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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: August, 2015
Aug 27, 2015

Terry asks: "I've been taking regular Chinese lessons with iTalki, but should I stick with one teacher, or have a variety?"

In this episode:

  • Why focusing on one thing can be the most beneficial
  • How to get "glimpses of mastery"
  • Why sticking with one teacher is probably your best bet

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

  • How To Get S*** Done - how to harness the power of one thing to bring you the fastest progress in a foreign language

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I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. iTalki is the best place online to connect with affordable and effective native speakers teachers and tutors. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, simply visit:http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes

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 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!

Aug 25, 2015

Chiara asks: "Is it still worth doing a degree in languages? Is there still a role for language teachers in a rapidly changing world?

In this episode:

  • Why a language degree is a great thing to do
  • My experience at university and what I got from it
  • The role of language teaching in a world with ever-increasing technology

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

Start speaking today

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. iTalki is the best place online to connect with affordable and effective native speakers teachers and tutors. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, simply visit:http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes

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 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!

Aug 20, 2015

Wendel asks: "I need to learn a 3rd European language, but none appeals to me. What should I do?"

In this episode:

  • What's a good reason to learn a new language?
  • The dangers of learning a language you're not passionate about
  • How to decide on a new language to learn

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

Start speaking today

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. iTalki is the best place online to connect with affordable and effective native speakers teachers and tutors. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, simply visit:http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes

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 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!

Aug 18, 2015

In this episode, I discuss how introverts deal with learning foreign languages.

In this episode:

  • I am an introvert by nature, despite what you may guess from my public persona!
  • How I suffer from shyness in groups
  • How this has impacted my language learning
  • Why living abroad hasn't been a "no-brainer" for me
  • How I nevertheless enjoy speaking, and base my language learning on speaking with people I genuinely like

Are you an introvert? Please let me know how this has affected your language learninghttp://wp.me/p4wyTY-1kD

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

Start speaking today

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. iTalki is the best place online to connect with affordable and effective native speakers teachers and tutors. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, simply visit:http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes

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 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!

Aug 13, 2015

One reader asks: "I want to try my hand at reading a book and wondered what you would recommend?"

In this episode:

The problem with children's books...

  • Intended for children
  • Low-frequency vocabulary

What kind of books are best to read...

  1. Graded readers (not parallel texts)
  2. Short, non-fiction books on a topic that interests you (e.g. biographies, how-to books)
  3. Any book you've already read, translated into your target language
  4. If you have a book store close by with a good foreign book section - go and browse!
  5. If you don't like books, try Project Syndicate

Judith Meyer from learnlangs.com mentioned:

  1. Crime stories, romance stories, autobiographies, travel stories.
  2. Translated books are easier than original ones.
  3. The Little Prince

Resources mentioned in todays episode:

Project Syndicate - opinion pieces from the world's newspapers How to read effectively in a foreign language - my article on reading Matching Methods and Goals in Language Learning - A great talk from Judith Meyer at the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin in 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ktWVLbNpmY

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italkiI’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. iTalki is the best place online to connect with affordable and effective native speakers teachers and tutors. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, simply visit:http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes

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 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!

Aug 11, 2015

Alex asks: "How should one go about gathering together language learning materials when there are none?"

In this episode:

Here are my suggestions for finding materials for minority languages:

  1. Reach out to people who have learnt the language before - there will be more than you think. Use Google to search for people, groups and blogs
  2. Even if there is little material, use what you can find. You can get far with little.
  3. Go to the country. Not always practical, but the best thing you could possibly do.
  4. Create your own materials by contacting native speakers and/or travelling to the country. This is a fantastic project and a great service to the community.

Do you have anything to add about learning minority language or finding materials for them? Please leave a comment below to let us know!

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Start speaking today

italkiI'd like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. iTalki is the best place online to connect with affordable and effective native speakers teachers and tutors. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, simply visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes

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 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!

Aug 6, 2015

Ben asks: "I'm currently on a work placement in France. How can I make the most of living with native speakers?"

In this episode:

  • The huge opportunity of living with native speakers
  • Create a no-English environment if at all possible
  • Focus on the formulaic aspects of daily life
  • Take notes of what you see
  • Observe and imitate
  • Think: "What would I say in English?" in order to decide what to say next.

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Start speaking today

italkiI'd like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. iTalki is the best place online to connect with affordable and effective native speakers teachers and tutors. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, simply visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes

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 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!

Aug 4, 2015

Melissa asks: "I'm learning Spanish, but people keep replying to me in English. How can I solve this?"

In this episode:

  • The difficulties of finding native speakers to practise with
  • How social pressure can lead people to reply in English
  • Why you shouldn't judge your level based on your experience talking to strangers
  • The importance of finding a safe person to practise with
  • How to explain to a language partner you want to keep it in the target language

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Start speaking today

italkiI'd like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. iTalki is the best place online to connect with affordable and effective native speakers teachers and tutors. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, simply visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes

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 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!

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