Student Recordings

Student Recordings

lightbulb-15PLEASE NOTE: When we started doing these recordings, I ensured that students read every single word correctly. However, the efficacy of our work was challenged. The argument was made that anyone who read this text several times could achieve noticeable results. That is not true, of course. But, we now make it a practice to allow students to read the text with mistakes. Our purpose is to showcase the students’ progress with pronunciation and overall speaking patterns.

FEATURED ACTIVE STUDENTS

A sampling of students who are currently studying with Miracle in 1-on-1 lessons. Updates are provided for active students approximately every 4 months. Student progress varies, depending on frequency and overall length of study time. Students have lessons with Miracle anywhere from 1 to 5 times a week. (Updated on 6/5/2017)

Featured: John (Russia)

John’s progress has been documented over the past 3.5 years. He is currently 16 years old, but began studying English pronunciation and grammar with Miracle when he was just 12. In addition to his private lessons, John studies English, independently, several hours each week. He reads popular novels in English, and has even begun to take college-level courses online through Coursera.

John has been practicing writing English essays.  Samples of his writings may be seen on his page.

Pronunciation Level: 3-4
Lesson Agenda: Pronunciation, Grammar, Writing, Conversational Practice, Reading, Movies
(Note: Audio samples recorded online via Skype.)

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Caleb (China)

Caleb has a degree in physics. He has been one of Miracle’s primary Chinese language partners since February of 2016. In October of that year, he decided that he wanted to begin studying English pronunciation with her. Over the past several months, his sounds have progressed very nicely. One of Caleb’s goals is to become a translator. He understands that developing outstanding spoken skills will aid him in this goal.

We look forward to updating you on Caleb’s progress.

 

Pronunciation Level: 1
Lesson Agenda: Pronunciation, Grammar
(Note: Audio samples recorded online via Skype.)

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Dmitry #1 (Russia)

Dmitry has been studying English grammar with Miracle for over 2 years, now. He recently began focusing more on English pronunciation. He is a highly-motivated learner who has spent the past year working and studying overseas. He juggles school, work, and physical fitness, in addition to his regular English grammar and pronunciation classes with Miracle. Dmitry’s natural intellectual abilities coupled with a friendly, out-going personality make him quite a joy to work with.

 

Pronunciation Level: 3
Lesson Agenda: Pronunciation, Grammar, Writing, Conversational Practice
(Note: Audio samples recorded online via Skype.)

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Ivan (Belarus)

Ivan is a 14-year-old middle school student from Belarus.  He has been studying with Miracle for a little over a year and he continuously makes progress.  His focus for achieving clearer spoken English is centered around learning to identify the individual vowel sounds and being able to articulate them independently.  He is working on reading more smoothly and removing the utterances at the ends of his words.

Pronunciation Level: 1
Lesson Agenda: Pronunciation, Grammar
(Note: Audio samples recorded online via Skype.)

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Luba (Russia)

 

20160821_191445-1Luba is a wife and a mother of two from Russia who has been dedicated to her English studies with Miracle for over two years now.  In her quest for clearer spoken English and better grammar skills, she is committed to learning even through sleeplessness, fatigue, and some very trying life events. Luba has a degree in English and is currently spending 1/3 of her lesson time with Miracle reading Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist.”  She plans to take the IELTS test next year.

Pronunciation Level: 2-3
Lesson Agenda: Pronunciation, Grammar, Writing, Conversational Practice, Extensive Reading
(Note: Audio samples recorded online via Skype.)

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Nataliya (Russia)

Nataliya is a PhD candidate from Russia who is working on her first patent. She is also married and works full-time. Despite having a busy life, she has made considerable time to study English with Miracle over the past year and a half. Nataliya’s progress has been unusually fast. And her passion for learning English has been contagious. Nataliya’s husband, Alex, is now a student. We look forward to providing updates for him in the near future.

Pronunciation Level: 3
Lesson Agenda: Pronunciation, Grammar, Conversational Practice
(Note: Audio samples recorded online via Skype.)

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Miracle (USA)

Miracle is the founder of The Towajo English Language Institute and the creator of The Towajo Pronunciation System.

Originally, her work was developed with the goal of helping non-native English speakers to speak English more clearly. But she soon realized that her System could also assist with helping native English speakers to speak other languages more clearly.

So, Miracle currently applies the methods of The Towajo Pronunciation System to her own studies with Chinese, Korean, Farsi, Spanish, and Russian.  She plans to begin studying Hindi pronunciation in 2017.  Her audio samples are featured here.

 

 

 

FEATURED INACTIVE STUDENTS

A sampling of students who have studied with Miracle in the past.

Andrei (Belarus)

Andrei only studied for a brief time, but during those weeks we were successful in helping him to improve in four of the nineteen proprietary points of the Towajo Pronunciation System. Listeners will notice that Andrei’s sounds are more open and that his sounds flow more easily in the “after” recording.
(Note: Audio samples recorded online via Skype.)

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Dmitry #2 (Russia)

Wishes to remain anonymous

Dmitry is a faithful student who takes breaks periodically when life demands that he does so. As a husband and father his priority is his family, and sometimes his studies have to be interrupted.  Dmitry is currently on a break, but is planning to resume his English classes later in the year. Posted below are samples to illustrate the progress that he has made thus far.
(Note: Audio samples recorded online via Skype.)

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Jadson (Brazil)

Jadson is a recent college graduate with a degree in accounting and is making plans to attend graduate school. (Congratulations, Jadson!) He has stayed in touch over the years and was recently the winner of a Pronunciation Challenge hosted by Towajo in which he won $100. Jadson was also one of the original Sound Seekers – a pronunciation lab that met to explore the differences between English pronunciation and the pronunciation of other languages.
(Note: Audio samples recorded online via Skype.)

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Lina (Columbia)

When we met Lina she was shy and soft-spoken. However, her commitment to learning was always evident. In addition to taking English classes in her high school, she also took English classes at a local university, and studied extensively on her own. Lina was also one of the original Sound Seekers – a Pronunciation Lab that met to explore the differences between English pronunciation and the pronunciation of other languages.
(Note: Audio samples recorded online via Skype.)

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Marcin (Poland)

Wishes to remain anonymous

Marcin is an entrepreneur.  He studied English pronunciation with Miracle for a few months in order to improve his communication skills with an international clientele.  We experimented with him reading several texts.  And his reading for a particular text was so rich and open that we decided to use that for his “after” reading.
(Note: Audio samples recorded online via Skype.)

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Mark (Brazil)

Wishes to remain anonymous

Mark was also one of the original Sound Seekers – a Pronunciation Lab that met to explore the differences between English pronunciation and the pronunciation of other languages.  He is a Portuguese teacher and has experience as a radio DJ in Brazil.
(Note: Audio samples recorded online via Skype.)

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Zarifa (Russia)

Wishes to remain anonymous

Zarifa is a translator who communicates regularly in a minimum of three languages.  She has aspirations to return to graduate school.  Zarifa studied with Miracle for a period of six months and was able to achieve a clearer, more open speaking pattern during that time.
(Note: Audio samples recorded online via Skype.)

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