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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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Mar 30, 2016

Nicolas asks: "Is it helpful to read aloud in Chinese?"

In this episode:

  • Reading aloud and why we do it
  • Our experience of reading aloud from school
  • The benefits of reading aloud on pronunciation
  • Why reading aloud has few other benefits for developing fluency
  • Why reading aloud is harmful for developing reading skills

Today's Featured Resource:

100th Episode Special!

Help me create an amazing feature for the 100th episode! I'd like to create a montage of voices of podcast listeners from around the world, all giving one piece of language advice they've learned from the show. This would be such a great way to commemorate the 100th episode, and provide motivation for all of you out there learning languages on your own. If you'd like to participate, please click the link below and leave a short message including the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Where you're from
  3. The ONE thing you've learned from the show that's made a big difference to your language learning

Click here to leave the message

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!

Mar 24, 2016

In this episode I talk with Luke Thompson from Luke's English Podcast. Luke's been podcasting for over 7 years, and I asked him about the top three things he'd learnt during that time. He chose four things - but I won't hold it against him!

In this episode:

Luke's top lessons from 7+ years of podcasting:

  1. Attitude - It's vital for language learners to ask questions and be willing to fail
  2. Time - You must be willing to work regularly at your target language over time
  3. Practice - Practise often and don't be afraid to make mistakes
  4. Materials - Motivating and enjoyable materias are essential in order to enjoy the learning process

Today's Featured Resource

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!

Mar 22, 2016

Sergio asks: "Is it a good idea to add audio to my flashcards?"

In this episode:

  • Why audio and images are helpful to remember vocabulary
  • The benefits of adding audio to your flashcards
  • Memrise.com
  • The tradeoff in terms of time
  • Why I don't do it personally

100th Episode Special!

Help me create an amazing feature for the 100th episode! I'd like to create a montage of voices of podcast listeners from around the world, all giving one piece of language advice they've learned from the show. This would be such a great way to commemorate the 100th episode, and provide motivation for all of you out there learning languages on your own. If you'd like to participate, please click the link below and leave a short message including the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Where you're from
  3. The ONE thing you've learned from the show that's made a big difference to your language learning

Click here to leave the message

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!

Mar 17, 2016

Zena asks: "I spoke fluent Chinese as a child, but I've since forgotten it. How can I resurrect it?"

In this episode:

  • If you spoke another language as a child, how much you will remember as an adult
  • How to reconnect with the language
  • Finding out what resources you used to like as a child
  • How to approach resurrecting the language
  • How to approach learning an Asian language

Today's Featured Resource:

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!

Mar 15, 2016

Pete asks: "I'm learning Portuguese, should I watch movies with subtitles?"

In this episode:

  • Why movies are not a useful learning strategy for beginners
  • What to do instead

10 ways to make the most out of movies:

  1. Try to find movies that you’ve already seen, but dubbed into your target language
  2. Watch the same movie over and over, rather than a new one each time.
  3. Turn off the subtitles!
  4. Don’t stop and start the movie to look things up in the dictionary.
  5. Instead, you can keep a notebook next to you and jot down words and phrases that catch your attention.
  6. Whatever you do, watch things you enjoy!
  7. If you can find the script for a movie you like, move heaven and earth to get it!
  8. Whilst watching, try to engage with the story line.
  9. If you do understand something that’s said, repeat it aloud
  10. Watch TV series rather than movies.

Today's Featured Resource:

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!

Mar 10, 2016

Pete asks: "I'm learning Portuguese, how can I avoid translating in my head?"

In this episode:

  • Translation is inevitable
  • It's a useful strategy as a beginner
  • Translation stops being useful as you move to higher levels, and you're dealing with nuances in the language which often don't have translations
  • Stopping translating in your head is something that happens naturally over time

Tips for moving away from translation:

  • Be happy with a certain level of ambiguity in the language - fixating on understanding every word is counterproductive
  • Look for patterns and phrases in the language, write them down, notice them being used in different contexts, the begin to use them yourself
  • Deal in phrases and sentences, not single words
  • When watching movies etc, relax and be present with the language, don't try to understand everything
  • Spend time on all four skills

Today's Quote:

  • "You don't learn a language, you get used to it." - Katsumoto

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!

Mar 8, 2016

Isabelle asks: "I'm about to enter a very busy period of final exams. How can I keep up my Mandarin during this period?"

In this episode:

  • The good thing about having a finite period of "busyness"
  • The less pressure the better - results in more learning
  • I suggest picking ONE thing, and doing only that during the whole busy period
  • This could be: have two speaking sessions a week, watch one episode of a TV drama every evening, learn 5 new Chinese characters every morning

Resources Featured In Today's 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!

Mar 3, 2016

Freddie asks: "I'm a professional English translator and interpreter living in Portugal. However, learning Portuguese is detracting from my English...what should I do?"

In this episode:

  • Freddie's aims are very different
  • English is his professional obligation, while Portuguese is simply the local language
  • Is there a big rush to learn Portuguese?
  • I suggest deciding exactly how much time needs to be spend on English every day, and allocating that time strictly

Resources Featured In Today's 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!

Mar 1, 2016

Nicolas asks: "I'd like to help my mother learn English. What's the best way to do that?"

In this episode:

  • First of all, Nicolas' mum needs to find a good English textbook that she likes
  • Then she should get a basic study goal every day ... e.g. 2 pages a day
  • However, it's not all about the studying - motivation is also extremely important
  • Make it fun by speaking to her in simple English
  • Ask her to name objects in English, start watching English movies, even buy her a cookery book in English
  • There's no rush, so keep it fun and keep her motivated!

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

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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!

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