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StoryLearning Podcast

Learning a new language? Get your language learning questions answered by polyglot Olly Richards, who speaks 8 languages and is the founder of the StoryLearning® method.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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Special - Japanese Uncovered is out now!

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11 Oct 2019

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274: The nonsense of reading children's books to learn a language

In this episode, I react to the never-ending belief that children's book are good for language learning. In Today's Episode: Why I'll never recommend that adults should use kids' books for language learning: The vocabulary is NOT high-frequency The grammar is NOT simple The content is NOT interesting or relevant Readings from: Harry Potter and the Philsopher's Stone Hansel and Gretel Jack and the FlumFlum Tree Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://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… 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! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iwillteachyoualanguage/message

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14 Aug 2018

Rank #2

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267: Introducing my project to learn Italian

In this episode, Olly introduces his new project to learn Italian! In Today's Episode: Note: For full show notes, please visit the main blog post introducing the project. To view the "mission control" for the Italian project, including all the resources I'm using, click here: Italian Project Resource Page Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://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… 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! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iwillteachyoualanguage/message

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29 Jun 2018

Rank #3

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079: Want me to teach you Spanish?

In this episode: Information about Spanish Bootcamp 2016 To find out more, click here: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/spanishbootcamp 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 th--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iwillteachyoualanguage/message

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29 Jan 2016

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213: Gabriel Wyner on Becoming Fluent Forever

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: https://fluent-forever.com/why-monolingual-flashcards/ Kickstarter Details: If you'd like to support Gabe's Kickstarter project, please mark the following start date in your calendar: September 19th, 4pm UK time (11am EST) Visit: kickstarter.fluent-forever.com 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 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… 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! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iwillteachyoualanguage/message

49mins

15 Sep 2017

Rank #5

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

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!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iwillteachyoualanguage/message

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6 Apr 2015

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191: Do you use apps for language learning?

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: LingQ Readlang Flashcards Deluxe Speater App IWTYAL 051: Can technology help you learn a language? https://youtu.be/rM-N29vnYME 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 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… 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! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iwillteachyoualanguage/message

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22 May 2017

Rank #7

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269: How many words can you learn per day?

David asks: "How many words can you learn per day?" In Today's Episode: In language teaching theory, 8-12 new words a day is often used as a rule of thumb How many words you learn in a day isn't a great measurement of progress in a language It's impossible to control when a word is actually learnt The most effective way to learn vocabulary is in the context of the "whole language" - i.e. through listening, reading and speaking Resources: Bulletproof Memory - My complete memory course where I teach you the most effective techniques for learning vocabulary in a foreign language Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://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… 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! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iwillteachyoualanguage/message

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24 Jul 2018

Rank #8

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125: Advanced grammar without studying

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: One simple strategy for learning the hardest grammar in the world 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… 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! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iwillteachyoualanguage/message

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5 Aug 2016

Rank #9

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126: What do you think of Esperanto?

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: Actual Fluency - Kris's blog and podcast Why you should learn Esperanto, and how to do it - an article from Kris about learning Esperanto Lernu.net - A multilingual site for learning Esperanto Start speaking today I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. iTalki is the best --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iwillteachyoualanguage/message

19mins

9 Aug 2016

Rank #10

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102: A One Year Spanish Self-Study Plan

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: Olly's favourite Spanish resources - a complete list Weeks 1-3: Pimsleur Spanish Michel Thomas Spanish Months 1-3: Colloquial Spanish Assimil Spanish Months 4-6:

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13 May 2016

Rank #11

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151: Why am I still a beginner?

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: Olly's YouTube channel - subscribe for regular videos from Hong Kong! 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:

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1 Dec 2016

Rank #12

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270: How to use storytelling in the classroom

Simon asks: "How can I use storytelling with my students?" In Today's Episode: Anecdotes are stories... Providing continuity between those anecdotes would be great if possible. The key with storytelling is to motivate, interest and captivate your students Stories don't have to follow a structural approach, so don't worry about teaching specific grammar up-front Teachers can observe students' reactions to the story and teach based on emerging needs Resources: TPRS - Teaching proficiency through reading and storytelling Dogme / Unplugged language teaching - a teaching methodology based on holistic methods Spanish Uncovered - learn Spanish through stories German Uncovered - learn German through stories Natural Order Hypothesis - we learn grammar in a set order! Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://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… 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! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iwillteachyoualanguage/message

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26 Jul 2018

Rank #13

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120: The mother tongue's role in vocabulary learning

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 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… 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! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iwillteachyoualanguage/message

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19 Jul 2016

Rank #14

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053: Starting to speak with limited vocabulary

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: My review of JapanesePod101.com The Polyglot Conference - New York 10-11 October Polyglot Workshops - New York Where to find speaking partners: iTalki Verbling conversation exchange.com Today's featured resource: 60 Second Fluency Test 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… 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! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iwillteachyoualanguage/message

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6 Oct 2015

Rank #15

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119: I can't understand English TV

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: Episode 88 - Should you watch movies with subtitles? 3 Awesome Podcasts to Master Conversation in English Start speaking today I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show.

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16 Jul 2016

Rank #16

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

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: Blog post: 7-year-old speaks 5 languages: http://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/7-year-old-speaks-5-languages/ Blog post from Luca Lampariello: Learning more than one language at the same time: http://www.thepolyglotdream.com/learning-more-than-one-language-at-the-same-time/ 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!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iwillteachyoualanguage/message

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6 Apr 2015

Rank #17

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152: I don't sound like a native

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 Start speaking today I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. iTalki is the best place online to connect with affordable and effec--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iwillteachyoualanguage/message

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3 Dec 2016

Rank #18

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

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 Start Speaking Today I’d like to thank iTalki

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22 Sep 2015

Rank #19

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246: Why do gurus advise against learning multiple languages?

Paul asks: “Why do gurus advise against learning multiple languages at the same time?” Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://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… 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! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iwillteachyoualanguage/message

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28 Feb 2018

Rank #20