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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.
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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    • 4.7 • 120 Ratings

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.
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)

    The Farewell Episode: The Joy of Finishing Good Things

    The Farewell Episode: The Joy of Finishing Good Things

    So this is it and the last episode is a good one!! Lindsay and I close this chapter of the Fluent Show in true style, with



    lots of YOUR listener feedback and beautiful messages
    why finishing things can be beautiful, and how to escape the dreaded feeling of "what could have been"
    a look at the secret box of lost Fluent Show episodes that we never got to make
    a QUIZ!! Hah, didn't think we'd skip that did you?


    💜 Get our Best of Fluent Show playlist here


    A big thank you to Clozemaster, our Fluent Show sponsor.


    WHAT NOW?
    Don't be sad, stay connected with us!



    Make sure you are subscribed to the Fluent Show podcast feed so you can hear announcements when they come out
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    Kerstin's Newsletter SignupLindsay's Newsletter SignupBest of The Fluent Show | Episode List on PodchaserThe Power of a Good Review — My online course about improve any routine through reviewsThe Fluent Show: What Can You Gain From a Language Retreat? — More from listener Anne!The Fluent Show: Did You Miss the Outstanding Langfest 2019? Catch Up Here! — the one with listener Scottie!Lindsay's Off-Facebook Community

    • 1 hr 21 min
    How Learning Languages Has Changed my Life (with Bec from Language Chats AU)

    How Learning Languages Has Changed my Life (with Bec from Language Chats AU)

    content warning for one mild reference to explicit images at about 24 minutes


    In this episode I'm joined by my friend Bec Howie, a passionate language lover from Australia. Bec and I chat about how languages have made a difference in our lives. You think of them as a hobby, but we've found that learning a language has..



    changed our career paths
    given us amazing new options
    helped us find love
    made us more confident


    Listen in for a massive boost of motivation!


    Plus: The Fluent Show's FINAL Episode

    The next episode, number 240, is pretty special... because 😰 it is going to be the final episode of the Fluent Show. This podcast I have created and hosted for 9 years is coming to an end.


    I’m going to miss you all so much, your feedback, your voices when you send in intros, questions, and your long and short emails that you sent me to share what you thought about the new episodes.


    During the 9 years of running the Fluent Show, I have grown as a person, a podcaster, and a language professional. I’ve learnt so much, and there have been hundreds of wonderful guests. While this will be the final Fluent Show episode, I am not going to tell you it’s forever.** Please make sure you stay subscribed on this feed for further news.**


    YOUR TURN: I want to hear from you!

    I want YOUR voices, your stories, your feedback on the last episode! You can send me anything, but especially your Fluent Show memories.


    Which episodes stood out to you?
    Have you made friends who are listeners too?
    How did you discover the show?
    What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever listened?


    I want to know it all!!!



    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thefluentshow
    Instagram: http://instagram.com/kerstin_fluent/ and #thefluentshow
    Email me (ideally WITH audio!!) at kerstin@fluentlanguage.co.uk and I will be so delighted to add your story to our extra special episode 240.


    Love the show? Rate & Review it here
    Special Guest: Rebecca Howie.
    Links:
    3 Lessons Podcasting Has Taught Me About Life and Languages by Fluent LanguageMap of Indigenous Australia | AIATSISDo you know whose country you're on? - ABC NewsLanguage Chats Podcast — Language Lovers AU — Hear Bec and Penny's language obsessed podcast!Karla Zuluaga | LinkedIn — Our friend who learns and advocates for indigenous languages in AustraliaPodcasts for Language Lovers | Podcast List on PodchaserThe Fluent Show: Words of the Year 2021Dead cat strategy - WikipediaThe Fluent Show: Words of the Year 2020Zeitenwende—The Dawn of the Deterrence Era in Germany | Strengthening Transatlantic Cooperation — Early word of the year candidate

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Learn a Language with Online Language Exchange

    Learn a Language with Online Language Exchange

    In this episode, you'll learn about language exchange and how you can use it to become fluent in a new language.


    My guest is Brian Heavey, international events organiser and director at Online Language Exchange & Real Events Ireland.


    Brian has been running language exchange events for 10 years now, with thousands of participants learning languages together. In April 2020, he pivoted his business to create Online Language Exchange providing online exchanges during lockdown.


    Brian speaks Spanish, Portuguese and a bit of Irish, and is raising a multilingual family in Dublin.


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    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thefluentshow
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    Thank you to Brian for this episode introduction.


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    Special Guest: Brian Heavey.
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    Online Language Exchange | Language exchange community events

    • 53 min
    🍿 Music, TV & Films in Your Favourite Languages

    🍿 Music, TV & Films in Your Favourite Languages

    Get ready for spring and summer with our big pop culture episode featuring recommendations for music, TV and films to enjoy in over 22 languages. Lindsay introduces a helpful framework for getting the most out of pop culture in another language:



    Discover
    Consume
    Create


    We hope you enjoy our recommendations!


    Timestamps


    Lindsay’s faves

    MUSIC



    Rosalia - MOTOMAMI (Spanish with some Catalan and English and Japanese influence)
    Stromae - Multitude (French)
    Daddy Yankee - Legendaddy (Spanish)
    Tierra Adentro - Aguije (Spanish and Guarani)
    Dead Blonde - Propaganda (Russian)
    Monetochka - Raskpaski dla Vzrosluh (Russian)
    Toot Ard - Migrant Birds (Arabic)
    Waiata Reo Maori: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX9Ca1SohktgM
    Raices Indigenas: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX1aLJoYoaZnK
    Mosaic: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DXd9vfK9DV3I6
    Organica: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX2pprEpa9URZ
    Borderless: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWZJmo7mlltU6
    Global X: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWUxHPh2rEiHr
    Folk Fabrique: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX62XscWX9t6h
    The Sounds of Spotify/Every Noise


    FILMS



    La Famille Belier - CODA remade from this concept (French)
    Jiro Dreams of Sushi - he really really really likes sushi (Japanese)
    The Skin I Live In - phew! Banderas is on fire! (Spanish)
    Downstream to Kinshasa - moving. Loved seeing a different place. (Lingala, Swahili)
    Bad Lucky Goat - take me here too please sunshine (islander Creole English)
    Cairo Station - it’s OG Manic Pixie Dream Girl (Arabic)
    Song Without a Name - heartbreaking, real, honest, tonne of bricks (Spanish with Quechua)
    5 Broken Cameras - life in Palestine looks tough as (Arabic, Hebrew)
    The Prince of Nothingwood - wanna watch all his films please (English and Arabic)
    Sweat - never connected to this lead before (Polish)

    TV: El Casa del Papel (Money Heist), How to Sell Drugs Online Fast



    Kerstin’s faves

    MUSIC
    Indie, alternative, punk, rock music:



    Tocotronic, Kraftklub, Die Ärzte 🇩🇪
    Candelas, Swnami 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿


    Dancehall, caribbean feel, afrobeat type of music:



    Mandi Classic 🇨🇩 (Swahili), Jamaican artists like Sean Paul and Spice, and Seeed 🇩🇪


    BOOKS AND TV
    Mysteries & Thrillers
    Books: Arnaldur Indri∂asson’s Erlendur series 🇮🇸


    On TV: The Bridge 🇩🇰🇸🇪 , Salamander 🇧🇪, The Killing 🇩🇰, Trapped 🇮🇸, Craith/Hidden 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿, Dark 🇩🇪


    FILM



    Patagonia (Welsh, Spanish, English)


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    Clozemaster: A fast and fun way to expand your vocabulary. Play Clozemaster for free and secure lifetime 10% off Clozemaster Pro with the code FLUENTSHOW Promo Code: FLUENTSHOWLinks:
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Feminism in Our Language World (Panel Discussion)

    Feminism in Our Language World (Panel Discussion)

    Today I’m bringing you a special, a recording of an expert panel discussion I moderated at the recent Women in Language conference, entitled *“Feminism in Our Language World”. *


    This is a top quality conversation I think you should hear. It isn’t a talk about how to learn vocabulary or find conversation partners in some kind of feminist way. It’s an examination of the world we live in, and how it may impact us as humans, not just language learners.


    > "Feminism helps me to get space to just say what I want to say and not feel like I can't say my message."


    > "A lot of people still see "feminist" as the extreme end of the spectrum and so are reluctant to use the term to describe themselves."


    > "I can talk all day about the intersectionality of all things. But when you're not in a place where you can make mistakes, we're not in a place where you can make change."


    > "To become the best version of yourself, you need to stand for the humanity of someone else."


    I am grateful to Lindsay and Shannon as well as our panelists Archana Parmar, Chesline Pierre Paul, Martina Gerdts, and Samantha Lassaux, for allowing me to put this audio out on the podcast.


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    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thefluentshow
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    Love the show? Rate & Review it here
    Special Guests: Archana Parmar, Chesline Pierre-Paul, Martina Gerdts, and Samantha Lassaux.
    Sponsored By:
    Clozemaster: A fast and fun way to expand your vocabulary. Play Clozemaster for free and secure lifetime 10% off Clozemaster Pro with the code FLUENTSHOW Promo Code: FLUENTSHOWLinks:
    The Mill on the Floss - WikipediaWomen and Leadership a book by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More a book by Janet Mock.Invisible Women: the Sunday Times number one bestseller exposing the gender bias women face every day a book by Caroline Criado Perez. — https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6226/9781784706289Hidden Brain : NPRBBC Sounds - NB: My non-binary life

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Grammar Girl Crush

    Grammar Girl Crush

    In this episode, my guest is Mignon Fogarty - better known as Grammar Girl.


    She's a language podcaster, founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network, a bestselling author, Podcasting Hall of Fame inductee, and she's even been a guest on the Ophrah Winfrey show! In other words, we have a super expert on the podcast today.


    In this fun conversation, Mignon and I chatted about



    the biggest misconceptions people have about grammar
    the reality of being women (not girls!) who have "expert podcasts"
    the truth about using grammar correctly - how important is it really?


    And then she took YOUR questions - that burning issue of the Oxford comma is finally solved!


    Enjoy the show! You can find out more about Mignon here and about


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    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thefluentshow
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    Thank you to Mignon Fogarty for this episode introduction.


    Love the show? Rate & Review it here
    Special Guest: Mignon Fogarty.
    Sponsored By:
    Clozemaster: A fast and fun way to expand your vocabulary. Play Clozemaster for free and secure lifetime 10% off Clozemaster Pro with the code FLUENTSHOW Promo Code: FLUENTSHOWLinks:
    Mignon Fogarty Interview: Life and Times of the Grammar Girl – Smashing Interviews MagazineTips for Learning a New Language: The Fluent Show | Grammar Girl

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 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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