More Listening and Reading Will Help You Speak English Better: A True Story

If you’ve been a fan of, you know that we’re always telling you to read and listen to as much English as you can.

Reading and listening is the key (most important thing) to improving speaking and writing.

There’s really no other way of improving. If you want to speak English better, you need to listen to and read more English.

And you don’t need to travel to the United States to do this!

If you have any doubt about this (not sure you believe it), read this email I got a few weeks ago from Premysl from the Czech Republic. Notice how he improved his English not in the U.S., but back in his own country.


Dear Jeff,

First of all, I’d like to wholeheartedly (completely; thoroughly) thank you for all episodes of the English Cafe [now called “Cultural English” lessons]. I really enjoyed them.

Within one year of regular listening, I’ve made tremendous (a large amount of) progress in my English. It all started with a summer job on Block Island, Rhode Island (a state on the east coast of the U.S.).

As an undergraduate (college student), I decided to work there for a summer job. After many years of traditional English teaching, I was quite surprised that I couldn’t understand anyone in English!

And even though I “knew” all of the words, I still could not understand them when I listened.

The coming (next) year in the Czech Republic, I listened ever day to lessons, and I learned more than in all previous years in school!!!

My friends on Block Island couldn’t believe it when they heard me speak English the next year at another summer job.

Thanks to, I can now listen to any English program.

Once again, many thanks!

Czech Republic


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