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November 14, 2003 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-11-14

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"It's very exciting to be able to
provide something that's going to
help people speak better. It's a pas-
sion of mine."
Gillett wants to become more
involved with the Jewish Federation
of Washtenaw County and possibly
give seminars on learning English.
Her work with the William
Davidson Institute at the University
of Michigan Business School often
takes her out of the country, fre-
quently to Russia, where she organ-
izes international training programs
for managers in emerging markets.
Ilya Davidovich, an Ann Arbor
resident who became interested in
the book after meeting Gillett,
found her book and CD very help-
"This book helped me to acquire a
lot of new idiomatic expressions," he
said. "I started to notice the people
who use these expressions — I prob-
ably heard it before and I didn't pay
attention, and now I started to pay
attention. Now I notice them and I
use them in my own speech and
Davidovich likes that the book is
easy to use and has a listening com-
ponent so he can hear how the
phrases sound. In addition to mak-
ing "learning entertaining,"
Davidovich said Gillett's book has
taught him how to use some "real
American expressions."
"If you perform the exercises, you
automatically learn some idioms and
some expressions," he said.
The family in Gillett's story, in
addition to their other endeavors,
starts a chocolate-chip cookie busi-
"Every time I and other Americans
went abroad, we would be looking
for chocolate-chip cookies," she said.
"Chocolate-chip cookies are much
harder to find outside of the U.S."
Gillett's book is sold in Russian
bookstores in the U.S., Canada and
Moscow, at Panorama Books and
Music in West Bloomfield and
Ulrich's Bookstore on University in
Ann Arbor. It can be ordered online
at www.languagesuccesspress.com
Gillett also donated copies to the
university in St. Petersburg, where
she said many people were intrigued
by what American English might
sound like and how an American
family might live. ❑

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