New and exciting things to come!
Just a quick post to let all the 3 Minute Languages students know about what’s coming up later in the year.
Hello — Hola — Hallo — Olá — Ciao — Bonjour
I hope everybody is having a great summer so far, and if you’re going abroad at all, good luck with practising your new language skills!
I just thought I would let you all know about some updates I’ll be making to my courses.
A few of you have emailed me to let me know that you’ve spotted the odd typo here and there, and there was also an issue on one of the courses with the audio being out of sync with the video. Well, I have been changing those errors as I go along, but as I listen to the older courses, I have noticed there is a difference between the audio on those and the audio on my newer courses.
It’s been a couple of years since I made my very first courses on Udemy, and back then, I didn’t have a very good microphone and my audio editing wasn’t great. I’ve been learning quite a lot as I make new courses, so, I’ve decided to go back and put my new skills into practice by rerecording and reediting everything from the very beginning.
You might start to notice, if you ever go back through the courses, that the audio will be improving. It’s going to be a big job to rerecord everything, so it’s going to be a very gradual process (as I will also be continuing to make the new courses), but I want to make sure everybody is getting the best quality courses I can make.
So, that’s the first thing.
Secondly, I’m going to be implementing a new section and lesson title system. Currently, all the courses are broken down into sections that I’ve called Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3 etc. And then each three-minute lesson is given a letter (Lesson 1a, 1b, 1c…). Some of you have been suggesting that it might be beneficial to label the lessons better for recapping purposes. So, if there is a lesson that covers an important grammar point or an interesting language feature, I’ll include it in the lesson title to make it easier for you to find again, if you want to revise.
You might have noticed that there is a pattern to each section. Every section starts with a recap of the words learnt in the previous section, then we learn the new words, phrases and language features for that section, and then the section ends with a “Let’s Practise” lesson. Occasionally, there is also a huge vocabulary recap list where we go through all the words learnt up until that point. Well, all of this will be clearly labelled from now on, so that you can skip bits you don’t feel you need to cover. I know a lot of people like to listen to the course multiple times, but don’t always need to listen to the really long vocabulary recap lessons! Hopefully, this change will make it easier for you to find what you want to focus on at any given time.
Finally, “Practice Activities”. I have been busy developing different ways for you to practise your new language skills in between lessons. Of course, there is my blog, which I know I’ve been blabbering on about a lot recently; but it’s full of ideas for things you can do to improve your language skills. You can find all my “Happy Linguist” articles at www.3minute.club/blog
But then I’ve also been creating some short, fun activities like word-searches, crossword puzzles and mini-quizzes to help you to internalise new words, especially the words on the Vocabulary Expansion Sheets. That reminds me, you can find all the vocabulary expansion sheets in one place now: www.3minute.club/vocabulary-expansion-sheets It’s easier than having to route around each course trying to find them.
As well as the activities, I’ve been listening to your suggestions and I’m going to include some worksheets to enable you to develop your reading and writing skills as well as your speaking and listening skills.
As I said, this is going to be a big job (and I’m afraid I’m just a one-man band), so bear with me as I start putting these changes in place. However, if you do have any suggestions for things you would like to see added to the course content, please let me know. ?
Anyway, I just wanted to keep everybody in the loop about the new things to come.
On a completely different topic, just in case you were wondering, there is a plan to all of my madness with these courses. I have been using the methods found in the Building Structures and 3 Minute Languages courses for almost 15 years now as a foreign language teacher. So, when I first had the idea to turn the methods into some online courses, before I dared make even the first course, I sat and wrote out detailed plans for every course I was going to make. I have a shelf full of notepads in my office with the entire outline for 15 Building Structures courses, and enough 3 Minute Languages courses to take you to a level equivalent to that of a university degree student. Obviously, that’s quite a high level, and not one that everybody wants to achieve, but you can simply keep going until you get to a level you’re happy with. I’ve only added this because I get quite a lot of emails from people asking if I’m going to keep making new courses. So, the answer is yes.
I love getting all your feedback, especially the demanding emails asking when the next course is coming out. So, I thought I would reassure you and let you know that I will keep making the courses until I’ve ticked off everything in my notepads. I have courses 6, 7, 8 and 9 all written out in full and ready to record, and I’m excited to share them with you as I think they’re rather good — even if I do say so myself! But keep sending me your emails; it really does keep me motivated to churn the courses out.
Goodness, this has turned into a novel, so I’ll stop there. Thank you again for all your continued support — I still can’t believe how many people all over the world are listening to my courses and learning to speak a foreign language using the method I developed all those many moons ago!
Gracias — Merci — Thank you — Obriago — Danke — Grazie
Happy learning :-)
PS — Don’t forget that you can use the code 3MINUTE on any of my courses to get them for 9.99