As a Lingoda German language learner, Adriana can confirm how awesome Lingoda classes truly are. All the teachers have a native level of the language they teach and the material is set up extremely well for online learning. Plus, the ability to choose classes flexibly and topics that are relevant for me makes learning quite the speedy and fun process!
Top tips for learning with Lingoda
1. Take classes at the right level
First and foremost, you have to make sure that you take the right level of classes. They shouldn’t be too easy, but also not too hard if you don’t want to overwhelm yourself. You can take a level test before beginning your classes to get an idea of where you’re at.
Lingoda class levels are based on CEFR levels, or the Common European Framework Reference for languages that ranges from A1 (beginner) to C2 (native speaker or equivalent). Lingoda class levels break each of the CEFR levels into categories, i.e. A1.1, A1.2, A2.1, A2.2 to ensure that you are at exactly the accurate level and know when you’ve progressed with a CEFR level. Furthermore, you can also filter classes for multiple levels when searching for classes to book so you can compare the complexity of the topic with the appropriate level you need.
2. Regularly attend classes
Whenever you learn a foreign language, the best way to do so in an efficient manner is to stay consistent. You have a full range of flexibility to book classes as often as you need. With Lingoda, you can take multiple classes per day or once per week, however it works best for you. The most important thing is that you consistently learn over a period of at least 3 months, otherwise you will struggle to progress.
3. Take notes during lessons
I also recommend taking notes during lessons for two main reasons. First off, Lingoda classes are online and you follow the teacher’s video feed during the lesson. You can download the lesson materials the teacher shows separately anytime, but to get the most out of the classes, you need to be able to reference your notes to make sure you keep up with the future exercises during class. It’s often the case that the exercises during a class will be based on previous vocabulary slides, so I take notes on the vocabulary slides so I can manage the upcoming exercises.
Furthermore, lesson notes also help you to study later on. Teachers often give additional information on the slides that’s useful for studying and the chat section of each class is saved for your later reference. However, if you want to study from the lesson materials later on, your own notes make this much easier.
4. Choose classes based on what you need to learn
To make your learning process efficient and relevant for why you need to learn a particular language, it’s a good idea to take classes related to the topics you need. For example, if you’re learning a language to work in a particular field like business, then you should take business related classes. Focus also on the particular grammar you need, whether it be formal or informal, as well as the type of language proficiency you need, such as writing or speaking.
5. Don’t hesitate to ask questions
To get the most out of your classes, always ask questions. If you see a word on the lesson material that you don’t understand, ask your teacher about the meaning. If you don’t understand a particular section of grammar, ask for more clarification so it becomes clear. This is important because if you get lost on earlier topics, the rest of the lesson will be confusing and you won’t get so much out of it. Lingoda teachers are there to make the learning process as easy for students as possible, and they absolutely look forward to and are open to any and all questions.
6. Take a variety of class types
There are so many different types of classes you can take with Lingoda so that we as students can make sure we comprehensively learn the new language. If you really want to learn a language fluently you need all the core elements: grammar, listening, writing, reading, and speaking. Lingoda offers classes based on all these elements and more, so I recommend splitting up your class topics based on a few of these so you can practice each element. Lingoda also has really fun and unique cultural topics relevant to a particular language and even subject-specific topics like philosophy, science, politics, and more.
7. Put what you learn from class into practice
While learning in a classroom setting with Lingoda is one of the best possible ways to learn a new language, you also need to put it into practice in daily life to add it to your long-term memory. Consistent and daily repetition (when possible) is what brings a beginner to more advanced levels, and what turns advanced speakers into fluent multilingualists.
When you put all these tasks into practice, your language learning progress with Lingoda is sure to be an absolute success!