My Language Mentoring Services
or, Lydia, what do you actually do?
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.
So far, I have organized 15 seminars in three Slovak cities. They were attended by 320 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.
New Live one-day seminar in Bratislava: 25 March 2018:
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!).
Video courses with my complete know-how
My video courses are currently available in Slovak only but will soon be published in English too. They are ideal 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.
My online mentoring programs called Autodidacts' Academy are the most effective way to learn how to learn languages by yourself. In the two-month online course, I guide the participants on their first path with individual learning of any language from the lower 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. Everyone learns their language by themselves (there's no teachers and no teaching!) based on their individualized learning plan.
I have held 7 such programs so far, with over 350 participants, most of whom usually achieve a great improvement in their language in just a few weeks. See my Slovak website for more references.
If you're interested in my way of "teaching" languages without doing any teaching at all, have a look at my talk from Polyglot Gathering 2016 in Berlin where I explain my experiment with 100 university students.
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.