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The Fluent Show

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Learn a Language...Or Maybe Three!The Fluent Show is 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 between us.We share stories, news, tips, and ideas that will make you fluent...eventually.… read more

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Bilingual Episode 🇩🇪 : Learn Languages from the Streets with Easy Languages

July 13th, 2020


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 …

My Language Plan: Halfway Through 2020

July 6th, 2020


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 …

Revisiting Duolingo

June 29th, 2020


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 …

Love Your Accent in Any Language 💛

June 22nd, 2020


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 …

Bilingual Episode 🇫🇷: Flying the Flag For Loanwords (with Mathilde Hutin, linguiste française)

June 15th, 2020


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 …

A Statement About Racism

June 6th, 2020


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 …

How Can We Make Online Lessons Less Exhausting?

June 1st, 2020


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 …

🏆 Top Tools 2020 HALL OF FAME: The Ultimate Language Learning Apps 🏅

May 25th, 2020


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 …

How To Navigate Bilingual Love and Change Your Family Perspective

May 18th, 2020


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 …

Sara Maria Hasbun on Lockdown, Languages, and Long-Term Success

May 11th, 2020


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 …

How to Learn a Language Every Day

May 4th, 2020


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 …

The Best Books About Language Learning & Linguistics

April 6th, 2020


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 …

Where and How to Start Teaching Online

March 30th, 2020

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 …

50 Years, 17 Languages with Steve Kaufmann

March 23rd, 2020


"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 …

Brilliant Tips for Remembering More Vocabulary

March 16th, 2020


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 …

Our Favourite Language Learning Textbooks

March 9th, 2020


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, …

Keep Saying YES To a New Language

March 2nd, 2020


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 …

Marc Okrand on Creating the Klingon Language

February 24th, 2020


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Reading on Mobile (+Survey & Clear The List)

February 17th, 2020


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The patron benefits for the $2 level are access to the patron-exclusive feed with added posts, early access, and …

Is "Natural Language Learning" even a thing?

February 10th, 2020


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 …

Should You Learn Similar Languages Together?

February 3rd, 2020


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 …

Why Heritage Learners Aren't Normal Language Learners

January 27th, 2020


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 …

How to Find Fantastic Language Tutors in Your Network Right Now

January 20th, 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


"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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


This episode effortlessly covers the full language world, from Sean Paul to the UN Declaration of Human Rights.


It's the United Nations …

Maintaining Old Languages While Learning New Ones

July 22nd, 2019


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


¡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


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


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


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


"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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


What's more frustrating than speaking at intermediate level, where we stutter and stumble over words, and leave....lo o o o o 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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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