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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: January, 2018
Jan 30, 2018

In the first of a two-part episode, Olly reveals the 9 easiest ways to start an argument about language learning.

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Jan 9, 2018

 Nicolás asks: "Do we need vacations from language learning?"

Episode Summary:

  • My life is full of examples of doing things better after a long break
  • Our brains can only achieve so much by focused attention
  • The Pomodoro technique works on this principle
  • Focus mode vs diffuse mode
    • Small scale - i.e. my daily writing habits in one day
    • Large scale - i.e. learning patterns over many months
  • Breaks are essential... even many months can be fine
  • It works even better if you can take "study breaks" while also speaking or using the language a lot

Resources Mentioned in Today's Episode:

  • 5 Lessons I Learned from Barbara Oakley - a great video from my friend Nasos

https://youtu.be/HYkY22pP6go?t=2m7s

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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 5, 2018

 Louise asks: "How can I make my own learning material?"

Episode Summary:

  • I have a long history of making my own material
  • I want to study with things that interest me
  • In Japan, I would record train announcements and ask a native speaker to transcribe them
  • I often do pieces of writing and get my tutor to correct them
  • I record my language partners giving a monologue about something and transcribe it
  • I often commission transcriptions of YouTube videos, movies or TV series
  • More recently, Conversations has been my big foray into materials creation
  • To make your own materials, ask yourself: "What would I most like to be able to understand?"

Resources Mentioned in Today's Episode:

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I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://iwillteachyoualanguage.com//italkishownotes

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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!

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