The Secret World of Languages

All about language programs, courses, websites and other learning resources
User avatar
allhandsondex
Yellow Belt
Posts: 60
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:41 am
Location: Glasgow
Languages: English (N), Italian (C2), German (C1), Dutch (C1) Slovene (B1). Baby steps in Scottish Gaelic and Farsi.
x 120
Contact:

The Secret World of Languages

Postby allhandsondex » Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:34 pm

Does anyone have any experience of this company? Their branding is quite slick - which is usually a bit of a red flag - and I can't find any reviews anywhere save a couple on Reed, no mentions on blogs, nothing at all. I'd be open to giving them a whirl but if they're an obvious scam or waste of time courses I don't want to throw them £20.
0 x
An Cùrsa Inntrigidh: 6 / 15

User avatar
lingua
Blue Belt
Posts: 693
Joined: Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:23 pm
Languages: English (N)
Maintaining italiano (B2ish)
Studying português, Deutsch, français
Dabbling in siciliano, Latina, piemontèis
Language Log: https://forum.language-learners.org/vie ... 15&t=12257
x 986

Re: The Secret World of Languages

Postby lingua » Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:44 pm

Never heard of them but anyone that requires me to listen to a video to learn about them instead of having text available to read has already lost me. I can't even tell where they're based.
2 x
Super Challenge:
IT film: 2430 / 18000 read: 3596 / 10000
DE film: 3880 / 9000 read: 0 / 5000
Romance Family film: 3666 / 9000 read: 0 / 5000 (FR, PT, PMS, SCN)

Output Challenge:
IT wrote: 2189 / 100000 recorded: 224 / 6000
DE wrote: 2216 / 50000 recorded: 21 / 3000
PT wrote: 1909 / 50000 recorded: 13 / 3000
FR wrote: 657 / 50000 recorded: 0 / 3000

zatris
Yellow Belt
Posts: 75
Joined: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:22 am
Location: Brazil
Languages: Portuguese (native), English (?), Latin (beginner)
Language Log: https://forum.language-learners.org/vie ... 81&p=92296
x 149

Re: The Secret World of Languages

Postby zatris » Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:57 pm

Their FAQ is very strange.

I mean:

Q. When can I access my course?

A. After you have paid for your Course; you will be contacted by someone from our team who will give you your specific login details to enrol in your selected course/courses. If purchased directly on our website you will have instant access.

Q. Where can I access my course?

A. You can access your course directly from the e-mail link we send to your inbox. Please save this e-mail as you will need to refer back to it when you want to access your course. It is an important e-mail!

Q. When does the course start and finish?

A. Our Courses are self-paced- you decide when you start and when you finish. It is up to you and your commitment to learning the language! Consistency is the key!

Q. When do I get my certificate?

A. You will receive your certificate upon completion of your course!

[...]

Q. What is the structure of the Courses?

A. The Courses are online tutorials in the form of video presentations that are streamed from your selected device. As long as you have your initial e-mail link then you can access your course on any device! It is that simple! Please contact us if you have any issues regarding this!


Doesn't sound professional at all.

I wouldn't take any risks until more information is available.
0 x
Corrections are welcome.

I have the patience of an ox. (Gustave Doré)

User avatar
Adrianslont
Blue Belt
Posts: 770
Joined: Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:39 am
Location: Australia
Languages: English (N), Learning Indonesian and French
x 1651

Re: The Secret World of Languages

Postby Adrianslont » Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:33 am

I watched the “about” video because I have nothing better to do. It’s fluff - it isn’t actually an about video ie a video that tells you about the company and or courses.

It tells you about Rachel who can speak Spanish with her colleagues after “only a few lessons.”

No demo, course outline looks very old fashioned. No description of approach other than “Video presentations”

Screenshots I looked at for the French course just show a navigation page and checklist - no real content. Are they clueless or secretive?

Prices discounted from €240 to €20?!!! That rings bells for me.

No street address I could find - no country even. No names I could see except for Max at support.

They are keeping their course content very secret - how could a company build such a slick website and have no idea about offering demos or samples?

I’m guessing it is something they bought off someone and repackaged as Secret World. That’s just conjecture of course and wouldn’t even matter if it is good - I could be wildly wrong but why can’t we see a sample of what they have?
3 x

User avatar
allhandsondex
Yellow Belt
Posts: 60
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:41 am
Location: Glasgow
Languages: English (N), Italian (C2), German (C1), Dutch (C1) Slovene (B1). Baby steps in Scottish Gaelic and Farsi.
x 120
Contact:

Re: The Secret World of Languages

Postby allhandsondex » Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:17 am

Adrianslont wrote:Prices discounted from €240 to €20?!!! That rings bells for me.

No street address I could find - no country even. No names I could see except for Max at support.

They are keeping their course content very secret - how could a company build such a slick website and have no idea about offering demos or samples?


This is something else that jumped out at me. I have a suspicion it might be some repackaged FSI courses or similar and someone is trying to pull a fast one.
2 x
An Cùrsa Inntrigidh: 6 / 15


Return to “Language Programs and Resources”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 1 guest