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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
    • 4.6 • 21 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.

    AFP 186: Rosemary Salomone - The Rise of English

    AFP 186: Rosemary Salomone - The Rise of English

    In this episode I'm joined by Rosemary Salomone to discuss the role of English on a global academic level, and some of the challenges faced by minorities and non-english native speaking students and countries in the world. 

    Rosemary is the Kenneth Wang Professor of Law at St. John's University in Queens, New York. Prior to joining the legal academy, she taught English to international students, developed bilingual programs for immigrant students, and was a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she taught education law and language policy.

    Check out Rosemary's new book here: The Rise of English: Global Politics and the Power of Language: https://amzn.to/3Fafmdx


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    • 45 min
    AFP 185: Sadelle Wiltshire - Learning at Different Ages and Minority Languages

    AFP 185: Sadelle Wiltshire - Learning at Different Ages and Minority Languages

    In this podcast episode I'm joined by Sadelle Wiltshire, who shares her story of learning languages at different ages, including her passion for Irish and the community of learners she's found for the language.  

    Sadelle's website:  

    https://www.sadellewiltshire.com/ 

    The Fluent in 3 Months Challenge:  

    https://actf.lu/fi3m-challenge


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    • 48 min
    AFP 184: Rick Dearman - Using Forums in Language Learning

    AFP 184: Rick Dearman - Using Forums in Language Learning

    In this episode Kris is joined by Rick Dearman to talk about using forums to help support you in your language learning, language conferences, and much more.  

    Special thanks to OPTILINGO for sponsoring the podcast. You can check out this innovative language learning app, designed to make you SPEAK a language by going to https://optilingo.com 

    To find out more about Rick go to:  

    https://forum.language-learners.org/

     https://autodidactic.info/ 

    Announcement: The podcast is now on YouTube! 

    That means you can watch this episode as a video, by going to the Actual Fluency YouTube channel. Watch as Kris learns the trials and tribulations of video editing to create a whole new dimension of the podcast.

    Thank you so much for listening!


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    • 41 min
    AFP 183 - Jennifer Degenhardt: Better School Learning and Creating Inclusive Materials

    AFP 183 - Jennifer Degenhardt: Better School Learning and Creating Inclusive Materials

    In the episode I'm joined by Spanish Teacher and Educational Author, Jennifer Degenhardt.

    We go over why school language learning is in such a bad state in many schools, and what innovative and energetic teachers like Jennifer can do to improve the results the kids get from the classroom. 

    We also talk about her diverse and inclusive range of educational materials, as well as her experience spending a year learning Spanish abroad in latin America.

    === SPONSOR

    This episode is sponsored by OptiLingo. Go check out a modern language learning app that focuses on speaking EARLY without the boring drills and grammar memorisation. Try OptiLingo: https://optilingo.com

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    Jen's Website: https://digilangua.co/


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    AFP 182 - Liz Sharma from Talk The Streets on Portuguese

    AFP 182 - Liz Sharma from Talk The Streets on Portuguese

    In the episode I'm joined by Portuguese teacher and YouTuber Liz Sharma to talk about Portugal, Portuguese (European vs Brazilian) and how Liz moved from the U.K to Portugal.

    Since I just moved to Portugal myself I got to ask a lot of curiosity-driven questions, including what Portuguese learners normally struggle with.

    === SPONSOR

    This episode is sponsored by OptiLingo. Go check out a modern language learning app that focuses on speaking EARLY without the boring drills and grammar memorisation. Try OptiLingo: https://optilingo.com

    === EPISODE RESOURCES

    Talk The Streets: https://talkthestreets.com

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAHp6bCNcUg6PTHaZ-hI3Bw

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/talkthestreets/


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    • 56 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!


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    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 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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