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Can you imagine creating a podcast in your mother tongue...AND in a foreign language? Even though I am a German speaker, I podcast in English. And I never really think about it! But I was curious about people who podcast in other languages, and so I reached out to a few awesome people to find out: What's it like to podcast, but not in English? My guests for this special bonus episode are Karin from Sweden, Vero from Venezuela and Aakanksha from India. Each of them has an inspiring wonderful story of podcasting. If you're a lover of podcasts, languages, or if you're just curious learning languages using podcasts, this is the episode for you. This bonus episode is released one week early for all of the Fluent Show patrons. If you are interested in getting bonus content, early access, and you just want to support this podcast, then please consider supporting us on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/fluentshow). Any amount is welcome! Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the show by leaving a review in your podcast app or becoming a member of our Patreon community Special Guests: Aakanksha Saxena, Karin Heimdahl, and Vero Wall.
We've done it! Welcome to episode 200 of the Fluent Show podcast with plenty of quizzing and jingles! This episode was broadcast live on 16 October 2020 with awesome participation from our live chatroom and bonus quiz questions from Sarah L, and Megan, the host of Oh No! Lit Class (https://www.ohnolitclass.com/). Please review us or support us on Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/fluentshow) and get bonus episodes and extra materials during the hiatus. We'll be back on the feed in 2021! We had ALL THE QUIZ questions, including the following: * Episode 25 (Lindsay Dow) saw the emergence of one of Kerstin's book-related pet peeves..which one is it? * Episode 28 (Shannon Kennedy): In this episode, Shannon admitted to being an extreme , which is why she doesn't find it lonely to learn languages by herself. * Episode 73 (Ultramarathon for the Brain): This episode is a part of Fluent Show history as the first ever bilingual show, in German and English. Who was the guest? * Episode 136 (Paul Kaye): Paul Kaye is a professional translator who used to be a journalist. He applied with an Eastern European language. Which one is it? * Episode 145 (Indigenous Languages): Which glorious pop star referred to English as little tongue, sparking a discussion for this episode? * Episode 150 (Langfest 2019): This episode featured a drinking song in which very small European language? * Episode 158 (David Peterson): Which important distinction did David need to work out before he could record the Dothraki intro to the Fluent Show? some explicit words are included in this one, but all in the context of fun and education! Thank you to LINDSAY for introducing this episode of the Fluent Show! Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the show by leaving a review in your podcast app or becoming a member of our Patreon community
This is a special episode: The last one before we go live for episode 200. Join Lindsay and me live on 16 October 2020 at 7pm BST for a fun live episode - use www.fluent.show/200 to register and catch our video when we go live. (We have postponing the live stream -- there was just too much on!!! πŸš™ πŸ“” 🏘 πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ«) Learning a Language While Working From Home How is this not the most current question ever? It's so 2020, and so relevant to many of us. Today, I'm going to do a deep dive into the ups and downs of working from home. You'll learn How to improve your separation between work life and language life How to structure your goals so you make regular progress How to find a productive study routine even if you have only 10 minutes a day Hiatus After the 200th episode, the Fluent show is going to take a break from the weekly schedule until 2021. We are going to refocus our creative energy and work on new episodes, interviews & more. I'llΒ  be dropping into the feed now to share how it's going, and in January we are going to pick up the show with fresh content and exciting new guests and ideas. Please don't unsubscribe in your podcast app and keep sending listener intros. I have awesome plans for Patreon episodes, for example an international panel interview with 3 podcasters who all have shows in languages other than English: Spanish, Hindi, and Swedish. Want more Fluent show? Become a patron! www.patreon.com/fluentshow $2 Tier - access to feed and all bonus episodes, $5 Tier - discounts, extended show notes $15 Tier - extra Q&A priority and live hangouts Thank you to Octavio for this episode introduction. Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the show by leaving a review in your podcast app or becoming a member of our Patreon community
We're exploring the hottest of hot potatoes in this episode by discovering the scandal, the drama, the shock of what happened over on Scots Wikipedia. And once everyone's calmed down, Lindsay's on hand to help discover the many different benefits of having a dabble instead of always getting super serious about learning a language. It's always fun to learn a language, no matter if you're in a 10-year epic journey...or you are language Lou Bega.via GIPHY Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the show by leaving a review in your podcast app or becoming a member of our Patreon community (http://www.patreon.com/fluentshow)
Last week you heard what it's like behind the scenes of organising our online conference. Women in Language. But what is it like to prepare for speaking at this event? Let's hear from the Women in Language speakers! Introducing Women in Language Women in Language is a 4-day online event filled with talks presentations from 30+ female language experts who have done amazing things and documented their journey. The conference is open to everyone, regardless of gender identity. Here's the full schedule for 2020: Women in Language Schedule 2020 https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/9/9103f3da-a263-4bfe-b5a3-58649ff9b5f7/DqRDkNdf.jpg Get your ticket at www.womeninlanguage.com Here are the voices you're hearing on this show: Angela Pegarella from Passion for Dreaming (https://www.youtube.com/user/PassionforDreaming) Chesline Pierre-Paul, a life, language and creativity coach Chesline (https://www.chesline.com/) Devy Baseley, who runs FrenchSpeak.au (https://frenchspeak.com.au/) Esther Ciganda, an independent Basque teacher at Basque in Languages (http://www.instagram.com/basqueinlanguages) Gaby Simmons who's the creator of Tim Tim Tom Books (https://timtimtom.com/) Lina Vasquez, a language coach and polyglot who runs the Lina Vasquez YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/LinaVasquezLinguist) Sarah Barrett from family-focused language company Lingotastic (http://lingotastic.co.uk/) Sara Maria Hasbun - remember her? Here she is! (https://www.fluent.show/guests/saramaria) Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat, expert English teacher at English With a Twist (https://englishwithatwist.com/) 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 someone about it. Click here to support us on Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/fluentshow), go to your Podcasts app and leave us a review, or simply text a friend about the Fluent Show. Thank you! Special Guests: Angela Pegarella, Chesline Pierre-Paul, Devy Baseley, Esther Ciganda, Gabriela Simmons, Lina Vasquez, Sarah Barrett, Sara Maria Hasbun, and Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat.
The greatest thing about running a conference online? We can organise it between 3 people who live far apart from each other! Make no mistake, there's a lot of work and care in Women in Language. But when it all comes together, this is one fantastic event. Behind the Scenes at Women in Language In this episode, Shannon and I share how we use each of these tools for making Women in Language. (some of the links below are affiliate links) Teachable (http://sendmeto.teachable.com/tlcpC) both for hosting our own course AND for collecting all information for our speakers Mailchimp (http://www.mailchimp.com) for our emails to speakers and attendees, and for our newsletter Zapier (https://zapier.com/explore) to connect the apps we use Asana (https://app.asana.com/) to stay as organised as possible Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/live) live & live chat Ecamm live (https://www.ecamm.com/mac/ecammlive/?fp_ref=kerstin21) via Skype Zoom (http://bit.ly/39XW7DY) (for the Speak Easy sessions) Google Docs & Forms (https://www.google.com/forms/about/) For promotion, we use Canva (https://www.canva.com/join/flq-fwf-dvm) to make the images and various social media schedulers including SocialBee (https://socialbee.grsm.io/kerstincable6380). Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the show by leaving a review in your podcast app or becoming a member of our Patreon community Special Guest: Shannon Kennedy.
It's time for a listener question, this time from super-busy mum Jo-Anne, who needed new inspiration for speaking practice in another language. In the episode you'll learn about * Taking a drop-in class * Joining a Speak Easy session * Chatting to your digital voice assistant * Setting up a practice group with buddies * Practicing through self-talk Check out how Jo-Anne has used the Language Habit Toolkit (https://www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/the-language-habit-toolkit) in this photo: jo-Anne suriel's language habit tracker https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/9/9103f3da-a263-4bfe-b5a3-58649ff9b5f7/xahNpRxR.jpeg Women in Language Q&A Next Week If you have any questions about Women in Language, send them to hello@fluentlanguage.co.uk or ask on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/womeninlanguage) today and we'll aswer them all next week. Thank you to Dafydd (https://www.italki.com/teacher/3820285) for this episode introduction. Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the show by leaving a review in your podcast app or becoming a member of our Patreon community
How does being multilingual affect your identity? Do you feel that through these language journeys you've taken, your identity and world views have changed? When recording this week's episode, Lindsay and I dug deep and discussed our perspectives about being multilingual people. It was a surprising discussion! Click or tap here to let us know what you think over on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/posts/40703467) Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the show by leaving a review in your podcast app or becoming a member of our Patreon community And click here to get your ticket for our 4-day online conference Women in Language (http://www.womeninlanguage.com)
You've come a long way from being a beginner in your target language, so you know that you can make great progress. But the better you get, the harder it seems to improve even more. How can you reach the next level? In this episode of the Fluent Show, I'm sharing a few tips to help you feel GREAT about your language skills no matter where you're at. Learn more about the role of patience, clarity and expectation as you get better at your language. Oh, you want to be sure you reach the next level too? Don't worry, I have hands-on steps included for you too. Thank you to Ethan for this episode introduction. Want to read my full show notes? If you want to get more details and full notes for this episode and all the solo episodes of the Fluent Show, head to Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/fluentshow) and back this podcast for any amount of your choice. Where do you listen? Take a photo of where you're listening to the Fluent Show and share it on social media to say hello! Here's where you can tag me: * Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thefluentshow * Instagram: http://instagram.com/kerstin_fluent/ and #thefluentshow * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fluentlanguage
When was the last time you sang a song in your target language? What about dancing in it? In today's interview, you'll learn what it means to connect to a language through music, and how the culture-first approach helped my guest Tamara Marie from Spanish con Salsa discover new connections, experiences and even insights into her own ancestry. The origins of Salsa as a music style and a way of life How the song RebeliΓ³n by Joe Aroyo changed Tamara's life as a language learner How learning Spanish helped Tamara connect to her ancestry as a black woman in the USA Why the Caribbean music scene can teach you an authentic and diverse way of speaking Spanish How to switch off your thinking mind as a language learner Bilingual Episode I took the opportunity to ask Tamara a few questions in Spanish in this episode. You will hear her reply in Spanish and conduct the conversation like that for about 10 minutes. If you are not a Spanish learner, don't worry as we'll always switch back to English. Here I always like to remember what the late Ron Gullekson from Language Surfer told me: "in a new language, I like to get uncomfortable as early as possible." So enjoy the challenge and enjoy the practice! Gracias to Lindsay Williams for her linguistic support in Spanish. and to you for listening to the Fluent Show! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the show by leaving a review in your podcast app or becoming a member of our Patreon community. Special Guest: Tamara Marie.
Have you ever broken a streak or lost track? Powered by lots of fun real life examples, this episode will help you learn how to stay consistent in language learning. Put this on your schedule and structure your time. Be super specific Trust your gut and choose what you enjoy and what challenges you If you lose your streak, reconnect to your original motivation Thank you to Dela for this episode introduction. Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the show by leaving a review in your podcast app or becoming a member of our Patreon community Women in Language! The Women in Language conference is back on 17-20 September. Sign up here to be notified when the ticket sales go live. (http://www.womeninlanguage.com)
We're discussing all things pen & paper! We discuss the state of handwritten notes in modern language learning, how we do it ourselves, and why pen and paper could be the key to giving you an everlasting language memory. Also featured: Soap operas, Lindsay's a student again, and the Women in Language conference running 17-20 September 2020: www.womeninlanguage.com Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the show by leaving a review in your podcast app or becoming a member of our Patreon community
This week's listener question comes from Lee, a new online tutor looking for guidance on the difference between community and professional tutoring on italki. After working at italki as a community tutor, I want to branch out and become a professional tutor. My lessons are extremely structured and informative although I am not a professional teacher so I was wondering as to whether or not I should move to a professional tutor. I think typically professional teachers are seen to be more prepared and knowledgeable. I’m not too sure to be honest. I just know that I love online education! What does it mean to act like a professional as a tutor? How good do you have to be at a language before you can teach it? Why are there community and professional tutors on italki? What qualification do you need to get their professional status? How can you start going full-time as a professional online language teacher? Thank you to Gosia for this episode introduction. Teacher Chat https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/9/9103f3da-a263-4bfe-b5a3-58649ff9b5f7/xf8oQmNK.png
Imagine you're walking down the street in another country, bumping to lots of cool new people and chatting about big and small life questions with them. And all that in another language! Can't quite travel there? Not ready to speak fluently? Don't worry, Easy Languages has your back! This hugely popular YouTube channel brings you conversations with people from the street, sharing authentic language and culture from dozens of countries. It all started in MΓΌnster in Germany, when a group of students recorded themselves shouting "Hallo!" at random people during a media workshop led by Janusz Hamerski. Today Easy Languages is a global organisation making videos in over 32 languages. In this Fluent Show episode, you'll get to know co-founder Janusz and producer Manuel. Bilingual Episode This episode contains a lot of fun conversation in English and a little fun conversation in German. Janusz and Manuel are German speakers like me, so we switched into German for a little bit to give you some listening practice as a learner. If you are not a German learner, don't worry as we'll always switch back to English and make sure you don't miss anything. Here I always like to remember what the late Ron Gullekson from Language Surfer told me: "in a new language, I like to get uncomfortable as early as possible." So enjoy the challenge and enjoy the German practice! πŸ‘©πŸΎ πŸ‘©πŸΏβ€πŸ¦±πŸ–€ Event Announcement And one more thing I want you to know about: The Sisters Only Language Summit (http://www.sistersonlylanguagesummit.com) is running its second virtual summit on 25 July 2020. This event is going to be fantastic, so make sure you check it out and support them. Fluent Show listeners who are students and women of African descent can apply for one of 3 scholarship tickets that are donated by the Fluent Show. Special Guests: Janusz Hamerski and Manuel Salmann.
We're halfway through the year, so today's episode is an in-depth review of how it's gone so far. This is my #clearthelist entry for July 2020. I'm sharing how it's going with my Chinese studies, my Welsh language, and what I want to try next. You are invited to review your year and make notes as you follow along with this episode. Here are a few questions you can use for reviewing your own progress: What are the 3 biggest experiences that shaped your first half of 2020? What are 3 things you want to remember about learning languages in the last 6 months? How different do you feel about your language skills compared to the start of the year? What are you working on right now? Which specific actions will you take to make language learning progress in the next 30 days? Thank you to Cait for this episode introduction. Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the show by leaving a review in your podcast app or becoming a member of our Patreon community
Revisiting Duolingo

Revisiting Duolingo

2020-06-2901:05:362

After a ridiculous change of topic from ✊🏾 to 🍷 and a discussion of what's new in emoji world, Lindsay and I go back to the deep, deep well that is talking about Duolingo! We both have the apps on our phones and we use Duolingo in different ways. How do you use yours? We Shared These Tips for Getting More Out of Duolingo Use the "Practice" button to get unlimited hearts and review what you've learnt before Write down sentences from Duolingo lessons in your notebook to practice in a new environment Make sure you read the "Tips" for handy explanations that give you helpful context Instead of letting the course lead you, use its "Test Out" feature to check in on your learning progress Check out the Duolingo Stories to use your target language Always use the Streak Freeze and Double or Nothing features to boost your little Duolingo gems Add friends on Duolingo (I'm kerstin_fluent) Switch your source language to access even more courses in unusual languages, such as Guarani and Catalan through Spanish Check the forums for questions & use the vocab lists (great link below) Go to the meet-ups to meet fellow Duolingo fans Read the Duolingo blog for interesting stats Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the show by leaving a review in your podcast app or becoming a member of our Patreon community
You say "either" and I say "either" You say "neither" I say "neither" "Either" "either", "neither" "neither" Let's call the whole thing off George & Ira Gershwin This week on the Fluent Show, I'm answering a listener question about accents. What is an accent? Can your accent change even though you're not trying? Is it possible to learn a different accent? Can you get an accent by listening to podcasts? ...and more mysteries! Listen to the episode to hear my answers to these questions and find out why my approach when speaking a foreign language is like this: DO learn pronunciation (IPA if you like) DON’T worry about your accent Thank you to Antonio for this episode introduction. Want to read my full show notes? If you want to get more details and full notes for this episode and all the solo episodes of the Fluent Show, head to Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/fluentshow) and back this podcast for any amount of your choice. Where do you listen? Take a photo of where you're listening to the Fluent Show and share it on social media to say hello! Here's where you can tag me: * Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thefluentshow * Instagram: http://instagram.com/kerstin_fluent/ and #thefluentshow * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fluentlanguage
The intro of today's episode makes reference to the 8th of the month. This is because the episode publication was delayed by a week after recording to allow all listeners to get a chance to hear the Fluent Show statement about racism. Right, let's get to it: When there's something Γ©trange in your vocabulaire, who you gonna call? A LINGUIST! Today I've got a very special linguist on the show: Mathilde from Elles Comme Linguistes, a French YouTube channel dedicated to linguistics pour tous! Mathilde visited the Fluent show to talk about what linguistics is all about and what it is like to do a PhD in Paris πŸ‡«πŸ‡·. "Traditional education is about languages, not linguistics." In this show, we focused on learning more about loanwords like champagne in English, mousepad in French, kartofle in Polish and beamer in German. Every language has loanwords, but Why do so many loanwords come from English? What decides why some words come into the language as loanwords? Should you use them when you're learning a language yourself? BILINGUAL EPISODE ALERT This podcast is a bilingual episode, meaning that we occasionally switched into speaking French. This type of episode is fantastic listening practice if you are a French learner. If you are an excellent French speaker, I apologise for all the mistakes I make. If you are not an experienced French learner, there will be some parts of the podcast that you don’t understand. But like all language learners, you’re not alone in that feeling. I always remember what the lovely Ron Gullekson said: β€œI want to get used to feeling uncomfortable.” So fear not, trust that we will come back to English again and again, and the interview will still be interesting for you. Thank you to Mathilde Hutin for this episode introduction. Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the show by leaving a review in your podcast app or becoming a member of our Patreon community (http://www.patreon.com/fluentshow) Special Guest: Mathilde Hutin.
A Statement About Racism

A Statement About Racism

2020-06-0606:061

I really want to say "this goes without saying" about many of the things I'm saying to you today. But maybe it does not. Racism is not welcome here. Thank you for listening to today's episode. And as maker of the Fluent Show, I can also tell you that every person who works on the team stands behind this message. Please read Lindsay's very well-written perspective here (https://www.lindsaydoeslanguages.com/lets-talk-about-racism/). Here are 4 wonderful Fluent Show guests who have represented the voices of black language learners. Please read more about them and how impressive they are. There are TWO bilingual interviews in here: πŸ‘πŸΎ https://www.fluent.show/guests/nicole - Nicole Miles πŸ‘πŸΏ https://www.fluent.show/guests/khady - Khady Ndoye (bilingual episode French/English) πŸ‘πŸ½ https://www.fluent.show/guests/shahidah - Ann Shahidah (bilingual episode German/English) πŸ‘πŸΌ https://www.fluent.show/guests/chenelle Chenelle Patrice Hancock I'm proud that they came and spent time with me on the show. I know my work isn't done and I'll continue to make it a priority to invite guests from ALL backgrounds. How to get in touch: Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/fluentlanguage) Email kerstin@fluentlanguage.co.uk or hello@fluentlanguage.co.uk Instagram (http://instagram.com/kerstin_fluent/) or use the chatbox in the corner at www.fluentlanguage.co.uk
You're probably taking your fair share of online lessons in your target languages these days. Add to that a few Zoom hangouts, maybe some extra business meetings...and soon they add up to 10-15 hours of online meetings per week. For many online language teachers, this kind of online meeting schedule is part of a standard working week. It really is exhausting! In this week's episode, I'm helping an online teacher who has experienced this for herself and sent a call for help to the Fluent Show. Here is the question: I'm an english tutor and have started teaching online because of the pandemic..you see, I notice that the "video conference" situation drains so much energy from me. I wonder if that happens with other students not used to the online class. Did you ever feel that with online lessons? Do you have tips to avoid that burn out from virtual meetings? Thank you!! Listen to the episode to hear more about how to improve your focus, your environment, and your future prospects as an online teacher. If you want to send your own Teacher Chat Question to the show, email it to hello@fluentlanguage.co.uk Teacher Chat https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/9/9103f3da-a263-4bfe-b5a3-58649ff9b5f7/xf8oQmNK.png Thank you to Estephania from Panama for this week's Listener Intro
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Melissa Kate G

Maple syrup is the most Canadian of analogies! Please dont get them mixed. Americans eat Aunt Jemima which is wannabe maple syrup ;)

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