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Englishman Jonathan Taylor – musician and writer who chose to become teacher in Bulgaria

Jonathan Taylor - Bulgaria

Jonathan Taylor sings and plays guitar during production of Vseki den in Bulgaria

Jonathan Taylor is EnglishClub’s “Music Man” and this article about him recently appeared on Radio Bulgaria’s website.

When I asked Jonathan Taylor, a teacher of English in Bulgaria’s Sevlievo, if he liked Bulgaria, he replied: “I love it.” The Englishman has been living in the village of Krushevo since 2011 and says this country attracted him with its beauty and tranquillity. The village is now his home and he plans to stay there together with his Bulgarian friends. He also likes spending his free time in Sozopol. Jonathan is a musician, writer and teacher. This is precisely why we met him on International Teacher’s Day- October 5.

Read the full article and listen to radio extracts…

Amazing Athletes at Rio – Competition Winner!

logoGames of the XXXI Olympiad – Rio de Janeiro, 2016

It’s time to announce the winner of our Amazing Athletes at Rio competition. We had over fifty entries to choose from, and it wasn’t an easy decision, but we’re happy to announce the winner of a free copy of 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context is Nafisa Saleem from India.

Nafisa’s favourite athlete at Rio was the Indian badminton player Pusarla Venkata Sindhu. Sindhu beat Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s badminton singles semi-final to reach the final against Carolina Marin of Spain, the current World Champion. Even though she couldn’t win the gold medal by beating Carolina, Sindhu made history by becoming the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal.

Here’s Nafisa’s winning entry:

“Shobha Dey the famous Page 3 columnist taunted the Indian Olympic contingent saying that the sports persons went to Rio to picnic and to click selfies. Many protested at her unpleasant remarks. After four years of strenuous training each athlete was included. Most of the Indian athletes come from middle class background but they aim for the stars. Dipa Karmakar came into the limelight in gymnastics and Pusarla Venkata Sindhu as a badminton player.

I watched Sindhu’s semi final match and was fascinated by each move she made. The score in the second game left no doubt in the minds of the audience who the better player was. She was cool and composed on the court, very elegant and what flashes through my mind’s eye are the images of her smashes which left her opponent helpless.

Sindhu is a young, energetic player, she has the inner drive to win and achieve. She has set her eyes on the Olympic gold at Rio 16 and on behalf of all Indians, I take the liberty to wish her all the best. May she touch the stars!”

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EnglishClub’s Music Man Wins Music Award

Akademia Music Awards

EnglishClub’s music man, Jonathan Taylor Brittunculi, won a prestigious music award this month for his 9/11 tribute, The Falling Man (If Only). Jonathan’s song was chosen as Best Folk Song December 2015 in the Akademia Awards.

Odd Jonathan, whose stage name comes from his struggles with dyslexia, was inspired by the documentary ‘Voices from the Towers’. His award-winning song is also featured as part of the artist memorial gallery of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York. The video below was created by Jonathan’s former English students.

Visit Jonathan’s MyEnglishClub page to congratulate him on this award. You can find Jonathan’s Music for English Learners on MyEnglishClub or on YouTube.

Tara Benwell 12 Years at EnglishClub

All good things must come to an endSaying

2016 is a new year with new beginnings and sad to say Tara Benwell, for over seven years the mainstay at MyEnglishClub, will be moving on to pastures new as from 1st January.

Tara actually started contributing to EnglishClub way back in 2003, writing materials for the Young Learners section, English for Work and many other pages. In 2006 Tara started writing and recording Listen to News, a popular weekly news story with audio and exercises. Then in 2008 we launched MyEnglishClub as our social network. Tara was the first administrator of MyEnglishClub and has worked hard to help and support its thousands of members. Since 2008 Tara has continued adding new lessons and pages to EnglishClub and helping in the overall running of the site.

Tara Benwell (more…)

Happy Birthday Song is Not Under Copyright

Hip Hip Hooray! Anyone can sing Happy Birthday!

A US federal judge has ruled that Happy Birthday To You, the most recognized song in the English language, is not protected by a valid copyright. This is great news for anyone who wants to use the song in a movie, advertisement, or other commercial production. 

The publishing company Warner/Chappell has been collecting millions of dollars in royalties for use of the Happy Birthday song since 1988. This is the year Warner took over a publishing company that once claimed to have the copyright for Good Morning To You, a kindergarten song with the same tune as Happy Birthday. Good Morning To You, which has been out of copyright for years, was written by an American teacher named Patti Hill and her piano-playing sister Mildred. The judge ruled that no valid copyright for the combination of the sisters’ adapted lyrics (Happy Birthday To You) and tune exists.

This new ruling suggests that Warner/Chappell not only has no valid copyright, but that it may also have to pay back millions of dollars in royalties that it has collected over the years. Warner/Chappell will have a chance to appeal.

Some legal experts warn that this ruling doesn’t officially put the Happy Birthday song into the public domain. A valid copyright holder other than Warner/Chappel could still come forward.

EnglishClub is on Daily Motion

EnglishClub is on Daily Motion

Which video site do you use to watch English videos? Have you tried Daily Motion? This is an alternative to YouTube, and you can now view EnglishClub’s videos on our DM channel. All of our Music for Learning English videos are now available in a playlist. We will be adding more EnglishClub videos soon.

Follow EnglishClub on Daily Motion.

EnglishClub is on Vimeo

https://vimeo.com/englishclub

https://vimeo.com/englishclub

Do you enjoy using Vimeo to watch English videos? You can now view EnglishClub’s videos on Vimeo. All of our Music for Learning English videos are now available on Vimeo in one handy Collection. We will be adding more EnglishClub videos soon. You can contribute your own videos to Vimeo, too. See you there.

Follow EnglishClub on Vimeo.

Krushevo Music Festival 2015

Happy 50th Jonathan

EnglishClub’s music man Jonathan Taylor Brittunculi celebrated his upcoming 50th birthday in style at the first annual Krushevo Music Festival. Krushevo is a small village in north central Bulgaria where Jonathan lives with professional photographer Nicola Miller. Jonathan and Nicola organized the festival and invited musicians and music lovers to attend.

Krushevo Music Festival 2015

EnglishClub’s music man Jonathan Taylor Brittunculi (right with guitar) runs through a sound check with other local and visiting musical acts at Krushevo Music Festival 2015. Photo: Nicola Iona Miller Photography

Several musical acts played throughout the day and into the night, including Vladimir Totev, a famous Bulgarian writer and his partner Dimi Dimitrova from the Russe Philharmonic Orchestra. Local bands Teen Dork and No Limits also hit the stage. Other acts included Mick Black and Matt Rider from England and Jamie McDonald from Ireland. Jonathan, himself, was also part of the show. (more…)

Fun With Phrasal Verbs

EnglishClub’s music man Jonathan Taylor has released a new song and it’s full of phrasal verbs. Every phrasal verb in Phrasal Verbs Rock starts with the letter ‘r’.

If you’re a teacher, you can use this song to introduce phrasal verbs. Your students will see that these are really just verbs that need to be remembered in context like other English words. (more…)

EasyEnglish – Test Your English

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If you love doing quizzes online, check out EasyEnglish. This FREE site is simple to use. There are three options to choose from each time you visit. (more…)

EnglishClub is Going Mobile

I want to be buried with a mobile phone just in case I’m not dead.
Amanda Holden

Do you use EnglishClub on your mobile device? The EnglishClub team is working on a new responsive website design that will make it easier for you to read, watch, and listen to EnglishClub resources on your smartphones and tablets. With responsive website design, the navigation, text and media should fit nicely on your mobile screen so you don’t have to resize the content manually. The layout of the screen changes automatically depending on the device you are using. This is known as an optimized viewing experience.

Converting EnglishClub into a user-friendly site across desktops, browsers, and multiple devices is our primary focus this year. The EC team is working section by section, so it will take a bit of time before every resource page is mobile friendly. In the meantime, you can check out the sections below on your mobile device to get a feel for how things are going to look. (more…)

Meeting Josef Essberger in Toronto, Canada

Today’s technology allows journalists, webmasters, teachers, and a variety of contract workers to telecommute from all over the world. I’ve been working virtually with EnglishClub founder Josef Essberger for over 11 years.

In the past decade, Josef and I have worked remotely on a wide variety of EnglishClub projects and developments, including the Learning English Video Project, This Week in History, and Listen to News. We also developed and continue to maintain EC’s social network, MyEnglishClub, which has grown to 115,000 members in the past few years. We correspond daily via email, and have spoken on the phone just once. Occasionally we exchange packages and large files via snail mail. This week, we met in person in Toronto, Canada! (more…)

EnglishClub Has 100,000 Facebook Likes

EnglishClub would like to say a special thanks to all of the English learners and teachers around the world who like us on Facebook. We’ve just passed 100,000 Facebook Likes! (more…)

MyEC Milestone ~ 100,000 Members

100,000 membersMyEnglishClub welcomed its 100,000th member today! Marco joined us from Italy. He is an intermediate English learner who likes Guns N’ Roses. His favourite English saying is Take it easy. If you are already a member, please leave a welcome message on Marco’s wall. If you’re not a member, join MyEC on this historic day in EnglishClub history.

It took five years for MyEC to reach this milestone. During this time, English learners and teachers have posted thousands of photos, videos, blog posts and discussion topics. This content allows our members to learn and teach English in interesting ways. Here are some of the most popular posts and uploads to date.

Blog Post: How many expressions can you find?

Forum Discussion: O.M.G

Photo: My Hot Hand-made Sweet (recipe here)

Video: Speak English Ten Times Better by Moving your Tongue and Lips

There is a party going on over on Gabriel’s blog. Let’s celebrate!

Find EnglishClub on Google+

Google is rolling out vanity URLs. EnglishClub can now be found easily on Google+ with our NEW custom URL: google.com/+englishclub. Don’t forget to add EnglishClub to your circles so that we can add you back! Be sure to fill out your profile so that all of your Google+ contacts know which circles you belong in.

EnglishClub on Google +

Look to see if your favourite brand or celebrity has a Google+ vanity URL. Type google.com/+_______ (name) into your browser.

EnglishClub is 15

EnglishClub 15th Anniversary : 1997-2012This year, 2012, sees EnglishClub’s 15th anniversary. With support and encouragement from members and visitors worldwide, EnglishClub has matured into one of the longest standing, most dependable resource sites for English learners and teachers on the web. Since our 10th anniversary on 07/07/07, we’ve added the very popular My.EnglishClub social network hosting our members’ pages, blogs, photos, videos, music, discussions and chat; and it’s been exciting to see the highly original and interactive content created by learners and teachers. We’ve also produced the Learning English Video Project, a major 7-part video series about English learners on five continents. We continue to innovate and add new content from lessons and quizzes to (more…)

New Smartphone Version For MyEC

MyEnglishClub mobileToday sees the launch of a new Beta mobile version of MyEnglishClub for smartphones. Now MyEC members can browse MyEC on smartphones such as iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, easily viewing their own page as well as latest activity, blogs, photos, forums and other members. Blogs posts and forum replies can be added via mobile. It’s also still possible to go to the normal (more…)

Thank You Nadiyah

The EnglishClub Team would like to say a special thank you to MyEC member Nadiyah who has been our Photo Gallery Moderator for two years. Before Nadiyah became a volunteer, the MyEC photo gallery was a bit of a junkyard. It was full of photos that were copied from the Internet. Most photos had no titles or descriptions, and weren’t very useful for practising English. Slowly, but surely, Nadiyah began to teach members how to make the MyEC Photo Gallery a space for learning and practising English. She did this with patience, dedication, and creativity. Like any great teacher, she provided great models that members could use in order to follow the photo guidelines. Nadiyah also held several Photo Challenges on her MyEC blog. People who participated forgot that they were learning English as they played along. Nadiyah’s English also improved tremendously as she taught members how to practise English with images. Nadiyah’s blog is a treasure of ideas for English teachers. The photos she takes are always excellent as well.

Nadiyah is a busy woman and has asked for a break from her duties as a MyEC mod. We will miss her help so much but are so grateful for everything she has done to make MyEC a fun, safe and creative place for practising English. We hope to have a new Photo Mod starting soon, and Nadiyah will undoubtedly have some tips to share. Perhaps she will return to her volunteer position when life gets a little less hectic!

Nadiyah's Self Portrait

Nadiyah’s Self Portrait

We are also in the process of turning the MyEC Video Gallery into an organized space, and we have much to learn from Nadiyah.

MyEC Video Gallery

The MyEC Video Gallery is full of useful videos that you can use to learn or teach English. The EC team is now in the process of categorizing the collection to make it easier for you to find useful videos for specific purposes. Many of the members on our site use music videos with lyrics to practise English. The new system will help our Karaoke Group members find suitable videos to practise with. Other categories include Grammar videos and Pronunciation videos.  Click on the Videos tab to view all of the categories. All new videos that are uploaded by MyEC members will be categorized by admin before being approved. (more…)

First English learning documentary video series launches this spring

CasablancaCambridge, UK – An independent UK film crew has set out to answer a series of questions, about how and why so many people are learning English as a foreign language. The “Learning English Video Project” was shot in England, Morocco, Romania, Spain and the USA and is now in post-production. This is the first documentary series of its kind to touch on all of the main aspects of ESL (English as a Second Language) from the student’s (more…)