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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, 2016
Apr 26, 2016

This is episode 100 of the podcast! In this episode we hear from you - the listeners.

In this episode:

I asked you to tell me the single biggest lesson about language learning you've learnt from listening to 100 episodes of the podcast. I was struck by the diversity of people around the world who got in touch - everyone learning different languages, in different countries. It was truly inspiring, and it reminded me how we are all striving to improve our lives by learning languages, and are making the world a better place in the process. I hope you enjoy this special episode! Please leave me a comment below with your favourite message of all! Also, please take a second to share this podcast episode on Facebook, Twitter, or with a friend who's learning a language. They'll draw motivation from all the others around the world learning languages, and find a new lease of life in their own 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…

  • 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!

Apr 21, 2016

Isabelle asks: "I'm learning Korean, but I'm slow at reading. How can I improve?"

In this episode:

  • An unfamiliar alphabet can be off-putting
  • Some alphabets present significant challenges (e.g. Chinese)
  • Korean is relatively easy - only 24 characters
  • The pronunciation is reflected in the characters (unlike Chinese, for example)
  • Learn all the characters and associated sounds at the beginning
  • Improving is really just a question of practice
  • Keep away from romanisation
  • Persist!

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Your Homework!

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!

Apr 19, 2016

Tomasz asks: "How can I improve my writing in English without a teacher?"

In this episode:

Three powerful ways to get better at writing:

  1. Use a community site like Lang-8.com to write diary entries and get corrections from native speakers
  2. Reverse translation - click here to learn about that
  3. Exam books give specific writing exercises and sample answers...

Your Homework!

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!

Apr 16, 2016

Freddie asks: "What's the best way to get my head around different word order and sentence structure in a new language?"

In this episode:

Three approaches to getting used to word order and sentence structure:

  1. Learn the rules. It doesn't take long, but is important for you to be aware of how the language works
  2. Lots of input. Word order is something you ultimately get used to in a language, so in order to make this happen you need to be listening and reading to as much as possible.
  3. Regular production. At the beginning, it's natural to think using the word order of your mother tongue. To get over this, make sure you're producing (speaking or writing) the language regularly.

Two ways to practise producing and getting used to the word order of the language:

  1. Copy out the dialogues from your textbook onto paper. This gives you the experience of producing the word order yourself
  2. Write and learn short monologues in the language. This way, you can "feel" what it's like to speak using the new word order

Your Homework!

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!

Apr 14, 2016

2 weeks ago, I started learning German. In this episode I talk about my experience learning a brand new language.

In this episode:

  • Why I decided to learn German
  • My specific aims
  • The time frame I've given myself, and why this is important
  • My strategy for learning German
  • Similarities with English and the opportunities that presents

Resources Featured In This Episode

Colloquial German - the textbook I'm using to study every day Basic German - A Grammar and Workbook - the grammar book I chose to compliment the textbook

Your Homework!

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!

Apr 7, 2016

SJ asks: "I'm using flashcards to help me learn English expressions. But am I relying too much on translation?"

In this episode:

  • The challenges of learning a language at a higher level
  • Why you shouldn't worry too much about translation
  • Use bilingual flashcards to help prompt you - not to produce a direct translation
  • Why, as a general principle, you should study entirely in the target language

Your Homework!

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!

Apr 5, 2016

Tomás asks: "I get tired after speaking English for 30 minutes. How can I raise my stamina?"

In this episode:

  • My experience breaking through the "tiredness" barrier in Spanish
  • You need to spend extended time speaking a language in order for it to become easier
  • When you're having fun, you won't get tired so easily
  • In your lessons, try to push yourself from the start by defining challenging topics to discuss

Today's Featured Quote:

"Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well." - Theodore Roosevelt"

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!

Apr 1, 2016

Thiago asks: "I'm learning Japanese. How important is it for me to learn the culture?"

In this episode:

  • Why language and culture are inextricably linked
  • Why you can't learn a language to a high level without familiarity with the culture
  • However, if basic communication is your main aim, you don't need to be culturally literate
  • You can get to a basic level of conversation in the language without knowing about the culture

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!

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