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The Language Mastery Show

The Language Mastery Show is a weekly podcast bringing you expert tips for getting fluent anywhere in the world. I'm your host, John Fotheringham, a linguist, teacher, and the author of Master Japanese and Master Mandarin. For show notes, free articles, immersion resources, and more, visit LanguageMastery.com.

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Pronunciation & Dialect Coach Ruben Adery on How to Master Your Accent & Sound More Like a Native Speaker

Ruben Adery is a pronunciation and dialect coach who helps language learners, actors, singers, etc. develop native-like foreign accents in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, and Italian. I first met him at the 2019 Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava where he gave a talk titled The Sincerest Form of Flattery: Imitating Foreign Accents to Help Master Any Language. The content of the talk itself was great, but the really impressive part was that he had the audience fooled for the first five minutes that he was from Israel when he is in fact a native English speaker from Los Angeles! As Ruben likes to say:  "Accents speak louder than words!"  📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

31mins

8 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Polyglot Randy Hunt on Why & How He Learn a New Language Every Year

Randy Hunt is on a mission to learn a new language fluently every year. His current project is Italian, with Lithuanian as a side-project saved for weekend fun. Randy has his language-learning head screwed on tightly, and I firmly agree with his contention that learners can reach “conversational fluency” (the ability to talk with native speakers on a variety of topics) in a year if you spend enough time doing the right things. As we both have observed, most learners neither spend enough time nor do the right things.  📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

23mins

24 Jun 2010

Rank #2

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Polyglot & Language Hacker Benny Lewis on How To Get Conversationally Fluent in 3 Months

Benny Lewis is a fun-loving blogger, YouTuber, author, language hacker, and technomad from Ireland (hence his nickname "Irish Polyglot"). He is the creator of the most popular language learning site in the world as of writing, Fluentin3Months.com and the author of Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World. He has demonstrated again and again that it's possible to reach conversational fluency in a matter of months, not years as most believe.  📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show.   🇨🇳 Learn Mandarin Chinese Anywhere!   Want to learn Mandarin Chinese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? Master Mandarin, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/mastermandarinlms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

46mins

11 Dec 2014

Rank #3

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British Hyperpolyglot Richard Simcott on How He Learned 16+ Languages

Richard Simcott is an accomplished British hyperpolyglot based in Skopje, North Macedonia. He has actively studied more than 50 languages to date, and works in 14 of them on a regular basis! His impressive linguistic feats have led HarperCollins to call him “one of the most multilingual people from The United Kingdom.” In our conversation, he shares how he got into languages, how he learns and maintains so many, and what you can do to learn one (or many!) foreign languages yourself.  📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

1hr 12mins

16 Jan 2015

Rank #4

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Polyglot & Language Hacker Benny Lewis on How To Get Conversationally Fluent in 3 Months (Rebroadcast)

Benny Lewis is a fun-loving blogger, YouTuber, author, language hacker, and technomad from Ireland (hence his nickname "Irish Polyglot"). He is the creator of the most popular language learning site in the world as of writing, Fluentin3Months.com, and has authored five books. He has demonstrated again and again that it's possible to reach conversational fluency in a matter of months, not years as most believe. Benny's philosophy on language learning is right in line with my Anywhere Immersion approach, as exemplified in the following quote from his book Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World:  “...where you are isn’t what decides whether or not you’ll be successful. Attitude beats latitude (and longitude) every time. It’s more about creating an immersion environment, exposing yourself to native speakers, and doing everything you can in that language.”   📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show.   🇨🇳 Learn Mandarin Chinese Anywhere!   Want to learn Mandarin Chinese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? Master Mandarin, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/mastermandarinlms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

46mins

19 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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Polyglot, Language Mentor & TED Speaker Lýdia Machová's 4 Core Principles of Effective Language Learning

Lýdia Machová, PhD is a polyglot, language mentor, interpreter, TED speaker, the former head organizer of the Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava, and the founder of Language Mentoring, a site that shows people how to learn any language by themselves. Her 2018 TED Talk, The Secrets of Learning a New Language, has been watched nearly 4.5 million times, and has brought the language learning secrets of polyglots to a much wider audience than ever before.  📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

36mins

22 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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English Out There Founder Jason West on Why Traditional Language Education Fails

In my interview with Jason West, the creator of English Out There, we discuss the weaknesses of traditional English schools, methodologies, and materials, and how his approach aims to overcome them. I especially enjoyed his effective, no-nonsense approach to language learning, his efforts to bridge the gap between traditional classroom-based learning and independent study, and his willingness to share before-and-after speech samples of his students.  📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

1hr 41mins

29 Dec 2011

Rank #7

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Italian Polyglot Elisa Polese on How To Learn & Teach Multiple Languages at Once

Elisa Polese is an Italian polyglot known for teaching multiple languages at once (up to ten languages at a time!), including Arabic, Catalan, Dutch, Italian, English, Esperanto, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. In addition to her focus on multilingual learning, Elisa is also a big proponent of speaking from day one and getting over the fear of making mistakes. I had the privilege of witnessing her impressive multilingual teaching skills firsthand at the 2019 Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava, and it was exhilarating to see so many languages flying around in the room at once!  📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

57mins

17 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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How Eurolinguiste Founder Shannon Kennedy Learns Languages

Shannon Kennedy is a language lover, traveler, musician, and writer. She has written extensively for Fluent in 3 Months and Drops, and is also the Language Encourager and Community Manager for the Add1Challenge. In 2018, she co-hosted the inaugural Women in Language event, an online conference to champion, celebrate, and amplify the voices of women in languages. In the interview, we discuss ① why majoring in music led Shannon to start learning German, Italian, and Spanish, ② how her self-study methods differ from how she had learned languages in school, ③ why learning is short, frequent chunks of time is more effective than longer study sessions, ④ her daily habits and how she fits in language learning around work and motherhood, ⑤ why kids don’t learn languages better than adults, and ⑥ why discipline is more important than motivation when learning any skill.   📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

40mins

13 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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All Ears English Co-Founder Lindsay McMahon on How to Master English

Lindsay McMahon is the co-founder of All Ears English, a podcast and site dedicated to helping people learn natural English in a fun, relaxed way by focusing on "connection, not perfection." The show is ranked in the Top 20 Most Downloaded podcasts in Japan, Korea, China, and Brazil, and has been downloaded more than 50 million times! In the interview, we discuss her experience living and working abroad, the most common mistakes English learners make, and the importance of remembering that purpose of learning languages is to communicate and connect.  "When you pick up a book or a podcast, remember why you're learning. You are not learning English to learn English. You are learning to connect." —Lindsay McMahon.  📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

35mins

28 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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Polyglot & Author Olly Richards on the Power of Mindset in Language Learning

With seven languages under his linguistic belt and an academic background in Applied Linguistics, Olly Richards of I Will Teach You a Language has proven that he can both talk the talk and walk the walk. His infectious passion for all things language is a breath of fresh air in the increasingly cynical language learning blogosphere.  📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

56mins

16 Apr 2014

Rank #11

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Pardon My Norwegian Founder Keith Brooks on "Dating" vs. "Marrying" a Language

Keith Brooks is the man behind Pardon My Norwegian, a site dedicated to "everything cool from Norway from the eyes of a Kentuckian." Prior to "marrying" the Norwegian language, Keith sampled a number of a potential languages in a project called 37 Languages. His "speed dating" or "taste testing" approach to choosing just the right "significant linguistic other" got picked up by PRI's The World in 2009 ("Blogging the Love of Language"), and Keith was asked back again in 2010 to report on which language he finally chose to settle down with ("A Language Speed-Dater Gets Serious").  📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

34mins

31 Mar 2014

Rank #12

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Linguist & "Because Internet" Author Gretchen McCulloch on What Makes Modern Internet Language Special

Gretchen McCulloch is an internet linguist, the "Resident Linguist" at WIRED Magazine (Best. Title. Ever!), the co-host of the Lingthusiasm podcast, and the author of the new book Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, a smart, loving, pun-filled look at the evolution of language in the internet age.   📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

52mins

27 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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Language Hero Founder Kevin Morehouse on How To Immerse Yourself in Any Language

Kevin Morehouse is the man behind Language Hero, a site dedicated to helping language learners start their journey, find allies, and stay the course. Kevin is a certified Italian teacher and soon to be certified in Spanish as well.  📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

50mins

23 Jan 2015

Rank #14

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Dr. Gareth Popkins on How to Get Fluent in Any Foreign Language

Dr. Gareth Popkins is a lawyer, historian, and former English and Welsh teacher who is fluent in German, Russian, and Welsh, advanced in French, conversational in Hungarian, Finnish, Italian, Portuguese, and Basque, and now hard at work on Japanese. We first met in June 2019 at the Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava and I knew right away that I wanted to have him on the podcast to share his language learning story and tips. As he puts it:    "I’ve got fluent because I really wanted to and I kept going, despite myself. It’s sometimes said that an expert is someone who’s made all the mistakes in the book. If so, I’m that expert. I’m still experimenting. I’m still learning…. and still making those mistakes, of course."   📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

51mins

10 Aug 2019

Rank #15

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Medita Spanish CEO Inés Ruiz on How Mindfulness & Meditation Can Help You Master a Language

Inés Ruiz is an award-winning entrepreneur, a former Spanish teacher at Cambridge University, and now the founder and CEO of Medita Spanish, the world's first language and meditation app. By integrating mediation and mindfulness practices, she hopes to make language learning more fun and less stressful.   📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

55mins

4 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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Language Bridge Founder Arkady Zilberman on Why “Cross-Translation” Blocks Our Path to Fluency

Arkady Zilberman is the creator of Language Bridge and a former simultaneous interpreter in Russia. He focuses on overcoming what is perhaps the greatest impediment to adult foreign language learning success: cross-translation to and from one's native language.  📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

45mins

26 May 2011

Rank #17

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Words & Worlds of New York Creator Ellen Jovin on Learning 18 Languages Spoken in the Big Apple

Ellen Jovin is variously described as a "linguaphile," a "language-crazed writer," a "grammar freak," a "former freelance writer," and a professional trainer specializing in communication skills. On the first of July in 2009, Ellen began an impressive language and culture project called "Words & Worlds of New York" with the goal exploring the myriad languages spoken in The Big Apple.  📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show.   🇨🇳 Learn Mandarin Chinese Anywhere!   Want to learn Mandarin Chinese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? Master Mandarin, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/mastermandarinlms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

1hr 55mins

7 Aug 2014

Rank #18

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University of Texas Professor Dr. Orlando Kelm on How He Learned Portuguese & Spanish (And How You Can, Too!)

In his own words, Dr. Orlando Kelm is "a lucky guy" professionally. Not only does he get to spend his time with two languages (Spanish and Portuguese), but he is also the Associate Director of Business Language Education for the UT Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), a part of the McCombs School of Business. He is also the co-author of a new book on intercultural relations called When we are the foreigners: What Chinese think about working with Americans.  📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show.   🇨🇳 Learn Mandarin Chinese Anywhere!   Want to learn Mandarin Chinese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? Master Mandarin, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/mastermandarinlms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

14mins

5 Dec 2009

Rank #19

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Polyglot & Author Susanna Zaraysky on Why "Language is Music"

Susanna Zaraysky is a self-proclaimed "language geek," a speaker of 7 languages, and the author of Language is Music: Over 100 Fun & Easy Tips to Learn Foreign Languages. She has been featured on CBS, BBC Radio, CNN, NBC, and Univision, and now thanks to me, the world's most famous podcast! (Wink, wink.) In our interview, we discuss the weaknesses of traditional language education, the power of music in language acquisition, the importance of developing a resonance for one's target language and culture, and the fact that you can learn any language, anywhere.  📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. 🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere!  Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.   ❓Ask Me a Question!   Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

1hr 7mins

1 Mar 2014

Rank #20