The Best Way to Learn French is with Lingoda
Lisa's Lingoda Testimonial
Why did you decide to learn French?
I want to study abroad for a year and I am targeting a French business school. Most of the classes are in French so I need to reach proficiency
Why did you choose Lingoda?
I was doing some research and I stumbled upon the Lingoda blog, then 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 French, but we usually slip back into English 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 disciplined enough to stick to it and it seems a little too impersonal for me.
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. 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 French is often very hard.
What did you find difficult?
At first, everything! You start speaking in French 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. I must say it is sometimes difficult to stay motivated but the teachers have all been very encouraging.
Speaking about 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 French speakers so they can fix anything I 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 most convenient way to learn French.
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 achieve in just a few months. I’ve even read a couple of crime novels in French now and really enjoyed them! I am now planning my big move to France and I feel ready to tackle any situation that might arise.
What are your next steps?
Well, I’m so encouraged by having earned my certificate that I think I might try for B1. I 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 abroad. It will probably be useful to have someone who’s able to point out my weaknesses while I’m learning through immersion.
Any last comments?
I’m really proud of myself for sticking to it, because it wasn’t easy, but the rewards have been fantastic and I know there is so much more to come!