Simply Better English

Optimize your school English for work. 

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The best way for adults who have had English in school to get good at it and enjoy using it at work. 

What participants are saying about Simply Better English

A few of the thousands of participants who we have helped to their English next level over the past 15 years. Thousands of satisfied customers making best possible course for you possible.

The key is live training webinars!

Online training is good. Live motivation, practice, and Q&A webinars make Next level Academy training simply better.

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"Best English course ever"

"Professionally organized"

"A way that makes sense"

Next Level Academy English tried and trusted

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Features that set you up for English success

5-15 min. a day

Guaranteed progress with your personalized 5-15 minute a day exercise program.

Step by step

Learn, practice, and stay inspired with small learning sprints anytime, anywhere, on all devices.

Easy to understand

No abstract concepts or rules. Everything explained in a way that immediately makes sense.

Personalized to your world

Personalized learning focussed on the English you need for your private and work-world.

Learning by doing

Have fun doing what you need to easily move you toward fluency. Stop thinking, start doing!

Lifetime access

Lifetime access. All updates and new lessons, forever.

What they are saying about the course

English learning that makes sense

Optimize how to learn

How the language is taught determines how fast and comfortably you develop. Learn by doing one step at a time explained in a way that makes sense.

Improve quickly by making English a habit, not something you 'study'.

Form over content

Too much content when the form is not stable causes confusion and frustration. First master the form with simple words, then add vocabulary, one word at a time.

Simply Better English lets you master the form of the language in your lived life and work-world.

The rubber on the road

Personalized content from your life keeps you motivated and the learning relevant. Keep it real by focussing your learning on your life, the people you know, and what you need to do with English.

The Simply Better English personalized learning journey makes learning real and self-motivating.

What's in the course

5-15 minute exercises per day. The more you know, the faster your path through the course. Enough time for everyone to reach their next level goals.



By the end of this module, you will understand exactly how the course is built up, where everything you need is and how it works, and have your eye on the goals you are aiming for.

Course tour | Introduction | Your English survival guide


The easiest way to improve your English

By the end of this module, you will have learned and put into practice an easier more intuitive way to improve your English. A way that lets you easily understand things that were made unnecessarily complex in school and succeed confidence one intuitive step at a time.

The what | The How | Your personlized English technology fitness program


Things and actions in space

By the end of this module you will have mastered the position and relationships of objects and actions in space.

This & That | Here & There | Thingamajig | Operators - fundamental actions | Directives - Fundamental positions and directions 


Being in time

By the end of this module, you will have mastered the English technology for positioning things and actions in time and the ways to refer to people and things when you do not know their name or do not want to repeat their names.

Who or What - replacing names | When - being in time | The nagging mystery of the present


What hurt in school made easy

By the end of this module, you will have mastered what are considered the most difficult English technologies: how and when to use the -ing ending, how and when to use 'when' and the four uses of 'if', and correctly using the five meanings of 'have'.

Making movies | How probable is it | Digesting the 'have' salad


Understanding the English interpersonal

By the end of this module you will understood, how and why building and maintaining professional interpersonal relationship in English may not be done the way you are used to in your native language. 

Perspectives and principles of politeness | Basic rabbit communication


Framing conversations, small-talk, and emails

By the end of this module, you will have mastered the English interpersonal way of small-talk, relationship strengthening professional conversations and emails.

Professional English small talk | Turning to and ending the work | Professional English Emails.


In through the out door

By the end of this module you will be well on your way to exceeding your personal goals and outcomes by continuing to applying everything you have learned to your goals step-by-step . Take as long as you want. There is time - you have access to the course forever. And you will get infrequent emails asking you how you are doing and motivating you to continue practicing until your next level turns into fluency.


A growing number of bonus lessons

From mastering the fundamental sounds of English, practice modules, and insights to keep you steadily learning and improving. And because you have access forever, we will personally invite you as soon there are any updates or additional modules!

Your Next Level Academy instructor, Alexander Harmsen

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Alexander personally hosts every video lesson and every online learning webinar!

Alexander Harmsen has trained and coached thousands up their English awareness, skill, and well-being for their and their organization's success. All over the world, one three continents and over 11 countries.

His breadth and depth of knowledge let him take you on a journey from how language works to a learning process that fits this like a glove. All the while joining you at eye level in the world you need to live in and express.

"If you cannot explain it simply, you don't know it well enough."  Albert Einstein

What participants are saying about the instructor

Focused on you achieving your English goals. No abstract ideas or rules.

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Alexander makes complex ideas easy.

When training communication, the trainer matters as much as the content. Alexander makes complex ideas easy to understand and use.


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He picks you up where you are.

Alexander picks you up where you are and aligns what he trains to practising the on-the-ground challenges you live in your work- and home-world.


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The best language trainer you can have, period.

Alexander takes you into the language as a journey from how language works to a learning process that fits this like a glove.          


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The Lessons

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The How and the What

2.1 The What

2.2 The How

2.3 Your English technology fitness program

2.4 A seven-step survival method and Thingamajig

English Technology & Your Vocabulary

3.1 Who or What – replacing names

3.2 Operators – fundamental actions

3.3 Directives – fundamental positions and directions

3.4 When – being in time & the mystery of the present

3.5 Making Movies I & II – moving pictures

3.6 Diced guided practice – the pool / fitness studio

3.7 How Probable I and II – positive and negative messages

3.8 The magic of the TH – sounding like a native speaker

3.9 Have Salad – order in time

3.10 Technology summary and your fitness program

Closing gaps and tying it all together

Your Customer Service Conversations & Emails

4.1 Perspectives and Politeness

4.2 Basic rabbit communication

4.3 Professional small talk

4.4 Turning to and ending the work

4.5 Professional emails

Time to give much appreciated feedback

Your feedback please!


Continue improving your English

The letters of the alphabet

The letters of the international alphabet

Numbers; big and small, and ordinal

Important symbols in the digital age

Dates and times

Frequently asked questions


You get immediate access to all course lessons from the moment you join. And the course layout is incredibly easy to use. You’ll be learning effortlessly just a few minutes from now.


Yes! The course will be available to you without limitation forever. You can go back and forth as much as you like, whenever you like.


This course has been designed to deliver the maximum amount of value in the minimum amount of time. The online training should take about seven hours hours to work through. It has been cut up into short 15 Min. lessons and chapters of five minutes or less. So you can take small steps and easily refer back to any lesson or topic whenever needed.


No worries. It is not about keeping up! You can go as fast or slow as you feel comfortable. A smart email impulse and motivation program will remind of your next steps so that you don't get 'to' lazy 🙂 This is not a competition. It is about you improving at your speed from one comfort zone to the next.


Nope. Everything you need is included in the course. If you order the 'online' version without live Zoom trainings, you can order the Live Zoom training package at any time.


At the moment we prefer zoom for ease of use and because of the breakout rooms allowing for small group work. For company private courses we can also use the tool you prefer.


I don't claim to be an accountant, but participants are often able to get their training reimbursed by their company or write it off as a training expense for their small business.


Yes. Our servers in Amsterdam are subject to European GDPR regulations and standards. And all information and content is hosted on our servers and managed according to GDPR regulations.


Give us a call. I am sure we can work something out that we can both be happy with.

What Are You Waiting For? Let’s Improve your English!

Your English next level

There are many good reasons to start understanding, applying, and enjoying the English you need with Simply Better English.

Unlimited live Zoom trainings is but one of them!

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