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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 learn languages every day in our lives, and 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.
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It is worth clarifying that we actively want to support anti-racism and will highlight and advocate for the equality of all. Language learning means committing to tolerance of other world views, and this open mind is a core value for me. This topic deserves well considered words so here are the best Kerstin managed to put together. (https://www.fluent.show/blacklivesmatter)

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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 learn languages every day in our lives, and 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.
🥰 Check out the Fluent Language courses (https://www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/my-courses)
It is worth clarifying that we actively want to support anti-racism and will highlight and advocate for the equality of all. Language learning means committing to tolerance of other world views, and this open mind is a core value for me. This topic deserves well considered words so here are the best Kerstin managed to put together. (https://www.fluent.show/blacklivesmatter)

    3 Lessons Podcasting Has Taught Me About Life and Languages

    3 Lessons Podcasting Has Taught Me About Life and Languages

    Welcome to episode 213 of the Fluent Show. Yes, that's a pretty high number! I've been a podcaster for 7+ years now, and in this episode I look back on why I believe podcasting is wonderful, and what it has taught me about life and languages.


    I'll be focusing on 3 lessons:


    Consistent improvements and the joy of curiosity

    Podcast creation isn't about cranking out perfection. It's about having fun and capturing fun just by being yourself. Just like languages, the magic is actually in the journey and not the result.


    Teamwork, trusting, and daring

    If you have a vision, you're allowed to be into it and to truly pursue the goal that you are aiming for. You are not on a schedule. You can just dare to go for it, just like that.


    Being myself, speaking like me, and learning how to communicate well

    Over the years, podcasting has taught me how to become more comfortable with the sound of my voice and the way I express myself. In conversations, I have learnt invaluable skills about listening, prompting good answers, and supporting my conversation partner.


    Do you want to become a podcaster too?

    My wider goal this week is to open you up to an idea - could you start a podcast?


    A little one? Maybe a big one? Maybe for your business, your project, for other language learners, for your students if you teach? Podcasting is a wonderful creative medium, and it makes bloody good business sense too!


    If you want to learn more about podcasting and get step-by-step guidance on how to start your own successful podcast, join my Podcasting 101 Masterclass on May 15.


    It's perfect for you



    You’re in the beginning stages of starting a podcast and need a clear roadmap to get you to success
    You’ve started a podcast, but now you need tips and trade secrets to polish it up and make it shine
    You’re interested, but also worried it will be way too much work and you want a system that allows you to publish weekly . . . *easily*
    You’re looking for a simple and flexible way to plan out content so you always know what’s coming next
    You’re unsure of your voice (or message) and want to express yourself confidently
    You want to expand your reach and turn listeners into customers who cannot wait to pay you and work with you


    Learn more and book your spot at www.fluentlanguage.co.uk


    Thank you to Heidi for this episode introduction.
    Where do you listen?
    Take a photo of where you're listening to the Fluent Show and share it on social media to say hello! Here's where you can tag me:



    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thefluentshow
    Instagram: http://instagram.com/kerstin_fluent/ and #thefluentshow
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fluentlanguage


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    • 34 min
    Teaching Qualifications - yay or nay? with Aubrey Carter

    Teaching Qualifications - yay or nay? with Aubrey Carter

    Today's guest is Aubrey Carter, experienced ESL teacher, holder of an MA TESOL and a 3 Keys IELTS Certification.


    Aubrey's been a professional ESL teacher for 20 years and has taught in classrooms in New York and Montréal before taking up online teaching as part of the team at All Ears English.


    In our podcast conversation, you'll hear more about



    how Aubrey became an English teacher through the New York City Teaching Fellows programme
    why online teaching the English language is so different from other types of teaching
    whether you need to make sure you have qualifications for online teaching or not
    why starting a business isn't for everyone
    how Aubrey keeps her 1:1 lessons interesting and fresh every time
    how to create an online course that stands out above all others.


    I was inspired by Aubrey in so many ways and I'm excited for you to meet her today.


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    Ever thought about creating your OWN podcast?

    My brand new masterclass Podcasting 101 is going live on 15 May and you can book your super early place on it here. Next time your mate mentions "we should do a podcast together"? This training is where you go!
    Special Guest: Aubrey Carter.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    No Stress: A Stress Awareness Special 😌

    No Stress: A Stress Awareness Special 😌

    Welcome to our second season of the year. In the coming bunch of episodes, I am going to focus on different stories and aspects related to teaching languages and teaching online.


    For today though, it's time to discuss something close to my heart: Stress! 😖


    It's Stress Awareness Month in the UK and today I wanted to share my story and bring you helpful tips that can completely change your life. Whether you teach or learn languages, today's episode is going to help you figure out the struggles of stress.


    Important steps for reducing stress anywhere in your life

    The following tips are from mind.org.uk, a wonderful charity:



    Make some lifestyle changes such as


    Working on your assertiveness so you can feel confident saying no when people add pressure
    Developing your hobbies and interests - as language lovers you're miles ahead
    Adding in relaxation techniques and relaxing activities like yoga, meditation, creative activities, engagement in nature and music...er and podcasts? podcast walks!
    Limit your tech consumption - have an evening off from social media now and then

    Look after your physical health, this is the classics of sleep, exercise and healthy food
    Make sure you have a good support network through friends and family, workplace support (I found my union invaluable), your doctor if needed


    The Importance of Taking a Break



    As a language teacher, self-employed worker, I sometimes struggle with my boss - my boss being me. I have to make sure that the standards I set myself are fair. I had to learn to take breaks so that I can create better work.
    As a language learner, I'm very laid back but I often see others who worry that a break means stopping and being unable to pick things back up. Whether it's pressure from an app, a teacher, or your Insta feed, make sure you know that breaks are not endings.


    How will you use these tips?


    Thank you to Jon 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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    • 29 min
    Überraschungstüte with Lindsay: Running Conferences, Doing Masters Degrees, Learning What a "Blaue Reise" is

    Überraschungstüte with Lindsay: Running Conferences, Doing Masters Degrees, Learning What a "Blaue Reise" is

    Lindsay's back on the show and we're closing off the first season of 2021!



    Kerstin has more new German words to read out to Lindsay and they're all corona-related
    We review this year's Women in Language conference and answer a few questions about how to organise an event with 599 participants
    We discuss Lindsay's studies for her MA in Applied Linguistics, and why distance learning is her jam


    This show's a lovely mixed back of lots of fun topics, so kick back and enjoy with us. The Fluent Show will now be on a break until mid-April, when I'm excited to start the next season theme: teaching!


    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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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Good bye Chemistry, hello Linguistics! with Sarah F. Philips

    Good bye Chemistry, hello Linguistics! with Sarah F. Philips

    Bi-dialectal and bilingual as Korean-Black american, Sarah Phillips has always known that language is a huge part of her identity and she was blown away when she found out that she could become a linguist! Sarah focuses on code switching in her research.


    In this episode, you'll get SO MUCH super useful information about how linguists can study your brain when you are speaking another language. I loved talking to Sarah and having her as my guest.


    What's code switching?

    Code-switching means alternating languages during conversations. It has been widely studied in linguistics, psychology, and neuroscience; but the aim of Sarah's research is to integrate approaches from all three fields to develop a more holistic perspective on the bilingual mind.


    Free Class! How to Get Fluent When Life's Chaotic

    I'm running a brand new free training where you will learn how to get fluent without having to make a complex study plan, micro-manage yourself, or ever feel bad about missing a lesson.
    Sound good?
    Sign up at www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/lifechaotic


    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 and telling someone about the Fluent Show
    Special Guest: Sarah F. Phillips.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Should You Come to Women in Language 2021?

    Should You Come to Women in Language 2021?

    Are you considering joining Women in Language 2021 but aren’t sure whether it’s right for you?


    In today's episode, I'm going to be answering all of your burning questions about the event so that you can have the full information for the event that runs 4-7 March 2021. Tune in and hear me discuss:


    What happens during the conference days?

    We start on Thursday 4 March with our opening ceremony, welcoming all attendeesy and getting everyone in the mood for our 4 days of fun. Then we start with the first presentation.
    You will watch this presentation by logging into a special attendee's area on our website.
    There will be a fun and lively chatroom where you can meet other participants.
    This year we have



    23 presentations from expert speaker, covering topics from having a bilingual family to revitalising an endangered language
    3 powerful panels about languages in the world of social media, in technology, and in Australia with our Australian speakers Michele, Bec & Karla
    2 Speak Easy sessions where all participants can join to practice languages


    What's on?

    Here's the schedule!



    How does it all work technologically?


    When you get your ticket, you're automatically a member of our teachable online school, which is the Women in Language members area. For the chatroom, we use Youtube Live. You'll need a Youtube account in order to chat, but you don't need to download anything in order to watch.
    For the Speak Easy portion, we use Zoom. You need to download the free Zoom app if you want to join.
    For follow-up and connecting outside of the presentations, we have an exclusive Facebook group.


    Who is Women in Language 2021 for?


    People who are learning languages, no matter if it's their first language or their 10th
    Women, men, trans, non-binary, queer people, people of color, white people, monolingual people, multilingual people - our community welcomes you
    People who are passionate about culture, society, equality, and self-improvement
    People who want to connect with a strong and lively community of like-minded language learners
    People who enjoy this podcast! If you like the Fluent Show, honestly, I think you'd love Women in Language


    Can men join Women in Language 2021?

    Sometimes, men ask us if they can come too. The answer is YES - come along and enjoy learning from these smart, funny, and dedicated language loving women. In this episode you'll hear from 🤴🏼Jonathan, Léo, Richard and Shane who want to encourage you to join us!


    Is Women in Language just for people who speak multiple languages?

    Nope!
    We are not a space where you have to prove yourself. We're not going to ask you or test you, and we will speak out against any implication that knowing more languages makes anyone a better learner or a better person.
    If you're interested in the topics we bring you, then sign up and you'll be welcome.


    How much does it cost to join Women in Language 2021?

    $29
    all in, including our presentations, opening party, closing party, live language exchange, Facebook group, raffle ticket and replays for anything you miss first time round.


    How do I sign up?

    www.womeninlanguage.com and tickets are open until 7 March but we start 4 March!


    See you there? See you there!!


    Thank you to Bonnie for this episode introduction and to Léo, Jonathan, Shane, and Richard for their participation.


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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

AyyRickay ,

Kind, thoughtful, and realistic

There’s a lot of snake oil in the world of language learning, but Kerstin is the real deal. Her commentary is always thoughtful and highlights the sustained effort that is characteristic of true language learning, and she brings on excellent guests and uses her subject matter expertise to conduct some of the strongest podcast interviews in the game. I was listening to the fluent show before as a way to learn more about learning, but ended up getting inspired to dive in with Kerstin‘s German Uncovered course about 10 months ago, and now with her course and tips I’m starting a B2 german course, planning a move to Germany, and dreaming of the day I can join one of her language retreats. And, of course, I’m wondering which endangered language, and which East Asian language - oh, and french and Spanish - I want to tackle once I’ve gotten to advanced levels in German.

So even if you’re just interested in language learning, give it a shot. But if you’re in the trenches and need to be inspired, then definitely sign up for the fluent show!

CaptainP75 ,

Very Enjoyable Podcast

I followed Kerstin from the German Uncovered course she developed with Olly Richards. Her excitement and enthusiasm grabbed my attention; it continues with this podcast. I recommend giving it a try.
Paul - E1L

HLWoodlet ,

Love the topics/episodes and hosts

I have listened to this show off and on for a few years and I still love it; I ALWAYS learn something and it always inspires me to keep going with languages!

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