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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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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 ...…
 
In this solo episode, Olly talks about the "gun to the head method." Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://iwillteachyoualanguage.com//italkishownotes Do You Have A Question? Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do ...…
 
Masami asks: "What do you think about meetups?" Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://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 ...…
 
Luke asks: "How do you learn niche vocabulary in a language?" Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://iwillteachyoualanguage.com//italkishownotes Do You Have A Question? Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best ...…
 
Read my update here: https://www.mezzoguild.com/one-year-old-language-learning/ In this episode, I talk about my 1 year old son's language development and how the observations I've made can apply to natural adult language acquisition. --- For inexpensive tutors, teachers and conversation partners, I use italki: https://www.mezzoguild.com/italki ...…
 
Mauricio asks: "Should I learn Modern Standard Arabic?" Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://iwillteachyoualanguage.com//italkishownotes Do you have a question? Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to fe ...…
 
In this solo episode, Olly talks about, "How to use language textbooks the right way." Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://iwillteachyoualanguage.com//italkishownotes Do you have a question? Ask me your language learning questions by clicking ...…
 
Nick asks: "What do you think of Memrise?" Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://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 t ...…
 
Andrew asks: "Is social media destroying my language learning?" Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://iwillteachyoualanguage.com//italkishownotes Do you have a question? Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my be ...…
 
Mattias asks: “How should you react to criticism from your peers in trying to perfect your accent?” Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://iwillteachyoualanguage.com//italkishownotes Do you have a question? Ask me your language learning questions ...…
 
Paul asks: “Why do gurus advise against learning multiple languages at the same time?” Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://iwillteachyoualanguage.com//italkishownotes Do you have a question? Ask me your language learning questions by clicking ...…
 
Owain asks: “What is the value of passive, unfocused listening?” Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://iwillteachyoualanguage.com//italkishownotes Do you have a question? Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, and I’ll do my b ...…
 
In this solo episode, Olly talks about how to get over your fear of Skype lessons Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://iwillteachyoualanguage.com//italkishownotes Do you have a question? Ask me your language learning questions by clicking here, ...…
 
In this solo episode, Olly talks about translation and its implications in language learning. Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://iwillteachyoualanguage.com//italkishownotes Do you have a question? Ask me your language learning questions by cl ...…
 
In this episode, Olly reflects on the past year and speaks about what you should expect from him in 2018. Start speaking today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://iwillteachyoualanguage.com//italkishownotes Do you have a question? Ask me your language learning que ...…
 
Edward asks, "Are subtitles really that bad?" Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://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 o ...…
 
In the second of a two-part episode, I continue revealing the 9 easiest ways to start an argument about language learning. Resources Mentioned in Today's Episode: Bulletproof Memory Email Course – free email course to help improve your memory Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and s ...…
 
In the first of a two-part episode, Olly reveals the 9 easiest ways to start an argument about language learning. Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://iwillteachyoualanguage.com//italkishownotes Do you have a question? Ask me your language lear ...…
 
Read my update here: https://www.mezzoguild.com/koine-greek-isnt-hard/ In this episode, I share more about my current approach to learning Koine (New Testament) Greek. I offer suggestions for how seminaries and colleges can improve on teaching it. --- For inexpensive tutors, teachers and conversation partners, I use italki: https://www.mezzogui ...…
 
Read my update here: https://www.mezzoguild.com/koine-greek-modern-greek/ In this episode, I share a bit about my own personal goal for 2018 to learn Koine and Modern Greek simultaneously. To what extent do they benefit each other? We'll see. --- For inexpensive tutors, teachers and conversation partners, I use italki: https://www.mezzoguild.co ...…
 
Nicolás asks: "Do we need vacations from language learning?" Episode Summary: My life is full of examples of doing things better after a long break Our brains can only achieve so much by focused attention The Pomodoro technique works on this principle Focus mode vs diffuse mode Small scale - i.e. my daily writing habits in one day Large scale - ...…
 
Louise asks: "How can I make my own learning material?" Episode Summary: I have a long history of making my own material I want to study with things that interest me In Japan, I would record train announcements and ask a native speaker to transcribe them I often do pieces of writing and get my tutor to correct them I record my language partners ...…
 
Todd asks: "How can I speak more Spanish with my girlfriend?" Episode Summary: See Episode 029: I'm learning my wife's language See Episode 137: Love and language learning IWTYAL team member Dave's home language routine Luke's experience in Hong Kong You need willingness on both sides, so first establish that it's there Dedicated time will help ...…
 
Massoud ask: "I'm worried about what will happen if I learn German. What should I do?" Episode Summary: You may have a language learning dilemma and not know how to resolve it It's always best to discover the answer yourself rather than rely on others You don't have to commit for life! Try setting trial periods, and give it a shot If it's not w ...…
 
In this solo episode, Olly discusses whether immersion is all it's cracked up to be. Episode Summary: Immersion is always held up as the "holy grail" of language learning Definition: Spending all day every day in a native-level environment It's not all it's cracked up to be Survival bias is at play: Katzumoto: 10,000 hours of Japanese Gabriel W ...…
 
In this solo episode, Olly discusses whether listening to "slow audio" is useful. Episode Summary: News in Slow Spanish-type sites are becoming increasing popular With Yabla you can slow down the audio But are these helpful, or dangerous? There are only two reasons you won't understand something spoken: 1) You don't know the words/grammar 2) Yo ...…
 
Raffy asks: "Should I be concerned about my accent?" Episode Summary: Accents are a highly personal topic I inhabit a world in London where virtually everyone I meet has an accent Your accent is like your personality, and something you should be fiercely proud of Resources Mentioned in Today's Episode: How to Develop an Awesome Accent - An arti ...…
 
Mark asks: "How should I start learning Mongolian from scratch?" Episode Summary: Get a strong foundation in the basics first Work your way through a textbook Listen to the audio Don't get distracted by other tools Resources Mentioned in Today's Episode: Blue Snowball - A great entry-level microphone that I used for episodes 75-229 Shure MV5 - ...…
 
Dave and Anja ask: "Does alcohol help you become more fluent?" Episode Summary: You often drink alcohol in social situations Social situations are best possible environment for improving your speaking Shyness and social anxiety often prevent people practising their language To the extent that alcohol helps you feel more at ease, it may well be ...…
 
Tom asks: "How does learning multiple languages make you a better language learner? Episode Summary: I discuss three ways in which you improve as a language learner through learning multiple languages: Cognitively Behaviourally Methodologically Resources Mentioned in Today's Episode: Episode 106 - How useful is laddering? Olly's books of Short ...…
 
In this episode, I give some thoughts about the reaction to Conversations. Episode Summary: Reaction from you guys to Conversations How this reaction has impacted my plans Will we do an English version? How about volume 2? Today's Quote: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." —Zig ...…
 
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 ava ...…
 
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 Start Speaking Today: I’d like t ...…
 
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/24101193 ...…
 
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://vi ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 fi ...…
 
In this episode, I speak with Stephen Krashen about language learning and the polyglot community. For the full show notes, please click here. Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes Do you have a question? ...…
 
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 ...…
 
Read my update here: https://www.mezzoguild.com/syrian-iraqi-refugees-jordan/ See the project we're working on here: https://www.talkinarabic.com/ In this episode, I share more specifics on our time in Jordan and our time working with the Iraqi and Syrian refugees there. --- For inexpensive tutors, teachers and conversation partners, I use ital ...…
 
Read my update here: https://www.mezzoguild.com/language-immersion-with-children/ See the project we're working on here: https://www.talkinarabic.com/ In this episode, I share an update from our time in Jordan and some observations from doing our first language immersion trip as a family with a child. --- For inexpensive tutors, teachers and co ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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