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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, 2017
Apr 28, 2017

Ferdinand asks: "How do I repair holes in my students' grammar?"

Episode Summary:

  • How holes in your grammar can develop
  • Different roles for the teacher:
    • Teach what you know is right
    • Teach what the student expects
  • Raising awareness is the only way to help students self-monitor and fix their own mistakes
  • If students resist basic grammar exercises, look for another way...

How to raise awareness and encourage self-monitoring:

  • Talk to them about their goals, and how better grammar would help
  • "Stealth grammar"
  • Record the student and have them listen back
  • Write two sentences on the board, ask: "What's the difference?"
  • Set writing tasks instead of speaking tasks - scaffold their language and highlight opportunities for better grammar

Resources Mentioned In Today's 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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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 24, 2017

In this episode, I react to a comment in my Facebook community about feeling overwhelmed.

Episode Summary:

  • There's a lot of advice, it can be difficult to know what to do
  • It's important to interact with others, but only when it adds value
  • Texting and language exchanges (free) - you still have to follow social graces
  • Teachers (paid) - you're paying for the convenience and efficiency
  • You should trust your instincts as to whether it's productive or not
  • Don't fight losing battles - there aren't enough hours in the day
  • You can learn a lot by yourself - The "One Thing" approach can save you a lot of heartache

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, 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 22, 2017

In this solo episode, I share an update on my exciting new Conversations project.

Episode Summary:

  • The difficulty with improving your listening comprehension
  • The effect on your learning
  • How Conversations came to be
  • How it's being created
  • What happens next

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

To be the first to hear about Conversations, and for special "early-bird" offers...

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, 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 18, 2017

In part 2 of this episode, I chat about the link between music and language learning with my polyglot friend Fiel Sahir.

Episode Summary:

  • What's the link between music and language learning?
  • What do musicians do differently when they learn languages?
  • Does the type of music you play make a difference?
  • And much, much more...

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

https://youtu.be/PrxN7Kuhom8

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, 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 15, 2017

In part 1 of this episode, I chat about the link between music and language learning with my polyglot friend Fiel Sahir.

Episode Summary:

  • What's the link between music and language learning?
  • What do musicians do differently when they learn languages?
  • Does the type of music you play make a difference?
  • And much, much more...

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, 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 11, 2017

Balen asks: "Is it possible to become fluent in a language only by listening?"

Episode Summary:

No, you can't become fluent only by listening.

  • The Silent Period
  • Children listen for years, soaking things up, but still take years of practise to produce coherent English
  • Learning English by watching TV
  • Immigrants are often silent for years...listening instead

However, listening is the most important skill, and I find myself spending more and more time working on it:

  • The role of time
  • Active vs Passive Listening

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, 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 6, 2017

Rafael asks: "How can I stop hesitating when I speak English?"

Episode Summary:

Hesitation happens either when:

  • You don't have the vocabulary you need
  • You don't know how to express something

Speaking fluidly, without hesitation, comes with a lot of practice.

  • Practice more regularly with native speakers
  • Increase your vocabulary on common topics, focusing on full sentences
  • Spend more time with the "whole language" - reading and listening with transcripts
  • Learn monologues and rehearse them thoroughly
  • Try shadowing

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

 

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, 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 4, 2017

In this episode, Olly gives his thoughts on what it means to be a polyglot.

Episode Summary:

  • "Polyglot" is a label that can be misleading or even somewhat meaningless
  • The same language journey can mean different things to different people
  • Collecting languages is not a meaningful pursuit

Start speaking today:

I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, 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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