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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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Oct 12, 2017

In this solo episode, I discuss how changing your study method can have a dramatic effect.

Episode Summary:

  • My friend Jeremy and his struggles with Spanish
  • How easy it is to get into a rut with your studying
  • The benefits of trying new approaches to studying
  • I challenge you to learn languages in a completely different way for a few weeks!

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Oct 9, 2017

In this episode,

Episode Summary:

  • Living in bilingual areas
  • Relationships with heritage languages
  • How to take your listening and speaking skills from 80% to 100%

 Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode: Start Speaking Today:

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Sep 25, 2017

In this episode, I speak with Alex Rawlings about his new book: How To Speak Any Language Fluently.

Episode Summary:

  • Alex's upbringing with languages
  • Did he learn languages quickly because he was a kid?
  • How an 11-language test was administered to Alex in 2012
  • The process of writing a book
  • Advice to bloggers wanting to write a book
  • Working at Memrise.com
  • Is it really possible to improve the way people learn languages?
  • Alex's favourite advice from the book

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:  

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Sep 21, 2017

Neil asks: "Should I use triangulation to learn French?"

Episode Summary:

On today's podcast:

  • Episode 014: Can you use one language to learn another?
  • Episode 106: How useful is laddering?
  • "Triangulation" - also know as laddering or bridging

The big questions:

  • My Spanish is B2 level. Is now the right time to learn French?
    • Yes, I'd say so
  • Will I lose Spanish once I go back to French?
    • This is a valid concern
    • However, it will never be "lost"
    • There will likely be a period of needing to "recalibrate" his Spanish in a world that now includes French
  • Should I work on both languages together, so as to develop the ability to keep both languages separate in my mind?
    • Not at first
    • The principle learning challenge is to learn French (not to maintain Spanish)
    • Therefore, he'll need to approach learning French with as much dedication as if it were his first foreign language
    • Once he's reached a conversational level in French, then it'll be time to learn to use it at the same time as Spanish

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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Sep 19, 2017

Max asks: "What are the benefits of monolingual flashcards?"

Episode Summary:

Today's podcast:

  • Monolingual flashcards at the beginner / intermediate level
  • Challenge the assumption that you should create monolingual flashcards - how else can you be using the time?
  • Do not use monolingual flashcards to learn the meaning of vocabulary:
    • Definitions
    • Example sentences
  • Instead, use flashcards to practise your output - i.e. choosing the appropriate word and recalling it quickly
  • Big danger: You quickly "learn" the cards, and the exercise stops being useful. Make sure you're not deceiving yourself about the benefits. For this reason, I would avoid creating cards with e.g.:
    • Definitions
    • Complete the dialogue
  • How I might approach monolingual flashcards myself: Don't see it as a "testing" mechanism, but rather a "retrieval" mechanism - i.e. use the technology to help you see the vocabulary more often.
  • Some thoughts:
    • Close deletion (but how soon until you "learn the card"?)
    • Learning Chinese characters
    • A deck of synonyms... perhaps... but how do you scale?
    • Mine Google for example sentences with a particular word, and simply build your flashcard decks with that
    • Question and answer cards - don't test yourself, but simply use it as a mechanism of "repeating" the vocabulary as much as possible so you get more exposure
  • My essential point... if you want to go "monolingual", then just do that... no need to use up your time with flashcards

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

  • Make Words Stick - my complete guide to using flashcards to learn and memorise vocabulary in a foreign language
  • Skritter - a great app for learning Chinese characters
  • Episode 188: What are the benefits of monolingual flashcards?
  • Episode 213: Conversation with Gabe Wyner

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Sep 15, 2017

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:

Kickstarter Details:

If you'd like to support Gabe's Kickstarter project, please mark the following start date in your calendar:

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Sep 12, 2017

Olga asks: "How should I use all my free time this summer?"

Episode Summary:

  • Managing 3-4 foreign languages
  • Why focusing on one is a good idea
  • How to "live" the languages you already speak well

 

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Sep 7, 2017

Aral asks: "What's the best way to organise my vocabulary notebook?"

Episode Summary:

Housekeeping:

  • Upcoming guests
  • New French Book
  • Conversations
  • British Sign Language course

Today's podcast:

  • How valuable is the time you're spending organising a vocabulary notebook?
  • What's the value of a vocabulary notebook in and of itself? Does it help?
  • The big question: Will you ever look at it again?
  • Some people recommend keeping exhaustive notebooks with every conceivable detail about the new word, organising thematically, etc...
  • I've tried all this before, but it's too slow!
  • Steve Kaufmann's thinking: How are you going to cover enough new vocabulary to make progress, if you spend so much time on each individual word?

My 80/20 of vocabulary notebooks:

  • Get your vocabulary from rich, compelling context (reading, listening, speaking)
  • Write things down if you find it helpful
  • Choose only the most useful words and learn them using your favourite process

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

https://youtu.be/3voBSKr9Sl4

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Aug 29, 2017

This weekend, I was in Montreal for LangFest 2017. Since then, many friends have been asking me how it was. So, in this episode, I answer that question publicly.

Episode Summary:

  • Many people from the Community traveled from far and wide to attend the conference
  • It's great to take a few days to step away and think about language and language learning with calm... it's inspiring
  • My talk on memory
  • Stephen Krashen, Steve Kaufmann and comprehensible input
    • Does comprehensible input or conscious learning result in skill building?
    • Story and graded readers
  • The theme emerging from speakers that stuck with me was that of "compelling input" and "passion" ... nothing new, but the extent of the emphasis was a good reminder of what matters
  • italki
  • I personally found this a great boost for my work with graded readers
  • Montreal is a great, cosmopolitan city, despite taxes, tips and crazy weather
  • Alex Rawlings gave a great talk in which he parodied language learning methods
  • I had some great meetings with Stephen Krashen and Teach Yourself
  • Caught up with Richard and Alex, had good time to chat with Benny and Steve Kaufmann
  • Organising a conference is a LOT of work

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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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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Aug 17, 2017

Michael asks: "How can I listen to older podcast episodes?"

Episode Summary:

  • I've recently changed the settings in my podcast feed to display the maximum number of old episodes
  • You can find all previous episodes on the website - simply navigate to the "podcast" tab

Today's Quote:

Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity. - Thor Heyerdahl

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Aug 14, 2017

Jane asks: "What's it like having so many languages in your head?"

Episode Summary:

  • Mostly, I focus on learning only one language at a time
  • To that extent, I don't have much confusion in the learning process
  • In daily life, I find that languages come and go, depending on who I'm spending time with, what I'm doing, what words I need
  • My default is English
  • When I hear other languages, my brain usually switches immediately into that "zone". With a few mins of speaking, I'm comfortable
    • Brazilians in the park
    • Spanish people blocking the door
    • Takeshi in the street
    • Chatting with my Cantonese friend
  • Sometimes words in other languages pop up inadvertently, without me realising it
  • Remember, it's more normal than not to be multilingual

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5slVHy2JmcQ&feature=youtu.be

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Aug 7, 2017

In this solo episode, I describe what I consider to be the most effective approach to learning a language.

Episode Summary:

  • Begin by getting a thorough grounding in the basics - quantity over quality is best at first
  • Start speaking early on with a language tutor
  • Grow your vocabulary while getting used to the sounds of the language - listening & reading
  • Practise what you learn directly with a language partner or tutor
  • Create a lifestyle that involves using your new language as much as possible

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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Jul 31, 2017

In this solo episode I discuss the design and creation of my new Spanish course for beginners.

Episode Summary:

  • Why I created a Spanish Beginner course
  • The main aims of the course
  • The concept I landed on
  • How it all came together through story

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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Jul 27, 2017

Daco asks: "Should I learn Mandarin or Cantonese?"

Episode Summary:

  • Mandarin is the main international Chinese language, with around 1bn speakers
  • Cantonese is a related language/dialect of Mandarin, with far fewer speakers - around 60m
  • In many Chinatowns around the world, Cantonese is spoken, due to historical migration
  • However, Mandarin is the dominant language worldwide by far
  • The choice of which to learn can only depend on your personal motivations

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

  • IWTYAL 042: Which language should I learn? 

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Jul 24, 2017

Crystal asks: "What do you think about watching English movies with foreign language subtitles"

Episode Summary:

  • If studying in a way that's helping, keep doing it!
  • With movies, it's worth experimenting with different audio/subtitle combinations
  • To improve your listening comprehension, it makes sense to have your movies set to the target language audio

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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Jul 20, 2017

Myles asks: "Where can I find audio with transcripts?"

Episode Summary:

  • Why listening is important, and why transcripts matter
  • Considerations for beginners, intermediate and advanced
  • The trouble finding good material

Resources that are unhelpful:

  • YouTube videos
  • Movies
  • Radio
  • Podcasts

Resources I consider helpful:

  • Graded readers with audiobooks (with caveats)
  • FluentU, Easy Languages, etc (with caveats)
  • Persist with native speaker resources that really interest you
  • Podcasts for language learners with transcripts (mostly for English learners)
  • Random language blogs and products
  • I have hired people to transcribe material I like in the past

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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Jul 13, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Dr Barbara Oakley about her fascinating career in languages and learning.

Episode Summary:

  • For the full notes accompanying this episode, please see this post.

 

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Jul 7, 2017

Kyle asks: "What are some good careers using languages?"

Episode Summary:

  • My experience using languages abroad
  • Careers where you're likely to have opportunities to use your languages
  • The reality of "language jobs"
  • Designing your ideal life with languages at the centre

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

  • An insightful video from Steve Kaufmann about careers with languages:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIRef1BryPM

 

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Jul 4, 2017

Welcome to episode 200 of the podcast! For this landmark episode, I decided to invite two of my favourite language podcasters to come together for a cosy fireside chat:

Episode Summary:

This episode is a long, unstructured conversation, in which we discuss topics of personal importance to us. The include:

  • What we really think about language learning?
  • What we are trying to achieve with our websites?
  • Do we practise what we preach?

The sound quality isn't always great, I'm afraid, due to a less-than-ideal Skype connection, but hopefully that won't prevent you from enjoying the episode!

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Jun 29, 2017

In this exciting episode, I speak with Sue Hart, the publisher who persuaded Michel Thomas to release his famous language courses to the world.

Episode Summary:

  • Note: The full summary notes for this episode can be found here.

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Jun 23, 2017

In today's episode, Olly and Jan discuss the naked truth about traveling abroad for language immersion.

Episode Summary:

  • Why it's important to travel to the right place
  • Speaking a foreign language among friends
  • Filming interactions with the locals
  • Forming friendships in a specific language

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Jun 19, 2017

In today's episode, Olly and Jan discuss how we make our travel videos. Use these tips to improve your own holiday films!

Episode Summary:

  • The importance of story
  • What do you talk about?
  • The "start of the day" process
  • Do you need a professional camera?
  • Recording good audio
  • How to edit the smart way

Equipment & Resources Mentioned:

Here's the (very affordable) equipment we use to make all our videos:

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Jun 15, 2017

Today's episode comes from Playa del Carmen in Mexico!

Episode Summary:

  • We chat about our mission to Mexico and what we're up to
  • Follow along the adventure with daily videos on YouTube and Instagram

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Jun 2, 2017

Ali asks: "How do you remember the gender of nouns?"

Episode Summary:

  • Unfortunately, noun genders just have to be remembered
  • At first it seems like an impossible task, but keep going, and you will start to know instinctively which is which
  • You will inevitably make some mistakes, but you will be forgiven!
  • If you use mnemonics, try creating some way of visualising the gender of the word
  • In practice, you can guess the gender of many words using generalised rules (see below)
  • Interestingly, the gender of words can vary between romance languages. For example, "planet": la planète (Fr), el planeta (Es)

Examples in French, taken from the French Your Way site: The following words are generally masculine:

  • Nouns ending in “_sme” Example : le communisme, le capitalisme, le marasme
  • Nouns ending in « _et » Examples : un ticket, un garçonnet
  • Nouns ending in « _euil » Example : le cerfeuil (chervil), un écureuil, un fauteuil, un cerceuil (coffin)

The following words are generally feminine:

  • Nouns ending in « _tié” Examples: une amitié, la moitié, la pitié
  • Nouns ending in « _ée » Examples: la journée, la soirée, une vallée, une fée (= fairy) Exceptions: words rerived from Greek, such as: le musée, le trophée, un scarabée, un lycée
  • Nouns ending in “_tte” Examples : une bouillotte (a warm water bottle), une fourchette, une maisonnette, une fillette Exception :un squelette

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

 

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May 31, 2017

Joe asks: "I study so much, I worry that I'm being inefficient."

Episode Summary:

  • It's important to make a distinction between "study" and "practice"
  • What do you spend your time doing? There's a risk you are planted firmly in study mode, in which case wasting your time is a danger...
  • There's only so much new information your brain can take in in one day, so in that sense, you certainly do get diminishing returns after a certain amount of "study"
  • However, you can never spend too much time in the company of the language
  • I would suggest you experiment with spending no more than one hour a day on focused study, and instead try to consume French with real activities: speaking with people, reading books, watching TV
  • Create an immersion environment for yourself, based on the things you enjoy the most
  • You won't get the same sense of daily progress, but you'll be priming yourself for a transformation in your French abilities!

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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