Do you know what happened on June 21, 2018?
We launched our Language Master video course and started writing the history of learning languages the polyglot way.
And do you know what happened on May 28, 2021?
We finalized and published a huge upgrade of the course, called Language Master 2.0!
That’s right! The Slovak version of the course actually came out two years before the English one (in 2016), so after five years, our Master, as our team likes to call it, needed an upgrade. We could see that some of the methods were not very popular among our clients, while other ones became big hits and required more attention from our side. That’s why we decided that just a slight facelift wasn’t enough. Instead, we went all in and rebuilt the course from its very foundations!
At the end of 2019, we decided the time had come to remake the Language Master video course. The following summer, we started a long series of meetings and thought showers and in November 2020, we launched the upgrade in Slovak. 2021 was then devoted to upgrading the English version of the course. It was a truly huge project…
Our discussions took hours as there were many questions on the table, such as: What do we want to say in the new Language Master? Which methods should we include? What would be the best order for the individual modules? How should we time the gradual access to the various parts of the course? What should we include in the First Wave of the video course? And the Second Wave? What about the visual aspect of the course? And how can we make sure every course participant will get their new, upgraded version?
We were constantly coming up with new ways of putting it all together and trying to decide which information from the old course we should keep and what we wanted to add. It was a really amazing creative process and, needless to say, a lot of fun for all of us. Since we were mostly in isolation, we couldn’t meet in person to discuss our ideas, so in order to stay organized, we used our favorite project management tool: Trello. Fun fact: Our Trello board at the time boasted 292 cards! So many ideas on a single screen! Cool, right?! 🙂
We felt that the new Language Master had to include much more than its original version. After all, we’d come a long way with our 10,500+ clients in the previous five years and gathered lots of experience and countless ideas, which we were laboriously writing down alongside the feedback from the learners. Furthermore, our personal contact with participants of Autodidacts’ Academies taught us the best way of designing our courses so that the learners could truly get the most out of them. We wanted to reflect all this in the new version of the course, but we also wanted to make it very intuitive and easy to navigate.
And so our team of 12 worked very hard in the next five months and voilà – we finally managed to deliver the final product to all of our international clients on May 28, 2021. Whoa! (You should have seen the excitement in the team following the final mouse click! 🙂)
Everything! But if you want to know the details, here is a list of just a few improvements:
After all, it took 12 people 5 months of hard work to get it to where it is now! And we can confidently say that the improved quality was definitely worth the time 🙂
We are really proud of the new video course since it was a huge project and we are very happy that it has finally reached our learners as well. 😉 If you purchased the Language Master video course in the past, go check out its new version – we upgraded your old version of the course for free. And your lifetime access to it is still guaranteed. We definitely recommend going through the new course even if you think you remember everything from the first Language Master. Why? Because there are plenty of brand new ideas, tips, materials, and resources that will help you learn even more effectively and give you a fresh dose of motivation as well!
Don’t forget to let us know how you like Language Master 2.0. We’re looking forward to your feedback! Have fun with your language. 🙂
Finalizing the new Language Master doesn’t mean we’re now going to take a break! Quite the contrary, we’re already working on entirely new courses – the Language Challenges!
The Autodidacts’ Academy program was great because it allowed us to work with learners directly and the mutual engagement was simply amazing. If you ever attended one, I’m sure you still remember the fantastic group atmosphere. 🙂 This course was very popular and over the years, we had more than 2,000 Academists!
The Academies were definitely a great mentoring program. But we noticed that people usually only realized this once they joined one and started learning. Many of them thought they wouldn’t be able to find much time for learning. And that they wouldn’t enjoy the group atmosphere anyway. But once they decided to give it a try, they usually became so obsessed with learning that they achieved incredible results in just 2 months. That’s why we asked ourselves the question:
And we came up with the following solution: a brand new course for busy people! We call it the Language Challenge and it is basically a smaller version of the Academy:
But it does keep all the popular elements of the Autodidacts’ Academy!
How did we come to the conclusion that this was the type of course our learners needed? Thanks to our Czech and Slovak clients and their great ideas! We sent them a big questionnaire, in which many of them asked for a short and simple course. Our Academists have also voiced this request several times in their Final Questionnaires.
Well, in Language Mentoring, we go by the phrase “Your wish is my command”. So in the fall of 2020, we launched the very first Language Challenge, focused on Listening. It was a big hit and more than 800 people participated in it! And the great news is that this fall, you can look forward to the first ever Challenge in English focused on Listening!
Phew, that’s quite a lot of changes, isn’t it? This year is groundbreaking for us and we’re so happy you were with us on the way. We want to keep improving our services and provide the best we can for you. That is why we’re always asking ourselves: “How can we improve our courses even further? How can we help people even more on their way to fluency?” So, if you have any more ideas or feedback, we’ll be happy to hear from you! We are also very happy whenever we get a Facebook or a Google review from our clients. Have a look at these amazing ones that we’ve received and feel free to add yours as well! 🙂
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The author of this blog post is Katarína Kontrišová, member of the Language Mentoring team.
Language Mentoring provides a complete guide for learning any language using simple and often free resources on the internet and in bookshops. It was founded by polyglot, language mentor and author of this website, Lýdia Machová, PhD., in 2016. She's learned 9 languages by herself and she adds another one every other year. Her philosophy is that everybody can learn a language regardless talent, age or other qualities – if they know how to do it.