Today we’d like to introduce you to Kordilia Foxstone. Them and their team share their story with us below:
Our founder Kordilia began tutoring as a side job during her school years focusing on Math, English and Japanese.
After finishing school Kordilia has learned Hebrew, her fifth language – Hebrew, which only took her 10 months to achieve fluency. Many students have asked her to help them achieve same results and asked “what was her secret”.
Truth is, there was no secret, or at least Kordilia didn’t know one yet.
It did raise an interesting question: how come some people learn new languages faster than others? Learning a language can be vital to immigrant. No language often equals no job and a decreased level of life.
Starting tutoring Kordilia began studying existing methods of teaching/learning languages.
Later this led to a new method which was a combination of “Ulpan” (Israeli method of teaching Hebrew to new repatriation members), childhood development studies, as well as basic natural abilities of each individual student.
The method focused on how do babies learn to speak to their parents. No one explains to a baby grammatical structures, spelling of the words or even the alphabet before they learn to talk. So why do we approach teaching a new language differently? The standard approach know to all of us is no different than a bad guitar teacher. Force a child to learn notes grammar for years and not letting them hold a guitar. How this end most of the time? Correct! People quit playing because the excitement they had was no less than killed.
Language in no different. You learn for 1-10 years, and you still have to find subtitles to watch a movie.
So, Kordilia comes up with a new idea and tests it on her friends. Those very friends that asked for help with Hebrew. What’s the result? Well, everyone had a different result. But everyone had a better result than all other schools they tried before.
Kordilia left Israel and began Language Academia. First, remote. Teaching and improving the technique all over the world, helping people find jobs, improve their lives, helping people not feel isolated.
Language Academia eventually has settled in Los Angeles.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road to Language Academia’s success isn’t smooth till this day. Teachers require to be retaught from scratch. Make them forget what they were told at schools, explain the principles that seem obvious and yet so hidden.
Arriving and settling the business in the US has its own massive struggles: bureaucracy, immigration process, what seemed at first like a big competition and later turned out to be emptiness of good service with affordable pricing, raising funds, finding a save and reasonable location.
The biggest struggle must have been what every business goes through – the desire to do everything at funds, which leads to a burnout. Once the entrepreneur burns out most businesses die. Language Academia was the lucky one. Even in hard times, we managed to focus and power through.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
We are a Language School focusing on language tutoring, accent reduction, dialect development for actors and translation services.
We are different for our unique and very important new method of teaching languages and accents.
We are most proud that we help new immigrants not feel isolated in their lives.
We offer a range of services: individual training, accent reduction and dialect development, Language in 1-year course, as well as a new course that will be launching soon. It will be focused on helping future foreign students prepare and apply for US-based colleges, pass SATs, learn English and adjust easier once they arrive. The program is designed for high school and college students who are currently abroad and dream of college in the US. Our team offers students a chance to prepare for SAT, Essay, recommendation letters and language learning all in one package, as well as assistance during their adjustment periods in the States.
Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
The entire path of starting a start-up, moving to a new country, and giving up everything you worked for earlier before is a risk on its own.
I gave up education, profession, good job and connections and invested all of my savings into this one project that brought me to LA.
Am I a risk taker in general? Or absolutely yes! I’ve taken risks with jobs, investments, friends and as everyone, I occasionally lost. But I kept telling myself that if I take a risk and have a 70% chance of losing, it is still better than not trying. Then, the chance of losing is 100%. And that is unacceptable.
My most recent major risk isn’t about business though. After I launched Language Academia in Los Angeles and I already had a date and an airplane ticket set to take me somewhere far, with nice weather and cheap rent, to ride on my savings that would last me years while I’m building my new enterprise. I stayed in Los Angeles with a clear understanding that here my savings would run out in a few months, that the immigration process is ruthless at times, and everything else that came along with it. But someone very special asked me to give a try. It’s still hard, but no matter what, I do not regret that moment even for a second.
- Website: languageacademia.com