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    • 4.7 • 112 Ratings

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)

    Stylistics: The Science of Hemingway and The Wire (with Professor Dan McIntyre)

    Stylistics: The Science of Hemingway and The Wire (with Professor Dan McIntyre)

    Wait, stylistics is not about fashion magazines?
    There's a job that involves watching The Wire?
    And Hemingway's language wasn't as simple as everyone says?


    In this interview with Professor Dan McIntyre from the University of Huddersfield, you'll get a super interesting guide to Stylistics, the study of style in language. Dan and I chat about corpus linguistics and audio-visual subtitles, and you'll learn more about what inspired him to start the popular language magazine, Babel. If you ever wanted a linguist in your pocket to answer all kinds of questions about subtitles and style, this is going to be the best hour of your week.
    Thank you to Dan for this episode introduction.


    And just like you heard in the episode, tickets are currently available for Women in Language 2021! Get yours here


    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
    Special Guest: Dan McIntyre.
    Sponsored By:
    Yabla: Stream authentic shows you enjoy and learn at the same time. Give Yabla a try with a free trial for Fluent Show listenersSupport The Fluent Show
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    Lingo Magazine — Check out this free copy of LINGO magazine for young language learnersThe Babel Lexicon of Language — New book by Dan et al!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Top Tools: Winter of 2021

    Top Tools: Winter of 2021

    Look, yes, maybe you’re all here for the hottest tips about learning a language super efficiently, but we’re all real people too and so today’s Fluent Show comes with



    added love of Riverdale
    haikus
    and a denouncement of optimising ourselves and our language learning to within an inch of our lives.


    Anti-efficient? But no!
    We are bringing you the beloved TOP TOOLS of winter 2021. Six hot new language learning apps and resources to help you through that pandemic with a smile on your face


    Here are all of our top tool suggestions


    Radio Garden
    Brainscape
    Flipboard
    wiktionary.org
    Down Dog yoga app
    BBC Bitesize


    Listen in to find out which ones came out on top.


    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
    Sponsored By:
    Yabla: Stream authentic shows you enjoy and learn at the same time. Give Yabla a try with a free trial for Fluent Show listenersSupport The Fluent Show
    Links:
    The Ultimate Top Tools for Language Learning from 2016-2020 by Fluent Language — All previous top tools in one blog articleRadio GardenBrainscape: The Best Flashcards App | Make Flashcards OnlineWiktionaryFlipboard - Stories from 28,875 topics personalized for youHome - BBC BitesizeDown Dog | Great Yoga AnywhereDown Dog For Schools — Free until 1 July

    • 46 min
    Discover the Languages of Western and Central Asia (with Erin Morgan)

    Discover the Languages of Western and Central Asia (with Erin Morgan)

    In today's episode, my guest Erin Morgan will tell you more about the most widely spoken languages of Western & Central Asia, such as..
    * Arabic
    * Persian
    * Armenian
    * Kazakh
    * Turkmen
    * Pashto
    * ....and only a few dozen more!



    where "Western and Central Asia" even is
    how to understand the impact of history on any language
    why it works best to learn a language when you're really feeling it





    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
    Special Guest: Erin Morgan.
    Sponsored By:
    Yabla: Stream authentic shows you enjoy and learn at the same time. Give Yabla a try with a free trial for Fluent Show listenersSupport The Fluent Show
    Links:
    Turkmenistan: The Berdymukhamedov Holiday Special - YouTubeTurkmenistan's president performs in rap video with his grandson - YouTube

    • 1 hr 3 min
    From Expat Bubbles to Bilingual Books: Letters to the Fluent Show

    From Expat Bubbles to Bilingual Books: Letters to the Fluent Show

    The first mailbag Fluent Show, answering four listener questions on:



    The best ways to learn grammar - does spaced repetition software work for learning grammar? 🗂
    How to overcome shame and embarrassment when you're caught in the expat language bubble 🙈
    Why all the tips about learning your 3rd, 4th, 5th language can be wrong for you 🪜
    How I would instruct you in a lesson if we're using a bilingual parallel reader 📙


    Thank you to Amanda for this episode introduction.
    If you want to submit an intro for this podcast, you can do so! Click here to read how it works.


    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.
    Sponsored By:
    Yabla: Stream authentic shows you enjoy and learn at the same time. Give Yabla a try with a free trial for Fluent Show listenersSupport The Fluent Show
    Links:
    The Fluent Show: How To Navigate Bilingual Love and Change Your Family PerspectiveResources and Courses for French LearnersComme une Française Partners with Fluent Language - Free French Crash Course - Comme une Française — (affiliate link)Interlinear Books - Bringing Literature to Language LearnersCrack the Grammar CodeTips to Improve Your Vocab Memory by Fluent LanguageJohnson, LAL.Johnson:Intro to Foreign Lan_p2, 2nd Edition | PearsonHow to Learn Several Languages At The Same Time by Fluent LanguageThe Fluent Show: Learning a Language Through Another Language (Laddering)

    • 41 min
    What 2020 Taught Us About Languages (with Shannon Kennedy)

    What 2020 Taught Us About Languages (with Shannon Kennedy)

    A new year fireside chat with Shannon Kennedy! We have been recording these for a few years now and with 2020, what a year to review. This is Shannon's personal review of the year, and you can use the following questions to conduct your own review and set goals for the next year.



    How would you sum up the year in your languages?
    What changed in your life and in your languages in 2020?
    What lessons do you think you learnt from the year 2020?
    What surprised you?
    What will you change going forward?
    Looking forward, what are your language learning goals for 2021?


    Shannon's top 3 books of 2020


    Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
    Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
    Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari


    Shannon also mentioned Atomic Habits by James Clear


    Shannon's top 4 apps of 2020

    This is for language learning and not-language-learning.



    Todoist for task management
    Notion for study note management
    Drops and Memrise for language learning


    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
    Special Guest: Shannon Kennedy.
    Sponsored By:
    The Language Habit Toolkit: Build a productive language learning routine that makes you fluent, not frustratedSupport The Fluent Show
    Links:
    The Fluent Show: What Did You Learn in 2019? (with Shannon Kennedy)

    • 55 min
    Words of the Year 2020

    Words of the Year 2020

    There are two big types of news in this episode:



    Important celebrity word news from the worlds of Hilaria Baldwin and Wagatha Christie 🕵🏼
    Important annual word news from the Word of the Year committees around the world


    It's a bumper episode as Lindsay dropped in to discuss all those words that made our 2020, including



    lockdown
    coronavirus
    rona / Miss Rona
    BLM / Black Lives Matter
    Samfundssind
    PPE
    Karen


    AND MANY MORE!! 😄


    I have a bunch of small corrections from this episode:



    I got the German gender letters wrong when talking about Gendersternchen and job applications, it’s not n for the 3rd option but d (to mean “divers”).
    The French word "déconfinement" isn't "confinement"or "lockdown" but the period after: the confinement is being "undone", usually in small steps, a de-lockdown, so to say (Merci to Ines)
    TERF stands for trans exclusionary radical feminist, which makes way more sense than my guess "revolutionary" (Thanks to Ines)


    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 at www.patreon.com/fluentshow


    Thank you for listening to the Fluent Show!
    Sponsored By:
    The Language Habit Toolkit: Build a productive language learning routine that makes you fluent, not frustratedSupport The Fluent Show
    Links:
    Nyordslistan 2020 - Institutet för språk och folkminnenÅrets ord og årets tegn 2020 — Dansk SprognævnKoronaen er årets ord 2020The Language Lover's Puzzle Book: Lexical perplexities and cracking conundrums from across the globe (Main) by Alex Bellos | WHSmithCollins - The Collins Word of the Year 2020 is...Oxford Word of the Year 2020 | Oxford Languages'Iso' named Australia's 2020 word of the year, beating coronavirus-related terms 'bubble' and 'COVID normal' - ABC NewsGfdS wählt »Corona-Pandemie« zum Wort des Jahres 2020 | GfdSJapan’s kanji of the year, ‘mitsu,’ reflects gloom of 2020 pandemic : The Asahi ShimbunThe Spanish Word of the Year 2020 - Yabla Spanish - Free Spanish Lessons17: Words of the Week of the Year 2020 – Because Language'Quarantine’ is Cambridge Dictionary's Word of the Year 2020 - Language Magazine′Lost′ is Germany′s 2020 youth word of the year | Culture| Arts, music and lifestyle reporting from Germany | DW | 15.10.2020Atlas: 100 Karten über Sprache – KATAPULT-VerlagHilaria Baldwin Talks About Her Heritage, Spain, Boston, Alec and Instagram - The New York TimesWagatha Christie: A uniquely British feud - BBC NewsBlue - Fly By II (Official Video)

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 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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