The Ultimatum - 30-day intensive online English course that will help you end the endless procrastination and finally improve your English!

Better English is the best Christmas present you can give yourself!

20th November - 19th December 2017
Did you promise yourself that this year you'll finally learn English? And once again you couldn't find the time to do it? Now is the time to catch up with your new year resolutions and reach your goal before Christmas!

The Ultimatum is a 30-day online program that will help you overcome laziness and procrastination and start doing a little bit for your English every day. Spending only 30 minutes a day, you will refresh your knowledge of English, improve your grammar, learn new words and boost your confidence when speaking. Every day you will receive a lesson and an assignment for practice. Accept the Ultimatum, defeat laziness and reach your goal.
Are you sure?
You are just one step away from improving your English.
From the career of your dreams, from new countries and friends, from becoming a citizen of the world and a better version of yourself!
How it works:
Sign up for participation
You fill out the form on the website, pay the participation fee and we send you the username and password for the learning platform, where you will receive materials and submit assignments.

Get 1 lesson every day
Every day you will get a short lesson, in the form of a presentation or a video. The lessons will cover useful grammar rules, common mistakes, vocabulary and advice on learning English.
Do your homework
At the end of the lesson you will find a fun assignment to practice what you've learned. If you choose the Premium plan, all of your submitted assignments will be checked by the Coach, you will receive corrections, detailed comments and tips.
Get a free lesson!
Try the Ultimatum! Get a lesson, complete the assignment, and get personal feedback from our Coach!
Course program
See what you'll learn in 30 days!
Week 1
- How to set your English goal and reach it
- A guide for using articles
- The best ways to learn new words
- How to practice speaking (wherever you are)
- Present tenses – how & when to use them
- Past tenses – how & when to use them
- 4 ways to improve listening & understanding

Week 2
- How to ask questions the normal way and the polite way
- Improve your pronunciation with this poem
- The secrets of subject-verb agreement
- How to read books without being overwhelmed by new words
- How to write formal letters for business & life
- Learn the irregular verbs and don't hate them anymore
- The Swedish secret - how to learn from movies (even if you don't understand what they're talking about!)
Week 3
- 50 ways to start a conversation (even if you're shy)
- Future tenses – how & when to use them
- Prepositions of location – don't make the same mistakes anymore
- Become a master of conditionals
- Giving your opinion and arguing
- Reported speech
- Phrasal verbs

Week 4
- Elevator pitch – how to present yourself like a pro
- Prepositions of time
- Speak like a native – idioms and conversational phrases
- How often do you use adverbs of frequency?
- Modal verbs
- Common mistakes and how to avoid them
- How to stop translating in your head and start thinking in English

The Ultimatum is for you if:
Your level has been intermediate for a few years now and there is no progress
You get nervous when you have to call someone on the phone in English at work, or just talk to someone
You went to language courses, tried different methods and spent a lot of money, but you still can't speak
You want to find a job abroad or speak confidently when you're on vacation
You had English at school, but you still don't know the answer to the question "Do you speak English?"
You think your problem is lack of time, bad discipline or laziness
Accept the Ultimatum
Learn English and be proud of yourself!
Choose one of the plans below.
You can pay with your card via the secure payment system PayPal.

Study by yourself
$ 55
  • 30 lessons / 30 assignments
  • Study materials & resources
  • 6 months access to study materials
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Study with a personal coach
$ 130
  • 30 lessons / 30 assignments
  • Study materials & resources
  • Review of your written assignments by the Coach with corrections and explanation of mistakes
  • Q&A with the Coach
  • 6 months access to study materials
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I haven't used my English for a long time. I recently opened a small hotel and I have to communicate in English a lot, both written and spoken, with tourists. I had to refresh my English knowledge quickly. The Ultimatum was the perfect course for me, because the course duration is 1 month, it's online and I could read the useful materials in the platform and do the assignments whenever and wherever I could. After my participation in the Ultimatum I can say that my progress was fast, I remembered the grammar (the explanations were good), learned new words, and got a habit to be engaged in something every day. I now speak confidently with my guests and even make friends with them. I can give advice to other people to accept the Ultimatum.
Mario, 31
Hotel owner
This autumn I will be a first year university student in the Netherlands. My English is good but I live in Poland where people usually speak Polish :) So I wanted to do some English practice to prepare for uni. During the summer it was hard for me to organize myself to work on my English. Until I found the Ultimatum! It is a very interesting language challenge in which you need a creative approach for the assignments. It's like playing a game – points motivate you to do homework.
Every day I became more and more enthusiastic about it and about what the next assignment will be, waiting for it impatiently. I also became more organized. I wish university was as fun as the Ultimatum! It was a great month. Thanks Ultimatum!

Dasha, 19
Thank you Anna & Ultimatum team for this great chance to keep up (and improve!) my English and also be a part of your international community!
I have a small daughter and am currently on maternity leave, and I enrolled in the Ultimatum because I was afraid I'll forget English while I'm away from work. I tried 2 online courses before that, but I didn't have a lot of progress, because they weren't very dynamic and were boring. The Ultimatum was different. It was a bit like work, because I had to do assignments every day, some of them were quite difficult, but I enjoyed all of them. It has the benefits of an online course – I studied when the baby was asleep and I had a spare minute. At the same time it is a live course that has actual people behind it and in it, it's really more like a community. I'll participate again for sure!

Anastasia, 33
Sociologist & mom
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In just 30 days, the Ultimatum will help you:
Refresh your knowledge of grammar
with our 5-minute lessons, presentations and cheatsheets, and then apply it in real-life situations
Write formal and business letters
and impress your boss and clients
Learn 50 ways to start a conversation
learn slang and idioms, master the art of small talk and find new friends wherever you are
Start speaking confidently
and also present yourself, share your opinion, argue politely and interview someone
Watch movies without subtitles and translation
as well as read articles, news and literature in English
Find out that you already have all you need to get fluent
and you just need a little discipline and coaching
You still haven't learned English because... |
What is your excuse?

This is an Ultimatum for you. You can accept it, forget all your excuses and start improving your English now and every day. Travel the world, find new friends and expand your career opportunities.

Or you can keep procrastinating and feeling sorry for yourself. Watch movies with subtitles, feel uncomfortable abroad and watch other people getting promoted at work.

You choose.
Who's the coach?
Anna is originally from Moscow, but has been living is Sofia for the past 3 years. She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science, has a master's degree in Corporate Finance and works in this field, but her passion is learning languages and helping others do it. She is fluent in English and Bulgarian, and also speaks Italian. She never attended language courses (and thinks they're boring, overpriced and ineffective) and believes that any person can learn a language by him/herself, using authentic materials and immersion. This idea inspired her to create the Ultimatum, an affordable one-of-a-kind online course that combines the essential intermediate-level grammar, lots of tips from Anna on how to learn English the natural & fun way and creative practical exercises that will help you practice speaking, reading, listening and writing skills every day.

Together with her husband Blagovest, Anna started the first English Conversation Club in Sofia, where she leads speaking classes every week, and the Business English Hub, online business English school.

Anna Shabanova
Any questions?
Who can participate in the Ultimatum?
Anyone who is 18 years old or older and is ready for a challenge.
What is the minimum level of English required for the Ultimatum?
The Ultimatum works best for the intermediate level (B1-B2). If you understand most of what's written on this page, you can participate.
If you're a beginner, you'll have to wait a little, currently we're working on the Ultimatum for beginners!
What do I need to participate in the Ultimatum?
A computer with Internet access, a pen and a notebook, a phone with a videocamera and 30 mins every day!
As soon as we recieve your payment, we will send you a login and password for our e-learning platform where you will receive materials and submit assignments.
What are the assignments like?
Every day you will receive materials that will help you in learning English - it can be a motivational video, a short grammar explanation, links to interesting articles and awesome learning resources. The assignment will be creative, it will involve watching videos, reading articles, writing something or making a video or audio of you speaking. It will take from 15 to 60 mins, depending on your level. Don't worry, we won't make you "fill in the blanks" or "translate phrases"! It will be challenging and a lot of fun!
Who will be the teacher?
In the Ultimatum we have coaches, who will guide you, give you advice and assignments to complete. Your English is your responsibility and no teacher or method will work unless you do!