Today we are launching a new guide to help our users check their progress in a more personalised way. We are also launching new improved statistics that will give more information about each user’s evolution in their courses.
The new student’s guide
The new guide is a helping tool that will send recommendations in a personalised way to each user. This means that users will receive suggestions adapted to their progress. These can be simple instructions on what to do next. For example, aspects like doing a new lesson, an online activity, or continue learning with Lingu.
All this done following the Lingualia learning philosophy where the personalised style adapts to the progress and interests of each user.
The improvements in the statistics will allow each user to know his/her progress and quickly identify those areas that require more attention.
For example, if we take into consideration those concepts that have been already learnt, we can identify the ones in which we needed to invest more or less time and effort.
And from the current concepts that are being learnt, users can see those that are taking more time and effort and those that are learnt with less effort and more successfully.
Thanks to the new guide and the improved statistics, each user has a more personalised tracing that is adapted to his/her own progress
Without our users, Lingualia wouldn’t be the same.
That is why we have taken into account your experience, suggestions, and contributions to go one step further. We want you to be active and motivated and that’s the main reason that has made us improve our lessons by increasing flexibility and getting a higher level of interaction.
At the same time, we have considerably extended our contents and changed our design to make it much more intuitive and effective.
More interactive lessons
Thanks to the fact of putting into practice all of what we are learning, our progress improves and consolidates. Taking this into account, at Lingualia we have redesigned our lessons making them much more interactive.
This will allow you to learn new vocabulary, grammar and phonetics concepts while practising to secure the learning and continue progressing.
Don’t you have 50 minutes to complete a full lesson? Don’t worry! With our new lessons you will be able to finish each lesson at your own pace. Your progress will be saved and you will be able to continue whenever you want at the same point where you left.
Do you want to try the new lessons?
Lingualia includes more than 200 lessons divided into 4 levels (A1, A2, B1 and B2). Their contents include dialogues, vocabulary, example sentences, both grammar and phonetics cards and a final checkpoint where Lingu, our intelligent teacher, will examine your progress in a very detailed way.
“My goal” is a new Lingualia tool that will help you reach your learning goals.
It is very useful to set a clear goal when you want to keep a high level of motivation. This will make you complete your learning successfully.
Not only is it important to know exactly why you want to learn a language and how you want to get it. It is also important to establish a weekly planner in order to go forward towards your goal.
Thanks to this new Lingualia tool, you will be able to set a weekly goal. This will help you in its resolution and will motivate you to go on with decision and confidence.
That way, you will be able to know anytime if you are on the right path and how close you are to reach your goal.
“My goal” mechanism is simple: You just have to choose how many hours per week you want to study languages with Lingualia. Then it shows automatically a weekly planner in order to motivate you and help you reach your goal.
Furthermore, this new tool will help Lingualia personalise all your learning in a smart way.
When Lingualia knows exactly how much time you have during a week to study languages, it is able to adapt the lessons and activities to your time available.
Lingualia doesn’t require a specific time to complete each unit. You can invest from five minutes to a full hour. You will be continuously progressing towards your goal. You can also start on the web and then continue on your mobile phone, without losing your progress.
Little goals, great achievements
As we have already said, it is vital for us to establish some goals not only in our work, but also in our studies and life in general.
But in order to do it properly and avoid throwing in the towel while we are in the middle of the path, we need to be aware of something: our abilities.
If we want to motivate ourselves, the best thing to do is to set small goals, those that we really know we can get. Don’t demand to yourself more than what you can achieve.
With positive and realistic expectations, not only will your motivation improve, but also your chances of success will be greater.
Remember that motivation and evaluation are holding hands.
Oh, one more thing: What’s your goal?
We offer you ten recommendations that will help you learn languages in a more efficient and easier way. Take note!
1- Set a goal
In order to have success in your learning, it is very useful setting a clear goal. Not only is it important to know exactly why you want to learn a language and how you want to get it. It is also important to establish a short term plan in order to go forward towards your goal. Lingualia offers you the chance to set your weekly goals according to your available time. It also lets you check your progress day by day.
2- Don’t be afraid of making mistakes
Mistakes are part of the learning process. You don’t have to be afraid of making them. When we start studying a new language, everything is unknown for us. We aren’t familiar with its structure, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc. This fact can lead us make mistakes but this is the most common thing when learning something new. Be patient, it is always better to do less very well than a great deal badly.
3- Practice makes perfect
Practising is not only facing theory. We need to learn how to apply all of what we have learnt into different contexts and situations. In order to do that, we can use different resources such as the press, music or videos all in the language you are learning. Lingualia gives you access to a series of practical activities called ‘Smart Activities’. They allow you to express yourself in the language you are studying.
4- Go beyond: don’t keep just the basics
A language is more than words. We have to take into account the context in which a language is used. Yes, we are talking about culture. Languages are a faithful reflection of the mindset of their speakers. Knowing aspects such as traditions, gastronomy, history or art production will help us understand in a better way the foreign language as well as the context in which it is placed.
5- Have fun
Who said studying is boring? We didn’t! Why would you be facing traditional materials for hours on end when you could be learning by playing? At Lingualia there are games! They will allow you to progress in a more dynamic and funny way.
6- Participate actively
When you learn a language, your intention is to communicate with others no matter if they are native speakers or students in general. Socialising will let you take into account the community contributions. Collaborative learning generates benefits since everybody learns from everybody.
7- Don’t remain in doubt
When we deal with a new language, it’s not strange that some questions come up. It’s important to answer them in order to go forward and avoid getting stuck. In case of doubt, check it with your teacher, your colleagues or with the community you belong to. We recommend you not to memorise anything without understanding it previously. After all, you need to understand first in order to learn afterwards.
8- Take your time
Distribute your time in a sensible way. Don’t demand to yourself more than what you can achieve and remember that time must take its course.
If you only have ten minutes a day, set a goal that you know you can achieve taking into account the available time you have.
If you have the opportunity, plan a travel to one of the countries where the language you are learning is spoken. Organise your agenda in order to visit the most remarkable places. Not only will you enjoy the experience, but also you’ll have the chance to put into practice what you have learnt. You will also have the opportunity to improve aspects such as pronunciation, intonation, and rhythm as well as your listening skills.
10- Share your experience
Don’t be selfish! Share with your friends and family your goals, evolution, and results. Sharing them will be helpful for you and that will motivate you to go on. And, who knows? Maybe some friends or family members might feel encouraged to follow in your footsteps.
Lingualia introduces the ‘Smart Activities’. Exercises that adapt to your likes, preferences and progress in a smart way and that have been developed to practise languages online.
In order to talk a new language, not only do you have to learn how its grammar, expressions or a wide range of vocabulary work, but it is also fundamental to know how to use correctly what has been learnt.
It is very important to practise in real situations. In Lingualia we do it by listening to audios and videos and also by examining images and real texts from different sources. All of this helps us improve both our oral and written skills.
In Lingualia, the activities are personalised and adapted to the necessities of each user in a smart way.
If a student is more interested in sports, music or technology, Lingualia will propose activities which are adjusted to those interests. That will increase the student’s motivation and performance.
In addition to this, the activities also take into account each student’s progress, his/her strengths and weaknesses, the time available, etc. With all this information, Lingualia is able to offer each student the activities that best fit his/her profile and will help him/her progress in a more secure and faster way.
The student not only learns from the activities he/she performs, but also from comparing his/her performance with other Lingualia community members.
Receiving comments, corrections, and suggestions. Also by contributing with his/her point of view or his/her own knowledge on the exercises carried out by other students.
One of the concepts that we never get tired of using is motivation. That is why we present a cooperative learning process in which everybody that has a role on it is able to develop and share a common goal. That goal is learning a language and this also fosters the learning to be more effective thanks to everybody’s questions, reflections, and contributions.
Each of us studies a language because of different reasons, but we all share a common objective: speak a new language.
A course is not only reading a set of theoretical rules or listening to the teacher. In order to develop ourselves in the best way, constant practice is a requisite and a key concept for the learning process to be successful. This will have a direct impact in the way we acquire and reinforce the vocabulary and structures that we have been seeing during the course.
Doing an activity is very easy: from a short video, an image, a recording or a brief text in which you can base your answer, you will take the action! So, with a paper and a pen in your hand, or in this case, with your screen and your keyboard, you’ll start writing your answers.
You know Lingu is always with you and in the ‘Smart Activities’ section this is not an exception. He will suggest you a series of concepts that may be useful to use or revise in each activity.
Once you have completed an activity, the rest of users from the Lingualia community will be able to send you comments and suggestions about your work, helping you improve your learning process.
It’s time for action with ‘Smart Activities’!
Welcome back to part two of: There’s more than one way to skin a cat.
As we mentioned in our previous post, every teacher has their own method. Today, we are going to find out how Lingu uses dialogues and phonetics to increase your learning potential and speed up the learning process.
With Lingualia, you’ll perfect your oral comprehension with fun dialogues which help you put into practise all the new things you have learnt such as vocabulary and grammar. These dialogues (more than 200 of them!) are taken from real-life, useful conversations, so you’ll constantly be familiarising yourself with common sounds and improving your pronunciation.
It’s a common mistake to focus on complicated structures and forms, but this usually means you’ll never quite manage to speak fluently. The best way to overcome this is to listen and listen to real conversations, focusing on the words and phrases in context over and over. Eventually you’ll stop translating from your native language in your head and start speaking naturally and fluently. While this won’t happen overnight (Lingu can’t work miracles just yet!), don’t lose faith. It will happen. Patience and practice leads to real progress!
Take a look at an example of a Spanish dialogue…
Lingu has another trick up his sleeve, phonetics!
Before the cold sweats and/or extreme boredom set in, don’t panic! Lingu isn’t going to teach you about diphthongs and digraphs, but phonetics is an important aspect of language and here’s why…
Poor pronunciation can lead to communication mistakes which go to show a poor grasp of the language. The phonetics Lingu is going to teach you will include practising rhythm, intonation, perception, and production of sounds in order to communicate correctly without making those all-too-common mistakes. We have got hundreds of fun phonetics flashcards from you from tongue twisters to the spelling of homophones -> words which are pronounced the same but spelt very differently!
Why not give this Spanish tongue twister a try?
How was that?! Let us know how you got on, you can even send us a video of you trying it out!
See you next time!