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The untold spy story of WWI

In 1910 a proposed Alliance between Germany and France (See New York Times Article ) worried Britain so they sent someone to 'sniff around'.

The story is a personal journey of discovery set in the vibrant energy that is Zanzibar. Susan finds herself in the palace of the great Sultan of Zanzibar as private tutor to his children. She immerses herself in the heady experiences of that rich island. From making friends with her personal servant, Subira, to falling in love with Asim, a senior member of the Sultan's court. Susan delights in the discovery of Zanzibar and the discovery of herself. The only shadow being that she was recruited by British Military Intelligence as a spy. That compromises her love for Asim and will eventually cut the silken thread that is her journey into the exotic.

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The Lion Awakes - ARCHIVES
Nursery Rhymes


Jìn​pào​ English



The Jìn​pào​ English Method


These are the materials you can use to practise your FIRST STEPS in learning ENGLISH


LEARNING CHILDREN'S NURSERY RHYMES  which contain ALL the sound you need to learn to speak English well

LEARNING TO WRITE THE ALPHABET - The 'CAPITAL' and the 'small letters'



SOME BASIC GRAMMAR (which you do not need to know to start to learn to speak English)


 Here is a video of a two year old learning to speak. He is not afraid to try to say any word. Often the only person who can understand that word is a parent. As adults we put too high an expectation on ourselves. We expect to be able to pronounce the word perfectly first time...... 

 Be like a child, try to say the word.

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When an infant learns to speak it first burbles and babbles with the occasional sound being recognised by the parents who then clap and smile in delight ..... and re-inforce that sound. The baby knows clearly it has done well. This is done 1,000s of times as the infant grows up. The infant is not expected to know the language .... so much patience is shown by the parents. The infant is not punished or laughed at when they are not understood. Instead they are encouraged to try again.

The child is not taught grammar (the rules). Yet, without knowing a single grammatical rule, they will be speaking English long before they go to school. 


As we get older that once in a lifetime window of opportunity closes. 


Our parents probably do not want to teach us a second language.


Yet it is our parents who we need, someone who listens for the word within the mumble.

 A two year old learning to speak is not afraid to try to say any word, often the only person who can understand that word is a parent. As adults we put too high an expectation on ourselves. We expect to be able to pronounce the word perfectly first time...... 

 Be like a child, try to say the word.



Do you have to know any rules?

The simple answer is ...... no you don't!! 


Most people do not know the rules of their language - they just speak it


You may become interested in the rules later, and for more advanced English they will be a useful reference tool.


HOWEVER ..... you definitely do not need the rules to learn a language.


The Jinpao English Method does not use Rules.

It first teaches you the sounds of English in an an easy, logical way.

We then Immerse you in English.

 We will give you plenty of material to immerseyourself in English - just like a child immerses themself


You will learn the alphabet in an easy fun way with loads of variety


You will start with simple words and sentences, just like an infant

We will show you how to find the 'little words' (syllables) within the 'big words'

In the beginning you will know many 'little words'. Often, if you find those words withing the 'big word' it will tell you how to pronounce it.

For example: consonant - it is made up of the following 'little words' (syllables) 'con' 'son' 'ant' - pronounce the 'little words'  separately then put them together.


We will sing Nursery Rhymes together


Nursery Rhymes contain ALL the sounds you need to speak English well.


Remember, a child does not plan their language development

 They just immerse themselves and learn


With the Jinpao approach you will soon know enough to go out and start speaking English


Hesitantly at first, and with many mistakes (just like a child), but enough to be understood. Most people who speak English will try to understand you and help you pronounce the words you get wrong.

You may get the sound of the word wrong the first few times you use it ...... BUT, I guarantee that you will be understood.

The secret to speaking English is to USE WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED in an everyday situations and try to make yourself understood.


Do you need to learn to read?

The answer is probably found in ....... Does a child need to know how to read?

Obviously not.


If you live in the country of the language you want to learn, or live with someone, or family who speaks that language at home, then you will probably learn without the need to read.

 HOWEVER, if you are restricted to just studying the second language, but are immersed in your mother language day to day, then it is probably best to learn to read.


READING will be invaluable in stretching your language skills past the basic ability to communicate.


The Alphabet is the first vital step in learning to read


The Jinpao method is primarily designed to help you communicate in your new language, at the level of a child who is ready to go to school.


In particular, we concentrate on correct pronunciation