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Brought to you by OptiLingo -- The Actual Fluency Podcast features inspirational stories from world-class language learners, industry experts, and regular people who embraced multilingualism in one way or another. In the episodes we dive deep down in the why that pushed people to learn a new language, the how to figure out how they best achieved it, and of course a lot of great stories of the experiences that speaking multiple languages can bring to people's lives. We also talk about apps, m ...
 
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Brought to you by OPTILINGO -- https://optilingo.com In this pre-season episode I'm reviewing 2020, and looking ahead for what is to come in 2021 both personally and business-wise. This isn't a regular interview with a guest, for that you'll have to wait until February where the next "season" begins! Enjoy! Here's what I talk about in the episode: …
 
Brought to you by OPTILINGO -- https://optilingo.com In this episode I'm joined by Olle Linge from Hacking Chinese to talk about his "random" journey into Chinese, founding the Hacking Chinese website (10 years anniversary this year) and a ton of language learning methodology and academic vs non-academic perspectives. A lot of the advice in the epi…
 
Brought to you by OPTILINGO -- https://optilingo.com Editor's Note: A previous version of this episode had some audio issues, which have been fixed. In this episode I'm joined by "A Māori Phrase a Day" author Hēmi Kelly, to find out a little more about Māori, which is the name of the indigenous people of New Zealand, as well as the language. Hēmi i…
 
Brought to you by OPTILINGO -- One of the most popular guests of the podcast returns to share all the details for her upcoming project, that she co-hosts with Lindsay Williams and Shannon Kennedy: Women in Language (September 17-20, 2020) Here are some of the things we discuss during the episode: * What Kerstin has been up to for the past 2 years s…
 
Brought to you by Optilingo. In this episode I'm joined by my friend Lina Vasquez, an amazing polyglot who shares her passion for languages, self-development, and many other topics on her YouTube channel. In the episode we dive DEEP into the mindset behind self-development and language learning, and offer some ideas on how anyone can level up their…
 
Brought to you by Optilingo. In this episode I'm joined by Italian teacher Gloria Spagnoli who shares her insights as both a language learner and teacher. She specifically talks about finding your confidence and inner resources. Finally we touch on the difference between a teacher and a student, and how you can level up your language lessons. Resou…
 
Brought to you by Optilingo. In this episode I'm joined by Spanish teacher Maria Ortega Garcia, who shares unique insights as both a language learner and teacher. She specifically talks about connecting with the language you're trying to learn, and making it yours. This has been the most succesful approach she has seen over the years. We also touch…
 
Brought to you by Optilingo. In this episode Tetsu Yung returns to update on his childrens' language learning (5 languages!) and talks in detail about the ONE PARENT ONE LANGUAGE methodology, he's been using for over 8 years now. We also chat briefly about LangFest, the annual conference usually held in Montreal, Canada. The event is currently post…
 
Brought to you by Optilingo. In this episode I'm joined by Peter Strang from the United Kingdom, who took up a position as English teacher in Russia. What was initially a temporary stay turned into starting a family and settling down full-time. In the episode we talk about his experience moving to Russia, settling in, and learning the language whil…
 
Brought to you by Optilingo. In this episode I'm joined by podcast regular Anthony Metivier, to talk about his new book The Victorious Mind, mental health, and how language learning as well as memory training play a role in improving your life. Resources mentioned: Anthony's new book: The Victorious Mind (Amazon) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victorio…
 
Brought to you by Optilingo. In this episode I'm joined by Richard 'Dick' Howeson from uTalk to discuss how he started the company, and developed it from a CD-ROM based language learning system, to now a modern app system with over 140 languages. Resources mentioned: uTalk: https://actf.lu/utalk Polyglot Cruise: https://polyglotcruise.com Disclaime…
 
In this unnumbered Actual Fluency episode I'm getting into a few updates as of April 2020. Here's what you'll hear about in the episode: Why the podcast was on a minor break Why you shouldn't necessarily feel pressured to learn a new language during the pandemic What happened to the Polyglot Cruise New Course Launch: Bite-Size Languages What else i…
 
Brought to you by Optilingo. In this episode I'm happy to be joined by Matt from "Matt vs Japan" to share his ideas about immersion (Mass Immersion Approach / AJATT) and how he learnt Japanese in 18 months. Resources mentioned: Matt vs Japan YouTube Channel > https://www.youtube.com/user/MATTvsJapan Mass Immersion Approach > https://massimmersionap…
 
Brought to you by Optilingo. In this episode I'm extremely honoured to be joined by one of my very own podcasting idols. Mark has been running Coffee Break Podcasts for over a decade, and now delivers over 2,500,000 language lessons every month to listeners around the world. In the episode we discuss his language past, present, and future, as well …
 
Brought to you by Optilingo. In this episode I preview 2020, and share a few updates about Actual Fluency. The regular episodes with guests are returning next week! Events mentioned: The Edinburgh Language Event The Polyglot Cruise The Polyglot Gathering The Polyglot Conference LangFest --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/m…
 
PART 2! > John Fotheringham, a fellow language podcaster comes on the show to do an experiment. Instead of a traditional interview, we are chatting as two language podcasters, sharing experiences, takeaways, and lessons learnt from over 5 years of podcasting. PART 1: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/episodes/AFP-167---John-Fotheringham-Inside-the-La…
 
John Fotheringham, a fellow language podcaster comes on the show to do an experiment. Instead of a traditional interview, we are chatting as two language podcasters, sharing experiences, takeaways, and lessons learnt from over 5 years of podcasting. If you liked this episode, please let us know! Show Links: LanguageMastery.com - John's Blog and Pod…
 
Ekaterina Matveeva comes on the show to talk about her amazing polyglot story, as well as the concept of the language alter ego and cultural personalities. We also share notes on what happens to the personality and identity of an individual as one goes abroad and stays for an extended period of time. Show Links: Ekatarina's book - Language Alter Eg…
 
On this episode, I chat to French teacher Lea Tiralarc, who's taught over 5000 lessons on italki about her experiences as a teacher and a learner. We also talk about her method (The Staircase) and how to make teaching languages your career. Show Links: The Staircase: https://thestaircase.org/ ============== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Le…
 
On this episode I chat to entrepreneur, blogger and author Scott Young about his experiences learning 4 languages in a single year (without speaking any English) and his new book Ultralearning: Accelerate Your Career, Master Hard Skills and Outsmart the Competition. Show Links: Scott's Blog: http://scotthyoung.com Ultralearning on Amazon: https://g…
 
On this episode I chat to Lingvist founder Mait Müntel, who was part of the Higgs-Boson discovery team at CERN. His big passion is furthering human learning using machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the power of spaced repetition. Show Links: Lingvist - Mait's company ============== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL langu…
 
On this episode I chat to Jonty Yamisha, who took it upon himself to learn his heritage language of Circassian as an adult. He shares a lot of great stories about his family, and practical tips and advice for how he managed to learn a language with such limited resources available. Perfect if you have a heritage language you've been meaning to lear…
 
On this episode I chat to Jon Mahoney, who went on a trip around the world that lasted over 900 days. We also get into his story of living in Ukraine, and Russia - as well as progressing his Russian skills to well above advanced. Along the way he produced videos for his YouTube channels (in English and Russian) together with his wife Eva. Show Link…
 
On this episode I catch up with Steve Kaufmann to hear what he's been up to in the last 5 years since he was last on the podcast. We also chat about his popular YouTube channel, travelling for language learning, and how he's learning languages as a retiree. Show Links: LINGQ Steve's YouTube Channel LangFest in Montreal (August 23-25) ==============…
 
On this episode of the podcast I chat with Grandmaster of Memory and 4x US Memory Champion Nelson Dellis about his mission to learn Dutch, his heritage language - and to get some insight on how memory techniques relate to learning languages. Show Links: Nelson's Website REMEMBER IT - Nelson's book MEMORY GAMES - A Netflix film about memory, featuri…
 
On this episode of the podcast I chat with Ben from IELTSPodcast, about how you can improve your 4 key skills in English, and specific tips and advice for passing the IELTS exam. Show Links: IELTSPodcast IELTS Vocabulary IELTS Online Course ============== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience o…
 
Pablo Roman, founder of DreamingSpanish comes on the show to talk about his experiences learning Japanese in 6 months, learning Thai, and developing materials and resources for learning Spanish. Show links: https://www.youtube.com/DreamingSpanish ============== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and conveni…
 
Head of Marketing for italki: Iker Uriarte comes on the show to share his language background and how he got involved with italki. He also shares some behind the scenes stories and visions for the world's biggest tutoring platform. ============== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience of persona…
 
Marija Dobrovolska comes on the show to talk about her experiences with learning languages, the importance of confidence and how she got into teaching German on her very successful YouTube channel (over 17 million views and counting!) and website: "Deutsch mit Marija" https://deutsch-mit-marija.de/ YouTube Channel ============== 📣 This podcast is s…
 
Silver from MagicLingua comes on the show to share his multilingual experiences, as well as his new startup MagicLingua, which uses speech recognition technology to revolutionise language learning. Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1427862973/start-speaking-your-new-language-from-day-1-magicl (running for 1 more week at the time of …
 
Tamara from Spanish Con Salsa comes on the show to talk about the benefits of using music in teaching and learning languages. Links: Website: https://www.learnspanishconsalsa.com Podcast: https://www.learnspanishconsalsa.com/podcast/ =================== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience of …
 
Norbert from Ecolinguist.com comes on the show to share his own learning experiences, as well as his experience teaching people foreign languages. In the episode we go over some of the fundamentals in language learning success, and how you can become a language teacher and travel the world (if you want to!) Links: Website: http://ecolinguist.com/ Y…
 
Andrew Feinberg is back on the show to discuss his experience moving to Japan and learning Japanese, as well as some of the tricky aspects foreigners might be surprised about the Japanese culture. He also compares Japanese to his experience learning Norwegian. =================== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through th…
 
In this episode Lindie Botes comes on the show to talk about her passion for languages, and her extraordinary upbringing in different countries and languages. =================== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience of personal tutoring lessons, for any language at VERY affordable rates. 💰 You…
 
In this episode Gabriel Gelman from Sprachheld.de comes on the show to talk about learning languages at home and abroad. =================== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience of personal tutoring lessons, for any language at VERY affordable rates. 💰 You can get a $10 credit when you book yo…
 
Àdhamh Ó Broin comes on the show to talk about the many languages of Scotland (past, present and future) as well as his own personal mission to reclaim his heritage language of Gaelic, and the revitalisation efforts that are going on today. =================== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by http://Italki.com ! Learn REAL language through the power …
 
Marek Kohn, the author of Four Words for Friend:Why Using More Than One Language Matters Now More Than Ever comes on the show to talk about the book, as well as the role of languages in society, nationalism and improving assimilation and integration. It's a slighty different topic than normal, but I find it extremely interesting and important to la…
 
Shannon Kennedy is on the show to talk about the upcoming Women in Languages conference (March 7-10, 2019) and some of her other projects. http://womeninlanguage.com =================== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience of personal tutoring lessons, for any language at VERY affordable rates…
 
Katie Harris comes on the show to share how her joy of languages started, and her philosophies for learners today. We also get around her current projects like her blog; JoyOfLanguages and language retreats. =================== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience of personal tutoring lessons,…
 
Sara Maria Hasbun from Meridien Linguistics comes on the show to share how she went from translating to founding a linguistics consultant company that now works with over 3000 freelance translators. ================== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience of personal tutoring lessons, for any l…
 
Aviva Levin comes on the show to share her story of how she became a French teacher by coincidence, and what strategies she employs today to teach high-schoolers effectively. We also get around the topic of bilingualism in Canada and much more. =================== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and conv…
 
Today's episode is all about Pidgin and Creole languages with enthusiast Amarinder from the US. =================== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience of personal tutoring lessons, for any language at VERY affordable rates. ** ‼️ Win $500 italki credits and $500 towards your dream flight tic…
 
On this episode I'm joined by Anja Spilker (CEO and Founder of Zaloa Languages, where we talk about the positive effects learning languages and travelling can have on mental health. Nothing in this episode is medical or professional advice, if you are struggling - PLEASE see a professional. =================== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki!…
 
Kerstin Cable, host of The Fluent Show and founder of FluentLanguage.co.uk comes on the show to talk about goalsetting and New Year's resolutions. We also preview some of the many language events of 2019. =================== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience of personal tutoring lessons, fo…
 
Lucas Bighetti comes on the podcast to talk about his techniques learning many languages quickly. Some of his ideas include: The silent method, parrot conversation, and much more! =================== 📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience of personal tutoring lessons, for any language at VERY af…
 
Elisa Polese from Italy comes on the show to share her method of teaching 13 different languages, even teaching several of them with students at the same time.In the episode we also talk about the importance of speaking early, grammar, traditional learning vs modern learning, and how you can avoid mixing up your languages when you're learning multi…
 
Travel Blogger and all-around awesome person Michele Frolla (of The Intrepid Guide) comes on the show to share her tips and advice on how you can level up your travel experiences (with or without languages!)===================📣 This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience of personal tutoring lessons, f…
 
The new season is here! Happy December!Scottish polyglot Maureen Millward comes on to show to share her love for learning languages, the new polyglot event "LingoFringo", and much more!This podcast is sponsored by Italki! Learn REAL language through the power and convenience of personal tutoring lessons, for any language at VERY affordable rates. Y…
 
In this episode Kris sits down to review the season that's just finished, and talks about the future for the podcast and much more.This podcast is sponsored by Glossika. Online sentence-based language courses available in 50+ languages. Give it a try for free here: http://tryglossika.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/actualfluency/m…
 
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