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Having a goal leads you to success

“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.

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Personalised learning

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?


10 tips to learn languages

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.

Don't be afraid

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.

Go beyond

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.

Participate

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

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.

 

9- Travel

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.

Share your experience


Practise languages online with ‘Smart Activities’

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.

Smart Activities

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.

Smart Activity

Collaborative space

The student not only learns from the activities he/she performs, but also from comparing his/her performance with other Lingualia community members.

How?

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.

My activities

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’!


Dialogues and Phonetics by Lingu

 

Phonetics

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…

Cool, hey?

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!

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See you next time!  😀

 


Learning languages is amusing with Lingu Challenge

Today in Lingualia we are launching our newest tool: Lingu Challenge!

Challenge your friends in language duels while you learn grammar, vocabulary or phonetics in a natural and funny way.

Not only will you show your worth and meet new friends, but Lingu will continue analysing your progress. He will learn from you and he will save all your answers. That way Lingu will be able to continue adapting the course for your own necessities.

Learn in an amusing way

Lingu Challenge offers a great opportunity to learn in a natural way, even without noticing it. Your objective is to challenge your friends and win in this particular and unique linguistic competition. Do you remember all those Middle Ages knights? Imagine Lingu wearing his sword and shield, ready to escort you through your challenges.

It’s as easy as pie! You look for a friend, you ask for a challenge and when your opponent accepts, the battle begins.

If you want to be the winner, you’d better be fast and accurate! Time runs, and your rival is lying in wait! If you are the first one to finish and your answers are correct: congratulations! You’ve won the duel!!. If not, you can always challenge your rival again.

  Lingu Challenge

Make new friends

You can challenge any Lingualia user. Use our Friend Finder to look for for people. Challenge your friends, your family or that user that is always getting high scores in everything he does. You may find a good battle mate and discover what you have in common with other Lingualia users.

 

Friend finder

Lingu traces you

You know Lingu is always by your side, tracing what you do in order to learn from you. That is why as you answer the questions, Lingu analyses your right and wrong answers and this allows him to personalise and adapt the course to your needs. Isn’t it great?!

Moreover, if you are a Premium UserLingu Premium you will be able to know what your mistakes are and see the correct answers instantly.

 

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Don’t hesitate!

Come to Lingualia and become a great language warrior in our Lingu Challenge.

Best of luck!

You can also chek us out on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

Until next time, Linguwarriors!


Vocabulary and Grammar by Lingu

Vocabulary and Grammar by Lingu

Have you ever heard the expression There’s more than one way to skin a cat? It means that you can always find more than one way to do something.

This is especially important when we talk about teaching since every teacher has their own method. You have probably experienced different teaching styles, and today we are going to add a new one to your list thanks to Lingu. If you want to discover how Lingu teaches vocabulary and grammar, don’t stop reading!

How does Lingu teach Vocabulary?

A language is nothing without words. Lingu teaches using flashcards on which you can find definitions, pictures and phonetic transcriptions of a wide range of vocabulary. These include not only the traditional categories of nouns, verbs and adjectives but phrasal verbs, adverbs, expressions, etc. Everything is designed taking into consideration the requirements of the CEFR.

Vocab card Hello

In addition to this, when you become a Premium Member, you can access a wide variety of examples and audios in order to help you develop your linguistic competence in an effective way. Apart from linking the picture to the concept, all the examples allow you to see how the word is used in context.

Don’t forget that you can also check the phonetic transcription (IPA) and listen to the pronunciation of both the word and the example. You will be able to gain more confidence with your speaking abilities while you clear up any doubts and practise pronunciation patterns.

All these features combined make for a dynamic learning process.

By the way! Don’t rest on your laurels because Lingu wants you to be attentive all the time. He will ask you questions in order to check that your progress is going well.

Multiple Choice Vocabulary Card

How does Lingu teach Grammar?

Above we were saying that a language is nothing without words. But what establishes the rules to combine those words? Yes, the answer is Grammar.

Lingu has got simple and illustrative flashcards for you that make you advance progressively. These cards are written in the language you are learning in order to foster immersion and language acquisition.

Grammar card example

Unlike other courses, Lingu doses what he teaches so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. That traditional vision of the heavy grammar book with millions of explanations in few pages doesn’t suit us either.

Any time you want to learn grammar with Lingu you will have hundreds of easy-to-read flashcards with simple information.

Since Lingu wants you to see how grammar works in a real context, he will give you lots of examples for you to learn, see and compare how structures are used.

Grammar card example 2

But these are just the appetizers! We will continue investigating how our teacher works in other areas. Meanwhile, you can come to Lingualia and see for yourself what we have prepared for you.

Remember that you can also check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

Until next time!