iOS TOEIC Simulator — New Version

The first iOS based TOEIC Simulator has been used by more than 6000 TOEIC test candidates and English learners from around the world, especially from the USA, Germany, Thailand, Brazil, Japan and India. We are currently working on a new version which will be available through the Apple app store and iTunes by mid-April.

The new version will have improved functionality. For example, you will be able to see what your actual TOEIC score in both sections — listening comprehension as well as reading comprehension will be. In addition, you can compare your level of English with other learners from around the world. There will be a host of exciting features so watch this space: iOS TOEIC Test Simulator by English-Team.

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Speaking English for 20 seconds a day

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<!–:en–>Direct TV response project with The People Discovery Network<!–:–>

The past few weeks have been very exciting at English-Team since we have created the English version of the new TV commercial for The People Discovery Network. Now that the commercial is finished, we are helping our client and partner launch a TV campaign in the United States. We have decided to contact Peter Koeppel, a direct TV response expert from Dallas, Texas to design the ideal US TV campaign for The People Discovery Network. At first, we want to run a trial campaign to test the response to the commercial. Since most of our target demographics are young singles we want to select those spots on Fox that are most likely to attract singles: Any TV series that feature romance, love, drama and dating such as New Girl, American Idol, The Mindy Project and Raising Hope. If you have any suggestions or ideas as to how we can spend our ad buys most efficiently, please do share them here.

Our goal is to help The People Discovery Network negotiate the best conditions with Fox through Koeppel Direct so they can buy as much air-time for their TV advertising budget as possible.

Another important thing I’d like to mention is that we are now shifting from Skype to Google Hangouts as our video conferencing platform. There are many reasons for this and to sum them all up: Skype is old school while Google Hangouts is the future. Microsoft has been struggling and sales of Windows 8 are far below expectations so this might actually be the beginning of Microsoft’s end. Google, on the other hand has been going from one strength to another and Google Hangouts is the ideal platform for any of English-Team’s online training activities since it combines and integrates with Youtube, Google Plus, Gmail, Google Drive and a lot of other Google products. So, instead of scheduling Skype sessions, please use Google Hangouts which also provides a much better video and audio experience since its network is not as overloaded as Skype’s.


<!–:en–>A tour to the Pier in Naples, Florida<!–:–>

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<!–:en–>English language training through video messaging <!–:–><!–:de–>Englisch lernen mit Video Nachrichten <!–:–>

If you want to improve your English while saving time and costs, you can use our new English language training services which will increase your self-confidence. Here is how the program works. First, your English-Team trainer records a personalized video message for you. The message contains a task and can look like this for example:

You can watch and listen to the message whenever you have time and as often as you like. In addition, you can use the transcript function available from YouTube (it allows you to see the text of the audio message).

Once you have listened to the video message, you should then record a response using a video recording program such as Debut Video Capture Software. You can either send us your video via email or upload it to you YouTube in which case you can email us the URL of the video. Your English-Team trainer then analyzes your video message, evaluating your pronunciation, grammar, intonation and your body language. You will receive the assessment of your performance via video message which comes with a written text.

The video message you receive will also contain your next task. So you gradually start exchanging video messages with your English-Team trainer while practicing and improving your listening as well as your speaking skills. This approach has a lot of advantages over conventional English learning courses:

  • You can listen to the video as often as you like.
  • You can watch and listen to the video whenever you have time.
  • You can use the YouTube transcript button to read the text of the audio content.
  • In addition to learning new words and phrases, you also see examples of positive body language.
  • You can practice your speaking skills by recording your own video message.
  • You receive a detailed analysis of your speaking skills, your grammar, your pronunciation and intonation, your tone of voice, your choice of words and your body language.
  • You instantly start boosting your self-confidence.
  • You can ask your trainer to help you with specific tasks, such as preparing for a job interview, a company presentation, contract negotiations, etc.

At any point during this process, you can schedule an online meeting session with your trainer using Skype, Google Hangout or another video conference system. If you are interested in this service, please post some information about yourself here: English Training via Video Messaging


<!–:en–>Do you know the power of donating? <!–:–>

Dear [FRIEND], You know that most of the materials and services we offer on our sites are free. That's important because the vast majority of our users live in emerging countries in Africa, Asia or the Middle East where resources are scarce and credit cards and PayPal rare. I'm convinced that by providing free services to those users now, we are helping them to get better jobs, raise their families and create a better future for their country. In a few years, the children of the people we are supporting now will pay us back for our efforts in one way or another.

We are not at all worried about that because we believe in the 'law of increasing returns' which says that whatever you do for or to another person comes back to you compounded. This law applies regardless of whether you do something good or bad. Usually, you receive the result of your action not from the person you did something for or to. You receive it from others and in most cases the reaction is several times removed from your initial deed.

For example, if you donate some money to a charity organization today, you won't get your money back from that charity organization. But mother nature will see to it that you are compensated for your act of kindness. If you donate money because you really want to help somebody and not because you want to get something back, you actually are paid back multiple times the amount you gave.

That's why I have always donated some money to somebody who had much less than me and it always gave me a good feeling. Here is just one example: Charity Event at Zfort Group.

I know that there are many children in Ukraine who would give everything for a loving pair of parents and a peaceful home. They don't have anything but for some strange reason they often are much happier and content than all those kids from rich countries who have virtually everything. The saying 'you can't buy happiness' is so true!

A couple of months ago one of our forum users from Pakistan asked me if he could donate just one dollar to our site to express his gratitude for the support he had been receiving from us. Up until that point, I hadn't thought about the fact that there actually might be some people who want to donate a few dollars to us so we can create even better materials and offer more services for free. So, Untaught from Pakistan became our first and only forum user who has tithed to us. You can see his profile here: I have donated to!

Dear [FRIEND], if you feel like making a donation or tithing to too, you can give any amount of money — no matter how small – by using this PayPal Donate Button.

Everyone who donates at least $1 gets a special forum badge and will be listed in our list of sponsors. We will also publish the amount that is being collected and share some of it with the kids in Kharkov.

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<!–:en–>Please meet Michelle Ver Way, an English-Team Trainer from Florida<!–:–><!–:de–>Verbessern Sie Ihr Englisch mit Michelle Ver Way, einer English-Team Trainerin aus Florida<!–:–>

Dear [FRIEND], please meet Michelle Ver Way from Florida. Michelle has recently joined English-Team and will be creating video messages for some of our corporate clients such as LOVOO and VOOMY IT Park.

You can practice and improve your English with Michelle, too. Just schedule a free 15 minute trial session with her which you can do either via Skype or Google Hangouts. For more information, please respond to this blog post or this forum thread: Please meet Michelle Ver Way, English-Team trainer from Florida


&amp;lt;!–:en–&amp;gt;The Newsletter is back online&amp;lt;!–:–&amp;gt;

The Zfort developer team lead by Ivan Kriuchkov (Иван Крючков) have brought the newsletter system back to life. They have been creating a new module in Yii framework and as a result our blog has been receiving more traffic as of yesterday and the trend continues. As you can see from the stats below more people have been visiting the blog now although many of our users are on Christmas vacation. blog_statsEnglish-Team Blog Stats.

Two days ago we started sending out an email to more than 200.000 English learners from around the world featuring Alan Townend’s essay Going French, Part 1. The screenshot below shows what countries our users are primarily from: blog_countriesCountries Blog

Yes, we do have a strong following from Ukraine, Europe’s IT outsourcing destination number one.


<!–:en–>English For Winners Workshop at BarCamp Jena<!–:–>

Last afternoon about 15 participants of the BarCamp Jena took an active part in the English For Winners workshop delivered by English-Team.

We did the entire 60 minute session in English since all participants were at level B2 and above. During the seminar we collected a number of great ideas as to how we can improve our English even more effectively. For example, Martin Eckart, CEO of MAD Mobile Application Development GmbH said that he frequently speaks English with his wife to practice their language skills.

For the two TowerConsult junor recruiters Claudia Dietel and Daniela Just, speaking English is an essential part of their daily job activities since they frequently interview job candidates from EU countries such as Spain and Italy.

TowerConsult also said that there at least 3 active English language get-together’s (Stammtisch) in Jena and English-Team plans to write a report about this to see how active other German cities are in conducting frequent meetings with expats and English native speakers.

You can download a summary of the workshop here: English For Winners BarCamp Workshop.

After the session TowerConsult and English-Team had a meeting during which they discussed how both companies can collaborate in the future. As a first step, they decided to create and publish in interview covering questions of modern recruiting strategies in the IT industry in Germany, the EU and worldwide. The TowerConsult interview can have a similar structure and format as the Interview with Natalya Klimenko, HR manager of Zfort Group.

English-Team is going to speak with TowerConsult about inviting international IT companies to take part in the BarCamp Jena 2013 event. Interestingly enough, Olga Uchatsch of TowerConsult and one of the authors, greeted the BarCamp crowd by saying in perfect Russian: ‘Здравсвуйте ребята, как настроение?’ (Hi folks, how are you?’) As it turns out, Olga was born and raised in Kharkiv where English-Team’s web development company is headquartered. So Olga could take

In addition, Martin Eckart, CEO of MAD Mobile gave an impressive presentation of his company’s profile and services and English-Team is going to meet up again with Martin to design a project plan for a two new mobile web applications.

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&lt;!–:en–&gt;Felix Baumgartner's Parachute and CYPRES&lt;!–:–&gt;

We are doing a listening comprehension exercise: Transcript of Felix Baumgartner Parachute and CYPRES video By the way, CYPRES stands for Cybernetic Parachute Release System.

No parachute system has ever been used for a supersonic free fall from the edge of space. Months of development and testing have resulted in a revolutionary technology.

“We designed the parachute system, I’ve tested it, I’ve got close to a hundred jumps on it, all different configurations, Felix has jumped it, everything’s happy, as far as the parachute stuff goes I feel like everything’s good to go and it’s going to work.”

The container houses a small stabilization chute, called “drogue”, and two landing parachutes as well, as it also holds two oxygen bottles which can supply up to ten minutes of oxygen at altitude. A harness attaches the entire rig to Felix Baumgartner. The combined components still weigh about sixty pounds or twenty-seven kilos: three times that of a typical skydiving rig.

“Well my normal parachute that I jump out of an airplane with is a hundred square feet, the main parachute in this particular one is two hundred and seventy square feet, it’s a specially manufactured parachute, it’s built to be stronger, to be more durable for the shock that it may take on this particular jump.”

When Felix jumps out, he’s a relatively small guy who weighs one hundred and sixty-five pounds I think, something like that, when he jumps out of the gondola he’ll be weighing two hundred and eighty-five pounds, so we have to stress everything for a guy his size. We came up with a parachute that is right for this job, it descends a little bit slower, that’s why the pack is a lot larger than a normal skydiving set-up. The reserve is also larger, the reserve is two hundred and seventy square feet also, both of those have been designed for this particular job, the reserve is extra reinforced, made to withstand a harder opening shock. We’ve given him the strongest parachute that we can build for that.”

To minimize risk, Felix’s parachute rig houses several safety devices to protect him in the event of an emergency. If Felix becomes unstable, he may need the small drogue chute to keep from spinning uncontrollably.

“I was kind of against the drogue system to start with at all, because it can tangle around you like Joe’s happened to him way back when, but the science team and everyone decided we needed this drogue stabilization device so it fell on my plate to decide how to deploy it, so I came up with this contraption, the ‘G-Whizz’ meter and a push button on him to deploy it.”

If Felix loses consciousness during free fall, the so-called CYPRES device, will automatically deploy his parachute at a certain altitude.

“So our CYPRES will fire the reserve at twenty-two hundred feet over the area that he’s going to land, it does that off of barometric pressure.”

“Seven nine seven, the CYPRES is set, I check it one time by pulling on this yellow cable that’ll be pulled when he exits the seat. When I pull the cable out, like he does up there, boom turns on and we’re ready to go.”

The skydiving rig has more handles to help cut-away parachutes. If Felix’s chute inadvertently deployed at high altitude, his landing could be delayed, meaning he may run out of oxygen. After cutting the main chute, he’d only deploy his reserve parachute once a normal altitude was reached.

“Because of the design of the pressure suit, he’s not going to be able to look down and see which handles he’s grabbing, he has to be able to feel which handles he’s reaching for. So having them in distinctively different places, and sizes, and orientation, even, is going to help him survive any emergency that he may encounter. The system is going to have a rip cord to deploy the drogue and then he’s going to have a rip cord to deploy the main parachute, and a rip cord to deploy the reserve parachute, and then a cut-away handle for the main parachute and a cut-away handle for the reserve parachute, so there’s a

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couple of extra handles there versus the standard sport system.”

In his quest to break records, Felix has one underlying goal.

“He has a chance to set the world record for the highest free fall, so what we’re going to do is he’s going to jump out. If everything goes great he’ll free fall the whole way down and open his parachute at five thousand feet and we crush the record and it’s awesome… he went faster than the speed of sound, free-fell longer than anybody else. If for some reason something goes wrong, or he needs to fire the drogue parachute, that would null and void the record, because what happens is as soon as any part of the parachute system opens, it’s considered stabilization, and a stabilization device voids the free fall record. To be a true free fall, he has to free fall out with no assistance whatsoever, down to a normal opening altitude and open his parachute.”