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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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226: Introducing Conversations


Fri, Nov 17, 2017


In this episode, I introduce my new Conversations product, in a conversation with IWTYAL team-member James.

Episode Summary:

In this episode you'll learn:

  • What is Conversations?
  • The planning, preparation and work that went into the creation of the product
  • Feedback we made to the language content after input from testers

Conversations is now available in six languages! For more information click the logo below, or click here.

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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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225: Listening Skills 3 - Real Conversations Are Nothing Like My Textbook!


Tue, Nov 14, 2017


This is part 3 of a new series about improving your listening skills!

Episode Summary:

In this episode you'll learn:

  • The difficult of jumping from "textbook" language to "real" language
  • Why bridging the gap between the two is vital to your success
  • What kind of material is most helpful

https://vimeo.com/241009994

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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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224: Listening Skills 2: I Can't Tell Words Apart!


Sun, Nov 12, 2017


This is part 2 of a new series about improving your listening skills!

Episode Summary:

In this episode you'll learn:

  • Why 5 words can all appear as 1 in speech
  • What to do about "jumbles of words"
  • What is Connected Speech and why does it matter?
  • The ONE activity you need to do to improve your ability to tell words apart

https://vimeo.com/241011937

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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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223: Listening Skills 1 - People talk too fast!


Thu, Nov 09, 2017


This is part 1 of a new series about improving your listening skills!

Episode Summary:

In this episode you'll learn:

  • Why speed is NOT the reason you struggle with listening
  • The “invisible shield” that keeps you stuck at your current level
  • The ONE simple change to your study routine that will help you understand native speakers better

https://vimeo.com/241009289

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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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222: How can I integrate grammar & writing into my routine?


Tue, Nov 07, 2017


Nicol?s asks: "How can I integrate grammar and writing skills into my routine?"

Episode Summary:

  • Its common for speaking to outpace other skills
  • Many people find that writing is rarely necessary in another language, especially if you're learning for fun
  • If a skill isn't necessary, will you be motivated enough to improve it?
  • The way to become a good writer is to be a good reader
  • Read widely on topics of interest - you grammar and writing will improve naturally
  • What elements of your daily life can you move into Italian?
  • Try writing based on the theme of your reading

Today's Quote:

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” —Samuel Johnson

Start Speaking Today:

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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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221: How can I help my child learn a language?


Fri, Nov 03, 2017


Holly asks: How can I best help my child with language learning?

Episode Summary:

  • Language learning for children is a very different process than for adults
  • The big advantage children have is time
  • Formal lessons don't work particularly well for children until they reach 10ys+
  • You can't make them learn against their will, so it's essential to find something fun
  • Books and people are the best resources
  • OPOL

Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

  • Pampers to Polyglot: Tetsu Yung at the Montreal Language Festival 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRTSL1ObPEU  

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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220: Interview with Stephen Krashen


Thu, Oct 26, 2017


In this episode, I speak with Stephen Krashen about language learning and the polyglot community.

  • For the full show notes, please click here.

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219: How to help students with fossilisation


Mon, Oct 23, 2017


Matthias asks: "How can I help my students deal with fossilisation?"

Episode Summary:

  • Fossilisation is when a mistake becomes deeply embedded in a learner's language after years of "doing it wrong"
  • It can occur in grammar, pronunciation, incorrect word choice (e.g. "it's mean", "why you have...?")
  • In my teaching experience, fixing fossilisation is tricky because it amounts to reprogramming someone who usually doesn't want to change
  • Fixing fossilisation has to begin with awareness
  • If a student has come to you, it's because they're looking for an external solution, whereas it's the student who has learnt the mistake in the first place - only they can unlearn it
  • As a teacher, you can go hard or soft, it depends on how best the student will react to it
  • I would set the student tasks to do at home, as it relieves pressure on the student
  • Set awareness-raising activities, followed up with regular highlighting of mistakes in lessons

Today's Quote:

People like to change their mind in private. - Sam Harris

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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218: Is it time to change your study method?


Thu, Oct 12, 2017


In this solo episode, I discuss how changing your study method can have a dramatic effect.

Episode Summary:

  • My friend Jeremy and his struggles with Spanish
  • How easy it is to get into a rut with your studying
  • The benefits of trying new approaches to studying
  • I challenge you to learn languages in a completely different way for a few weeks!

Start Speaking Today:

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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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217: Listening comprehension in a bilingual country


Mon, Oct 09, 2017


In this episode,

Episode Summary:

  • Living in bilingual areas
  • Relationships with heritage languages
  • How to take your listening and speaking skills from 80% to 100%

 Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode: Start Speaking Today:

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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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216: Alex Rawlings on How To Speak Any Language Fluently


Mon, Sep 25, 2017


In this episode, I speak with Alex Rawlings about his new book: How To Speak Any Language Fluently.

Episode Summary:

  • Alex's upbringing with languages
  • Did he learn languages quickly because he was a kid?
  • How an 11-language test was administered to Alex in 2012
  • The process of writing a book
  • Advice to bloggers wanting to write a book
  • Working at Memrise.com
  • Is it really possible to improve the way people learn languages?
  • Alex's favourite advice from the book

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:  

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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215: What's the deal with "triangulating" languages?


Thu, Sep 21, 2017


Neil asks: "Should I use triangulation to learn French?"

Episode Summary:

On today's podcast:

  • Episode 014: Can you use one language to learn another?
  • Episode 106: How useful is laddering?
  • "Triangulation" - also know as laddering or bridging

The big questions:

  • My Spanish is B2 level. Is now the right time to learn French?
    • Yes, I'd say so
  • Will I lose Spanish once I go back to French?
    • This is a valid concern
    • However, it will never be "lost"
    • There will likely be a period of needing to "recalibrate" his Spanish in a world that now includes French
  • Should I work on both languages together, so as to develop the ability to keep both languages separate in my mind?
    • Not at first
    • The principle learning challenge is to learn French (not to maintain Spanish)
    • Therefore, he'll need to approach learning French with as much dedication as if it were his first foreign language
    • Once he's reached a conversational level in French, then it'll be time to learn to use it at the same time as Spanish

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Start Speaking Today:

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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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214: Should I create monolingual flashcards?


Tue, Sep 19, 2017


Max asks: "What are the benefits of monolingual flashcards?"

Episode Summary:

Today's podcast:

  • Monolingual flashcards at the beginner / intermediate level
  • Challenge the assumption that you should create monolingual flashcards - how else can you be using the time?
  • Do not use monolingual flashcards to learn the meaning of vocabulary:
    • Definitions
    • Example sentences
  • Instead, use flashcards to practise your output - i.e. choosing the appropriate word and recalling it quickly
  • Big danger: You quickly "learn" the cards, and the exercise stops being useful. Make sure you're not deceiving yourself about the benefits. For this reason, I would avoid creating cards with e.g.:
    • Definitions
    • Complete the dialogue
  • How I might approach monolingual flashcards myself: Don't see it as a "testing" mechanism, but rather a "retrieval" mechanism - i.e. use the technology to help you see the vocabulary more often.
  • Some thoughts:
    • Close deletion (but how soon until you "learn the card"?)
    • Learning Chinese characters
    • A deck of synonyms... perhaps... but how do you scale?
    • Mine Google for example sentences with a particular word, and simply build your flashcard decks with that
    • Question and answer cards - don't test yourself, but simply use it as a mechanism of "repeating" the vocabulary as much as possible so you get more exposure
  • My essential point... if you want to go "monolingual", then just do that... no need to use up your time with flashcards

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

  • Make Words Stick - my complete guide to using flashcards to learn and memorise vocabulary in a foreign language
  • Skritter - a great app for learning Chinese characters
  • Episode 188: What are the benefits of monolingual flashcards?
  • Episode 213: Conversation with Gabe Wyner

Start Speaking Today:

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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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213: Gabriel Wyner on Becoming Fluent Forever


Fri, Sep 15, 2017


In this episode I chat with Gabriel Wyner about his language learning background and new Kickstarter project.

Episode Summary:

  • Gabe's linguistic background
  • His experience on the Middlebury immersion programmes
  • How the book Fluent Forever came about
  • What’s the link between his previous language learning, and his method with flashcards
  • What languages is he working on right now?
  • The new Kickstarter project

To read Gabe's interesting blog post response to my episode (188) on monolingual flashcards click here:

Kickstarter Details:

If you'd like to support Gabe's Kickstarter project, please mark the following start date in your calendar:

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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212: How should I use all my free time?


Tue, Sep 12, 2017


Olga asks: "How should I use all my free time this summer?"

Episode Summary:

  • Managing 3-4 foreign languages
  • Why focusing on one is a good idea
  • How to "live" the languages you already speak well

 

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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211: Best practice for vocabulary notebooks


Thu, Sep 07, 2017


Aral asks: "What's the best way to organise my vocabulary notebook?"

Episode Summary:

Housekeeping:

  • Upcoming guests
  • New French Book
  • Conversations
  • British Sign Language course

Today's podcast:

  • How valuable is the time you're spending organising a vocabulary notebook?
  • What's the value of a vocabulary notebook in and of itself? Does it help?
  • The big question: Will you ever look at it again?
  • Some people recommend keeping exhaustive notebooks with every conceivable detail about the new word, organising thematically, etc...
  • I've tried all this before, but it's too slow!
  • Steve Kaufmann's thinking: How are you going to cover enough new vocabulary to make progress, if you spend so much time on each individual word?

My 80/20 of vocabulary notebooks:

  • Get your vocabulary from rich, compelling context (reading, listening, speaking)
  • Write things down if you find it helpful
  • Choose only the most useful words and learn them using your favourite process

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

https://youtu.be/3voBSKr9Sl4

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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210: How was the Montreal Language Festival?


Tue, Aug 29, 2017


This weekend, I was in Montreal for LangFest 2017. Since then, many friends have been asking me how it was. So, in this episode, I answer that question publicly.

Episode Summary:

  • Many people from the Community traveled from far and wide to attend the conference
  • It's great to take a few days to step away and think about language and language learning with calm... it's inspiring
  • My talk on memory
  • Stephen Krashen, Steve Kaufmann and comprehensible input
    • Does comprehensible input or conscious learning result in skill building?
    • Story and graded readers
  • The theme emerging from speakers that stuck with me was that of "compelling input" and "passion" ... nothing new, but the extent of the emphasis was a good reminder of what matters
  • italki
  • I personally found this a great boost for my work with graded readers
  • Montreal is a great, cosmopolitan city, despite taxes, tips and crazy weather
  • Alex Rawlings gave a great talk in which he parodied language learning methods
  • I had some great meetings with Stephen Krashen and Teach Yourself
  • Caught up with Richard and Alex, had good time to chat with Benny and Steve Kaufmann
  • Organising a conference is a LOT of work

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Start Speaking Today:

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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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208: How can I listen to older podcast episodes?


Thu, Aug 17, 2017


Michael asks: "How can I listen to older podcast episodes?"

Episode Summary:

  • I've recently changed the settings in my podcast feed to display the maximum number of old episodes
  • You can find all previous episodes on the website - simply navigate to the "podcast" tab

Today's Quote:

Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity. - Thor Heyerdahl

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209: What's it like with so many languages in your head?


Mon, Aug 14, 2017


Jane asks: "What's it like having so many languages in your head?"

Episode Summary:

  • Mostly, I focus on learning only one language at a time
  • To that extent, I don't have much confusion in the learning process
  • In daily life, I find that languages come and go, depending on who I'm spending time with, what I'm doing, what words I need
  • My default is English
  • When I hear other languages, my brain usually switches immediately into that "zone". With a few mins of speaking, I'm comfortable
    • Brazilians in the park
    • Spanish people blocking the door
    • Takeshi in the street
    • Chatting with my Cantonese friend
  • Sometimes words in other languages pop up inadvertently, without me realising it
  • Remember, it's more normal than not to be multilingual

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5slVHy2JmcQ&feature=youtu.be

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207: The best language learning method


Mon, Aug 07, 2017


In this solo episode, I describe what I consider to be the most effective approach to learning a language.

Episode Summary:

  • Begin by getting a thorough grounding in the basics - quantity over quality is best at first
  • Start speaking early on with a language tutor
  • Grow your vocabulary while getting used to the sounds of the language - listening & reading
  • Practise what you learn directly with a language partner or tutor
  • Create a lifestyle that involves using your new language as much as possible

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206: How I designed my new Spanish course


Mon, Jul 31, 2017


In this solo episode I discuss the design and creation of my new Spanish course for beginners.

Episode Summary:

  • Why I created a Spanish Beginner course
  • The main aims of the course
  • The concept I landed on
  • How it all came together through story

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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205: Should I learn Mandarin or Cantonese?


Thu, Jul 27, 2017


Daco asks: "Should I learn Mandarin or Cantonese?"

Episode Summary:

  • Mandarin is the main international Chinese language, with around 1bn speakers
  • Cantonese is a related language/dialect of Mandarin, with far fewer speakers - around 60m
  • In many Chinatowns around the world, Cantonese is spoken, due to historical migration
  • However, Mandarin is the dominant language worldwide by far
  • The choice of which to learn can only depend on your personal motivations

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

  • IWTYAL 042: Which language should I learn? 

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204: Experimenting with subtitles in English movies


Mon, Jul 24, 2017


Crystal asks: "What do you think about watching English movies with foreign language subtitles"

Episode Summary:

  • If studying in a way that's helping, keep doing it!
  • With movies, it's worth experimenting with different audio/subtitle combinations
  • To improve your listening comprehension, it makes sense to have your movies set to the target language audio

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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203: Where to find audio with transcripts


Thu, Jul 20, 2017


Myles asks: "Where can I find audio with transcripts?"

Episode Summary:

  • Why listening is important, and why transcripts matter
  • Considerations for beginners, intermediate and advanced
  • The trouble finding good material

Resources that are unhelpful:

  • YouTube videos
  • Movies
  • Radio
  • Podcasts

Resources I consider helpful:

  • Graded readers with audiobooks (with caveats)
  • FluentU, Easy Languages, etc (with caveats)
  • Persist with native speaker resources that really interest you
  • Podcasts for language learners with transcripts (mostly for English learners)
  • Random language blogs and products
  • I have hired people to transcribe material I like in the past

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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202: Barbara Oakley on Learning How To Learn


Thu, Jul 13, 2017


In this episode, I chat with Dr Barbara Oakley about her fascinating career in languages and learning.

Episode Summary:

  • For the full notes accompanying this episode, please see this post.

 

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201: What are some good careers with languages?


Fri, Jul 07, 2017


Kyle asks: "What are some good careers using languages?"

Episode Summary:

  • My experience using languages abroad
  • Careers where you're likely to have opportunities to use your languages
  • The reality of "language jobs"
  • Designing your ideal life with languages at the centre

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

  • An insightful video from Steve Kaufmann about careers with languages:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIRef1BryPM

 

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200: A Fireside Chat With Three Language Podcasters


Tue, Jul 04, 2017


Welcome to episode 200 of the podcast! For this landmark episode, I decided to invite two of my favourite language podcasters to come together for a cosy fireside chat:

Episode Summary:

This episode is a long, unstructured conversation, in which we discuss topics of personal importance to us. The include:

  • What we really think about language learning?
  • What we are trying to achieve with our websites?
  • Do we practise what we preach?

The sound quality isn't always great, I'm afraid, due to a less-than-ideal Skype connection, but hopefully that won't prevent you from enjoying the episode!

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199: Interview with Michel Thomas Publisher Sue Hart


Thu, Jun 29, 2017


In this exciting episode, I speak with Sue Hart, the publisher who persuaded Michel Thomas to release his famous language courses to the world.

Episode Summary:

  • Note: The full summary notes for this episode can be found here.

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198: The Truth About Language Immersion Abroad


Fri, Jun 23, 2017


In today's episode, Olly and Jan discuss the naked truth about traveling abroad for language immersion.

Episode Summary:

  • Why it's important to travel to the right place
  • Speaking a foreign language among friends
  • Filming interactions with the locals
  • Forming friendships in a specific language

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197: How to make great travel videos


Mon, Jun 19, 2017


In today's episode, Olly and Jan discuss how we make our travel videos. Use these tips to improve your own holiday films!

Episode Summary:

  • The importance of story
  • What do you talk about?
  • The "start of the day" process
  • Do you need a professional camera?
  • Recording good audio
  • How to edit the smart way

Equipment & Resources Mentioned:

Here's the (very affordable) equipment we use to make all our videos:

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196: Hello from Mexico!


Thu, Jun 15, 2017


Today's episode comes from Playa del Carmen in Mexico!

Episode Summary:

  • We chat about our mission to Mexico and what we're up to
  • Follow along the adventure with daily videos on YouTube and Instagram

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194: How do you remember the gender of nouns?


Fri, Jun 02, 2017


Ali asks: "How do you remember the gender of nouns?"

Episode Summary:

  • Unfortunately, noun genders just have to be remembered
  • At first it seems like an impossible task, but keep going, and you will start to know instinctively which is which
  • You will inevitably make some mistakes, but you will be forgiven!
  • If you use mnemonics, try creating some way of visualising the gender of the word
  • In practice, you can guess the gender of many words using generalised rules (see below)
  • Interestingly, the gender of words can vary between romance languages. For example, "planet": la plan?te (Fr), el planeta (Es)

Examples in French, taken from the French Your Way site: The following words are generally masculine:

  • Nouns ending in “_sme” Example : le communisme, le capitalisme, le marasme
  • Nouns ending in « _et » Examples : un ticket, un gar?onnet
  • Nouns ending in « _euil » Example : le cerfeuil (chervil), un ?cureuil, un fauteuil, un cerceuil (coffin)

The following words are generally feminine:

  • Nouns ending in « _ti?” Examples: une amiti?, la moiti?, la piti?
  • Nouns ending in « _?e » Examples: la journ?e, la soir?e, une vall?e, une f?e (= fairy) Exceptions: words rerived from Greek, such as: le mus?e, le troph?e, un scarab?e, un lyc?e
  • Nouns ending in “_tte” Examples : une bouillotte (a warm water bottle), une fourchette, une maisonnette, une fillette Exception :un squelette

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

 

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195: I study too much!


Wed, May 31, 2017


Joe asks: "I study so much, I worry that I'm being inefficient."

Episode Summary:

  • It's important to make a distinction between "study" and "practice"
  • What do you spend your time doing? There's a risk you are planted firmly in study mode, in which case wasting your time is a danger...
  • There's only so much new information your brain can take in in one day, so in that sense, you certainly do get diminishing returns after a certain amount of "study"
  • However, you can never spend too much time in the company of the language
  • I would suggest you experiment with spending no more than one hour a day on focused study, and instead try to consume French with real activities: speaking with people, reading books, watching TV
  • Create an immersion environment for yourself, based on the things you enjoy the most
  • You won't get the same sense of daily progress, but you'll be priming yourself for a transformation in your French abilities!

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193: What do you think of the ESL industry?


Mon, May 29, 2017


Paul asks: "What do you think of the ESL industry?"

Episode Summary:

  • I taught English as a foreign language for year, and enjoyed it immensely
  • CELTA is a wonderful course and I highly recommend it
  • There are a number of tensions between independent language learning and classroom teaching
  • The challenge for ESL teachers is how best to teach a classroom of 10-20 people who come for a few hours a week
  • Language learning ideology usually goes out the window when faced with the reality of a classroom and a language school
  • Nevertheless, you can have a hugely positive impact on people's lives, and enrich your own life at the same time

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192: Giving a presentation in a foreign language


Fri, May 26, 2017


Syawal asks: "How can I give better presentations in a foreign language?"

Episode Summary:

  • With public speaking, you have to detangle the challenges of the presentation itself, with the language you use
  • Presentations in your mother tongue can ofter leave you nervous and rambling
  • It depends how much you want to prepare, and how much time you have
  • The problem is similar to writing in a foreign language, and relates to how well you can express yourself in more formal language
  • Method 1: Make sure you have a solid command of the specific vocabulary you need, then ad lib on the day
  • Method 2: Prepare word-for-word what you'll say in certain parts of the talk

Today's Quote:

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. - Napoleon Hill

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191: Do you use apps for language learning?


Mon, May 22, 2017


Saud asks: "Do you use apps for language learning?"

Episode Summary:

  • Because technology is always being promoted as making our lives more efficient, many people are tempted to look to apps to speed up the language learning process
  • All my opinions about apps are formed in the light of the fact that I remember what language learning was like before the internet
  • Nothing will ever be as effective as you, a good book, a pen and a paper
  • The critical mistakes that apps make is to try to offer a new learning methodology
  • The role of technology in language learning should be to help you consume learning material more efficiently
  • The criteria for judging an app should be: "Does it help me do more efficiently something I was already doing?"
  • Before the internet: Hard to access texts, audio on tapes was inefficient to listen to, everything has to be stored manually on paper, native speakers inaccessible
  • After the internet: Texts are freely available, you can manipulate audio easily, you have data entry on your phone, native speakers readily available
  • There's a big risk you have to mitigate against when you use apps: Attention and focus
  • I use two apps: Flashcards Deluxe and Speater
  • I also use dictionary apps and Skype
  • Part of the reason I haven't used more apps is because I've been learning less common languages. However, if I want to pick up German, for example, I would go straight to a book, not an app

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

IWTYAL 051: Can technology help you learn a language? https://youtu.be/rM-N29vnYME

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190: Tips for new teachers on iTalki


Fri, May 19, 2017


Miki asks: "How should I teach Japanese on iTalki?"

Episode Summary:

  • Firstly, be honest about what you are offering and your experience level
  • If you have no experience, you can still help Japanese learners a lot
  • Begin as a "community tutor" and offer conversation lessons so you can get experience
  • Have an honest talk with the student about what they're looking for an how you can help. Ask questions like:
    • What are you looking for?
    • How would you like me to help?
    • Do you want me to correct your mistakes, or let you talk?
  • The most important skill you have to develop as a teacher is the ability to listen
  • As the student is speaking, make notes of common mistakes, look for patterns - are they making the same mistake all the time?
  • Let the student talk as much as possible, and try to encourage them to speak (that's what most people want), make them feel amazing!
  • Every now and again, stop, and show the student what kind of mistakes they have been making (be selective), or opportunities to improve
  • At the end of the lesson, ask the student what you could do to improve.
  • "What would you like to work on next time" is a good question that allows the student to say what they want, without risking offending the teacher

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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189: Should I learn Spanish or Japanese?


Tue, May 16, 2017


Begum asks: "Should I learn Spanish or Japanese?"

Episode Summary:

  • What's your criteria for learning a new language?
  • Always choose the language you're most passionate about
  • Never learn a language because you think it will be easy...it won't!
  • Some questions I've been dealing with lately!

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

  • Check out the new intro and outro on the show! Huge thanks to Jorge de Lima for helping with those! (Find him on LinkedIn)

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188: What are the benefits of monolingual flashcards?


Fri, May 12, 2017


Charlotte asks: "What's your opinion on removing English from flashcards altogether?

Episode Summary:

  • Arguments for having flashcards entirely in the target language:
    • Avoid translation
    • Learn to think in the target language
    • Increased exposure to target language
    • "Learn like a child"
  • Arguments for having pictures on your flashcards:
    • Visual memory is stronger than auditory memory
    • Wyner: "It’s much easier to learn a word off of a picture card you’ve made yourself than off of a translation card you downloaded in someone else’s deck." = false equivalence

My response to this:

  • Translation is inevitable, and also very useful! (The more languages I acquire, the more I use contrastive analysis to learn faster.)
  • Parallels with learning like children are misguided - we're not children, we have study skills
  • Flashcards entirely in the target language are soon "learnt", thereby negating the benefit of any increased exposure.
  • Visuals are helpful, but are so time consuming as to make the creation of flashcards a burden.
  • Elaborate systems for flashcards misunderstand the purpose of SRS as a learning tool. Setting up flashcards with pictures and peripheral info in the target language, in an attempt to make them a kind of learning tool is not only highly inefficient, but also deprives you of time spent with the whole language

My thoughts on a smart approach to using flashcards:

  • Flashcards are for practising output, not input
  • In other words, flashcards are for practising the recall of stuff you've already learnt
  • The role of English in the flashcards is as a prompt - your task is then to recall the word or phrase in the target language.
  • Images are indeed powerful, but are best created in your mind (i.e. mnemonics)
  • It's vital for flashcards not to become burdensome - Keep it simple!
  • The potential for memory exists firmly within your mind - the extent to which you employ your brainpower and imagination when you attempt to learn new vocabulary determines how well you remember it.
  • To that extent - the spaced repetition build into flashcards offers you an opportunity to reinforce the associations you have already made, rather than the source of learning itself.

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

Related episodes

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187: Saturday night at the podcast awards with Coffee Break Italian


Tue, May 09, 2017


In this episode, I chat with Mark Pentleton from Coffee Break Italian about the UK podcast awards!

Episode Summary:

  • The UK podcast awards
  • Coffee Break Italian's nomination
  • Filming behind the scenes
  • How Coffee Break got started

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

https://youtu.be/vTgrwPliQmY

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186: How to prepare for a trip to China


Fri, May 05, 2017


Quinton asks: "How can I prepare for my trip to China?"

Episode Summary:

  • What's the unique opportunity you'll have on your trip?
  • Most likely, it's speaking, and the chance to speak a lot to people
  • If you study characters, there's no particular benefit to being in China
  • Take iTalki lessons every day and build up your speaking muscle
  • Potentially find people to meet and practise with in advance

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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185: How to make your sentences less English


Wed, May 03, 2017


Meg asks: "How can I make my Russian sentences less English?"

Episode Summary:

  • The challenge you're facing is learning to express ideas the way a Russian would
  • It's not just a linguistic thing - it's a cultural thing. Compare: Good Morning / ?????????
  • There's no shortcut to doing this - it's a long, gradual process
  • If you want to express yourself like a Russian, you need to spend a lot of time with Russian - listening, reading, speaking
  • The process you need to practise is how to take an idea, and construct a sentence the way a Russian would. In order to achieve this, any exercise that helps you slow down the process and get feedback on your efforts can be helpful.

Try:

  • Reverse translation (see below)
  • Your teacher can ask you: "How do you say ___ in Russian?" and then correct you
  • Talk to yourself in Russian as you walk around the house

But ultimately, a lot of listening and reading is the best policy!

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VXmDiBfzwA

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184: My students have holes in their grammar


Fri, Apr 28, 2017


Ferdinand asks: "How do I repair holes in my students' grammar?"

Episode Summary:

  • How holes in your grammar can develop
  • Different roles for the teacher:
    • Teach what you know is right
    • Teach what the student expects
  • Raising awareness is the only way to help students self-monitor and fix their own mistakes
  • If students resist basic grammar exercises, look for another way...

How to raise awareness and encourage self-monitoring:

  • Talk to them about their goals, and how better grammar would help
  • "Stealth grammar"
  • Record the student and have them listen back
  • Write two sentences on the board, ask: "What's the difference?"
  • Set writing tasks instead of speaking tasks - scaffold their language and highlight opportunities for better grammar

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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183: Don't let other people's agendas control your learning


Mon, Apr 24, 2017


In this episode, I react to a comment in my Facebook community about feeling overwhelmed.

Episode Summary:

  • There's a lot of advice, it can be difficult to know what to do
  • It's important to interact with others, but only when it adds value
  • Texting and language exchanges (free) - you still have to follow social graces
  • Teachers (paid) - you're paying for the convenience and efficiency
  • You should trust your instincts as to whether it's productive or not
  • Don't fight losing battles - there aren't enough hours in the day
  • You can learn a lot by yourself - The "One Thing" approach can save you a lot of heartache

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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182: Update on my Conversations project


Sat, Apr 22, 2017


In this solo episode, I share an update on my exciting new Conversations project.

Episode Summary:

  • The difficulty with improving your listening comprehension
  • The effect on your learning
  • How Conversations came to be
  • How it's being created
  • What happens next

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

To be the first to hear about Conversations, and for special "early-bird" offers...

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181: Two musicians reveal their language secrets - Part 2


Tue, Apr 18, 2017


In part 2 of this episode, I chat about the link between music and language learning with my polyglot friend Fiel Sahir.

Episode Summary:

  • What's the link between music and language learning?
  • What do musicians do differently when they learn languages?
  • Does the type of music you play make a difference?
  • And much, much more...

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

https://youtu.be/PrxN7Kuhom8

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180: Two musicians reveal their language secrets - Part 1


Sat, Apr 15, 2017


In part 1 of this episode, I chat about the link between music and language learning with my polyglot friend Fiel Sahir.

Episode Summary:

  • What's the link between music and language learning?
  • What do musicians do differently when they learn languages?
  • Does the type of music you play make a difference?
  • And much, much more...

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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179: Can you become fluent only by listening?


Tue, Apr 11, 2017


Balen asks: "Is it possible to become fluent in a language only by listening?"

Episode Summary:

No, you can't become fluent only by listening.

  • The Silent Period
  • Children listen for years, soaking things up, but still take years of practise to produce coherent English
  • Learning English by watching TV
  • Immigrants are often silent for years...listening instead

However, listening is the most important skill, and I find myself spending more and more time working on it:

  • The role of time
  • Active vs Passive Listening

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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178: I hesitate and draw blanks when I speak


Thu, Apr 06, 2017


Rafael asks: "How can I stop hesitating when I speak English?"

Episode Summary:

Hesitation happens either when:

  • You don't have the vocabulary you need
  • You don't know how to express something

Speaking fluidly, without hesitation, comes with a lot of practice.

  • Practice more regularly with native speakers
  • Increase your vocabulary on common topics, focusing on full sentences
  • Spend more time with the "whole language" - reading and listening with transcripts
  • Learn monologues and rehearse them thoroughly
  • Try shadowing

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

 

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177: What does it mean to be a polyglot?


Tue, Apr 04, 2017


In this episode, Olly gives his thoughts on what it means to be a polyglot.

Episode Summary:

  • "Polyglot" is a label that can be misleading or even somewhat meaningless
  • The same language journey can mean different things to different people
  • Collecting languages is not a meaningful pursuit

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176: Is now a good time to learn another language?


Thu, Mar 30, 2017


Denise asks: "Is now a good time to learn Italian?"

Episode Summary:

  • There's rarely a "right time"
  • I usually suggest getting a language to an Upper-Intermediate level (B2) before starting another one
  • However, Italian and Portuguese are closely related. You might not have to do as much study as you think.
  • It might also be easier than learning English
  • Spend a bit of time each day simply listening and reading to basic Italian. You don't have to do any speaking, or heavy study, just start to put it on the map
  • Time will do the rest!

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

Today's Quote:

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” —Vincent van Gogh

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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

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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:

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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:

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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

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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

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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

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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:

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Superlearner Academy - Free Trial

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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

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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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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:

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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:

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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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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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?

Start speaking today

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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

Click here to leave the message

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

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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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

Click here to leave the message

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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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.

Today's Featured Resource:

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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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Do you have a question?

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079: Want me to teach you Spanish?


Fri, Jan 29, 2016


In this episode:

Start speaking today

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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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077: How do you learn slang?


Tue, Jan 19, 2016


Sam asks: "How do you keep up with ever-changing slang in Cantonese?"

In this episode:

  • The dangers of slang and idioms
  • When to learn them... and when not!

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

  • Cantonese Proverbs in One Picture...

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076: How to run a language exchange


Thu, Jan 14, 2016


Andrew asks: "What's the best way to run a language exchange?"

In this episode:

  • Manage expectations - tell your partner what you want
  • Keep it in the target language
  • Don't let them interrupt with corrections
  • Ask them to take notes and fill you in later
  • Try to be cool - ask questions and listen to the answer!

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

  • MyLanguageExchange.com - a great (paid) language exchange site

Start speaking today

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075: How to complete specific tasks in another language


Tue, Jan 12, 2016


Alexia asks: "I can hold a conversation in Polish, but I can't take my patients' medical history. How can I do this?"

In this episode:

  • Doctors vs waiters in a restaurant
  • Are your expectations realistic?
  • How to find a tutor and work on that specific task

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

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074: Confusing Spanish & Portuguese


Fri, Jan 08, 2016


Steve asks: "I learnt Spanish for two years, and recently I've been learning Portuguese for 8 months. How can I avoid confusing the two?"

In this episode:

  1. Why you might confuse Spanish and Portuguese
  2. How to stop it happening
  3. How to learn to use both languages at the same time

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

Start speaking today

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073: 8 reasons to read in a foreign language


Tue, Jan 05, 2016


In this episode, I give you 8 reasons you should be reading in your target language.

In this episode:

  1. Reading slows down the language
  2. It's great for introverts who aren't comfortable speaking
  3. You can learn less common vocabulary
  4. You can significantly increase your vocabulary range by extensive reading
  5. It's cheap! (Cheaper than teachers, or travelling!)
  6. Sense of achievement
  7. Immersion in a foreign world
  8. It's fun, which builds an emotional attachment to the language

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

I've written short story books in a number of languages to help you start reading!

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072: Audacious language goals


Tue, Dec 29, 2015


In this episode, I discuss my language plans for 2016 and how you can make it the best year of language learning ever!

In this episode:

3 ways to succeed in your language learning in 2016:

  1. Join a language challenge
  2. Join a community of language enthusiasts locally
  3. Attend a language event

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071: Beginner Japanese hacks


Fri, Dec 18, 2015


Nicole asks: "How can I progress beyond the basics in Japanese?"

In this episode:

  • Why you should avoid focusing on kanji as a beginner
  • What you should do instead
  • My story in Japan
  • How to improve the fastest as a beginner

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

These resources are the best out there for learning natural Japanese:

  • Japanese Pod 101 - natural dialogues with clickable audio
  • FluentU - learn Japanese with video and transcripts
  • Master Japanese - a fantastic guide for learning kanji and finding sources of natural Japanese

Start speaking today

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070: How to deal with fossilisation


Wed, Dec 16, 2015


Owain asks: "How can you deal with fossilisation in a language?"

In this episode:

  • What is fossilisation?
  • Why does it occur?
  • How can you deal with it?

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

  • The Defossilization Diaries - Language teacher Scott Thornbury talks about his attempts to defossilise his Spanish! (Whilst spelling it with a "z"!)

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069: Are some language pairings easier than others?


Thu, Dec 10, 2015


Allen asks: "I want to learn French and Japanese at the same time. What do I need to consider?"

In this episode:

  • You can learn two languages at the same time
  • It is easier if the two languages are from different language families, such as French and Japanese
  • By learning both at once, you can satisfy your desires and learn about more than one language and culture
  • However, progress will be slower in both

Today's Quote:

Focus on the journey, not on the destination. Joy is not found in completing an activity, but in doing it. -Greg Anderdson

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068: Studying for the test or speaking practice?


Tue, Dec 08, 2015


Halvard asks: "I'm studying for the B1 exam in Russian. Does your advice to speak regularly still stand?"

In this episode:

  • My advice on regular speaking is for people who want to speak
  • If you have another short-term goal, it may be better to focus on that
  • There are valid goals, so it's best to focus and achieve one of them ASAP, rather than worrying if it's the right one or not

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

  • Time Control - How to double your productivity in language learning

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067: How to use teachers at different levels


Thu, Dec 03, 2015


Neil asks: "What's the best way to use a teacher beyond a beginner level?"

In this episode:

  • How to work with teachers as a beginner
  • How to work with teachers at a more advanced level
  • A balance of speaking practice and tuition

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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Wed, Nov 25, 2015


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066: What does it feel like at different language levels?


Wed, Nov 25, 2015


Andy asks: "What does it feel like to speak at different levels of a language?"

In this episode:

What it feels like at different stages of a language:

  • A1: Very basic, self-introductions
  • A2: Greater awareness, but communication is difficult
  • B1: Can hold a conversation, but range of expression is restricted and limited to the concrete
  • B2: Can hold conversations comfortably on a variety of topics, including abstract and less common ones
  • C1: Conversation is easy, mistakes are fewer, and you fit in naturally in social situations
  • C2: A strong command of the language in almost all situations, including academic

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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065: My CRAZY 5am language routine - Part 2


Thu, Nov 19, 2015


In this episode I give you a run-down of my latest language learning routine, and what you can learn from it!

In this episode:

This is a continuation from episode 64. 3 key questions to ask yourself when setting up a routine:

  • What do I need to do?
  • What resources do I need?
  • What will stop me succeeding?

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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064: My CRAZY 5am language routine - Part 1


Wed, Nov 18, 2015


In this episode I give you a run-down of my latest language learning routine, and what you can learn from it!

In this episode:

  • Why wake up at 5am?
  • What your core study time should be
  • How to use dead time
  • How to use down time

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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063: Can texting improve spoken fluency?


Fri, Nov 13, 2015


Andy asks: "I've found that texting really helps fluency in my target language...but does it work for everyone?"

In this episode:

  • The benefits of text chat in a foreign language
  • Common expressions
  • Natural interaction
  • The ability to practice often
  • Like speaking, but slowed down!

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bixMSfNIgtw

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062: How can I restart learning a language?


Tue, Nov 10, 2015


Shaghayegh asks: "How can I restart learning a language? I haven't studied for 3 months and I'm forgetting everything."

In this episode:

  • If you've taken time off, get right back to it!
  • The language is still there in your head!

Two focusing questions:

  1. What effective activity can I do for 15 minutes only?
  2. What did I used to do that was so effective?

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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061: Is it REALLY a bad idea to learn multiple languages?


Thu, Nov 05, 2015


Agnes asks: "I'm learning lots of languages, and it's going fine! Is it really a bad idea to learn more than one language at a time?"

In this episode:

  • Always follow your passions
  • If you love learning different languages... keep going!
  • High school and university is the ideal time to be learning languages
  • Ellen Jovin - http://ellenjovin.com/
  • Adults often have a hard time learning a foreign language because of busy lives, so for them the advice to stick with learning one language stands

Today's Quote:

"There are lots of people I admire and respect, but I don't necessarily want to be like them. I'm too happy being myself." James D'arcy [Tweet ""There are lots of people I admire and respect, but I don't necessarily want to be like them. I'm too happy being myself." - James D'arcy"]

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060: How to assess your progress in a language


Tue, Nov 03, 2015


Greg asks: "How can I self-assess my progress in a language?"

In this episode:

  • How to self-assess when there's no exam or course
  • Judge your progress based on goals
  • Topic-based competency

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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059: How can I understand my colleagues?


Thu, Oct 29, 2015


Derek asks: "Even though I don't have much problem reading, I have a lot of problem speaking and understanding while listening. Sometimes I have to ask my colleagues to repeat or to tell me the word that I didn't understand, but if there are too many things that I don’t understand during a conversation then this approach doesn’t work very well, because then I'm not even able to tell which word that I don't know, and stopping a conversation from time to time just feels so stupid."

In this episode:

  • How to learn the language you need to function at work
  • Considering what topics you need
  • Creating your own material
  • Using your tutor to role-play conversations on relevant topics

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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058: What Skype recording software do you use?


Wed, Oct 28, 2015


Marie asks: "What software do you use to record your Skype lessons?"

In this episode:

  • What software I use to record Skype lessons
  • Mac vs PC
  • Should you record your lessons?
  • What can you do with them?

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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057: Extensive listening - good or bad?


Thu, Oct 22, 2015


Andy asks: "Is extensive listening effective?"

In this episode:

  • When listening to language too far above your level is unproductive
  • i+1 and why it matters
  • How the same podcast can be effective for beginners and advanced learners in different ways
  • Is it still worth listening to advanced audio even if it's too hard?

Specific tips:

  • Listen to one piece of audio many times over
  • Listen to things you're already familiar with

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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056: Do I have to travel to learn a language?


Tue, Oct 20, 2015


I answer the common question: "Do I need to travel to learn a language?

In this episode:

Against traveling:

  • As a tourist, you will often find you are spoken to mostly in English
  • Even if you are able to practise, it can be limited to simple exchanges – such as ordering in a restaurant or buying a train ticket
  • People in certain countries are notorious for resisting helping you practise their own language, preferring to speak English instead
  • If you’re not a confident, outgoing person, the very thought of practising with native speakers might terrify you!
  • Making friends using only your target language is difficult, and unlikely to happen until you are a more advanced speaker and live somewhere for a more extended period
  • People who decide to live and work abroad often find themselves in an English-speaking environment, with few opportunities to practise the language. Working full-time, they are busy and tired, and have limited study time, despite living in the country itself

For staying at home:

  • A stable life and routine means you can get on with your study without too many disruptions. When you live abroad, far from family and friends, it can be difficult to commit to regular study and stay consistent.
  • You can recreate an immersion environment at home, by streaming movies, listening to podcasts, playing music, and reading in your target language… all you need is an internet connection!
  • In a big city, the world is quite literally on your doorstep. Whatever language you’re learning, you can easily find people to practise with. And because they’re living abroad, they’re far more likely to be enthusiastic about helping you learn their language.
  • You can find cafes, restaurants, MeetUps, societies, and more, where you can spend time surrounded by the culture of the language you’re learning, and meet others who share the same interest as you.
  • Professional language teachers are everywhere (including online), so if you want to take lessons, there’s no need to travel to learn.
  • In cities like New York and London, you can find the world’s best language departments in bookstores, so you’re never short of great study material. (Check out Rizzoli in NYC, or Foyles in London)

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055: Polyglot Conference 2015 NYC


Thu, Oct 15, 2015


Last weekend saw the Polyglot Conference 2015 take place in NYC. In this episode I sit down with two of the organisers, Richard Simcott and Alex Rawlings to reflect on the event.

In this episode:

  • The Polyglot Conference 2015 NYC
  • Come to next year's conference in Greece!

Join the Facebook group for information about the 2016 conference: http://facebook.com/polyglotconference

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054: I'm reluctant to give up a language


Thu, Oct 08, 2015


Hugh asks: "I'm trying to learn four languages, but I don't want to give any up. What should I do?"

In this episode:

  • The difficulty of learning 4 languages
  • How to choose one language
  • How choosing one languages leads to success

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

Today's Quote:

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

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053: Starting to speak with limited vocabulary


Tue, Oct 06, 2015


Lanae asks: "I'm learning Japanese, but all the vocabulary I've learnt from books has been on restaurant vocabulary etc. How can I start speaking when I don't know enough to talk?"

In this episode:

  • You know you need to start speaking, but how?
  • Why you can't rely on textbooks
  • Why it's ok to skip large parts of your textbook
  • Seeing speaking as the "end result"
  • Speaking to learn vs. Learning to speak
  • Holding your first conversations

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

Where to find speaking partners:

Today's featured resource:

Start speaking today

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052: Can technology help you learn a language? (2/2)


Thu, Oct 01, 2015


In this episode, myself and Luca Lampariello discuss the question: "Can technology help you learn a language?" This is a conversation in two parts. For the first half of the discussion, see episode 51.

In this episode:

  • What Luca's friends told him about their technology habits
  • Can Duolingo and other language apps help?
  • Gamification can help get people started in language learning, but is this a good thing?
  • Can you focus on learning when technology is involved?
  • What was language learning like before the internet?
  • The difficulty of finding language resources before the internet came along

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

Start speaking today

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051: Can technology help you learn a language? (1/2)


Tue, Sep 29, 2015


 In this episode, myself and Luca Lampariello discuss the question: "Can technology help you learn a language?" This is a conversation in two parts. For the second half of the discussion, see episode 52.

In this episode:

  • What Luca's friends told him about their technology habits
  • Can Duolingo and other language apps help?
  • Gamification can help get people started in language learning, but is this a good thing?
  • Can you focus on learning when technology is involved?
  • What was language learning like before the internet?
  • The difficulty of finding language resources before the internet came along

 

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

Start speaking today

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Do you have a question?

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050: I'm too busy to learn a language (3/3)


Thu, Sep 24, 2015


In the last of a three-part series, 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

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049: I'm too busy to learn a language (2/3)


Tue, Sep 22, 2015


In the second of a three-part episode, 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

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048: I'm too busy to learn a language (1/3)


Thu, Sep 17, 2015


In the first of a three-part episode, 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?

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047: How to you maintain your level in multiple languages


Tue, Sep 08, 2015


Hugo asks in an iTunes review: "How do you maintain a good level in all your languages?"

In this episode:

  • Polyglots do not speak all their languages "perfectly"
  • Level in a language is a fluctuating thing
  • Why learning a language to a high level is the key
  • How your need to use a language will influence your long-term success with it
  • To maintain languages, doing small things little and often is the key

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_9Yhmsq_x0

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046: Can I learn Afrikaans with my friend?


Thu, Sep 03, 2015


Nathan asks in an iTunes review: "I have several native Afrikaner friends, however none of them are trained teachers. What is the best way I can help them to help me learn their language."

In this episode:

  • How I learnt Arabic with few resources and native speakers
  • With friends, you need to set clear boundaries for language learning
  • Begin with learning to talk about yourself and familiar things
  • Simply ask your friend how to say the things you want to be able to say

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

Two websites for learning Afrikaans:

Start speaking today

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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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045: How should I study between lessons?


Tue, Sep 01, 2015


Terry asks: "What's the best way to study in-between lessons in order to consolidate what you've learnt?"

In this episode:

  • What's the main purpose of a language lesson?
  • How lessons, for me, are the place to practise, not to "study"
  • How to use your time in-between lessons to consolidate what you've learnt

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

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?

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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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044: How many teachers should I have?


Thu, Aug 27, 2015


Terry asks: "I've been taking regular Chinese lessons with iTalki, but should I stick with one teacher, or have a variety?"

In this episode:

  • Why focusing on one thing can be the most beneficial
  • How to get "glimpses of mastery"
  • Why sticking with one teacher is probably your best bet

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

  • How To Get S*** Done - how to harness the power of one thing to bring you the fastest progress in a foreign language

Start speaking today

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Do you have a question?

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043: A career in languages


Tue, Aug 25, 2015


Chiara asks: "Is it still worth doing a degree in languages? Is there still a role for language teachers in a rapidly changing world?

In this episode:

  • Why a language degree is a great thing to do
  • My experience at university and what I got from it
  • The role of language teaching in a world with ever-increasing technology

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

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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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042: Which language should I learn?


Thu, Aug 20, 2015


Wendel asks: "I need to learn a 3rd European language, but none appeals to me. What should I do?"

In this episode:

  • What's a good reason to learn a new language?
  • The dangers of learning a language you're not passionate about
  • How to decide on a new language to learn

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

Start speaking today

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Do you have a question?

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041: Introverts and language learning


Tue, Aug 18, 2015


In this episode, I discuss how introverts deal with learning foreign languages.

In this episode:

  • I am an introvert by nature, despite what you may guess from my public persona!
  • How I suffer from shyness in groups
  • How this has impacted my language learning
  • Why living abroad hasn't been a "no-brainer" for me
  • How I nevertheless enjoy speaking, and base my language learning on speaking with people I genuinely like

Are you an introvert? Please let me know how this has affected your language learninghttp://wp.me/p4wyTY-1kD

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

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040: What kind of books should I read?


Thu, Aug 13, 2015


One reader asks: "I want to try my hand at reading a book and wondered what you would recommend?"

In this episode:

The problem with children's books...

  • Intended for children
  • Low-frequency vocabulary

What kind of books are best to read...

  1. Graded readers (not parallel texts)
  2. Short, non-fiction books on a topic that interests you (e.g. biographies, how-to books)
  3. Any book you've already read, translated into your target language
  4. If you have a book store close by with a good foreign book section - go and browse!
  5. If you don't like books, try Project Syndicate

Judith Meyer from learnlangs.com mentioned:

  1. Crime stories, romance stories, autobiographies, travel stories.
  2. Translated books are easier than original ones.
  3. The Little Prince

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

Project Syndicate - opinion pieces from the world's newspapers How to read effectively in a foreign language - my article on reading Matching Methods and Goals in Language Learning - A great talk from Judith Meyer at the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin in 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ktWVLbNpmY

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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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039: How to find materials for minority languages


Tue, Aug 11, 2015


Alex asks: "How should one go about gathering together language learning materials when there are none?"

In this episode:

Here are my suggestions for finding materials for minority languages:

  1. Reach out to people who have learnt the language before - there will be more than you think. Use Google to search for people, groups and blogs
  2. Even if there is little material, use what you can find. You can get far with little.
  3. Go to the country. Not always practical, but the best thing you could possibly do.
  4. Create your own materials by contacting native speakers and/or travelling to the country. This is a fantastic project and a great service to the community.

Do you have anything to add about learning minority language or finding materials for them? Please leave a comment below to let us know!

Resources mentioned 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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038: Living with native speakers


Thu, Aug 06, 2015


Ben asks: "I'm currently on a work placement in France. How can I make the most of living with native speakers?"

In this episode:

  • The huge opportunity of living with native speakers
  • Create a no-English environment if at all possible
  • Focus on the formulaic aspects of daily life
  • Take notes of what you see
  • Observe and imitate
  • Think: "What would I say in English?" in order to decide what to say next.

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Start speaking today

italkiI'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?

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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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037: People keep replying in English


Tue, Aug 04, 2015


Melissa asks: "I'm learning Spanish, but people keep replying to me in English. How can I solve this?"

In this episode:

  • The difficulties of finding native speakers to practise with
  • How social pressure can lead people to reply in English
  • Why you shouldn't judge your level based on your experience talking to strangers
  • The importance of finding a safe person to practise with
  • How to explain to a language partner you want to keep it in the target language

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Start speaking today

italkiI'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

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036: Fluency vs Proficiency


Thu, Jul 30, 2015


ManchesterAul asks (in an iTunes review): "What's the difference btw fluency and proficienncy? Do i consider myself fluent or proficient in my languages?"

In this episode:

  • Why I dislike the discussion about fluency and proficiency
  • Certain professions may require a proven proficiency level
  • How I define fluency
  • The world of language testing
  • The difference between accuracy and fluency
  • How you can lose a level in a language

Resources mentioned 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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035: Coaching my mum to learn Italian


Wed, Jul 29, 2015


Nina asks: "How can I coach my mum to learn Italian?"

In this episode:

  • The most important things about coaching someone to learn a language
  • Why fostering a passion for a language is so important
  • Make sure the vocabulary you learn is actually useful for you

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

https://youtu.be/UHPC5DN4eJA

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italkiI'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

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034: How to learn tonal languages


Thu, Jul 23, 2015


Shane asks: "I'm learning Chinese and Thai. What's the best way to learn the tones, or tonal languages in general?"

In this episode:

  • How to approach learning tonal languages
  • Why top-down approaches beat bottom-up approaches for learning tones

How I approach learning a tonal language:

  1. Make sure you understand the tones in the language you're learning
  2. Start listening to recorded dialogues from your textbook every day
  3. Work with a tutor right from the start, so you can practise speaking and get feedback
  4. Write down new words and phrases with the tone indicated
  5. Give yourself time to get used to it all!

[Tweet "You don't learn a language, you get used to it - Khatzumoto"]

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Olly speaking Cantonese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QRVpNbNzK8

Start speaking today

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033: Olly's Arabic teacher explains his progress


Tue, Jul 21, 2015


In this episode, I interview my Arabic teacher Mona about how I made quick progress in my Arabic.

In this episode:

  • My progress compared to Mona's other students
  • In what ways I progressed
  • What techniques I use during the lesson

Here is a video of the conversation: https://youtu.be/TSsSO-JOcCA

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Start speaking today

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032: Single words or full sentences?


Thu, Jul 16, 2015


Sebastian asks: "Should I learn single words or complete phrases?"

In this episode:

  • The disadvantages of learning single words
  • Why learning vocabulary in complete phrases is so valuable
  • Where you take your vocabulary from

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

My recommended resource today is:

Start speaking today

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031: What's the best mobile app for connecting with native speakers?


Tue, Jul 14, 2015


Jane asks: "What's your favourite mobile app for meeting and practising with native speakers?"

In this episode:

  • The importance of connecting with native speakers
  • Language learning app: HelloTalk.com
  • How their built-in features help you focus on the conversation

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Start speaking today

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030: Should I learn a German dialect?


Thu, Jul 09, 2015


Marcus asks: "Should I learn a German dialect or standard German?"

In this episode:

  • The advantages of learning standard German
  • Why you might want to learn a German dialect
  • German dialects and identity
  • How dialects might effect how you learn

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Start speaking today

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029: Learning your partner's language


Tue, Jul 07, 2015


Many people have asked: "I'm struggling to learn my partner's language, why is it so hard?"

In this episode:

  • Why it can be so difficult to learn your partner's language
  • The danger of looking to your family or loved ones for language practice
  • How you can make regular, consistent progress by externalising your learning routines

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Start speaking today

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028: How to stop reading becoming a chore


Thu, Jul 02, 2015


Alex asks: "How can stop listening becoming a chore?"

In this episode:

  • The key to reading usefully is choosing material where you already understand 90% of the contents
  • Try to find material that is short, broken down into manageable chapters
  • Common European Framework of Reference
  • As far as possible, try to live with the ambiguity of not understanding everything you read

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Start speaking today

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027: How can I improve my listening comprehension?


Tue, Jun 30, 2015


Max asks: "How can I improve my listening comprehension?"

In this episode:

  • Three reasons you might not understand a native speaker:
  1. You don’t know the words
  2. You can’t distinguish the individual words (whether you know them or not)
  3. You understand the individual words, but you still don’t understand what they’re trying to say
  • A simple process for using textbook dialogues for improving your listening skills

Today's featured resource:

 

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Special Spanish offer for podcast listeners


Fri, Jun 26, 2015


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026: How to get a good accent quickly?


Thu, Jun 25, 2015


Ferdaous asks: "I'm learning English, how can I develop a good American accent quickly?"

In this episode:

  • Why a good accent is important
  • The difference between phonemes and prosody
  • Why developing a good accent is the result of extensive communication in your target language

Tips for improving your accent:

  1. Tackle pronunciation immediately with a native speaker to perfect your pronunciation, before you develop any bad habits.
  2. Observe native speakers in action and their voices when they interact, especially at key social moments, such as introductions or meeting friends. If you only work with a teacher, how is their voice when they greet you? This is often the most authentic moment of the conversation. TV and movies are also a good place to focus in on this.
  3. Imitate how native speakers say common words and phrases that you’re familiar with. Try to copy their exact intonation, and say it aloud over and over. If you’re working with audio recordings, this app is incredibly useful for this.
  4. Copy body language too. Face, arm, and shoulder movements are intimately related in the persona that you’re developing in your target language.
  5. Learn and sing songs. Using songs to learn languages is an effective way to focus on the pronunciation of words and the rhythm and flow of the language.
  6. Develop mini-speeches. Writing, preparing and learning the words that you’re going to say frees you up to focus on the delivery.
  7. Use study material with native-like audio. Listen to long dialogues on repeat and pay close attention to the melody of the language.
  8. Practise whole lines of dialogues, not just single words. Try to embody the emotions of what’s being said, feel the speaker’s joy or pain, and become that person in that moment. Similarly, with spaced repetition software, work on whole sentences rather than individual words.
  9. In live situations, focus on the effect on the listener, instead of the accuracy of your pronunciation.
  10. If possible, record and listen back to yourself speaking with native speakers. This can be rough, but you might be amazed at how you hear yourself. If you find it hard to speak with native speakers, think of ways to beat your fear of speaking.

Today's homework:

  1. Choose one activity from the list above
  2. Try it out for a week
  3. Leave me a comment below to let me know how it goes!

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025: I'm torn between two languages


Tue, Jun 23, 2015


Doug asks: "I know I need to focus on one language, but I'm torn between two languages. What should I do?"

In this episode:

  • Why it's important to focus on one language
  • The difficulty of leaving behind one language
  • Why a language is never "lost"

Three ideas for choosing which language to focus on:

  1. Learning one language well will be beneficial for all the others
  2. A language is never lost - you can always come back to it
  3. The "Rocking Chair Test": Imagine your 80-year-old self sitting in a rocking chair looking back on your life. Look at your current dilemma through those eyes. What should you do?

Today's quote:

Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 

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024: How can I stay motivated as a beginner?


Thu, Jun 18, 2015


Cecilia asks: "How do you stay motivated when you don't speak much of the language and it's such a long way ahead"

In this episode:

  • The importance of identifying your core reasons for learning a language
  • Knowing your "why" helps you concentrate on activities that fulfil you
  • How motivation can actually come from hard work

Today's featured resource:

  • The Add 1 Challenge - a fantastic support community where language learners from around the world come together to motivate themselves over 90 days

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023: Which Spanish dialect should I learn?


Tue, Jun 16, 2015


Greg asks: "There are so many varieties of Spanish. Which dialect should I focus on?"

In this episode:

  • How I learnt Spanish
  • About different varieties of Spanish
  • Why going "narrow and deep" is better
  • How this applies to learning varieties of Spanish

Today's featured resource:

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022: How can I help my friend with her English?


Thu, Jun 11, 2015


Isabelle asks: "My Chinese friend is learning English. How can I help her best?"

In this episode:

  • How to help someone learn another language

Three exercises you can use to figure out how to help someone learn your language:

  1. Have a discussion, just as you normally would. Don't interrupt, keep the conversation flowing. During this time, make lots of notes about their language. What mistakes are they making? What doesn't sound natural? When you've filled up a couple of pages with notes, look for patterns. What things keep cropping up again and again. Here's your starting point for helping them improve.
  2. Record the conversation. Listen back to it together, and give your friend control over the start/stop button! Ask them to ask you questions about what they have said. This helps them raise awareness of their own language use.
  3. Ask your friend what they most need to use the language for: making notes in lectures, reading books, giving talks etc. Once you've got this clear, simply do that activity together and help them improve.

Resources mentioned:

Today's featured resource:

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021: How can I learn Spanish quickly?


Tue, Jun 09, 2015


Cody asks: "I'm travelling to South America in a few weeks time. How can I learn the Spanish I need to make the most out of my trip?"

In this episode:

  • What happened to me when I first went to Spain
  • The best approach to learning Spanish quickly
  • Why you need to think about the situations you'll need Spanish in
  • The most impactful phrases you can learn

Today's featured resource:

  • Survive in Spanish - this is a video where I talk about how to learn Spanish quickly in order to survive a trip and have a great time. You can also find out about my new guide: Survive in Spanish

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020: How can I go from intermediate to advanced?


Thu, Jun 04, 2015


Nate asks: "I'm currently living in Bolivia and working on my Spanish. Do you have any advice for getting from intermediate to advanced?"

In this episode:

  • What is the "intermediate plateau"?
  • Why this affects so many language learners
  • What you can do to break through and become more advanced

Resources featured in this episode:

Today's featured resource:

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019: How to find someone to speak with


Tue, Jun 02, 2015


Steve asks: "The thing I most struggle with is not having anyone to speak with. I live in a rural part of the country so there are no Japanese language courses or classes."

In this episode:

  • Why it's important to start speaking
  • Why you won't necessarily speak very much by taking a language class
  • Where to find people to speak with locally
  • Where to find people to speak with online

Resources featured in this episode:

Places to find language exchanges locally:

Places to find language exchanges and teachers online:

Today's featured resource:

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018: When do you consider yourself fluent in another language?


Thu, May 28, 2015


Isabelle asks: "At what point do you consider yourself to be fluent in another language?"

In this episode:

  • What is fluency?
  • What does it mean to you personally?
  • When do you switch from learning a language to maintaining it?

Resources featured in this episode:

  • CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference
  • IWTYAL Episode 13 - Tamiyo's question about when it's time to move on to a new language
  • Language Learning Foundations - my video course where I teach you the specific techniques I use to learn to speak a new language quickly

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Today's featured resource:

  • "The objective isn't complete satisfaction but balanced dissatisfaction" - Henry Kissenger

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017: How much time should I spend on pronunciation?


Tue, May 26, 2015


Jenny asks: "My English teacher used to say that it's important to speak with a native-like accent. Do you think it's important to spend a lot of time on pronunciation as a beginner?"

In this episode:

  • The difference between pronunciation and accent
  • Why pronunciation is important
  • Why you need to get it right as a beginner
  • But why you shouldn't let it stop you speaking

Resources featured in this episode:

Today's featured resource:

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016: How do you stay motivated when you're living at home?


Thu, May 21, 2015


Yingnoi Lee asks: "How do you concentrate on learning foreign languages when you're living in your homeland?"

In this episode:

  • Tactics for staying motivated whilst learning a foreign language wherever you live.

Resources featured in this episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QRVpNbNzK8

Today's featured resource:

  • Meetup.com - find friends based on their interests, wherever you are in the world

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015: How do I organise vocabulary from different books?


Tue, May 19, 2015


Judi asks: "I'm learning Spanish from two different books at the moment. How can I keep my vocabulary organised between them?"

In this episode:

  • Learning with two different books
  • Keeping vocabulary organised between the two
  • Taking the most important vocabulary and learning that

Resources featured in this episode:

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

makewordsstick2

Today's featured resource:

  • Make Words Stick - my book about how to learn vocabulary... and never forget it!

 

Do you have a question?

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Thanks for listening

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! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :) See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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014: Can you use one language to learn another?


Thu, May 14, 2015


Linda asks: "What do you think of using the Laddering technique to use one second language to learn another?"

In this episode:

  • The laddering technique
  • When does it make sense to use one language to learn another?
  • Similar languages, such as Macedonian and Albanian
  • Crafty ways to meet native speakers of one language... using another language!

Resources featured in this episode:

Richard Simcott is today's special guest, and runs the following sites:

Today's featured resource:

  • Polyglot Workshops - Richard runs workshops for aspiring language learners all over the world, together with fellow polyglot Alex Rawlings, who was featured in Episode 7.
  • Upcoming workshops will be held in:
    • Budapest
    • London
    • Belo Horizonte

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 for listening

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! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :) See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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013: When is it time to move on to another language?


Tue, May 12, 2015


Tamiyo asks: "When do you decide you've learnt enough and it's time to move on to another language?"

In this episode:

  • Why are you learning a language in the first place?
  • When are you fluent enough?
  • When should you move on to a new language?

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • CommentCast - see all the iTunes reviews of a podcast from around the world
  • Random.org - choose a number or numbers at random

Today's featured resource:

Announcing the competition winners

I'm thrilled to announce the three lucky winners of my Language Learning Foundations video course, who I've picked at random from all the reviews on iTunes. They are:

  • Romagitana
  • idleplayerofgamestron
  • Tamiyo Hashimoto

If this is you, please get in touch with me using the "contact" form on the menu bar and I'll get you set up with your copy of the course. Here are their reviews: giveaway winner 1         giveaway winner 2   giveaway winner 3    

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! Alternatively, leave me your question in a review on iTunes, and I'll pick it up too! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Thanks for listening

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! It goes without saying that I read every single one :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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012: How can I learn advanced English vocabulary?


Thu, May 07, 2015


Davide asks: "I'm very fluent in English but there are still words I don't know. How can I learn them?"

In this episode:

  • Moving from fluent to advanced
  • The law of diminishing returns
  • Learning advanced vocabulary
  • The importance of reading

Resources featured in this episode:

Three great websites that will help you read online in your target language.

  • Lingua.ly - http://lingua.ly/ Collect new words from across the web with Lingua.ly’s smart dictionary

Today's featured resource:

  • BliuBliu - http://bliubliu.com I love BliuBliu because it sources texts from all around the web, which are at your current level in your target language, and helps you read them. Pure gold!

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 for listening

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!

Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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


Tue, May 05, 2015


Today's episode features a question from Ben: "I'm 17. Should I bother learning a language, when technology can already do so much for us?"

In this episode:

  • Technology is advancing quickly
  • We're getting to the stage where technology can translate for us
  • Is it still worth learning a language in 2015 with all this technology?

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 for listening

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! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :) See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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010: How can you learn a completely different language?


Thu, Apr 30, 2015


Today's episode features a question from Cecilia: "How can I learn a language that's completely different to my own?"

In this episode:

  • How can you learn a completely different language?
  • Why closer languages are easier to learn

The three keys:

  1. Time to get used to it
  2. Regular exposure
  3. Deliberate practice

Today's featured resource 

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.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I'm giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each! To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the "I Will Teach You A Language Podcast" in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show! After episode 10 of the podcast, I'll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks for listening

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.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :) See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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009: How can I avoid confusing two languages?


Tue, Apr 28, 2015


Today's episode features a question from Nicki: "I'm learning Turkish and Kurmanji, how can avoid confusing them on my trip to Turkey?"

In this episode:

  • What is Kurmanji and where is it spoken?
  • The surprising roots of Turkish
  • Learning 2 languages at the same time
  • Souffl? and Baked Alaska

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Map of Kurdistan (click to enlarge):

kurmanji kurdistan  

Souffl?:

Chocolate souffle1  

Baked Alaska:

BananaBakedAlaska

Today's featured resource

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.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I'm giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each! To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the "I Will Teach You A Language Podcast" in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show! After episode 10 of the podcast, I'll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks for listening

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.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :) See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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008: How can I make sure I don't forget a word?


Thu, Apr 23, 2015


Today's episode features a question from John: "I recently learnt the word for Heathrow in Chinese. How can I make sure I don't forget it?"

In this episode:

  • How can I learn a word that I've learnt recently?
  • What kind of vocabulary should you prioritise learning?
  • The memory techniques that will help you

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Principles of memorising vocabulary:

  1. See the vocabulary often
  2. See and use it in different contexts
  3. Personalise it

Practical ideas for memorising vocabulary:

  1. Drop it into conversation
  2. Write sentences using the vocabulary
  3. Have your tutor or a native speaker correct these sentences
  4. Put those corrected sentences into your SRS flashcards
  5. Put the word on Post-it notes and stick them around the house!
  6. Set calendar reminders to bring up the word on your phone/computer

Today's featured resource

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.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I'm giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the "I Will Teach You A Language Podcast" in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I'll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks for listening

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.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there!

Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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007: How can I learn the Russian cases?


Tue, Apr 21, 2015


Today's episode features a question from Tom: "I'm not getting anywhere with Russian cases. Can you help me make progress with this?" With special guest: Alex Rawlings.

In this episode:

  • What are Russian cases?
  • How do they work?
  • How to learn Russian cases

Links and resources for Russian cases:

 

Today's featured resource

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.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I'm giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the "I Will Teach You A Language Podcast" in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I'll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks for listening

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.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :) See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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006: Which is better - intensive or extensive reading?


Thu, Apr 16, 2015


Today's episode features a question from Marcelo: "Now that I'm at an intermediate level of English, which is better - intensive or extensive reading?" 

In this episode:

  • What are extensive/intensive reading?
  • What are the benefits of each?
  • How language teachers use these approaches
  • The "intermediate plateau" and how to break through
  • Why speaking alone isn't enough to help you reach an advanced level in a language

Strategies for extensive reading:

  1. Make sure choose something to read that you're interested in
  2. Try not to use a dictionary whilst you're reading
  3. Read things that are lower than your current level

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

"Graded readers" are books that have been simplified. Here's a great example of one.

Today's featured resource

Alex Rawlings talking about reading at the Polyglot Gathering 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgQZfS_BMVo

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.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I'm giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each! To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the "I Will Teach You A Language Podcast" in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show! After episode 10 of the podcast, I'll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks for listening

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...

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)  

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!      



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005: How can I learn vocab from songs?


Tue, Apr 14, 2015


Today's episode features a question from Kevin: "How can I take vocabulary from songs and use it in my conversations?" 

In this episode:

  • The benefits of learning languages through songs
  • How to re-articulate language from songs in everyday conversation
  • How natural is language from songs?
  • How songs work in different languages
  • Songs as a tool for "discovering" language

Strategies for learning songs:

  1. Identify key words and phrases from the song that I want to be able to use. Then put them in a flashcard app.
  2. Keep a list of the words I want to be able to use and keep it next to me during a language exchange/lesson
  3. Use the vocabulary for writing. For example, write a monologue/mini-speech, then memorise it.

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Flashcard apps mentioned:

Other websites:

  • Lang-8 - corrections from native speakers
  • Rhinospike - audio recordings from native speakers

 

Today's featured resource

 

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.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I'm giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each! To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the "I Will Teach You A Language Podcast" in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show! After episode 10 of the podcast, I'll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

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004: Can you learn 3 languages at the same time?


Mon, Apr 06, 2015


In today’s episode we feature a question from Terry: “Is it a good idea for me to learn three languages at the same time, or should I just focus on one?”

In this episode:

  • Is it possible to study three languages at the same time, and get good at all of them?
  • Or should I just focus on one?
  • Why depth and focus is the trick to making quick progress in a new language
  • How to use the 80/20 rule if you do decide to study multiple languages at the same time
  • The difference between learning and maintaining languages

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

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: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask

Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I’m giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the “I Will Teach You A Language Podcast” in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I’ll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks for listening!

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.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there!

Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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003: How can I stay motivated in my language learning?


Mon, Apr 06, 2015


In today’s episode we feature a question from Adam: “How can I get back on the horse and keep myself motivated after a bad week of learning?”

In this episode:

  • What does it mean to “fall behind” in your language learning?
  • Are your expectations realistic?
  • Does it matter if you don’t study for a week?
  • Whenever you find yourself getting frustrated, try being kind to yourself
  • Whenever you find yourself getting frustrated, try being kinder to yourself.
  • You can’t control how much you learn
  • Learning is not linear
  • Why taking a break can be a good thing

Some specific tactics for staying motivated:

  • Make sure you have a schedule and routine
  • Do something different, add some variety to your routine

Today’s quote:

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

   – Winston Churchill

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: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask

Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I’m giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the “I Will Teach You A Language Podcast” in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I’ll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast!

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.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there!

Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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002: The story of my 8 languages


Mon, Apr 06, 2015


In this episode I tell you a bunch of stories about how I went about learning the 7 languages I speak (8 if you include English!).

These are:

  • French – in Paris
  • Italian – in Italy
  • Spanish – in London
  • Portuguese – in London
  • Japanese – in Japan
  • Cantonese – in Qatar (!)
  • Egyptian Arabic – in Cairo

In this episode:

  • The story of how I learnt my languages
  • How to win a free copy of my Language Learning Foundations video course

Links and resources mentioned in the episode:

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: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask

Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I’m giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the “I Will Teach You A Language Podcast” in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I’ll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

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.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there!

Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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001: Introduction | About the Podcast | Who is Olly?


Mon, Apr 06, 2015


Welcome to the first ever episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

I created the IWTYAL podcast so that I have the opportunity to help you with your language learning, beyond what’s possible on the blog.

The podcast will be released twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursday, and this is the place for you to get a regular dose of inspiration and motivation with your language learning, so that you can keep going and move towards becoming fluent in your language learning.

In this episode:

  • Introduction to the show
  • What to expect
  • Why I started the podcast
  • Who is Olly Richards?
  • A bit about me and what I do
  • How to win a free copy of my Language Learning Foundations video course


Links and resources mentioned in the episode:

The I Will Teach You A Language blog: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/

Get your language question answered on the podcast: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask

All Japanese All the Time: http://www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/


Today’s quote:

“You don’t know a language, you live it. You don’t learn a language, you get used to it.”

– Khatzumoto


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: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask

Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.


Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I’m giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the “I Will Teach You A Language Podcast” in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I’ll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast!

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.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there!

Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!



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