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The Actual Fluency Podcast features inspirational stories from world-class language learners, industry experts, and regular people who embraced multilingualism in one way or another.

In the episodes we dive deep down in the why that pushed people to learn a new language, the how to figure out how they best achieved it, and of course a lot of great stories of the experiences that speaking multiple languages can bring to people's lives.

We also talk about apps, methodology, and education to try and find ways to shorten the path to mastery.

The Actual Fluency Podcast for Language Learner‪s‬ Kris Broholm

    • Education
    • 4.5 • 20 Ratings

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The Actual Fluency Podcast features inspirational stories from world-class language learners, industry experts, and regular people who embraced multilingualism in one way or another.

In the episodes we dive deep down in the why that pushed people to learn a new language, the how to figure out how they best achieved it, and of course a lot of great stories of the experiences that speaking multiple languages can bring to people's lives.

We also talk about apps, methodology, and education to try and find ways to shorten the path to mastery.

    New Year 2021 Update (Personal, Actual Fluency & Polyglot Cruise)

    New Year 2021 Update (Personal, Actual Fluency & Polyglot Cruise)

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    In this pre-season episode I'm reviewing 2020, and looking ahead for what is to come in 2021 both personally and business-wise.

    This isn't a regular interview with a guest, for that you'll have to wait until February where the next "season" begins!

    Enjoy!

    Here's what I talk about in the episode:


    My 2020 Experience

    Moving to Portugal


    Looking Ahead to 2021
    Actual Fluency News and Updates
    Podcast Update
    Polyglot Cruise Update [Indefinitely Cancelled - Refunds being organised to participants ]
    New Team Members
    Bonus: A stupidity Anecdote

    LINKS:

    Actual Fluency


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    • 44 min
    AFP 181 - Olle Linge: Hacking Chinese and Academic vs Non-Academic Learning

    AFP 181 - Olle Linge: Hacking Chinese and Academic vs Non-Academic Learning

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    In this episode I'm joined by Olle Linge from Hacking Chinese to talk about his "random" journey into Chinese, founding the Hacking Chinese website (10 years anniversary this year) and a ton of language learning methodology and academic vs non-academic perspectives.

    A lot of the advice in the episode are centered around Chinese, but almost all of it is applicable to every language.

    Enjoy!

    Here's what we talk about in the episode:


    How Olle "randomly" stumbled into his Chinese language passion and ability
    What the differences between academic and non-academic language learning are
    How to learn the tones, and characters of Chinese
    How to succeed learning any language
    And much more!


    LINKS:

    Olle's Special Offer for Actual Fluency Listeners: https://actf.lu/olle

    Hacking Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    AFP 180 - Hēmi Kelly: Māori Language and Culture

    AFP 180 - Hēmi Kelly: Māori Language and Culture

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    Editor's Note: A previous version of this episode had some audio issues, which have been fixed.

    In this episode I'm joined by "A Māori Phrase a Day" author Hēmi Kelly, to find out a little more about Māori, which is the name of the indigenous people of New Zealand, as well as the language.

    Hēmi is a full-time lecturer in te reo Māori at the Auckland University of Technology. His academic research and writing focus largely on the revitalsation of the Māori language and translation studies.

    Hēmi is a licensed translator and graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo (The Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language). In 2017, Hēmi translated Witi Ihimaera’s novella in Sleeps Standing and published his first book A Māori Word a Day in 2018. In 2019, Hēmi published his first creative writing piece in English in Purakau, a collection of Māori myths retold by Maori writers.

    Here's what we talk about in the episode:


    What is "Māori" and where is New Zealand?
    What is the relationship between the Māori and non-Māori population in New Zealand?
    What is the legal status of the Māori language
    What is being done to revitalize the language for the last 100 years
    What is happening today to improve relations and cultural understanding?
    What is the Māori language, and what does it sound like?
    + Much more!

    LINKS:

    A MAORI PHRASE A DAY FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/263436354660573/

    A MAORI PHRASE A DAY Book: https://www.amazon.com/Maori-Phrase-Day-Hemi-Kelly-ebook/dp/B081ZJ79C7

    HEMI'S TEDx TALK: Te Reo Māori: A new era for the language https://youtu.be/93u5sM4JJbU


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    • 41 min
    AFP 179 - Kerstin Cable: Women in Language and Teaching Careers in Languages

    AFP 179 - Kerstin Cable: Women in Language and Teaching Careers in Languages

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    One of the most popular guests of the podcast returns to share all the details for her upcoming project, that she co-hosts with Lindsay Williams and Shannon Kennedy: Women in Language (September 17-20, 2020)

    Here are some of the things we discuss during the episode:


    * What Kerstin has been up to for the past 2 years since her last appearance
    * How did the idea for Women in Language come about?
    * Why there is a need for a conference like Women in Language
    * What separates Women in Language from all other language conferences
    * What other projects Kerstin is working on
    * How her programme, Teach & Thrive helps teachers scale their business and income
    * Discussion on why language teachers are well-placed to make passive income, and how anyone in theory can get started with this as a career.
    * and a lot more!

    LINKS: 

    Kerstin's Blog: Fluent Language

    Women in Language

    Kerstin's Advanced Teacher Training: Teach and Thrive


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    AFP 178 - Lina Vasquez: Mindset, Psychology, and Self-development

    AFP 178 - Lina Vasquez: Mindset, Psychology, and Self-development

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    In this episode I'm joined by my friend Lina Vasquez, an amazing polyglot who shares her passion for languages, self-development, and many other topics on her YouTube channel. 

    In the episode we dive DEEP into the mindset behind self-development and language learning, and offer some ideas on how anyone can level up their life and be better in every way they want.

    Resources:

    Lina on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClZjE2TEk59ZbxH_hZiBkog

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    • 1 hr 33 min
    AFP 177 - Gloria Spagnoli: Find Your Confidence and Inner Resources

    AFP 177 - Gloria Spagnoli: Find Your Confidence and Inner Resources

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    In this episode I'm joined by Italian teacher Gloria Spagnoli who shares her insights as both a language learner and teacher.

    She specifically talks about finding your confidence and inner resources.

    Finally we touch on the difference between a teacher and a student, and how you can level up your language lessons.

    Resources:

    http://speakita.com/how-to-find-your-italian-voice/

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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Kingnicky26 ,

Great motivation for language learners!

I love this podcast! I am working my way through all of the old ones as well as listening to some of the newer ones! The polyglot community seems an exciting, interesting and open one, and who knows one day I might get there! Keep them coming Kris!

Maveric680 ,

Could be interesting but is all over the place.

The discussion could be interesting but the discussion is not coherent and the focus on Russian as an example language makes this discussion tedious and irrelevant to the potential majority of listeners as let’s face it, who wants to learn Russian!?

fabfouk ,

Listen to Chris! It’s good for your health!

Many language-related podcasts want to teach you a language. Chris and his podcast explore a different assumption: suppose I have a clean slate, what would I like to know about languages? And from this maieutical question starts his great journey into the exotic land of languages and language learners.

You may already know most of what is being discussed or you may not, you may disagree with some of the interviewees or you may discover a true gem among the speakers; the podcast will always make you reflect on languages. This is a truly healthy diet for anyone with an interest in them.

5 stars for the one star of the show!

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