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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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May 28, 2015

Isabelle asks: "At what point do you consider yourself to be fluent in another language?"

In this episode:

  • What is fluency?
  • What does it mean to you personally?
  • When do you switch from learning a language to maintaining it?

Resources featured in this episode:

  • CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference
  • IWTYAL Episode 13 - Tamiyo's question about when it's time to move on to a new language
  • Language Learning Foundations - my video course where I teach you the specific techniques I use to learn to speak a new language quickly

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Today's featured resource:

  • "The objective isn't complete satisfaction but balanced dissatisfaction" - Henry Kissenger

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.

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 (click here to do that)

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!

May 26, 2015

Jenny asks: "My English teacher used to say that it's important to speak with a native-like accent. Do you think it's important to spend a lot of time on pronunciation as a beginner?"

In this episode:

  • The difference between pronunciation and accent
  • Why pronunciation is important
  • Why you need to get it right as a beginner
  • But why you shouldn't let it stop you speaking

Resources featured in this episode:

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.

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 (click here to do that)

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!

May 21, 2015

Yingnoi Lee asks: "How do you concentrate on learning foreign languages when you're living in your homeland?"

In this episode:

  • Tactics for staying motivated whilst learning a foreign language wherever you live.

Resources featured in this episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QRVpNbNzK8

Today's featured resource:

  • Meetup.com - find friends based on their interests, wherever you are in the world

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.

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 (click here to do that)

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!

May 19, 2015

Judi asks: "I'm learning Spanish from two different books at the moment. How can I keep my vocabulary organised between them?"

In this episode:

  • Learning with two different books
  • Keeping vocabulary organised between the two
  • Taking the most important vocabulary and learning that

Resources featured in this episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3voBSKr9Sl4

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Today's featured resource:

  • Make Words Stick - my book about how to learn vocabulary... and never forget it!

 

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.

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 (click here to do that)

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!

May 14, 2015

Linda asks: "What do you think of using the Laddering technique to use one second language to learn another?"

In this episode:

  • The laddering technique
  • When does it make sense to use one language to learn another?
  • Similar languages, such as Macedonian and Albanian
  • Crafty ways to meet native speakers of one language... using another language!

Resources featured in this episode:

Richard Simcott is today's special guest, and runs the following sites:

Today's featured resource:

  • Polyglot Workshops - Richard runs workshops for aspiring language learners all over the world, together with fellow polyglot Alex Rawlings, who was featured in Episode 7.
  • Upcoming workshops will be held in:
    • Budapest
    • London
    • Belo Horizonte

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.

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 (click here to do that)

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!

May 12, 2015

Tamiyo asks: "When do you decide you've learnt enough and it's time to move on to another language?"

In this episode:

  • Why are you learning a language in the first place?
  • When are you fluent enough?
  • When should you move on to a new language?

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • CommentCast - see all the iTunes reviews of a podcast from around the world
  • Random.org - choose a number or numbers at random

Today's featured resource:

Announcing the competition winners

I'm thrilled to announce the three lucky winners of my Language Learning Foundations video course, who I've picked at random from all the reviews on iTunes. They are:

  • Romagitana
  • idleplayerofgamestron
  • Tamiyo Hashimoto

If this is you, please get in touch with me using the "contact" form on the menu bar and I'll get you set up with your copy of the course. Here are their reviews: giveaway winner 1         giveaway winner 2   giveaway winner 3    

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! Alternatively, leave me your question in a review on iTunes, and I'll pick it up too! Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

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 (click here to do that)

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! It goes without saying that I read every single one :)

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

May 7, 2015

Davide asks: "I'm very fluent in English but there are still words I don't know. How can I learn them?"

In this episode:

  • Moving from fluent to advanced
  • The law of diminishing returns
  • Learning advanced vocabulary
  • The importance of reading

Resources featured in this episode:

Three great websites that will help you read online in your target language.

  • Lingua.ly - http://lingua.ly/ Collect new words from across the web with Lingua.ly’s smart dictionary

Today's featured resource:

  • BliuBliu - http://bliubliu.com I love BliuBliu because it sources texts from all around the web, which are at your current level in your target language, and helps you read them. Pure gold!

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.

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 (click here to do that)

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!

May 5, 2015

Today's episode features a question from Ben: "I'm 17. Should I bother learning a language, when technology can already do so much for us?"

In this episode:

  • Technology is advancing quickly
  • We're getting to the stage where technology can translate for us
  • Is it still worth learning a language in 2015 with all this technology?

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.

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 (click here to do that)

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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