LinguaTrek

A meta-tag - when we are talking about LinguaTrek itself.

Big changes to my blog! (results of the survey)

22 Jan 2013

Thanks to everyone who completed the survey about what they'd like to see on my blog in 2013!

Last week I was feeling a little depressed that fewer people were reading and commenting.

But I received lots of good critiques on the survey - both positive and negative. It was sometimes difficult to read, but it's exactly that kind of honest feedback that I needed.

This week I'm feeling very optimistic that I can use what I've learned to make my blog even more helpful for you!

So, thanks again. :-)

Today, I'm going to share the results of the survey and announce some changes and future plans.

I spent a lot of time analyzing your responses and learned many interesting and unexpected things.

Read more to find out what they are!

A blog in crisis! What should I write about?!

15 Jan 2013

First of all, thank you for reading my blog. I really appreciate it. :-)

Once a week I publish an article with language learning advice. I hope these articles are helpful in your language learning journey.

Lately, I've noticed that fewer people are reading and commenting. It isn't really a "crisis" - that was just a sweet-sounding title. ;-) But I'd like to turn this around before it becomes a real crisis.

I don't just blog for myself (although it is a lot of fun). I write these articles for YOU! If they aren't helping you make progress in learning a language - I'm failing.

Tell me how I can make my articles more helpful for you!

Please fill out this survey and let me know:

  1. What do you want more of?
  2. What do you want less of?
  3. What is your biggest problem with the language you're learning right now?

I'll use the results to decide what I should focus on in 2013! I think it's going to be a great year. :-)

Thanks in advance in advance for your help!

In the news: A review of my ebook, an interview, the hardest languages and PolyglotLink.com!

4 Sep 2012

Usually, I post articles with language learning advice or information about American or Polish culture. Today is going to be a little different.

Over the last two weeks, LinguaTrek (my blog) and Bibliobird (my web application for language learning) have been mentioned a number of times on the internet.

Here is a quick overview!

A review of my FREE ebook!

J. Snider of the excellent Polyglotally.com blog recently wrote a review of Natural Language Learning without a Teacher in which he writes:

This e-book is of the same calibre as can be found in other e-products (like The Language Hacking Guide and Everyday Language Learner), but at a much more favourable price. Excellent content for free!

If you have a moment, I highly recommend taking a look at J.'s blog! There is a plethora of interesting articles about language learning but not only!

An interview with PolakPotrafi.pl

The crowdfunding campaign we did on PolakPotrafi.pl (like KickStarter.com in Poland) in order to presell our first paid product for Bibliobird was "one of the most spectacular successes in Polish crowdfunding!"

Yesterday, I did an interview on the PolakPotrafi.pl blog (in Polish) where I discuss the details of the compaign and what I believe allowed us to be so successful. The Google Translate version is pretty hilarious but it conveys the general idea. :-)

Read more for the two remaining peices of news!

Are you getting too many e-mails from me? New subscriber options!

5 Jul 2012

It's recently come to my attention that many people feel that I'm sending too many e-mails to subscribers of this blog. Up until now, an e-mail would get sent for every article I write, on the day I write it.

This became particularly apparent during the presale because many people are only interested in language learning advice and cultural information - not Bibliobird, the presale, or other "personal" articles.

(BTW, the presale's going great! I haven't written anything about it recently because I needed to solve this problem first. I'll write something in a few days after people have a chance to update their subscriber options.)

So, I'm adding new subscriber options, which will allow you to:

  • Only receive e-mails for articles that have to do with language learning or cultural information.
  • Receive only a weekly digest of articles - rather than getting an e-mail for every article I write. I tend to write 1-2 articles a week.

If you are a subscriber of this blog and wish to change your options, click here and enter your e-mail address.

It is not my intention to send spam! If you're a subscriber and you're no longer interested in my blog, you can use this link to unsubscribe. If you have any problems, you can reply to any of the e-mails I've sent you or use the contact form and I'll help you.

Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience!

LinguaTrek got 7th place among the top Language Learner Blogs of 2012!

31 May 2012
Top 10 Language Learning Blogs 2012

For the past five years Lexiophiles and bab.la have organized an annual contest recognizing language blogs. Last year was the first year LinguaTrek participated and we managed to get the most votes (thanks to Wykop!) and 12th place!

This year there were 935 blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts nominated, including 200 blogs in LinguaTrek's category. This time around we didn't do as well in the voting, but LinguaTrek still got 7th place in it's category and 50th place overall!

Many fantastic blogs that I admire highly participated in this contest! Congratuations to everyone! I'm simply thrilled that LinguaTrek could be among such great company. :-)

Thank you everyone for voting and your support!

Vote for LinguaTrek: Top 100 Language Lovers!

16 May 2012
Vote the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs 2012

Voting for the yearly contest Top 100 Language Lovers has begun and my blog, LinguaTrek, has once again been nominated in the category Top 100 Language Learning Blogs.

Last year, thanks to the "Wykop effect", LinguaTrek received the MOST votes out of any of the blogs!

But the votes only count for 50% of the overall score - the other half is the opinion of the contest organizers. A year ago, LinguaTrek was still pretty young, so it's completely understandable that we only got 12th place.

But this year, right after the publication of my FREE ebook - who knows what's possible! :-)

Can I count on your support? :-) It only takes a few seconds. Here is what you have to do:

  • Go to this page.
  • Find and select "LinguaTrek".
  • Click the "Vote" button at the bottom of the list.

While you're there, check out the other great blogs! It's really a great honor to have LinguaTrek on the list with them. :-)

Thanks for your help!

Thank you for subscribing!

20 Feb 2012

This is just a short note to thank everyone for subscribing to LinguaTrek!

Since last week Tuesday, when I first offered language consultations in exchange for subscribing - almost 200 new people have subscribed! All thirty consultations have been claimed and I've already had a chance to do about half of them.

Some people had specific questions, one person wanted to hear a native speaker read a specific text and others just wanted to practice speaking with a native speaker of English - in some cases, for the first time!

I'm very glad that I'm able to help in your language learning journey. But also - for me - it's been pretty amazing to finally talk with the people who have been reading my blog and watching my videos! It's added a whole new human element to the conversations that we've had here.

Thank you so much for subscribing and talking with me!

(And I look forward to doing the rest of the consultations later this week.)

Subscribe and get a gift!

14 Feb 2012

Hello, everyone!

Letter boxes with letters in them
Get updates from LinguaTrek in your mailbox! Photo by Peter E. Lee

Today I’m publishing a sort of unusual article. It’s NOT about our normal topics of language learning or Polish and American culture and history.

But don’t worry! We’ll return to those soon. :-)

I just wanted to thank everyone for reading my articles, watching my videos and above all, participating in the discussion by sending e-mails and leaving comments.

In the year or so my blog has been up, there have been over 1,100 comments and hundreds of e-mails! That’s not to mention the over 3,300 YouTube comments during the same time period. If it weren’t for your help and enthusiasm, I would have given up on this long ago.

So, THANK YOU for your support!

In the next few weeks, I’m going to share some plans and ideas connected with language learning that I’m really, really excited about! And, like always, I’m going to need your help!

I don’t want you to miss anything, so I added an e-mail subscription form to LinguaTrek.com. If you want to get my articles as soon as they’re published, please subscribe!

In order to encourage you to sign up, I’m going to offer a free gift to the first 30 subscribers!

Read more for information about the gift!

Dziękuję wszystkim za poparcie w konkursie!

3 Jun 2011

Wśród 200 blogów w swojej kategorii LinguaTrek zajął 12 miejsce i wśród wszystkich 400 w konkursie 23 miejsce! To wszystko jest dzięki Wam. :-) Jeszcze raz dziękuję bardzo za głosowanie i poparcie!

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LinguaTrek got 12th place among the top Language Learner Blogs of 2011!

2 Jun 2011
Top 25 Language Learning Blogs 2011

Every year Lexiophiles and bab.la organize a contest recognizing language blogs. This year, LinguaTrek was in the competition!

There were 200 blogs in LinguaTrek's category (language learner blogs) and 400 in total. In it's category LanguaTrek got 12th place and 23rd place overall!

I'm so absolutely thrilled that LinguaTrek did so well! I can't believe my blog is up there with so many fantastic blogs that I admire.

Half of the score comes from votes from readers and the other half is the organizers' rating. After I recorded a video about it and the users of Wykop got involved, LinguaTrek had the most votes for the rest of contest!

Thank you everyone for voting and your support!

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