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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 between us.
In this show, we share stories, news, tips, and ideas that will make you fluent...eventually. Subscribe to the show today to get your regular dose of Fluent love.
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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 between us.
In this show, we share stories, news, tips, and ideas that will make you fluent...eventually. Subscribe to the show today to get your regular dose of Fluent love.
🥰 Support The Fluent Show on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/fluentshow)

    How to Find Fantastic Language Tutors in Your Network Right Now

    How to Find Fantastic Language Tutors in Your Network Right Now

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    Are you looking for a new language tutor, but you can't find one online?
    Does it feel like no one is teaching your target language?


    Today on the show, I've got your back and I'm sharing lots of ideas for hidden places to find great people.


    You'll learn



    how to use your own network and get other people to find tutors for you
    why your local community could be an untapped resource
    how to get a tutor through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Insta


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

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

    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 Dinner for One reference.


    Shannon is an accomplished language learner who's studied 13 languages including French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, German, Hungarian, and Russian. She's also co-host of Language League, a language learning membership programme I co-host with her and Lindsay Williams. In this podcast we talked about music and motherhood, the power of saying no, and having languages as a natural part of your life.


    Here are the year review questions we discussed. You can use them to conduct your own review of 2019 and set goals for the next year.



    How would you sum up the year in your languages?
    What changed in your life and in your languages in 2019?
    What lessons do you think you learnt from the year 2019?
    What surprised you?
    What will you change going forward?
    Looking forward, what are your language learning goals for 2020?


    Shannon's top 3 books of 2019



    Atomic Habits by James Clear
    Teach Yourself: Complete Hindi
    Because Internet by Gretchen McCullough


    Shannon's top 3 apps of 2019



    Memrise
    Drops
    LingQ


    Hot contender: Pimsleur


    Shannon's top 3 courses



    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge
    German Uncovered
    Language League, the membership community for language learners


    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.
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    The Fluent Show: "You assume they don't have chick lit in Polish"Podcast: Lingthusiasm – Gretchen McCulloch

    • 1 hr 6 min
    My 2020 Language Plan

    My 2020 Language Plan

    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 main foreign languages were Chinese, French and Welsh and I'm sharing where I am at in each of them.


    In Chinese I am finding myself in a plateau - that frustrating slog where it feels like nothing is moving. You'll hear my answers to the questions I asked myself to get unstuck:



    What did I come to Chinese for?
    What have I got out of it so far?
    What do I enjoy about it?
    What don't I enjoy?


    Special Offer for Podcast Listeners
    Get Kick off 2020 in Style, my unique bundle combining Your Solid Vocab Memory and the Language Habit Toolkit and this week's surprise "sponsor". Click here to get the bundle and enter code FLUENTSHOW for 20% off.


    Thank you to Kendra for this episode introduction.


    And as always...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
    Sponsored By:
    Fluent Language: Enter the code FLUENTSHOW to get 20% off this unique course bundle Promo Code: FLUENTSHOWSupport The Fluent Show
    Links:
    Chinese: Assimil Workbook for Fake BeginnersDr LaMort - Wondery - Feel The StoryChinese Teach Yourself CourseWelsh: Myfanwy: Geiriau Cân / Lyrics – Parallel.cymru: Bilingual Welsh digital magazineitalki: Learn a language online — This is where I find my language tutors.

    • 27 min
    Words of the Year 2019

    Words of the Year 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 and Japan.


    We also create a Spanish version of #yolo, explain why Austria is going to Ibiza, and figure out the Portuguese nominations (even though we don't know a lot of Portuguese).


    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.
    Sponsored By:
    Yabla: Stream authentic shows you enjoy and learn at the same time. Give Yabla a try with a free trial for Fluent Show listenersSupport The Fluent Show
    Links:
    Google's Year in Search - Google Trends'Voice' named 2019 word of the year by Australian National Dictionary Centre | Australia news | The GuardianPALAVRA DO ANOCambridge Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2019 – About Words – Cambridge Dictionaries Online blogCancelled for sadfishing: the top 10 words of 2019 | Science | The GuardianThe Word of the Year Is “Existential,” So Here Are Our 75 Headiest StoriesThe Spanish word of the year 2019 - Yabla Spanish - Free Spanish LessonsLanguage StoriesFrom the Margins : Reviews : The Gentle Good : Ruins / Adfeilion — Welsh folk2019 Wrapped

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Fluent Festivities! How to Learn a Language at Christmas (Even If You Don't Celebrate Christmas)

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

    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 together some quick tips for staying in touch with your target language during the festive season.


    Click or tap here to read my Christmas learning tips on the blog


    Feliĉan Zamenhofan Tagon to all my Esperantist listeners! Thank you to Petra for this episode introduction in Bulgarian.


    Music credit
    Jingle Bells 7 by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Artist: http://incompetech.com/


    Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show!


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

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

    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 show today!


    Bilingual Show: German and English Conversation

    If you are not an experienced German learner, there will be some parts of the podcast that you don’t understand. You can learn it by the way using my German Uncovered course.


    Here is where I always remember the wonderful Ron Gullekson, saying "In a new language, I want to find an opportunity to be uncomfortable as soon as possible." So even if you don't speak German, dive in. We will be speaking English for more than half of the time.


    In our conversation, Shahidah and I discussed moving to Germany, how to apply for university in another country, and the role of languages in the black community.


    She shared some unbelievable experiences, and her ideas for making the language learning community more inclusive and welcoming for black girls.


    Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show!

    If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the show by becoming a member of our Patreon community
    Special Guest: Shahidah Foster.
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    Black Girls Learn Languages - HomeBlack Girls Learn LanguagesHome - Study in Germany - Land of Ideas

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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Delight

I am constantly delighted by this podcast. I have referred various episodes to learners I work with and language learners like myself.

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A passion for languages

Kerstin and Lindsay are so enthusiastic about language learning that you're bound to feel motivated after listening to their podcast, I personally love it!

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A Podcast You Should Be Listening To

Kerstin and Lindsay make language learning fun! Their podcast is filled with tons of information on how to learn a language and suggestions for which resources to use. You'll come away better informed AND in a better mood.

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