Helen - Englischlehrerin - London

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  • Englisch
  • Englisch - mündlicher Ausdruck
  • Englisch - Leseverständnis
  • Englisch - schriftlicher Ausdruck
  • Englisch - Wortschatz
  • Englisch - Hörverständnis
  • Business English
  • Akzentreduzierung im Englischen
  • TOEFL
  • IELTS
  • CAE
  • CPE

Your goals are my goals!Watch my video,Master's degree in English teaching,native professional,unique and individually tailored IELTS exam preparations,10 years of experience

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Some more interesting and useful information about me, my classes, and how to have successful exam preparations

If I choose you as my student and you choose me as your teacher, I will address all of your English language needs to the best of my ability. That's why you'll be able to reach your goals with me in the shortest amount of time possible.

My qualifications, level of proficiency, experience, results of my teaching and time/effort invested in tailoring the classes to your specific needs ensure your tangible progress. My personality contributes immensely as well - I am friendly, understanding, considerate and supportive. I know where to encourage you more and where to let you absorb the knowledge at your own pace. You can be sure that with me you'll easily gain confidence, open up and practice your English in everyday real-life situations without anything holding you back.

Therefore, whether you would like to become fluent in English for personal or professional reasons, study or work in a foreign country - give it a go, you will be satisfied with your decision.

Regarding EXAM PREPARATIONS =>

IELTS / TOEFL / OET / Cambridge exams FCE / CAE / CPE

I have vast experience in creating effective and individual exam preparation programs for students of all levels. I myself retake regularly different exams since I believe that keeping yourself on your toes is one of the most important qualities of a professional and truly dedicated educator. Moreover, I prefer to have my exam experience as fresh as possible to be able to put myself in my students’ shoes in the best way I can. Detailed information about my exam results can be found at the bottom of the page in the CV section.

Concerning the PREPARATION TIMEFRAMES for the above-mentioned exams:

Please note that the minimum recommended amount of time to complete an efficient exam preparation program is minimum 16 weeks with minimum 2-3 classes per week.

Exam preparations might be conducted within a shorter timeframe (e.g. 12 weeks), but in this case the number of classes recommended to achieve an intended result is 3-4 classes per week.

These exams test students’ skills on a variety of different levels and therefore might be very challenging to pass with the desired grade. And since I take my classes very seriously and meticulously tailor them to my students’ needs to ensure the most top-notch and thorough teaching-learning experience, the above-mentioned timeframes have strongly proven their efficiency in the exam preparation field.

Shorter timeframes typically fail to deliver substantial changes and might not lead to the best expected result. And we aim only for the best :)

Moreover, please mind that the learning progress is highly individual and depends on a myriad of factors, to name a few:

- students’ current level
- their previous learning experience
- how quickly and efficiently students absorb, analyse and retain new knowledge
- whether they revise new information on a regular basis
- how successful is the information revision
- the amount of time/effort dedicated to home assignments
- whether a student has many or a limited number of opportunities to apply new knowledge/skills in practice on a daily basis outside of a classroom environment and many more

Consequently, the above-stated timeframes for exam preparation should be perceived strictly as the minimum amount of time required since they do not represent “a gold standard”. It is advised to take into account other important variables and allow yourself as flexible preparation timeframe as possible to pass the exam with flying colours.

Therefore, dear students :) whether your exam is IELTS / TOEFL / OET / Cambridge exam FCE / CAE / CPE, please contact me ONLY if you have allocated a reasonable amount of time for your preparation (2, 3 or 4 classes per week).

In terms of online classes, it has been widely acknowledged that they go very well and are exceptionally convenient. Even though I was teaching face-to-face when I first started giving classes, in a short amount of time I completely switched to online teaching since my students and I came to a conclusion that online classes were much more efficient due to the advantages they offer:

- The comfort of your home as a place of studying;
- The flexible schedule as there is no need to commute;
- The possibility to continue with your classes even if you move to a different city/country or travel a lot on a regular basis;
- And many more, the list goes on.

Last but not least - in order for your learning process to be successful, you'll need to have an excellent high-speed Internet connection, a laptop (e.g. MacBook Pro/Air, Dell XPS 13, etc.) or a tablet computer / iPad with a switched-on good definition webcam (if it's located in a fixed position during the class). I’m sure you understand that the classes can not be conducted via smartphones or if the Internet connection is poor.

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Über den Kurs

  • Oberstufe (Klasse 11-13)
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    Oberstufe (Klasse 11-13)

    Hauptschule

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    Studium

    Realschule

    Master / Magister

    Diplomgrad

    Doktorgrad

    B1

    B2

    C1

    C2

    erweiterte Grundkenntnisse

    Fortgeschritten

    Profi

    MBA

  • Französisch
  • Portugiesisch
  • Spanisch
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Alle verfügbaren Sprachen für diesen Kurs :

Französisch

Portugiesisch

Spanisch

Italienisch

Deutsch

Niederländisch

Indonesisch

Japanisch

Türkisch

Norwegisch

Schwedisch

Polnisch

Koreanisch

Welcome to my profile, dear students! :)

Firstly, I’d like to share with you my PERSONAL ATTITUDE towards my students.

No matter what you need - general English improvement, IELTS exam preparation, vocabulary development, grammar practice - YOUR GOALS WILL BECOME MINE. That’s why it’ll be easy for you to gain confidence and the necessary skills to reach your aims in the shortest amount of time possible.

I am going to treat you as a best friend and help you with whatever you need. I will be your trusted mentor guiding you through the learning path. Every step of the way you will feel incredible support and that you’re not alone working on fulfilling your dreams - we are doing it together.

To continue, I am a very dedicated teacher, so I am genuinely concerned about your results. That’s why I will encourage you when you’re feeling disheartened and successfully lead you through the most complicated challenges.

If you feel lost and don’t know how to go about your English progress - with my help you will finally be able to put these feelings behind you. You will know exactly what to do and how to do it to fix the English problems you are facing.


Now let's move on to discovering my PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE, EXPERIENCE, TEACHING METHODS / TECHNIQUES.


Being an English teacher is my occupation and vocation. I am a Master of Arts in English teaching and Applied Linguistics. After graduation, I taught at different universities and a variety of language academies in the UK, Australia, Spain, and France in addition to being a private tutor. Overall, I've spent 10 years teaching students from different countries, cultural backgrounds, levels of proficiency and age groups.



In my teaching, I follow an effective method mastered during my studies and teaching practice - a communicative student-centred approach. It means I don't explain grammar and vocabulary in a traditional way. Instead, I make YOU think, reflect, realise, learn and arrive at conclusions not just receive given results from the teacher. I put you in the centre and help you to feel the language, comprehend its core and the way it functions.



During the classes, we will have a lot of practical work, so you will learn how to behave appropriately in any real-life situation. In other words, you'll be able to cope with whatever life throws at you in English.

Moreover, I pay a lot of attention to your pronunciation: I will correct your sounds and meticulously work on the improvement of your accent until it's native-like. I can teach you four distinct types of English accents: British, Australian, American and Canadian since creation and modelling of native English accents is one of my key areas of expertise. The only thing left for you to do is to choose which accent you would like to become an expert in.

There is always a specific home assignment after every class in order to reinforce the acquired skills. In addition, every month a test class based on your individual requirements is conducted so we can clearly monitor the course of your progress and readjust it if necessary.

Furthermore, some classes are innovative and represent cutting-edge achievements in English teaching. They are called visual thematic speaking development sessions. The grammar and vocabulary used in these classes are smoothly woven into the fabric of the British, Australian, American and Canadian cultural topics.

The feedback I’ve been getting from these extraordinary classes is more than satisfying - my students not only find them fun, unusual and top-notch, but also surprisingly simple and strikingly memorable. I'd be glad to introduce YOU to the exciting world of visual thematic learning - after you try it out, your learning experience will never be the same.


Finally, let's discuss some BASIC ORGANISATIONAL MATTERS.


Please note that classes are taught to ADULTS ONLY (20 years old and older). Lesson requests from parents who are looking for a tutor for their underage children will NOT be considered.

Classes are conducted EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE via Skype or Zoom. The duration of a free introductory class is approximately 30 minutes, so we will have enough time to discuss any questions you may have.

My current availability is from around 1pm (13:00) till 7pm (19:00) London time, so please contact me ONLY if you can have classes within this timeframe.

The classes are paid minimum for 4 classes in one small pack => since English teaching is my full-time job, I need to schedule my classes in advance in order to organise the teaching-learning process efficiently. On top of that, it’s very convenient and makes sorting out organisational matters much more efficient and less time-consuming.

The duration of any type of class is 50min. Please note that if you’d like your results to be noticeable and significant, it is recommended to have at least 2-3 classes per week. The rate for one 50min. class in GBP is 50£, in EUR 60€.

Please contact me ONLY if you're planning to allocate 2-3 classes per week to your progress. Kindly note that lesson requests from students who would like to have just 1 class per week will NOT be considered.

In teaching / learning practice it is widely known that if you’d like your results to be tangible and sustainable, it is strongly advised to commit to having at least 2-3 classes per week. Think of mastering your English language skills as training your muscles - are you going to be able to gain any noticeable muscle strength going to the gym just once per week? Not likely. Without a strong commitment, your muscles are going to quickly forget any training they underwent. The same applies to your English skills. That’s why the minimum number of classes conducted per week is 2-3.

I’m looking forward to helping you to achieve your English language goals :)

Types of classes:

- Creation and modeling of native English accents: British, Australian, American, Canadian

- Accent reduction

- Thorough pronunciation correction / improvement

- Exam preparations: IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge exams => FCE, CAE, CPE

- General English classes

- Vocabulary / grammar development classes

- Classes specifically dedicated to mastering idioms

- Classes specifically dedicated to phrasal verbs (use and application in context)

- Conversation classes

- Business English classes

- Academic English classes (oral and written communication skills)

- Visual thematic speaking sessions

- Preparation for various types of job interviews (from standard to complex)

- Elaborate and multi-stage creation of professional video / audio / written CVs and cover letters


P.S. Take a look at my interview responses in the bottom of the page after the "recommendations" section - you'll find loads of handy information there!

In my article: "In your opinion, what does it take to be a successful English speaker?" I give 11 useful tips. I came up with them over the years thanks to my teaching practice and students' feedback.

I recently compiled my personal reflection "Alice in Wonderland" for my students to help them learn as many helpful phrases as possible in the easiest and quickest way possible from just one source.

It contains more than 100 (!) phrasal verbs, collocations, set expressions, phrases and idioms, which I meticulously hand-picked. All of them are widely used and up to date. Moreover, they are exceptionally easy to remember thanks to the context I’ve put them in. And there is no need to jump all over the net and navigate through dozens of websites to find the expressions/idioms – they are already at your fingertips.

So, make sure you check them out and if you liked the reflection, get in touch straight away :) I have ​heaps of​ ​fun and extraordinary activities related to it, which will significantly ​boost your vocabulary and greatly improve your English speaking skills.

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Classes are taught to ADULTS ONLY (20 years old and older). Lesson requests from parents who are looking for a tutor for their underage children will NOT be considered.

Classes are conducted EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE via Skype or Zoom. The duration of a free introductory class is approximately 30 minutes, so we will have enough time to discuss any questions you may have.

My current availability is from around 1pm (13:00) till 7pm (19:00) London time, so please contact me ONLY if you can have classes within this timeframe.

The classes are paid minimum for 4 classes in one small pack => since English teaching is my full-time job, I need to schedule my classes in advance in order to organise the teaching-learning process efficiently. On top of that, it’s very convenient and makes sorting out organisational matters much more efficient and less time-consuming.

The duration of any type of class is 50min. Please note that if you’d like your results to be noticeable and significant, it is recommended to have at least 2-3 classes per week. The rate for one 50min. class in GBP is 50£, in EUR 60€.

Please contact me ONLY if you're planning to allocate 2-3 classes per week to your progress. Kindly note that lesson requests from students who would like to have just 1 class per week will NOT be considered.

In teaching / learning practice it is widely known that if you’d like your results to be tangible and sustainable, it is strongly advised to commit to having at least 2-3 classes per week. Think of mastering your English language skills as training your muscles - are you going to be able to gain any noticeable muscle strength going to the gym just once per week? Not likely. Without a strong commitment, your muscles are going to quickly forget any training they underwent. The same applies to your English skills. That’s why the minimum number of classes conducted per week is 2-3.

I’m keen on helping you to achieve your English language goals :)

Types of classes:

- Creation and modeling of native English accents: British, Australian, American, Canadian

- Accent reduction

- Thorough pronunciation correction / improvement

- Exam preparations: IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge exams => FCE, CAE, CPE

- General English classes

- Vocabulary / grammar development classes

- Classes specifically dedicated to mastering idioms

- Classes specifically dedicated to phrasal verbs (use and application in context)

- Conversation classes

- Business English classes

- Academic English classes (oral and written communication skills)

- Visual thematic speaking sessions

- Preparation for various types of job interviews (from standard to complex)

- Elaborate and multi-stage creation of professional video / audio / written CVs and cover letters

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  • When did your passion for teaching languages begin?

    To start with, I was a very successful English learner back in high school. Even though English was our first language, we still had classes dedicated to mastering English writing and communicative skills, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, etc. My friends and classmates would always consult me regarding some tips or explanations if our teachers weren’t able to provide them. I was keen to help them out. Why not? I was really pleased they trusted me.
    Soon, my mates would ask me: “Could you stay a bit longer after the class and explain us a thing or two? There are quite a few things we don’t get. We’d really appreciate it”.

    I decided to give that idea a go since all of those guys were my mates and it felt great to do something nice for them. However, the real turning point was when they passed the exams I’ve been preparing them for with flying colours. What a pleasant surprise! I couldn’t believe how tangible and quick their progress was. Before I thought about some of them: “Oh, well, maybe they just don’t have a flair for languages”.

    I have never thought like that since. As soon as they received fantastic results, I realised that everyone can learn a new language, no exceptions - they just need a tutor who knows which key to use to unlock this hidden and secure place in their brain called “language skills”. It became clear to me that the problem wasn’t them, but the lack of a necessary guidance, a proper tutor who could honestly say: “I’ve been in your shoes, I know how you feel and the difficulties you’re facing. And I sure can make the difference”.

    I was very proud of my part in their success. So I thought to myself: ”Can’t believe how happy they are! And I taught them well without even knowing any professional teaching techniques. What if I actually learn couple of those? Go to the uni and become a highly qualified teacher? Dedicate myself to teaching and make it my vocation? Just imagine how many people I could help to achieve their goals and how happy would they all become”.

    I decided it just there and then and never changed my mind since. I enrolled at Griffith University and in 5 years obtained my Master’s degree in English teaching. It wasn’t easy, but I always knew why I was doing it - my aim gave me the strength and willpower that I needed to make it happen. I’m immensely happy to realise that it was well worth it - I have been teaching for 8 years now and never doubted even for a second my decision to become a professional English teacher. I have to thank my students for that of course - they are fighters who keep studying and practicing until we reach the results everyone is hoping for. So thanks to all of you, guys :) You’ve chosen the right person to guide you along the way. The only thing left now is to keep calm and master your English skills step by step :)
  • In your opinion, what does it take to be a successful English speaker?

    1) A tutor, who has a university degree in English teaching and has dedicated his/her life to teaching, considers it as a vocation; someone who is able to guide the students on their learning path professionally and skillfully, understands what they are going through as s/he had experienced the same while learning another language.

    2) Students must possess a resolute and unyielding desire to overcome all of the difficulties and keep working on their English skills until they achieve the results they are looking for. It’s crucial not to give up and believe in yourself and your abilities.

    3) Patience - you’re not going to master a language overnight. Don’t pressure yourself, let your brain soak in the information you’re feeding it in a stable and stress-free manner. It’s better to learn less, but thoroughly understand the usages and pitfalls incorrect understanding of the expression brings, practice it as much as you can rather than just memorise 10 different expressions in one day and let your brain erase them all later. And there would be no escaping that, be well sure of that - our brain is not designed to learn a new language in a rash and stressful fashion. Just remember the nautical phrase used abundantly in “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series: “Steady as she goes” and you’ll be fine.

    4) Try to live in a country where English is a native language - pick up a 2-3 month English course and off you go! You won’t believe the progress you’ve made. Be friendly, approachable and open-minded, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with your classmates or teachers - small talk is a key when it comes to loosening up and losing the fear of speaking in a different language. Soon you will realise that overcoming the language barrier has never been easier.

    On top of that, if you have a chance, do your university studies there - whether it’s a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or simply an exchange programme - give it a try, you won’t regret it. The longer you stay there and communicate with native speakers, the better. The same applies to business trips and other professional engagements: if an opportunity presents itself - grab it and never look back. No fear. No doubts. No regrets. See it as your motto.

    P.S. Going on a 1-2 week vacation to an English - speaking country is a good idea as well, but don’t expect this trip to significantly enhance your English speaking skills. It might help you to pick up a word or two and make some friends, but don’t get your hopes up - this period of time is not enough to make a difference in your language skills clearly noticeable.

    5) If you can’t visit / live in an English speaking country at the moment, that’s not a big deal, don’t let it prevent you from practicing English. You can always find native or English speakers where you are. Try googling things like “language exchange tandems” or “language exchange meetups” - I’m sure something interesting will pop up. Nowadays it’s been really common for like minders to get together and organise these sorts of events. Since the majority of them are informal, don’t be shy, give it a shot even if you don’t have anyone to go there with - you’ll definitely find someone to talk to and will end up making some awesome new friends.

    6) If you decide to participate in these events, just see them as a way of chilling out in the end of a working week - don’t see your participation as something that you have to do, but rather what you want to do. In other words, allow an English speaking practice to become something that you do because it feels good, something you do because it’s fun, not something you do because you need it for work or studies. This kind of attitude will ensure that you see “learning English” as your friend at all times, even when it might be exhausting to keep working on your skills, and never as a foe. Moreover, it might help you to start thinking in English every now and then. Which brings me to my next point:

    7) Think in English. Just try. You won’t have a hard time just trying, will you? Start slowly, once a day, don’t push it. Come up with something easy: “I need to put an alarm clock on” or “I’ve forgotten to brush my teeth”. Just think these simple sentences in your head. Don’t start with trying to analyse a movie or figuring out the purpose of our existence - no sense whatsoever, you’ll drop it after a few tries. Start slowly, steadily, imagine that you’re a baby learning how to walk. Keep this going for a couple of days, weeks or months - it’s entirely up to you. Then when you feel like it’s time to take it up a notch, move on to making little monologues in your head about silly mundane things, e.g.,: “Just look at this fantastic weather! Can’t wait to go on my lunch break and enjoy the sunshine. By the way, where is my lunch box? Have I forgotten it at home? No way, I remember putting it in my bag while that blond girl with a funny accent was on the news. Oh, here it is! How absent-minded of me”.

    You see what I’m getting at? Soon, you won’t even notice how quickly you switch from one topic to another, how easy it is to let your thoughts flow and how unusual but satisfying it is to think in another language. Just start, start somewhere, you will get to your destination faster than you expect.

    8) Choose your own way. No matter what everyone else says or recommends: listen to yourself and study with your own pace. Don’t compare yourself to others, it’s going to drive you crazy! Some people become more fluent or get the hang of a new grammar quicker than the others, and that’s totally fine. Mind that, but never allow yourself to think that you are less talented or less inclined to learning a language. That’s a complete and utter nonsense! You are as capable as everyone else. Never underestimate yourself - I keep saying that to my students almost every day. Allow yourself the luxury of mastering a language at your own pace. You’re going to get there - just give it as much time as you need.

    9) Another key point: always keep your spirits high - that’s an absolute must, folks. If you’re frustrated or feel that you aren’t fully satisfied with your progress - address this issue immediately, talk to your teacher, discuss what is it that makes you feel upset or worried and your teacher should be able to coin for you a different approach. However, If your current teacher can’t help you with whatever issue you’re facing - find the one who can.

    10) Accept that learning a new language is an individual process - there are no universal measures of how quickly one achieves the desired result. It all depends on you and your teacher. Therefore, believe in your success and choose your tutor wisely. If you haven’t found him/her yet, then keep looking until you find a teacher who best suits your needs. If you have - remind yourself from time to time how lucky you’ve been and show your teacher how much you appreciate him/her by studying hard and absorbing as much of what your tutor teaches you as possible.

    11) Lastly, if you can’t remember a word from what you’ve just read and want a simple conclusion, just remember this: you deserve to have classes with the most talented, qualified and experienced teacher there is. Don’t settle for anything less.
  • Can you name a living, historical or fictional character that you think is the emblematic representative of the language's culture?

    “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. Please turn to question #4 for explanations.
  • Is there a typical word, phrase, tradition or expression in the language that you particularly like?

    There are literally hundreds! I’m a huge English language fan and big on phrasal verbs, collocations, set expressions, phrases and idioms. To prove that, I’m going to share with you my personal reflection, which I compiled for my students to help them learn as many helpful phrases as possible in the easiest and quickest way possible from just one source. Together with this introduction, it contains more than 100 (!) useful and handy expressions which I meticulously hand-picked. All of them are widely used and up to date. Moreover, they are exceptionally easy to remember thanks to the context I’ve put them in. And there is no need to jump all over the net and navigate through dozens of websites to find the expressions/idioms – they are already at your fingertips.

    So, make sure you check them out and if you liked the reflection, feel free to get in touch :) I have ​heaps of​ ​fun and extraordinary activities related to it, which will significantly ​boost up your vocabulary and ​immensely improve your English speaking skills.

    The reflection is about “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, it inspires me to be creative. Enjoy!

    P.S. The phrasal verbs, collocations, set expressions, phrases and idioms are marked in bold italics.


    “The best way to explain it is to do it”


    The older I get, ​the more sense does Lewis Carroll’s tale “Alice in Wonderland” make​​.

    When I was a kid, I saw it simply as a ​lamboyant inexplicable blur that I couldn’t put my finger on​​.

    “​What on Earth​​ is it about?”, I used to wonder.

    “I don’t ​get it​​, but I have to”, I thought to myself as soon as an ​unyielding desire​ ​to figure it ​out started ​seeping into my consciousness after another attempt ​to pinpoint its storyline​​ failed.

    My persistence was full-on ​– I read it ​from cover to cover m​​uch more than once. Now I think that I reread it for far too many times, ​a thousand times over, ​to be fair. ​In my defence,​​ I actually thought that was going to help me somehow. But it was all ​in vain​​, I ​got nothing out of it. ​​It seemed that I just couldn’t get it into my head ​​no matter how hard I tried.

    I remember that one day I decided to share the struggle I was ​going through ​​with my mum. She ​burst into laughter and told me: “Don’t try ​to wrap your head around it just yet, ​sugarplum.​​ Trust me, you’re going ​to get a kick out of it ​​when you’re older”.

    As you might have guessed, I did not appreciate that reassurance at all. All I replied was: “​Gee​​, thanks, ma, that’s extremely helpful”.

    Little did I know that she was indeed right. But my childhood naivety and stubbornness wouldn’t let me ​become conscious of that. Therefore, despite my mum’s wise suggestion, I wasn’t going to ​give up on it​​ yet.

    I thought that the best solution would be to ​look at it from a different angle. ​​And that angle for me was a 1951 American animated ​musical ​fantasy-​ ​adventure film produced by ​Walt Disney Productions “Alice in Wonderland”. I asked my dad to buy me a videotape, so I could watch it and finally ​make some sense out of it​​. I kept telling myself that there had always been a lot of ​hype around it and it must have been for a reason. So, I was determined to ​get to the bottom of it and some ​visual aids ​​never harm. Besides, it’s ​a no-brainer​​ that I eventually chose a cartoon over a book.

    What kid wouldn’t?

    But even then, no matter how many times I watched the doorknob at the bottom of the rabbit hole say: ​“​Follow the directions and you will be directly directed into the right direction”,​ I still had ​no clue about what was going. ​​Only when I realised that I will understand all ins and out of the tale only ​when the hell freezes over​​, I finally decided to listen to my mum’s ​piece of advice and ​leave it alone. “​​ It's all ​a fuss about nothing anyway​”, ​I concluded.

    And so ​I​​ ​was done,​​ ​case closed.

    I decided to switch to the more traditional tales like “Cinderella”, “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Little Mermaid” which truly were like ​a breath of fresh air ​​to me. They seemed logical, unambiguous and sensical to my little girl’s mind. ​In a nutshell, ​a totally different ball game: no absurd events, no ​intricacies woven into the fabric of the plot​​, no encrypted messages, no puzzles, no ​peculiar ​​or ​anthropomorphic creatures ​– nope, ​nada. That literary nonsense was ​over and done with. ​​It was such a relief to finally be ​on the same wavelength w​​ith the main characters, such a joy.

    How could I have known that this idyllic union wasn't going to last ​for all eternity​​?

    Now when I am a grown-up, we had to ​split up with those tales due to some irreconcilable differences. ​​That might put a smile on your face, but that’s the best explanation I can ​come up with.​​

    Out of the blue, it all just ​turned upside down​​: “Cinderella”, “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Little Mermaid” started ​making no sense whatsoever and “Alice” appeared ​to make all the sense in the world.​

    Why?

    I couldn’t help but wonder: “​​ Have I changed into a completely different person?” Apparently, I have.
    But when?

    Suddenly I discovered how Alice must have felt when she asked herself:

    “Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different”.

    What an ​accurate description.

    I’ll probably never know exactly when ​the scales tipped in “Alice’s” favour. ​​But I do suspect that as soon as I truly turned into a mature grown-up person, I ​became aware of​​ the fact that ​there was much more to it than met the eye.

    That is the truth that Lewis Carroll had always known.
    You can’t ​trick the trickster, c​​an you?
    He was certain that ​come hell or high water w​​e were going to see its true colours shine through​​. After all, he wrote a story for adults and ​disguised it in the most ​bizarreway for a reason. Only ​a silver-tongued devil like he ​could have gotten away with it so easily.

    What ​an eye-opener!

    Even though the story ​had always been within our reach, “Alice” didn’t ​reach out to us until we were ready for it. That’s why only years and years later, after having discarded the story ​for good​​, we admit that we might have been ​way too hasty. And then it ​comes upon us:

    Good Lord!​​ Lewis Carroll is a genius! A ​bona fide​​ genius.
    Have you ever stopped to wonder how ​deep-rooted ​​and wise, yet surprisingly clear and ​comprehensible ​​these famous quotes are?

    “I don’t see how he can ever finish, if he doesn’t begin” ​or

    “If everybody m​inded their own business the world would go round ​a deal faster than it does”.

    Simple, aren’t they?

    And simplicity is genius. As Albert Einstein said:

    “The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.”

    And that’s exactly what Lewis Carroll did.

    As soon as we ​ascertain that, without further ado​​, we ​get down to ​discerning ​​the fine wisdom​​ and ​intricate​​ ​brilliance​​ in other seemingly ​preposterous​​ phrases like:

    I​'m afraid I​​ can't explain myself, sir. Because I am not myself, you see?​” or “It’s n​o use going​​ back to yesterday because I was a different person then”​.

    And these aren’t the only “jewels” ​​that made us fall in love with tale unconditionally and irrevocably.​​ Thanks to their ​cunning humour and ​insightful perception o​​f human nature, many other phrases gained their ​rightful place​ in the ​​golden treasury of children’s literature​.​​

    A few ​​notable examples​:

    “I’m not crazy. My reality is just different than yours”.

    “Well, I never heard it before, but it sounds uncommon nonsense”.

    “She generally gave herself very good advice, though she very seldom followed it”. Do you recognise yourself in these quotes?

    I certainly do.

    And that’s more than enough for me to be with Alice ​​on the same page​.

    ​To sum it all up​,​​ I would like to address Lewis Carroll with these words:

    “D​ear Lewis,

    Your insane “Alice in Wonderland” is our last ​​shred of​ sanity in this ​​tangled and twisted reality​ with no Cheshire Cat to tell us ​“which way we ought to go from here”.

    You might have felt ​​“entirely bonkers”​​​ yourself when you wrote it.

    So what?

    “I'll tell you a secret, –​ a​​ll the best people are”.

    Eternally grateful,
    Your grown-up kid,
    Helen.




    ​“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
    "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."
    "I don't much care where –"
    "Then it doesn't matter which way you go.”


    Aliceand The Cheshire Cat,​ Alice in Wonderland​ by L​ewis Carroll
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