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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language

Learning a new language? Get your language learning questions answered by polyglot Olly Richards, who speaks 8 languages and runs the popular blog - I Will Teach You A Language. 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 Luca Lampariello, Richard Simcott, Alex Rawlings, Benny Lewis, Anthony Metivier and Jonathan Levi. Learn Spanish, Learn French, Learn German, Learn Italian, Learn Portuguese, Learn Arabic, Learn Japanese, Learn Chinese
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May 17, 2018

Ron asks: "How can I make the most of my commuting time?"

In Today's Episode:

  • Driving is not an ideal language learning environment because your focus is elsewhere
  • Stick with principles - listen to material that's just above your current level
  • Use the time to listen to material that you can then study more intensively in your free time
  • That way, the listening becomes a recycling or consolidation activity, not an isolated activity

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May 15, 2018

In this solo episode, Olly talks about why it's so important to start speaking.

In Today's Episode:

  • If you feel you're ready to start speaking... do it!
  • It never gets easier to start. The longer you leave it, the harder it gets.
  • The benefits are truly life-changing, in terms of relationships and linguistics!

Podcast Resources:

  • italki - the easiest way to book a speaking session in the next 5 minutes

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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…

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May 11, 2018

Ian asks: "How should I organise my flashcard decks?"

The Rules:

  • The biggest danger with flashcards is getting behind in your review
  • If that happens, the SRS algorithm can't work
  • Therefore, break your flashcards down into smaller decks
  • I like to do it by month (April, May, etc)
  • I do this because it's quick and easy, no other reason!

Podcast Resources:

  • Make Words Stick - My step-by-step guide to using flashcards to memorise vocabulary

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May 9, 2018

Yuna asks: "How can I deal with jealousy in language learning?"

The Rules:

  • Olly's recent experience with some fluent Japanese speakers
  • Jealousy at other people's level is a nasty feeling, yet totally natural
  • The way to stop comparing yourself to others is to be clear about your own goals and reasons for learning, and to be at peace with them!
  • Make sure that, within the parameters of your goals, you're doing everything you can to reach them -- that's how to have the mental toughness to stick with this way of thinking!

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Apr 26, 2018

In this episode, Olly begins a new series covering what he believes to be the fundamental rules of language learning.

The Rules:

  • 1. Study at your desk
  • 2. Don’t learn grammar before you need it
  • 3. Review, review, review
 

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Apr 24, 2018

In this solo episode, Olly talks about why haircuts are a fantastic language learning tool.

In This Episode:

  • My recent haircut in Hong Kong
  • How haircuts help you level-up in your language learning:
    • Chitchat is mandatory
    • You'll never get spoken to as much anywhere else, or asked as many questions
    • There's no escape
    • You have to actively engage in the conversation and reply to questions
    • You're sitting there for extensive periods of time
    • You have to push through pain barriers and tiredness
    • You get stronger at socialising, which can have big knock-on effects on confidence etc
  • The broader lesson is to put yourself in situations where the language is not the focus of the activity, so you're not being judged
  • What other activities can you do that lead you to use the language in a more social way?

Today's Quote:

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. - Neale Donald Walsch

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Apr 19, 2018

This episode is a broadcast of interview with me from The Fluent Show, a (newly rebranded) podcast run by my friends Kerstin and Lindsay.

In This Episode:

In this conversation, we present a project Kerstin and I have been working on together for a while: German Uncovered. German Uncovered is a course for beginners who want to become fluent in German, and we are slowly getting ready to release it to the world. Exciting times! The special thing about German Uncovered is that it is entirely story-based, meaning you will not just learn the language step by step, but you'll also have read a whole book by the end. Listen in to find out how this works! If you're interested in what drives course creators to come up with innovative ideas, and how a language course comes into being, this show will give you great behind the scenes insights.

Resources Mentioned:

Other links:

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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!

Apr 17, 2018

In this solo episode, Olly talks about the "gun to the head method."

 

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Do You Have A Question?

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Apr 12, 2018

Masami asks: "What do you think about meetups?"

 

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Apr 10, 2018

 Luke asks: "How do you learn niche vocabulary in a 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

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Apr 4, 2018

Mauricio asks: "Should I learn Modern Standard Arabic?"

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Mar 27, 2018

In this solo episode, Olly talks about, "How to use language textbooks the right way."

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Mar 23, 2018

Nick asks: "What do you think of Memrise?"

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Mar 14, 2018

Andrew asks: "Is social media destroying my language learning?"

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Mar 7, 2018

Mattias asks: “How should you react to criticism from your peers in trying to perfect your accent?”

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Feb 28, 2018

Paul asks: “Why do gurus advise against learning multiple languages at the same time?”

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Feb 23, 2018

Owain asks: “What is the value of passive, unfocused listening?”

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Feb 20, 2018

In this solo episode, Olly talks about how to get over your fear of Skype lessons

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Feb 18, 2018

In this solo episode, Olly talks about translation and its implications in language learning.

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Feb 13, 2018

In this episode, Olly reflects on the past year and speaks about what you should expect from him in 2018.

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Feb 6, 2018

Edward asks, "Are subtitles really that bad?"

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Feb 2, 2018

In the second of a two-part episode, I continue revealing the 9 easiest ways to start an argument about language learning.

Resources Mentioned in Today's Episode:

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Jan 30, 2018

In the first of a two-part episode, Olly reveals the 9 easiest ways to start an argument about language learning.

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Jan 9, 2018

 Nicolás asks: "Do we need vacations from language learning?"

Episode Summary:

  • My life is full of examples of doing things better after a long break
  • Our brains can only achieve so much by focused attention
  • The Pomodoro technique works on this principle
  • Focus mode vs diffuse mode
    • Small scale - i.e. my daily writing habits in one day
    • Large scale - i.e. learning patterns over many months
  • Breaks are essential... even many months can be fine
  • It works even better if you can take "study breaks" while also speaking or using the language a lot

Resources Mentioned in Today's Episode:

  • 5 Lessons I Learned from Barbara Oakley - a great video from my friend Nasos

https://youtu.be/HYkY22pP6go?t=2m7s

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