's a lot easier for the teachers because they don't have to translate anything but it's harder for the students because there are so many words and phrases that cannot be depicted, illustrated nor shown through gestures and the students have to consult the dictionary to make sure that their 'GUESSES' are correct.

I myself, experienced the DIRECT METHOD and there were so many instances when I had to guess what the teacher meant by a certain foreign phrase and spent so much time doing so when she could have just translated it. After all, the student who's learning a second or new language would always tend to translate it to his first language and may risk making 'incorrect guesses' when the direct method is used.

With the MULTIMEDIA METHOD, we recommend the usage of the learner's native language at the basic level and the earlier stage of learning to translate words that cannot be illustrated or explained through gestures. In other words, there is minimal translation but we make sure that the students understand and learn everything that is taught before we stop translating.

More importantly, we also recognize the IMPORTANCE of the skills in TRANSLATION and INTERPRETATION dmainly due to the *not-so-well-known fact that translators and interpreters are very, very well-paid and such careers could be a source of a very big income for bilinguals and multilinguals.

Most people do not know this. I myself, for instance, only learned about this 2 years after I graduated when I got hired by an European couple to be their interpreter. I always earn more than double as much as a regular employee every time I work as a translator and interpreter thanks to my textbooks and CD-ROMs that DID NOT USE the direct method.

Most foreign language institutions that require the exclusive use of the foreign language ignore these very, very useful and profitable linguistic skills. I didn't work as a full-time translator and interpreter before because I was already happy working for call centers as a bilingual/ multilingual CSR where I got paid almost thrice as much as (and more than thrice in my most previous job) English-speaking CSRs.

Nonetheless, if the student prefers the DIRECT METHOD, then we can also use it especially for him/her.

TO EACH HIS OWN, and with the Multimedia Method, we aim to tailor-fit and personalize the teaching materials and methods to suit all kinds of individuals by letting them decide HOW they want the courses to be conducted.

Here are sample ADs for ESL-Learning (English as a Second Language) for different nationalities that shows how much we value the learner's first language:

For Japanese-speaking people:

SIMULATED CONVERSATION between Japanese Teppei Koike and American Angelina Jolie.

Are you tired of your very LIMITED use of English?

For Chinese-speaking people:

SIMULATED CONVERSATION BETWEEN American Taylor Swift & Taiwanese Jimmy Lin.

For Korean-speaking people:
SIMULATED CONVERSION BETWEEN Korean Song Hye Kyo and American Brad Pitt

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The MULTIMEDIA METHOD will make you MEMORIZE foreign words more effectively because you will EXPERIENCE USING IT right away while having FUN!

Aside from textbooks, you will also use inter-active CD-ROMS with audio and video samples by different native speakers using English in realistic situations. Thus, you will not only get used with your trainer's voice, pitch and speech patterns but also with other native speakers.'

For instance, with the multimedia method, you'll EXPERIENCE English in action and learn how to use it like a native speaker just like David Letterman and Britney Spears below as opposed to simulated and not-so-authentic conversations commonly found in textbooks.

TOPIC: More common variations of 'How are you?'

Notice that 'How are you doing?' which is another way to say 'How are you?' is shortened to 'How ya doin'?'. This is VERY COMMON in colloquial English and you have to be prepared to hear this because they say this very often. Needless to say, you can also say it like they do.

Now fill in the blanks inside the speech bubbles after you watch the video below:

Learning a new language requires memorization of new words, phrases and grammatical rules which can sometimes be tedious and boring.

But with the MULTIMEDIA METHOD, you'll MEMORIZE foreign words more effectively because you will EXPERIENCE USING IT right away while having FUN! You will re-enact the dialogues using your personal information instead of the Japanese cast's/characters'.

A highly effective feature of the multimedia method is the AUDIO or VIDEO RECORDING PORTION which is an integral part of each session. Here, you can opt to re-enact the dialogues using your personal information instead of the the cast's/characters'. You can OPT* to be recorded on video so you'll be able to compare the ORIGINAL VERSION with your 'personalized version'. The trainer may also use the screen caps, i.e. images from the video, to create a COMIC STRIP (manga style). All the files will be shared to you through USB transfer. Now wouldn't that be exciting?

*VIDEO-RECORDING of dialogues is optional. For shy people, we can just record their voices and they can just 'DUB' the videos with their voices.


In the SIMULATION below, a virtual character named STEVE will talk to YOU. My Mexican friend MIGUEL, whose English is NOT YET perfect but pretty good according to him, replied to virtual Steve using the headset with microphone.

In the SIMULATION below, YOU will reply to the virtual character named Jessica.

PREVIEW of one of the CD-ROMS that will be used: (ENGLISH)

PREVIEW of the CD-ROM Grammar Made Easy British English

1,2,3 ACTION!

Re-enacting realistic dialogues (shown in video and not just audio) is one of the best ways to learn a language by heart. YOU HAVE TO EXPERIENCE IT IN ACTION ~ see it, hear it, smell it, taste it and feel it!

This is why the terms 'TRAINING,' 'trainees' and 'trainer' are used because you don't just 'repeat after the teacher, ' you also 'LIVE it' ~ you use all your senses in experiencing the language. Aside from reenacting dialogues, you will also be trained to create your own in order to learn how to manipulate words and phrases just like a native speaker.

The trainer will bring samples authentic cuisine (eaten by NS of the TL) so the trainees will truly 'experience the smell and taste of the language' and may bring native speakers (NS) in the classroom so as to truly immerse the trainee in the TL.

~ CUT! Take two!

The trainer will make sure the trainee learn the correct pronunciation and accent before being recorded and can also repeat the recording until s/he gets it right.


An optional but highly recommended part of the MULTIMEDIA METHOD is the quick recording session towards the end of class. All the essential data learned will be recorded in either audio or video form (it's up to the trainee which one s/he prefers) and will be shared through USB together with the original AUDIO/VIDEO file mimicked, i.e. the native speaker's pronunciation and accent compared to each trainees.

In this way, the trainees can also listen or/and watch the files even beyond classroom hours.

With the multimedia method, the language materials are 'personalized' in accordance to each trainee's interests. Before the training starts, the trainees will be asked what their fields of interests are and their reasons for learning the preferred language so as to enable the trainer to prepare materials that will stimulate the interests of the students as well as motivate them to use whatever they have learned as often as they can.

Aside from the LANGUAGE MATERIALS which consist of text sheets and worksheets, the trainees will also receive the following:

1. PERSONAL FILE FORM in the target language (in a user-friendly format [facebook/myspace/friendster format]

2. A CUTE CALENDAR & CLOCK in the TL (target language) that will immerse the trainee right away in the TL and motivate him/her to learn all the days of the week, months of the year, numbers, seasons, time expressions etc.

3. A PROGRESS TRACKER - to track everything that has been accomplished - all the essential words, phrases and grammatical rules

Multimedia files such as audio files (i.e. mp3, wav etc), video files, games, softwares will also be shared through USB.


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