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New York Language Stories At Ellen Jovin's Grammar Table

Can you imagine how fun it would be to speak to a fellow language lover who's encouraging you to share ALL your language questions, from comma conundrums to relative clause regrets? And how great would it be to have all this language joy just outside your front door? With excitement about any language? Let me tell you, this utopia exists in New York City. In today's episode, I brought back Ellen Jovin, one of the most inspiring language lovers I know. And Ellen has a brand new project to...


Can You Decide Which Languages To Kick Off Your To-Learn List?

Every other week on the Fluent Show, I answer your listener questions. Today a question from Sheela: How to Simplify Your List of Languages To Learn Here are a few options for getting more clarity in your ‘to learn’ list: Do allow yourself a dabble in some languages and choose only one or two big focus languages every year, or even for several years. Your reasons and useful/practical considerations can always vary so of course it’s ok to focus on the languages that are most relevant to your...


Find Friends Who Love Language Learning [with Polyglots in Ljubljana, Slovenia]

Our theme for today’s show is language learning friendship and having buddies who truly love language learning. We are recording this week in Ljubljana from the Polyglot Conference, so in the show you'll also hear from a few of the many language loving people visiting the city this weekend. The polyglots you heard in interviews from the Polyglot Conference were Katie Harris, Ruslan Kokorin, Irena Dahl, and Gabriel Gelman. Congratulations to Alex Rawlings and Richard Simcott for a great...


Top Tools for Autumn/Winter 2018

Click or tap here to read the full show notes in my blog article on ( Every month, a staggering amount of new ideas, apps and websites burst onto the scene of language learning. It can be hard to keep up, but here at the Fluent Show we've got your back. We regularly choose our list of top tools in language learning and present them to you in a special episode of the show. Listen to this to find out what apps and tools you have GOT to...


3 Useful Rules For Remembering Grammar

In today's episode I discuss the question of how to have the best memory possible for learning a langauge. There are a bunch of rules of thumb to help you work out if memorizing can help you progress from where you are right now. Speaking requires quick recall, agile thinking. Writing requires attention to detail. Rule of Thumb: Understand the concept, learn details on a need-to-know basis. Rule of Memorizing: Know the difference between cramming and acquiring. Rule of Thumb for Learning a...


How To Start An Amazing Language Journal (with Instagrammers Kathryn and Sam)

Click or tap here to get inspired with a gallery of inspiring pages from the best instagram journalers ( What if you had a language learning tool that costs you hardly anything, adapts to your own preferences, boosts your memory and helps concentration? Turns out you do, and it's probably in your bag right now: Your notebook! In this episode of the podcast, I'm joined by language lovers Kathryn and Sam who are passionate about taking...


Bored by Duolingo - What Now?

Every other week on the Fluent Show, I put aside a little time to answer your listener questions. Email your question to me at or tweet it to @thefluentshow ( Click or tap here to read the full show notes in my blog article on ( Luka asks: I have been learning Spanish for 3 months. I started learning with Duolingo and was really into it, and recently...


QUIZ! 20 European Languages In 1 Hour For European Day Of Languages

It's the European Day of Languages! Yay! Here on the show, we love to celebrate this day. 3 years ago, Lindsay and I got together to bring you a HUGE quiz (, we’ve made videos, we’ve spoken lots of European languages. We even have a European Day of Languages playlist on Spotify! And today, this special episode will bring you a quiz with a twist and you can play along. How To Play Before recording this show, Lindsay and I...


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...


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...


How To Get Back Together With Your Ex-Language

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 still working on my English, I’m confused now. We've all probably got that one language we studied in the past...but somehow things didn't really go anywhere. So how can you get back with that...


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...


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...


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...