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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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Now displaying: April, 2015
Apr 30, 2015

Today's episode features a question from Cecilia: "How can I learn a language that's completely different to my own?"

In this episode:

  • How can you learn a completely different language?
  • Why closer languages are easier to learn

The three keys:

  1. Time to get used to it
  2. Regular exposure
  3. Deliberate practice

Today's featured resource 

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I'll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I'm giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each! To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the "I Will Teach You A Language Podcast" in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show! After episode 10 of the podcast, I'll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks for listening

Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you've got any comments about the show then please leave them in the "comments" section below! If you'd like to help me out, then I'd love it if you could...

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :) See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

Apr 28, 2015

Today's episode features a question from Nicki: "I'm learning Turkish and Kurmanji, how can avoid confusing them on my trip to Turkey?"

In this episode:

  • What is Kurmanji and where is it spoken?
  • The surprising roots of Turkish
  • Learning 2 languages at the same time
  • Soufflé and Baked Alaska

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Map of Kurdistan (click to enlarge):

kurmanji kurdistan  

Soufflé:

Chocolate souffle1  

Baked Alaska:

BananaBakedAlaska

Today's featured resource

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I'll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I'm giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each! To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the "I Will Teach You A Language Podcast" in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show! After episode 10 of the podcast, I'll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks for listening

Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you've got any comments about the show then please leave them in the "comments" section below! If you'd like to help me out, then I'd love it if you could...

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :) See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

Apr 23, 2015

Today's episode features a question from John: "I recently learnt the word for Heathrow in Chinese. How can I make sure I don't forget it?"

In this episode:

  • How can I learn a word that I've learnt recently?
  • What kind of vocabulary should you prioritise learning?
  • The memory techniques that will help you

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Principles of memorising vocabulary:

  1. See the vocabulary often
  2. See and use it in different contexts
  3. Personalise it

Practical ideas for memorising vocabulary:

  1. Drop it into conversation
  2. Write sentences using the vocabulary
  3. Have your tutor or a native speaker correct these sentences
  4. Put those corrected sentences into your SRS flashcards
  5. Put the word on Post-it notes and stick them around the house!
  6. Set calendar reminders to bring up the word on your phone/computer

Today's featured resource

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I'll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I'm giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the "I Will Teach You A Language Podcast" in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I'll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks for listening

Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you've got any comments about the show then please leave them in the "comments" section below! If you'd like to help me out, then I'd love it if you could...

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there!

Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

Apr 21, 2015

Today's episode features a question from Tom: "I'm not getting anywhere with Russian cases. Can you help me make progress with this?" With special guest: Alex Rawlings.

In this episode:

  • What are Russian cases?
  • How do they work?
  • How to learn Russian cases

Links and resources for Russian cases:

 

Today's featured resource

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I'll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I'm giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the "I Will Teach You A Language Podcast" in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I'll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks for listening

Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you've got any comments about the show then please leave them in the "comments" section below! If you'd like to help me out, then I'd love it if you could...

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :) See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

Apr 16, 2015

Today's episode features a question from Marcelo: "Now that I'm at an intermediate level of English, which is better - intensive or extensive reading?" 

In this episode:

  • What are extensive/intensive reading?
  • What are the benefits of each?
  • How language teachers use these approaches
  • The "intermediate plateau" and how to break through
  • Why speaking alone isn't enough to help you reach an advanced level in a language

Strategies for extensive reading:

  1. Make sure choose something to read that you're interested in
  2. Try not to use a dictionary whilst you're reading
  3. Read things that are lower than your current level

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

"Graded readers" are books that have been simplified. Here's a great example of one.

Today's featured resource

Alex Rawlings talking about reading at the Polyglot Gathering 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgQZfS_BMVo

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I'll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I'm giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each! To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the "I Will Teach You A Language Podcast" in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show! After episode 10 of the podcast, I'll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks for listening

Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you've got any comments about the show then please leave them in the "comments" section below! If you'd like to help me out, then I'd love it if you could...

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)  

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!      

Apr 14, 2015

Today's episode features a question from Kevin: "How can I take vocabulary from songs and use it in my conversations?" 

In this episode:

  • The benefits of learning languages through songs
  • How to re-articulate language from songs in everyday conversation
  • How natural is language from songs?
  • How songs work in different languages
  • Songs as a tool for "discovering" language

Strategies for learning songs:

  1. Identify key words and phrases from the song that I want to be able to use. Then put them in a flashcard app.
  2. Keep a list of the words I want to be able to use and keep it next to me during a language exchange/lesson
  3. Use the vocabulary for writing. For example, write a monologue/mini-speech, then memorise it.

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Flashcard apps mentioned:

Other websites:

  • Lang-8 - corrections from native speakers
  • Rhinospike - audio recordings from native speakers

 

Today's featured resource

 

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I'll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I'm giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each! To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the "I Will Teach You A Language Podcast" in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show! After episode 10 of the podcast, I'll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

Apr 6, 2015

In today’s episode we feature a question from Terry: “Is it a good idea for me to learn three languages at the same time, or should I just focus on one?”

In this episode:

  • Is it possible to study three languages at the same time, and get good at all of them?
  • Or should I just focus on one?
  • Why depth and focus is the trick to making quick progress in a new language
  • How to use the 80/20 rule if you do decide to study multiple languages at the same time
  • The difference between learning and maintaining languages

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask

Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I’m giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the “I Will Teach You A Language Podcast” in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I’ll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast!

If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below!

If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there!

Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

Apr 6, 2015

In today’s episode we feature a question from Adam: “How can I get back on the horse and keep myself motivated after a bad week of learning?”

In this episode:

  • What does it mean to “fall behind” in your language learning?
  • Are your expectations realistic?
  • Does it matter if you don’t study for a week?
  • Whenever you find yourself getting frustrated, try being kind to yourself
  • Whenever you find yourself getting frustrated, try being kinder to yourself.
  • You can’t control how much you learn
  • Learning is not linear
  • Why taking a break can be a good thing

Some specific tactics for staying motivated:

  • Make sure you have a schedule and routine
  • Do something different, add some variety to your routine

Today’s quote:

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

   – Winston Churchill

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask

Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I’m giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the “I Will Teach You A Language Podcast” in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I’ll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast!

If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there!

Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

Apr 6, 2015

In this episode I tell you a bunch of stories about how I went about learning the 7 languages I speak (8 if you include English!).

These are:

  • French – in Paris
  • Italian – in Italy
  • Spanish – in London
  • Portuguese – in London
  • Japanese – in Japan
  • Cantonese – in Qatar (!)
  • Egyptian Arabic – in Cairo

In this episode:

  • The story of how I learnt my languages
  • How to win a free copy of my Language Learning Foundations video course

Links and resources mentioned in the episode:

Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask

Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I’m giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the “I Will Teach You A Language Podcast” in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I’ll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast!

If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below!

If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there!

Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

Apr 6, 2015

Welcome to the first ever episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

I created the IWTYAL podcast so that I have the opportunity to help you with your language learning, beyond what’s possible on the blog.

The podcast will be released twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursday, and this is the place for you to get a regular dose of inspiration and motivation with your language learning, so that you can keep going and move towards becoming fluent in your language learning.

In this episode:

  • Introduction to the show
  • What to expect
  • Why I started the podcast
  • Who is Olly Richards?
  • A bit about me and what I do
  • How to win a free copy of my Language Learning Foundations video course


Links and resources mentioned in the episode:

The I Will Teach You A Language blog: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/

Get your language question answered on the podcast: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask

All Japanese All the Time: http://www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/


Today’s quote:

“You don’t know a language, you live it. You don’t learn a language, you get used to it.”

– Khatzumoto


Do you have a question?

Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask

Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.


Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I’m giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the “I Will Teach You A Language Podcast” in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I’ll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast!

If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…

  • Share the episode using the social media buttons around you
  • Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there!

Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

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