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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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Dec 26, 2016

Clay asks: "For how long should I use the same material?"

In this episode:

  • One of the most destructive language habits is jumping from one material to the next
  • Usually, my advice is to stick with ONE thing, simply to guard against the "butterfly" problem
  • "Don't let the great be the enemy of the good"

When I'm studying, I usually have a few different strands to my learning:

  1. Speaking on a regular basis
  2. Flashcard review of vocabulary
  3. Study time

In my study time, I tend to do one thing over and over, until I get bored.

  • I wonder why you're asking this question?
  • You should know deep down if the activity you're doing is productive or not
  • If you feel it's productive, keep going!
  • You will certainly lose motivation to do it sooner or later... wait till that time! (For me it's usually 3 weeks)
  • If you feel it's not productive, stop immediately and try something else
  • Try to avoid FOMO - providing you're speaking, learning vocabulary, and doing other holistic activities, you won't be missing out on anything!

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

  • "Sprints" - My 3-week approach to studying language material

Start speaking today

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Do you have a question?

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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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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!

Dec 23, 2016

Chen asks: "How can I teach my child a foreign language without a native environment?"

In this episode:

  • Studies comparing school education systems don't find any benefits to starting school tuition before the age of 11. However, this is an indictment of the education system more than anything
  • It is possible to teach children many languages at the same time

It's always good to follow the child's interests, but since children change their tastes so frequently, I would pick the language you want him/her to learn, and focus on that over the long-term The ideal scenario is as follows:

  • Set aside one hour a day for the language
  • If possible, bring in an au-pair or nanny to interact with the child for that time ("One Person One Language")
  • If that is not possible, learn the language yourself, and teach him/her as you go
  • Use the same teaching methods you would use in your mother tongue - songs, games, cartoons
  • Be VERY patient, and don't expect quick results

Resources Mentioned in This 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?

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Dec 21, 2016

In this episode, I discuss learning languages abroad.

In this episode:

  • Moving abroad to learn a language isn't always as easy as it seems
  • The need to feel comfortable can lead to decisions that aren't helpful for language learning

What I've been doing in Hong Kong:

  1. Talking to people on the street is neither easy nor productive. Create dedicated opportunities to speak: ConversationExchange.com, MyLanguageExchange.com
  2. Learning local vocabulary for daily life is the biggest benefit to living abroad: Use flashcards to store what you learn
  3. Keep an ongoing record of phrases you want to use, and ask someone later (again, I use flashcards for this)
  4. You only need a couple of good friends to create a perfect learning environment - go out as much as possible
  5. Use commuting time for study
  6. Use all dead time for revision
  7. Don't stop studying!
  8. Look for ways to involve yourself in the language - I'm creating my own materials

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Today's quote:

A wise man will create more opportunities than he finds Francis Bacon

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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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Dec 3, 2016

Marco asks: "My teacher says I don't speak like a native. What should I do?"

In this episode:

  • When you begin talking to native speakers, most of the value comes from simply speaking
  • Getting used to speaking is the most important thing
  • If you have a lot of existing language knowledge from school, you need to spend time with native speakers in order to get used to how they actually speak

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

  • Speaking Bootcamp - A crash course in speaking fluently and communicating better with native speakers

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?

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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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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!

Dec 1, 2016

Andy asks: "Why am I still a beginner?"

In this episode:

  • Asian languages can take a long time to get used to
  • 6 months seems to be the length of time it takes to become familiar with a new language
  • If you're not seeing progress, you need to increase the frequency and depth of your learning

Resources Mentioned in This 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?

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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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Nov 25, 2016

Tadeusz asks: "Do Chinese concepts of time differ from English?"

In this episode:

In this episode, I'm joined by Chris Parker. We discuss...

  • How to express time in Chinese
  • Potential confusion with English
  • Similarities in Cantonese and Japanese

Language Examples:

Before and after, not really front and behind

5 years ago - 5年以前 = 5 years before (not really front)

5 years time - 5年以后 = 5 years after (not really behind) (trad chars = 五年以後)

  • 前 = before or in front
  • 后 = after + behind
  • 上个星期 last week (upper week) (上個星期 trad chars)
  • 这个星期 this week (這個星期 trad chars)
  • 下个星期 next week (lower week) (下個星期 trad chars)

(for weeks and months)

For series of books or films etc:

  • 上 the one on the top - part 1
  • (中) the one in the middle - part 2
  • 下 the one on the bottom - part 3

or 上 first part 下 second part

  • 上下 approximately (upper + lower)
  • 左右 approximately (left + right)
  • 前年 - the year before last (before year)
  • 去年 - last year (gone/left year)
  • 今年 - this year
  • 明年 - next year
  • 后年 - the year after next (year after) trad=後面

Resources Mentioned in This 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?

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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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Nov 22, 2016

In this episode, I look back on the last 3 months of learning Thai.

In this episode:

  • What I've done since returning from Thailand
  • Is one lesson a week enough?
  • Learning two languages at once
  • Advice for a "minimum" time commitment

Resources Mentioned in This 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?

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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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Nov 10, 2016

Rana asks: "How can you learn a language without traveling abroad?"

In this episode:

  • Traveling abroad isn't necessarily a good thing
  • You can easily learn the basics of a new language from anywhere
  • Get a good textbook & take online classes
  • Plan a trip abroad later on, once you can speak
  • Longer-term, the mosts important thing is to stay motivated in your learning

Resources Mentioned in This 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?

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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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Nov 8, 2016

Dave asks: "How useful are word frequency lists?"

In this episode:

  • A small number of words account for a disproportionate amount of use in spoken language
  • But does it make sense to memorise the most frequent words?
  • What about nuance, or context?
  • Why a holistic approach is best - you'll learn those words naturally anyway
  • Frequency dictionaries can be useful for filling in gaps

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

The Science Of Successful Blogging - My talk from the Montreal Language Festival in Summer 2016. https://youtu.be/HhC0xbpI9QI

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?

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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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Nov 3, 2016

Syawal asks: "How can I enrich my vocabulary when speaking?"

In this episode:

  • Why we tend to use the same limited vocabulary when we speak
  • Syawal's English is already strong, so we're talking about finer shades of meaning and expression
  • How does a native English speaker enrich their vocabulary?
  • Extensive reading is the ultimate way to expose yourself to new linguistic possibilities
  • Combine that with memory techniques to make sure you don't forget the vocabulary

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

  • Master Your Memory - Learn to improve your memory, so you can easily memorise new vocabulary in any language and not forget it.
  • Why Your Spanish Is Stagnating...And What To Do About It! - A new article I've written for Huffington Post about dealing with the intermediate plateau. If you like the article, I'd be grateful if you could share it on social media, it's a great opportunity for me to be featured there!

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…

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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!

Nov 1, 2016

Ashley asks: "How do you stay safe when doing language exchanges?"

In this episode:

  • Making connections is the real joy of language learning
  • My perspective as a man
  • It's undeniable that some people are looking for more - just like real life!
  • Just as in real life, you need to stay aware
  • Corresponding in advance, talking about the terms of your exchange, and trusting your gut is probably best
  • Beyond that, if you're meeting online (such as Skype), you're safe - just don't reveal any personal details
  • You could use a separate Skype name and Gmail address, but that might not be the foundation of a good friendship
  • If meeting face-to-face, it's almost certainly fine, just meet in a public place
  • However, I'm not best qualified to advise on this... leave your comments please!

Resources Mentioned in This 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?

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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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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!

Oct 28, 2016

In this episode, I speak with Kevin about his fascinating journey to learn to read and write Japanese. Find Kevin's blog here.

In this episode:

  • How Kevin got started with Japanese
  • Struggles in learning kanji
  • Materials that inspired him

Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

Kevin shows us how to use Wanikani: https://youtu.be/6IRTl-zDgNQ

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…

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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!

Oct 20, 2016

This is a 3-part series where you'll learn to master your memory and learn new vocabulary faster. If you haven't heard Parts 1&2 yet, please do that first:

In this episode:

  • The "T" in the A.R.T. technique - Try!
  • Trying out your new vocabulary in conversation is the last part of mastering it
  • You need to get your new words off the page and onto the tip of your tongue
  • Find a safe person, such as a teacher or language partner, who can help you practise your new vocabulary in a controlled, non-pressure way
  • Remember, though, if you have followed the A. and R. part of the formula, using the vocabulary in conversation should be the easy part!

New Course - Master Your Memory!

I'm running a new course, where we'll take the concept of the A.R.T. formula you learnt in this series, and put in into practice! You'll learn the 5 most powerful memory techniques of all, and I'll coach you through applying them in your own language learning!

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…

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Oct 14, 2016

This is a 3-part series where you'll learn to master your memory and learn new vocabulary faster. If you haven't heard Part 1 yet, click here to listen to it first!

In this episode:

  • The "R" in the A.R.T. technique - Repetition
  • Why most people get Repetition wrong
  • Techniques for introducing Repetition into your memory process
  • Why automating the process of Repetition is a good idea
  • The big danger to avoid

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…

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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! 

Oct 11, 2016

This is a 3-part series where you'll learn to master your memory and learn new vocabulary faster.

In this episode:

  • Is your memory as bad as you think it is?
  • My A.R.T. formula for memorising new words in any language
  • Selecting vocabulary to learn
  • The process of bringing attention (A.) to new words

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…

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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!

Oct 6, 2016

Denise asks: "My class in the local English school isn't right for me. Help!"

In this episode:

  • Self-taught learners and language schools don't always mix
  • It's important to be in the right level of class
  • There maybe many opportunities to speak English locally

Resources Mentioned in This 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…

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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!

Oct 4, 2016

Class asks: "How can I put together a study plan that works for me in Italian?"

In this episode:

  • Too much advice can lead to paralysis by analysis
  • Stress is the enemy of learning
  • It's important to stay connected to your original reason for learning
  • Taking 3 weeks off to focus on enjoying the language can work wonders

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
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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!

Sep 29, 2016

Kento asks: "How can I make the most out of iTalki lessons?"

In this episode:

  • Decide what you're looking for in a teacher
  • Avoid the trap of "just talking"
  • Come to the lesson with a specific task to do

For example:

  • Describing photos
  • Preparing a monologue or diary entry
  • Transformation drills
  • Summarising stories
  • Finishing stories

Resources mentioned in this 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…

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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!

Sep 27, 2016

Joy asks: "My boyfriend wants me to speak German, what should I do?"

In this episode:

  • Language and emotions are inextricably linked
  • Friendships that begin in one language rarely switch to another
  • You're lucky he's so supportive with speaking German!
  • Try fixing a specific time when you speak German

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Start speaking today

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Sep 23, 2016

In this episode, I'm joined by Shayna from Espresso English to talk about learning English grammar!

In this episode:

  • Does grammar matter?
  • Why do students struggle to learn English grammar?
  • Does learning grammar change at different levels?
  • Tips for mastering English grammar

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Start speaking today

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Sep 21, 2016

Anna asks: "What inspired you to learn so many languages?"

In this episode:

  • How I started learning languages
  • My inspiration for learning more than one
  • Why I felt encouraged and motivated by my success
  • Tips for getting started

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • IWTYAL 011: I'm 17. Should I bother learning a new language?

Start speaking today

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Do you have a question?

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Sep 15, 2016

Nicolas asks: "I'm getting frustrated with my Chinese. What should I do?"

In this episode:

  • Chinese is a difficult language that takes time and patience
  • You can't compare it with learning French

Tips for getting through the frustration:

  1. Make sure you're speaking as much as possible with people in your community
  2. Learn to read and write Chinese characters
  3. Book a trip to China
  4. Search for some new, interesting materials

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Start speaking today

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Sep 13, 2016

Angel asks: "How can I improve my advanced English even more?"

In this episode:

  • At the advanced level, you have so many options for studying
  • Even native speakers face the same dilemma
  • I recommend specialising in a field of life or work, so you can use English as a vehicle in a more academic setting

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Start speaking today

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Sep 8, 2016

Innes asks: "I'm studying German with FSI. What are your thoughts?"

In this episode:

  • FSA and the audiolingual method
  • Pros and Cons of the FSI method
  • Who is it for, and should you use it?

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Start speaking today

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Sep 6, 2016

Nicolas asks: "I've learnt European Portuguese. Can I switch to Brazilian?"

In this episode:

  • Comparison between European and Brazilian Portuguese
  • Switching between varieties of Portuguese
  • How to do it

Resources mentioned in this episode:

https://youtu.be/KVnz14SrobA Differences between Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese - Fernando Saraiva at the Polyglot Gathering: https://youtu.be/-T5lT5afkys

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?

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