45 episodes

The Language Mastery Show brings you interviews with the world's best language learners. Learn how polyglots, linguists, missionaries, and spies learn languages fast, and how you can, too! Each guest shares proven strategies for reaching fluency, overcoming fear, and speaking with confidence. I'm your host, John Fotheringham, a linguist, teacher, and the author of Master Japanese. For show notes, 150+ free articles and resources, and my 1-on-1 tutoring and coaching, visit LanguageMastery.com.

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The Language Mastery Show brings you interviews with the world's best language learners. Learn how polyglots, linguists, missionaries, and spies learn languages fast, and how you can, too! Each guest shares proven strategies for reaching fluency, overcoming fear, and speaking with confidence. I'm your host, John Fotheringham, a linguist, teacher, and the author of Master Japanese. For show notes, 150+ free articles and resources, and my 1-on-1 tutoring and coaching, visit LanguageMastery.com.

    Ari Smith (Xiaomanyc) on How to Learn Chinese Anywhere

    Ari Smith (Xiaomanyc) on How to Learn Chinese Anywhere

    Arieh Smith, a.k.a. Xiaomanyc (Xiǎomǎ, 小马), is a popular YouTuber who loves practicing Mandarin on the streets of New York and surprising unsuspecting native speakers. From 24-hour crash courses in new languages like Korean, to learning additional Chinese dialects like Cantonese and Fuzhounese (which are really mutually unintelligible languages), his viral linguistic exploits have entertained and inspired millions of learners around the world. In our conversation, he shares why and how he learned Mandarin Chinese, tips for mastering Chinese characters and tones, and strategies for going from zero to basic conversations in a matter of days no matter where in the world you live.
    For show notes, visit https://languagemastery.com/blog/ari-smith.
    For more about my language tutoring and coaching, visit https://languagemastery.com/tutoring-and-coaching.

    • 45 min
    Interview with Jonty Yamisha: Circassian Language Activist, Accidental Polyglot & Founder of Optilingo

    Interview with Jonty Yamisha: Circassian Language Activist, Accidental Polyglot & Founder of Optilingo

    Jonty Yamisha is a language activist, an "accidental polyglot" in his own words, a "third-generation Circassian refugee," and the founder of OptiLingo, an audio-based language app that uses "guided immersion" to help people reach fluency in foreign languages more quickly. We discuss the Circassian language and cultural history, how he's raising his children bilingually, and how he "steals back" time for language learning amid his busy professional and family life.
    For show notes, visit https://languagemastery.com/blog/jonty-yamisha.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Interview with Michael & Ellen Robinson

    Interview with Michael & Ellen Robinson

    Michael and Ellen Robins first met in 2004 while they were studying Spanish in Mexico. Though Ellen had intended not to spend time with any other native English speakers while abroad, Michael's charm and sufficient command of the Spanish language were enough to overcome her initial objections. They are now married, have two children, have visited 23 countries, and have lived abroad nine times. In the interview, they share key lessons they've learned while acquiring Spanish, living abroad, and raising children bilingually.
    For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/show.

    • 54 min
    Actual Fluency Podcast Host Kris Broholm Returns — Part 2

    Actual Fluency Podcast Host Kris Broholm Returns — Part 2

    In 2015, the Danish podcaster Kris Broholm joined me on the Language Mastery Show to talk about how discovering the polyglot community helped pull him out of depression and give his life direction. His podcast, Actual Fluency, is now one of the most popular language podcasts on the planet, with 166 guests to date! Though Kris speaks multiple languages, he sees himself not as a language expert himself, but as a "language learning journalist" who highlights the expertise of the world's best language learners. In this special two-part two-way interview (which is also being shared on his podcast), we each talk about lessons we've learned in the last four years, patterns we've observed after talking to so many polyglots, and how our respective blogs, podcasts, and language businesses have evolved.
    For show notes, visit LanguageMastery.com/blog/kris-broholm-returns-part-2.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Actual Fluency Podcast Host Kris Broholm Returns — Part 1

    Actual Fluency Podcast Host Kris Broholm Returns — Part 1

    In 2015, the Danish podcaster Kris Broholm joined me on the Language Mastery Show to talk about how discovering the polyglot community helped pull him out of depression and give his life direction. His podcast, Actual Fluency, is now one of the most popular language podcasts on the planet, with 166 guests to date! Though Kris speaks multiple languages, he sees himself not as a language expert himself, but as a "language learning journalist" who highlights the expertise of the world's best language learners. In this special two-part two-way interview (which is also being shared on his podcast), we each talk about lessons we've learned in the last four years, patterns we've observed after talking to so many polyglots, and how our respective blogs, podcasts, and language businesses have evolved.
    For show notes, visit https://languagemastery.com/blog/kris-broholm-returns-part-1.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Interview with Ruben Adery

    Interview with Ruben Adery

    Ruben Adery is a pronunciation and dialect coach who helps language learners, actors, singers, etc. develop native-like foreign accents in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, and Italian. I first met him at the 2019 Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava where he gave a talk titled The Sincerest Form of Flattery: Imitating Foreign Accents to Help Master Any Language. The content of the talk itself was great, but the really impressive part was that he had the audience fooled for the first five minutes that he was from Israel when he is in fact a native English speaker from Los Angeles! As Ruben likes to say: "Accents speak louder than words!"
    For show notes, visit https://languagemastery.com/blog/ruben-adery

    • 31 min

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Top-notch interviewing skills and actionable advice!

I wish I had had this podcast to listen to when I was first learning Russian as an independent language learner! Come to think of it, I wish I had had this podcast when I was learning Spanish in high school and college so I would have learned that my methods were ineffective and I didn’t have to feel so bad about “not being good at languages”. If I had applied some of these concepts, I would have gotten an A+, ha! John is a skilled interviewer and each episode is filled with practical takeaways and actionable content. A must for any independent language learner or aspiring polyglot!

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