Testimonials

The Metaphor Method has students from many walks of life. We’re blessed to have great students from many countries (including people from Brazil, El Salvador, Vietnam, China, Japan, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, many of them living in the U.K. and the U.S. – just to name a few) and various age groups (from 18 to 72).

This is living proof that no matter your nationality, age, occupation, level of education, you can master English and learn to speak the English of your dreams. You can see here a couple of reviews from our students. Many of them share their story of English learning so you can see they’re real people who want to master English just like you.

Some of the reviews are short, while many of them are very detailed. We regularly make interviews with our students and we share a few of them here. This way, you can read about the experience of real people and see if this method is a good fit for you or not.

The full names of reviewers are not displayed here to protect their online privacy. However, if you have any important questions to them, write to us and we might be able to connect you with one of them.

 

“New hope for my English learning in the long run!! :) I’m more delighted than ever!”

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I’d really like to improve my English skills. To tell the truth, I can get really frustrated if I cannot express myself fluently in English. Often I’m looking for the right words and I can easily forget them in real conversations. I’m also preparing for a language exam so I’d definitely need fluency in English.

I’ve had several teachers, I’m using different software packages for learning English but I realised something: being aware of the cultural background of English is the single biggest step I can take to becoming proficient in English.

I’m really satisfied with the product because it is not too expensive and you are willing to help anytime and give feedback promptly. Overall, I appreciate your work very much.

I have listened to the “Powerful Expression Audio Training” and “Deep Listening Audio Training” at least 12-13 times so far. It’s also interesting that more and more words come into my mind all the time, regardless of my other activities.

My favorite module is Metaphor Deep Explanation Module because it is very detailed and also shares really useful tips about language learning. Now my only task is to enrich my vocabulary with your guidance.

New hope for my English learning in the long run!! :) I’m more delighted than ever!

Szabolcs P.

“You gave me back the hope that I could ever be fluent in English”

Your materials are extremely useful, and understandable. I’d like really say thank you to you, because you gave me back the hope that I could ever be fluent in English. I really enjoy learning with you.

Zita G.

 

“Mastering culture also helps me to improve my work relationships”

I got stuck somewhere in the middle of nowhere :), between the intermediate and advanced levels. There is no problem with reading English, but speaking and writing are not as good as they should be. mikhail

So I came across your article. Your idea about culture hacking is just brilliant! I’ve found myself to be so impatient I didn’t even want to wait for the first free letter. So I am on board and I am going to soak myself in all your ideas and thoughts!

I really enjoy the explanations and active exercises! Mastering culture also helps me improve my work relationships. Again thank you for the course.

Mikhail Z.

“I immediately fell in love with the Metaphor Method”

I love the Metaphor Method it really helps me a lot. I am amazed  by your Culture Hacking e-book and the monthly lessons. It is amazing. What I really like is the Metaphor Deep Explanation Module and the Powerful Expression Audio Training part. These modules are quite unique. I immediately fell in love with them :-)

Honestly I thought I could only learn English from native English teachers but you were right. We are in the same shoes because our culture is quite different from Anglo-Saxon culture. Your method is really eye opening. So I can’t wait to receive the next lesson set. 

Attila U.

 

“Your way of teaching is perfect for me … “

I really enjoy your lessons and I can’t wait for the next one. My note book is full of new chunks and phrases. Your way of teaching is perfect for me as I like analysing the language and getting down to the nitty-gritty. 20170410_214116

Q: Why do you need fluent English?

A: I’ve been living in the UK for a year as my husband works here. At the moment I am a stay-at-home Mum and last year I provided the background for my family in our new life. From the second half of this year, I’m planning to start working again.

Even though I used English at my previous workplaces, until now I didn’t really need to master English because usually I was in contact with non-native business partners. In my experience as a foreigner here, I should prove my knowledge and ability twice as much as a native worker to impress my bosses.

I believe that the understanding of the culture and having mastery of English can open doors for me and can help in getting this respect.

Metaphor Tip: Judit is right. You need to prove your abilities twice as much if you work somewhere as a foreigner. Speaking fluent and educated English plays a very important role in it. One more thing: don’t be fooled by your previous work experience. As Judit pointed out very correctly, English native speakers have higher expectations than non-natives. Hence, the necessity of improving your English if you plan to have some work experience abroad.

Q: What is/was the most difficult challenge so far in learning English?

A: For me the first big challenge was to get the courage to start speaking and get rid of the bad habit that I should only say a grammatically correct sentence. Now the big challenge is to reach that level when I can talk about everything and I can avoid that kind of awkward situations when I have to finish a conversation because I can’t express my feelings or opinion or because I can’t understand the native speakers’ phrases.

Metaphor Tip: Improving one’s English doesn’t end at the intermediate level. There’s a very big difference between getting by in English and feeling really comfortable in English. If you want to avoid those awkward situations Judit was also talking about, you need to constantly expand your vocabulary. 10 minutes a day can already make a big difference!

 

Q: What’s your experience with Metaphor? What do you like most about it?

A: Even though I started learning with Metaphor 3 months ago, I believe that this method is perfect for me. As a mum of two kids, it is really good for me because it is flexible, I can manage my time. I am an analytical type of person, for me it is important to understand what is behind the words and phrases, so I enjoy your explanations. I also like that I can “hack” the culture and understand the way of thinking. And last but not least I really enjoy the lessons and I can’t wait for the next one.

Q: How does Metaphor help you overcome the challenge you mentioned?

A: I have learned many phrases that I can use in my everyday life and it was a great pleasure for me when I first used one of these sentences (“the pot of gold” for the only granddaughter of my neighbour) and I saw the surprise in the eyes of the other person. 

Metaphor Tip: Do you know how amazing it feels to use a really good English phrase and see the surprise in the eyes of your listener? Try to experience it at least once, then it will be like fuel in your engine!

Q: Which is your favorite part of the course?

A: My favourite part is definitely the Deep Explanation Module, but the last two modules are also useful as those need active participation.
Q: How do you study with Metaphor?

A: I listen to the Modules as many times as I can. Unfortunately, I am not able to learn every day or sometimes I can only listen to the audio during cooking or doing exercise, but I think this is also better than nothing. I also read novels and watch movies in English.

Metaphor Tip: Judit pointed out that sometimes she can only listen to the audio during cooking or doing exercise but it’s better than nothing. That’s actually a very important principle! If you don’t have 2 hours a day (almost noboy does), then do 20 minutes. If you can’t do it every day, then do it twice a week. If you don’t always have time to focus on studying for an hour, then just repeat the phrases in a queue or listen to some explanations while running/cooking/driving etc. Trust me, it can make a big difference! Success will follow soon!

Judit M.

“I’m much more confident … “

I find the Metaphor Method really useful. After just a few months of using your method, I’m much more confident and I can put together English sentences significantly more easily.

Viktoria P.

 

“I think this course is one of my life’s best investments.”

I love your way of teaching, the lessons and e-mails. I am very happy that I found you! I think this course is one of my life’s best investments.

Q: Why do you need fluent English? Daniel Nagy profilfotó

A: I’m studying English for several reasons. First and foremost, I would like to work abroad so it is going to be crucial for me to speak fluent English. In the summer, maybe I will be off to Cyprus as a trainee waiter. I’m 30 so it might be a bit too late to start English but anyway, I’ll do my best.
With better English I think there will be a better chance to get appreciation from my boss in my current job. I would also like to travel a lot, see the world and make friends from other countries. It would also be good if I could watch movies without subs or dictionary.

Metaphor Tip: It’s never too late to start learning a language. We have students between 18 and 78 so it’s really never late to get started. I’ve heard a story about a person who started to learn French at the age of 60 and he wrote a book about the French language at the age of 65. It’s NOT true that you can only learn a language before age 18. Just start it and do it! :)
Q: What is/was the most difficult challenge so far in learning English?

A: I’m struggling with speaking in English. I think I’m good at writing but listening and mostly speaking is the area where I should improve. If I write, I have time to think, but in speaking if I don’t respond fluently enough, I might be perceived as dumb and treated neglectfully.

Q: What was your experience with various methods of learning English?

A: Teachers at school mostly focus on grammar and memorizing many words. But no phrases, no logic, no thinking. Dry and plain, nothing fun, just learning by rote. I’m on the intermediate level even though I have been studying English for ten years. It tells everything.
Q: What’s your experience with Metaphor?

A: I stumbled upon it on a website for people who plan to work in England. What surprises me is that I started to enjoy learning. You explain phrases in an easy way and emphasize the logic behind them. You go deeply into the culture and the mentality.

You point out that the brain must have an image behind a word or expression, not just learn this and learn that because it means that. The brain must have a reason to remember, that’s how it works. I have never thought about it before. I realized how important phrases and expressions are. They’re really one of the key elements.

Q: How did Metaphor help you overcome the challenge you mentioned?

A: I already feel much more confident, even though I have been studying with you for a year. It seems to me that the secret is repetition, practising over and over again. I like to take notes about the important sections and it helps me a lot. I mark and underline the most important things and when I open my notes, I can run through them. I don’t practice for hours, only a little bit every day.

And of course, I watch movies in English with English subtitles on. It helps as well, and I read websites in English a lot, watch videos and I feel that I am getting to understand more and more. So Metaphor is not my only source in progressing but it is the one that opened my eyes to a new world of English learning.

Metaphor Tip: Daniel is right about the key to fluent English: 1, Repetition. 2, Do it a little bit every day. You don’t necessarily need to sit down for 2 hours to learn some English. Focus on it for 20-30 minutes and you already made progress! 3, Take notes and go through them from time to time.

Q: Which part of the course is your favourite?

A: My favourite part is the Metaphor Deep Explanation Module. As the name implies, it tells a lot more about words, phrases and mentality than a dictionary. I think that is the key. In schools there is no time for diving deeply into phrases, and by the way I think they don’t even care.

In the dictionaries, there is not enough space. This is the kind of detail that I haven’t found anywhere else. Why a particular phrase is used, how is it used and where does it come from? I think many non-native speakers lack the background knowledge to really understand the phrases they learn.

When I read this module, I like to take my time to think over the mentality, the connections and realize that sometimes it can be fun too. I feel that I can recall the new phrases and words more easily because of the deep explanations.

Daniel N.

“It is without doubt the best system I have ever seen”

The first part of the course was amazing, I really get a kick out of it, I loved the way it was built up. Honestly speaking, pretty much everything has been cemented into my memory, I’m able to give a prompt response to nearly all of the questions. It is without doubt the best system I have ever seen.

Steve R.

 

“I could learn tons of new real-life phrases”

I spent many, many years learning English at school. I passed exams and I finished many textbooks. I also watched movies with subtitles and so on and so on. steve3

But when I moved to England, I could see how little I actually know. I couldn’t communicate in real life as I wanted to. That’s when I found Metaphor English.

With Metaphor, I could improve my English at a lightning pace and I could learn tons of new real-life, everyday phrases and idioms in a short time. With the explanations I could truly understand the mental associations native speakers have about phrases and idioms. I could peep into English and American mentality and culture like never else before.

Steve K.

” … and the expressions really remain in my memory”

I just feel that this method is what I was waiting for. I love it because I can easily learn new expressions while I commute to my workplace every day. And the expressions really remain in my memory. As a mother of a 4-year-old (and I am also expecting now our second daughter), the only way to learn is this. I strongly believe that speaking a language well also means to think like native speakers do and to know their culture, too.

When I was listening to the first audio for the first time I concluded that I understood everything and there were no new expressions. But after listening to it with text and going through all the following audios, I have to admit that there are tons of new expressions I have not heard before.

Gabrielle F.

 

“Now I just enjoy learning the language”

Metaphor is really useful for me. It gives you a depth of knowledge that you cannot get elsewhere. Now I just enjoy learning the language. Thank you.  Anita F.

“Very useful”

Thank you so much for the lessons, they’re very useful! I enjoy studying with you!

Eva H.

 

“I really needed a course like this one”

Q: Why do you need fluent English?

A: I am a student of Business Administration and I plan to start my professional career in that field. As the international business world communicates in English, fluent English’s definitely a must-have if you want to succeed. Additionally, I want to be fluent because it gives me flexibility in my career: speaking English give me the opportunity to travel everywhere and communicate with everyone without any hesitations. I also plan to pass the IELTS exam with a high mark (at least 7 out of 9) in order to demonstrate to my prospective employers that I know English very well.

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Q: What is/was the most difficult challenge so far in learning English?

A: In the last few years I have always felt stuck between the intermediate and advanced levels and didn’t know how to improve. It has also been a difficult challenge so far to find a regular language partner I can talk to.

Q: What was your experience with various methods of learning English?

A: I’ve been studying English since Primary school and I have to acknowledge that my teachers taught me relatively well, at least by introducing me to general grammar rules and vocabulary that I have never forgotten. In good part, I managed to reach this level with my strong willpower and my passion for learning English.

However, when I entered University, I didn’t receive any formal instruction in the language so I started to learn it on my own. Since then, I have been reading only English-language books and also started to watch English movies. Travelling abroad, I’ve also had the chance to practice my English.

Q: What’s your experience with Metaphor? What do you like most about it?

A: I have to admit that Metaphor greatly impressed me. I really needed a course like this one because I didn’t know how to improve my intermediate English skills. Metaphor gives me an innovative approach to understanding a language by paying great attention to the culture behind it, which has a strong influence on the language itself.

The funny thing is that for several months (before subscribing) I didn’t want to start this course because I thought it’s yet another online scam. Unfortunately, the internet is full of many people who promise you the world but in reality they just want your money. As a result, I waited for a few months before purchasing, always reading your free emails and then I have decided to trust you and it has been a good decision.

Metaphor Tip: If you’re not yet ready to join us, that’s okay. Most people start by browsing through this website, reading our emails and asking questions from us. Once you can see that we’re trustworthy (and not one of the many online scams), you can feel safe to take the next step and master English with us.

Q: How does Metaphor help you overcome the challenge you mentioned?

A: Even without a language partner, Metaphor helps me with its innovative active listening exercises. I always listen to them many many times because it helps me to practice the language. Since I started Metaphor, I feel that I improve every day, while for years I felt stuck almost at the same level.

I’m the kind of person that I always want to excel in everything I am involved in. I can’t explain how good I feel, for instance, when I get up in the morning and sometimes the first word that comes up in my mind is an expression I learned the day before. Sometimes when I want to say something, the English expression comes to my mind first, even before the Italian one.

Q: Which is your favorite part of the course?

A: I really think that the Metaphor Deep Explanation Module is the best part of the course. It gives you valuable insights about every word. It explains all the different situations when a word or phrase is used and shows most common collocations of the word. 

You can literally dive into the culture behind the English language. Sometimes the story of the month seems to me relatively easy, with only few unknown words but then in this part there is always something new that I have never heard before.

It’s also rewarding when you catch some of the words and collocations explained in a real life conversation, in a book, in the news or when I am listening to an American or British podcast. :)

Q: How do you study with Metaphor?

A: I usually spend half an hour per day but sometimes also an hour. I also spend a lot of time writing essays and then I send them to you to receive feedback.

Fabio O.

“You are trying to prepare the language learner for daily life, not just for a language exam”

The material simply works. :)  I’m constantly trying to improve my English because fluent English is very important for my job. It is also a kind of passion for me to keep working on my English. Maybe one day I will take up a job abroad.

First, I was thinking quite a lot about buying your course but I think the idea behind the product is really good so I decided to invest into it. I’d like to highlight the Powerful Expression Audio Training module, which is, in my opinion, very useful for real-life conversations, and I haven’t seen any similar exercise in other language learning materials.

I love the online support because I get answers quickly even if I have questions beyond the scope of the material.

Sometimes I have noticed I can remember the expressions from the audio materials without thinking, it comes easily, almost in natural way. What makes your course different is the the expressions and idioms you explain. You are trying to prepare the language learner for daily life, not just for a language exam. That’s the “spice of the course” .

Thanks a million, guys!

Gabor F.