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Learn a Language...Or Maybe Three!
The Fluent Show is 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.
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)

    Marc Okrand on Creating the Klingon Language

    Marc Okrand on Creating the Klingon Language

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    "There’s a kinda type of person out there who I hadn’t had a lot of interaction with … called a Star Trek fan"



    This week I am excited to bring you an interview with a brilliant linguist: Marc Okrand! Marc Okrand created the dialogue and coached the actors speaking the Klingon language heard in many episodes and movies in the Star Trek franchise. In addition, he devised dialogue in Vulcan, Romulan, Kelpien, and other languages for several Star Trek films and TV series.


    In this interview, we discussed



    the language itself and how it was created
    what it felt like for Marc to attend the first ever meet-up of Klingon speakers
    which good learning mindsets actors bring to learning a new language



    ‘These people have become family. These people have become friends’






    Thank you to Marc for this episode introduction.


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    Special Guest: Marc Okrand.
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    Links:
    Klingon Language InstituteStar Trek VI The Undiscovered Country 1991. cheating klingons - YouTube

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Reading on Mobile (+Survey & Clear The List)

    Reading on Mobile (+Survey & Clear The List)

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    If you think reading in another language is all about boring dialogues in dusty old books, think again!


    This podcast episode will bring the magic of learning by reading right into the palm of your hand. Mobile phones can do everything in this world, so they can also help you learn languages...but not with boring apps and flashcards...why not try a hot romance novel or a thrilling action story instead?


    Reading on your mobile

    This week's listener question is from Dam, who asks for the best apps to read novels on your phone - even offline!


    Here are my top apps - find the links in the shownotes



    Lingq, our fantastic sponsor!! -> Start for free, get 35% off right here
    Libby
    Teach Yourself Library
    Kindle and also Handoff with Audible
    Beelinguapp for parallel texts
    BlueFire


    I'm also sharing tips for reading more by using the news, and for working out which content is perfect for you.


    Survey Results & Fluent Show News

    In the second half of the episode, I dedicated some time to telling you what's new with the Fluent Show. Listen in to find out



    more about you, the listeners and which languages you're learning
    a few thoughts about why I want to keep improving this podcast
    the tradeoffs...let's find the time and money to make it happen!


    Thank you to Leah for this episode introduction.


    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
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    LingQ: Enjoy reading books, watching films and listening to podcasts in any language. LingQ offers over 24 languages. Get 35% off selected plans with this link.Support The Fluent Show
    Links:
    How to add and remove dictionaries on iPhone and iPad | iMoreAudible — This referral link gets you a free audiobook to try and keep 🙂‎Bluefire Reader on the App StoreGutenbergTeach YourselfLanguage League!!Facebook Fluent Language Learners — Discuss the show with other listeners in our groupLibby, by OverDrive - an app for library ebooks and audiobooksBeelinguapp: Learn Languages with Audiobooks and MusicBluefire ReaderPolyglot Judith Meyer erzählt vom Bundeswettbewerb Fremds...Search the WHOLE Fluent Show Archive — Hooray!

    • 35 min
    Is "Natural Language Learning" even a thing?

    Is "Natural Language Learning" even a thing?

    This week, we discussed two topics:


    Topic 1: Teaching Methods!

    After watching a few episodes of Welsh reality TV Welsh learning celebrity knees-up cariad@iaith, we decided to pick up on their 3 big methods for teaching languages and explain what they mean and who they work for. These are immersion, TPR, "communication" and story time a.k.a. the "input method".



    What is natural language learning and why does everyone lay claim to it?
    Which teaching methods work in our opinion? How do we teach?
    Which methods would we like to see from other teachers, which innovative methods benefit learners?


    Listen in to find out more.


    Topic 2: Polyglot 2020

    It's time to plan your events for the year! We share what's new with Women in Language, the Polyglot Cruise, the Cholula party, and the Edinburgh Language Event.


    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.
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    LingQ: Enjoy reading books, watching films and listening to podcasts in any language. LingQ offers over 24 languages. Get 35% off selected plans with this link.Support The Fluent Show
    Links:
    Science Stuff: The Action-Oriented Approach by Teach Languages Online • A podcast on AnchorTotal physical response - TPR | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBCSecond Language Acquisition - Rod Ellis - Google BooksPolyglot Gathering 202016: Umzug nach Deutschland - The Easy German PodcastAsking Kerstin Cable About Her Online Teacher Marketing by Teach Languages Online • A podcast on AnchorCariadatiaith | S4CPolyglot ConferencePolyglot Cruise 2020 — Sail around the Mediterranean and practice 5 languages with us! [affiliate link]Learn German with fitness exercises - burn&learn

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Should You Learn Similar Languages Together?

    Should You Learn Similar Languages Together?

    In this podcast episode, I explain how to use similar languages and language families to get a head start in your multilingual life.


    If you've ever wondered how to work out which languages belong to the same family, or how to decide if you should learn related languages as a group, listen in as I go through linguistics and geopolitics to work out how to make your learning life easier.


    I'll tell you about the power of intercomprehension, and how it can serve you in language learning.


    In this episode:



    How to work out if 2 languages are related
    How to use Glottolog and Omniglot to discover the linguistic relations for any language
    Which language family is the biggest on Earth
    Why there's more than just linguistics at play when you consider related languages
    Why you should study similar languages together
    Why you might not decide to learn similar languages together after all!


    Plus of course lots of handy tips and hidden errors to amuse you.


    Thank you to Gosia for this episode introduction.


    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
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    LingQ: Enjoy reading books, watching films and listening to podcasts in any language. LingQ offers over 24 languages. Get 35% off selected plans with this link.Support The Fluent Show
    Links:
    Glottolog 4.1 -Index of languages by language familyHow to Maintain a Language While Starting a New One by Fluent LanguageRomance, Germanic, and Scandinavian Languages Compared | Comparative Vocabulary Lists Side-by-Side — Multilingual tutorials!most studied languages in the USA at DuckDuckGoList of most commonly learned foreign languages in the United States - WikipediaGlottolog 4.1 - Language FamiliesThe Fluent Show: Maintaining Old Languages While Learning New Ones

    • 26 min
    Why Heritage Learners Aren't Normal Language Learners

    Why Heritage Learners Aren't Normal Language Learners

    Do you know someone who grew up speaking a language at home as a child, but never fully developed it because their environment wasn't able to support it?


    This community of speakers who grow up with a different dominant language is called heritage language speakers. They are often found in immigrant communities. In fact, here in the UK there are many thousands of them all over the country.


    In this episode, I spoke to academics Petros Karatsareas and Katie Harrison who study heritage and community languages here in the UK.


    We talked about



    the conditions that create non-mainstream language environments
    the identities of learning these languages as a migrant
    why heritage learners exist in their own category of language learner
    complementary schools providing extra language education often on Saturdays and evenings.


    These schools are volunteer-run and bridge the gap that often exists between the heritage language and the mainstream education a child receives.


    We also talked about what is different when you approach learning your own heritage languages as an adult. Do you need to know grammar? What about reading and writing? Where can you even go to learn a language in this unique situation? There are some heritage language programmes at universities in the USA, but Petros and Katie emphasized how much more needs to be done.


    I came away from this interview hugely encouraged and inspired by the efforts of complementary schools here in the UK, and will do what I can to bring you a field trip recording in the next year.


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    Can you make it to my live class about improving your vocab memory? It's on Tuesday 28 January at 5pm, and you can sign up right here.
    Special Guests: Katie Harrison and Petros Karatsareas.
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    LingQ: Enjoy reading books, watching films and listening to podcasts in any language. LingQ offers over 24 languages. Get 35% off selected plans with this link.Support The Fluent Show
    Links:
    Fluent Show Episode 86: How to Re-Learn a Language That You've ForgottenThe Network of Complementary Schools |Community languages saved to ensure diverse curriculum continues - GOV.UKThe Swann Report (1985), Education for AllLanguage in England and Wales - Office for National StatisticsOpen World Research Initiative (OWRI) - Arts and Humanities Research CouncilHeritage Language Learning: Bilingual Education Benefits

    • 1 hr 16 min
    How to Find Fantastic Language Tutors in Your Network Right Now

    How to Find Fantastic Language Tutors in Your Network Right Now

    SURVEY TIME: Please take 5 minutes and participate in the annual Fluent Show survey. Click here to start.


    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


    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
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    LingQ: Enjoy reading books, watching films and listening to podcasts in any language. LingQ offers over 24 languages. Get 35% off selected plans with this link.Support The Fluent Show
    Links:
    Say hello to our new sponsor LINGQ 😍The Fluent Show: Good Lessons vs. GREAT Lessons: Life’s Too Short Not to Find a Great TutorWe are what we do | MeetupEventbrite - Discover Great Events or Create Your Own & Sell Tickets9 Unexpected Places To Find Real-Life Language Partners by Fluent Languageitalki - find online tutorsFluent Language LearnersEuropean Day of Languages: Speaking 25 different European Languages - YouTubeLivelingua — Online tutor platform (free class offered with this link)

    • 25 min

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