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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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Nov 17, 2017

In this episode, I introduce my new Conversations product, in a conversation with IWTYAL team-member James.

Episode Summary:

In this episode you'll learn:

  • What is Conversations?
  • The planning, preparation and work that went into the creation of the product
  • Feedback we made to the language content after input from testers

Conversations is now available in six languages! For more information click the logo below, or click here.

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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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Nov 14, 2017

This is part 3 of a new series about improving your listening skills!

Episode Summary:

In this episode you'll learn:

  • The difficult of jumping from "textbook" language to "real" language
  • Why bridging the gap between the two is vital to your success
  • What kind of material is most helpful

https://vimeo.com/241009994

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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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Nov 12, 2017

This is part 2 of a new series about improving your listening skills!

Episode Summary:

In this episode you'll learn:

  • Why 5 words can all appear as 1 in speech
  • What to do about "jumbles of words"
  • What is Connected Speech and why does it matter?
  • The ONE activity you need to do to improve your ability to tell words apart

https://vimeo.com/241011937

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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Nov 9, 2017

This is part 1 of a new series about improving your listening skills!

Episode Summary:

In this episode you'll learn:

  • Why speed is NOT the reason you struggle with listening
  • The “invisible shield” that keeps you stuck at your current level
  • The ONE simple change to your study routine that will help you understand native speakers better

https://vimeo.com/241009289

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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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Nov 7, 2017

Nicolás asks: "How can I integrate grammar and writing skills into my routine?"

Episode Summary:

  • Its common for speaking to outpace other skills
  • Many people find that writing is rarely necessary in another language, especially if you're learning for fun
  • If a skill isn't necessary, will you be motivated enough to improve it?
  • The way to become a good writer is to be a good reader
  • Read widely on topics of interest - you grammar and writing will improve naturally
  • What elements of your daily life can you move into Italian?
  • Try writing based on the theme of your reading

Today's Quote:

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” —Samuel Johnson

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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Nov 3, 2017

Holly asks: How can I best help my child with language learning?

Episode Summary:

  • Language learning for children is a very different process than for adults
  • The big advantage children have is time
  • Formal lessons don't work particularly well for children until they reach 10ys+
  • You can't make them learn against their will, so it's essential to find something fun
  • Books and people are the best resources
  • OPOL

Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

  • Pampers to Polyglot: Tetsu Yung at the Montreal Language Festival 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRTSL1ObPEU  

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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Oct 26, 2017

In this episode, I speak with Stephen Krashen about language learning and the polyglot community.

  • For the full show notes, please click here.

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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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Oct 23, 2017

Matthias asks: "How can I help my students deal with fossilisation?"

Episode Summary:

  • Fossilisation is when a mistake becomes deeply embedded in a learner's language after years of "doing it wrong"
  • It can occur in grammar, pronunciation, incorrect word choice (e.g. "it's mean", "why you have...?")
  • In my teaching experience, fixing fossilisation is tricky because it amounts to reprogramming someone who usually doesn't want to change
  • Fixing fossilisation has to begin with awareness
  • If a student has come to you, it's because they're looking for an external solution, whereas it's the student who has learnt the mistake in the first place - only they can unlearn it
  • As a teacher, you can go hard or soft, it depends on how best the student will react to it
  • I would set the student tasks to do at home, as it relieves pressure on the student
  • Set awareness-raising activities, followed up with regular highlighting of mistakes in lessons

Today's Quote:

People like to change their mind in private. - Sam Harris

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Oct 12, 2017

In this solo episode, I discuss how changing your study method can have a dramatic effect.

Episode Summary:

  • My friend Jeremy and his struggles with Spanish
  • How easy it is to get into a rut with your studying
  • The benefits of trying new approaches to studying
  • I challenge you to learn languages in a completely different way for a few weeks!

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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Oct 9, 2017

In this episode,

Episode Summary:

  • Living in bilingual areas
  • Relationships with heritage languages
  • How to take your listening and speaking skills from 80% to 100%

 Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode: 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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Sep 25, 2017

In this episode, I speak with Alex Rawlings about his new book: How To Speak Any Language Fluently.

Episode Summary:

  • Alex's upbringing with languages
  • Did he learn languages quickly because he was a kid?
  • How an 11-language test was administered to Alex in 2012
  • The process of writing a book
  • Advice to bloggers wanting to write a book
  • Working at Memrise.com
  • Is it really possible to improve the way people learn languages?
  • Alex's favourite advice from the book

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:  

Start Speaking Today:

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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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Sep 21, 2017

Neil asks: "Should I use triangulation to learn French?"

Episode Summary:

On today's podcast:

  • Episode 014: Can you use one language to learn another?
  • Episode 106: How useful is laddering?
  • "Triangulation" - also know as laddering or bridging

The big questions:

  • My Spanish is B2 level. Is now the right time to learn French?
    • Yes, I'd say so
  • Will I lose Spanish once I go back to French?
    • This is a valid concern
    • However, it will never be "lost"
    • There will likely be a period of needing to "recalibrate" his Spanish in a world that now includes French
  • Should I work on both languages together, so as to develop the ability to keep both languages separate in my mind?
    • Not at first
    • The principle learning challenge is to learn French (not to maintain Spanish)
    • Therefore, he'll need to approach learning French with as much dedication as if it were his first foreign language
    • Once he's reached a conversational level in French, then it'll be time to learn to use it at the same time as Spanish

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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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Sep 19, 2017

Max asks: "What are the benefits of monolingual flashcards?"

Episode Summary:

Today's podcast:

  • Monolingual flashcards at the beginner / intermediate level
  • Challenge the assumption that you should create monolingual flashcards - how else can you be using the time?
  • Do not use monolingual flashcards to learn the meaning of vocabulary:
    • Definitions
    • Example sentences
  • Instead, use flashcards to practise your output - i.e. choosing the appropriate word and recalling it quickly
  • Big danger: You quickly "learn" the cards, and the exercise stops being useful. Make sure you're not deceiving yourself about the benefits. For this reason, I would avoid creating cards with e.g.:
    • Definitions
    • Complete the dialogue
  • How I might approach monolingual flashcards myself: Don't see it as a "testing" mechanism, but rather a "retrieval" mechanism - i.e. use the technology to help you see the vocabulary more often.
  • Some thoughts:
    • Close deletion (but how soon until you "learn the card"?)
    • Learning Chinese characters
    • A deck of synonyms... perhaps... but how do you scale?
    • Mine Google for example sentences with a particular word, and simply build your flashcard decks with that
    • Question and answer cards - don't test yourself, but simply use it as a mechanism of "repeating" the vocabulary as much as possible so you get more exposure
  • My essential point... if you want to go "monolingual", then just do that... no need to use up your time with flashcards

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

  • Make Words Stick - my complete guide to using flashcards to learn and memorise vocabulary in a foreign language
  • Skritter - a great app for learning Chinese characters
  • Episode 188: What are the benefits of monolingual flashcards?
  • Episode 213: Conversation with Gabe Wyner

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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Sep 15, 2017

In this episode I chat with Gabriel Wyner about his language learning background and new Kickstarter project.

Episode Summary:

  • Gabe's linguistic background
  • His experience on the Middlebury immersion programmes
  • How the book Fluent Forever came about
  • What’s the link between his previous language learning, and his method with flashcards
  • What languages is he working on right now?
  • The new Kickstarter project

To read Gabe's interesting blog post response to my episode (188) on monolingual flashcards click here:

Kickstarter Details:

If you'd like to support Gabe's Kickstarter project, please mark the following start date in your calendar:

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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Sep 12, 2017

Olga asks: "How should I use all my free time this summer?"

Episode Summary:

  • Managing 3-4 foreign languages
  • Why focusing on one is a good idea
  • How to "live" the languages you already speak well

 

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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Sep 7, 2017

Aral asks: "What's the best way to organise my vocabulary notebook?"

Episode Summary:

Housekeeping:

  • Upcoming guests
  • New French Book
  • Conversations
  • British Sign Language course

Today's podcast:

  • How valuable is the time you're spending organising a vocabulary notebook?
  • What's the value of a vocabulary notebook in and of itself? Does it help?
  • The big question: Will you ever look at it again?
  • Some people recommend keeping exhaustive notebooks with every conceivable detail about the new word, organising thematically, etc...
  • I've tried all this before, but it's too slow!
  • Steve Kaufmann's thinking: How are you going to cover enough new vocabulary to make progress, if you spend so much time on each individual word?

My 80/20 of vocabulary notebooks:

  • Get your vocabulary from rich, compelling context (reading, listening, speaking)
  • Write things down if you find it helpful
  • Choose only the most useful words and learn them using your favourite process

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

https://youtu.be/3voBSKr9Sl4

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 29, 2017

This weekend, I was in Montreal for LangFest 2017. Since then, many friends have been asking me how it was. So, in this episode, I answer that question publicly.

Episode Summary:

  • Many people from the Community traveled from far and wide to attend the conference
  • It's great to take a few days to step away and think about language and language learning with calm... it's inspiring
  • My talk on memory
  • Stephen Krashen, Steve Kaufmann and comprehensible input
    • Does comprehensible input or conscious learning result in skill building?
    • Story and graded readers
  • The theme emerging from speakers that stuck with me was that of "compelling input" and "passion" ... nothing new, but the extent of the emphasis was a good reminder of what matters
  • italki
  • I personally found this a great boost for my work with graded readers
  • Montreal is a great, cosmopolitan city, despite taxes, tips and crazy weather
  • Alex Rawlings gave a great talk in which he parodied language learning methods
  • I had some great meetings with Stephen Krashen and Teach Yourself
  • Caught up with Richard and Alex, had good time to chat with Benny and Steve Kaufmann
  • Organising a conference is a LOT of work

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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Aug 17, 2017

Michael asks: "How can I listen to older podcast episodes?"

Episode Summary:

  • I've recently changed the settings in my podcast feed to display the maximum number of old episodes
  • You can find all previous episodes on the website - simply navigate to the "podcast" tab

Today's Quote:

Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity. - Thor Heyerdahl

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 14, 2017

Jane asks: "What's it like having so many languages in your head?"

Episode Summary:

  • Mostly, I focus on learning only one language at a time
  • To that extent, I don't have much confusion in the learning process
  • In daily life, I find that languages come and go, depending on who I'm spending time with, what I'm doing, what words I need
  • My default is English
  • When I hear other languages, my brain usually switches immediately into that "zone". With a few mins of speaking, I'm comfortable
    • Brazilians in the park
    • Spanish people blocking the door
    • Takeshi in the street
    • Chatting with my Cantonese friend
  • Sometimes words in other languages pop up inadvertently, without me realising it
  • Remember, it's more normal than not to be multilingual

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5slVHy2JmcQ&feature=youtu.be

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 7, 2017

In this solo episode, I describe what I consider to be the most effective approach to learning a language.

Episode Summary:

  • Begin by getting a thorough grounding in the basics - quantity over quality is best at first
  • Start speaking early on with a language tutor
  • Grow your vocabulary while getting used to the sounds of the language - listening & reading
  • Practise what you learn directly with a language partner or tutor
  • Create a lifestyle that involves using your new language as much as possible

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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Jul 31, 2017

In this solo episode I discuss the design and creation of my new Spanish course for beginners.

Episode Summary:

  • Why I created a Spanish Beginner course
  • The main aims of the course
  • The concept I landed on
  • How it all came together through story

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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Jul 27, 2017

Daco asks: "Should I learn Mandarin or Cantonese?"

Episode Summary:

  • Mandarin is the main international Chinese language, with around 1bn speakers
  • Cantonese is a related language/dialect of Mandarin, with far fewer speakers - around 60m
  • In many Chinatowns around the world, Cantonese is spoken, due to historical migration
  • However, Mandarin is the dominant language worldwide by far
  • The choice of which to learn can only depend on your personal motivations

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

  • IWTYAL 042: Which language should I learn? 

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Jul 24, 2017

Crystal asks: "What do you think about watching English movies with foreign language subtitles"

Episode Summary:

  • If studying in a way that's helping, keep doing it!
  • With movies, it's worth experimenting with different audio/subtitle combinations
  • To improve your listening comprehension, it makes sense to have your movies set to the target language audio

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

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Jul 20, 2017

Myles asks: "Where can I find audio with transcripts?"

Episode Summary:

  • Why listening is important, and why transcripts matter
  • Considerations for beginners, intermediate and advanced
  • The trouble finding good material

Resources that are unhelpful:

  • YouTube videos
  • Movies
  • Radio
  • Podcasts

Resources I consider helpful:

  • Graded readers with audiobooks (with caveats)
  • FluentU, Easy Languages, etc (with caveats)
  • Persist with native speaker resources that really interest you
  • Podcasts for language learners with transcripts (mostly for English learners)
  • Random language blogs and products
  • I have hired people to transcribe material I like in the past

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

Start Speaking Today:

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Jul 13, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Dr Barbara Oakley about her fascinating career in languages and learning.

Episode Summary:

  • For the full notes accompanying this episode, please see this post.

 

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