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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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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…

  • 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 21, 2016

Isabelle asks: "I'm learning Korean, but I'm slow at reading. How can I improve?"

In this episode:

  • An unfamiliar alphabet can be off-putting
  • Some alphabets present significant challenges (e.g. Chinese)
  • Korean is relatively easy - only 24 characters
  • The pronunciation is reflected in the characters (unlike Chinese, for example)
  • Learn all the characters and associated sounds at the beginning
  • Improving is really just a question of practice
  • Keep away from romanisation
  • Persist!

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Your Homework!

Help me create an amazing feature for the 100th episode! I'd like to create a montage of voices of podcast listeners from around the world, all giving one piece of language advice they've learned from the show. This would be such a great way to commemorate the 100th episode, and provide motivation for all of you out there learning languages on your own. If you'd like to participate, please click the link below and leave a short message including the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Where you're from
  3. The ONE thing you've learned from the show that's made a big difference to your language learning

Click here to leave the message

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!

Apr 19, 2016

Tomasz asks: "How can I improve my writing in English without a teacher?"

In this episode:

Three powerful ways to get better at writing:

  1. Use a community site like Lang-8.com to write diary entries and get corrections from native speakers
  2. Reverse translation - click here to learn about that
  3. Exam books give specific writing exercises and sample answers...

Your Homework!

Help me create an amazing feature for the 100th episode! I'd like to create a montage of voices of podcast listeners from around the world, all giving one piece of language advice they've learned from the show. This would be such a great way to commemorate the 100th episode, and provide motivation for all of you out there learning languages on your own. If you'd like to participate, please click the link below and leave a short message including the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Where you're from
  3. The ONE thing you've learned from the show that's made a big difference to your language learning

Click here to leave the message

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 21, 2016

Steffen asks: "When's the right time to stop focusing on vocabulary?"

In this episode:

  • Why you'll always need to grow your vocab
  • The ONE thing that's more important than that
  • Sprints

Resources Featured In Today's Episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3voBSKr9Sl4  

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!

Dec 29, 2015

In this episode, I discuss my language plans for 2016 and how you can make it the best year of language learning ever!

In this episode:

3 ways to succeed in your language learning in 2016:

  1. Join a language challenge
  2. Join a community of language enthusiasts locally
  3. Attend a language event

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!

Oct 22, 2015

Andy asks: "Is extensive listening effective?"

In this episode:

  • When listening to language too far above your level is unproductive
  • i+1 and why it matters
  • How the same podcast can be effective for beginners and advanced learners in different ways
  • Is it still worth listening to advanced audio even if it's too hard?

Specific tips:

  • Listen to one piece of audio many times over
  • Listen to things you're already familiar with

Resources mentioned in today's 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!

Jul 23, 2015

Shane asks: "I'm learning Chinese and Thai. What's the best way to learn the tones, or tonal languages in general?"

In this episode:

  • How to approach learning tonal languages
  • Why top-down approaches beat bottom-up approaches for learning tones

How I approach learning a tonal language:

  1. Make sure you understand the tones in the language you're learning
  2. Start listening to recorded dialogues from your textbook every day
  3. Work with a tutor right from the start, so you can practise speaking and get feedback
  4. Write down new words and phrases with the tone indicated
  5. Give yourself time to get used to it all!

[Tweet "You don't learn a language, you get used to it - Khatzumoto"]

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Olly speaking Cantonese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QRVpNbNzK8

Start speaking today

italkiI'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!

Jul 9, 2015

Marcus asks: "Should I learn a German dialect or standard German?"

In this episode:

  • The advantages of learning standard German
  • Why you might want to learn a German dialect
  • German dialects and identity
  • How dialects might effect how you learn

Resources mentioned in today's 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!

Jun 16, 2015

Greg asks: "There are so many varieties of Spanish. Which dialect should I focus on?"

In this episode:

  • How I learnt Spanish
  • About different varieties of Spanish
  • Why going "narrow and deep" is better
  • How this applies to learning varieties of Spanish

Today's featured resource:

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 for listening

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, 2015

In today’s episode we feature a question from Terry: “Is it a good idea for me to learn three languages at the same time, or should I just focus on one?”

In this episode:

  • Is it possible to study three languages at the same time, and get good at all of them?
  • Or should I just focus on one?
  • Why depth and focus is the trick to making quick progress in a new language
  • How to use the 80/20 rule if you do decide to study multiple languages at the same time
  • The difference between learning and maintaining languages

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

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: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask

Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I’m giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the “I Will Teach You A Language Podcast” in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I’ll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks for listening!

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.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there!

Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

Apr 6, 2015

In today’s episode we feature a question from Adam: “How can I get back on the horse and keep myself motivated after a bad week of learning?”

In this episode:

  • What does it mean to “fall behind” in your language learning?
  • Are your expectations realistic?
  • Does it matter if you don’t study for a week?
  • Whenever you find yourself getting frustrated, try being kind to yourself
  • Whenever you find yourself getting frustrated, try being kinder to yourself.
  • You can’t control how much you learn
  • Learning is not linear
  • Why taking a break can be a good thing

Some specific tactics for staying motivated:

  • Make sure you have a schedule and routine
  • Do something different, add some variety to your routine

Today’s quote:

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

   – Winston Churchill

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: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask

Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I’m giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the “I Will Teach You A Language Podcast” in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I’ll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast!

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.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there!

Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

Apr 6, 2015

In this episode I tell you a bunch of stories about how I went about learning the 7 languages I speak (8 if you include English!).

These are:

  • French – in Paris
  • Italian – in Italy
  • Spanish – in London
  • Portuguese – in London
  • Japanese – in Japan
  • Cantonese – in Qatar (!)
  • Egyptian Arabic – in Cairo

In this episode:

  • The story of how I learnt my languages
  • How to win a free copy of my Language Learning Foundations video course

Links and resources mentioned in the episode:

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: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask

Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I’m giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the “I Will Teach You A Language Podcast” in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I’ll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

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.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there!

Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

Apr 6, 2015

Welcome to the first ever episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

I created the IWTYAL podcast so that I have the opportunity to help you with your language learning, beyond what’s possible on the blog.

The podcast will be released twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursday, and this is the place for you to get a regular dose of inspiration and motivation with your language learning, so that you can keep going and move towards becoming fluent in your language learning.

In this episode:

  • Introduction to the show
  • What to expect
  • Why I started the podcast
  • Who is Olly Richards?
  • A bit about me and what I do
  • How to win a free copy of my Language Learning Foundations video course


Links and resources mentioned in the episode:

The I Will Teach You A Language blog: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/

Get your language question answered on the podcast: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask

All Japanese All the Time: http://www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/


Today’s quote:

“You don’t know a language, you live it. You don’t learn a language, you get used to it.”

– Khatzumoto


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: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask

Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.


Win a copy of my course!

To celebrate the launch of the podcast, I’m giving away 3 free copies of my Language Learning Foundations video course, worth $97 each!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to iTunes, search for the “I Will Teach You A Language Podcast” in the store, and leave me an honest review and rating for the show!

After episode 10 of the podcast, I’ll choose 3 lucky winners from around the world!

Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast!

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.

iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there!

Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated, and I read every single one. :)

See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!

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