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The Actual Fluency Podcast for Language Learners

Brought to you by OptiLingo -- The Actual Fluency Podcast features inspirational stories from world-class language learners, industry experts, and regular people who embraced multilingualism in one way or another. In the episodes we dive deep down in the why that pushed people to learn a new language, the how to figure out how they best achieved it, and of course a lot of great stories of the experiences that speaking multiple languages can bring to people's lives.We also talk about apps, methodology, and education to try and find ways to shorten the path to mastery.

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AFP 137 - Michele Frolla: Travelling and Languages the Intrepid Way!

Travel Blogger and all-around awesome person Michele Frolla (of The Intrepid Guide) comes on the show to share her tips and advice on how you can level up your travel experiences (with or without languages!)===================📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience of personal tutoring lessons, for any language at VERY affordable rates. 💰 You can get a $10 credit when you book your first lesson by going to http://languageteacher.co===================Show Links: http://theintrepidguide.com http://actualfluency.com http://polyglotconference.com http://polyglotbratislava.com http://langfest.org--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

56mins

9 Dec 2018

Rank #1

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AFP 151 - Andrew Feinberg: Learning Japanese and Japanese Culture

Andrew Feinberg is back on the show to discuss his experience moving to Japan and learning Japanese, as well as some of the tricky aspects foreigners might be surprised about the Japanese culture.  He also compares Japanese to his experience learning Norwegian. ===================   📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience of personal tutoring lessons, for any language at VERY affordable rates. 💰 You can get a $10 credit when you book your first lesson by clicking HERE--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

1hr 22mins

11 Apr 2019

Rank #2

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AFP 30 – Luca Lampariello: The Polyglot Dream

Luca Lampariello joins me for this 30th celebratory special to share exactly what it means to live the Polyglot Dream and how languages changed his life--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

39mins

3 Oct 2014

Rank #3

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AFP 145 - Katie Harris: The Joy of Languages

 Katie Harris comes on the show to share how her joy of languages started, and her philosophies for learners today. We also get around her current projects like her blog; JoyOfLanguages and language retreats. ===================   📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience of personal tutoring lessons, for any language at VERY affordable rates. 💰 You can get a $10 credit when you book your first lesson by going to languageteacher.co--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

1hr 10mins

16 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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AFP 113 – Learning Languages with a Full-Time Job

We're back from Manchester England! In this episode I talk about my recent experience transitioning from a freelancer to a full-time employee when it comes to learning languages.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

33mins

9 Jul 2017

Rank #5

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AFP 98 – Andrew Feinberg: Duolingo and Norwegian

On the show I welcome Andrew Feinberg to talk about how he got into languages and eventually learn Norwegian and contribute to Duolingo.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

1hr 52mins

8 Jun 2016

Rank #6

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AFP 28 – Victor Berrjod: Asian languages and gold listing!

Victor Berrjod comes onto the show to talk about his passion for asian languages and how he uses a method known as goldlisting to memorise vocab and grammar--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

52mins

19 Sep 2014

Rank #7

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AFP 128: Mike Campbell - Glossika and Repetition Learning

In this episode Glossika founder Mike Campbell comes on the show for the first time in 3 years and shares some more musings on effective language learning. Including the power of repetition and contextual learning.Mike also shares some academic insights, as well as results of popular studies mixed in with anecdotal experiences and goals for his company.This podcast is sponsored by Glossika. Online sentence-based language courses available in 50+ languages. Give it a try for free here: tryglossika.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

1hr 10mins

4 Oct 2018

Rank #8

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AFP 20 – Sonja Lang: Toki Pona, Conlanging and the meaning of life

Sonja Lang comes on the show to talk about her language: Toki Pona, conlanging in general and how it helped in her search for the meaning of life.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

46mins

18 Jul 2014

Rank #9

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AFP 06 – The Basics of Independent Language Learning

On this first solo episode Kris takes you through his trifecta of language learning which includes a ton of great websites and resources to help you along. He also goes into how to find language exchange partners and how to go from basic fluency to intermediate stages.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

39mins

18 Apr 2014

Rank #10

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AFP 102 – Dimitrios Polychronopoulos: Inspired by travelling

In this episode I welcome Dimitrios Polychronopoulos to share his language learning story with the rest of us.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

46mins

1 Sep 2016

Rank #11

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AFP 121 - Lukas van Vyve on learning languages

Lukas van Vyve comes on to the show to talk about his way to learning a lot of languages in a relatively short period of time. Lots of practical advice and discussions in this one. This podcast is sponsored by Glossika. Online sentence-based language courses available in 50+ languages. Give it a try for free here: http://tryglossika.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

1hr 7mins

16 Jun 2018

Rank #12

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AFP 74 – Idahosa Ness: Pronunciation Mastery

Mimic Method founder Idahosa comes on the show to talk about the importance of developing pronunciation when learning foreign languages.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

45mins

8 Nov 2015

Rank #13

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AFP 84 – Alex Rawlings: Where to live and expat problems

I catch up with legendary Alex Rawlings to talk about where to live in the world, the expat problem and his latest a-ha moments in language learning.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

1hr 6mins

14 Jan 2016

Rank #14

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AFP 90 – André Liss: A journey through music

In this unique episode Canadian hyperpolyglot André Liss takes us on a musical journey through his multilingual life so far.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

1hr 14mins

3 Mar 2016

Rank #15

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AFP 05 – Steve Kaufmann: Canadian superpolyglot and entreprenur

Steve Kaufmann comes on the Podcast and shares his way to speaking 12 languages, language learning in general, challenges and his website LingQ. Do not miss this Episode!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

36mins

11 Apr 2014

Rank #16

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AFP 04 – Seán Young: How to Teach Languages the Best Way

Seàn Young has taught Languages for more than 30 years and comes on the Podcast to share his philosophies and ninja tricks on how to become a better language teacher. We also go into how he learns languages and how to balance teaching with learning.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

51mins

4 Apr 2014

Rank #17

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AFP 76 – Connor Grooms: Spanish in a month and Baselang

Connor Grooms comes on to the show to talk about his upcoming Documentary: Spanish in a Month and also his new language startup: Baselang.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

47mins

23 Nov 2015

Rank #18

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AFP 40 – 10 Language learning lessons learned so far

In today's episode I'm back doing another solo episode, and this time I'm talking about 10 lessons I've learnt about language learning by doing the podcast.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

39mins

12 Dec 2014

Rank #19

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AFP 114 – Kalle Wångstedt: Discovering Language Learning

We often hear about people who discovered language learning at a very young age, but not every learner has that exact story. My guest today Kalle only discovered it as an adult, and has since become completely addicted.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/message

1hr 36mins

24 Jul 2017

Rank #20