Read and Speak English CDROM
George Balanis PhD, MBA and Toula Balanis AA
Anotek, Inc.
Teaches Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Phonetics and Handwriting

"I never knew it would such fun and so easy to learn English"

If you like having your English teacher at home anytime you want, our CDROM English course is for you.  Learn the basics of the ENGLISH LANGUAGE with our exciting multimedia CDROM for WINDOWS PCs (WIN95/98/NT4+/2000/ME/XP) or MACs with “The Virtual PC” software emulator.  Complete course is in the CDROM. There are no books.  Our course is ideal for ESL, home schooling or regular school courses.  The course is suitable for both adults and children.

Learn Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary(about 2000 words, phrases, and sentences), Pronunciation, Phonetics, Phonetic Rules and Handwriting from an interactive multimedia course that teaches the material taught in Elementary School Grades K, 1, 2 and some of the material taught in Grades 3 and 4.  The material covered in this course approximates about 400 hours of school instruction.  The phonetics of the English language, which is a subject not usually taught in schools, is covered thoroughly.  Our course is based on a novel computerised system using hundreds of custom-made color pictures, careful pronunciation, over 10,000 educational game-like exercises that are done on the computer and have performance printouts for the teacher, phonetics of basic sounds and letter combinations along with example words, multicolor text and illustrated printouts. Developed by George (PhD, MBA) and Toula (AA) Balanis using pioneering Rapid Language Acquisition Techniques to accelerate learning and make it fun and easy.
a city
a horse
an owl
an eagle
the cities
two horses
the sun
the water

Course Description

A unique introductory course that teaches parts of the English language (Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Phonetics and Phonetic Rules and Handwriting).  Game-like academic exercises, color pictures, careful pronunciation, phonics and phonetic symbols, full-color illustrated printouts, and multicolor text are used to make the material fun to learn and easy to remember.   Hundreds of custom-made color pictures provide visual clarity to English words and sentences, and you can click to hear their pronunciation repeatedly.  About 400 lessons including more than 10,000 exercises.  Each lesson averages less than 1/2 hour to complete.


Note:  Sound is heard by clicking yellow text or yellow border pictures.

Alphabet  (104 lessons)

You see the alphabet letters and hear their sounds (1 lesson).  Also, you see the letter classification (vowel/consonant) and a word that starts with the selected letter.  First exercise focuses on the recognition of the alphabet sounds (1 lesson).  Second exercise tests the letter classification (1 lesson).  Third exercise (20 exercises) focuses on the verbal spelling of words where each letter is pronounced as an alphabet letter.  Fourth exercise (55 exercises) illustrates spelling by relating sounds to their combinations.  Handwriting exercises are provided to show how to write each alphabet letter in regular or large size (26 exercises).
Phonetics (167 lessons)
All forty-eight basic sounds are provided along with (a) their pronunciation, (b) their phonetic spelling and (c) example words.  Example words are broken into basic sounds, each sound can be heard individually and the individual sounds are slowly fused together to make the word pronunciation. (48 lessons)
Ninety-nine letter combinations are provided along with their pronunciation, phonetic spelling and example words.  Included is a spelling exercise testing knowledge of the spelling of the example words. (99 lessons)
Twenty lessons summarize pronunciation rules and illustrate the classification categories for vowels and consonants. (20 lessons)
Plurals (7 lessons)
The rules for the formation of noun plurals are explained.  Selected words give examples of plural formation and pronunciation.
Articles (1 lesson)
The articles and all their pronunciations are presented.  Each pronunciation is listed along with the corresponding pronunciation rule.
Personal Pronouns (1 lesson)
The basic personal pronouns are presented along with their pronunciation.
Brief History (1 lesson)
The history of the evolution of the English language is briefly presented.
Vocabulary, Pronunciation and Reading (124 lessons)
There are 124 Vocabulary, Pronunciation and Reading lessons.
Each lesson focuses on learning 12 texts (nouns with their articles, verbs, phrases or sentences).  Each text is provided with a color picture, spelling, pronunciation and phonetic spelling of a focus word.
The focus of each lesson is the learning of (a) new vocabulary words, (b) the relationship between pronunciation of words that have a common basic sound and the spelling of this basic sound, such the words rain or train or tail where the spelling "ai" is pronounced as a long a.  Additionally, the lessons slowly introduce the use of the two pronunciations of the article "the", as well as the different pronunciations and uses of the articles "a" and "an".  Furthermore, the lessons slowly introduce verbs, adjectives, noun plurals, numbers, opposites, and, finally, the interaction of all these in sentences.
Vocabulary, Pronunciation and Reading skills are strengthened by seven specially designed exercises that go over the lesson material.  Whenever possible, the exercises provide a score that is increased if the response is correct on the first try.  Additionally, “congratulations” screens praise perfect scores.
*    Exercise 1 teaches and tests sound comprehension.
You click on a speaker to hear a lesson text.  You select the corresponding picture from the 12 available pictures.
   Exercise 2 teaches and tests sound discrimination.
You click on a speaker to hear a lesson text.  You select the corresponding text out of the 12 available texts.
*    Exercise 3 teaches and tests reading comprehension.
You click on a text.  You select the corresponding picture out of the 12 available pictures.
   Exercise 4 teaches and tests basic sounds and their spelling.
You see the spelling and hear the sound of a lesson word and you see and hear 3 basic sounds.  From these 3 basic sounds, you pick the ones that are present in each word.
*    Exercise 5 teaches and tests listening and writing.
You hear the sound of each of the 12 lesson words.  You write the word you heard in a sheet of paper provided by the CDROM.
   Exercise 6 tests spelling on the computer.
You hear the sound of each of the 12 lesson words.  You spell the word you heard by clicking on the alphabet letters displayed on the computer screen.
   Exercise 7 practices handwriting.
You print out the lesson texts and their color pictures.  You practice handwriting the texts.
Sentence Comprehension (30 lessons)
Each of the 30 Reading lessons has six sentences.  Half of the lessons have sentences that explain or illuminate lesson words.  Each of the other lessons provides a six-sentence story.  All the lessons have exercises that test higher-level reading and comprehension skills that relate to individual sentences as well as groups of sentences.
The punctuation marks of the English language are documented with their name, pronunciation, sign, and a very brief description of their usage.
Audio-Visual Dictionary
The dictionary has about 1500 words and includes the lesson words.  Each word has its text, picture, pronunciation and phonetic spelling.
Audio-Visual Numbers
The student can make a number by clicking the digits provided on the computer screen.  The program (a) shows the number in its letter-form including the dashes and (b) pronounces the number.

Read and Speak English/CDROM

Multimedia Software for IBM PC compatibles using WINDOWS98/95/NT.  Course covers Reading, Spelling, Pronunciation, Phonetics and Phonetic Rules, Vocabulary (about 2000 words), Handwriting and the basics of Articles, Personal Pronouns, Marks of the Language.  It includes hundreds of custom-made color pictures, careful pronunciation, multicolor text, many game-like exercises and free fonts.  The CDROM has over 400 lessons and covers the material taught in the Elementary School grades Kindergarten, First, Second and part of Third and Fourth.  The course is suitable for both adults and children for studey at home or school.  Program can be run from the CDROM or Hard Disk.  Details on Internet at
Read and Speak English/CDROM v3.1


$95.00 - CDROM + up to 10 passwords
for 10 separate installations + fonts
You may buy Read and Speak English
in two installments
$15.00 - Program works fully for evaluation
period of 30 days.
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for unlimited use on same computer.
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than 1 computer station per password payment.
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Brief History of the English Language
The English language started around 450 A.D. by invaders that arrived in England from the Germanic region of Saxony.  The Saxons mixed with the Celts that had come to England several hundred years earlier.  After the battle of Hastings (1066 A.D.), invaders from the French region of Normandy influenced the English vocabulary and the English pronunciation.  The Great Shift in the pronunciation of vowels started at that time.  Also, Greek and Latin have provided many vocabulary words mostly in scientific and legal terminology.