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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language

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: January, 2017
Jan 31, 2017

Jonathan asks: "How can I find comprehensible input for Hebrew?"

In this episode:

1. Find other people who are learning the same language, and ask what materials they like:

2. Go to specialist bookshops (in- and out of country). I found some great stuff in Hong Kong 3. Search for bloggers who write about your target language and email them 4. Find material you like and hire someone to transcribe it. Francesco did this with Estonian. I did this with Cantonese:

  5. Make your own materials!

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

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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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Jan 17, 2017

Valentin asks: "I'm at intermediate level in Russian. How can I grow my vocabulary?"

In this episode:

  • There's no quick solution - you have a large amount of vocabulary to learn, and that takes time
  • Firstly, make sure you can read Russian. It's not too hard, and not being able to read is a handicap
  • "I can't read books or read articles" - maybe not, but you can find material that's graded

Tools that can help you read...

Also...

  • Find speaking partners and use Russian socially - in Japan, speaking with others as much as possible was how I grappled upward to fluency
  • Don't ignore the option of taking classes - it can be a good, systematic way to improve
  • Avoid using prepared lists or flashcard decks

Overall:

  • The principle is to grow your vocabulary using material you enjoy. Why? Because by staying motivated, you'll ultimately get more exposure.
  • Try to enjoy the "struggle" -- it's your best friend!

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

All my short story books: short stories for beginners short stories for intermediate learners olly richards

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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…

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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!

Jan 11, 2017

Max asks: "How can I hold Skype conversations if I'm just a beginner?"

In this episode:

  • Many people freeze up as a beginner because they lack vocabulary and confidence
  • If you're willing to make mistakes, you can go far!

Keeping conversations going as a beginner:

  • "How do you say ___?"
  • Ask questions
  • Become a master at paraphrasing
  • Success with this depends a lot on your teacher - see Olly's teacher in Thailand for an example of how this can work well:

https://youtu.be/RWfVYUktRkE

All this develops your communicative competence.

  • But a "Tarzan" approach can leave you with gaps - e.g. grammar and key vocabulary
  • It can be different between languages too
  • You might prefer a more structured approach
  • Choose a textbook to work through, and use your lessons to practise the content of individual modules

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!

Jan 5, 2017

Libby asks: "I've recently returned home after a year in Germany. How can I keep up my German?"

In this episode:

  • It's normal for your language to go through "seasons"
  • My Thailand experience, how I feel about it now, and why I'm not worried
  • How I learnt Spanish and Portuguese... and didn't use them for years!
  • The maturing of my Japanese
  • Having lived abroad and experienced what it's like to live a language, going back to studying might feel wrong to you
  • You're doing all the right things... reading, speaking etc
  • So try to answer the question: "What role does German play in my life now?"
  • A new language ultimately exists to use it
  • Personally, I don't study my older languages much (if at all). I just use them.

What I do to keep my languages alive:

  • Actively search out friends using language exchange sites
  • Attend meetups
  • Sign up to cultural activities
  • Travel to the country
  • Invent language-related projects to keep the language in my attention
  • Run my own Meetup in London

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Today's Quote:

“The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.” - Norman Rockwell

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!

Jan 3, 2017

In this episode, I talk about my plans for 2017 and thank some people who have influenced my life and work over the last year.

In this episode:

My big plans for the year:

  • Fluent Spanish Academy - growing the Academy into the best resource for Spanish learners on the web
  • New beginners Spanish course - watch this space!
  • Conversations - collections of fun, natural dialogues for language learners
  • Cantonese listening materials - a new project coming soon
  • Short Stories - a big (but still secret) project coming soon
  • Polyglot Pub - more events for language fans
  • Languages Of London - a new Instagram account celebrating the linguistic diversity of the greatest city in the world. #languagesoflondon

Thanks:

  • Steve, for being my biggest inspiration for language learning
  • Benny, for showing me what's possible
  • Colin, for helping me reach more people around the world
  • Calif, for her passion for Cantonese and help producing amazing dialogues
  • Israel, for his help translating
  • Anthony, for his advice and friendship
  • Tetsu and Joey, for inviting me to Montreal
  • Jan, for being a great travel companion
  • Conor and Kris, for bouncing around endless ideas
  • Robert, for being the best supporter in the world
  • Kruu Nuu, for being an amazing teacher and putting up with my lack of Thai study
  • Stu Jay, for inspiring me to continue with Asian languages
  • Richard, for his friendship and many conversations about languages
  • Amy, for her help getting blog posts out on time
  • iTalki, for supporting this show
  • Shirley, for a great lunch
  • Karen, for showing me some of the coolest things in HK
  • Dave, for helping me manage an insane amount of email

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…

  • 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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