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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, ...
 
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Language Learning Made Simple - The MezzoGuild Podcast
 
Helping You Learn Foreign Languages SIMPLY With Tips, Strategies And More From Language Immersion Veteran, Donovan Nagel
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
In today's episode, Olly and Jan discuss the naked truth about traveling abroad for language immersion. Episode Summary: Why it's important to travel to the right place Speaking a foreign language among friends Filming interactions with the locals Forming friendships in a specific language Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank iTalki for supp ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
In today's episode, Olly and Jan discuss how we make our travel videos. Use these tips to improve your own holiday films! Episode Summary: The importance of story What do you talk about? The "start of the day" process Do you need a professional camera? Recording good audio How to edit the smart way Equipment & Resources Mentioned: Here's the (v ...…
 
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Language Learning Made Simple - The MezzoGuild Podcast
 
Read my full article here: http://www.mezzoguild.com/aussie-australian-english-the-best-english/ In this episode, I talk about the different types of Australian English, how they came about and why it's the best variety of English on earth (clear bias!). --- For inexpensive tutors, teachers and conversation partners, I use italki: http://www.me ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Today's episode comes from Playa del Carmen in Mexico! Episode Summary: We chat about our mission to Mexico and what we're up to Follow along the adventure with daily videos on YouTube and Instagram Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank iTalki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: http://iwillteac ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Ali asks: "How do you remember the gender of nouns?" Episode Summary: Unfortunately, noun genders just have to be remembered At first it seems like an impossible task, but keep going, and you will start to know instinctively which is which You will inevitably make some mistakes, but you will be forgiven! If you use mnemonics, try creating some ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Joe asks: "I study so much, I worry that I'm being inefficient." Episode Summary: It's important to make a distinction between "study" and "practice" What do you spend your time doing? There's a risk you are planted firmly in study mode, in which case wasting your time is a danger... There's only so much new information your brain can take in i ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Paul asks: "What do you think of the ESL industry?" Episode Summary: I taught English as a foreign language for year, and enjoyed it immensely CELTA is a wonderful course and I highly recommend it There are a number of tensions between independent language learning and classroom teaching The challenge for ESL teachers is how best to teach a cla ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Syawal asks: "How can I give better presentations in a foreign language?" Episode Summary: With public speaking, you have to detangle the challenges of the presentation itself, with the language you use Presentations in your mother tongue can ofter leave you nervous and rambling It depends how much you want to prepare, and how much time you hav ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Saud asks: "Do you use apps for language learning?" Episode Summary: Because technology is always being promoted as making our lives more efficient, many people are tempted to look to apps to speed up the language learning process All my opinions about apps are formed in the light of the fact that I remember what language learning was like befo ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Miki asks: "How should I teach Japanese on iTalki?" Episode Summary: Firstly, be honest about what you are offering and your experience level If you have no experience, you can still help Japanese learners a lot Begin as a "community tutor" and offer conversation lessons so you can get experience Have an honest talk with the student about what ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Begum asks: "Should I learn Spanish or Japanese?" Episode Summary: What's your criteria for learning a new language? Always choose the language you're most passionate about Never learn a language because you think it will be easy...it won't! Some questions I've been dealing with lately! Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode: Check out the new ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Charlotte asks: "What's your opinion on removing English from flashcards altogether? Episode Summary: Arguments for having flashcards entirely in the target language: Avoid translation Learn to think in the target language Increased exposure to target language "Learn like a child" Arguments for having pictures on your flashcards: Visual memory ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
In this episode, I chat with Mark Pentleton from Coffee Break Italian about the UK podcast awards! Episode Summary: The UK podcast awards Coffee Break Italian's nomination Filming behind the scenes How Coffee Break got started Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode: https://youtu.be/vTgrwPliQmY Coffee Break Italian on iTunes Start Speaking Toda ...…
 
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Language Learning Made Simple - The MezzoGuild Podcast
 
Read my full article here: http://www.mezzoguild.com/michel-thomas-review/ In this episode, I share the results of my detailed review and analysis of the Michel Thomas Method (Total and Perfect Arabic specifically). Overall I don't recommend it and here are the reasons why I reached this conclusion. --- For inexpensive Arabic tutors, teachers a ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Quinton asks: "How can I prepare for my trip to China?" Episode Summary: What's the unique opportunity you'll have on your trip? Most likely, it's speaking, and the chance to speak a lot to people If you study characters, there's no particular benefit to being in China Take iTalki lessons every day and build up your speaking muscle Potentially ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Meg asks: "How can I make my Russian sentences less English?" Episode Summary: The challenge you're facing is learning to express ideas the way a Russian would It's not just a linguistic thing - it's a cultural thing. Compare: Good Morning / おはようございます There's no shortcut to doing this - it's a long, gradual process If you want to express yourse ...…
 
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Language Learning Made Simple - The MezzoGuild Podcast
 
In this episode, I walk you through how I continue to work on improving foreign languages when I'm already at a high level. I share some examples from my own journey with Arabic. Read my full article here: http://www.mezzoguild.com/improve-when-youre-already-fluent/ --- For inexpensive Arabic tutors, teachers and conversation partners, I use it ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Ferdinand asks: "How do I repair holes in my students' grammar?" Episode Summary: How holes in your grammar can develop Different roles for the teacher: Teach what you know is right Teach what the student expects Raising awareness is the only way to help students self-monitor and fix their own mistakes If students resist basic grammar exercises ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
In this episode, I react to a comment in my Facebook community about feeling overwhelmed. Episode Summary: There's a lot of advice, it can be difficult to know what to do It's important to interact with others, but only when it adds value Texting and language exchanges (free) - you still have to follow social graces Teachers (paid) - you're pay ...…
 
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Language Learning Made Simple - The MezzoGuild Podcast
 
In this episode I talk a bit more about my 'chunking' technique which I argue is a far more natural way to learn to speak a foreign language than traditional grammar study. I share a simple example from my time in Egypt as a new learner of Arabic. Read my full article here: http://www.mezzoguild.com/chunking-and-language-learning/ --- For inexp ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
In this solo episode, I share an update on my exciting new Conversations project. Episode Summary: The difficulty with improving your listening comprehension The effect on your learning How Conversations came to be How it's being created What happens next Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode: To be the first to hear about Conversations, and f ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
In part 2 of this episode, I chat about the link between music and language learning with my polyglot friend Fiel Sahir. Episode Summary: What's the link between music and language learning? What do musicians do differently when they learn languages? Does the type of music you play make a difference? And much, much more... Resources Mentioned I ...…
 
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Language Learning Made Simple - The MezzoGuild Podcast
 
In this episode, I talk about how I originally learned Arabic over a decade ago and how I'd do it differently if I had the chance to start all over again. This advice will benefit you if you're considering learning Arabic yourself. Read my full article right here: http://www.mezzoguild.com/how-to-start-learning-arabic/ Join our site TalkInArabi ...…
 
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Language Learning Made Simple - The MezzoGuild Podcast
 
In this episode, I discuss performance anxiety and how it affects me with regard to learning languages. I also offer strategies to overcome it. Check it out here: http://www.mezzoguild.com/anxiety/
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
In part 1 of this episode, I chat about the link between music and language learning with my polyglot friend Fiel Sahir. Episode Summary: What's the link between music and language learning? What do musicians do differently when they learn languages? Does the type of music you play make a difference? And much, much more... Resources Mentioned I ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Balen asks: "Is it possible to become fluent in a language only by listening?" Episode Summary: No, you can't become fluent only by listening. The Silent Period Children listen for years, soaking things up, but still take years of practise to produce coherent English Learning English by watching TV Immigrants are often silent for years...listen ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Rafael asks: "How can I stop hesitating when I speak English?" Episode Summary: Hesitation happens either when: You don't have the vocabulary you need You don't know how to express something Speaking fluidly, without hesitation, comes with a lot of practice. Practice more regularly with native speakers Increase your vocabulary on common topics, ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
In this episode, Olly gives his thoughts on what it means to be a polyglot. Episode Summary: "Polyglot" is a label that can be misleading or even somewhat meaningless The same language journey can mean different things to different people Collecting languages is not a meaningful pursuit Start speaking today: I’d like to thank iTalki for support ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Denise asks: "Is now a good time to learn Italian?" Episode Summary: There's rarely a "right time" I usually suggest getting a language to an Upper-Intermediate level (B2) before starting another one However, Italian and Portuguese are closely related. You might not have to do as much study as you think. It might also be easier than learning En ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Gabrielle asks: "When I don't understand, I often just smile, nod, and pretend I do. How can I stop this?" Episode Summary: Is it normal to pretend you understand? Every language learning journey starts like this Persistence is the name of the game In terms of stages, here's how I see it: Lower level: You still have a lot to learn, so don't be ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Yuta asks: "Should I be relying on Google Translate?" Episode Summary: Effective language learning means learning to communicate within your means The problem with relying on Google Translate is that you stop relying on yourself Paraphrasing is a key speaking skill, and you develop it by learning to communicate in spite of a lack of vocabulary ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Selman asks: "How many hours a week do you study?" Episode Summary: Here's what I aim for: Focused study every weekday morning (1 hour), sporadic flashcards + listening during the day (0-60 mins), at least 3 speaking sessions a week (30-60 minutes) A rough total is around 5 hours study + 3 hours speaking Add on top of that watching TV, reading ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
This is a re-broadcast of the most popular 3-part series from the podcast. I answer the question: "I'm simply too busy to learn languages. How can I find the time?" In this episode: The power of tiny How I learnt Cantonese during an extremely busy period in my life Why “1 hour” will put you off, whilst “30 seconds” will get you started! How to ...…
 
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Language Learning Made Simple - The MezzoGuild Podcast
 
In this episode, I discuss in detail some of the differences that Moroccan and other Maghrebi dialects have from the more popular Arabic varieties like Egyptian and Levantine. Check it out here: http://www.mezzoguild.com/moroccan-arabic/ Visit Talk In Arabic here: http://www.talkinarabic.com/ Find Moroccan Arabic teachers here (and get a free l ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Are you learning English? If so, please answer a few short questions for me... http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/englishsurvey
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
This is a re-broadcast of the most popular 3-part series from the podcast. I answer the question: "I'm simply too busy to learn languages. How can I find the time?" In this episode: How to use the power of the “One Thing” to make massive progress towards your goals The importance of saying “no” How to focus on your goals like a laser Resources ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
This is a re-broadcast of the most popular 3-part series from the podcast. I answer the question: "I'm simply too busy to learn languages. How can I find the time?" In this episode: Why goal setting is often overlooked, but is the key to everything How people set unachievable goals What a sensible goal looks like Defining your next-step goal Re ...…
 
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Language Learning Made Simple - The MezzoGuild Podcast
 
In this episode, I share the results of an experiment I did to replicate overseas language immersion at home over Skype. Check it out here: http://www.mezzoguild.com/italki-experiment-results Get a free Skype lesson in almost any language here: http://www.mezzoguild.com/italki
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
In today's episode, I talk to Jonathan Levi from The Superlearner Academy about accelerated learning techniques. Episode Summary: Jonathan's difficult learning background at school The story of how he first encountered speed reading How to get amazing results on your MBA What is accelerated learning? The core principles of rapid skill acquisiti ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Danilo asks: "How should I get started learning Japanese?" Episode Summary: What happened to me: I learnt to say a bunch of things, but never really understood the language I never spent enough time listening After moving to Japan, I continued studying, gradually building up my knowledge, but it took forever It wasn't until I began speaking ver ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Fletcher asks: "Can I adapt the traditional memory palace technique?" Episode Summary: What is a memory palace? (The story of Simonides) Choose a building you're familiar with Take words you want to remember Place them around the room Create mnemonic with location + action Practise recalling the words by walking through the memory palace sequen ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Arnie asks: "How can I stop translating in my head when people speak to me in French?" Episode Summary: See episode 87 for a previous answer to this topic Translating in your head is a very common problem There's no quick fix I can give you, only some encouragement and a helpful way of thinking about the problem To state the obvious: When you u ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Sonia asks: "What's the ideal language learning environment?" Episode Summary: There's no such thing as the ideal, or best, language learning environment Learning to speak a language is heavily linked to affective factors - your feelings and how you react to the environment around you You can be very analytical, and conclude that complete immer ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Eleanor asks: "How can I maintain my Spanish after university?" Episode Summary: Learning vs maintenance When is maintenance necessary? Being realistic Richard Simcott's approach (as described in Language Learning Foundations) What I do personally to maintain my languages Tips for maintaining languages at an advanced level Reading books you lik ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Chris asks: "How should I start learning Cantonese, given that I already speak Mandarin?" Episode Summary: Cantonese is to Mandarin what Cockney is to English It's a highly developed, unique language that is considered a spoken language When Cantonese speakers write things down, they normally use standard Chinese So what does this mean for a Ma ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
In this episode, I describe a terrible language exchange experience I had this week. Episode Summary: Great news! Full transcripts of each podcast are available on the show notes - that's here! Scroll down to find the transcript. My terrible language exchange this week Why it went wrong What you can learn from the experience Start speaking toda ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Chris asks: "Should I speak formally or informally in Turkish?" In this episode: Every language has it's convention as to when and where you should speak formally or informally I've found myself resisting speaking formally in other languages, and I've always been curious why that is What I've learnt is that my "default" is informal, because tha ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Jonathan asks: "How can I find comprehensible input for Hebrew?" In this episode: 1. Find other people who are learning the same language, and ask what materials they like: Forums - UniLang, How To Learn Any Language Facebook groups I use CantoDict.com 2. Go to specialist bookshops (in- and out of country). I found some great stuff in Hong Kong ...…
 
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Language Learning Made Simple - The MezzoGuild Podcast
 
In this episode, I discuss web and mobile app innovation for language learning and the negative effect that technology is having on skill acquisition. Has language learning innovation peaked already? Share your opinion here: http://www.mezzoguild.com/language-app-innovation/
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Valentin asks: "I'm at intermediate level in Russian. How can I grow my vocabulary?" In this episode: There's no quick solution - you have a large amount of vocabulary to learn, and that takes time Firstly, make sure you can read Russian. It's not too hard, and not being able to read is a handicap "I can't read books or read articles" - maybe n ...…
 
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