Who are we?

v+Jsmiling1400x500Let us help you learn to speak English fluently and with confidence. We’ll show you how we use English in real life, with jokes along the way.

This website is hosted by Vicki and Jay and we’re a husband and wife team. Vicki is an English teacher and teacher trainer who has worked in Algeria, Japan, the UK and the US and given talks and run workshops in many countries. She is also an author and millions of students have learnt with the award winning course books and video courses she has written for Oxford University Press and Pearson. She’s British by birth and now lives in Philadelphia.

Jay started out in television where he was a reporter and then a news producer for CBS in Philadelphia. Then he started his own film company producing, well, all kinds of things – advertisements, sports documentaries, training films for aviation and medicine. Jay’s a multimedia pioneer and his training films have won awards including the Cine Golden Eagle and the John Muir Medical Film Festival. Apart from being our camera operator, lighting guy, audio engineer and best boy, Jay’s an instructional designer.

We shoot the majority of our videos ourselves in our home and at locations nearby where we have permission. We get model releases from friends and acquaintances who agree to appear with us. Any extra stock footage, audio clips and images that we use are either in the public domain or licensed. We respect copyright and it matters to us that teachers and schools can use our videos without fear of infringing other people’s rights. We love it when students and teachers watch, comment on and share links to our videos – so please go ahead. And we love to hear from you with your suggestions for new videos to make. So please keep writing!

Click here to learn how you can help us to help the world learn English.

We also make videos for other organizations. Please let us know if you or your organization might want to hire us.

Carter1There used to be one more very important member of our team – Carter. Carter liked scratching, chasing balls and hanging out on set when we were making videos. Sadly, Carter died in October 2018.

Sometimes we planned for him to appear in our videos, but other times he sneaked in when we weren’t  looking. He’s much missed.

 

 

45 thoughts on “Who are we?

  • September 3, 2015 at 12:27 pm
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    Good for the people who want to speak and listen better. I love your contents, and this is really good for Asians like me from Korea. I am writing a book for adult to speak English in Korea. If you are interested in my work as co-authors, please let me know. I have been looking for native american who can develop easy to use book for adult in Korea. Now, I am in San Jose.

    My idea is the book is different from the others. We need to use youtube and smartphone for learning English. So, my book is about those tools how effectively we can get benefit from IT environment with fun, impression and benefit. I don’t want to people spend much money to learn English in private school and private tutor. That’s not quite effective in digital times. I think if we work together, we can give better option to Koreans, adult only.

    Looking for your advice and co-operation if you are interested in this project. My phone number in US is 669 333 1296

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  • September 21, 2015 at 7:29 am
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    Hi. I want to pass on my compliments on your wonderful videos, and also the topics you cover. You do such a great job of showing students the peculiarities of English, this complex and changing language of ours. I am British-American married to an Australian, so I can understand the confusion students often have with different usages, not to mention English spoken in other places like Jamaica, India and Africa. Your videos are unique in broaching this topic gracefully, respectfully and accurately. I love begin able to direct students to your website! Thank you so much for sharing your excellent work; I think you are an absolutely lovely – and very accomplished – couple!
    Many Thanks
    Stephanie

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    • October 2, 2015 at 5:21 am
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      Thank you so much for writing and your very kind words Stephanie. They’re much appreciated.

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  • July 11, 2016 at 9:17 am
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    I am a teacer…and I am happy for having found you…I am in Pucallpa, Peru. Greetings from me! Big hug!

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    • July 11, 2016 at 9:32 am
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      Delighted to meet you! Thanks for saying hi!

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    • September 13, 2016 at 12:22 pm
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      Great to hear from you Demos! Thank you for writing and a big hug right back at you!

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  • September 13, 2016 at 11:38 am
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    i like your video Vicki. Please like me

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  • October 10, 2016 at 12:11 pm
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    I love your videos. I am an English teacher in Colombia. How do I subsribe ?

    Robin

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  • February 13, 2017 at 7:49 am
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    Greetings from Buenos Aires 🙂 You both look so energetic! Thank you for the material you are producing. I find it very useful for my efl students and most of all they enjoy it. Have a lovely week. Claudine

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    • February 17, 2017 at 4:14 am
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      Thank you so much for writing Claudine. It’s great to hear it’s useful.

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    • March 3, 2017 at 12:13 pm
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      So glad they enjoy it Caludine! Thanks for writing!

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    • March 10, 2017 at 12:07 pm
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      Welcome Claudine. So glad our videos are proving useful for your students. Thanks for writing.

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  • February 24, 2017 at 8:19 am
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    Hi,
    Iam Lúcia Barroso. I am from Manaus- Brazil. I am an English teacher. I´ve been teaching English since 1988. I love teaching. I loved your videos. They are amazing!! They are going to help me to prepare my lessons better and also to improve my fluency and listening skills.
    Thank you so much!

    Lúcia

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    • February 27, 2017 at 12:15 am
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      We’re so glad they are useful Lucia. Thank you for writing!

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    • March 3, 2017 at 12:14 pm
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      So glad they’re helpful Lucia! Thanks for writing!

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  • April 11, 2017 at 1:50 am
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    I’ve been using your videos to teach English to my students and they find them useful and entertaining. Thanks a million.

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    • June 12, 2017 at 3:55 am
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      That’s great to hear Vicki! Thank you!

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  • June 8, 2017 at 11:34 am
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    I’m Mostak, a Bangladeshi citizen. I’m interested in learning to speak English. I have visited so many websites who are conducting online English speaking course. But compared with all others I think this site is the best and will be helpful for me. Thanks & regards

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    • June 9, 2017 at 6:30 am
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      We’re so glad you find our videos useful Mostaqun. Thanks so much for writing.

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  • June 12, 2017 at 10:28 pm
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    Great job of a great couple , I appreciate your efforts it s awsome , I m from Algeria and hope to learn from your teaching ex^perience while you were in algeria

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    • June 13, 2017 at 6:03 am
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      Thanks Abdelkader! It’s nice to meet you.

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  • July 17, 2017 at 10:09 pm
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    Dear Vicki and Jay,

    My colleague recommended one of your videos (How to sell features and benefits) to me. Every time I watched it, I couldn’t help laughing. You are so lovely and humorous!! What’s more, the video is not only interesting, but also quite helpful. I could clearly recall it from my memory days later. Thanks for offering me such precious food for my English teaching, and thank you so much for all the efforts and love!

    Joy

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  • July 18, 2017 at 5:28 am
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    Thank you so much, Joy. So glad it was useful.

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  • August 4, 2017 at 3:28 pm
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    Dear Vicki and Jay! You are just fantastic! I love spending time with you, watching your videos. I really feel it that you want to help learners. Thank you for all your time, job, energy, the professionalism and love you’re putting into this… Thank you.

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    • August 11, 2017 at 5:12 am
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      Thank you so much Edina. So glad you like the videos!

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  • September 30, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    You are my favorite site to go to. I love watching your videos regardless of whether or not I’m going to refer my ESL students to them. Thank you so much for all you do and the humor with which you do it.

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    • October 1, 2017 at 2:47 am
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      Thanks so much Barbara!

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  • December 16, 2017 at 1:52 pm
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    I´m an English learning student and I found this interesting page yesterday. I am so glad about the explanation. I understood everything and I feel now more comfortable while using this words.

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    • December 17, 2017 at 4:43 am
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      Ww’re so glad you’ve found us moviefreak and it’s great to hear the video are helping. Thanks for writing.

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  • January 16, 2018 at 9:20 pm
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    your lesson are my favorate when i find ,just to suit my english leveling.i am chinese,my speak english not fluent.thanks for you very much.maybe some mistake on sentence.

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    • January 17, 2018 at 10:56 am
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      Welcome Yubo! So glad our lessons are useful for you. Thanks for writing!

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  • January 24, 2018 at 12:00 pm
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    NO doubt, this is one of the best Website and YouTube channel to learn English. Your content is so rich yet it is presented in very simple but effective way. Above all ,your enthusiasm is infectious . Love you both and keep producing these excellent videos/content .
    Many thanks , May God bless you always.
    Raibhan

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    • January 25, 2018 at 5:44 pm
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      Thank you so much, Raibhan. We’re so glad you like it. Thank you for your support.

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  • March 20, 2018 at 2:51 pm
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    Hi Vicki and Jay!
    Great work. Very useful to foreign learners. Hope this it will continue and expand to other areas of English language learning.

    Thanks a million!

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    • March 20, 2018 at 11:54 pm
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      Thank you so much for the kind words Mohammed! So glad you like the videos.

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  • May 27, 2018 at 8:59 pm
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    Thank you so much for these wonderful videos and lessons. I suddenly realized they are much better than I thought they were a lot of months ago… They are so useful, and you are even unique in your way of teaching English. Im argentinian, and I could learn from your website in the easy way what it would be hard to get in hours lessons online or live!!!
    My best congratulations and a big THANKS!!!

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    • May 28, 2018 at 12:19 am
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      Thank you so much for writing Carlos, and we’re so glad the videos are useful to you.

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  • August 16, 2018 at 6:27 am
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    Hy, I am so pleased to watch you, you are funny. Your videos are very useful for me. You speak slowly and it is easy to understand for a french like me. You are both talented thank you a lot for this amazing work.

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    • August 31, 2018 at 2:43 pm
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      Nice to meet you Danielle and so glad you like the videos.Thank you so much for writing.

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  • September 30, 2018 at 12:18 pm
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    Dear Vicky, dear Jay,

    firstly, I would like to say that your videos and your style of teaching are pretty useful and most likely the best ones in the world. I’ve never learned English better as with your videos and all the helpful, humorous mnemonic bridges and hints.

    Though I am from Germany I know Jay from TV but I can’t remember any series or a specific TV-production I’d seen him in.
    I am learning for my B2 First exam and have my personal teacher. She gave me the tip to have a look on your website. And what should I say? I love your website and all you do concerning English.

    We are currently expanding business to foreign, English speaking countries and therefore my team and I have to learn and refresh our English skills.

    Thanks alot for all these helpful things. Move on like this!

    Best regards from Germany,
    Marvin

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    • October 10, 2018 at 5:33 am
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      Hello Marvin! It’s so nice to hear from you and thank you so much for writing. It’s very encouraging. Please say hi to your English teacher for us and thank them for pointing you to our website. We’re so glad you like the videos.
      Good luck with your B2 First exam. Reading what you’ve said, we think your English is excellent and you’re going to sail through!

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  • October 24, 2018 at 10:45 am
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    Hi, Vicki & Jay
    I always watch your new videos on YouTube and I like the kind and funny way you teach! I am from Brazil and I learned how to pronounce a lot of words! Thank you for your help!
    Luis, Rio de Janeiro

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    • October 26, 2018 at 8:58 am
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      Hello Luis. It’s great to meet you. We LOVE Brazil and we’re delighted you’ve found our website. Thank you so much for writing.

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  • November 6, 2018 at 7:05 am
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    Thank you for kind help

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