The Fluent Show

The Fluent Show

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A Podcast About Loving, Living and Learning Languages


🏆 Top Tools 2020 HALL OF FAME: The Ultimate Language Learning Apps 🏅
May 25 • 101 min
Every 6 months or so, the Fluent Show brings you a new set of top tools. These are our recommendations for language learning tools you might have missed. It's a LONG episode so follow along with our full list of top tools on the blog if you like. Intro:…
How To Navigate Bilingual Love and Change Your Family Perspective
May 18 • 29 min
This week on the show, I answer a cry for help from a frustrated listener in Denmark. Imagine you can speak your target language beautifully. But when it comes to the person you love most, suddenly you clam up and worry and you realise you can't speak to…
Sara Maria Hasbun on Lockdown, Languages, and Long-Term Success
May 11 • 82 min
Do you dream of travelling the world and living in other countries? Want to see it all, live everywhere, and enjoy the best every country has to offer? In today's episode, you'll meet someone who knows how to do all that! Sara Maria Hasbun is a…
How to Learn a Language Every Day
May 4 • 24 min
Welcome back! I start by sharing my love for 爱情公寓 (iPartment) on Yabla, and answer Sara's question: What’s the best tool you use for making sure you get some language learning in every day? To answer this question, I talk you through the Language Habit…
The Best Books About Language Learning & Linguistics
Apr 6 • 60 min
Lindsay is back on the Fluent Show today and we're talking about the best books about languages and linguistics. *NOTE: The Fluent Show is now on a podcast break until 6 May, but you can catch up with mini episodes of "Fluent in Isolation" at Patreon.com…
Where and How to Start Teaching Online
Mar 30 • 35 min
Hot Potato News: Scottish Gaelic Learn about the true pronunciation of this language's name, and why it's important to get it right. Where and How to Start Teaching Online It’s a great time to start offering online lessons because Life has just moved…
50 Years, 17 Languages with Steve Kaufmann
Mar 23 • 72 min
"In languages, when you want to learn, you learn." Steve Kaufmann is a language learner from Canada who has studied over 17 languages so far. He is an advocate of reading in other languages, even from the start…and turns out this is something he did even…
Brilliant Tips for Remembering More Vocabulary
Mar 16 • 31 min
Word of the day: Hamsterkaufen - to hoard or panic buy. 🐹 Listener Elizabeth asks for advice about what to do when she remembers words in her target language on one day, but finds that they've disappeared the next day. It's a dilemma: Should she review…
Our Favourite Language Learning Textbooks
Mar 9 • 66 min
What makes a language textbook great? Why should you use a language textbook? And which ones are the best ones out there? In today's episode, Lindsay and I sat down to dig through our language bookshelves and bring you a HUGE list of language textbooks…
Keep Saying YES To a New Language
Mar 2 • 38 min
It is difficult to learn several languages together. You may forget some, you may lose some, BUT hey you’re learning more than one language. In this Q&A episode I answer a question from the wonderful Elizabeth: When did you know you were ready to start…
Marc Okrand on Creating the Klingon Language
Feb 24 • 69 min
NEW PATREON LEVEL!! I've just set up a brand new supporter tier at the $2/month level - join us here. The patron benefits for the $2 level are access to the patron-exclusive feed with added posts, early access, and bonus clips. You can ALWAYS upgrade or…
Reading on Mobile (+Survey & Clear The List)
Feb 17 • 35 min
NEW PATREON LEVEL!! I've just set up a brand new supporter tier at the $2/month level - join us here. The patron benefits for the $2 level are access to the patron-exclusive feed with added posts, early access, and bonus clips. You can ALWAYS upgrade or…
Is “Natural Language Learning” even a thing?
Feb 10 • 67 min
This week, we discussed two topics: Topic 1: Teaching Methods! After watching a few episodes of Welsh reality TV Welsh learning celebrity knees-up cariad@iaith, we decided to pick up on their 3 big methods for teaching languages and explain what they mean…
Should You Learn Similar Languages Together?
Feb 3 • 26 min
In this podcast episode, I explain how to use similar languages and language families to get a head start in your multilingual life. If you've ever wondered how to work out which languages belong to the same family, or how to decide if you should learn…
Why Heritage Learners Aren’t Normal Language Learners
Jan 27 • 76 min
Do you know someone who grew up speaking a language at home as a child, but never fully developed it because their environment wasn't able to support it? This community of speakers who grow up with a different dominant language is called heritage language…
How to Find Fantastic Language Tutors in Your Network Right Now
Jan 20 • 25 min
SURVEY TIME: Please take 5 minutes and participate in the annual Fluent Show survey. Click here to start. Are you looking for a new language tutor, but you can't find one online? Does it feel like no one is teaching your target language? Today on the…
What Did You Learn in 2019? (with Shannon Kennedy)
Jan 13 • 66 min
Shannon Kennedy is back!! It's been a whole year since we recorded our review of 2019 and this year it's time to do "the same procedure", if you get my Dinner for One reference. Shannon is an accomplished language learner who's studied 13 languages…
My 2020 Language Plan
Jan 6 • 27 min
In this episode I share my own review of language learning in the year 2019 and what's next for me in 2020. It's like an audio #clearthelist article on my goals and what matters most in the upcoming year. In 2019, my main foreign languages were Chinese,…
Words of the Year 2019
Dec 23, 2019 • 79 min
In this episode, Lindsay and Kerstin wrap up the year by reviewing a BIG crop of Words of the Year from Australia, the USA, the UK, Germany, Portugal and Japan. We also create a Spanish version of #yolo, explain why Austria is going to Ibiza, and figure…
Fluent Festivities! How to Learn a Language at Christmas (Even If You Don’t Celebrate Christmas)
Dec 16, 2019 • 18 min
Grab a Brandy and a Mince Pie! This is the festive Fluent Show. Is your mind wrapped up in gift wrapping and hosting this week instead of flashcards and language partners? Don't worry, because in this show I have put together some quick tips for staying…
Shahidah Foster on Black Girls Learn Languages (bilingual podcast in German and English)
Dec 9, 2019 • 59 min
Shahidah Foster is an American expat in Germany, creator of the Black Girls Learn Languages community, and a passionate language learner. She's an English native speaker but her German is 💯 so prepare for a bilingual show today! Bilingual Show: German and…
How Your Personality Changes in Another Language
Dec 2, 2019 • 26 min
In today's podcast, I'm excited to tackle a big question: Listener Maria writes that she hears people sounding different to her depending on the language they speak. Could it be that learning another language can change your entire personality? Listen in…
Top Tools for Language Learning: Autumn/Winter 2019
Nov 25, 2019 • 72 min
Wrap up warm, it's the autumn/winter edition of Top Tools for language learning, bringing you ingenious solutions to common language learning problem. This podcast has chapter support, so if your podcast player supports chapters, you can skip to relevant…
Learning a Language Through Another Language (Laddering)
Nov 18, 2019 • 30 min
Today I am answering a listener question from Jessica who is an English native speaker, but so advanced in German that she wants to use it to learn a third language, Spanish. Can you learn a language through another language? Of course! Here are some…
Interview with Language Creator David Peterson (Game of Thrones, Dune, The 100, Doctor Strange)
Nov 11, 2019 • 56 min
"Polyglots and language creators…that Venn diagram is almost a circle." In this episode, language creator David Peterson sat down with me to talk about language creation, language ownership, and the joy of it all. No other interview has had such an impact…
Language Levels Revealed: The One Conversation You Need to Hear (with English teacher Michael Lavers)
Nov 4, 2019 • 59 min
When you are learning a language and selecting courses and materials, it's important to assess your level accurately. But how do you do that? In today's episode I've got English teacher Michael Lavers on the show and we go into the deep detail of what…
Good Lessons vs. GREAT Lessons: Life’s Too Short Not to Find a Great Tutor
Oct 28, 2019 • 67 min
Lindsay is back from Korea and Kerstin is back from America, and we're all together again to talk about finding yourself a GREAT language tutor! We discussed what the research tells us about the 5 signs that a teacher is extremely competent how to get…
Find Yourself a Language Avatar to Step into Fluency
Oct 7, 2019 • 32 min
You're leveling up in courses, going from A2 to C1 quickly…but stalling in real life. What gives? This week's podcast covers a question from Maria, a talented language learner who has found herself stuck after moving to Germany. She says: I am fluent in…
If Language is On Fire, Who Puts it Out? (with Alexa Little from 7000 Languages 👩🏼‍🚒)
Sep 30, 2019 • 64 min
In this episode, I bring you a touching interview with Alexa Little, a computational linguist who runs a non-profit building language apps for languages that REALLY need them. Endangered Language Revival with Alexa Little from 7000 Languages One common…
Can Helpful Notes Cut Your Reaction Time in Conversations?
Sep 23, 2019 • 26 min
This week, I am on a listener inspired quest: Is there a set of language learning notes that can make you better at speaking another language? This Fluent Show episode brings you a discussion of the science of cognitive load, working memory, and long-term…
Are You Intimidated by “Ultralearning”? Scott Young is Here to Reassure Us All
Sep 16, 2019 • 75 min
Bestselling author Scott Young presents his book "Ultralearning". Scott is well known for his project called "The Year Without English", which involved a year of full immersion and learning 4 languages. Intense, right? He thought so too, and became…
Unusual Ways to Remember Vocabulary That Describes Ideas
Sep 9, 2019 • 27 min
The German Retreat in Berlin Today I answer a listener question from Hadassah about memorizing vocabulary that describes ideas, not objects Here are a few handy tips in summary - listen to the show to hear my many examples and in-depth explanations. The…
Did You Miss the Outstanding Langfest 2019? Catch Up Here!
Sep 2, 2019 • 59 min
Hooray, it's conference time! In today's episode I'll bring you a mix of language learning goodies straight from Montréal, Canada. You'll hear What a language conference is all about Poetry, written on the spot by language learners A drinking song in a…
A Language Learner’s Guide to Mindset, Mantras & Emotions
Aug 26, 2019 • 70 min
Free gift with today's podcast: Sign up here for free affirmation cards to print & save Read the in-depth blog article for this podcast on www.fluentlanguage.co.uk Do any of these sound familiar? "I'm just not where I should be in languages, somehow…
How to Increase Your Vocabulary so You Can Talk about Anything
Aug 19, 2019 • 35 min
Today’s theme: How to Learn Specialist Vocabulary Thank you to Bonnie for this episode introduction. Support This Podcast Like all podcasts, the Fluent Show is supported by your online reviews and word of mouth. If you liked this episode, please tell…
Professor Emoji 👩🏼‍🏫 Stops by to Explain How We Use Language Online 😍 (with Dr Monica Riordan)
Aug 12, 2019 • 66 min
You can't see their faces, you can't see their hands, you can't hear their voices. But somehow, you still know how people are feeling when they communicate with you online. How does that work? 🤔 In this episode, I'm speaking to Dr Monica Riordan. She's an…
Study Grammar? 🤓 Speak from Day 1? 😮 What is the Right Mixture for Language Learning Success?
Aug 5, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode you'll hear how courses like the Michel Thomas series change the script on language learning and why they work. I'll share my personal language success mixture, and why I don't debate study methods on social media. Thank you to Maksimilian…
Indigenous Languages Explained (and the Real Meaning of No Woman, No Cry)
Jul 29, 2019 • 69 min
This episode effortlessly covers the full language world, from Sean Paul to the UN Declaration of Human Rights. via GIPHY It's the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages Up to 95% of the world’s languages might be extinct or endangered by the end of…
Maintaining Old Languages While Learning New Ones
Jul 22, 2019 • 27 min
How can you keep an older language fresh while starting on a new one? Do you have to worry about forgetting everything you've learnt within weeks? This week, head over to the blog for detailed notes and an article on this topic: Click or tap here to read…
Language Exams: Are They Right For You?
Jul 15, 2019 • 32 min
This week, I'm answering a listener question with help from a special guest. Gareth Popkins is a serial language learner with decades of experience. He's a native English speaker but fluent in Welsh, Russian, German, and currently learning Japanese and…
How to Learn a Language You Hated In School
Jul 8, 2019 • 23 min
How do you feel about your memories of learning languages at school? Did you leave feeling like you were just not a language person? Got tales of cheating on every exam? Perhaps your teacher even threw things? Oof! Language lessons can leave scars, and…
How to Play With a Language You Love (with María Ortega Garcia)
Jul 1, 2019 • 72 min
“If we can produce proficient, correct language, it seems all is great no matter how we feel about it.” My guest for this week’s podcast is María Ortega Garcia, who you will get to know well during the course of our interview. María is a rebel. She…
Effective Language Teaching and Successful Collaborations
Jun 24, 2019 • 31 min
I'm continuing the Fluent Show's little business series with a solo episode about online language teaching. Last week you already heard a little bit about how Lindsay and I got started, what we value in our businesses and our brutally honest views about…
The 4 Hour Work Week, Right?
Jun 17, 2019 • 64 min
This week…something completely different. If you ever wondered what it’s like to run an online business in languages, this episode is for you. Lindsay and I offer you one of the most in-depth looks we have ever offered into our businesses, mindsets, and…
What Happens When You Design Your Own Immersion Day?
Jun 10, 2019 • 27 min
This week I'm answering a listener question from Erin who was curious about applying her skills when she cannot attend a language retreat! The key with a retreat is to step out of learner mode and step into speaker mode, so that you apply what you are…
Top Tools for Spring/Summer 2019
Jun 3, 2019 • 57 min
It's Top Tools time! In this regular feature, Lindsay and I dedicate the full episode to bringing you our tips for the most exciting language learning tools of the season. In this episode, get to know Music Planet Roadtrip Insight Timer Evertype Teach…
Frustrated! 🔥 What To Do When You Just Can’t
May 27, 2019 • 22 min
In this episode, I am answering a listener question from Leandro. I'm going through a really hard time on learning languages. I'm a Portuguese native speaker and I'm learning English and French. Most of time I'm really motivated learning English, because…
Living the Dream! Get Paid to Learn Languages (with Paul Kaye, EU Language Officer)
May 20, 2019 • 65 min
Learning a language gives you a huge career advantage over others who don't have a language. One example is working for the EU, one of the world's largest international organisations. But could the EU be for you? My guest for today’s episode is Paul Kaye,…
It’s a Trap! (with Nicky Roberts)
Apr 29, 2019 • 41 min
In this episode, I answer a listener question with the listener on the line! My friend Nicky Roberts (near-miss Welsh learner of the year 2018) meet up with me at last year's Welsh national festival and during our long chat he asked this question: When do…
What Are the Easiest Languages in the World?
Apr 22, 2019 • 74 min
“The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.” Alexandre Dumas In this podcast, Lindsay and I discuss what makes a language easy or hard to learn, and share our own Top 5 easiest languages. Listen to find out more. Want to Join The Discussion? We…
What Can You Gain From a Language Retreat?
Apr 15, 2019 • 51 min
In today's episode, my retreat group from the summer retreat in Munich What happens when you only speak your target language for a week? How do you prepare for a language retreat? What is the most important mindset you can have while doing language…
“The Tyranny of the Shoulds” with Dr Roger Kreuz
Apr 8, 2019 • 64 min
Don't forget that German Uncovered is open for enrolment - check it out here. The course closes on April 11. This episode, I'm bringing you an interview with experimental psychologist and author Dr Roger Kreuz. Along with Richard Roberts, Roger is the…
5 Steps for Creating Your Language Habit
Apr 1, 2019 • 32 min
Click or tap here to get the free guide to building your language learning habit Thank you to Bonnie Z for this episode introduction. Today’s question comes from Elizabeth - here's a summary of what she's asking: I am attempting to learn Japanese. I’m…
Ransom Notes and Other Creative Ideas
Mar 25, 2019 • 65 min
Inspired by one of the discussion panels at Women in Language, Lindsay and I dedicated this episode to creativity in language learning. We shared 9 cool ideas that you can use for your own language learning routine, and then got to the deeper question:…
When Is the Right Time to Start Learning Another Language?
Mar 18, 2019 • 28 min
¡Hola Radioyentes! This week I'm answering a listener question (asked in Spanish AND English!): When is it the right time to start learning another language? The question came from Tomás, 45 years old and a native speaker of Spanish. Tomás has good…
The Best You In Another Language (with Nicole Miles)
Mar 11, 2019 • 61 min
What's it like to realise you're getting good at the language you're learning? Where do you go when you don't need handholding anymore? In today's episode, I'm talking to Nicole Miles, an advanced level French learner preparing for her C1 exam this year.…
Inside the Women in Language Conference: 12 Guests Tell ALL
Mar 4, 2019 • 40 min
Do you love languages, and want to live and learn, create a successful career or travel the world as a multilingual person? This year, let the Women in Language conference show you how! This is one of my FAVOURITE language projects and you'll have SO MUCH…
How To Quickly Switch From One Language To Another Language
Feb 25, 2019 • 23 min
Alessia, 17 from Verona asks: How to switch quickly from a language to another? Is it just a question of practice? Click or tap here to read the full show notes in my blog article on www.fluentlanguage.co.uk The short answer is that yes, there’s a huge…
Fluent By Feeling: How Intuition Helps You Learn Languages
Feb 18, 2019 • 53 min
"I don't know how I knew this word, I just knew it." Have you ever found yourself in a conversation where you speak without thinking? In a moment like that, you trusted your gut. But how the heck does your GUT know another language? In today's episode,…
Inside Fluentball: Your Questions & Survey Results
Feb 11, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode, you'll hear about the results of the Fluent Show survey, followed by your questions on my personal language learning thoughts and story. Top 5 Languages Studied by Fluent Show Listeners Spanish French German Italian Russian But that is…
Bilingual Podcast! The Biggest African Languages / Les Plus Grandes Langues d’Afrique [with Khady Ndoye]
Feb 4, 2019 • 56 min
This Podcast Episode Is Bilingual: French and English Khady comes from a bilingual family and grew up speaking Wolof and French. And as such, we will be speaking French during some parts of the episode. And my French is far from perfect, so trust that I'm…
9 Creative Ways To Power Up Your Language Learning
Jan 28, 2019 • 25 min
Today’s episode is based on an Instagram question from Iye, who is learning Norwegian. She asks Do you have any tips for how I can go about creating my own language learning materials? Listen in to discover how creating your own materials will help you…
Ask A Linguist: Your Language Questions Answered By Linguists From Talk The Talk
Jan 21, 2019 • 59 min
Linguist hour! Lindsay and I bring you an interview with one of our favourite podcasts, the linguistics show Talk the Talk from Australia. Please take 5 minutes to take our Fluent Show survey! We don't often have research scientists on the show, so this…
Language Immersion On Any Budget
Jan 14, 2019 • 27 min
It's January, time for new year's resolutions and long weeks waiting for pay cheques. Please take 5 minutes to take our Fluent Show survey! If you're finding yourself motivated but broke this month, don't worry! I've got your back because this week I'm…
What Did You Learn in 2018? (with Shannon Kennedy)
Jan 7, 2019 • 67 min
Happy New Year! 🎇 Please take 5 minutes to take our Fluent Show survey! In this episode, I hung out with friend of the podcast Shannon Kennedy to talk about saying goodbye to an old year and welcoming a new one. Shannon is an accomplished language learner…
Better Vocabulary Learning: Say Goodbye To False Friends
Dec 17, 2018 • 27 min
It's so annoying when you say a word in your target language and you're 100% SURE it's going to mean one thing…and then it turns out to mean something completely different. Ugh, awkward! When those words look the same as your native words, you've hit upon…
Understanding TV and Film Dialogues Without Subtitles (with Cara from Leo Listening)
Dec 10, 2018 • 59 min
This week, my guest on the podcast is Cara Leopold, an English teacher who focuses on helping her students enjoy TV and films in English by improving their listening skills. Some of Cara's top tips: Don’t mess around with TV and films initially. They're…
Notes From An Intermediate Speaking Dilemma
Dec 3, 2018 • 27 min
What's more frustrating than speaking at intermediate level, where we stutter and stumble over words, and leave….lo o o o o ng…um….gaps in sentences because the words just won't come into our brains. This week on the show, I'm answering a listener…
What the Heck is Word Of The Year?
Nov 26, 2018 • 83 min
Self-care, backstop, vegan, glamping, problematic - those are evocative words and they have the power to sum up a whole year. Join us as we delve into a selection of wonderful words of the year from many languages, figure out what “self care” even means,…
How to Get The Perfect Accent
Nov 19, 2018 • 35 min
Click or tap here to read the full show notes on www.fluentlanguage.co.uk Learning a language is a long journey, and even after many years of dedication it can still feel like you're far from arriving. One of the milestones we hope to hit along the way is…
New York Language Stories At Ellen Jovin’s Grammar Table
Nov 12, 2018 • 69 min
Can you imagine how fun it would be to speak to a fellow language lover who's encouraging you to share ALL your language questions, from comma conundrums to relative clause regrets? And how great would it be to have all this language joy just outside your…
Can You Decide Which Languages To Kick Off Your To-Learn List?
Nov 5, 2018 • 26 min
Every other week on the Fluent Show, I answer your listener questions. Today a question from Sheela: How to Simplify Your List of Languages To Learn Here are a few options for getting more clarity in your ‘to learn’ list: Do allow yourself a dabble in…
Find Friends Who Love Language Learning [with Polyglots in Ljubljana, Slovenia]
Oct 29, 2018 • 60 min
Our theme for today’s show is language learning friendship and having buddies who truly love language learning. We are recording this week in Ljubljana from the Polyglot Conference, so in the show you'll also hear from a few of the many language loving…
Top Tools for Autumn/Winter 2018
Oct 22, 2018 • 61 min
Click or tap here to read the full show notes in my blog article on www.fluentlanguage.co.uk Every month, a staggering amount of new ideas, apps and websites burst onto the scene of language learning. It can be hard to keep up, but here at the Fluent Show…
3 Useful Rules For Remembering Grammar
Oct 15, 2018 • 25 min
In today's episode I discuss the question of how to have the best memory possible for learning a langauge. There are a bunch of rules of thumb to help you work out if memorizing can help you progress from where you are right now. Speaking requires quick…
How To Start An Amazing Language Journal (with Instagrammers Kathryn and Sam)
Oct 8, 2018 • 68 min
Click or tap here to get inspired with a gallery of inspiring pages from the best instagram journalers What if you had a language learning tool that costs you hardly anything, adapts to your own preferences, boosts your memory and helps concentration?…
Bored by Duolingo - What Now?
Oct 1, 2018 • 29 min
Every other week on the Fluent Show, I put aside a little time to answer your listener questions. Email your question to me at kerstin@fluentlanguage.co.uk or tweet it to @thefluentshow Click or tap here to read the full show notes in my blog article on…
QUIZ! 20 European Languages In 1 Hour For European Day Of Languages
Sep 24, 2018 • 83 min
It's the European Day of Languages! Yay! Here on the show, we love to celebrate this day. 3 years ago, Lindsay and I got together to bring you a HUGE quiz, we’ve made videos, we’ve spoken lots of European languages. We even have a European Day of…
How Can I Inject FUN Into Language Learning (with Olly Richards)
Sep 17, 2018 • 57 min
In today's episode, I had planned a Q&A but what you'll hear is more of a Q&D: a question and discussion session with special guest Olly Richards from I Will Teach You A Language. You already know Olly from our recent episode documenting how we made a…
What To Do When You Fail To Reach Your Goals
Sep 10, 2018 • 62 min
After our live episode for number 100, we're rolling 'back to school' and reviewing summer motivation and new routines before cracking on with our topics this month. In The News We discussed this BBC news article about a pedantic (?) rule in French…
Help! Frustration And Mental Blocks Are Destroying My Confidence!
Sep 3, 2018 • 36 min
Listeners, this is a big question and let me tell you I wrote several pages of notes to answer it. Listener Simon from Dublin was feeling a MAJOR case of frustration and wrote in to the show. Here's some of what he said: Sometimes I just cannot seem to…
Lindie Botes: Click Play For The YouTube Polyglot Community
Aug 27, 2018 • 48 min
Lindie Botes is a designer, polyglot, and popular YouTuber sharing videos with her audience of over 55,000 viewers. She loves to study languages from all over the world, including Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Hungarian. In this interview,…
Live Language Party: Celebrate Our 100th Episode
Aug 20, 2018 • 117 min
Wow wow wow wow, our episode 100 live show was a blast, with busy chatroom and over 80 listeners tuning in live from all around the world. Today's podcast episode is a replay of that live broadcast, featuring five amazing guests. Long one, but worth it!…
Lindsay’s Travel Tales
Aug 6, 2018 • 64 min
5 Lessons From Travelling The World Read Lindsay's 5 lessons from travelling the world and her list of travel phrases for connecting with anyone, anywhere, over on the blog.. For a taster of the world trip, check out this video: Sponsored By:Clozemaster:…
How To Get Back Together With Your Ex-Language
Jul 30, 2018 • 21 min
This week’s question comes from Instagram: I speak French, Arabic, English.. I’d like to start learning German but I really have no idea how to begin because I’ve already started but ended up by giving it up, I’ve found it a little bit tricky and I…
Seven Questions Any Language Learner Needs To Answer
Jul 16, 2018 • 83 min
Is it possible to start learning a language from scratch when you're in your 30s? With a baby and a dog (and a husband) to look after? Of course it is! In this podcast episode, I am speaking to my friend Daniela. She's a writer and teacher, and about to…
My Language Learning Secrets!!
Jul 9, 2018 • 29 min
This week on the show, I answered a question from Twitter user @akalious: I’m so curious how you learned English to IELTS 9* even before you went to UK… Could you talk abt that a little bit in future episodes? In this episode you'll learn: How Many Formal…
“French is Romantic, Arabic Is Aggressive”…Does Culture Stop Us from Learning Languages?
Jul 2, 2018 • 68 min
It's a philosophical one with Lindsay this week! Quick note on the topic of audio quality: In this week's episode, you'll hear Lindsay coming through at a slightly lower quality than usual. Our apologies! We'll be back to our usual high standards in the…
What To Do When You’re Overwhelmed In Language Lessons
Jun 25, 2018 • 30 min
In this week’s episode, I have a fascinating Q&A question, which didn't at all bring the answer that my questioner might have been expecting. My question asker Andy is learning Russian, and finding the amount of word changes overwhelming. We started with…
Living And Speaking French Just Like In France
Jun 18, 2018 • 60 min
Click or tap here to read the full show notes in my blog article on www.fluentlanguage.co.uk Bonjour les auditeurs, and welcome to a special édition française of the Fluent Show, with my native French speaking guest Géraldine Lepere. Check out Géraldine's…
Q&A: Should You Learn the Dialect of a Language?
Jun 11, 2018 • 26 min
How do you feel about learning two dialects of a language at the same time? The Dictionary of Linguistics defines dialect as a variety of a language used by people from a particular geographic area. So in other words, you’re ALWAYS learning a language and…
What Is Fluency, What Is Mastery…And How Do You Get There?
Jun 4, 2018 • 70 min
In this podcast and blog article, we're discussing words that mean a lot to many people, answering questions such as: What is "fluency" and how do you know you're fluent? How can I achieve "mastery" in a language? What can you gain from being a "polyglot"…
Q&A: How To Prepare For Language Lessons on Skype
May 28, 2018 • 29 min
You can find language tutors on sites like italki, in online communities, or by searching for your target language on social networks. Instagram is particularly great here. Before Your First Lesson With A New Skype Tutor Be clear about what you want to…
Top Tools for Summer 2018
May 21, 2018 • 62 min
Click or tap here to read the full list of top tools on www.fluentlanguage.co.uk It's time for our seasonal countdown of what's hot in language learning. Lindsay and I have been collecting our top tools, and we select our list of top 3 recommendations on…
Q&A: Should I Give Flashcards Another Chance?
May 14, 2018 • 29 min
Today’s show is based on a question I have been asking myself. And that is… “Should I Give Flashcards Another Chance?” The way I learn vocabulary is always changing, and my methods and strategies evolve all the time. For many years, learning with…
Learning and Speaking 20+ Languages in New York City
May 7, 2018 • 75 min
This week, I talk to language and grammar fanatic Ellen Jovin. Ellen has spent the last (nearly) decade learning and forgetting over 20 languages, and reviewing hundreds of language learning materials. In this interview, you will learn about How to select…
Q&A: How to Re-Learn a Language You’ve Forgotten
Apr 30, 2018 • 29 min
Re-learning sounds like a daunting task, but today's episode will guide you through what you need to think about. In this episode, you'll learn about the difference between conscious and unconscious language acquisition. discover how to learn vocabulary…
Welsh Is Not English!
Apr 23, 2018 • 24 min
When I first moved to the UK, I had no idea that Welsh was a living language. Now it's 15 years later and I can speak it, watch TV in Welsh, and connect with thousands of learners around the world. Welsh is considered a success story by many people who…
How To Get Native Speakers To Speak Your Target Language
Apr 16, 2018 • 27 min
Great news, everyone! The Fluent Show is now newly available on Spotify, TuneIn Radio, and I Heart Radio. How do you listen? Shout out to our new sponsor, Smartcards Plus. In Today's Show: A Q&A with a question from Shannon on Twitter. She asked: Got…
Making a Story-Based German Course with Olly Richards
Apr 9, 2018 • 48 min
This week on the podcast, I am joined by Olly Richards from I Will Teach You A Language. We present to you a project that we have been working on together for a while: German Uncovered, a course for beginners who want to become fluent in German. I've been…