Who are we?

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

This site 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!

Oh and there’s one more member of the team – Carter. Carter likes scratching, chasing balls and hanging out on set when we are making videos. Sometimes we plan for him to appear in our videos, but other times he sneaks in when we’re not looking. Carter leads a busy life as a media star and he’d like you to know that we also make videos for other organizations. Please let us know if you or your organization might want to hire us.

24 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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