LinguaTrek - LinguaTrek http://www.linguatrek.com/taxonomy/term/34/0 A meta-tag - when we are talking about LinguaTrek itself. en Big changes to my blog! (results of the survey) http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/01/big-changes-to-my-blog-results-of-the-survey <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2013/01/bigchanges.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2013/01/bigchanges.jpg" alt="Big changes are underway" title="Photo by milena mihaylova" /></a><div class="caption"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/25758374@N00/4061225640">Photo</a> by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/minchki/">milena mihaylova</a></div></div> <p>Thanks to everyone who completed the survey about what they'd like to see on my blog in 2013!</p> <p>Last week <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/01/a-blog-in-crisis-what-should-i-write-about">I was feeling a little depressed</a> that fewer people were reading and commenting.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>This week I'm feeling very optimistic that I can use what I've learned to make my blog even more helpful for you!</strong></p> <p><em>So, thanks again. :-)</em></p> <p>Today, I'm going to share the results of the survey and announce some changes and future plans.</p> <p>I spent a lot of time analyzing your responses and learned many interesting and unexpected things.</p> <p><strong>Read more to find out what they are!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/01/big-changes-to-my-blog-results-of-the-survey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/01/big-changes-to-my-blog-results-of-the-survey#comments LinguaTrek Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 233 at http://www.linguatrek.com A blog in crisis! What should I write about?! http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/01/a-blog-in-crisis-what-should-i-write-about <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2013/01/blogideas_0.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2013/01/blogideas_0.jpg" alt="Blog ideas" title="Photo by owenwbrown" /></a><div class="caption"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/owenwbrown/4857508633/">Photo</a> by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/owenwbrown/">owenwbrown</a></div></div> <p><em>First of all, thank you for reading my blog. I really appreciate it. :-)</em></p> <p>Once a week I publish an article with language learning advice. I hope these articles are helpful in your language learning journey.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 - <em>I'm failing.</em></p> <p>Tell me how I can make my articles more helpful for you!</p> <p><strong>Please fill out <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/node/232">this survey</a> and let me know:</strong></p> <ol> <li>What do you want more of?</li> <li>What do you want less of?</li> <li>What is your biggest problem with the language you're learning right now?</li> </ol> <p>I'll use the results to decide what I should focus on in 2013! I think it's going to be a great year. :-)</p> <p><em>Thanks in advance in advance for your help!</em></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/01/a-blog-in-crisis-what-should-i-write-about#comments LinguaTrek Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 229 at http://www.linguatrek.com In the news: A review of my ebook, an interview, the hardest languages and PolyglotLink.com! http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/09/in-the-news-a-review-of-my-ebook-an-interview-the-hardest-languages-and-polyglotlinkcom <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2012/09/newsdesk.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2012/09/newsdesk.jpg" alt="" title="Photo by penelopejonze" /></a><div class="caption"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55754281@N00/4230788532">Photo</a> by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/penelopejonze/">penelopejonze</a></div></div> <p>Usually, I post articles with language learning advice or information about American or Polish culture. Today is going to be a little different.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong><em>Here is a quick overview!</em></strong></p> <h2>A review of my FREE ebook!</h2> <p>J. Snider of the excellent <a href="http://polyglottally.com/">Polyglotally.com</a> blog recently wrote a review of <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/04/natural-language-learning-without-a-teacher">Natural Language Learning without a Teacher</a> in which <a href="http://polyglottally.com/blog/extreme-language-learning/natural-language-learning-without-teacher">he writes</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>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!</p> </blockquote> <p>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!</p> <h2>An interview with PolakPotrafi.pl</h2> <p>The <a href="http://polakpotrafi.pl/project/Bibliobird">crowdfunding campaign</a> we did on <a href="http://polakpotrafi.pl/">PolakPotrafi.pl</a> (like KickStarter.com in Poland) in order to presell our <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/06/the-topic-of-our-paid-product-the-presale-starts-in-a-couple-days">first paid product</a> for <a href="http://www.bibliobird.com">Bibliobird</a> was <em>"one of the most spectacular successes in Polish crowdfunding!"</em></p> <p>Yesterday, I did an <a href="http://blog.polakpotrafi.pl/post/30803902667/ponad-200-wsparcia-dla-bibliobird-david-snopek">interview on the PolakPotrafi.pl blog</a> (in Polish) where I discuss the details of the compaign and what I believe allowed us to be so successful. The <a href="http://translate.google.pl/translate?sl=pl&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.polakpotrafi.pl%2Fpost%2F30803902667%2Fponad-200-wsparcia-dla-bibliobird-david-snopek&act=url">Google Translate version</a> is pretty hilarious but it conveys the general idea. :-)</p> <p><strong>Read more for the two remaining peices of news!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/09/in-the-news-a-review-of-my-ebook-an-interview-the-hardest-languages-and-polyglotlinkcom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/09/in-the-news-a-review-of-my-ebook-an-interview-the-hardest-languages-and-polyglotlinkcom#comments in the news LinguaTrek Tue, 04 Sep 2012 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 202 at http://www.linguatrek.com Are you getting too many e-mails from me? New subscriber options! http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/07/are-you-getting-too-many-e-mails-from-me-new-subscriber-options <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 152px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2012/07/angrymail.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2012/07/angrymail.jpg" alt="" title="Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt" /></a><div class="caption"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/2927494753/">Photo</a> by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/">D. Sharon Pruitt</a></div></div> <p>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.</p> <p>This became particularly apparent during the <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/06/buy-our-product-to-help-us-create-it-our-dream-is-sooo-close">presale</a> because many people are only interested in language learning advice and cultural information - not Bibliobird, the presale, or other "personal" articles.</p> <p><em>(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.)</em></p> <p>So, I'm adding new subscriber options, which will allow you to:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Only receive e-mails for articles that have to do with language learning or cultural information.</strong></li> <li><strong>Receive only a weekly digest of articles - rather than getting an e-mail for every article I write.</strong> I tend to write 1-2 articles a week.</li> </ul> <p>If you are a subscriber of this blog and wish to change your options, <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/options">click here</a> and enter your e-mail address.</p> <p><strong>It is not my intention to send spam!</strong> If you're a subscriber and you're no longer interested in my blog, you can use <a href="http://linguatrek.us2.list-manage.com/unsubscribe?u=6b5f39a01108c2e0115b129fb&id=490d27bd0c">this link</a> to unsubscribe. If you have any problems, you can reply to any of the e-mails I've sent you or use the <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/contact">contact form</a> and I'll help you.</p> <p><strong>Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience!</strong></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/07/are-you-getting-too-many-e-mails-from-me-new-subscriber-options#comments LinguaTrek Thu, 05 Jul 2012 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 183 at http://www.linguatrek.com LinguaTrek got 7th place among the top Language Learner Blogs of 2012! http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/05/linguatrek-got-7th-place-among-the-top-language-learner-blogs-of-2012 <a href="http://bab.la/news/top-25-language-learning-blogs-2012" target="_blank" alt="Top 25 Language Learning Blogs 2012"><img style="margin: 5px" align="right" src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/image/2012/05/top10-learn-blog12.gif" width="160" height="60" border="0" alt="Top 10 Language Learning Blogs 2012" /></a> <p>For the past five years <a href="http://www.lexiophiles.com/">Lexiophiles</a> and <a href="http://bab.la/">bab.la</a> have organized an annual contest recognizing language blogs. Last year was the first year LinguaTrek participated and <strong>we managed to get the most votes (thanks to Wykop!) and <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/06/linguatrek-got-12th-place-among-the-top-language-learner-blogs-of-2011">12th place</a>!</strong></p> <p>This year there were <em>935</em> blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts nominated, including 200 blogs in LinguaTrek's category. <strong>This time around we didn't do as well in the voting, but LinguaTrek still got <a href="http://en.bab.la/news/top-25-language-learning-blogs-2012">7th place</a> in it's category and <a href="http://en.bab.la/news/top-100-language-lovers-2012">50th place</a> overall!</strong></p> <p>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. :-)</p> <p><strong>Thank you everyone for <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/05/vote-for-linguatrek-top-100-language-lovers">voting and your support</a>!</strong></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/05/linguatrek-got-7th-place-among-the-top-language-learner-blogs-of-2012#comments LinguaTrek Top 100 Language Lovers Thu, 31 May 2012 12:35:25 +0000 David Snopek 162 at http://www.linguatrek.com Vote for LinguaTrek: Top 100 Language Lovers! http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/05/vote-for-linguatrek-top-100-language-lovers <div style="float: right; margin-left: 10px;"><a href="http://www.lexiophiles.com/language-lovers-toplist/vote-for-your-favorite-language-learning-blog-2012" title="Vote for your favorite Language Learning Blog 2012" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.lexiophiles.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/top100-vote-for-this-blog-2.gif" alt="Vote the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs 2012" width="160" height="60" border="0" /></a></div> <p>Voting for the yearly contest <strong>Top 100 Language Lovers</strong> has begun and my blog, LinguaTrek, has once again been nominated in the category <strong>Top 100 Language Learning Blogs</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Last year, thanks to the <em>"Wykop effect"</em>, LinguaTrek received the MOST votes out of any of the blogs!</strong></p> <p>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 <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/06/linguatrek-got-12th-place-among-language-learner-blogs-2011">12th place</a>.</p> <p><strong>But this year, right after the publication of <a href="">my FREE ebook</a> - who knows what's possible! :-)</strong></p> <p>Can I count on your support? :-) It only takes a few seconds. Here is what you have to do:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Go to <a href="http://www.lexiophiles.com/language-lovers-toplist/vote-for-your-favorite-language-learning-blog-2012">this page</a>.</strong></li> <li><strong>Find and select "LinguaTrek".</strong> </li><li><strong>Click the "Vote" button at the bottom of the list.</strong></li> </ul> <p>While you're there, check out the other great blogs! It's really a great honor to have LinguaTrek on the list with them. :-)</p> <p><strong>Thanks for your help!</strong></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/05/vote-for-linguatrek-top-100-language-lovers#comments contest LinguaTrek Top 100 Language Lovers Wed, 16 May 2012 21:39:46 +0000 David Snopek 155 at http://www.linguatrek.com Thank you for subscribing! http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/thank-you-for-subscribing <p><strong>This is just a short note to thank everyone for subscribing to LinguaTrek!</strong></p> <p>Since last week Tuesday, when <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/subscribe-and-get-a-gift">I first offered</a> language consultations in exchange for subscribing - <strong>almost 200 new people have subscribed!</strong> All thirty consultations have been claimed and I've already had a chance to do about half of them.</p> <p>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!</p> <p>I'm very glad that I'm able to help in your language learning journey. But also - for me - it's been <em>pretty amazing</em> 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.</p> <p><strong>Thank you so much for subscribing and talking with me!</strong></p> <p>(<em>And I look forward to doing the rest of the consultations later this week.</em>)</p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/thank-you-for-subscribing#comments LinguaTrek Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:23:14 +0000 David Snopek 123 at http://www.linguatrek.com Subscribe and get a gift! http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/subscribe-and-get-a-gift <p>Hello, everyone!</p> <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2012/02/letters.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2012/02/letters.jpg" alt="Letter boxes with letters in them" title="Get updates from LinguaTrek in your mailbox! Photo by Peter E. Lee" /></a><div class="caption">Get updates from LinguaTrek in your mailbox! <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/76151808@N00/4891128253">Photo</a> by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/oldpatterns/">Peter E. Lee</a></div></div> <p>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.</p> <p>But don’t worry! We’ll return to those soon. :-)</p> <p><strong>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.</strong></p> <p>In the year or so my blog has been up, there have been <strong>over 1,100 comments</strong> and <strongs>hundreds of e-mails! That’s not to mention the <strong>over 3,300 YouTube comments</strong> during the same time period. If it weren’t for your help and enthusiasm, I would have given up on this long ago.</strongs></p> <p><strong>So, THANK YOU for your support!</strong></p> <p>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, <strong>I’m going to need your help!</strong></p> <p>I don’t want you to miss anything, so I added an <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/subscribe">e-mail subscription form</a> to LinguaTrek.com. If you want to get my articles as soon as they’re published, <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/subscribe">please subscribe</a>!</p> <p>In order to encourage you to sign up, <strong>I’m going to offer a free gift to the first 30 subscribers</strong>!</p> <p><strong>Read more for information about the gift!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/subscribe-and-get-a-gift" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/subscribe-and-get-a-gift#comments LinguaTrek Tue, 14 Feb 2012 15:13:43 +0000 David Snopek 118 at http://www.linguatrek.com Dziękuję wszystkim za poparcie w konkursie! http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/06/dzi%C4%99kuj%C4%99-wszystkim-za-poparcie-w-konkursie <p>Wśród 200 blogów w swojej kategorii LinguaTrek zajął <a href="http://en.bab.la/news/top-25-language-learning-blogs-2011">12 miejsce</a> i wśród wszystkich 400 w konkursie <a href="http://en.bab.la/news/top-100-language-lovers-2011">23 miejsce</a>! <strong>To wszystko jest <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/zag%C5%82osuj-na-linguatrek-100-najlepszych-blog%C3%B3w-na-temat-nauki-j%C4%99zyk%C3%B3w">dzięki</a> <a href="http://www.wykop.pl/ramka/749007/wykop-efekt-dla-blogu-davida-snopka/">Wam</a>. :-)</strong> Jeszcze raz dziękuję bardzo za głosowanie i poparcie!</p> <object width="510" height="311"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/67URVsB3XRc?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="wmode" value="opaque" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/67URVsB3XRc?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="510" height="311" wmode="opaque" ></embed></object> <p><strong>Czytaj transkrypcję poniżej!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/06/dzi%C4%99kuj%C4%99-wszystkim-za-poparcie-w-konkursie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/06/dzi%C4%99kuj%C4%99-wszystkim-za-poparcie-w-konkursie#comments LinguaTrek Fri, 03 Jun 2011 16:25:07 +0000 David Snopek 75 at http://www.linguatrek.com LinguaTrek got 12th place among the top Language Learner Blogs of 2011! http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/06/linguatrek-got-12th-place-among-the-top-language-learner-blogs-of-2011 <a href="http://bab.la/news/top-25-language-learning-blogs-2011" target="_blank" alt="Top 25 Language Learning Blogs 2011"><img style="margin: 5px" align="right" src="http://bab.la/img/partner/top25-learn-blog11.gif" width="160" height="60" border="0" alt="Top 25 Language Learning Blogs 2011" /></a> <p>Every year <a href="http://www.lexiophiles.com/">Lexiophiles</a> and <a href="http://bab.la/">bab.la</a> organize a contest recognizing language blogs. This year, LinguaTrek was <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/vote-for-linguatrek-top-100-language-blogs">in the competition</a>!</p> <p>There were 200 blogs in LinguaTrek's category (<a href="http://www.lexiophiles.com/language-lovers-toplist/time-to-vote-for-your-favorite-language-learning-blog-2011">language learner blogs</a>) and 400 in total. <strong>In it's category LanguaTrek got <a href="http://en.bab.la/news/top-25-language-learning-blogs-2011">12th place</a> and <a href="http://en.bab.la/news/top-100-language-lovers-2011">23rd place</a> overall!</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>Half of the score comes from votes from readers and the other half is the organizers' rating. After I recorded a <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/05/zag%C5%82osuj-na-linguatrek-100-najlepszych-blog%C3%B3w-na-temat-nauki-j%C4%99zyk%C3%B3w">video about it</a> and the users of Wykop <a href="http://www.wykop.pl/ramka/749007/wykop-efekt-dla-blogu-davida-snopka/">got involved</a>, <strong>LinguaTrek had the most votes</strong> for the rest of contest!</p> <p><strong>Thank you everyone for voting and your support!</strong></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/06/linguatrek-got-12th-place-among-the-top-language-learner-blogs-of-2011#comments LinguaTrek Top 100 Language Lovers Thu, 02 Jun 2011 13:12:27 +0000 David Snopek 73 at http://www.linguatrek.com