My name is Chris, and I’m originally from North Devon. This is in the South West of the UK, and it is one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
After graduating with a degree in Philosophy from Cardiff University and a Masters in Latin American Development from the University of London, I moved to Buenos Aires in Argentina with my girlfriend (now wife) Lucy. This was where I taught my first English class, and I have been teaching ever since.
After a few months in Buenos Aires, Lucy and I moved to Bogota in Colombia. We lived there for a year and a half, and absolutely fell in love with the place.
Since returning to the UK seven years ago, we’ve been living in the beautiful city of Oxford.
In my spare time I love cooking, going for runs, watching Arsenal, going walking and camping, reading books, and listening to podcasts.
microEnglish provides mini vocabulary and grammar dictations and intensive transcription exercises which will improve your English listening skills.
These are the kind of exercises I use in class to help my students improve their listening and understand native English speakers. I have seen how effective these exercises can be, and I started microEnglish with the aim of making them accessible to as many people as possible.
Understanding native speakers in English is one of the biggest challenges that students face when learning the language. Native speakers talk quickly, pronounce words strangely and squash words together. All these things can make it very difficult to understand what they are saying.
For example, look at this sentence:
What did you do at the weekend?
It’s a very simple sentence, and you have no problem understanding the meaning when you read it. But what about listening to it?