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About Antimoon

Antimoon provides advice and inspiration to learners of English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL). Most importantly, it presents the Antimoon Method, which shows you how you can learn English very well by taking charge of your learning.

Who made this site?

My name is Tomasz P. Szynalski, or Tom for short. I created Antimoon in 2001 with my high-school friend, Michal Ryszard Wojcik. Michal and I learned to speak English impressively well (better than most non-native-speakers with English degrees and almost as well as native speakers) in less than 3 years without leaving our home country (Poland). In the process, we came up with a number of ideas for effective learning. Those ideas are explained on this website.

When Antimoon came online in 2001, it was – to the best of my knowledge – one of only two websites that dealt with the topic of “how to learn English”. The Internet was full of sites with grammar exercises and lesson plans, but almost nobody on the Web seemed interested in exploring the more basic question of what is the best way to learn a language – and whether traditional tools like English classes and grammar exercises are the way to go. Since then, the self-learning “movement” (for lack of a better word) has gained popularity, and I’m proud that Antimoon helped it along, not just by reaching learners directly, but also (perhaps even more) by inspiring other creators to develop outstanding resources for self-learners, such as All Japanese All The Time and eTutor.pl.

Since 2004, Antimoon has been run solely by me and I am the author of everything on the site (including graphic design and programming), unless otherwise indicated. Even though some pages may use the pronoun we for stylistic or historical reasons, anything you read here should be taken as expressing my views only (or at least the views I used to hold when I wrote the page in question).

My goals with this site

  1. I want to tell people how to learn English effectively. Many people have asked me “How did you learn English so well?”. This website is the answer.
  2. I want to motivate people to learn English. I love English, and I think it is the best language you can learn.
  3. I want to explain English to people, especially the parts that are important and often ignored (such as pronunciation).
  4. I want to write in simple, clear English that’s understandable to intermediate learners.
  5. I want to make sure this site is highly readable and easy to use.

Why should you listen to my advice?

The Antimoon Method is based on the experiences of two successful learners: me and my friend Michal. We think we have something to say about learning English, because:

  1. We have been in your situation. There was a time when our English was poor, and we wanted to improve it, just like you.
  2. We have succeeded. We have learned English very well through our learning methods.
  3. We have helped others (our students, friends and readers) learn English well, too.

(Read more on why you should listen to our advice)

Product recommendations

In my articles, I sometimes recommend products that are useful to language learners (for example, dictionaries or apps). I do not recommend products in exchange for money. This site has no paid links or other forms of hidden advertising.

Credits

Antimoon uses the free SoundManager 2 API by Scott Schiller. Thanks, Scott!

Privacy

Cookies. Antimoon uses its own cookies (and similar technologies) to improve your experience, for example to remember your preferences and keep you logged on. In addition, it uses Google cookies (and similar technologies) to analyze traffic and serve ads. By using this site, you agree to this.

Data sharing. Information about your use of this site (the pages you visited, your IP address, your browser version, etc.) is shared with Google for the purposes of analyzing traffic (Google Analytics) and serving ads. None of the data shared with Google includes your name, address, email address or telephone number. (more information about how Google uses information about your visits)

Personalized ads. In order to show you the most relevant ads, Google tries to figure out what kinds of goods and services you may be interested in. It does so by collecting certain information about you – for example, your geographical location, your Google searches, and your visits to this and other websites. This information does not include your name, address, email address or telephone number. Google will use this information when deciding which ads to show you when you visit this site. However, if you are in a country where GDPR applies, information about your past behavior (visits to other sites, previous searches, etc.) will not be used for personalization on this site. You will still see ads, but they will be targeted using contextual information, such as your general geographical location (e.g. the city you’re in) or the contents of the current page.

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