LinguaTrek - LinguaTrek A meta-tag - when we are talking about LinguaTrek itself. en 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="" rel="lightbox"><img src="" alt="Big changes are underway" title="Photo by milena mihaylova" /></a><div class="caption"><a href="">Photo</a> by <a href="">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="">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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LinguaTrek Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 233 at 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="" rel="lightbox"><img src="" alt="Blog ideas" title="Photo by owenwbrown" /></a><div class="caption"><a href="">Photo</a> by <a href="">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="">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> LinguaTrek Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 229 at In the news: A review of my ebook, an interview, the hardest languages and! <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="" rel="lightbox"><img src="" alt="" title="Photo by penelopejonze" /></a><div class="caption"><a href="">Photo</a> by <a href="">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=""></a> blog recently wrote a review of <a href="">Natural Language Learning without a Teacher</a> in which <a href="">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</h2> <p>The <a href="">crowdfunding campaign</a> we did on <a href=""></a> (like in Poland) in order to presell our <a href="">first paid product</a> for <a href="">Bibliobird</a> was <em>"one of the most spectacular successes in Polish crowdfunding!"</em></p> <p>Yesterday, I did an <a href="">interview on the 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="">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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> in the news LinguaTrek Tue, 04 Sep 2012 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 202 at 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="" rel="lightbox"><img src="" alt="" title="Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt" /></a><div class="caption"><a href="">Photo</a> by <a href="">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="">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="">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="">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="">contact form</a> and I'll help you.</p> <p><strong>Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience!</strong></p> LinguaTrek Thu, 05 Jul 2012 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 183 at LinguaTrek got 7th place among the top Language Learner Blogs of 2012! <a href="" target="_blank" alt="Top 25 Language Learning Blogs 2012"><img style="margin: 5px" align="right" src="" width="160" height="60" border="0" alt="Top 10 Language Learning Blogs 2012" /></a> <p>For the past five years <a href="">Lexiophiles</a> and <a href=""></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="">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="">7th place</a> in it's category and <a href="">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="">voting and your support</a>!</strong></p> LinguaTrek Top 100 Language Lovers Thu, 31 May 2012 12:35:25 +0000 David Snopek 162 at Vote for LinguaTrek: Top 100 Language Lovers! <div style="float: right; margin-left: 10px;"><a href="" title="Vote for your favorite Language Learning Blog 2012" target="_blank"><img src="" 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="">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="">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> contest LinguaTrek Top 100 Language Lovers Wed, 16 May 2012 21:39:46 +0000 David Snopek 155 at 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="">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> LinguaTrek Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:23:14 +0000 David Snopek 123 at 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="" rel="lightbox"><img src="" 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="">Photo</a> by <a href="">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="">e-mail subscription form</a> to If you want to get my articles as soon as they’re published, <a href="">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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LinguaTrek Tue, 14 Feb 2012 15:13:43 +0000 David Snopek 118 at Dziękuję wszystkim za poparcie w konkursie! <p>Wśród 200 blogów w swojej kategorii LinguaTrek zajął <a href="">12 miejsce</a> i wśród wszystkich 400 w konkursie <a href="">23 miejsce</a>! <strong>To wszystko jest <a href="">dzięki</a> <a href="">Wam</a>. :-)</strong> Jeszcze raz dziękuję bardzo za głosowanie i poparcie!</p> <object width="510" height="311"><param name="movie" value=";hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="wmode" value="opaque" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src=";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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LinguaTrek Fri, 03 Jun 2011 16:25:07 +0000 David Snopek 75 at LinguaTrek got 12th place among the top Language Learner Blogs of 2011! <a href="" target="_blank" alt="Top 25 Language Learning Blogs 2011"><img style="margin: 5px" align="right" src="" width="160" height="60" border="0" alt="Top 25 Language Learning Blogs 2011" /></a> <p>Every year <a href="">Lexiophiles</a> and <a href=""></a> organize a contest recognizing language blogs. This year, LinguaTrek was <a href="">in the competition</a>!</p> <p>There were 200 blogs in LinguaTrek's category (<a href="">language learner blogs</a>) and 400 in total. <strong>In it's category LanguaTrek got <a href="">12th place</a> and <a href="">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="">video about it</a> and the users of Wykop <a href="">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> LinguaTrek Top 100 Language Lovers Thu, 02 Jun 2011 13:12:27 +0000 David Snopek 73 at