Becoming Bilingual: Use Languages, Skip Hassle, Have Fun.
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Learn how the polyglots do it! This is a common-sense guide to language learning, helping you save time and money.
3.9 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Last updated 6/2015
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Get a clear idea of why you want to learn a language.
  • Find out what drives you - and how to stay motivated on your multilingual path.
  • See why some language schools don't really want you to succeed!
  • Discover the good and bad sides of language tests - and prepare better for each of them.
  • Think about language learning materials differently - and start saving money on them by making your own.
  • Become the language learner you deserve to be: never stop having fun with foreign languages!
  • Join us for live sessions and discussions.
  • Get early access to all the polyglot freebies from my website.
  • Credits: Promo video music - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Photography - morguefile.com - no attribution required, license file: http://morguefile.com/license/morguefile
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Description

You can learn any foreign language better, smarter and for less than you think.

Here's why you need this course:


  • Start on your way to DIY your own language learning adventure
  • Find out why language courses are not for everyone
  • Get tools to turn you into a smart and savvy language learner
  • See how good and free materials can speed up your learning
  • Discover new ways of dealing with teachers, tests and language courses

In every language school I've ever been to, people forget about the most important part: you! This course helps you find your polyglot path, and organize everything on your way to successful language use. It won't teach you a language in 3 minutes - but it will let you decide where your time, work and money goes.

I hope you join us today. It's more fun on the multilingual side!

Here's what other learners are saying...


"This is a wonderful course offering great insight into why certain approaches, methods, tools, … do/don't work, both in learning as well as in teaching a language. It is clear that Wiktor has plenty of relevant experience in the sector and he is graciously sharing all the things that did/didn't work for him." - Leslie, Dutch Teacher

"He doesn’t promise you that you will be fluent in a stupidly short space of time, he doesn’t promise that it won’t take time and effort and he doesn’t promise you radical new techniques. Instead Wiktor will give you tools and resources to help you study better on your own and make the most of class time as well." - Chris, student, teacher, blogger

"Road map for Your language skills. No more tools needed - it's all there, ready and accessible." - Nsh

"Made me rethink the whole business of why I try and try to learn Portuguese and keep failing. Very interested to see some of the solutions in practice!" - Marta, language learner and translator

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Expand All 23 Lectures Collapse All 23 Lectures 05:05:36
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On how things are
5 Lectures 01:51:12

This is an introduction to the course. Perfect for the first session, and to calm your mind if you're still wondering:

- What is this about?

- Why does the course matter?

- What's in it for the learners?

- How to use this course?

Enjoy!

Preview 20:55

It helps to explain any new and complex thing in terms which you are very familiar with. So how about food? This lecture will show you different principles and roles within foreign language study.

Language learning & food: learn the way you eat!
25:28

You wouldn't be happy about getting tricked by anyone who takes your money. Or would you? In this lecture, you'll see warning signs to stay away from - as well as positive tricks that a foreign language school can play on you!

Language schools and their tricks
24:28

Schools are greedy and teachers are too busy to care - miracle methods never work and there's always more words to learn. Why, then, are so many people so good at using foreign languages? You'll get three answers today. Pick your own!

Why good language learning is all your fault
23:04

This is a re-cap of Section 1 - presenting three tasks you can get started with, and three examples of approaching them.

Where are we now? Summary, tasks, examples
17:17
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On how things can be
5 Lectures 01:38:26

Organizing your own language study process means more than just finding nice folders and labels. It means that your mind is clear to focus on what you're actually doing with the language - instead of thinking about other commitments and deadlines. A huge improvement!

How language learners are getting things done
13:26

What if you could write your own language learning materials? Would you gain something valuable, or just waste time and effort? This lecture will help you balance your view and look at course books differently.

Preview 25:41

When you set out to learn a new language, you might as well say goodbye to a large portion of your monthly budget. But not everything needs to be bought straight away - and not everyone knows perfectly well what you need. In this lecture, you'll look at good people to talk to - and good questions to ask them. Happy saving!

Do you need all that? Cutting costs of language materials
20:38

Tests can cause panic and stress. But with the right approach, they can be a wonderful help on your language adventure - and lead to certificates which might help you a lot! This lecture shows you how to take control of every step of your testing story.

Preview 24:03

This is a summary of what you learned in Section 2. With more practical tasks and examples - and another chance to ask any questions you may have.

Where can you go now? Summary, tasks, examples
14:38
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On how things should be
5 Lectures 01:24:31

Foreign languages are way too much fun, and shouldn't be wasted with the wrong teacher. Luckily, most of them are really good at what they're doing. This lecture shows you how to manage the working relationship you have with your tutors - and how to communicate if things aren't working so well.

Make your teacher do the work (and thank you for it)
19:55

Five simple phrases. That's all you need to turn your colleagues, friends, and anyone you meet into your ad-hoc language tutors. Use them and see if you can expand that awesome phrasebook!

This is how you'll learn languages from total strangers
15:48

Online language resources can save you lots of time and money - or they can end up damaging your budget and making you learn lots of unimportant things. This lecture helps you choose the right kind, and justify using (or discarding) anything language-related you'll find on the Web.

Language on the Web - using Internet resources critically
20:00

This turns out to be more important than many people think: finding the right motivation, and discovering what drives you to learn a language, may change from day to day and from one task to another. Two models of motivation, and two ideas to help you visualise the right things - this lecture should get you started right!

Two big ideas on motivation: how to find it and how to use it
12:07

How will the language learning landscape change in the future? What would you do in order to remain a successful language user - and to have fun using your skills? This lecture gives you a few ideas to go on. Thanks for watching, and good luck!

Introduction to Guerrilla Language Learning
16:41
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Extra materials and bonus lectures (watch this space for updates!)
8 Lectures 03:27

Use this to boost your motivation, keep going and plan future work smarter. Free to download, print, enjoy and share!

4 Useful Techniques for Language Learning Motivation (PDF map)
1 page

From flashcards to podcasts, from photocopies to lecture notes - follow these three rules to create usable, relevant and fluency-boosting materials. Free for you to share and enjoy!

3 Principles of Own Material Design (PDF Checklist)
1 page

Go through the questions when you start out your language adventure - or when you're not sure where you went wrong. Share and enjoy as you please!

Language Learning Mind-Map (PDF Cheatsheet)
2 pages

Live Session 1: Best Communication Strategies
00:10


2015 1st Quarter Update: 2 Language Learning Ebooks - FREE!
00:38

2015 2 Quarter Update: Flashcard template for lesson and conversation management
02:28

Is there money in learning languages? And what exactly can polyglots do for a living? This quick guide is an introduction to five popular jobs for foreign language speakers. It shows you what's involved, and lists popular requirements and skills connected with each profession.

Downloadable PDF - 3 pages. Includes useful links.

2015 3 Quarter Update: Five Good Jobs For Polyglots
3 pages
About the Instructor
Wiktor Kostrzewski
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