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Michael's Lingoda Testimonial
Why did you decide to learn English?
I’m keen to travel, and you need English to get jobs at restaurants and pubs which I hope to do to earn some money.
Why did you choose Lingoda?
I read on a blog that it was the best way to learn English so I decided to give it a try.
Have you learned with other methods before?
Not really. I have tried to learn by talking to my friends in English, but we usually slip back into German because it’s easier. I understand there are all sorts of online courses that you can do by yourself but that sounds too hard. I’m not sure if I would be able to stick to it and where I’d be able to get help when I got stuck.
What’s good and what’s not good with Lingoda?
At Lingoda they assess you before you start so that you are learning at exactly the level that’s right for you. They get to know you and what sort of things you like, and the teachers talk about all sorts of interesting stuff which makes it much more fun. I also like talking to the other people in my group because they’re going through the same stuff as I am. There are a lot of videos and texts to help, too. I can’t really say what’s not good because I haven’t found any “not-good” things yet, although I can say that learning English is often very hard.
What did you find difficult?
At first, everything! You start speaking in English from the very first day, and it can be very confusing. It’s also hard to do the amount of practice you really need if you’re going to do well. They recommend that you learn phrases instead of just words, and I was trying to learn new phrases every single day, but sometimes you just get too busy to do that and then your learning slows right down. And sometimes it’s just easier to speak your mother tongue, you know? It’s a relief not to have to think about which word or phrase to use and to be able to express exactly what you want to say easily. Being lazy is definitely not the best way to learn English.
You mentioned your teachers – how is your relationship with them?
They’re great! Sometimes you get very discouraged, but they’re so patient and kind that you never feel like an idiot. They point out that everybody is a beginner when they are learning a new language, and nobody knows them all. They’re all native English speakers so they can fix anything we say wrong, and some of them are also very funny, we had a lot of laughs which made me look forward to lessons with them.
Would you recommend Lingoda to your friends?
Definitely! I think it really is the best way to learn English.
Are you satisfied with the learning results?
So far, yes, more than satisfied. I have completed CEFR B1 and received the certificate, which is way better than I thought I would be able to do. My teachers have been encouraging, and I have made good friends with people I’ve met in my study groups – I’ve made plans to visit at least one of them when I start travelling and hope to also meet a few of the others sooner or later. I’ve even read a couple of crime novels in English now and really enjoyed them!
What are your next steps?
Well, I’m so encouraged by having earned my certificate that I think I might try for B2. I’ve think maybe I’ve got the hang of the learning process now and it seems to be getting a little easier – I don’t need to concentrate so hard when I’m reading or stumble over my tongue so much when I’m trying to say something. So, since you can learn at Lingoda from anywhere in the world, maybe I’ll just carry on while I’m travelling. Or then again, perhaps I’ll take a proper holiday and just improve my English by speaking to people, which after all is the best way to learn English, and think about studying again when I get home.
Any last comments?
I’m really proud of myself for sticking to it, because it wasn’t easy, but the rewards have been fantastic!