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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, ...
 
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Jon asks: "What's the best way to learn to read Chinese?" In Today's Episode: Don't make the assumption that you need to learn to write Chinese characters There are many approaches and methods to learning to read and write Chinese For me, the fundamental approach should be to learn by doing the activity that you want to ultimately do. E.g. if y ...…
 
Lucia asks: "Should I give up Russian to focus on Chinese? In Today's Episode: In general, the best advice around learning two languages at the same time is... don't! However, advice should always take account of your personal situation I'm finding that focus on feelings and emotions around the study process is yielding great results Resources ...…
 
In this episode, Olly chats with Lindsay Williams about creativity in language learning In Today's Episode: What is creativity in language learning? How can you inject creativity into your learning? Recommended resources and learning ideas Resources Mentioned: The Ultimate Guide to Netflix for Language Learners - Lindsay's blog post on ... Netf ...…
 
Lewis asks: "How can I improve my Italian pronunciation? In Today's Episode: Pronunciation begins with awareness Spend a long time listening English speakers often have to get over intangible “weirdness factor” and drop the sense of pride Record yourself and listen back - it’s always different to what you think! Focus on vowels - it’s a common ...…
 
Andriy asks: “Is it ok for me to study Spanish through English?” In Today's Episode: Given that your English is so strong, you shouldn’t have any problem! Laddering is the term given to learning a 2nd language through a 3rd The rule with laddering is that it should feel comfortable for you Resources Mentioned: Fluent Spanish Academy - My course ...…
 
Innes asks: “How can I keep my motivation up after returning from a trip abroad?” In Today's Episode: It’s a great feeling coming back home after a trip abroad, with newfound motivation to study: Remember that the logistics of studying in-amongst real life haven’t changed You’ve still got to commit It can help to re-examine your beliefs about h ...…
 
Olly reveals his plans for 2019 In Today's Episode: New Uncovered courses - learn a new language through the power of story: Italian French Japanese Arabic Language Influencer Summit - coming up in Berlin at the end of March. New video libraries of real conversations, fully transcribed and translated: Thai Russian Conversations Vol. 2 - the plo ...…
 
Welcome part 5 of my conversation with Lydia Machova, from LanguageMentoring.com In Today's Episode: Make a Success of Long-Term Learning: I estimate it takes 500 hours (European language, B2 level, efficient time) = 2 years of 1 hours a day with breaks (2 months learning, 1 month break) ... but it's not necessary to learn non-stop! (My Swahili ...…
 
Welcome part 4 of my conversation with Lydia Machovha, from LanguageMentoring.com In Today's Episode: To speak from day 1... or not? Start with self-talk, then other speakers Output is so much more important than the person you're talking to! Use other students, don't look for professional native speaker teachers you won't learn mistakes from o ...…
 
Welcome part 3 of my conversation with Lydia Machovha, from LanguageMentoring.com In Today's Episode: Start with lots of input: Listening and Reading TV series are the best - much better than movies without subtitles or with original subtitles Podcasts: many Slovak listeners listen to you for your accent ? Read bilingual books or create them wi ...…
 
Welcome part 2 of my conversation with Lydia Machovha, from LanguageMentoring.com In Today's Episode: Create time, don't wait till you have it.... When I wake up, it's my first priority A little test... if you receive a phone call saying that a loved one had been taken to hospital, you would find the time to put everything else aside... Languag ...…
 
Welcome to this 5-part series, where I'm joined by my friend Lydia Machovha, from LanguageMentoring.com We'll be discussing the fundamentals of language learning, according to Lydia's framework for teaching and learning. Lydia is a professional interpreter, speaks 9 languages herself, has organised the Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava, and now ...…
 
Kausalya asks: "How do you decide what to do every day in your core study time? In Today's Episode: My "Core Study Time" is quiet, focused time that I spend on my target language every morning I don't have any kind of weekly routine where I do specific activities every day Rather, I focus on one activity, often for a period of 2-3 weeks I call ...…
 
Brendan asks: "Is there a place for romanisation in language learning? In Today's Episode: What is romanisation? Considerations for romanisation in different languages The dilemma for publishers Should you use romanisation or not? Resources Mentioned: Judith Meyer's Script Hacking books: Script Hacking Arabic Script Hacking Hebrew Script Hackin ...…
 
In this episode, Olly discusses whether you should use translations when reading. In Today's Episode: Should you use translations when reading? Translation is inevitable (in your head) Translations can be useful Activities relying on translation can be powerful But you always need to think about the point of the activity and what you’re trying ...…
 
In this episode, Olly announces a new programme to help you master grammar in your target language. In Today's Episode: What is Grammar Hero? The vital missing ingredient from your textbooks, and how Grammar Hero fills the gap How long it took us to create the programme The unexpected crises that hit towards the end! Join Grammar Hero Today: En ...…
 
In this Part 3 of this series, Olly finishes the deep dive into learning grammar. In Today's Episode: The students who come top in grammar tests (without studying grammar) How I stopped translating in my head when speaking Italian The 5-step process you need to get grammar right when speaking (naturally, and without hesitating) Start Speaking T ...…
 
In this Part 2 of this new series, Olly continues the deep dive into learning grammar. In Today's Episode: How to learn new grammar The grammar points you must avoid The best kind of material to study with Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://i ...…
 
In this Part 1 of this new series, Olly takes you on a deep dive into learning grammar the natural way. In Today's Episode: Why we struggle with grammar How to stop translating in your head How do immigrants learn English without studying grammar? Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson ...…
 
Ron asks: "How do you learn colloquial language with limited resources?" In Today's Episode: There's a perennial problem with materials in minority languages Textbooks are simple and boring The next level up is native level... far too hard It's a real problem without a good solution Long-term, you're only going to crack this problem by learning ...…
 
Fletcher asks: "Have your views on flashcards changed?" In Today's Episode: I've been using input-based methods to learn languages recently But does this change my approach to learning vocabulary with flashcards? Do I display the word in the target language first on my flashcards? Resources Mentioned: Make Words Stick - my popular guide for usi ...…
 
Fletcher asks: "Have your views on flashcards changed?" In Today's Episode: I've been using input-based methods to learn languages recently But does this change my approach to learning vocabulary with flashcards? Do I display the word in the target language first on my flashcards? Resources Mentioned: Make Words Stick - my popular guide for usi ...…
 
Johanna asks: "How important is it to review your lesson notes?" In Today's Episode: The principle of review is super important In the past, I've spent 15 minutes at the end of the day reviewing what I did in the morning, and it's very effective The foundation of memory and mastery is repetition Your teacher is right that reviewing your notes i ...…
 
In this solo episode, Olly gives you some updates on what's been going on. In Today's Episode: Update on the Short Story Book launch, worldwide and in US & Canada How to claim your book launch bonuses Random coincidences Language Masters event in London with Michel Thomas About the Language Influencer Summit Polyglot Conference 2019 New languag ...…
 
In this episode, you're going to hear an interview I did on another podcast, the newly-released Reaching for Words show. The reason I wanted to share this episode on this show was that I thought the interview was uncommonly good, and host Rob asked me a lot of good questions that allowed us to discuss a lot of common topics from a beginner pers ...…
 
Austin asks: "Any tips for learning French together with my wife?" In Today's Episode: Learning your partner's language can be fraught with problems Learning a new language with your partner sounds like a great idea! The activity itself, and the benefit for your relationship is far more important that the efficacy of the approach, I think You m ...…
 
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 repeatin ...…
 
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 no ...…
 
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: IWTYAL 256: The ...…
 
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: Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://iwillteachyo ...…
 
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: Harry Potter and ...…
 
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 Click here to listen to part 2 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 g ...…
 
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 thing ...…
 
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 sto ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 i ...…
 
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: Make sure you're getting lots of exposure through listening and reading - learning verb conjugations ultimately will come down to whether you ...…
 
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: Italian Project Resource Page Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank ...…
 
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 https://youtu.be/iwPu0WoNpFQ Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free le ...…
 
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 influ ...…
 
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 th ...…
 
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 you ...…
 
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: How to learn Italian through opera - A conversation with Gabe Wyner Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, vi ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 easi ...…
 
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 Res ...…
 
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! M ...…
 
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 Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, vis ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 G ...…
 
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