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The Language Mastery Show brings you interviews with the world's best language learners. Get an inside look at how polyglots, linguists, and language lovers master languages more quickly, and learn the habits, methods, and mindsets you need to succeed in your own language learning adventures. I'm your host, John Fotheringham, a linguist, teacher, and the author of Master Japanese and Master Mandarin. For show notes, 150+ free articles, immersion resources, and more, visit LanguageMastery.com.

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The Language Mastery Show brings you interviews with the world's best language learners. Get an inside look at how polyglots, linguists, and language lovers master languages more quickly, and learn the habits, methods, and mindsets you need to succeed in your own language learning adventures. I'm your host, John Fotheringham, a linguist, teacher, and the author of Master Japanese and Master Mandarin. For show notes, 150+ free articles, immersion resources, and more, visit LanguageMastery.com.

    AJATT’s Khatzumoto on How To Immerse Yourself in Japanese Anywhere in the World

    AJATT’s Khatzumoto on How To Immerse Yourself in Japanese Anywhere in the World

    Note: This interview was originally recorded in 2010 as part of a collection of expert interviews included with my Japanese learning guide Master Japanese. This version includes excerpts from the complete interview, which is available as part of the Master Japanese Digital Package available JapaneseMastery.com. 

    Khatzumoto is the man behind the popular Japanese learner blog All Japanese All the Time (or AJATT for short). While attending university in the United States, he figured out a way to immerse himself in Japanese language and culture nearly 24 hours a day. In an extremely short amount of time, he managed to reach an impressive level of fluency despite not living where the language was spoken and even without many of the learning tools and resources now readily available (he began his journey in 2004). 

    📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show.   

    🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere! 
    Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.  

    ❓Ask Me a Question!  
    Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

    • 21 min
    Polyglot Lindie Botes on How To Master Japanese, Korean & Chinese Through Self-Guided Immersion

    Polyglot Lindie Botes on How To Master Japanese, Korean & Chinese Through Self-Guided Immersion

    Lindie Botes is a polyglot, YouTuber, blogger, and UI/UX designer on a mission to master 12+ languages, including Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and more. She is originally from South Africa, but has lived all over the world and now calls Singapore home. Though she loves foreign languages, she sees them not as an end but as a means to break down the barriers that otherwise divide us. 

    📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show.   

    🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere! 
    Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.  

    ❓Ask Me a Question!  
    Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Matt vs. Japan on How To Master Japanese Through Immersion

    Matt vs. Japan on How To Master Japanese Through Immersion

    Matt is the creator of the popular Matt vs. Japan YouTube channel and the co-founder of Refold: The Roadmap to True Fluency, where he shares the methods he used to reach near native-like fluency in Japanese in just 5 years. I am a big fan of his immersion-based approach to language learning (which aligns well with the approach I share in Master Japanese), his mission to create a more streamlined path to fluency, and his commitment to giving Japanese language learners the tips and tools they need to succeed. 

    📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show.   

    🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere! 
    Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.  

    ❓Ask Me a Question!  
    Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

    • 2 hrs 1 min
    Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett on How To Master Mandarin Chinese Through Play

    Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett on How To Master Mandarin Chinese Through Play

    Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett (a.k.a. “Miss Panda”) is an intercultural language consultant and trainer, the author of Let’s Learn Mandarin Chinese with Miss Panda! and First Mandarin Sounds: an Awesome Chinese Word Book, and the host of the Playful Chinese podcast. I love her approach to language learning, especially her emphasis on play and having fun. As she puts it eloquently, "Playing is learning. Learning is playing." 

    📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show.  

    🇨🇳 Learn Mandarin Chinese Anywhere!  
    Want to learn Mandarin Chinese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? Master Mandarin, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/mastermandarinlms.  

    ❓Ask Me a Question!  
    Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Skritter CEO Jake Gill on How to Level Up Your Mandarin & Learn to Write Chinese Characters the "Write" Way

    Skritter CEO Jake Gill on How to Level Up Your Mandarin & Learn to Write Chinese Characters the "Write" Way

    Jake Gill (高健) is a Chinese educator, former "Teaching Chinese as a Second Language" graduate student, and the CEO of Skritter, an innovative language learning app that helps Japanese and Chinese learners master characters through active production (i.e. writing on the screen) instead of passive recognition. 

    In the interview, we talk about how and why he learned Mandarin Chinese, why traditional language classes won't get you fluent in a language, what he would do differently if he were to start learning Mandarin over again, the limitations of app-based learning and following "the golden path," the importance of following your passion and curiosity in languages, how to learn to write Chinese characters the "write" way, Jake's current language learning routines and favorite resources, and the importance of daily habits and focusing on process over outcome.

    If you'd like to try Skritter, use the code LANGUAGEMASTERY at checkout to get 10% off. 

    📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show.  

    🇨🇳 Learn Mandarin Chinese Anywhere!  
    Want to learn Mandarin Chinese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? Master Mandarin, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/mastermandarinlms.  

    ❓Ask Me a Question!  
    Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Sam the Japanese Translator on How to Master Japanese & Break Into the Translation Industry

    Sam the Japanese Translator on How to Master Japanese & Break Into the Translation Industry

    Do you live and breath languages? Do you want to make a good living using and refining your language skills every day? Then professional translation might be just the ticket. In today's episode, I chat with my friend Sam, who is a professional Japanese translator and one of the best non-native Japanese speakers I know. We talk about how he learned Japanese, how he broke into the translation industry, and his tips for doing the same.  

    📝 For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show.   

    🇯🇵 Learn Japanese Anywhere! 
    Want to learn Japanese through at-home immersion instead of boring textbooks or expensive classes? MASTER JAPANESE, my detailed how-to manual and resource guide, will show you exactly how. Learn more at https://bit.ly/masterjapaneselms.  

    ❓Ask Me a Question!  
    Got a question about language learning you'd like me to answer on the show? Leave me a voice recording and you might here my response on the next episode! Record your message here: https://anchor.fm/john-fotheringham/message

    • 2 hrs 10 min

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