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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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Sep 25, 2018

Maria asks: How can I integrate revision into my schedule?

In Today's Episode:

  • Revision needs to be meaningful and you need to know it works
  • It's possible to waste a lot of time with revision, time that you could be spending with more content
  • It can be tricky with multiple languages
  • I tend to think of revision now more as a question of repeating content - listening/reading to things over and over
  • Important point: Things that you want to "revise" will learn themselves naturally over time
  • Taking notes is a funny one... many people literally never look at them again
  • My personal revision process involves:
    • Putting key phrases into flashcards and reviewing regularly
    • Highlighting useful words/phrases for lessons
    • Covering topics multiple times in speaking sessions
  • I deal with grammar by:
    • Putting complete sentences into flashcards
    • Looking briefly at rules, and then noticing how that grammar is used in real content

Resources Mentioned:

  • Bulletproof Memory - My complete programme for developing a world-class memory & never forgetting another word
  • IWTYAL 246 - Why do some gurus advise against learning multiple languages at the same time?

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Sep 21, 2018

Ellen asks: How should I supplement my university language course?

In Today's Episode:

  • It's good to think about how you want your language skills to develop post-uni, not just how to pass your exams!
  • Many people studying languages at uni cannot speak when they graduate
  • At uni, you'll get a huge amount of "education"... there's no risk of you not learning all the important stuff
  • It's natural to want to master the vocabulary and grammar you meet, but you won't be able to do that by more study
  • The way to master vocab and grammar, and to learn to speak the language confidently over time is by making the language a part of your life
  • Find things you like in Spanish and German and spend as much time as possible enjoying them! I give you permission to put the books away and have fun!

Resources Mentioned:

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Sep 19, 2018

Terry asks: What should I do when I lose my motivation?

In Today's Episode:

  • Motivation to learn makes or breaks your learning project
  • Sunk cost fallacy - the more time you've put into something the harder it is to let go
  • Languages need to be a living breathing part of your life, or it's hard to keep them up

Resources Mentioned:

Start Speaking Today:

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Sep 7, 2018

In this episode, I finally reveal the "big news" I've been teasing you with for over 2 years!

In Today's Episode:

For complete information on today's episode, please visit the main blog post at:

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Aug 14, 2018

In this episode, I react to the never-ending belief that children's book are good for language learning.

In Today's Episode:

Why I'll never recommend that adults should use kids' books for language learning:

  • The vocabulary is NOT high-frequency
  • The grammar is NOT simple
  • The content is NOT interesting or relevant

Readings from:

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Aug 7, 2018

In this episode, Olly continues a new series covering what he believes to be the fundamental rules of language learning.

The Rules:

  • Rule 7: Listen with the transcript
  • Rule 8: Don't worry about something until it’s actually a problem (Spanish varieties, Italian dialects, a notorious grammar point)
  • Rule 9: Do something every day...however small

Start Speaking Today:

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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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Aug 2, 2018

In this episode, Olly continues a new series covering what he believes to be the fundamental rules of language learning. Click here to listen to part 1

The Rules:

  • Rule 4: Never take language learning advice from native speakers (watch movies, read translations, read kids books)
  • Rule 5: Same study routine every day (discipline in the small things gives you freedom in the bigger!)
  • Rule 6: Look for "big dominos", not new tactics (e.g. read for 1 hour a day, start speaking)

Start Speaking Today:

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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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Jul 31, 2018

Kristin asks: "How can I learn vocabulary from reading without stopping every 5 seconds?"

In Today's Episode:

Consider this analogy:

When you're pushing yourself on the treadmill and working hard, it can get uncomfortable. However, you keep going because  you know it's doing you good. Try to extend that analogy to the act of "reading without stopping". By keeping reading, without stopping to look up words, you're pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone.

Some practical tips to make reading easier:

  • Everyone has a strong desire to understand every word, but there is so much value in being content not understanding 100%
  • To combat that, try a "zero stopping" policy for a while, and see how it feels. After you finish the entire chapter, go back and look at vocabulary. You'll find that - from continued reading - you've already understood words that flummoxed you earlier
  • If you really must look words up, only look up vital words that keep coming up
  • Read electronically so you can look up words instantly
  • On Kindle, you can select your dictionary (monolingual, bilingual) and highlight words with one touch, then create flashcards automatically
  • Separate the tasks of "reading" and "study" - Don't make flashcards while you're reading!

Much of this comes back to our perception of vocabulary being everything. In many ways, it is! But that doesn't mean that stopping to look up every word is the best way to get there!

Resources:

Helpful tools:

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Jul 26, 2018

Simon asks: "How can I use storytelling with my students?"

In Today's Episode:

  • Anecdotes are stories... Providing continuity between those anecdotes would be great if possible.
  • The key with storytelling is to motivate, interest and captivate your students
  • Stories don't have to follow a structural approach, so don't worry about teaching specific grammar up-front
  • Teachers can observe students' reactions to the story and teach based on emerging needs

Resources:

Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://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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Jul 24, 2018

David asks: "How many words can you learn per day?"

In Today's Episode:

  • In language teaching theory, 8-12 new words a day is often used as a rule of thumb
  • How many words you learn in a day isn't a great measurement of progress in a language
  • It's impossible to control when a word is actually learnt
  • The most effective way to learn vocabulary is in the context of the "whole language" - i.e. through listening, reading and speaking

Resources:

  • Bulletproof Memory - My complete memory course where I teach you the most effective techniques for learning vocabulary in a foreign language

Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://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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Jul 16, 2018

Ron asks: "What's the best way to learn verb conjugations?"

In Today's Episode:

Here are what are the big-picture principles for learning and memorising verb conjugations in Spanish or any other language:

  1. Make sure you're getting lots of exposure through listening and reading - learning verb conjugations ultimately will come down to whether you can get used to the language through a lot of exposure
  2. Speak regularly - it's how you gain confidence over the usage of the verbs
  3. Some focus on rules and deliberate practice helps - whether that's practice exercises, drills or something else

Resources:

Follow along with my Italian project:

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Do You Have A Question?

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Jun 29, 2018

In this episode, Olly introduces his new project to learn Italian!

In Today's Episode:

Note: For full show notes, please visit the main blog post introducing the project. To view the "mission control" for the Italian project, including all the resources I'm using, click here:

Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://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!

Jun 26, 2018

In this episode, Olly speaks with Shannon Kennedy from Eurolinguiste.com.

In Today's Episode:

  • Minimalism in the language sphere
  • Introversion and shyness, and how it affects the learner
  • Moving from Romance to Asian languages

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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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Jun 12, 2018

Luca asks: "Are you changing your view on the best way to learn a language?"

In Today's Episode:

  • Luca's noticed an evolution in the way I've been talking about language learning on the podcast
  • He finds a Krashen-esque "input-based" methodology to be the most effective and wonders if I'm becoming a convert to this
  • I've found my experiences influenced a lot by the languages I've been learning
  • In certain languages, reading is a genuine barrier (Japanese, Chinese)
  • I'll be able to say more after my Italian project this summer!

Resources Mentioned:

Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://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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Jun 7, 2018

Christy asks: "How can I get better in English conversation?"

In Today's Episode:

  • Studying and acquiring vocabulary is just the beginning
  • You learn to communicate in a foreign language by actually communicating
  • Communication between different cultures relies on lots beside just language - body language, cultural difference, hierarchy
  • Get out there and start spending time with foreigners! Meetups, societies, language exchanges... whatever you can do!
  • Don't worry about making mistakes, and treat every interaction as an opportunity to improve!

Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://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!

Jun 5, 2018

David asks: "How can I understand more of what's said in my salsa class?"

In Today's Episode:

  • Taking classes in your target language is a great way to get more exposure to the target language
  • Friends, communities, and shared experiences will all help you learn more in the long run
  • Don't put too much pressure on yourself to be perfect during your class
  • To understand more of what's said, focus first on vocabulary
  • Record the class, or look for related YouTube videos. Then analyse the vocabulary

Resources Mentioned:

  • Conversations  - Learn to understand fast, spoken Spanish (or 6 other languages!)

Today's Quote:

Life Is What Happens to You While You're Busy Making Other Plans - John Lennon

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May 25, 2018

In this episode, Olly and Gabriel Wyner discuss the ins and outs of learning Italian through opera. NOTE: The full show notes to this episode are here:

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May 17, 2018

Ron asks: "How can I make the most of my commuting time?"

In Today's Episode:

  • Driving is not an ideal language learning environment because your focus is elsewhere
  • Stick with principles - listen to material that's just above your current level
  • Use the time to listen to material that you can then study more intensively in your free time
  • That way, the listening becomes a recycling or consolidation activity, not an isolated activity

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May 15, 2018

In this solo episode, Olly talks about why it's so important to start speaking.

In Today's Episode:

  • If you feel you're ready to start speaking... do it!
  • It never gets easier to start. The longer you leave it, the harder it gets.
  • The benefits are truly life-changing, in terms of relationships and linguistics!

Podcast Resources:

  • italki - the easiest way to book a speaking session in the next 5 minutes

Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://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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May 11, 2018

Ian asks: "How should I organise my flashcard decks?"

The Rules:

  • The biggest danger with flashcards is getting behind in your review
  • If that happens, the SRS algorithm can't work
  • Therefore, break your flashcards down into smaller decks
  • I like to do it by month (April, May, etc)
  • I do this because it's quick and easy, no other reason!

Podcast Resources:

  • Make Words Stick - My step-by-step guide to using flashcards to memorise vocabulary

Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://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!

May 9, 2018

Yuna asks: "How can I deal with jealousy in language learning?"

The Rules:

  • Olly's recent experience with some fluent Japanese speakers
  • Jealousy at other people's level is a nasty feeling, yet totally natural
  • The way to stop comparing yourself to others is to be clear about your own goals and reasons for learning, and to be at peace with them!
  • Make sure that, within the parameters of your goals, you're doing everything you can to reach them -- that's how to have the mental toughness to stick with this way of thinking!

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Apr 26, 2018

In this episode, Olly begins a new series covering what he believes to be the fundamental rules of language learning.

The Rules:

  • 1. Study at your desk
  • 2. Don’t learn grammar before you need it
  • 3. Review, review, review
 

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Apr 24, 2018

In this solo episode, Olly talks about why haircuts are a fantastic language learning tool.

In This Episode:

  • My recent haircut in Hong Kong
  • How haircuts help you level-up in your language learning:
    • Chitchat is mandatory
    • You'll never get spoken to as much anywhere else, or asked as many questions
    • There's no escape
    • You have to actively engage in the conversation and reply to questions
    • You're sitting there for extensive periods of time
    • You have to push through pain barriers and tiredness
    • You get stronger at socialising, which can have big knock-on effects on confidence etc
  • The broader lesson is to put yourself in situations where the language is not the focus of the activity, so you're not being judged
  • What other activities can you do that lead you to use the language in a more social way?

Today's Quote:

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. - Neale Donald Walsch

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Apr 19, 2018

This episode is a broadcast of interview with me from The Fluent Show, a (newly rebranded) podcast run by my friends Kerstin and Lindsay.

In This Episode:

In this conversation, we present a project Kerstin and I have been working on together for a while: German Uncovered. German Uncovered is a course for beginners who want to become fluent in German, and we are slowly getting ready to release it to the world. Exciting times! The special thing about German Uncovered is that it is entirely story-based, meaning you will not just learn the language step by step, but you'll also have read a whole book by the end. Listen in to find out how this works! If you're interested in what drives course creators to come up with innovative ideas, and how a language course comes into being, this show will give you great behind the scenes insights.

Resources Mentioned:

Other links:

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Apr 17, 2018

In this solo episode, Olly talks about the "gun to the head method."

 

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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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