American Literacy Council

English Without Limits

Welcome to English Without Limits, an immersion English course for beginners. The course is meant to teach enough English to join a first grade class. First grade is the very first year of school, and students are usually six years old. But older children and adults can use it too, because beginning English is the same for everyone.

There are two versions of the course, one in regular English and the other using reformed spelling. This version is in reformed spelling and is free; the other is at http://www.englishwithoutlimits.com and costs $199 for DVDs of the course.

Reformed spelling means that we write the words the way they sound, as most languages do. But regular English writes words as they were said hundreds of years ago, or in other languages, or as someone wrote them by mistake. It is the worst spelling in the world. When you hear a word you do not know how to spell it and when you see a word written you do not know how to pronounce it. The problem is so bad a teacher wrote a poem about it, a very long poem filled with words that are spelled alike and should sound like – but they do not!

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

You see, busy should sound like Suzy – bisy Sizy or busy Suzy – but the words are different – bizzy Suzy. (And the "s" in "busy" is pronounced "z".) Worse still, busy rhymes with dizzy, which is spelled in a completely different way! This is typical – English spelling is a mess!

Therefore looking at words spelled in regular English is a terrible way to learn English, because the spellings make you say everything wrong.

For this reason we use a rational, consistent reformed spelling system to teach you how to speak. At the end of the course we change to regular spelling by using DoubleLine – lines of regular English with lines of reformed spelling under them. You read the regular line until you come to a crazy word, then look below it to see the way it is said:

I will keep you Suzy busy
I wil keep you Suzy bizy

In this way, after you have learned how the words are pronounced, you can learn to read regular English.

We are making 150 videos, though only 75 are finished now. But you can use those 75. We hope you enjoy them, and we hope you learn a lot.

Why Learn English?

English is the key to a free education, even through college and graduate school.

Many excellent universities have put free courses by their best lecturers on the Internet. In some cases you can even take tests and, if you pass, get credit towards a degree. Some courses at the high school level are available at http://www.learner.org/resources/browse.html. For grades 1 to 9 there is less, but Khan Academy (http://www.khanacademy.org/) has many good courses in mathematics, English, etc. More are available every year. But only in English. If you learn English first, then the rest of the world of education is free.

English is also the most widely spoken language in the world, spoken by most travelers and businessmen. If you speak Farsi and go to Korea you may find no one who speaks your language, but most people speak English so if you can too, you can talk to them.

With English you can have a free education and the whole world opens up to you.

Leson 1 - Introducshuns   Leson 39 - Adjectivs
Leson 2 - Th Calendar   Leson 40 - Mor About Ajectivs
Leson 3 - Culors   Leson 41 - Adjectivs and Comparison
Leson 4 - Clasroom objects   Leson 42 - Tauking About Muny
Leson 5 - Parts of th body   Leson 43 - Mor expensiv or cheeper
Leson 6 - Food   Leson 44 - Comparativs: Beyond Cheap and Expensiv
Leson 7 - Cloething   Leson 45 - Whut is the best? Superlativs
Leson 8 - Family and Comuenity Helpers   Leson 46 - Looking for something in a store
Leson 9 - Th Alfabet   Leson 47 - This & That Thees & Thoes
Leson 10 - Singguelar & Plural   Leson 48 - Reterning sumthing to th stor
Leson 11 - Family Members   Leson 49 - Revue
Leson 12 - Comuentity bildings   Leson 50 - Prezent progresiv & Prezent simpl
Leson 13 - Family Tree   Leson 51 - Giving Direcshuns
Leson 14 - Transportaeshun   Leson 52 - Th Imperrativ Vois
Leson 15 - Proenouns - Opozits   Leson 53 - Rieting a leter
Leson 16 - Adjectivs   Leson 54 - Moedls of polietnes
Leson 17 - Revue   Leson 55 - Pozitiv & Negativ Polietnes
Leson 18 - Prezent progresiv   Leson 56 - Moedls of Posibility
Leson 19 - Subject & Object   Leson 57 - Past Progresiv Tens
Leson 20 - Daely Rooteen   Leson 58 - Lisening to a Story
Leson 21 - Simple prezent - Jeneral trooth   Leson 59 - Adverbs of Maner
Leson 22 - Direcshuns   Leson 60 - Mor about adverbs
Leson 23 - Clasroom Direcshuns   Leson 61 - Fuecher Progresiv Tens
Leson 24 - Fuecher Simpl Tens   Leson 62 - Waet & Voluem
Leson 25 - Comon Ilneses   Leson 63 - Baeking Cuukys
Leson 26 - Going to th Doctor   Leson 64 - Mor About Cuuking
Leson 27 - Rooms and Fernicher   Leson 65 - The Prezent Perfect Tens
Leson 28 - Seting th teabl   Leson 66 - Prepozishuns of Moovment
Leson 29 - Going to th Resterant   Leson 67 - Prepozishunal Fraezes
Leson 30 - Revue of Preevius Lesons   Leson 68 - Cliemet & Jeografy
Leson 31 - Simpl Past Tens   Leson 69 - Fuecher Perfect Tens
Leson 32 - Muny & Shoping   Leson 70 - Count & Non-Count Nouns
Leson 33 - Telling Tiem   Leson 71 - Asking qeschuns
Leson 34 - Uezing th Foen   Leson 72 - Negaeshun
Leson 35 - Confuezing werds   Leson 73 - Adverbs of Freeqensy
Leson 36 - Bilding Sentenses & Capitalizaeshun   Leson 74 - Wether & Freeqensy
Leson 37 - Practis with sentenses   Leson 75 - Sumary & Revue
Leson 38 - Mor Irreguelar Verbs & Punkchuaeshun    

 


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