182 episodes

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

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 191 - Benny Lewis: Recovery from bad times, Korean Mission, and the Fluent in 3 Months Bootcamp

    AFP 191 - Benny Lewis: Recovery from bad times, Korean Mission, and the Fluent in 3 Months Bootcamp

    In this episode we catch up with Fluent in 3 Months founder Benny Lewis about his latest language learning mission (Korean), the new and improved Fluent in 3 Months Bootcamp, and a very open discussion on how he recovered from a few horrible years of depression, divorce, debt, and weight gain.



    Benny's Website where you can find everything including his book, and bootcamp:

    https://fluentin3months.com



    Bite Size Language Courses from Actual Fluency:

    https://bitesizelanguages.com


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    • 54 min
    AFP 190 - Luca Lampariello: The Impact of Mindset on Language Learning

    AFP 190 - Luca Lampariello: The Impact of Mindset on Language Learning

    In this episode, Kris and Luca Lampariello discuss the importance of building confidence and identity in a language to overcome perfectionism and fear of making mistakes.

    They also touch on the impact of mindset on language learning, the benefits of speaking a language even imperfectly, and the challenge of maintaining multiple languages. Lampariello emphasizes the importance of exposure and practice in language learning, and suggests that building an identity in a language and treating all languages as equally important can help prevent confusion between sounds and pronunciation in different languages.



    Find Luca here:

    https://www.youtube.com/@LucaLampariello

    Smart Language Learning Academy: https://actf.lu/luca








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    • 47 min
    AFP 189 - Emily Harris: Language Learning, Culture, and Perfectionism as a Transracial Adoptee

    AFP 189 - Emily Harris: Language Learning, Culture, and Perfectionism as a Transracial Adoptee

    In this podcast episode, language learner and transracial adoptee Emily Harris discusses her own experiences as an adoptee when it comes to learning her heritage language, and her experiences with perfectionism and finding balance in language learning.

    She also talks about her language learning journey, including her initial attraction to German and her future language goals, such as learning Persian and improving her Arabic skills.

    Harris emphasizes the importance of individualized goals and finding a learning schedule that works for one's energy level and personal life. She also shares her language learning content on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and a new podcast called "The Language Wellness and Identity Podcast."


    Follow Emily Harris:


    YouTube: Language Travel Adoptee... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp-HcdqX1iSlUok92r8-t9wInstagram: @languagetraveladoptee... https://www.instagram.com/languagetraveladoptee/The Language Wellness and Identity Podcast ...https://open.spotify.com/show/2eVbzHTByRNVbxlkPPoICO




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    • 58 min
    AFP 188: Cara Leopold - Expat Experiences, Listening Skills, and Movie Club

    AFP 188: Cara Leopold - Expat Experiences, Listening Skills, and Movie Club

    In this podcast episode, I'm joined by Cara Leopold, an English listening specialist, and founder of Leo Listening to talk about her experience learning French, moving to France, and eventually integrating in the local community as an expat. We also discuss English listening skills, and her new project: The Movie Club, which helps English speakers learn more idiomatic and casual language through the use of movies and TV.

    Check out Cara and the Movie Club here: https://leo-listening.com



    Check out the Bite Size Listening Courses, produced by Actual Fluency: https://actualfluency.com/courses/


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    AFP 187 - Heidi Lovejoy: Perfectionism and Language Learning

    AFP 187 - Heidi Lovejoy: Perfectionism and Language Learning

    In this episode of the Actual Fluency Podcast, host Kris Broholm interviews Heidi Lovejoy, the creator and host of The Love, Joy and Languages Podcast. They discuss the topic of perfectionism and its effects on language learning, mental health, and imposter syndrome. Lovejoy shares her struggles with perfectionism while learning Italian, how it affected her mental health, and her journey to overcome it. They also explore the ideal process of moving to a foreign country while learning the local language and how to approach language learning without perfectionism.



    Heidi's website: https://lovejoyandlanguages.com/

    More Actual Fluency Podcast: https://actualfluency.com/actual-fluency-language-learning-podcast/


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    • 2 hrs 7 min
    June 2022 Update - Post Pandemic Stress Disorder, Moving Countries, Podcast

    June 2022 Update - Post Pandemic Stress Disorder, Moving Countries, Podcast

    Kris comes back with a quick update to announce the return of the Actual Fluency podcast.


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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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