Methods

Komified Texts: True stories by Native Speakers of English

Our real-life texts are written and voice recorded in the first person to capture your interest and give you the confidence and motivation to speak about your own life experiences

Unlike most English language texts found on the Internet and on other language learning applications, our texts are based on real-life experiences. Most crucially, our texts are written in the first person.

As far as possible, the language in the texts resembles that of spoken English rather than formal written English. This has been achieved through the use of personal pronouns (I and we), fluency-boosting collocations, contractions (I’m instead of I am) and phrasal verbs.

Komified texts are aimed at pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper-intermediate and advanced level learners due to the completely random complexity of vocabulary, collocations and grammar structures. One text might be packed with new phrases and tricky grammar constructions, while you might be very familiar with the language in another text.

Reasons Komified Texts will have you on cloud nine

Cultural intrigue and real-life experiences you will be able to relate to

Many of Steve’s texts relate to his life and experiences living, travelling and working abroad. Topics range from renting apartments to Greek hospitality and from gaining dual citizenship to setting life goals. Not all of the texts are about Steve. We’re engaging native speakers of English from the UK, Australia and North America to write and voice record true stories as well

Use of the first person

Most English language learning texts are purely descriptive and “newsy”. What is unique about Komified texts is the fact that the majority of them are written in the first person with the pronoun “I”. Deep immersion in these texts will enable you to put yourselves in Steve’s shoes and emotionally relate to his experiences on a psychological and emotional level. Moreover, if you have had similar experiences to Steve or agree with certain opinions, you will be able to directly copy sentences from Komified texts and add them to your own list of personalised sentences

Characteristics of natural speech

To bring you closer to natural spoken English, Komified uses contractions (I’ve, I’m), colloquial language and non-complex grammar structures

Useful words and phrases in context

Click on key words and phrases in each text to view collocations, related word forms (adjectives, nouns, verbs) and one or two example sentences containing a target word or phrase. All of these example sentences describe Steve’s experiences or represent his opinions in order to emphasise the point about the power of creating personalised sentences containing newly learned words and phrases

Create personalised sentences

Komified encourages clients to create personalised sentences using target words, collocations and useful grammar structures

Text analysis

An analysis of key grammatical and sentence structures, collocations and spoken intonation patterns is provided for every text

Fluency booster exercises

Texts in our courses English from the Heart and Travel Mania are supplemented by a range of “fluency booster exercises” which help to cement the learning of key collocations, words, pronunciation points and grammatical features

Definitions

A list of the most useful words, collocations and idioms with definitions

Sound files

All texts have been voice recorded by native speakers of English. Attention has been paid to natural intonation patterns and features of connected speech

The avoidance of unnecessary formality

Dialogues and sentences on some of our competitors’ platforms contain excessively formal and polite language. In the real world, native speakers of English rarely speak so formally

Our multi-step plan for you to gain maximum benefit from Komified Texts

We don’t want you to just rush through all of our meticulously prepared texts.
That’s why we’ve come up with a multi-step plan to help you get the most out of each text:

Step 1Listening

Listen before you read and work with a text

Step 2Reading, Listening and Definitions

Stop and start the audio as you are reading a text. While reading and listening, you may also click on any word or phrase in bold font to check out a target word or phrase’s definition, associated parts of speech (e.g. verb or adjective form of a word), collocations and example sentences to see how each word or phrase can be used in different contexts

Step 3Text Analysis

A review of potentially sticky grammar and lexical points

Step 4Text Analysis for Polish Learners of English

An explanation of potential instances where negative language transfer might occur between Polish and English

Step 5Fluency Booster Exercises

A series of short exercises based on the comprehension of a text and the recall of key words and phrases

Step 6Vocab

Add the words and phrases which interest you into your own Vocabulary folder. Take advantage of the option to write personalised sentences which contain each target word or phrase. You can even get your personalised sentences checked by an expert native speaker

Step 7Discussion Questions

Voice record your answers to a set number of discussion questions for each course. Each text is accompanied by several discussion questions, thus giving you the freedom to respond to those questions which you have a great deal to talk about

Step 8Komi Chat

Share your life experiences with forum members based on the content of Komified texts. In Komi Chat, you can get clarification from an expert regarding sticky grammar points, as well as the meaning and various uses of words and phrases which appear in Komified texts and other materials