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Q&D: How Can I Inject FUN Into Language Learning (with Olly Richards)

In today's episode, I had planned a Q&A but what you'll hear is more of a Q&D: a question and discussion session with special guest Olly Richards from I Will Teach You A Language. You already know Olly from our recent episode documenting how we made a German course together (, but in fact he's also a language learner just like me. Click or tap here to read the full show notes in my blog article on


What To Do When You Fail To Reach Your Goals

After our live episode for number 100, we're rolling 'back to school' and reviewing summer motivation and new routines before cracking on with our topics this month. In The News We discussed this BBC news article ( about a pedantic (?) rule in French grammar...and who's trying to get rid of it. The language, ever changing, but who thought THIS untouchable rule would be questioned? How To Refresh Your Language Learning Goals In this episode we...


Q&A: Help! Frustration And Mental Blocks Are Destroying My Confidence!

Listeners, this is a big question and let me tell you I wrote several pages of notes to answer it. Listener Simon from Dublin was feeling a MAJOR case of frustration and wrote in to the show. Here's some of what he said: Sometimes I just cannot seem to lock down a concept in the language I'm learning, no matter how much I try. These mental blocks can be demotivating. They force me to use simpler sentences than I know I can produce. They make me feel uncertain when trying to express certain...


Lindie Botes: Click Play For The YouTube Polyglot Community

Lindie Botes is a designer, polyglot, and popular YouTuber sharing videos with her audience of over 55,000 viewers. She loves to study languages from all over the world, including Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Hungarian. In this interview, you'll get to know Lindie and her unique language learning story, including: Growing up as a third culture kid and what that means What language learning is like in Lindie's current home country of South Africa "I don't think there's a single...


Live Language Party: Celebrate Our 100th Episode

Wow wow wow wow, our episode 100 live show was a blast, with busy chatroom and over 80 listeners tuning in live from all around the world. Today's podcast episode is a replay of that live broadcast, featuring five amazing guests. Long one, but worth it! SHANNON KENNEDY, the musical and multilingual bookworm from California. Shannon is an old friend of the show and never fails to impress with her incredible productivity. Shannon joined us to share her own good, bad and struggling stories....


Quick Reminder: Our Live Episode Is On 16 August 2017

We are so excited to be celebrating the 100th episode of the Fluent Show, and you are invited! Mark your diary! The live show will take place ON 16 AUGUST 2018 AT 16:00 BST Click here for other timezones. (,5128581,3435910,2643743&h=5345860&sts=25560420&sln=8-9.5&a=show&euid=80aae4c0-ece2-24f4-a1d1-3163bf1f712d) The live page is going to be at (, so make sure you've got that...


Lindsay's Travel Tales

Our Next Episode Is Episode 100 and we are celebrating with a LIVE episode! Make sure you receive your invitation and join us in a live party by registering at Lindsay is freshly back from a year of travelling the world. Better not ask her what it's like to be back. We have better questions, like "What did you learn?". 5 Lessons From Travelling The World Read Lindsay's 5 lessons from travelling the world and her list of travel phrases for connecting with...


Q&A: How To Get Back Together With Your Ex-Language

Our Next Episode Is Episode 100 and we are celebrating with a LIVE episode! Make sure you receive your invitation and join us in a live party by registering at This week’s question comes from Instagram: I speak French, Arabic, English.. I’d like to start learning German but I really have no idea how to begin because I’ve already started but ended up by giving it up, I’ve found it a little bit tricky and I couldn’t devote a lot of time for it because I’m...


Seven Questions Any Language Learner Needs To Answer

Is it possible to start learning a language from scratch when you're in your 30s? With a baby and a dog (and a husband) to look after? Of course it is! In this podcast episode, I am speaking to my friend Daniela. She's a writer and teacher, and about to spend a month in Germany. Daniela wants to learn German, so she got in touch to ask me: How to find resources that will be right for her? If she can really make time for learning a language, even though she's got a busy life and no classes to...


Q&A: My Language Learning Secrets!!

This week on the show, I answered a question from Twitter user @akalious: I’m so curious how you learned English to IELTS 9* even before you went to UK... Could you talk abt that a little bit in future episodes? In this episode you'll learn: How Many Formal Study Hours Of English I Took in the first 8 years of studying English...and why that only half matters What I Did Differently To Give Me Native-Like Fluency in English How having No Native Speaker Contact actually helped me grow in...


"French is Romantic, Arabic Is Aggressive"...Does Culture Stop Us from Learning Languages?

It's a philosophical one with Lindsay this week! Quick note on the topic of audio quality: In this week's episode, you'll hear Lindsay coming through at a slightly lower quality than usual. Our apologies! We'll be back to our usual high standards in the next episode. Here are our two big topics. Donald Trump Is A Tweeter If you're au courant with the news these days, you may have noticed that Donald Trump is a prolific user of Twitter. But what do his tweets reveal about him? Language...


Q&A: What To Do When You're Overwhelmed In Language Lessons

In this week’s episode, I have a fascinating Q&A question, which didn't at all bring the answer that my questioner might have been expecting. My question asker Andy is learning Russian, and finding the amount of word changes overwhelming. We started with grammar, but then discovered a meaningful SECOND issue, which you have probably dealt with in the past, too. Why your success depends on knowing how to analyse the problem How a relationship with a language teacher may hold you back How to...


Living And Speaking French Just Like In France

Click or tap here to read the full show notes in my blog article on ( Bonjour les auditeurs, and welcome to a special édition française of the Fluent Show, with my native French speaking guest Géraldine Lepere. Check out Géraldine's AWESOME site Comme Une Française ( This show is a bilingual podcast, meaning you'll hear me do my best in French. Bilingual? How does that work?...


Q&A: Should You Learn the Dialect of a Language?

How do you feel about learning two dialects of a language at the same time? The Dictionary of Linguistics ( defines dialect as a variety of a language used by people from a particular geographic area. So in other words, you’re ALWAYS learning a language and often you might be learning one that is a dialect of another. Romanian and Italian are dialects of Latin, if we zoom out far enough. So for you...


What Is Fluency, What Is Mastery...And How Do You Get There?

In this podcast and blog article, we're discussing words that mean a lot to many people, answering questions such as: What is "fluency" and how do you know you're fluent? How can I achieve "mastery" in a language? What can you gain from being a "polyglot" or "digital nomad"? enter image description here Click or tap here to read the full show notes in my blog article on


Q&A: How To Prepare For Language Lessons on Skype

You can find language tutors on sites like italki (, in online communities, or by searching for your target language on social networks. Instagram is particularly great here. Before Your First Lesson With A New Skype Tutor Be clear about what you want to get out of your set of lessons, and communicate this to your teacher. Here's a list of suggested questions ( to ask them. Decide if you want...


Top Tools for Summer 2018

Click or tap here to read the full list of top tools on ( It's time for our seasonal countdown of what's hot in language learning. Lindsay and I have been collecting our top tools, and we select our list of top 3 recommendations on the Fluent Show. Plus: A news segment on what the French have been up to.. 🇫🇷🍔🌭 Win $25 With Our Sponsor Smartcards+ This month, Smartcards+ is giving you the chance to...


Q&A: Should I Give Flashcards Another Chance?

Today’s show is based on a question I have been asking myself. And that is… “Should I Give Flashcards Another Chance?” The way I learn vocabulary is always changing, and my methods and strategies evolve all the time. For many years, learning with vocabulary notebooks was my prime way of reviewing new words. But there are also other techniques, and recently I’ve started using a flashcard app, Smartcards+. I review vocab with * Labels * Lists (hand written and regularly reviewed and condensed)...


Learning and Speaking 20+ Languages in New York City

This week, I talk to language and grammar fanatic Ellen Jovin. Ellen has spent the last (nearly) decade learning and forgetting over 20 languages, and reviewing hundreds of language learning materials. In this interview, you will learn about How to select the best materials for teaching yourself a language How to grow as a person through using Facebook Why it doesn't matter if a language is hard Why Ellen stopped going to language classes How even the best book can be one you don't enjoy,...


Q&A: How to Re-Learn a Language You’ve Forgotten

Re-learning sounds like a daunting task, but today's episode will guide you through what you need to think about. In this episode, you'll * learn about the difference between conscious and unconscious language acquisition. * discover how to learn vocabulary so you always remember it * and the right learning plan for getting that language skills back. Check out The Vocab Cookbook ( for more about the vocab method Acquire, Memorize, Review. Tips For...