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A traveling linguist interviews language leaders and polyglot projects. Tune in as language education industry pioneers share their stories and present their services.

Free Language Podcast Chapman Woodriff

    • Education

A traveling linguist interviews language leaders and polyglot projects. Tune in as language education industry pioneers share their stories and present their services.

    FLP16: A 15-Year Vision for Effective Online Language Learning - Interview with Jason Oxenham, CEO of Rocket Languages

    FLP16: A 15-Year Vision for Effective Online Language Learning - Interview with Jason Oxenham, CEO of Rocket Languages

    I was honored to be the first person to interview the Rocket Languages co-founder and CEO, Jason Oxenham. He is a bilingual francophile hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, and the engineering brainchild behind this highly-effective language learning system.



    Jason manages a team of 30+ educators, linguists, course writers, researchers and Web/app developers based primarily in Christchurch, New Zealand, and also sprinkled across the globe.



    As this show goes live, Rocket Languages is available for the following 13 languages:



    Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Sign Language



    Rocket Languages also has products for both Japanese and Spanish speakers learning English.

    • 32 min
    FLP15: Play Your Way to Fluency in 33 Languages - Interview with Alex Iliescu, CEO and Co-Founder of Mondly

    FLP15: Play Your Way to Fluency in 33 Languages - Interview with Alex Iliescu, CEO and Co-Founder of Mondly

    Mondly is a freemium app for iOS, Android and Web which has been downloaded in over 190 countries by 30+ million people.

    The app integrates chatbot technology with VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) experiences.

    "The idea behind Mondly is it's really easy to get in. It only takes ten seconds. You download the app, you hit start and you're actually hearing and seeing and even speaking the language."

    Mondly is a revolutionary way to learn languages right from the comfort of your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop. It takes you on a gamified language journey designed around real-life situations. It is a freemium app for iOS, Android and Web that has been downloaded in over 190 countries by 30+ million people.

    Mondly launches you into an immersive learning experience right from the get-go and is the first language learning app to offer chatbot technology with voice recognition and the first to create both VR + AR experiences with both technologies.

    Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 17 min
    FLP14: Learn Italian Fast in Just 8 Hours - Interview with Michele Frolla, Creator of The Intrepid Guide

    FLP14: Learn Italian Fast in Just 8 Hours - Interview with Michele Frolla, Creator of The Intrepid Guide

    Michele Frolla is an avid world traveler and polyglot who runs The Intrepid Guide, "a language and travel blog featuring travel tips, language hacks, travel phrase guides, free resources and photography from around the world".

    She is an Australian native currently based in London as a springboard for language travel adventures. Michele speaks fluent English, Italian and French and is proficient in Afrikaans and Arabic.

    In addition to maintaining her blog, she has a YouTube channel on the same topic where she puts together fun and helpful videos about travel phrases for specific languages and guides you through some of her favorite destinations, exploring history, language and culture along the way.

    After becoming fluent in Italian, Michele realized that so many people were spending time on things that just didn't matter that much when trying to learn a language specifically for travel. She again decided to take matters into her own hands and wrote a book called Learn Italian FAST...

    • 48 min
    FLP13: Kick the Fear of Speaking a Foreign Language - Solocast with Polyglot Chapman Woodriff

    FLP13: Kick the Fear of Speaking a Foreign Language - Solocast with Polyglot Chapman Woodriff

    Aside from physical challenges, there is one main impediment to language learning: fear.

    When you are afraid, your entire neurochemistry changes and you go into a state which is not at all conducive to learning and most definitely not helpful in squawking out strange noises in an unfamiliar tongue.

    If you repeatedly experience fear or anything close to fear over and over in a given situation, you are likely to develop a conditioned response to those stimuli which will, unfortunately, rear its ugly head when you least want it to; for example right at the moment you actually need to speak the language in question!

    My opinion is that this is exactly what happened to many people, maybe even you, in high school, or perhaps even earlier than that.

    My goal here is to tease out hidden away fears, expose them for the nefarious devils they are and, ultimately, move past them into an entirely different kind of long-term potentiation; that of successfully speaking a foreign language.

    • 14 min
    FLP12: The #1 Podcast-Based Language Education Platform - Interview with Peter Galante, COO of Innovative Language

    FLP12: The #1 Podcast-Based Language Education Platform - Interview with Peter Galante, COO of Innovative Language

    Peter Galante is the founder of JapanesePod101 and co-founder and COO of Innovative Language, a Japan-based company specializing in language education through podcasting and video.

    Innovative Language has been blazing a trail in the online language learning world since its flagship product, JapanesePod101, launched in 2005.

    Innovative Language offers language students a full-fledged, all-in-one learning system that is engaging, fun and culturally relevant.

    Lessons are scripted as entertaining audio and video shows focused on interesting and useful topics led by two hosts - a native speaker and a learner with a high level of proficiency.

    Each 10-minute lesson is the result of no fewer than five hours (and often much more) of planning, writing and production. Each lesson is accompanied by a full transcript of the show as well as further details and instruction, including the ability to interact directly with the creators for feedback and clarification.

    • 52 min
    FLP11: App to find language learning partners nearby anytime + anywhere - Interview with Richard Delamore, CEO of Amikumu

    FLP11: App to find language learning partners nearby anytime + anywhere - Interview with Richard Delamore, CEO of Amikumu

    Richard Delamore is a significant figure in the worldwide Esperanto community and the most prolific and followed Esperanto YouTuber (he's known there as Evildea).

    Richard has a background as a signals operator in the Australian army and served on the Board of Directors for the Australian Esperanto Association (AEA), the Language Festival Association (LFA) and the Esperanto Federation of New South Wales (EFNSW). Additionally, he's got experience as an actor and film maker and worked for numerous international businesses as a systems administrator.

    Now he is leading the Amikumu team and believes that "Amikumu will become an essential part of every language learner's tool kit in the near future".

    Amikumu is a free app that helps you find people nearby to speak any language with. It was originally created for Esperanto speakers and has since broadened its spectrum to incorporate a whopping 7,500 languages, some of which only have a handful of native speakers.

    • 34 min

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