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Learning a new language? Get your language learning questions answered by polyglot Olly Richards, who speaks 8 languages and runs the popular blog - I Will Teach You A Language. Whatever's holding you back on the path to fluency, tune in twice a week to get your regular dose of language learning motivation, with Olly and other polyglot guests, such as Benny Lewis, Luca Lampariello, Richard Simcott and Alex Rawlings. Learn Spanish, Learn French, Learn German, Learn Italian, Learn Portuguese, Learn Arabic, Learn Japanese, Learn Chinese.


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IWTYAL 175: I just smile and pretend I can understand


Tue, Mar 28, 2017


Gabrielle asks: "When I don't understand, I often just smile, nod, and pretend I do. How can I stop this?"

Episode Summary:

  • Is it normal to pretend you understand?
  • Every language learning journey starts like this
  • Persistence is the name of the game

In terms of stages, here's how I see it:

  • Lower level: You still have a lot to learn, so don't be surprised if you don't understand. Keep studying. Have conversations with sympathetic listeners.
  • Higher level: This is the stage where you need to get used to the vocabulary of everyday life, especially if you've been in "study mode" for a long time. Speak as much as possible, and focus on the situation/conversation, not the language. Record your conversations and analyse them later.

Remember:

  • You don't need to understand everything
  • Keeping the conversation going is key
  • Make general points
  • Tell stories
  • Ask questions

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes 

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.


Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

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IWTYAL 174: Should I rely on Google Translate?


Thu, Mar 23, 2017


Yuta asks: "Should I be relying on Google Translate?"

Episode Summary:

  • Effective language learning means learning to communicate within your means
  • The problem with relying on Google Translate is that you stop relying on yourself
  • Paraphrasing is a key speaking skill, and you develop it by learning to communicate in spite of a lack of vocabulary
  • HelloTalk is great for practising stuff you already know, but not necessarily for developing fluency
  • I would devote time instead to live conversation
  • While talking, make a note of the things you can't say, and learn them later

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes 

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.


Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

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173: How many hours a week do you study?


Tue, Mar 21, 2017


Selman asks: "How many hours a week do you study?"

Episode Summary:

  • Here's what I aim for: Focused study every weekday morning (1 hour), sporadic flashcards + listening during the day (0-60 mins), at least 3 speaking sessions a week (30-60 minutes)
  • A rough total is around 5 hours study + 3 hours speaking
  • Add on top of that watching TV, reading books, going out etc
  • However, I often go for days without studying, and don't often stick to this schedule, but it tends to come back to this
  • Remember that the success you have depends much more on the range of activities you do - speaking, reading etc. Are those considered studying?
  • With my stronger languages like Spanish, Japanese etc, I don't study them any more, I just use them

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes 

Do you have a question?

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Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

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  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes (click here to do that)

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172: Re-Broadcast - I'm too busy to learn a language (3/3)


Thu, Mar 16, 2017


This is a re-broadcast of the most popular 3-part series from the podcast. I answer the question: "I'm simply too busy to learn languages. How can I find the time?"

In this episode:

  • The power of tiny
  • How I learnt Cantonese during an extremely busy period in my life
  • Why “1 hour” will put you off, whilst “30 seconds” will get you started!
  • How to create micro habits so you can effortlessly get up and study any time and fill your day with language learning

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

  • Time Control - a brand new training course where I walk you step by step through the process of becoming an ultra-efficient language learner, however busy your schedule!

Visit this link to find out more: http://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/moretime

Start speaking today

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. iTalki is the best place online to connect with affordable and effective native speakers teachers and tutors. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, simply visit:http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.


Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

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  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes (click here to do that)

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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Are you learning English?


Wed, Mar 15, 2017


Are you learning English? 

If so, please answer a few short questions for me...

http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/englishsurvey



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171: Re-Broadcast: I’m too busy to learn a language (2/3)


Tue, Mar 14, 2017


This is a re-broadcast of the most popular 3-part series from the podcast. I answer the question: "I'm simply too busy to learn languages. How can I find the time?"

In this episode:

  • How to use the power of the “One Thing” to make massive progress towards your goals
  • The importance of saying “no”
  • How to focus on your goals like a laser

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

  • Time Control - a brand new training course where I walk you step by step through the process of becoming an ultra-efficient language learner, however busy your schedule!

Visit this link to find out more: http://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/moretime

Start speaking today

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. iTalki is the best place online to connect with affordable and effective native speakers teachers and tutors. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, simply visit:http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.


Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes (click here to do that)

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170: Re-Broadcast - I'm too busy to learn a language (1/3)


Thu, Mar 09, 2017


This is a re-broadcast of the most popular 3-part series from the podcast. I answer the question: "I'm simply too busy to learn languages. How can I find the time?"

In this episode:

  • Why goal setting is often overlooked, but is the key to everything
  • How people set unachievable goals
  • What a sensible goal looks like
  • Defining your next-step goal

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

  • Time Control - a brand new training course where I walk you step by step through the process of becoming an ultra-efficient language learner, however busy your schedule!

Visit this link to find out more: http://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/moretime

Start speaking today

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. iTalki is the best place online to connect with affordable and effective native speakers teachers and tutors. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, simply visit:http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.


Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes (click here to do that)

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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169: Using accelerated learning techniques to upgrade your life with Jonathan Levi


Mon, Feb 27, 2017


In today's episode, I talk to Jonathan Levi from The Superlearner Academy about accelerated learning techniques.

Episode Summary:

  • Jonathan's difficult learning background at school
  • The story of how he first encountered speed reading
  • How to get amazing results on your MBA
  • What is accelerated learning?
  • The core principles of rapid skill acquisition
  • How to apply memory techniques to language learning

Resources In Today's Episode:

The Superlearner Academy is currently offering a FREE TRIAL to all new students. What would use these skills to learn? Click the link below to claim your spot:

Also mentioned:

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes

Superlearner Academy - Free Trial

To claim your free trial at the Superlearner Academy, click here.


Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes (click here to do that)

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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168: How did you get started with Japanese?


Mon, Feb 27, 2017


Danilo asks: "How should I get started learning Japanese?"

Episode Summary:

What happened to me:

  • I learnt to say a bunch of things, but never really understood the language
  • I never spent enough time listening
  • After moving to Japan, I continued studying, gradually building up my knowledge, but it took forever
  • It wasn't until I began speaking very often that I really began to crack Japanese, and become comfortable with it's logic

My suggested plan of attack:

  • Avoid lessons at the start, unless you can find a good teacher
  • Choose a textbook you like and work through it, focusing on the dialogues
  • Learn hiragana and katakana immediately
  • Once you've completed your textbook, look for an iTalki tutor, and set up 2-3 speaking sessions a week
  • Do as much listening as possible!

Resources In Today's Episode

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.


Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes (click here to do that)

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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166: Adapting the Memory Palace technique


Thu, Feb 23, 2017


Fletcher asks: "Can I adapt the traditional memory palace technique?"

Episode Summary:

  • What is a memory palace? (The story of Simonides)
  • Choose a building you're familiar with
  • Take words you want to remember
  • Place them around the room
  • Create mnemonic with location + action
  • Practise recalling the words by walking through the memory palace sequentially

Two key features:

  • Location - create a mnemonic using the location itself (e.g. the sofa)
  • Recall - practise recall by walking through the memory palace

Fletcher asks if you can substitute the building or room, for the handlebars of a bicycle...

  • You can do anything!
  • The key to making the memory palace word is vivid imagery, so if that works for you, then great!
  • Make sure you think about the key elements of location and recall.
  • Try out your variation technique and compare it to the more traditional memory palace

Resources In Today's Episode

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes 

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.


Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes (click here to do that)

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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167: How to stop translating in your head


Wed, Feb 22, 2017


Arnie asks: "How can I stop translating in my head when people speak to me in French?"

Episode Summary:

  • See episode 87 for a previous answer to this topic
  • Translating in your head is a very common problem
  • There's no quick fix I can give you, only some encouragement and a helpful way of thinking about the problem
  • To state the obvious: When you understand what's being said in French, you have no reason to translate
  • Therefore, the more you improve, the less you translate
  • This is good to remember, as it helps you realise it's a gradual process
  • For me, translating tends to be a grammar issue
  • My Cantonese right now - often I'll understand something in Cantonese, with no translation. Sometimes, I'll come across a sentence that's grammatically different and I'll need to translate it in my head in order to make sense of it. This dies away over time, as I improve.

Key points:

  • Spend more time listening and reading
  • Grow your vocabulary
  • Start using monolingual dictionaries
  • Do more of your daily activities in French

Some deeper approaches to studying:

  • When you learn new grammar, focus on grammar patterns, not individual verbs
  • With these new grammar patterns, try to get into the head of a native speaker, and feel the way an idea is being expressed - the attitude or feeling - rather than focus on the English translation
  • Work with full sentences in your study, not single words

Today's Quote:

  • “You don’t learn a language, you get used to it.” – Katsumoto

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes 

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.


Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes (click here to do that)

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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165: What's the ideal language learning environment?


Fri, Feb 17, 2017


Sonia asks: "What's the ideal language learning environment?"

Episode Summary:

  • There's no such thing as the ideal, or best, language learning environment
  • Learning to speak a language is heavily linked to affective factors - your feelings and how you react to the environment around you
  • You can be very analytical, and conclude that complete immersion after a minimum of study is the "most efficient way"... but only if you're happy in that environment
  • When I look back on my language learning story, my success has been heavily linked to my environment (e.g. Spanish friends in London vs isolation in Japan)
  • The question I ask myself most when I learn languages now is: "How does this language make sense in the context of the lifestyle that I enjoy?" (e.g. In Hong Kong I didn't have great working conditions, so my language learning suffered as a result)
  • If your French is still low-level, you still have a lot of work to do. You can do this naturally through speaking with people, or you can do it through formal study (or some combination of the two)
  • Isolating yourself in rural France is a big gamble, where you and your personality will determine whether you succeed or not
  • The question is not: "Is this the best way?" The question should be: "Is this the best way for me?"
  • I don't know what your commitment to staying in France is, but don't be afraid to follow the path that makes you happier - life is about more than language learning
  • In your specific situation, I would accept the reality that interacting socially is hard, and seek out a language partner or tutor (e.g. iTalki) who can help you get dedicated practice and build up your confidence
  • It might seem perverse to pay someone to help you while you're in France, but it might be a smart move.

Today's Quote:

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me. - Hermann Hesse

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes 

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.


Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes (click here to do that)

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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164: Maintaining a language after university


Thu, Feb 16, 2017


Eleanor asks: "How can I maintain my Spanish after university?"

Episode Summary:

  • Learning vs maintenance
  • When is maintenance necessary?
  • Being realistic
  • Richard Simcott's approach (as described in Language Learning Foundations)
  • What I do personally to maintain my languages

Tips for maintaining languages at an advanced level

  • Reading books you like
  • Watching movies, TV or listening to podcasts
  • Attending events
  • Hanging out with friends
  • Studying in the language
  • Language exchanges using a foreign language (e.g. Spanish/Korean as a native English speaker)
  • Teach the language to others

Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes 

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.


Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes (click here to do that)

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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163: Learning Cantonese after Mandarin


Tue, Feb 07, 2017


Chris asks: "How should I start learning Cantonese, given that I already speak Mandarin?"

Episode Summary:

  • Cantonese is to Mandarin what Cockney is to English
  • It's a highly developed, unique language that is considered a spoken language
  • When Cantonese speakers write things down, they normally use standard Chinese

So what does this mean for a Mandarin speaker who wants to learn Cantonese?

  • At the risk of oversimplifying, your major task is to learn a large amount of Cantonese-specific vocabulary, including the different pronunciation and more tones
  • While there is more to it than that (different grammar structures, sentence particles etc), the two languages are close enough that your existing knowledge of Mandarin will transfer very well, help you notice any differences and slowly adjust
  • You won't have many new linguistic concepts to learn, it's more a question of getting use to the specific ways Cantonese speakers express themselves
  • It's not the same task as learning a Chinese dialect from scratch as a foreigner

What about the practical considerations?

  • Because you're going to get so much "for free", you should start by doing a lot of listening and let time do the work
  • Use resources where the audio comes with written Cantonese, so you can start associate the characters you already know with new sounds
  • I've been told the best Cantonese resources are written in Mandarin, so if you can cope, go with those!
  • Given your experience, I would spend a few months simply working through textbook dialogues and noticing as much as possible
  • To master the language, you'll need to arrange your life in a way that allows you to speak regularly (see episode 153) - your progress is going to depend on your ability to make those lifestyle changes

Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

https://youtu.be/3QRVpNbNzK8

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes 

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.


Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes (click here to do that)

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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162: Was this the worst language exchange I ever did?


Tue, Feb 07, 2017


In this episode, I describe a terrible language exchange experience I had this week.

Episode Summary:

Great news! Full transcripts of each podcast are available on the show notes - that's here! Scroll down to find the transcript.

  • My terrible language exchange this week
  • Why it went wrong
  • What you can learn from the experience

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.


Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes (click here to do that)

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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161: Should I use formal or informal language?


Thu, Feb 02, 2017


Chris asks: "Should I speak formally or informally in Turkish?"

In this episode:

  • Every language has it's convention as to when and where you should speak formally or informally
  • I've found myself resisting speaking formally in other languages, and I've always been curious why that is
  • What I've learnt is that my "default" is informal, because that's the way we speak English
  • Once you understand the cultural significance of formal and informal speech in the language you're learning, it will make your decision much easier

Japanese:

  • Ultra polite: omeshi-agari ni narimasen ka
  • Polite: meshi-agarimasen ka OR taberaremasen ka
  • Normal: tabemasu ka
  • Informal: taberu?

Spanish:

  • T? is standard in most places for speaking to someone your age or below
  • But in Colombia, Usted is used within the family, as a cultural mark of respect and affection

French:

  • "Je peux vous tutoyer?"

The problem in your case may be that you're not using Turkish enough to develop a gut feel for what is appropriate...

  • Once you're using the language regularly, you'll get it!
  • Remember that speaking politely, but with a warm smile, can be extremely endearing and doesn't have to be stiff
  • Watch TV and movies and pay attention just to that
  • A good rule of thumb is to use the polite form
  • But it never really matters... you get a free pass as a foreigner!

Quote Of The Day:

Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness. -Otto von Bismarck

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160: 5 Tips For Finding Comprehensible Input


Tue, Jan 31, 2017


Jonathan asks: "How can I find comprehensible input for Hebrew?"

In this episode:

1. Find other people who are learning the same language, and ask what materials they like:

2. Go to specialist bookshops (in- and out of country). I found some great stuff in Hong Kong 3. Search for bloggers who write about your target language and email them 4. Find material you like and hire someone to transcribe it. Francesco did this with Estonian. I did this with Cantonese:

  5. Make your own materials!

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

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159: Growing vocabulary at intermediate level


Tue, Jan 17, 2017


Valentin asks: "I'm at intermediate level in Russian. How can I grow my vocabulary?"

In this episode:

  • There's no quick solution - you have a large amount of vocabulary to learn, and that takes time
  • Firstly, make sure you can read Russian. It's not too hard, and not being able to read is a handicap
  • "I can't read books or read articles" - maybe not, but you can find material that's graded

Tools that can help you read...

Also...

  • Find speaking partners and use Russian socially - in Japan, speaking with others as much as possible was how I grappled upward to fluency
  • Don't ignore the option of taking classes - it can be a good, systematic way to improve
  • Avoid using prepared lists or flashcard decks

Overall:

  • The principle is to grow your vocabulary using material you enjoy. Why? Because by staying motivated, you'll ultimately get more exposure.
  • Try to enjoy the "struggle" -- it's your best friend!

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

All my short story books: short stories for beginners short stories for intermediate learners olly richards

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158: Skype conversations as a beginner


Wed, Jan 11, 2017


Max asks: "How can I hold Skype conversations if I'm just a beginner?"

In this episode:

  • Many people freeze up as a beginner because they lack vocabulary and confidence
  • If you're willing to make mistakes, you can go far!

Keeping conversations going as a beginner:

  • "How do you say ___?"
  • Ask questions
  • Become a master at paraphrasing
  • Success with this depends a lot on your teacher - see Olly's teacher in Thailand for an example of how this can work well:

https://youtu.be/RWfVYUktRkE

All this develops your communicative competence.

  • But a "Tarzan" approach can leave you with gaps - e.g. grammar and key vocabulary
  • It can be different between languages too
  • You might prefer a more structured approach
  • Choose a textbook to work through, and use your lessons to practise the content of individual modules

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

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157: Keeping the language alive after returning home


Thu, Jan 05, 2017


Libby asks: "I've recently returned home after a year in Germany. How can I keep up my German?"

In this episode:

  • It's normal for your language to go through "seasons"
  • My Thailand experience, how I feel about it now, and why I'm not worried
  • How I learnt Spanish and Portuguese... and didn't use them for years!
  • The maturing of my Japanese
  • Having lived abroad and experienced what it's like to live a language, going back to studying might feel wrong to you
  • You're doing all the right things... reading, speaking etc
  • So try to answer the question: "What role does German play in my life now?"
  • A new language ultimately exists to use it
  • Personally, I don't study my older languages much (if at all). I just use them.

What I do to keep my languages alive:

  • Actively search out friends using language exchange sites
  • Attend meetups
  • Sign up to cultural activities
  • Travel to the country
  • Invent language-related projects to keep the language in my attention
  • Run my own Meetup in London

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Today's Quote:

“The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.” - Norman Rockwell

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156: What to expect in 2017


Tue, Jan 03, 2017


In this episode, I talk about my plans for 2017 and thank some people who have influenced my life and work over the last year.

In this episode:

My big plans for the year:

  • Fluent Spanish Academy - growing the Academy into the best resource for Spanish learners on the web
  • New beginners Spanish course - watch this space!
  • Conversations - collections of fun, natural dialogues for language learners
  • Cantonese listening materials - a new project coming soon
  • Short Stories - a big (but still secret) project coming soon
  • Polyglot Pub - more events for language fans
  • Languages Of London - a new Instagram account celebrating the linguistic diversity of the greatest city in the world. #languagesoflondon

Thanks:

  • Steve, for being my biggest inspiration for language learning
  • Benny, for showing me what's possible
  • Colin, for helping me reach more people around the world
  • Calif, for her passion for Cantonese and help producing amazing dialogues
  • Israel, for his help translating
  • Anthony, for his advice and friendship
  • Tetsu and Joey, for inviting me to Montreal
  • Jan, for being a great travel companion
  • Conor and Kris, for bouncing around endless ideas
  • Robert, for being the best supporter in the world
  • Kruu Nuu, for being an amazing teacher and putting up with my lack of Thai study
  • Stu Jay, for inspiring me to continue with Asian languages
  • Richard, for his friendship and many conversations about languages
  • Amy, for her help getting blog posts out on time
  • iTalki, for supporting this show
  • Shirley, for a great lunch
  • Karen, for showing me some of the coolest things in HK
  • Dave, for helping me manage an insane amount of email

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

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155: How long should I study with the same material?


Mon, Dec 26, 2016


Clay asks: "For how long should I use the same material?"

In this episode:

  • One of the most destructive language habits is jumping from one material to the next
  • Usually, my advice is to stick with ONE thing, simply to guard against the "butterfly" problem
  • "Don't let the great be the enemy of the good"

When I'm studying, I usually have a few different strands to my learning:

  1. Speaking on a regular basis
  2. Flashcard review of vocabulary
  3. Study time

In my study time, I tend to do one thing over and over, until I get bored.

  • I wonder why you're asking this question?
  • You should know deep down if the activity you're doing is productive or not
  • If you feel it's productive, keep going!
  • You will certainly lose motivation to do it sooner or later... wait till that time! (For me it's usually 3 weeks)
  • If you feel it's not productive, stop immediately and try something else
  • Try to avoid FOMO - providing you're speaking, learning vocabulary, and doing other holistic activities, you won't be missing out on anything!

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

  • "Sprints" - My 3-week approach to studying language material

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154: How to teach languages to children


Fri, Dec 23, 2016


Chen asks: "How can I teach my child a foreign language without a native environment?"

In this episode:

  • Studies comparing school education systems don't find any benefits to starting school tuition before the age of 11. However, this is an indictment of the education system more than anything
  • It is possible to teach children many languages at the same time

It's always good to follow the child's interests, but since children change their tastes so frequently, I would pick the language you want him/her to learn, and focus on that over the long-term The ideal scenario is as follows:

  • Set aside one hour a day for the language
  • If possible, bring in an au-pair or nanny to interact with the child for that time ("One Person One Language")
  • If that is not possible, learn the language yourself, and teach him/her as you go
  • Use the same teaching methods you would use in your mother tongue - songs, games, cartoons
  • Be VERY patient, and don't expect quick results

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

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153: Tips to learn languages abroad


Wed, Dec 21, 2016


In this episode, I discuss learning languages abroad.

In this episode:

  • Moving abroad to learn a language isn't always as easy as it seems
  • The need to feel comfortable can lead to decisions that aren't helpful for language learning

What I've been doing in Hong Kong:

  1. Talking to people on the street is neither easy nor productive. Create dedicated opportunities to speak: ConversationExchange.com, MyLanguageExchange.com
  2. Learning local vocabulary for daily life is the biggest benefit to living abroad: Use flashcards to store what you learn
  3. Keep an ongoing record of phrases you want to use, and ask someone later (again, I use flashcards for this)
  4. You only need a couple of good friends to create a perfect learning environment - go out as much as possible
  5. Use commuting time for study
  6. Use all dead time for revision
  7. Don't stop studying!
  8. Look for ways to involve yourself in the language - I'm creating my own materials

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Today's quote:

A wise man will create more opportunities than he finds Francis Bacon

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152: I don't sound like a native


Sat, Dec 03, 2016


Marco asks: "My teacher says I don't speak like a native. What should I do?"

In this episode:

  • When you begin talking to native speakers, most of the value comes from simply speaking
  • Getting used to speaking is the most important thing
  • If you have a lot of existing language knowledge from school, you need to spend time with native speakers in order to get used to how they actually speak

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

  • Speaking Bootcamp - A crash course in speaking fluently and communicating better with native speakers

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151: Why am I still a beginner?


Thu, Dec 01, 2016


Andy asks: "Why am I still a beginner?"

In this episode:

  • Asian languages can take a long time to get used to
  • 6 months seems to be the length of time it takes to become familiar with a new language
  • If you're not seeing progress, you need to increase the frequency and depth of your learning

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

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150: Expressing time in Chinese


Fri, Nov 25, 2016


Tadeusz asks: "Do Chinese concepts of time differ from English?"

In this episode:

In this episode, I'm joined by Chris Parker. We discuss...

  • How to express time in Chinese
  • Potential confusion with English
  • Similarities in Cantonese and Japanese

Language Examples:

Before and after, not really front and behind

5 years ago - 5??? = 5 years before (not really front)

5 years time - 5??? = 5 years after (not really behind) (trad chars = ?????

  • ? = before or in front
  • ? = after + behind
  • ???? last week (upper week) ????? trad chars)
  • ???? this week ????? trad chars?
  • ???? next week (lower week) ????? trad chars)

(for weeks and months)

For series of books or films etc:

  • ? the one on the top - part 1
  • (?) the one in the middle - part 2
  • ? the one on the bottom - part 3

or ? first part ? second part

  • ?? approximately (upper + lower)
  • ?? approximately (left + right)
  • ?? - the year before last (before year)
  • ?? - last year (gone/left year)
  • ?? - this year
  • ?? - next year
  • ?? - the year after next (year after) trad=??

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

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149: Looking back on 3 months of Thai


Tue, Nov 22, 2016


In this episode, I look back on the last 3 months of learning Thai.

In this episode:

  • What I've done since returning from Thailand
  • Is one lesson a week enough?
  • Learning two languages at once
  • Advice for a "minimum" time commitment

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

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148: How to learn a language from home


Thu, Nov 10, 2016


Rana asks: "How can you learn a language without traveling abroad?"

In this episode:

  • Traveling abroad isn't necessarily a good thing
  • You can easily learn the basics of a new language from anywhere
  • Get a good textbook & take online classes
  • Plan a trip abroad later on, once you can speak
  • Longer-term, the mosts important thing is to stay motivated in your learning

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

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147: Are word frequency lists useful?


Tue, Nov 08, 2016


Dave asks: "How useful are word frequency lists?"

In this episode:

  • A small number of words account for a disproportionate amount of use in spoken language
  • But does it make sense to memorise the most frequent words?
  • What about nuance, or context?
  • Why a holistic approach is best - you'll learn those words naturally anyway
  • Frequency dictionaries can be useful for filling in gaps

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

The Science Of Successful Blogging - My talk from the Montreal Language Festival in Summer 2016. https://youtu.be/HhC0xbpI9QI

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146: How to enrich your vocabulary


Thu, Nov 03, 2016


Syawal asks: "How can I enrich my vocabulary when speaking?"

In this episode:

  • Why we tend to use the same limited vocabulary when we speak
  • Syawal's English is already strong, so we're talking about finer shades of meaning and expression
  • How does a native English speaker enrich their vocabulary?
  • Extensive reading is the ultimate way to expose yourself to new linguistic possibilities
  • Combine that with memory techniques to make sure you don't forget the vocabulary

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

  • Master Your Memory - Learn to improve your memory, so you can easily memorise new vocabulary in any language and not forget it.
  • Why Your Spanish Is Stagnating...And What To Do About It! - A new article I've written for Huffington Post about dealing with the intermediate plateau. If you like the article, I'd be grateful if you could share it on social media, it's a great opportunity for me to be featured there!

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145: Staying safe in language exchanges


Tue, Nov 01, 2016


Ashley asks: "How do you stay safe when doing language exchanges?"

In this episode:

  • Making connections is the real joy of language learning
  • My perspective as a man
  • It's undeniable that some people are looking for more - just like real life!
  • Just as in real life, you need to stay aware
  • Corresponding in advance, talking about the terms of your exchange, and trusting your gut is probably best
  • Beyond that, if you're meeting online (such as Skype), you're safe - just don't reveal any personal details
  • You could use a separate Skype name and Gmail address, but that might not be the foundation of a good friendship
  • If meeting face-to-face, it's almost certainly fine, just meet in a public place
  • However, I'm not best qualified to advise on this... leave your comments please!

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

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144: Learning Japanese Kanji with Star Wars


Fri, Oct 28, 2016


In this episode, I speak with Kevin about his fascinating journey to learn to read and write Japanese. Find Kevin's blog here.

In this episode:

  • How Kevin got started with Japanese
  • Struggles in learning kanji
  • Materials that inspired him

Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

Kevin shows us how to use Wanikani: https://youtu.be/6IRTl-zDgNQ

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143: Master Your Memory Part 3


Thu, Oct 20, 2016


This is a 3-part series where you'll learn to master your memory and learn new vocabulary faster. If you haven't heard Parts 1&2 yet, please do that first:

In this episode:

  • The "T" in the A.R.T. technique - Try!
  • Trying out your new vocabulary in conversation is the last part of mastering it
  • You need to get your new words off the page and onto the tip of your tongue
  • Find a safe person, such as a teacher or language partner, who can help you practise your new vocabulary in a controlled, non-pressure way
  • Remember, though, if you have followed the A. and R. part of the formula, using the vocabulary in conversation should be the easy part!

New Course - Master Your Memory!

I'm running a new course, where we'll take the concept of the A.R.T. formula you learnt in this series, and put in into practice! You'll learn the 5 most powerful memory techniques of all, and I'll coach you through applying them in your own language learning!

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142: Master Your Memory Part 2


Fri, Oct 14, 2016


This is a 3-part series where you'll learn to master your memory and learn new vocabulary faster. If you haven't heard Part 1 yet, click here to listen to it first!

In this episode:

  • The "R" in the A.R.T. technique - Repetition
  • Why most people get Repetition wrong
  • Techniques for introducing Repetition into your memory process
  • Why automating the process of Repetition is a good idea
  • The big danger to avoid

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141: Master Your Memory Part 1


Tue, Oct 11, 2016


This is a 3-part series where you'll learn to master your memory and learn new vocabulary faster.

In this episode:

  • Is your memory as bad as you think it is?
  • My A.R.T. formula for memorising new words in any language
  • Selecting vocabulary to learn
  • The process of bringing attention (A.) to new words

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140: I'm in the wrong class!


Thu, Oct 06, 2016


Denise asks: "My class in the local English school isn't right for me. Help!"

In this episode:

  • Self-taught learners and language schools don't always mix
  • It's important to be in the right level of class
  • There maybe many opportunities to speak English locally

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

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139: I'm overwhelmed with study options


Tue, Oct 04, 2016


Class asks: "How can I put together a study plan that works for me in Italian?"

In this episode:

  • Too much advice can lead to paralysis by analysis
  • Stress is the enemy of learning
  • It's important to stay connected to your original reason for learning
  • Taking 3 weeks off to focus on enjoying the language can work wonders

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138: Making the most of iTalki lessons


Thu, Sep 29, 2016


Kento asks: "How can I make the most out of iTalki lessons?"

In this episode:

  • Decide what you're looking for in a teacher
  • Avoid the trap of "just talking"
  • Come to the lesson with a specific task to do

For example:

  • Describing photos
  • Preparing a monologue or diary entry
  • Transformation drills
  • Summarising stories
  • Finishing stories

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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137: Love and language learning


Tue, Sep 27, 2016


Joy asks: "My boyfriend wants me to speak German, what should I do?"

In this episode:

  • Language and emotions are inextricably linked
  • Friendships that begin in one language rarely switch to another
  • You're lucky he's so supportive with speaking German!
  • Try fixing a specific time when you speak German

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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136: Learning English grammar with Shayna


Fri, Sep 23, 2016


In this episode, I'm joined by Shayna from Espresso English to talk about learning English grammar!

In this episode:

  • Does grammar matter?
  • Why do students struggle to learn English grammar?
  • Does learning grammar change at different levels?
  • Tips for mastering English grammar

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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135: What inspired you to learn so many languages?


Wed, Sep 21, 2016


Anna asks: "What inspired you to learn so many languages?"

In this episode:

  • How I started learning languages
  • My inspiration for learning more than one
  • Why I felt encouraged and motivated by my success
  • Tips for getting started

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • IWTYAL 011: I'm 17. Should I bother learning a new language?

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134: Dealing with frustration in Chinese


Thu, Sep 15, 2016


Nicolas asks: "I'm getting frustrated with my Chinese. What should I do?"

In this episode:

  • Chinese is a difficult language that takes time and patience
  • You can't compare it with learning French

Tips for getting through the frustration:

  1. Make sure you're speaking as much as possible with people in your community
  2. Learn to read and write Chinese characters
  3. Book a trip to China
  4. Search for some new, interesting materials

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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133: Advanced English without speaking more


Tue, Sep 13, 2016


Angel asks: "How can I improve my advanced English even more?"

In this episode:

  • At the advanced level, you have so many options for studying
  • Even native speakers face the same dilemma
  • I recommend specialising in a field of life or work, so you can use English as a vehicle in a more academic setting

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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132: A critique of FSI methodology


Thu, Sep 08, 2016


Innes asks: "I'm studying German with FSI. What are your thoughts?"

In this episode:

  • FSA and the audiolingual method
  • Pros and Cons of the FSI method
  • Who is it for, and should you use it?

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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131: Switching Portuguese from European to Brazilian


Tue, Sep 06, 2016


Nicolas asks: "I've learnt European Portuguese. Can I switch to Brazilian?"

In this episode:

  • Comparison between European and Brazilian Portuguese
  • Switching between varieties of Portuguese
  • How to do it

Resources mentioned in this episode:

https://youtu.be/KVnz14SrobA Differences between Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese - Fernando Saraiva at the Polyglot Gathering: https://youtu.be/-T5lT5afkys

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130: Do native speakers use technical terms?


Thu, Sep 01, 2016


Della asks: "Do native speakers use a lot of technical terms in their daily language?"

In this episode:

  • Why exams can be problematic
  • Are exams relevant to your needs?
  • Exams usually have to be treated like a game... just win!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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129: How to facilitate language exchanges


Tue, Aug 30, 2016


Vremita asks: "How do you facilitate a good language exchange?"

In this episode:

  • Why language exchanges can be challenging
  • What makes a perfect language partner?
  • Tips for making it a success

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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128: Benny Lewis on Designing Language Courses


Thu, Aug 25, 2016


In this episode, I interview Benny Lewis about his new series of language courses! Click the image below to check out the guides...

language hacking benny

Or visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/benny

In this episode:

  • How Benny's collaboration with Teach Yourself came about
  • About the new Language Hacking series
  • What's involved in creating a language course
  • Hurdles along the way
  • Advice for language teachers creating their own courses

Resources mentioned in this episode:

The new language hacking courses are available in Spanish, French, German and Italian, and are available for pre-order, with tonnes of bonuses included!

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127: Behind the scenes in Thailand


Tue, Aug 16, 2016


I'm in Thailand learning Thai with my friend Jan. In this episode we talk about how we're studying and what we're up to.

In this episode:

  • What we're doing in Thailand
  • How we're studying
  • What happens when we go home?

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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126: What do you think of Esperanto?


Tue, Aug 09, 2016


Juan Pablo asks: "Does it make sense for me to learn Esperanto?"

In this episode:

  • What are constructed languages?
  • Does it make sense to learn them?
  • How can I reach spoken fluency if there are no native speakers of Esperanto?

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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125: Advanced grammar without studying


Fri, Aug 05, 2016


Sabine asks: "How can I learn the last 1% of grammar I need in English without studying?"

In this episode:

  • Advanced grammar
  • Why a holistic approach to learning is essential at advanced levels
  • Varied reading is important
  • A good teacher can be invaluable for fixing difficult areas of your language

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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124: Shadowing and self-talk


Wed, Aug 03, 2016


Sebatstian says: "I'm a big fan of shadowing and self-talk."

In this episode:

  • Why self-talk is helpful (even if it makes you look crazy!)
  • How you can integrate it into your daily life
  • What is shadowing, and how does it work?

Resources mentioned in this episode:

I'm going to Thailand, to do an intensive 2-week Thai course. Want to follow along behind the scenes?

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123: How can we change language education in schools?


Fri, Jul 29, 2016


Kevin asks: "School put me off languages. How can we make sure that doesn't happen to other kids?"

In this episode:

  • I'm joined by special guest Lindsay Dow!
  • How languages are taught in school
  • What motivates kids to learn languages
  • How teachers can influence their students' experience
  • Tips for teachers

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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122: Pronunciation in difficult languages


Tue, Jul 26, 2016


Tony asks: "I'm learning Danish, how can I better understand their pronunciation?"

In this episode:

  • It's vital to learn the basic phonetics of a new language
  • Get a teacher to help you
  • It takes time to become familiar with the pronunciation of a difficult language

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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121: I'm not motivated to speak, but...


Thu, Jul 21, 2016


Juliano asks: "I'm not motivated to speak, but I still need to improve!"

In this episode:

  • Speaking is a muscle, you need to practise!
  • How I have struggled with motivation before
  • Things you can do to create motivation in the place you live

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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120: The mother tongue's role in vocabulary learning


Tue, Jul 19, 2016


Rocco asks: "What role should your mother tongue play in learning vocabulary?"

In this episode:

  • Translation is useful (and desirable) at the early stages of learning a language
  • Over time, you should move towards doing as much as possible in the target language
  • Being comfortable not understanding every word is an important step towards gaining more exposure to the language

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • Alex Rawling's talk on reading comprehension in a foreign language in Berlin:

https://youtu.be/xgQZfS_BMVo

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119: I can't understand English TV


Sat, Jul 16, 2016


Mateusz asks: "I have trouble understanding TV in English. What should I do?"

In this episode:

  • TV, movies and radio are "larger than life" and often contain language that's not common or everyday
  • Watching TV can help, but it's not a quick fix
  • Focus your study on material can be effectively studied, then use your free time for immersion, using TV, radio, or whatever you like

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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118: How to choose intermediate material


Thu, Jul 14, 2016


Marcus asks: "What's the best way to choose intermediate material?"

In this episode:

  • There is often no "perfect" choice for intermediate level material
  • The available choice can depend on the language you're learning
  • Don't let the lack of ideal material stop you studying
  • Remember to balance textbook study with your own goals

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • Talk In Arabic - the best place on the web to learn a dialect of Arabic

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117: Conversation with Steve Kaufmann Part 2


Thu, Jul 07, 2016


In this episode, I sit down for a chat with Steve Kaufmann. This is part 2 of the conversation.

In this episode:

  • What role languages play in our lives
  • Asian languages
  • Chinese, Japanese and Korean
  • Learning to read foreign scripts
  • Learning languages where reading is not an easy option

Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

  • LingQ.com - Steve's fantastic language learning website
  • The complete conversation on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/4EFdA3YfFB4

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116: Conversation with Steve Kaufmann Part 1


Tue, Jul 05, 2016


In this episode, I sit down for a chat with Steve Kaufmann. This is part 1 of the conversation.

In this episode:

  • Learning and maintaining multiple languages
  • Don't your language interfere with each other?
  • Forgetting languages

Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

  • LingQ.com - Steve's fantastic language learning website
  • The complete conversation on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/4EFdA3YfFB4

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115: My teacher wants me to slow down


Fri, Jul 01, 2016


Yuki asks: "My high school English teacher wants me to speak more slowly. What should I do?"

In this episode:

  • There is often a conflict between the way languages are taught in schools and the way you want to learn them yourself
  • When it comes to exams, you need to do whatever it takes to get good grades
  • Beyond that, focus on the long-term

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114: Brexit and what it means for language learners


Wed, Jun 29, 2016


Last week, the UK voted to leave the European Union. In this episode, I've decided to give you my thoughts on this decision, and what it means for us as language learners.

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113: Thoughts on tracking progress in a language


Fri, Jun 24, 2016


Keith asks: "What ideas do you have for tracking your progress in a language?"

In this episode:

Possible ways to track progress in language learning:

  • Lists of words learnt
  • Dialogues studied or completed
  • Textbooks finished
  • Exams passed

However, the best way to track progress is to consider how you want to use the language in your life, and draw inspiration from that.

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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112: How can I save my Portuguese?


Wed, Jun 22, 2016


Mauricio asks: "I'm learning French, but my Portuguese is suffering. What should I do?"

In this episode:

  • Learning to use two similar languages together is almost like learning a new language altogether!
  • Mauricio needs to continue to learn French, but also...
  • Look for ways to speak both Portuguese and French regularly in his daily life

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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Fluent Spanish Academy is open for BETA members


Mon, Jun 20, 2016


The Fluent Spanish Academy is open for beta members.

For more information, visit: http://fluentspanishacademy.com



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111: How to learn hiragana with memory techniques


Thu, Jun 16, 2016


In this episode I welcome Anthony Metivier from Magnetic Memory Method. We talk how to use special memory techniques to learn the Japanese hiragana alphabet in less than 3 hours.

In this episode:

  • What are memory palaces?
  • How can you use them to memorise a foreign alphabet
  • Examples of memorising hiragana

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

  • Check out Anthony's guest post here which goes into more detail on using memory palaces to learn hiragana

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110: How can I measure my progress?


Tue, Jun 14, 2016


Wonyoung asks: "I've been living in Australia for 2 years, but I feel like I've stopped improving. How can I measure my progress?"

In this episode:

Wonyoung asks three questions:

  1. How do I know if my English is still improving?
  2. How can I check my progress?
  3. How can you tell if someone has mastered a foreign language?

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

I recorded a video of a Cantonese song I just learned...

https://youtu.be/4e71aUNSC0Q

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109: How can I maintain my Spanish while learning French?


Thu, Jun 09, 2016


Andy asks: "I want to start learning French, but I'm nervous about losing my Spanish. How should I proceed?"

In this episode:

  • When is a good time to move on to a new language?
  • How Andy should maintain his Spanish
  • Learning two languages at once

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108: Coping with unknown vocabulary


Tue, Jun 07, 2016


Andy asks: "I'm trying to ignore difficult words when I'm speaking Korean...but it's hard. Any tips?"

In this episode:

  • Dealing with unknown vocabulary is a vital skill
  • You can have a full conversation without understanding everything
  • Different languages present different challenges
  • Try always waiting till the end of the sentence before panicking about difficult words
  • Devote pure "speaking time" to every session, where you're not allowed to speak English or ask for a translation

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107: Which language exam should I take?


Fri, Jun 03, 2016


Mario asks: "I want to take an exam to improve my English. Which one should I choose?"

In this episode:

  • There are many language exams in the world - good and bad
  • Be clear on your aim...
  • Do you need the exam to enter university/get a job?
  • Or is it just for fun?

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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106: How useful is laddering?


Wed, Jun 01, 2016


Fernando asks: "How useful is laddering?"

In this episode:

  • Laddering = Using one foreign language to learn another
  • Two possible reasons for doing this: 1) The languages are very similar, 2) Just as a challenge!
  • Learning a language quickly requires focus and efficiency
  • I would personally find laddering for the sake of it rather inefficient and confusing
  • There are better ways of using your time in order to get your practice in

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105: Which side of a flashcard should you display first?


Tue, May 24, 2016


Wilbert asks: "I'm learning Portuguese with flashcards. Which side of the flashcard should I display first?"

In this episode:

  • If you display the foreign word first, you only have to recognise it
  • If you display the mother-tongue word first, you have to recall and produce the word in the target language - much harder to do

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

  • Make Words Stick - a short video lesson about memorising vocabulary and not forgetting it

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104: How to reach C2 level in English


Fri, May 20, 2016


Sabina asks: "I'm trying to reach C2 level English, what should I do?"

In this episode:

  • Many native speakers are not C2 level
  • It's not easy to reach and involves complex skills
  • Knowing the C2 level descriptions doesn't necessarily help you know how to reach it
  • Focus on your subject area, and become an expert in that area
  • The language skills will follow quickly

C2 CEFR Descriptors:

  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • Can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Khan Academy

MOOCs

IELTS Writing

CEFR 

Fluent Spanish Academy

To join the testing group for the Fluent Spanish Academy, click here: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/academy

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103: What's the easiest language in the world?


Wed, May 18, 2016


A listener from Korea asks: "What's the easiest language to learn?"

In this episode:

  • The difficulty of a language depends on its proximity to your mother tongue
  • For Koreans, Japanese is very close
  • For English speakers, Spanish and other romance languages are very close
  • Motivation is still the most important thing to consider when choosing a new language

 

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102: A One Year Spanish Self-Study Plan


Fri, May 13, 2016


In this episode, I discuss a hypothetical 1-year plan to learn Spanish.

In this episode:

My hypothetical 1-year plan to learn Spanish:

  • 1-3 weeks: Use an introductory audio course
  • Months 1-3: Study a good textbook and work with a teacher
  • Months 4-6: Speak a lot and focus on vocabulary
  • Months 7-12: Replace daily activities in life with Spanish

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Weeks 1-3:

Months 1-3:

Months 4-6:

 Months 7-12:

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101: Is a community the ultimate language hack?


Wed, May 11, 2016


In this episode, I talk about the impact that language communities have had on my life.

In this episode:

  • The Polyglot Gathering in Berlin
  • What it's like in a language conference
  • Developing deep relationships with likeminded people
  • Getting outside your comfort zone
  • How this can impact on your language learning

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

With podcast listener Maria in Berlin... 

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100: Language Learners Around the World Reveal Their Best Tips!


Tue, Apr 26, 2016


This is episode 100 of the podcast! In this episode we hear from you - the listeners.

In this episode:

I asked you to tell me the single biggest lesson about language learning you've learnt from listening to 100 episodes of the podcast. I was struck by the diversity of people around the world who got in touch - everyone learning different languages, in different countries. It was truly inspiring, and it reminded me how we are all striving to improve our lives by learning languages, and are making the world a better place in the process. I hope you enjoy this special episode! Please leave me a comment below with your favourite message of all! Also, please take a second to share this podcast episode on Facebook, Twitter, or with a friend who's learning a language. They'll draw motivation from all the others around the world learning languages, and find a new lease of life in their own learning!

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Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

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099: How to cope with a different alphabet


Thu, Apr 21, 2016


Isabelle asks: "I'm learning Korean, but I'm slow at reading. How can I improve?"

In this episode:

  • An unfamiliar alphabet can be off-putting
  • Some alphabets present significant challenges (e.g. Chinese)
  • Korean is relatively easy - only 24 characters
  • The pronunciation is reflected in the characters (unlike Chinese, for example)
  • Learn all the characters and associated sounds at the beginning
  • Improving is really just a question of practice
  • Keep away from romanisation
  • Persist!

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Your Homework!

Help me create an amazing feature for the 100th episode! I'd like to create a montage of voices of podcast listeners from around the world, all giving one piece of language advice they've learned from the show. This would be such a great way to commemorate the 100th episode, and provide motivation for all of you out there learning languages on your own. If you'd like to participate, please click the link below and leave a short message including the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Where you're from
  3. The ONE thing you've learned from the show that's made a big difference to your language learning

Click here to leave the message

Start speaking today

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Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

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098: Improving writing skills without a teacher


Tue, Apr 19, 2016


Tomasz asks: "How can I improve my writing in English without a teacher?"

In this episode:

Three powerful ways to get better at writing:

  1. Use a community site like Lang-8.com to write diary entries and get corrections from native speakers
  2. Reverse translation - click here to learn about that
  3. Exam books give specific writing exercises and sample answers...

Your Homework!

Help me create an amazing feature for the 100th episode! I'd like to create a montage of voices of podcast listeners from around the world, all giving one piece of language advice they've learned from the show. This would be such a great way to commemorate the 100th episode, and provide motivation for all of you out there learning languages on your own. If you'd like to participate, please click the link below and leave a short message including the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Where you're from
  3. The ONE thing you've learned from the show that's made a big difference to your language learning

Click here to leave the message

Start speaking today

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Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

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097: Word Order & Sentence Structure In A New Language


Sat, Apr 16, 2016


Freddie asks: "What's the best way to get my head around different word order and sentence structure in a new language?"

In this episode:

Three approaches to getting used to word order and sentence structure:

  1. Learn the rules. It doesn't take long, but is important for you to be aware of how the language works
  2. Lots of input. Word order is something you ultimately get used to in a language, so in order to make this happen you need to be listening and reading to as much as possible.
  3. Regular production. At the beginning, it's natural to think using the word order of your mother tongue. To get over this, make sure you're producing (speaking or writing) the language regularly.

Two ways to practise producing and getting used to the word order of the language:

  1. Copy out the dialogues from your textbook onto paper. This gives you the experience of producing the word order yourself
  2. Write and learn short monologues in the language. This way, you can "feel" what it's like to speak using the new word order

Your Homework!

Help me create an amazing feature for the 100th episode! I'd like to create a montage of voices of podcast listeners from around the world, all giving one piece of language advice they've learned from the show. This would be such a great way to commemorate the 100th episode, and provide motivation for all of you out there learning languages on your own. If you'd like to participate, please click the link below and leave a short message including the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Where you're from
  3. The ONE thing you've learned from the show that's made a big difference to your language learning

Click here to leave the message

Start speaking today

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Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

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096: Olly's Strategy to Learn German


Thu, Apr 14, 2016


2 weeks ago, I started learning German. In this episode I talk about my experience learning a brand new language.

In this episode:

  • Why I decided to learn German
  • My specific aims
  • The time frame I've given myself, and why this is important
  • My strategy for learning German
  • Similarities with English and the opportunities that presents

Resources Featured In This Episode

Colloquial German - the textbook I'm using to study every day Basic German - A Grammar and Workbook - the grammar book I chose to compliment the textbook

Your Homework!

Help me create an amazing feature for the 100th episode! I'd like to create a montage of voices of podcast listeners from around the world, all giving one piece of language advice they've learned from the show. This would be such a great way to commemorate the 100th episode, and provide motivation for all of you out there learning languages on your own. If you'd like to participate, please click the link below and leave a short message including the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Where you're from
  3. The ONE thing you've learned from the show that's made a big difference to your language learning

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095: Should I rely on translation at advanced levels?


Thu, Apr 07, 2016


SJ asks: "I'm using flashcards to help me learn English expressions. But am I relying too much on translation?"

In this episode:

  • The challenges of learning a language at a higher level
  • Why you shouldn't worry too much about translation
  • Use bilingual flashcards to help prompt you - not to produce a direct translation
  • Why, as a general principle, you should study entirely in the target language

Your Homework!

Help me create an amazing feature for the 100th episode! I'd like to create a montage of voices of podcast listeners from around the world, all giving one piece of language advice they've learned from the show. This would be such a great way to commemorate the 100th episode, and provide motivation for all of you out there learning languages on your own. If you'd like to participate, please click the link below and leave a short message including the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Where you're from
  3. The ONE thing you've learned from the show that's made a big difference to your language learning

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094: I get tired after speaking for 30 minutes


Tue, Apr 05, 2016


Tom?s asks: "I get tired after speaking English for 30 minutes. How can I raise my stamina?"

In this episode:

  • My experience breaking through the "tiredness" barrier in Spanish
  • You need to spend extended time speaking a language in order for it to become easier
  • When you're having fun, you won't get tired so easily
  • In your lessons, try to push yourself from the start by defining challenging topics to discuss

Today's Featured Quote:

"Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well." - Theodore Roosevelt"

100th Episode Special!

Help me create an amazing feature for the 100th episode! I'd like to create a montage of voices of podcast listeners from around the world, all giving one piece of language advice they've learned from the show. This would be such a great way to commemorate the 100th episode, and provide motivation for all of you out there learning languages on your own. If you'd like to participate, please click the link below and leave a short message including the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Where you're from
  3. The ONE thing you've learned from the show that's made a big difference to your language learning

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093: Is culture important in language learning?


Fri, Apr 01, 2016


Thiago asks: "I'm learning Japanese. How important is it for me to learn the culture?"

In this episode:

  • Why language and culture are inextricably linked
  • Why you can't learn a language to a high level without familiarity with the culture
  • However, if basic communication is your main aim, you don't need to be culturally literate
  • You can get to a basic level of conversation in the language without knowing about the culture

Today's Featured Resource:

100th Episode Special!

Help me create an amazing feature for the 100th episode! I'd like to create a montage of voices of podcast listeners from around the world, all giving one piece of language advice they've learned from the show. This would be such a great way to commemorate the 100th episode, and provide motivation for all of you out there learning languages on your own. If you'd like to participate, please click the link below and leave a short message including the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Where you're from
  3. The ONE thing you've learned from the show that's made a big difference to your language learning

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Start speaking today

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092: Is reading aloud helpful?


Wed, Mar 30, 2016


Nicolas asks: "Is it helpful to read aloud in Chinese?"

In this episode:

  • Reading aloud and why we do it
  • Our experience of reading aloud from school
  • The benefits of reading aloud on pronunciation
  • Why reading aloud has few other benefits for developing fluency
  • Why reading aloud is harmful for developing reading skills

Today's Featured Resource:

100th Episode Special!

Help me create an amazing feature for the 100th episode! I'd like to create a montage of voices of podcast listeners from around the world, all giving one piece of language advice they've learned from the show. This would be such a great way to commemorate the 100th episode, and provide motivation for all of you out there learning languages on your own. If you'd like to participate, please click the link below and leave a short message including the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Where you're from
  3. The ONE thing you've learned from the show that's made a big difference to your language learning

Click here to leave the message

Start speaking today

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091: Luke Thompson on teaching and learning


Thu, Mar 24, 2016


In this episode I talk with Luke Thompson from Luke's English Podcast. Luke's been podcasting for over 7 years, and I asked him about the top three things he'd learnt during that time. He chose four things - but I won't hold it against him!

In this episode:

Luke's top lessons from 7+ years of podcasting:

  1. Attitude - It's vital for language learners to ask questions and be willing to fail
  2. Time - You must be willing to work regularly at your target language over time
  3. Practice - Practise often and don't be afraid to make mistakes
  4. Materials - Motivating and enjoyable materias are essential in order to enjoy the learning process

Today's Featured Resource

Start speaking today

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090: Should I add audio to my flashcards?


Tue, Mar 22, 2016


Sergio asks: "Is it a good idea to add audio to my flashcards?"

In this episode:

  • Why audio and images are helpful to remember vocabulary
  • The benefits of adding audio to your flashcards
  • Memrise.com
  • The tradeoff in terms of time
  • Why I don't do it personally

100th Episode Special!

Help me create an amazing feature for the 100th episode! I'd like to create a montage of voices of podcast listeners from around the world, all giving one piece of language advice they've learned from the show. This would be such a great way to commemorate the 100th episode, and provide motivation for all of you out there learning languages on your own. If you'd like to participate, please click the link below and leave a short message including the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Where you're from
  3. The ONE thing you've learned from the show that's made a big difference to your language learning

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089: How can I resurrect a childhood language?


Thu, Mar 17, 2016


Zena asks: "I spoke fluent Chinese as a child, but I've since forgotten it. How can I resurrect it?"

In this episode:

  • If you spoke another language as a child, how much you will remember as an adult
  • How to reconnect with the language
  • Finding out what resources you used to like as a child
  • How to approach resurrecting the language
  • How to approach learning an Asian language

Today's Featured Resource:

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088: Should I watch movies with subtitles?


Tue, Mar 15, 2016


Pete asks: "I'm learning Portuguese, should I watch movies with subtitles?"

In this episode:

  • Why movies are not a useful learning strategy for beginners
  • What to do instead

10 ways to make the most out of movies:

  1. Try to find movies that you’ve already seen, but dubbed into your target language
  2. Watch the same movie over and over, rather than a new one each time.
  3. Turn off the subtitles!
  4. Don’t stop and start the movie to look things up in the dictionary.
  5. Instead, you can keep a notebook next to you and jot down words and phrases that catch your attention.
  6. Whatever you do, watch things you enjoy!
  7. If you can find the script for a movie you like, move heaven and earth to get it!
  8. Whilst watching, try to engage with the story line.
  9. If you do understand something that’s said, repeat it aloud
  10. Watch TV series rather than movies.

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087: How to avoid translating in your head


Thu, Mar 10, 2016


Pete asks: "I'm learning Portuguese, how can I avoid translating in my head?"

In this episode:

  • Translation is inevitable
  • It's a useful strategy as a beginner
  • Translation stops being useful as you move to higher levels, and you're dealing with nuances in the language which often don't have translations
  • Stopping translating in your head is something that happens naturally over time

Tips for moving away from translation:

  • Be happy with a certain level of ambiguity in the language - fixating on understanding every word is counterproductive
  • Look for patterns and phrases in the language, write them down, notice them being used in different contexts, the begin to use them yourself
  • Deal in phrases and sentences, not single words
  • When watching movies etc, relax and be present with the language, don't try to understand everything
  • Spend time on all four skills

Today's Quote:

  • "You don't learn a language, you get used to it." - Katsumoto

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086: How to study during a busy period


Tue, Mar 08, 2016


Isabelle asks: "I'm about to enter a very busy period of final exams. How can I keep up my Mandarin during this period?"

In this episode:

  • The good thing about having a finite period of "busyness"
  • The less pressure the better - results in more learning
  • I suggest picking ONE thing, and doing only that during the whole busy period
  • This could be: have two speaking sessions a week, watch one episode of a TV drama every evening, learn 5 new Chinese characters every morning

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

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085: How should I allocate time to different languages?


Thu, Mar 03, 2016


Freddie asks: "I'm a professional English translator and interpreter living in Portugal. However, learning Portuguese is detracting from my English...what should I do?"

In this episode:

  • Freddie's aims are very different
  • English is his professional obligation, while Portuguese is simply the local language
  • Is there a big rush to learn Portuguese?
  • I suggest deciding exactly how much time needs to be spend on English every day, and allocating that time strictly

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

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084: How can I teach my mother English?


Tue, Mar 01, 2016


Nicolas asks: "I'd like to help my mother learn English. What's the best way to do that?"

In this episode:

  • First of all, Nicolas' mum needs to find a good English textbook that she likes
  • Then she should get a basic study goal every day ... e.g. 2 pages a day
  • However, it's not all about the studying - motivation is also extremely important
  • Make it fun by speaking to her in simple English
  • Ask her to name objects in English, start watching English movies, even buy her a cookery book in English
  • There's no rush, so keep it fun and keep her motivated!

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

Are you new to the podcast? Here's where to follow Olly for more language tips...

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083: Shouldn't language learning be unconscious?


Thu, Feb 25, 2016


Masoud asks: "For me, language learning has always been an unconscious experience. Studying just shuts me down."

In this episode:

We discuss the topic of episode 57, which is whether extensive listening is helpful for language learning. Specifically:

  • The differences between children and adults learning languages
  • The advantages of time that children have
  • Whether children learn efficiently or not
  • Why adults can't replicate the conditions enjoyed by children
  • What they can best do instead

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

  • Definitely check out episode 57 of the podcast for some useful context to this episode: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/episode57

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082: The truth about flashcards and language learning


Tue, Feb 23, 2016


In this episode I discuss the common criticism of flashcards as an "ineffective" study technique.

In this episode:

Three common criticisms of flashcards:

  1. Involves rote learning
  2. Vocabulary lacks context
  3. Doesn't work for many people

I address each of these criticisms and discuss why I think flashcard software is one of the most useful and relevant organisational and learning tools for learning foreign languages.

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

I wrote a 72-page guide that describes my complete method for learning languages with flashcards. It costs $7 and you can find it here: Get the Make Words Stick Guide

 

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081: 10 Ways To Make A Living Online With Languages


Wed, Feb 10, 2016


In this episode I answer a common question I receive: "How can I make a living online with my language talents?"

In this episode:

As a language specialist, you have many options for making a living online using your talents. I started a free Facebook community to show you how to do this, and answer your questions. To join, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/languagefreedomleague/ Here are the ten ways to make a living online with languages:

  1. Blogging
  2. Making and selling your own products
  3. Language coaching
  4. Online teaching
  5. Writing books/guides
  6. Vlogging
  7. Translation
  8. Podcasting
  9. Membership sites
  10. Selling other people's products

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

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Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

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080: Does travelling make you fluent?


Tue, Feb 02, 2016


In this episode I'm joined by special guest Jan Van Der Aa.

In this episode:

  • Do you have to travel abroad to take your language to a high level?
  • Our experiences of learning multiple languages

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5slVHy2JmcQ

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079: Want me to teach you Spanish?


Fri, Jan 29, 2016


In this episode:

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078: When should I stop learning vocabulary?


Thu, Jan 21, 2016


Steffen asks: "When's the right time to stop focusing on vocabulary?"

In this episode:

  • Why you'll always need to grow your vocab
  • The ONE thing that's more important than that
  • Sprints

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3voBSKr9Sl4  

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