Michal Ryszard Wojcik
Who are you?
My full name is Michal Ryszard Wojcik. I live in Poland and Polish is my native
language. I am a mathematician and an English enthusiast. I learned English
very well and now I want to share my experience with other people. Together
with Tomasz Szynalski, I created Antimoon to help you learn English effectively and with enthusiasm. Pronunciation samples
You can listen to sample recordings (in mp3 format) of me reading aloud in
English. Each file is 100-200 KB in size.
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How did you learn English?
I had my first contact with English when I was six. My dad inspired me to listen
to The Beatles. I listened to them every day for the next seven years. In the beginning I could understand nothing of what they were singing. But soon I
started to understand individual words, especially the ones which appeared in
the song titles.
Later I got a book with the words of all the songs. I read the book many times.
I learned many songs by heart. I sang the songs to myself. Still, I understood very little of the meaning. It became my dream to learn English so well that I
could understand The Beatles. So The Beatles were my first motivation. That is
how I started on my way toward English.
Today, I can understand The Beatles very clearly. Each time I hear a Beatles
song, I am delighted and proud because I have made my childhood dream come
true. I listen to many rock bands, all in English, and I listen every day,
sometimes for over seven hours a day. I am constantly aware of my success
with English because I can understand the lyrics of the songs I listen to. And
that gives me pleasure and satisfaction for many hours every day. When I was 13 years old, I started reading science fiction books. I read in Polish.
The books were all American. I could not read the original versions because I did
not know English so well. As I read in Polish, I was more and more eager to read
the books in English. Somehow I felt that in English the books would be even
more interesting and the reading would be more exciting. I finally decided that
I wanted to read books in English. This decision guided me for many years.
I learned every new English word that I encountered. With each new word I felt
closer to my goal. With each word I felt that my reading ability was increasing.
Each word added to my sense of power.
At some point I read my first whole book in English and I understood it. That
moment was a breakthrough in my life. I knew that I had broken a barrier,
gotten into a new world. I found that reading is much more exciting in English.
When I read in English, I have not only the pleasure of reading, but also the