Language learning on your own is hard, right?
You're never going to make it without a class, a teacher, and a test.
How could you possibly teach yourself a language and do it well?
Here's the truth:
You CAN learn a language alone successfully.
How do I know?
Because I did.
You don't have to experiment and make those same mistakes I did.
You have Successful Self-Study to guide you.
Why hello there! I'm Lindsay and I do Languages. I blog, vlog, teach, learn, eat, sleep, and breathe language. I'm also the founder of Lindsay Does Languages, a community dedicated to inspiring independent language learners + online teachers to succeed when doing it solo.
When I'm not blogging, I'm teaching students via Skype and online courses. I've been teaching languages since 2008 and have a variety of experience teaching both adults and children in private, educational, and corporate environments. Now I want to bring that experience to a wider audience - that's you!
And when I'm not doing that I'm playing with my tortoise Gonzo who speaks a grand total of zero languages.
"Lindsay has mastered a skill that so many of us struggle with: how to focus on your language studies and make real progress. I have a lot of time for this person, and I believe she's totally trustworthy when it comes to language learning. This workbook is the single most awesome self study language learning resource I've ever seen. You are going to faint with excitement at the sight of this thing. Send it to the printers and get it bound!"
- Kerstin Cable, Fluent Language
What is Successful Self-Study?
Successful Self-Study is a new e-course I've created just for you to really see improvements, feel confident, and excel with your language learning - even when you're studying alone.
For the past 9 years, this has been me. I've been studying languages sans class and teacher since finishing my A levels in 2007.
I've got plenty of things wrong and there are many languages that haven't gone beyond the first flush, but over that time I became a better, more independent language learner.
Successful Self-Study is everything I've learnt shared with you to get you teaching yourself languages like a pro.
"I was so excited to discover Lindsay's SSS because I've always enjoyed learning languages (mostly on my own) but haven't always done it in the most interesting or efficient way.
Motivation can be hard too: comments like "Why ever are you learning ...? You'll never be fluent you know!" are enough to make even the most determined learner falter. That's where knowing what your goals are can help a lot. "Actually, I want to read War and Peace in Russian!" Lindsay is extremely good at goal-setting and will help you articulate, and plan, your goals.
Successful Self-Study will help you at whatever stage you're at, with new ideas, supportive friends and a place to share idea, ask questions and get answers. And you can use the course however you want - I'm dipping in and picking out the parts which are most relevant to me now, but it's good to know that I'll always have access to it.
For the first time in my life (I'm 61), I feel surrounded by people for whom 'language nerd' is a compliment, not a put-down! Thank you, Lindsay."
- Philippa, Student, Successful Self-Study
"I'd encourage anyone who is looking for a helping hand with self-study to consider this course, coming from a classroom environment for many years - transitioning into self-study has been frustrating! This community of like-minded language learners have been a great means of support and accountability. Every area of the language learning experience has been covered that we can comfortably talk about our goals, particular things with learning, using technology, and of course, fun stuff like tv show recommendations!"
- Hannah, Student, Successful Self-Study
Who is Successful Self-Study for?
This course is perfect for you if you are...
This course isn't for you if you are...
"I enjoy your classes because of how well they are organized, structured, catered to my level, include creative ways of learning, and are fun! A couple examples: I love the memes when learning topics like subjunctive. The exercises of having to imagine and come up with a story based on a picture/image are so helpful with thinking in Spanish as opposed to just responding with what has already been learned. That specifically can be very challenging but it's also very creative and helpful!"
- Ashok, Spanish student
"Lindsay has put together a comprehensive step by step course to help you know what to do to learn another language. The step by step tech videos are worth their weight in gold and the Slack Community that Lindsay has created is worth the price of the course alone."
- Robert, Student, Successful Self-Study
What's in this course?
This course consists of a variety of video, audio, ebook, text, and community. Whether you learn best visually, aurally, kinaesthetically, or via reading and writing, this course has something for you.
Even better than that? As well as access on your computer, you can use the mobile-optimised site to learn on the go on your tablet or phone too. And you've got plenty to print if paper is more your thing. Woo!
"Lindsay's fun and engaging lessons have kept my child excited about learning Spanish since the age of 4. Now at 8 years old he is gaining so much confidence from having this skill and I have so much pride in listening to him."
- Billie-Jan, Parent of Spanish student
"I have been learning French with Lindsay for the last 4 years using Skype. I am not a natural at languages and I find Lindsay's style and use of resources helpful to learning. She goes at your pace and has many different approaches so if one way doesn't work then we use another. The use of different mediums also makes the lessons interesting, although you always feel like you have had a mental workout at the end!"
- Margaret, French student
"I definitely feel more motivated and in control of my learning since starting Successful Self-Study. The concept of "onion goals" have helped make my goals more actionable and less intimidating. I have begun to put the concepts into practice and I am accomplishing more than I have in a while. I have even applied the "onion goals" concepts to my school studies — I feel so productive!"
- Mel, Student, Successful Self-Study
"Successful Self-Study is oriented on language learning but the tips and tricks about organisation are applicable to every pans of life. The Workbook is great: I like to organise on paper, and I could print the templates and fill them manually.
I also liked discovering new language learning tools and the possibility to share those discoveries and my progress with others in the Slack Community. It's a course about self-study, which means learning with autonomy, not alone."
- Dorothée, Student, Successful Self-Study