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The Fluent Show

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Learn a Language...Or Maybe Three!I'm Kerstin from Fluent Language, and together with my co-host Lindsay from Lindsay does Languages, I'm on a mission to help you get excited about language learning. We both learn languages every day in our lives, and we have learnt over 15 different languages betwe… read more

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How to Find Fantastic Language Tutors in Your Network Right Now

January 20th, 2020

25:47

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 …

What Did You Learn in 2019? (with Shannon Kennedy)

January 13th, 2020

1:06:38

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 2020 Language Plan

January 6th, 2020

27:06

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 …

Words of the Year 2019

December 23rd, 2019

1:19:29

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 …

Fluent Festivities! How to Learn a Language at Christmas (Even If You Don't Celebrate Christmas)

December 16th, 2019

18:22

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 …

Shahidah Foster on Black Girls Learn Languages (bilingual podcast in German and English)

December 9th, 2019

59:39

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 …

How Your Personality Changes in Another Language

December 2nd, 2019

26:52

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 …

Top Tools for Language Learning: Autumn/Winter 2019

November 25th, 2019

1:12:18

Wrap up warm, it's the autumn/winter edition of Top Tools for language learning, bringing you ingenious solutions to common language learning …

Learning a Language Through Another Language (Laddering)

November 18th, 2019

30:44

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 …

Interview with Language Creator David Peterson (Game of Thrones, Dune, The 100, Doctor Strange)

November 11th, 2019

56:35

"Polyglots and language creators...that Venn diagram is almost a circle."

In this episode, language creator David Peterson sat down with me to …

Language Levels Revealed: The One Conversation You Need to Hear (with English teacher Michael Lavers)

November 4th, 2019

59:43

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 …

Good Lessons vs. GREAT Lessons: Life’s Too Short Not to Find a Great Tutor

October 28th, 2019

1:07:49

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 …

Find Yourself a Language Avatar to Step into Fluency

October 7th, 2019

32:59

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 …

If Language is On Fire, Who Puts it Out? (with Alexa Little from 7000 Languages 👩🏼‍🚒)

September 30th, 2019

1:04:30

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 …

Can Helpful Notes Cut Your Reaction Time in Conversations?

September 23rd, 2019

26:09

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 …

Are You Intimidated by "Ultralearning"? Scott Young is Here to Reassure Us All

September 16th, 2019

1:15:58

Bestselling author Scott Young presents his book "Ultralearning".

Scott is well known for his project called "The Year Without English", which …

Unusual Ways to Remember Vocabulary That Describes Ideas

September 9th, 2019

27:22

The German Retreat in Berlin

Today I answer a listener question from Hadassah about memorizing vocabulary that describes ideas, not objects

Here …

Did You Miss the Outstanding Langfest 2019? Catch Up Here!

September 2nd, 2019

59:42

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

How to Increase Your Vocabulary so You Can Talk about Anything

August 19th, 2019

35:20

Today’s theme: How to Learn Specialist Vocabulary

Thank you to Bonnie for this episode introduction.

Support This Podcast
Like all podcasts, the …

Professor Emoji 👩🏼‍🏫 Stops by to Explain How We Use Language Online 😍 (with Dr Monica Riordan)

August 12th, 2019

1:06:02

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 …

Study Grammar? 🤓 Speak from Day 1? 😮 What is the Right Mixture for Language Learning Success?

August 5th, 2019

32:32

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 …

Indigenous Languages Explained (and the Real Meaning of No Woman, No Cry)

July 29th, 2019

1:09:30

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 …

Maintaining Old Languages While Learning New Ones

July 22nd, 2019

27:20

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?

Language Exams: Are They Right For You?

July 15th, 2019

32:43

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, …

How to Learn a Language You Hated In School

July 8th, 2019

23:20

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 …

How to Play With a Language You Love (with María Ortega Garcia)

July 1st, 2019

1:12:46

“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 …

Effective Language Teaching and Successful Collaborations

June 24th, 2019

31:35

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 …

The 4 Hour Work Week, Right?

June 17th, 2019

1:04:53

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 …

What Happens When You Design Your Own Immersion Day?

June 10th, 2019

27:28

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

Top Tools for Spring/Summer 2019

June 3rd, 2019

57:41

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 …

Frustrated! 🔥 What To Do When You Just Can't

May 27th, 2019

22:25

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 …

Living the Dream! Get Paid to Learn Languages (with Paul Kaye, EU Language Officer)

May 20th, 2019

1:05:21

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 …

It's a Trap! (with Nicky Roberts)

April 29th, 2019

41:27

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 …

What Are the Easiest Languages in the World?

April 22nd, 2019

1:14:28

“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 …

What Can You Gain From a Language Retreat?

April 15th, 2019

51:15

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 …

"The Tyranny of the Shoulds" with Dr Roger Kreuz

April 8th, 2019

1:04:10

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 …

5 Steps for Creating Your Language Habit

April 1st, 2019

32:59

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 …

Ransom Notes and Other Creative Ideas

March 25th, 2019

1:05:53

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 …

When Is the Right Time to Start Learning Another Language?

March 18th, 2019

28:05

¡Hola Radioyentes!

This week I'm answering a listener question (asked in Spanish AND English!):

 When is it the right time to start learning …

The Best You In Another Language (with Nicole Miles)

March 11th, 2019

1:01:32

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 …

Inside the Women in Language Conference: 12 Guests Tell ALL

March 4th, 2019

40:22

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 …

How To Quickly Switch From One Language To Another Language

February 25th, 2019

23:24

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 …

Fluent By Feeling: How Intuition Helps You Learn Languages

February 18th, 2019

53:08

"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 …

Inside Fluentball: Your Questions & Survey Results

February 11th, 2019

31:16

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 …

Bilingual Podcast! The Biggest African Languages / Les Plus Grandes Langues d'Afrique [with Khady Ndoye]

February 4th, 2019

56:16
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 …

9 Creative Ways To Power Up Your Language Learning

January 28th, 2019

25:21

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 …

Ask A Linguist: Your Language Questions Answered By Linguists From Talk The Talk

January 21st, 2019

59:46

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 …

Language Immersion On Any Budget

January 14th, 2019

27:35

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 …

What Did You Learn in 2018? (with Shannon Kennedy)

January 7th, 2019

1:07:18

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 …

Better Vocabulary Learning: Say Goodbye To False Friends

December 17th, 2018

27:19

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 …

Understanding TV and Film Dialogues Without Subtitles (with Cara from Leo Listening)

December 10th, 2018

59:08

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 …

Notes From An Intermediate Speaking Dilemma

December 3rd, 2018

27:18

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 …

What the Heck is Word Of The Year?

November 26th, 2018

1:23:37

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 …

New York Language Stories At Ellen Jovin's Grammar Table

November 12th, 2018

1:09:50

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 …

Can You Decide Which Languages To Kick Off Your To-Learn List?

November 5th, 2018

26:41

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’ …

Find Friends Who Love Language Learning [with Polyglots in Ljubljana, Slovenia]

October 29th, 2018

1:00:17

Our theme for today’s show is language learning friendship and having buddies who truly love language learning.

We are recording this week in …

3 Useful Rules For Remembering Grammar

October 15th, 2018

25:02

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 …

Bored by Duolingo - What Now?

October 1st, 2018

29:14

Every other week on the Fluent Show, I put aside a little time to answer your listener questions. Email your question to me at

QUIZ! 20 European Languages In 1 Hour For European Day Of Languages

September 24th, 2018

1:23:50
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 …

How Can I Inject FUN Into Language Learning (with Olly Richards)

September 17th, 2018

57:16

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 …

What To Do When You Fail To Reach Your Goals

September 10th, 2018

1:02:17

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 …

Help! Frustration And Mental Blocks Are Destroying My Confidence!

September 3rd, 2018

36:11

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:

Lindie Botes: Click Play For The YouTube Polyglot Community

August 27th, 2018

48:03

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 …

Live Language Party: Celebrate Our 100th Episode

August 20th, 2018

1:57:11

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 …

How To Get Back Together With Your Ex-Language

July 30th, 2018

21:46

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 …

Seven Questions Any Language Learner Needs To Answer

July 16th, 2018

1:23:54

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. …

My Language Learning Secrets!!

July 9th, 2018

29:42

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 …

"French is Romantic, Arabic Is Aggressive"...Does Culture Stop Us from Learning Languages?

July 2nd, 2018

1:08:39

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 …

What To Do When You're Overwhelmed In Language Lessons

June 25th, 2018

30:47

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 …

Q&A: Should You Learn the Dialect of a Language?

June 11th, 2018

26:43

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 …

What Is Fluency, What Is Mastery...And How Do You Get There?

June 4th, 2018

1:10:15

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 …

Q&A: How To Prepare For Language Lessons on Skype

May 28th, 2018

29:24

You can find language tutors on sites like italki, in online communities, or by searching for your target language on social networks. Instagram is …

Q&A: Should I Give Flashcards Another Chance?

May 14th, 2018

29:42

Today’s show is based on a question I have been asking myself. And that is…

Learning and Speaking 20+ Languages in New York City

May 7th, 2018

1:15:46

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 …

Q&A: How to Re-Learn a Language You’ve Forgotten

April 30th, 2018

29:42

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 …

Welsh Is Not English!

April 23rd, 2018

24:39

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 …

How To Get Native Speakers To Speak Your Target Language

April 16th, 2018

27:48

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 …

Making a Story-Based German Course with Olly Richards

April 9th, 2018

48:32

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 …

Q&A: What's a Reasonable Weekly Schedule for Language Learning?

April 2nd, 2018

27:48

Rebecca from New York asked

Can you talk about how to set up a reasonable weekly schedule for language learning?

In this show, I've got five …

What's The Secret To The Greatest Language Exchange Ever?

March 26th, 2018

1:13:18

The most rewarding way of practicing your language is by connecting with people on a 1-to-1 basis. It takes commitment to make any language exchange …

Q&A: Should You Get a Masters Degree in Languages?

March 19th, 2018

30:14

Today on the show, I'll share a few tips and considerations about studying languages at university. Plus: My own story of doing Translation Studies at the University of Manchester.

Chenelle asks:

I wanted to know did …

Q&A: How Can You Train Your Listening Skills?

March 5th, 2018

30:21

Elisabeth asks:

“How do you fit hearing comprehension into your daily routine? I find myself daydreaming a lot during my hearing comprehension time.”

What are you training, exactly?

Listening comprehension will …

"It's Hard Work But It's So Worth It": Everything You Need To Know For Raising Bilingual Children

February 26th, 2018

1:12:35

As a German native speaker who speaks English all day long, I find the prospect of bilingual parenting both daunting and fascinating. I have been looking for an expert on bilingual parenting, and here she is: Marianna …

Q&A: Getting Off the Intermediate Plateau

February 19th, 2018

29:35

"How Can I Get Off The Intermediate Plateau?"

If you're stuck somewhere in the language weeds, this show will help you untangle them and get those …

How to Learn Several Languages At The Same Time

February 12th, 2018

59:20
In The News This Week

A deaf woman wanted to attend a pop concert with her young daughter, but had to fight and even sue the company until she was granted a sign language interpreter. Is this fair?

We discuss what …

The Creative Language Learning Podcast is now the Fluent Show

February 11th, 2018

4:09

It's 2018, guys. Time to admit something major:

AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR A 4 WORD PODCAST TITLE 😂

As of today, I am so excited to announce that this podcast is now The Fluent Show, and we are going WEEKLY. Every …

Robo-Tutors and Translating Megaphones: It's the Future of Language Learning

January 29th, 2018

58:46

Click or tap here to read the full show notes

In the News...

Kazakhstan is going to change the official script of its language from the Cyrillic to …

What is it that you want to achieve?

January 1st, 2018

27:12

Hello from Kerstin and happy new year! In today's show, I've got notes for you on what really mattered for language learning in 2017, and how you can make the most out of these for your own path to fluency.

Lessons …

"If It Plugs Your Gap, It'll Proper Plug Your Gap": Top Tools for Winter 2018

December 18th, 2017

1:07:29

Click or tap here to read the full shownotes.

Follow up on a topic: Pop Music

Bilingual lyrics, Spanglish and Justin Bieber of all people winning a …

Finding friends who love languages (with Chuck Smith)

December 4th, 2017

1:00:39

These days, the Polyglot Gathering pulls in hundreds of language learners who share and enjoy community in the heart of Europe. A lot of this is …

Climbing Mount Language from Basecamp to Summit

November 20th, 2017

1:13:11

Beware listeners: This episode contains a discussion of a few English swearwords, so if you are listening with kids please skip the first 20 minutes.

And on to what's in this show:

Language Stories: Lindsay has a new …

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