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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 learn languages every day in our lives, and 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.It is worth clarifying that we actively want to support anti-racism and will highlight and advocate for the equality of all. Language learning means committing to tolerance of other world views, and this open mind is a core value for me. This topic deserves well considered words so here are the best Kerstin managed to put together. (https://www.fluent.show/blacklivesmatter)

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

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. In this podcast we talked about music and motherhood, the power of saying no, and having languages as a natural part of your life. Here are the year review questions we discussed. You can use them to conduct your own review of 2019 and set goals for the next year. How would you sum up the year in your languages? What changed in your life and in your languages in 2019? What lessons do you think you learnt from the year 2019? What surprised you? What will you change going forward? Looking forward, what are your language learning goals for 2020? Shannon's top 3 books of 2019 Atomic Habits by James Clear Teach Yourself: Complete Hindi Because Internet by Gretchen McCullough Shannon's top 3 apps of 2019 Memrise Drops LingQ Hot contender: Pimsleur Shannon's top 3 courses Fluent in 3 Months Challenge German Uncovered Language League, the membership community for language learners 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 member of our Patreon communitySpecial Guest: Shannon Kennedy.Sponsored By:The Language Habit Toolkit: Enter the code FLUENTSHOW to get 20% off this unique course bundle Promo Code: FLUENTSHOWYabla: Stream authentic shows you enjoy and learn at the same time. Give Yabla a try with a free trial for Fluent Show listenersLinks:The Fluent Show: "You assume they don't have chick lit in Polish"Podcast: Lingthusiasm – Gretchen McCulloch

1hr 6mins

13 Jan 2020

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Top 5 Fictional Languages

Do you speak Sindarin?In this episode, Lindsay and I went full-on nerd and we were loving it! The world of fictional languages is richer than a London billionaire, and we have researched and collected the most awesome fictional languages for you to learn about.In this episode, you'll hear the new Good, Bad and Struggling followed by the Ultimate Fictional Languages Chart. Here in the shownotes, you'll see our Top 5 and the best of all links available so you can follow along and listen to the show. Our Top 5 Fictional Languages Elvish Nadsat/ Newspeak Klingon Minionese Simlish Dothraki, High Valyrian and Game of Thrones Game of Thrones: Creating the Dothraki language The Language Creation Society Elvish, Quenya and Tolkien The Elvish Linguistic Fellowship The J.R.R. Tolkien Audio Collection A free Quenya course from Norway J.R.R. Tolkien Reads (A Poem In Elvish) The Ring Verse read in Black Speech Klingon and Vulcan Youtube clip of Mark Okrand talking about how he developed Klingon of him describing the development). The Klingon Language Institute The Klingon copyright case in 2016 Klingon teacher on Youtube: Lesson 1 Klingon phrasebook for your intergalactic needs Na'vi Learnnavi.org. Naviteri, Paul Frommer's blog about Na'vi Simlish A little Simlish phrasebook 15 Songs You Didn't Know Were Recorded in Simlish Fun - We Are Young in Simlish Minion Language "Ramsbottom" Gag in 19 translations Minions - Trailer on Youtube Minions say Indonesian on YouTube Newspeak in 1984 1984 - Newspeak on YouTube Nadsat in A Clockwork Orange Droogs quarrel in the Korova Milk Bar Other Links and Resources From This Episode Do Canadians Say Autumn or Fall? 6 Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn Invented Languages - Opinion Piece on Eurolinguiste Links:The Fluent Show: Marc Okrand on Creating the Klingon Language

1hr 17mins

16 Oct 2016

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9 Creative Ways To Power Up Your Language Learning

Today’s episode is based on an Instagram question from Iye, who is learning Norwegian. She asks Do you have any tips for how I can go about creating my own language learning materials? Listen in to discover how creating your own materials will help you learn faster and better. And there's more: click or tap here to read the full show notes in my blog article on www.fluentlanguage.co.uk. Thank you to Evelina from Alaska for this episode introduction. Support This Podcast Like all podcasts, the Fluent Show is supported by your online reviews and word of mouth. If you liked this episode, please tell someone about it. Click here to tweet about the show, go to your Podcasts app and leave us a review, or simply text a friend about the Fluent Show. Thank you!Sponsored By:Drops: Play with your words in this beautiful language app - free on Android and iOSLinks:How To Create An Amazing Language Journal by Fluent LanguageKupu o te Rā - a word of the day service for Te Reo MāoriMaori: Useful language for the classroom / Teachers' notes / Homepage - He reo tupu, he reo oraThe Fluent Show: Q&A: Should I Give Flashcards Another Chance?Learn language in context - ClozemasterWikitonguesWikitongues - YouTubeGlossika - Sentence-Based Language Learning Method — Glossika offers courses in a huge range of languagesLanguage Coaching with Kerstin Cable

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28 Jan 2019

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Future You is The Best You, with Guest Benny Lewis

This episode is all about being inspired by other people and their achievements. We decided to invite a guest, well-known language learning hero Benny Lewis from Fluent in 3 Months.Benny has done a lot for the promotion of language learning, and these days he gets hundreds of emails from his fans. In our interview, you'll find out:How does it feel to be the big language author and influencer man?Who is the mystery man that got Benny excited about language learning?Does "Benny the Irish Polyglot" want people to say that he is impressive?How can we share the love of language and stop people from asking us how many languages we speak?What is the most important difference Benny thinks he's made in the lives of language learners?Which polyglots and community members have made an impact to Benny?What did Barbie, Shakira and Beyoncé do to get us where we are today?You also get to find out a lot about how Benny is keen to be promoting many others in the community, and how even a speaker of over 10 languages can be thrown when they're "hit with another language"."The people around us are the ones that can inspire us even more than those YouTube superstars."And what about being someone who runs their own business and travels the whole world learning languages? Benny is a pioneer, but knowing the real situation is a different story.We hope you enjoy this awesome interview with Benny. Tell us what you think as well! Hashtag #cllp on Twitter, or simply comment below and let's chat about our heroes!GREAT LANGUAGE-LOVING PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THIS SHOWWhy not see them all at once in the fun Skype Me Maybe video!Richard SimcottLuca LamparielloMoses McCormickSusanna ZarayskyEllen JovinJudith MeyerKris BroholmTOP LINKS FROM THIS EPISODELindsay cheats on Creative Language Learning Podcast with the Actual Fluency PodcastYou Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in ConversationCarl Sagan, passionate astronomerNotes on "Turn that envy into inspiration" from Lindsay and KerstinLean In by Sheryl SandbergSpecial Guest: Benny Lewis.

1hr 19mins

14 Feb 2016

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The Best Language Learning Tools for Summer 2017

Welcome to Creative Language Learning Podcast episode 56, with our popular roundup of this season's hottest language learning resources and tools. Pop Culture MomentLindsay has been watching Terrace House, a Japanese reality tv show.I found Bore Da, a Welsh breakfast show that displays key vocab right on the screen. Its app even gives you individual items with associated vocab lists.Anyone remember pop-up video? How could would it be to have pop-up vocab video?!And now for the top toolsGrab your sunglasses, get out into the sunshine, and try these brand new language learning resources. This season, we're not all about online learning anymore as you'll hear how Lindsay and I are applying our best tips outside too.1) Prettier NotesHow to: Bullet Journal for Effective Language Learning2) ClozemasterPlay the game at www.clozemaster.com3) Charity Shops and Library SalesFind a charity shop in the UK in this directoryAnd here's what's awesome too.Live Lingua ProjectDubbed YouTube VideosNeed inspiration? Start your search with disney classic "Let It Go"Type your favourite show + your target language into the YouTube search barSubasub and SubsceneAdvanced geeks can even create their own Anki cards using the subtitles on offer (we saw a talk about this at the Polyglot Gathering, but it kinda went over my head -- if you want to go for it, start here.Search for a word or watch a movie while following the script to get the most out of this for learning languagesCheck out this example of scripts mentioning Twin Peaks in English and Spanish

57mins

20 Jul 2017

Rank #5

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What Are the Easiest Languages in the World?

“The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.” Alexandre Dumas In this podcast, Lindsay and I discuss what makes a language easy or hard to learn, and share our own Top 5 easiest languages. Listen to find out more. Want to Join The Discussion? We have a full blog article to go with this episode, where you can leave a comment to tell us your own thoughts: Click or tap here to read the full blog article on www.fluentlanguage.co.uk Thank you to the Fluent Language Learners Facebook Group for their contributions. You can join this group if you also want to talk about languages over there and check in regularly with other learners. Support This Podcast Like all podcasts, the Fluent Show is supported by your online reviews and word of mouth. If you liked this episode, please tell someone about it. Click here to tweet about the show, go to your Podcasts app and leave us a review, or simply text a friend about the Fluent Show. Thank you!Sponsored By:italki: Get $10 USD in italki Credits with your first lesson purchase - no code required, click here to claim this offerLinks:The Fluent Show: "French is Romantic, Arabic Is Aggressive"...Does Culture Stop Us from Learning Languages?Nigerian Pidgin - WikipediaHow To Say "I love you" in Nigerian Pidgin English - YouTubeHow to Learn a Language You Hated In School | JoyoflanguagesFocus & Fluency | Fluent Language — Focus & Fluency, my course about learning a language with smarter study methods and a stress-free approachLindsay's Webinar

1hr 14mins

22 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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Study Grammar? 🤓 Speak from Day 1? 😮 What is the Right Mixture for Language Learning Success?

In this episode you'll hear how courses like the Michel Thomas series change the script on language learning and why they work. I'll share my personal language success mixture, and why I don't debate study methods on social media. Thank you to Maksimilian for this episode introduction. Support This Podcast Like all podcasts, the Fluent Show is supported by your online reviews and word of mouth. If you liked this episode, please tell someone about it. Click here to tweet about the show, go to your Podcasts app and leave us a review, or simply text a friend about the Fluent Show. Thank you!Sponsored By:italki: Get $10 USD in italki Credits with your first lesson purchase - no code required, click here to claim this offerLinks:Experience Story-Based German Learning [Mini Course] | Fluent Language — Free sample course showing you how to learn German through story, with me and Olly RichardsThe Fluent Show: It's a Trap! (with Nicky Roberts)The Fluent Show: How to Learn a Language You Hated In SchoolLangFest 2019 — Get 15% off with the code KERSTINSign up for the newsletter herePodcast Movement - World's Largest Podcast Conference & Trade Show

32mins

5 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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How to Increase Your Vocabulary so You Can Talk about Anything

Today’s theme: How to Learn Specialist Vocabulary Thank you to Bonnie for this episode introduction. Support This Podcast Like all podcasts, the Fluent Show is supported by your online reviews and word of mouth. If you liked this episode, please tell someone about it. Click here to tweet about the show, go to your Podcasts app and leave us a review, or simply text a friend about the Fluent Show. Thank you! For a deep dive into growing, memorizing and reviewing your own vocabulary so you can make any word memorable, check my course Your Solid Vocab MemorySponsored By:italki: Get $10 USD in italki Credits with your first lesson purchase - no code required, click here to claim this offerLinks:LangFest 2019 — Get 15% off with promo code KERSTINKerstin's 3 Steps for Learning Topical Vocabulary by Fluent LanguageDrops | Play with your Words | Available for 32+ LanguagesHow To Create The Best Vocabulary Learning Technique In Any Language by Fluent LanguageBilingual Books | LanguagesFlashSticks French Beginner Post-it Notes Box Set (600 words) — from Amazon UKLangenscheidt Deutsch für polnische PflegekräfteS4C - Y Fets

35mins

19 Aug 2019

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HipHop, Rap and Repetition with Fluency MC

In today's episode, you will hear from Jason Levine, the Fluency MC - one of the most creative and unusual language teachers out there. Jason has brought his passion for HipHop and rap into language teaching and now uses his skills in English teaching through a bunch of excellent rap songs. Fluency MC and I will be talking about What the science of collos is all about and how they can help you learn a language more easily What learning your times tables in Maths has to do with success in language learning Why many adult learners are WRONG about their own progress and repetition How Fluency MC aims to make studying fun rather than making HipHop really simple Parappa the Rapper, cult PS2 game Plus, there's a freestyle rendition of his storytelling song "Get a Life", which featured as a lyrical contribution to our collaborative storybook Learn Natural English through Storytelling: 8 Stories for Intermediate and Advanced Learners.Some Useful Links about ELT with HipHopCollo and Spark, online home of Fluency MCFluency MC Fanclub on FacebookESLHipHop.com, a killer blog about the topicPriming in Language Learning on the Fluent BlogStick Stuck Stuck, the song out on mp3 soonLearn Natural English through Storytelling on Amazon

41mins

13 Jan 2014

Rank #9

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Mastery and Advanced Level Language Learning

Don't forget to catch the mention of our good friends at Flashsticks, the language learning post-it guys. You can purchase vocabulary post-it notes in 8 languages and get 10% off with the code KERSTIN10 - or just download the free Flash Academy app.When you reach the higher language levels, it's not enough to just study. How does it feel to reach a level where you are looking for ways to go beyond fluency? How can you move towards mastery? There's no Lindsay in this episode (don't worry, she'll be back very soon!), so I found myself two experts who know what they are talking about: Tristan Foy, an American polyglot who's currently my advanced German student and Gareth Popkins from How To Get Fluent The episode is full of tips and strategies for reaching the very advanced levels and getting better even after years of study.Check out the full blog post and show notes for this article at www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/blog/podcast-advanced-languageKey Points: It's Not About Fast Progress Advanced Level Means Finding "More" In The Language "Learning a language is a bit like hugging a cactus - you can never get entirely comfortable" It Takes Work To Progress Enjoy the journey, stop for a breather whenever you feel like it and keep going. Fluency - No One Cares! Tristan sums this up with a wonderful sentence: Don't worry about getting fluent. Worry about getting better. You Need Humility Links and Resources Mentioned In This Episode How to Get Fluent, Gareth's blog - highly recommended Ellen Jovin's idea of the Polyglutton Gareth's summary of the Polyglot Gathering, in which he explains what "The Need Principle" is: Learning another language is a long, hard process, requiring a lot of dedication (..) After all, as an adult trying to learn a new language it’s all about “overcoming human nature”. You need, erm, “need”: you’re either surrounded by the language, you know somebody who speaks it, you have an unusual interest in the country or culture or the language will benefit you at work Wade's Russian Grammar Hammer's German Grammar Teach Yourself Courses Our sponsors Flashsticks Special Guest: Gareth Popkins.

1hr 3mins

31 Jul 2016

Rank #10

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I'm Not Dead Yet, So I'd Like to Keep Learning: Interview with German Learner Randy

In Episode 6 of the podcast, I’m talking to an everyday language learner. My longest-standing student Randy is our guest, and he talks about what it’s like to become a language person later in life and one tool that got him right through his first 6 months of learning: Rosetta Stone. Review Podcast for Rosetta Stone Advanced Randy and I have both been trying Rosetta Stone to test their new system, Rosetta Stone Advanced, and we decided to record our verdicts in a podcast for all of you. So in this episode, you will hear all about: The one event in Germany that motivated this all-American guy to start learning a foreign language How Randy balances his busy career as a lawyer, his family life and his commitment to studying German every day What starting a language at age 57 is REALLY like “I thought ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if I could understand a little bit of this?’” How the basic immersion system in Rosetta Stone works, and how we think the new online system is much improved The most important differences between Rosetta Stone and Duolingo What impressed me most about the system -- and where Randy sees the main drawback (say grammar and vocabulary!) How to break through plateaus and come back for more practice again and again “The answer is that I’m gonna gradually just get a little better as I do the work.” How Randy committed to studying every single day in his first 6 months of learning German The little frustrating things that everyone feels — and how to get over them! “Under the theory that I’m not dead yet, I’d like to keep learning” Randy’s Top 3 Tips for Language Learning These tips are really simple: Be patient and committed, try out lots of methods until you find the right one for you, and don’t be afraid! If you have enjoyed our discussion of the Rosetta Stone system and would like to try it out for yourself, here are some fabulous special offers for UK and US readers. Important Links for Episode 6 What Makes a Language Attractive? in the UK Guardian Through the Language Glass, book by Guy Deutscher on Amazon UK What German Sounds Like Compared to Other Languages on Youtube Free Trial on Rosetta Stone Europe

58mins

1 Sep 2014

Rank #11

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How to Be Super Efficient (The German Episode) with Michael Schmitz

Note the episode contains two mild swearwords!! Things get real with Michael Schmitz, creator of the SmarterGerman blog and teaching system. Michael is dedicated to bringing German learners to a high level in just a few months. And he has some frank opinions about what it takes to get there. If you want to learn about efficient German learning, this is your show. Listen to discover: Why teaching at Berlitz made Michael want to start his own thing Why having fun is way overrated in language learning What efficiency is all about How to become an efficient and productive learner Why a polyglot and a language teacher is not the same thing Why you should never need external motivation to learn German "Language learners need someone to kick their ass sometimes." Links From This Show Michael's website SmarterGerman Binaural Songs: How to use damit in German Speak German like a Native, my Pronunciation (and Spelling) Course Irregular Verbs Wizard App Tips of the Week Michael chose tip 1, and added that productivity and efficiency allows for the opportunity to become a creative thinker. Listen to his advice - excellent stuff! 1) Become a More Productive Learner with 12 tips from 5 Minute Language 2) Plan your Imaginary Trip 3) Sing Grammar Songs This episode is sponsored by Hello Talk, the most focused language exchange app out there. Visit their website today to download the free app on Android or App Store.

1hr

21 Dec 2015

Rank #12

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5 Steps for Creating Your Language Habit

Click or tap here to get the free guide to building your language learning habit Thank you to Bonnie Z for this episode introduction. Today’s question comes from Elizabeth - here's a summary of what she's asking: I am attempting to learn Japanese. I’m trying out different methods in order to establish a routine that works best for me. This is starting to frustrate me because I feel like I am going in circles without making any real progress in the language. I absolutely love Japan, and so I’m trying hard to stay motivated and keep going, but the lack of progress is starting to zap my enthusiasm. Is this type of “wheel spinning” typical when you are a first time, self-directed language learner? OMG ELIZABETH I LOVE THIS QUESTION!!!!!! You’re taking your first baby steps into indie learning and choosing what is right for you, and that’s just super strong and amazing. In today’s episode, I’ll take the opportunity to talk you through a few key steps as I teach them in the Language Habit Toolkit, my all-in-one package to help you create a great language learning routine. The idea of this language HABIT is so important because of what a good habit signifies. 5 Steps To Establishing Your Language Learning Habit Assess your resources - are they right? You want a guiding resource, some input resources, and a few reference materials. Learn more about this in my blog article "No More Hoarding!". Aim for higher levels of COMFORT not skill Work with the right goals There are two types of goals you need for language learning: Vision Goals and Path Goals Track what you do If your goal is the habit, progress is coming closer to the language being an absolutely irremovable part of your life. Progress isn’t always about knowing one more word of vocabulary, but instead about one tiny little degree of comfort. My most basic check-in is the “daily contact”, keeping me feeling accomplished even on super busy days. Review Regularly This is where we find out what’s real and what’s not, and that means whether you are actually spinning your wheels. The key is to answer questions like What went well, what didn’t go well Was there any surprise What do I want to do next Where am I in relation to my goals TRUST IN YOURSELF you’re doing an awesome job Elizabeth!! Support This Podcast Like all podcasts, the Fluent Show is supported by your online reviews and word of mouth. If you liked this episode, please tell someone about it. Click here to tweet about the show, go to your Podcasts app and leave us a review, or simply text a friend about the Fluent Show. Thank you!Sponsored By:italki: Get $10 USD in italki Credits with your first lesson purchase - no code required, click here to claim this offerLinks:Free Guide: Building Your Language HabitLanguage Learning Retreats — Retreats in Hamburg (DE) and Blois (FR) in June 2019German Course - Open TodayThe Language Habit Toolkit [Bonus Edition] | Fluent LanguageGuest Post: Progress is Invisible, Until It Isn't by Fluent Language — The Language Dojo,Send Your Question / Intro to the Show

32mins

1 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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"If It Plugs Your Gap, It'll Proper Plug Your Gap": Top Tools for Winter 2018

Click or tap here to read the full shownotes. Follow up on a topic: Pop Music Bilingual lyrics, Spanglish and Justin Bieber of all people winning a Latin grammy. Lindsay brings up the Despacito Effect and we discuss if that's a thing. If you love music, check out our pop music episode. Top Tools for Winter 2018 Here are the nominees - listen to the show to find out how they can help you learn languages. Kerstin: 1. Clairefontaine Vocab Notebook (on Amazon UK, and here's a comparable one on Amazon.com) This is a classic notebook for learning and testing yourself on vocabulary. Write down your words, and use the handy cover tabs for testing yourself. Perfect for one of my favourite vocabulary learning techniques of all time, Write-Look-Cover-Repeat. 2. Libby Libby is a library app designed to give you access to ebooks and audiobooks in your local library's catalogue. So that means you can borrow hundreds of books and even language courses right now, for free, on your phone or tablet. Available for iOS, Android, and Windows 10. 3. Lingq (referral link) After hearing so much high praise for Lingq from Shannon Kennedy on episode 65 of the show, Lingq got a well-deserved new mention. This app is designed to help you read any text in another language, and it remembers the words you study. Check it out as it might plug your gap. Lindsay 1. Léa Knows App This app takes words that you've looked up on google translate and automatically creates flashcards of them. It's out for Android and iOS, and will "proper plug the gap" if you're stuck on how to study all those new words you've looked up, for example during and after speaking practice. 2. Museum leaflets and other "bumf" from tourist attractions near you Discover a museum near you and check out their leaflets in other languages. Perhaps there's even a walking tour so you can get reading and listening practice at the same time, and play around with the available languages. 3. FlowLingo This app is for Spanish users, and gives you access to a huge library of online videos from cartoons to TED talks. You will be able to listen to the video and see the subtitles, and it even pairs with Duolingo. Great for Spanish learners who want to add more video to their routine. This app is out for Android and iOSSponsored By:Clozemaster: Visit our sponsor Clozemaster, the free addictive language app in over 50 languagesLinks:List of multilingual bands and artists - Wikipedia'Despacito' wins big at 2017 Latin Grammy Awards - UPI.comPodcast episode 62: Why is it so Hard to Find Pop Music in Other Languages?FAQ | LatinGRAMMY.com — Which product can participate in the Latin GRAMMY?Rak-Su perform their winning song with Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy! | Final | The X Factor 2017 - YouTubePlaylist: Latin GRAMMY Song Of The Year — Some excellent tunes, and mostly not in English...Clairefontaine Koverbook Vocab Notebook at Amazon.co.ukVocab Notebook for Amazon US usersLea Knows - never forget a word againLingq - Learn Language in ContextFlowlingo - Learn Spanish by Reading Books & Watching TVLibby, by OverDrive - an app for library ebooks and audiobooksDark | Netflix Official SiteFreundeskreis - Esperanto lyrics + English translation (Version #2)National Museum of Anthropology in San Salvador - Travel guide to San SalvadorReadlang - Read, translate and supercharge your vocabularyToastmasters Podcast #127: Spanish Bilingual Podcast—Veronica Corona, CCBBC - Vocab Extension — This is available for Welsh and Gaelic on BBC articles

1hr 7mins

18 Dec 2017

Rank #14

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Bilingual Podcast! The Biggest African Languages / Les Plus Grandes Langues d'Afrique [with Khady Ndoye]

This Podcast Episode Is Bilingual: French and English Khady comes from a bilingual family and grew up speaking Wolof and French. And as such, we will be speaking French during some parts of the episode. And my French is far from perfect, so trust that I'm doing mon mieux. If you are not an experienced French learner, there will be some parts of the podcast that you don’t understand. But like all language learners, you’re not alone in that feeling. I always remember what the lovely Ron Gullekson said: “I want to get used to feeling uncomfortable.” So fear not, trust that we will come back to English again and again, and the interview will still be interesting for you. Let's Talk About African Languages If your language bucket list is longer than you'd like...you're going to HATE this episode 😛 There are over 2000 African languages, and most people don't know about their existence. There is a huge dominance of European languages, even on the continent itself, but learning African languages is more valuable than ever. Par Spiridon Ion Cepleanu — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 3.0, Lien In today's episode, my guest Khady Ndoye will tell you more about the most widely spoken languages of Africa, such as.. Swahili Hausa Yoruba Igbo Oromo Zulu Lingala ...and yes...Arabic! why African languages are a great choice for any polyglot how you can go about learning one of these languages why it won't work to just say "oh, I'd like to learn an African language" Khady's a African music and TV recommendations! Support This Podcast Like all podcasts, the Fluent Show is supported by your online reviews and word of mouth. If you liked this episode, please tell someone about it. Click here to tweet about the show, go to your Podcasts app and leave us a review, or simply text a friend about the Fluent Show. Thank you!Special Guest: Khady Ndoye.Sponsored By:Drops: Play with your words in this beautiful language app - free on Android and iOSLinks:Khady Ndoye - African Languages Online - YouTubeAmadou & Mariam Dimanche A Bamako - YouTubeOmniglot Language indexLaPolyglotte - FacebookWIKITONGUES: Khady speaking Wolof and French - YouTubeAfrobeat - Wikipedia

56mins

4 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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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 www.fluentlanguage.co.uk What about you? Do you have fun when you're learning a language? Do you think it's possible to have 100% fun in language learning? Do you enjoy the language learning process? Or do you only really love speaking to people? Join our discussion and share your answers in the comments below! I'm looking forward to reading how you treat "fun" in language learning! Thank you to Olly for this episode introduction and to Live Lingua for sponsoring our show.Special Guest: Olly Richards.Sponsored By:Live Lingua: A Free Skype Class For Everyone! Claim It From Live Lingua TodayLinks:How you can inject FUN into language learning - YouTubeDa Costa a Costa — Italian podcast recommended by OllyThe Fluent Show: Learning and Speaking 20+ Languages in New York City — Interview with "Language Learning Hedonist" Ellen JovinShort Stories For Beginners | Olly Richards — <-- Olly's brand new graded reader series!"I had...." in Welsh - YouTube — Example of more than one way to say an English thing in another language, here: Welsh.Four Secret Weapons of Practice by Fluent Language — I was all about the frustration even in 2012 ^_^

57mins

17 Sep 2018

Rank #16

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Good Lessons vs. GREAT Lessons: Life’s Too Short Not to Find a Great Tutor

Lindsay is back from Korea and Kerstin is back from America, and we're all together again to talk about finding yourself a GREAT language tutor! We discussed what the research tells us about the 5 signs that a teacher is extremely competent how to get super clear about what you want from language lessons why your first lesson is NEVER going to be a normal language leasson whether it's ever okay to ghost your tutor! ...and so much more! Support This Podcast Become a Patron! Fluent Show patrons get early episode access and the show's full show notes every week.Sponsored By:Yabla: Stream authentic shows you enjoy and learn at the same time. Give Yabla a try with a free trial for Fluent Show listenersLinks:When Should You Consider an Offline Language Tutor? + The Tutor Pages Reviewed by Fluent Language...the research bititalkiWhy I Love Reality TV for Language Learning (+ How to Use It)italki Review: Find Your Online Language Teacher by Fluent Language

1hr 7mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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"Ultramarathon for the Brain" (Bilingual Podcast with Judith Meyer)

Click or tap here to read the full show notes German Learners: Click this link to download a full transcript (bilingual) of our conversation, so you can listen and read along at the same time. Judith Meyer is well-known in the language learning world for co-founding the Polyglot Gathering event and writing several language books and courses. She's consulted by many and freely shares her own tips and experiences from learning over 14 languages. We covered a lot of ground and as a language learner you will be delighted to hear her excellent advice. One Thing You Need to Know About This Episode This is a bilingual podcast. Judith and I are both Germans who speak a lot of English in our daily lives and even in our off-mic conversations we regularly switch between German and English. If you are not an experienced German learner, there will be some parts of the podcast that you don’t understand. But like all language learners, you’re not alone in that feeling. Try to stay with us, trust that we will come back to English again and again, and challenge yourself to become comfortable with not understanding everything.Special Guest: Judith Meyer.Sponsored By:Clozemaster: Visit our sponsor Clozemaster, the free addictive language app in over 50 languagesLinks:Bundeswettbewerb Fremdsprachen - HomeAmazon.com: Judith Meyer: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle — All of Judith's books on Amazon.comUnderstanding Germany - QuoraComplete Esperanto: Learn to read, write, speak and understand Esperanto: Amazon.co.uk: Tim Owen: 9781473669185: Books — on Amazon UKLearnYu - learn Chinese the intelligent wayMatching Methods & Goals in Language-Learning - Judith Meyer at the Polyglot Gathering 2014 - YouTubeBeijing Language and Culture University - WikipediaImproving Reading Comprehension - Alex Rawlings at the Polyglot Gathering 2014 - YouTubePinyin - Wikipedia — Pinyin, developed in the 1950s

56mins

15 Jan 2018

Rank #18

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The Creative Language Learning Podcast is now the Fluent Show

It's 2018, guys. Time to admit something major: AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR A 4 WORD PODCAST TITLE 😂 As of today, I am so excited to announce that this podcast is now The Fluent Show, and we are going WEEKLY. Every week from today, I'll be bringing you an interview or a short episode full of actionable, practical language learning advice. The Fluent Show is here to encourage and support you in your language learning journey. There is much more to discover such as: A new jingle (no more "Christmas music") New artwork A Twitter account - follow us @thefluentshow I know we're going to have so much fun and I cannot WAIT to speak to more cool people and answer your questions on the show. The podcast also has a new website address - find us at fluent.show 🆒 Get Involved You can send us your questions and comments and hear them on the show! Simply send a tweet to @thefluentshow or use the hashtag #fluentshow. You can also email your questions to me at kerstin@fluentlanguage.co.uk. We read each and everyone of your messages, and they often make our days. Please Rate and Review The Fluent Show If you can, please leave a review for this show on iTunes this week. Here's the easiest to review: Get your iPhone, or perhaps use a friend's phone (or both!) Open the app "Podcasts" Search for "The Fluent Show" or select our show image from the Library section In the main screen, scroll down to "Ratings & Reviews" Tap on the stars to rate quickly, or tap "Write a Review" You don't have to write a lot and if you want you can only leave a title such as "Great show for language learners"

4mins

11 Feb 2018

Rank #19

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Indigenous Languages Explained (and the Real Meaning of No Woman, No Cry)

This episode effortlessly covers the full language world, from Sean Paul to the UN Declaration of Human Rights. via GIPHY It's the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages Up to 95% of the world’s languages might be extinct or endangered by the end of the century. And most of them are indigenous, meaning that they spoken by the indigenous people of a region. In this show, you'll discover What’s an indigenous language? Why does it matter so much that we preserve these languages? Hint: Because it's a HUMAN RIGHT Should any country at all have an official language? And where do you start if you want to learn an indigenous language? And we think you love a quiz as much as we do, so don't miss out the indigenous language quiz in this episode. Support This Podcast Like all podcasts, the Fluent Show is supported by your online reviews and word of mouth. If you liked this episode, please tell someone about it. Click here to tweet about the show, go to your Podcasts app and leave us a review, or simply text a friend about the Fluent Show. Thank you!Sponsored By:italki: Get $10 USD in italki Credits with your first lesson purchase - no code required, click here to claim this offerLinks:Episode 37: The Secret Languages of Great Britain (with an expert from Omniglot) by Fluent LanguageLanguage is Everything: Talking Language Activism with WikitonguesUN information about indigenous languagesLanguage StoriesLangFest17 - Lindsay Willams - Why + how you should learn a language you've never heard of - YouTubeEmma Stevens - Blackbird by The Beatles sung in Mi'kmaq - YouTubeWikitongues.orgLinguistic rights - Wikipedia7000 LanguagesSean Paul: 'Language barrier' a problem for dancehall artists - BBC NewsJamaica's patois Bible: The word of God in creole - BBC News — A few Jamaican patois rules Plural nouns are made with the word "dem" ("they" or "them" in English) - so the plural of "uoli prafit" ("holy prophet") is "uoli prafit dem", and the plural of "enimi" ("enemy") is "enimi dem" The past tense is marked by the word "did" - so "he lived" is, in patois, "im did liv" The future tense can be marked with " a go" or "wi" ("will") - "Im a go siev" is "He will save", and "Yu wi nuo" is "You will know" The World's Most Controversial K-Pop Group - YouTubeOmniglot - the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languagesWhy Indigenous Languages Should Be Taught Alongside French and English - ChatelaineWhy cultural death is a shared loss | Inky Gibbens | TEDxCambridgeUniversity - YouTubeWhat Gets Easier When You Study More Languages? by Fluent LanguageTalk To Me In KoreanThe Add1 ChallengeThe Alphabets : Atlas of Endangered AlphabetsEthnologue: Languages of the World

1hr 9mins

29 Jul 2019

Rank #20