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Learn a Language...Or Maybe Three! The Fluent Show is on a mission to help you get excited about language learning. We both learn languages every day in our lives, and we have learnt over 15 different languages between us. We share stories, news, tips, and ideas that will make you fluent...eventually. Subscribe to the show today to get your regular dose of Fluent love. 🥰 Support The Fluent Show on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/fluentshow)

Learn a Language...Or Maybe Three! The Fluent Show is on a mission to help you get excited about language learning. We both learn languages every day in our lives, and we have learnt over 15 different languages between us. We share stories, news, tips, and ideas that will make you fluent...eventually. Subscribe to the show today to get your regular dose of Fluent love. 🥰 Support The Fluent Show on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/fluentshow)

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Learn a Language...Or Maybe Three! The Fluent Show is on a mission to help you get excited about language learning. We both learn languages every day in our lives, and we have learnt over 15 different languages between us. We share stories, news, tips, and ideas that will make you fluent...eventually. Subscribe to the show today to get your regular dose of Fluent love. 🥰 Support The Fluent Show on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/fluentshow)

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Episodes

50 Years, 17 Languages with Steve Kaufmann

3/23/2020
"In languages, when you want to learn, you learn." Steve Kaufmann is a language learner from Canada who has studied over 17 languages so far. He is an advocate of reading in other languages, even from the start...and turns out this is something he did even back in the 60s. I've met Steve in person a few times at events like the Polyglot Gathering and Langfest, and he is ALWAYS full of energy and excitement about the opportunity of learning another language. He's a motivating presence! "It's...

Duration:01:12:05

Brilliant Tips for Remembering More Vocabulary

3/16/2020
Word of the day: Hamsterkaufen - to hoard or panic buy. 🐹 Listener Elizabeth asks for advice about what to do when she remembers words in her target language on one day, but finds that they've disappeared the next day. It's a dilemma: Should she review and get the information perfect before moving on? Or just stick with the programme and hope that things will stick eventually? This show contains plenty of great ideas and tips about digital flashcard systems, vocabulary learning, and how...

Duration:00:31:44

Our Favourite Language Learning Textbooks

3/9/2020
What makes a language textbook great? Why should you use a language textbook? And which ones are the best ones out there? In today's episode, Lindsay and I sat down to dig through our language bookshelves and bring you a HUGE list of language textbooks that we have loved. Click or tap here to download a PDF of all book recommendations (https://successful-writer-7680.ck.page/1d76545aa1) This PDF is a great file full of links to both Amazon and Hive, so you can browse and order all the books...

Duration:01:06:35

Keep Saying YES To a New Language

3/2/2020
It is difficult to learn several languages together. You may forget some, you may lose some, BUT hey you’re learning more than one language. In this Q&A episode I answer a question from the wonderful Elizabeth: When did you know you were ready to start Mandarin? And how do you keep your Welsh healthy, happy and well-fed? What does a two language study routine look like for you? In my answer, I'll take you on a trip through my language love life featuring English, French, Italian, Latin,...

Duration:00:38:35

Marc Okrand on Creating the Klingon Language

2/24/2020
NEW PATREON LEVEL!! I've just set up a brand new supporter tier at the $2/month level - join us here. (http://www.patreon.com/fluentshow) The patron benefits for the $2 level are access to the patron-exclusive feed with added posts, early access, and bonus clips. You can ALWAYS upgrade or downgrade your tier and you'll never lose access to the patron-only messages. The show is free for all, and your support is valued no matter what. "There’s a kinda type of person out there who I hadn’t had...

Duration:01:08:25

Reading on Mobile (+Survey & Clear The List)

2/17/2020
NEW PATREON LEVEL!! I've just set up a brand new supporter tier at the $2/month level - join us here. (http://www.patreon.com/fluentshow) The patron benefits for the $2 level are access to the patron-exclusive feed with added posts, early access, and bonus clips. You can ALWAYS upgrade or downgrade your tier and you'll never lose access to the patron-only messages. The show is free for all, and your support is valued no matter what. If you think reading in another language is all about...

Duration:00:35:32

Is "Natural Language Learning" even a thing?

2/10/2020
This week, we discussed two topics: Topic 1: Teaching Methods! After watching a few episodes of Welsh reality TV Welsh learning celebrity knees-up cariad@iaith, we decided to pick up on their 3 big methods for teaching languages and explain what they mean and who they work for. These are immersion, TPR, "communication" and story time a.k.a. the "input method". What is natural language learning and why does everyone lay claim to it? Which teaching methods work in our opinion? How do we teach?...

Duration:01:07:24

Should You Learn Similar Languages Together?

2/3/2020
In this podcast episode, I explain how to use similar languages and language families to get a head start in your multilingual life. If you've ever wondered how to work out which languages belong to the same family, or how to decide if you should learn related languages as a group, listen in as I go through linguistics and geopolitics to work out how to make your learning life easier. I'll tell you about the power of intercomprehension, and how it can serve you in language learning. In this...

Duration:00:26:20

Why Heritage Learners Aren't Normal Language Learners

1/27/2020
Do you know someone who grew up speaking a language at home as a child, but never fully developed it because their environment wasn't able to support it? This community of speakers who grow up with a different dominant language is called heritage language speakers. They are often found in immigrant communities. In fact, here in the UK there are many thousands of them all over the country. In this episode, I spoke to academics Petros Karatsareas and Katie Harrison who study heritage and...

Duration:01:16:22

How to Find Fantastic Language Tutors in Your Network Right Now

1/20/2020
SURVEY TIME: Please take 5 minutes and participate in the annual Fluent Show survey. Click here to start. (https://forms.gle/2u6D8jjnzPXZ4LZ8A) Are you looking for a new language tutor, but you can't find one online? Does it feel like no one is teaching your target language? Today on the show, I've got your back and I'm sharing lots of ideas for hidden places to find great people. You'll learn * how to use your own network and get other people to find tutors for you * why your local...

Duration:00:25:47

What Did You Learn in 2019? (with Shannon Kennedy)

1/13/2020
Shannon Kennedy is back!! It's been a whole year since we recorded our review of 2019 and this year it's time to do "the same procedure", if you get my Dinner for One reference. Shannon is an accomplished language learner who's studied 13 languages including French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, German, Hungarian, and Russian. She's also co-host of Language League (http://www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/languageleague), a language learning membership programme I co-host with her and Lindsay...

Duration:01:06:38

My 2020 Language Plan

1/6/2020
In this episode I share my own review of language learning in the year 2019 and what's next for me in 2020. It's like an audio #clearthelist article on my goals and what matters most in the upcoming year. In 2019, my main foreign languages were Chinese, French and Welsh and I'm sharing where I am at in each of them. In Chinese I am finding myself in a plateau - that frustrating slog where it feels like nothing is moving. You'll hear my answers to the questions I asked myself to get unstuck:...

Duration:00:27:06

Words of the Year 2019

12/23/2019
In this episode, Lindsay and Kerstin wrap up the year by reviewing a BIG crop of Words of the Year from Australia, the USA, the UK, Germany, Portugal and Japan. We also create a Spanish version of #yolo, explain why Austria is going to Ibiza, and figure out the Portuguese nominations (even though we don't know a lot of Portuguese). Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the show by leaving a review in your podcast app or becoming a...

Duration:01:19:29

Fluent Festivities! How to Learn a Language at Christmas (Even If You Don't Celebrate Christmas)

12/16/2019
Grab a Brandy and a Mince Pie! This is the festive Fluent Show. Is your mind wrapped up in gift wrapping and hosting this week instead of flashcards and language partners? Don't worry, because in this show I have put together some quick tips for staying in touch with your target language during the festive season. Click or tap here to read my Christmas learning tips on the blog (https://www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/blog/language-learning-christmas) Feliĉan Zamenhofan Tagon to all my Esperantist...

Duration:00:18:21

Shahidah Foster on Black Girls Learn Languages (bilingual podcast in German and English)

12/9/2019
Shahidah Foster is an American expat in Germany, creator of the Black Girls Learn Languages community, and a passionate language learner. She's an English native speaker but her German is 💯 so prepare for a bilingual show today! Bilingual Show: German and English Conversation If you are not an experienced German learner, there will be some parts of the podcast that you don’t understand. You can learn it by the way using my German Uncovered course...

Duration:00:59:38

How Your Personality Changes in Another Language

12/2/2019
In today's podcast, I'm excited to tackle a big question: Listener Maria writes that she hears people sounding different to her depending on the language they speak. Could it be that learning another language can change your entire personality? Listen in to hear me discuss a few of the aspects that contribute to how we perceive personality through a language: Language Attitudes and Egocentricity: What you think about different languages and accents Pragmatics: How people use language to...

Duration:00:26:52

Top Tools for Language Learning: Autumn/Winter 2019

11/25/2019
Wrap up warm, it's the autumn/winter edition of Top Tools for language learning, bringing you ingenious solutions to common language learning problem. This podcast has chapter support, so if your podcast player supports chapters, you can skip to relevant parts as your little linguist heart desires. Click or tap here to read the full show notes and get all links (http://fluentlanguage.co.uk/blog/toptools-autumnwinter-2019) << This time, we're covering 6 resources that can make your life...

Duration:01:12:18

Learning a Language Through Another Language (Laddering)

11/18/2019
Today I am answering a listener question from Jessica who is an English native speaker, but so advanced in German that she wants to use it to learn a third language, Spanish. Can you learn a language through another language? Of course! Here are some advantages: You boost your 2nd language as well as your 3rd - double result! Sometimes you can find much better materials, for example when learning an African language through French (more about this here (https://www.fluent.show/122)) You gain...

Duration:00:30:44

Interview with Language Creator David Peterson (Game of Thrones, Dune, The 100, Doctor Strange)

11/11/2019
"Polyglots and language creators...that Venn diagram is almost a circle." In this episode, language creator David Peterson sat down with me to talk about language creation, language ownership, and the joy of it all. No other interview has had such an impact on me, the level of mastery in language creation was completely unclear to me. Every single choice that you're making is an active choice. Nothing in a language has to be that way. Here are just a few of the questions we discussed on this...

Duration:00:56:35

Language Levels Revealed: The One Conversation You Need to Hear (with English teacher Michael Lavers)

11/4/2019
When you are learning a language and selecting courses and materials, it's important to assess your level accurately. But how do you do that? In today's episode I've got English teacher Michael Lavers on the show and we go into the deep detail of what determines your level...and when it even matters to know. If you've ever wondered about the real difference between A2 and B1, this conversation will bring you some clarity. Bonus Episode: British Slang Fancy learning some British English...

Duration:00:59:43