My Language Mentoring Services
or, Lydia, what do you actually do?
I love giving talks and presentations about language learning, and the bigger the audience, the better 🙂 Some of my current favourite topics are the following:
How polyglots learn languages:
specific examples of several well-known and not-so-well-known polyglots, and what we can learn from them;
How to learn languages effectively:
a general talk on language learning with detailed explanations of my philosophy and several practical tips and examples;
How to help students become independent language learners:
designed for language teachers who feel they cannot help their students advance within the traditional system;
How to learn languages by traveling:
a practical guide on organizing your own language trip abroad, designed for travelers and people who are not afraid to step a bit out of their comfort zone;
How to learn Slovak (or any other language):
a talk in English designed for foreigners living in Slovakia who struggle with our native Slovak, or learn any other languages they would like to get better at.
What the audience enjoys the most in my talks is the energy and the generous dose of motivation they leave with. I love to pass my know-how and encouragement on to people by means of live presentations. Although I often used to stand on the stage as an interpreter, I enjoy the role of speaker even more as I now have a chance to share my own message with the audience.
Hundreds of people have already attended my talks and the interest in these topics is remarkably high (for example, in the well-known cultural centre of KC Dunaj, in Downtown Bratislava, 2,000 people showed their interest on Facebook and the tickets were sold out within a couple of days. The talk hadn’t even managed to get in the printed program by that time!).
I organize seminars that are several hours long for groups of 20 to 50 people, where I provide an in-depth and detailed guide on how to learn languages. The participants will get my detailed knowledge, applicable in real life, even on that same day. The seminars have a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. It couldn’t be any other way if language learning is to be effective.
In 2016, I organized 10 seminars named Majster jazykov (Master of Languages) in three Slovak cities. They were attended by 220 people, out of which 73.5% were learning actively and happily even several months after the seminar, and 86.6% changed their way of learning languages. The seminars were always sold out within a couple of days, and I was even called to many other towns. Thanks to the large interest, I decided to record the whole seminar on video and make it accessible for a wider audience in the form of the Video Course Majster jazykov (currently available only in Slovak, soon to be published in English too. Sign up to stay informed.)
I am currently preparing two live seminars in Slovakia for 2017:
The World Key to Languages
This seminar is suitable for all those who speak at least one world language (English, German, Spanish, French or Russian) and want to learn another language (whatever language) from scratch.
At the seminar, I will explain in detail how to start, what materials you should get, what you should pay the most attention to, what methods are the best at the beginning stages of learning, how to work with the recommended materials, and how to create a system for all of this.
It does not matter what world language you speak, provided it is one of those mentioned above. It is also not relevant what language you want to learn if you are interested in a generally wide-spread language (Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Swedish etc., i.e. not a language of a small tribe in South America - it would be difficult to get materials for that).
The Slovak Key to Languages
This is a variation of the seminar described above. The difference is, you don’t need to speak any other language besides Slovak. Unfortunately, it is necessary to realize, the possibilities for such learning are a bit limited.
If we depend exclusively on language resources available for Czechs and Slovaks, we only have a couple of self-study books at our disposal (they are necessary if we want to learn by ourselves). The selection of additional textbooks (mainly in Czech) is somewhat wider, however, our methods will still be limited to books. Despite these limitations, it is possible to learn a language from scratch even without a teacher if you are determined and willing to put a lot of work into it. I am more than happy to explain how at the seminar.
Video Course Majster jazykov
(Master of Languages)
This video course (currently available just in Slovak) is designed for:
- people who are at a lower-intermediate level or higher in a certain language and are having trouble progressing.
- people who are already are quite advanced in a language but are unable to speak confidently, or have problems with any other areas of the language, such as having difficulty understanding native speakers.
- those those who have lost contact with a language over the years, although they used to speak it well, and they don’t know how to bring it back to life and improve it even further.
The video course will guide you through more than 30 available methods for improving specific language areas (listening, reading, speaking, writing, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation), and it will help you create your own specific learning plan that will help you achieve your desired language learning goals. The video course also contains tips for specific resources that can be used for widely used languages (EN, DE, FR, ES, IT, RU, PL). While watching the videos, you will fill in a workbook that will help you recall details from the videos later.
The video course is not time-limited and does not take place on a specific day or time. Upon payment (on my Slovak website), you will immediately receive access details to the member zone on my website, where you can watch the videos as many times as you want. It is perfect for people who don’t have much time or irregular schedules.
Two-month online mentoring programs
The two-month online mentoring program is an extension of the video course, where I guide the participants on their first path with individual learning of any language from the intermediate level onwards. The number of participants is limited and registration only opens once every two to three months. It resembles an online language course, but it’s completely individual and tailored exactly to your needs and preferences.
I have held 5 such programs so far, with 330 participants, most of whom usually achieve a great improvement in their language in just a few weeks. See my Slovak website for more references.
We create an online community where we all support and help each other in learning languages. We share our results, obstacles, proven tips as well as specific resources we have found in a closed Facebook group. We also meet online at live webinars once a week where each participant has the chance to speak on the camera and talk to me or other participants. Moreover, we log our learning into a control sheet. This ensures that we follow our learning plans. The participants also have the possibility to find partners for a language conversation tandem within the group.
This program is great for anyone who would like an additional dose of self-discipline, as no one is allowed to forget their learning. The regular webinars, e-mails and Facebook posts create a friendly and supportive atmosphere where everybody is trying to outdo themselves during the period of two months, and to spend as much time with their language as possible.
Private “VIP” Language Mentoring
I only provide the private, “one-to-one” language mentoring in exceptional cases. It is not a commercial activity of mine, but rather a service in exchange for a counter value offered by the person interested. I like to cooperate with people from whom I can learn something that will push me forward in my professional or personal life. Business mentors, coaches and professionals in the areas relevant to me and my business are especially welcome. If you are an expert on something I might find of use, contact me and we can arrange a cooperation.