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The Language Mastery Show brings you interviews with the world's best language learners. Get an inside look at how polyglots, linguists, and language lovers master languages more quickly, and learn the habits, methods, and mindsets you need to succeed in your own language learning adventures. Each guest shares proven strategies for reaching fluency, overcoming fear, speaking with confidence, and having more fun along the way. I'm your host, John Fotheringham, a linguist, teacher, and the author of Master Japanese. For show notes, 150+ free articles and resources, and more, visit LanguageMastery.com.
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The Language Mastery Show brings you interviews with the world's best language learners. Get an inside look at how polyglots, linguists, and language lovers master languages more quickly, and learn the habits, methods, and mindsets you need to succeed in your own language learning adventures. Each guest shares proven strategies for reaching fluency, overcoming fear, speaking with confidence, and having more fun along the way. I'm your host, John Fotheringham, a linguist, teacher, and the author of Master Japanese. For show notes, 150+ free articles and resources, and more, visit LanguageMastery.com.
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    AJATT's Khatzumoto on how to immerse yourself in Japanese & innovate your language learning methods

    AJATT's Khatzumoto on how to immerse yourself in Japanese & innovate your language learning methods

    Note: This interview was originally recorded in 2010 as part of a collection of expert interviews included with my Japanese learning guide Master Japanese: How to Learn Japanese through Anywhere Immersion. This version includes excerpts from the complete interview, which is available as part of the Master Japanese Digital Package available JapaneseMastery.com.
    Khatzumoto is the man behind the popular Japanese learner blog All Japanese All the Time (or AJATT for short). While attending university in the United States, he figured out a way to immerse himself in Japanese language and culture nearly 24 hours a day. In an extremely short amount of time, he managed to reach an impressive level of fluency despite not living where the language was spoken and even without many of the learning tools and resources now readily available (he began his journey in 2004). In his words:

    "I learned Japanese in 18 months by having fun. In June 2004, at the ripe old age of 21, all post-pubescent and supposedly past my mental/linguistic prime, I started learning Japanese. By September 2005, I had learned enough to read technical material, conduct business correspondence and job interviews in Japanese. By the next month, I landed a job as a software engineer at a gigantic Japanese corporation in Tokyo."
    Though Khatzumoto is no longer active in the language blogosphere, his approach remains a big inspiration for my own methods and philosophies. He showed that it's truly possible to reach a high level of fluency anywhere in the world; that learning a language is more about doing the right things than happening to live in the right place. His example forced me to rethink some of the "facts" I had been taught while studying Linguistics in university, and showed me the many ways I had been wasting my time and effort learning about Japanese instead of immersing myself in Japanese. Wherever you are now, thank you for everything, Khatz!


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    • 21 min
    Polyglot Lindie Botes on how to master Japanese, Korean, and more through interest, immersion & self-study

    Polyglot Lindie Botes on how to master Japanese, Korean, and more through interest, immersion & self-study

    Lindie Botes is a polyglot, YouTuber, blogger, and UI/UX designer on a mission to master 12+ languages, including Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and more. She is originally from South Africa, but has lived all over the world and now calls Singapore home. Though she loves foreign languages, she sees them not as an end but as a means to break down the barriers that otherwise divide us. For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. To learn more about Master Japanese: How to Learn Japanese through Anywhere Immersion, visit JapaneseMastery.com.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Matt vs. Japan on how to master Japanese through immersion

    Matt vs. Japan on how to master Japanese through immersion

    Matt is the creator of the popular Matt vs. Japan YouTube channel and the co-founder of Refold: The Roadmap to True Fluency, where he shares the methods he used to reach near native-like fluency in Japanese in just 5 years. I am a big fan of his immersion-based approach to language learning (which aligns well with the approach I share in Master Japanese), his mission to create a more streamlined path to fluency, and his commitment to giving Japanese language learners the tips and tools they need to succeed. For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show.
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    • 2 hr 1 min
    Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett on how to master Mandarin Chinese through play

    Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett on how to master Mandarin Chinese through play

    Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett (a.k.a. “Miss Panda”) is an intercultural language consultant and trainer, the author of Let’s Learn Mandarin Chinese with Miss Panda! and First Mandarin Sounds: an Awesome Chinese Word Book, and the host of the Playful Chinese podcast. I love her approach to language learning, especially her emphasis on play and having fun. As she puts it eloquently, "Playing is learning. Learning is playing." For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show. For help learning Mandarin Chinese, check out my detailed guide "Master Mandarin: How to Learn Mandarin Chinese Anywhere in the World" at ChineseMastery.com.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Interview with Skritter CEO Jake Gill

    Interview with Skritter CEO Jake Gill

    Jake Gill (高健) is a Chinese educator, former "Teaching Chinese as a Second Language" graduate student, and the CEO of Skritter, an innovative language learning app that helps Japanese and Chinese learners master characters through active production (i.e. writing on the screen) instead of passive recognition.
    In the interview, we talk about how and why he learned Mandarin Chinese, why traditional language classes won't get you fluent in a language, what he would do differently if he were to start learning Mandarin over again, the limitations of app-based learning and following "the golden path," the importance of following your passion and curiosity in languages, how to learn to write Chinese characters the "write" way, Jake's current language learning routines and favorite resources, and the importance of daily habits and focusing on process over outcome.
    For show notes, visit https://languagemastery.com/blog/jake-gill.
    If you'd like to try Skritter, use the code LANGUAGEMASTERY at checkout to get 10% off.
    For help creating a Chinese immersion environment anywhere in the world, check out my detailed language learning guide Master Mandarin available at ChineseMastery.com.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Sam the Japanese Translator

    Sam the Japanese Translator

    Do you live and breath languages? Do you want to make a good living using and refining your language skills every day? Then professional translation might be just the ticket. In today's episode, I chat with my friend Sam, who is a professional Japanese translator and one of the best non-native Japanese speakers I know. We talk about how he learned Japanese, how he broke into the translation industry, and his tips for doing the same. For show notes, visit https://languagemastery.com/blog/sam-the-translator. For more help learning Japanese, check out my detailed guide Master Japanese: How to Learn Japanese through Anywhere Immersion.
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    • 2 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Roberto264834 ,

A Must For Anyone Interested in Languages

The host seems very passionate about language learning, but tends to ramble sometimes. If you feel it coming on, you know where the fast forward button is, though. Very enjoyable nonetheless.

In Two Minds ,

Very good show.

Having listened to at least half of the episodes, I firmly believe John is performing a very valuable service here for the language acquisition community. But there is room for improvement. I wish his main goal was to extract as many great stories and insights from his guests as possible. (Jared at the You Can Learn Chinese Podcast is an absolute master at this.) John frequently interjects with his thoughts, ideas and stories in an effort to generate respect from his guest and build rapport. It’s a worthy secondary goal, but comes at the cost of frustrating long-term listeners who’ve heard it all before. John is clearly a really good guy with all of the impressive language credentials you’d wish from a host. A shorter, more tightly edited show with a greater emphasis on the guest, will propel this superior show to greatness.

Gao Jian ,

A must listen!

The Language Mastery podcast has a little bit of everything when it comes to language learning. John is an amazing host, and the conversations with his guests are a real delight!

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