Do you have what it takes to be a Lingoda language Sprint champion?

What makes a champion? Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines a champion as “one who shows marked superiority”. Well, if you take part in the Lingoda Sprint Challenge and succeed, you will definitely be a champion by that definition. You will show marked superiority with regards to your language learning goals. 

The Challenge

The challenge is to take language classes online with Lingoda consistently for 3 months. The reward is a refund of up to 100%, if you succeed. Also, of course, the infinite bragging rights of a Lingoda Language Sprint Champion. Do you have what it takes to be the next Sprint Champion? 

The Overview

Some of you know all about the Sprint Challenges from Lingoda, as I have mentioned them multiple times on this channel. If that’s you, you might already know that you want to join the challenge, because you were just waiting for this announcement video. If that’s the case, here are the main details. 

You can learn German, French, Spanish, English, or Business English. Sign up by October 15th to participate. The Sprint course starts on October 31st. The Super Sprint consists of 30 classes per month for 3 months with a reward of 100% cashback to any successful participants. The regular Sprint is 15 classes per month for 3 months and 50% cashback for successful participants. Both plans require a €49 ($59) deposit and each plan will be paid in three monthly installments. You can get a €20 discount on the deposit if you click this link and use my voucher code CHAMP16. 

Languages AvailableGerman, French, Spanish, English & Business English
Sign-Up DeadlineOctober 15, 2021
Sprint Course Start DateOctober 31, 2021
Super Sprint30 lessons per month for 3 months = 100% refund
Sprint15 lessons per month for 3 months = 50% refund
Deposit€49 or $59
Voucher Code for €20 off of the depositCHAMP16
Link to Join
Lingoda Language Sprint Overview

Why should you learn a language with Lingoda?

Now for those of you who don’t know what Lingoda is or why you would want to take language lessons with them. Lingoda was founded in 2013 in Berlin. They are the #1 most trusted online language school and have provided online language courses to over 70,000 students worldwide. The most important fact about them, however, is that one of those 70,000 students was me! 

Herr Antrim’s Experience with Lingoda

Back in 2018 I found a university in Germany that was offering an online master’s program for teachers like me. The program was perfect for what I needed, but because it was a German university, I had to prove that my German skills were up to snuff. (If you don’t know what the English phrase “up to snuff” means, you should enroll in Lingoda’s English lessons and learn about some slang.) 

In late 2018 I took the TestDaF, which is a German language exam often used for American students to apply for German universities. You can score 3, 4, or 5 on the TestDaF. If you score below 3 on any of the 4 parts of the test, it is considered a failure. Most universities, however, will not accept a TestDaF score below 4 on all 4 parts. The university to which I was applying, wanted a TestDaF score of at least 2 5s and 2 4s in order to qualify for this master’s program. I took the test without really preparing in any way other than to look at a couple of example tests. I scored all 4s, but the university wanted more. I did not meet the expectations. 

I hadn’t taken a class in German since graduating from the university in 2009. I had been teaching German 1 and 2 for 10 years, but let’s face it, teaching beginner German is not the same as speaking university level German. Long story short, I was rusty. I needed to brush up on my German reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and I decided to give Lingoda a try. 

I took lessons at the C1 level, the highest Lingoda offers and after a few months of taking lessons with Lingoda, I felt confident I could get my TestDaF score up high enough to meet the university’s requirements. I booked a new test for September. During the test I was much more confident than the first time. While some of that was due to the fact that I knew what to expect from the test, a large part of it was due to the confidence that Lingoda’s lessons instilled in me over the previous several months. If it weren’t for Lingoda’s German lessons, I probably would not be currently taking online classes at that German university. 

Dispelling Some Myths About the Language Sprints from Lingoda

Sarcastic Antrim: Sure. That’s a great story and all, but Lingoda is paying you for this post. What about that dude in the comments saying that this Sprint thing is a scam and they never give people their money back? Surely an anonymous person on the internet wouldn’t be biased in the comment section of a YouTube video! 

Have you actually read those comments? They always say something to the effect of “I didn’t read the terms and conditions and I’m upset that Lingoda enforced them.” You have to attend your classes. You can’t show up late or leave class early. There are very strict rules for how this all has to be done. If you don’t meet all of the requirements, you won’t get your refund. 

Reviews of Lingoda on Trustpilot

I looked up Lingoda on Trustpilot. There are 2800+ reviews of Lingoda on there. The average is 4.5 stars. 75% of all reviews are 5 stars. Here are a few from people who say they completed the Sprint Challenges in the past. 

Laura said:

Trustpilot Review of Lingoda from Laura
Trustpilot Review of Lingoda from Laura

Stewart said:

Trustpilot Review of Lingoda by Stewart
Trustpilot Review of Lingoda from Stewart

What you should do next!

I encourage anyone considering joining this Sprint challenge to go to Trustpilot and read some reviews. These people weren’t paid for their review. They are simply saying what they think of Lingoda and sharing their experience with the classes. 

You’ll probably see them talk about the flexible scheduling of classes, the native speakers for teachers and the excellent lessons offered. Maybe you will read a review that mentions the small group sizes. Whatever the reviews say, I encourage you to learn more about Lingoda. Read the FAQ on the Sprint Challenge page via this link. Read the terms and conditions and if you think you are up to the challenge, join the Lingoda Sprint and use the code CHAMP16 to get €20 off of the deposit. Let’s see who among you are ready to become the next Sprint Champion. 


*This post was sponsored by Lingoda. The testimonials are real. The opinions stated within this post are the opinions of Herr Antrim and the reviewers on Trustpilot.