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Tune in as Penny and Bec share their experiences of language learning with you, as well as the stories of other Australians (and a few international guests!) who love learning, working with, and communicating using other languages.
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Language Chats Penny Wilson

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    • 4.5 • 8 Ratings

Tune in as Penny and Bec share their experiences of language learning with you, as well as the stories of other Australians (and a few international guests!) who love learning, working with, and communicating using other languages.
Subscribe for your fortnightly dose of language love, from an Australian perspective.
Find out more: www.languagelovers.com.au

    Foreign Language TV Series & Film - What We’ve Been Watching in 2022 (with Lamont from Days of French ‘n’ Swedish)

    Foreign Language TV Series & Film - What We’ve Been Watching in 2022 (with Lamont from Days of French ‘n’ Swedish)

    If you need a recommendation for a new TV series or film to watch, look no further - our annual ‘What We’ve Been Watching’ episode is back for 2022!
    We have always loved chatting about what we’ve been watching in other languages and, this time, we have a special guest to join us! We invited Lamont from Days of French ‘n’ Swedish back to join us for a second time on Language Chats in 2022 to hear about what he’s been watching as well (those who follow Lamont’s YouTube channel may know that he also loves to share his thoughts about international TV series that he’s seen).
    We cover quite a lot of series and films in this chat, so see the episode links below for titles, languages and where you can currently watch in Australia.
    This episode is sponsored by Clozemaster - an app which aims to help bridge the gap from advanced beginner to native level content and help you to rapidly expand your vocabulary in another language. It’s free to sign up and get started! The paid version, Clozemaster Pro, gives you more advanced features such as unlimited sentences, more stats and customised review - use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off your Clozemaster Pro subscription.
    What have you been watching in other languages this year? Join our Facebook group Language Lovers AU Community and let us know!
    Episode Links
    NB: Where possible, we’ve noted where you can currently (Nov 2022) watch these series in Australia. If you are located outside Australia, you may need to look a little further to find where these shows are available for you to view!

    Clozemaster - Download from the App Store | Google Play (use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off Clozemaster Pro!)


    Ep #071 - An Aussie language learner on YouTube: A chat with Lamont from Days of French ‘n’ Swedish


    Trapped / Ófærð - Icelandic (SBS On Demand)


    Borgen: Power and Glory / Borgen: Riget, Magten og Æren - Danish (Netflix)


    Caliphate / Kalifat - Swedish (Netflix)


    My Brilliant Friend / L’amica geniale - Italian (SBS On Demand)


    The Quiet Girl / An Cailín Ciúin - Irish Gaelic


    The Day / De Dag - Flemish


    Tabula Rasa - Flemish (Netflix)


    Compartment No. 6 / Hytti nro 6 - Russian, Finnish


    True Colours - English / Arrernte (SBS On Demand)


    Cry Wolf / Ulven kommer - Danish


    All Quiet On The Western Front / Im Westen nichts Neues - German (Netflix)


    Joyeux Noël - English, French, German


    Extraordinary Attorney Woo - Korean (Netflix)


    Dubai Bling - Arabic (Netflix)


    SBS News in Arabic


    SBS News in Mandarin


    Days of French ‘n’ Swedish - Lamont’s YouTube Channel


    Find Lamont on Instagram at @days_french_swedish

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ditch the insecurity: Embracing a beginner’s mindset for language learning

    Ditch the insecurity: Embracing a beginner’s mindset for language learning

    Does learning a new skill (e.g. a new language!) make you feel energised and excited, or frustrated and anxious? Or perhaps you’ve felt a combination of both?
    In this episode of Language Chats, Penny & Bec are chatting about the earliest stages in language learning and all the feelings that come with it - good and bad! - after Penny saw this article in The Guardian which talks about how to embrace being a beginner. We discuss our own experiences of being beginners in different languages, tempering the very real anxiety and insecurity that we can all face in the struggle of learning something new, as well as the joy and satisfaction that can come from developing new skills, which can be especially enhanced by being in the company of other learners.
    This episode is sponsored by Clozemaster - an app which aims to help bridge the gap from advanced beginner to native level content and help you to rapidly expand your vocabulary in another language. It’s free to sign up and get started! The paid version, Clozemaster Pro, gives you more advanced features such as unlimited sentences, more stats and customised review - use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off your Clozemaster Pro subscription.
    Can you relate to these feelings when you’ve been a beginner too? Have you embraced and experienced a ‘beginner’s mindset’ (or will you aim to in future)? Join our Facebook group Language Lovers AU Community and let us know your thoughts!
    Episode Links

    Clozemaster - Download from the App Store | Google Play (use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off Clozemaster Pro!)


    Learning new skills can be daunting. Here are four ways to embrace being a beginner - The Guardian


    The Bureau (French-language series - currently available to watch in Australia on SBS On Demand)


    Join our Facebook group Language Lovers AU Community to chat and share with other like-minded language lovers in Australia!

    • 29 min
    A fresh approach to PD for languages teachers: A chat with Kelly Harrison from Languages Roadshow

    A fresh approach to PD for languages teachers: A chat with Kelly Harrison from Languages Roadshow

    In this episode, we’re chatting with NSW-based Japanese & English teacher Kelly Harrison, the founder & director of Languages Roadshow.
    Languages Roadshow offers face to face events, online courses, creative resources and individualised support for teachers and schools, to empower educators to implement innovative teaching methods. Kelly tells us all about her journey and experience of learning Japanese and becoming a teacher, why she decided to start Languages Roadshow, the challenges that languages educators face across Australia in both metro and regional areas, and the impact that learning about language education and language development has had on her life professionally and personally.
    This episode is sponsored by Clozemaster - an app which aims to help bridge the gap from advanced beginner to native level content and help you to rapidly expand your vocabulary in another language. It’s free to sign up and get started! The paid version, Clozemaster Pro, gives you more advanced features such as unlimited sentences, more stats and customised review - use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off your Clozemaster Pro subscription.
    If you are a language teacher who can identify with some or all of the things discussed in this episode, then we would love to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts.
    Episode Links

    Clozemaster - Download from the App Store | Google Play (use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off Clozemaster Pro!)


    Languages Roadshow - Professional Development for Languages Educators


    What is Content and Language Integrated Learning? (CLIL) - Pearson


    AFMLTA - Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations


    Australian Curriculum


    Language Disorder Australia


    Find out more about Kelly and Languages Roadshow on Instagram: @languagesroadshow / Facebook: Languages Roadshow / LinkedIn: Kelly Harrison


    Join our Facebook group Language Lovers AU Community to chat and share with other like-minded language lovers in Australia!

    • 35 min
    Help! I’m not a beginner anymore: Navigating the intermediate language learning stage

    Help! I’m not a beginner anymore: Navigating the intermediate language learning stage

    So… You’re not a beginner anymore in the language that you’re learning, but you’re still a long way from considering yourself fluent. How do we deal with this hazy - and sometimes, seemingly endless - period of being kind of intermediate?
    In this episode, Penny & Bec speak about their experiences of this tricky but also empowering learning stage that comes after beginner, whether you like to describe it as intermediate, post-beginner, conversational or otherwise. We chat about the challenges of defining this period in your language learning, the fluctuations in confidence you can experience as well as the freedom that comes with having greater knowledge and choice in how you continue to learn.
    We’re also delighted to have the support of our very first sponsor, Clozemaster - an app which aims to help bridge the gap from advanced beginner to native level content and help you to rapidly expand your vocabulary in another language. It’s free to sign up and get started! The paid version, Clozemaster Pro, gives you more advanced features such as unlimited sentences, more stats and customised review - use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off your Clozemaster Pro subscription.
    What are your experiences of this stage in your language learning? Join our Facebook group Language Lovers AU Community and share your thoughts with us!
    Episode Links

    Clozemaster - Download from the App Store | Google Play (use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off Clozemaster Pro!)


    Language Chats Ep #074 - Independent but not alone: Self-managed language learning


    The Chairman’s Bao - News-based graded reading for Chinese learners


    Language Lovers AU Community on Facebook

    • 25 min
    All the places a language can take you: A chat with Jenna Lo Bianco

    All the places a language can take you: A chat with Jenna Lo Bianco

    In this episode of Language Chats, we speak with Jenna Lo Bianco, a Melbourne-based educator, author, PhD candidate and mum of two, who lives and breathes all things Italian.
    Jenna is one of the most enthusiastic and passionate language educators we know (we challenge you to not feel motivated to support language education in Australia after listening to this episode!) and we were thrilled to have her on the podcast to tell us about all the doors that language has opened in her life and career. From teaching and higher study, to writing extensively for fiction and non-fiction, it is the Italian language and culture which has been the common thread through so many of the wonderful opportunities that she has experienced so far - we are inspired just thinking about it!
    Do you have any questions for Jenna or for us? Get in touch or join our Facebook group Language Lovers AU Community to join the conversation.
    Episode Links

    Find out more about Jenna on Instagram: @the.italian.teacher / LinkedIn: Jenna Lo Bianco


    Ep #070 - Normalising multilingualism in Australian families: A chat with Sheila Ngọc Phạm


    Ep #068 - Living and loving a language-filled life and career: A chat with Katerina Forrester


    Segmento Italian Magazine

    • 42 min
    Independent but not alone: Self-managed language learning

    Independent but not alone: Self-managed language learning

    When you think of self-study or independent language learning, do you picture yourself studying alone, at a desk, perhaps with a few books and a laptop? Maybe some headphones too? There’s nothing wrong with this image at all, of course! But learning a language in a way that is entirely self-directed, in a way that suits your needs, motivations and available time, doesn’t necessarily mean learning alone and without any support, resources or recommendations on where to go to next.
    In this episode of Language Chats, we speak about our experiences of independent language learning over the years, methods and strategies that we’ve found helpful, how we’ve decided what works for us (and how to acknowledge when something isn’t working), and some other bits and pieces that we’ve learnt along the way about motivation, commitment, resources and goal-setting.
    What are your experiences of independent or solo language learning? Join our Facebook group Language Lovers AU Community and share your thoughts with us!
    Episode Links

    Join us at Language Lovers AU Community on Facebook

    • 28 min

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