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The Fluent Show

198 EpisodesProduced by Kerstin CableWebsite

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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Learn A Language with TV: How to Get The Most Out of Watching TV in Your Target Language

Topic: Watching TV in a Foreign Language

Welcome to Episode 31, where Lindsay and I took a deep dive into revealing our TV watching habits and how they aid our language learning. Plus: Listener feedback and over 20 show recommendations.

We are sponsored today by Savvy Brand Academy, a mastermind & brand course for onlinte teachers, as part of our "podcasters are doin' it for themselves month".

1) What type of TV do you watch?

  • Listener Colin likes to watch with the whole family

  • Chris Stewart who likes watching reality tv like “Come dine with me”

  • For me: Serials

  • For Lindsay: youtube as part of a routine

  • My student Randy: Tagesschau

2) HOW do you watch?

  • Is there such a thing as guilty learning vs. not-guilty learning?


  • Should you watch with subtitles or without? Subtitles in your own language or the other language? Immersion or full understand mode?


  • Big debate: How can TV count as "deliberate study time"?


  • Where can you find shows that are appropriate for your level?


  • What makes TV for kids a good choice?


3) Where can you find cool things to watch? (Big Link Collection)

YouTube and Yabla:

TV Apps and Websites Where You Can Find International TV

**Shows Kerstin Loves (75% contains crime)


  • Hwb, Hinterland and Byw Celwydd (Welsh)

  • Les Revenants and Spiral (French)

  • Salamander (French/Flemish)

  • Deutschland 83, Good Bye Lenin!, The Edukators (German)

  • The Bridge (Danish/Swedish)

  • The Killing and Borgen (Danish)

The Takeaway

If you have not done this already, catch an episode of 1980s German spy show Deutschland 83 - here it is on Amazon.com and here it is on All 4 in the UK

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