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The Actual Fluency Podcast features inspirational stories from world-class language learners, industry experts, and regular people who embraced multilingualism in one way or another.

In the episodes we dive deep down in the why that pushed people to learn a new language, the how to figure out how they best achieved it, and of course a lot of great stories of the experiences that speaking multiple languages can bring to people's lives.

We also talk about apps, methodology, and education to try and find ways to shorten the path to mastery.

The Actual Fluency Podcast for Language Learners Kris Broholm

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    • 4.7, 52 Ratings

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The Actual Fluency Podcast features inspirational stories from world-class language learners, industry experts, and regular people who embraced multilingualism in one way or another.

In the episodes we dive deep down in the why that pushed people to learn a new language, the how to figure out how they best achieved it, and of course a lot of great stories of the experiences that speaking multiple languages can bring to people's lives.

We also talk about apps, methodology, and education to try and find ways to shorten the path to mastery.

    AFP 176 - Maria Ortega Garcia: Connecting Deeper with Languages!

    AFP 176 - Maria Ortega Garcia: Connecting Deeper with Languages!

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    In this episode I'm joined by Spanish teacher Maria Ortega Garcia, who shares unique insights as both a language learner and teacher.

    She specifically talks about connecting with the language you're trying to learn, and making it yours. This has been the most succesful approach she has seen over the years.

    We also touch on some ideas of improving tutoring for students and teachers alike.

    Resources:



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    AFP 175 - Tetsu Yung: Raising Children in 5 Languages

    AFP 175 - Tetsu Yung: Raising Children in 5 Languages

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    In this episode Tetsu Yung returns to update on his childrens' language learning (5 languages!) and talks in detail about the ONE PARENT ONE LANGUAGE methodology, he's been using for over 8 years now.

    We also chat briefly about LangFest, the annual conference usually held in Montreal, Canada. The event is currently postponed until 2021 due to the ongoing situation.

    Resources:

    Tetsu on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/asktetsu

    LangFest: https://langfest.org (postponed until 2021)

    Episode 87: https://actualfluency.com/87-tetsu-yung-raising-multilingual-children/

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    AFP 174 - Peter Strang: From the UK to Russia

    AFP 174 - Peter Strang: From the UK to Russia

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    In this episode I'm joined by Peter Strang from the United Kingdom, who took up a position as English teacher in Russia. What was initially a temporary stay turned into starting a family and settling down full-time.

    In the episode we talk about his experience moving to Russia, settling in, and learning the language whilst coping with being one of few foreigners at his workplace and in the local community.

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    AFP 173 - Anthony Metivier: Mental Well-Being and the Victorious Mind

    AFP 173 - Anthony Metivier: Mental Well-Being and the Victorious Mind

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    In this episode I'm joined by podcast regular Anthony Metivier, to talk about his new book The Victorious Mind, mental health, and how language learning as well as memory training play a role in improving your life.

    Resources mentioned:

    Anthony's new book: The Victorious Mind (Amazon) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victorious-Mind-Master-Meditation-Well-Being/dp/0648751902

    Anthony's website and podcast - https://magneticmemorymethod.com

    Anthony's June 2020 TEDx talk: Two Easily Remembered Questions That Silence Negative Thoughts - https://youtu.be/kvtYjdriSpM

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    AFP 172 - Dick Howeson: From CD-ROM to App learning with uTalk

    AFP 172 - Dick Howeson: From CD-ROM to App learning with uTalk

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    In this episode I'm joined by Richard 'Dick' Howeson from uTalk to discuss how he started the company, and developed it from a CD-ROM based language learning system, to now a modern app system with over 140 languages.

    Resources mentioned:

    uTalk: https://actf.lu/utalk

    Polyglot Cruise: https://polyglotcruise.com

    Disclaimer: uTalk is a sponsor of the Polyglot Cruise organised by Actual Fluency, and paid to be featured in this Actual Fluency Podcast episode.


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    Podcast Update: April 2020

    Podcast Update: April 2020

    In this unnumbered Actual Fluency episode I'm getting into a few updates as of April 2020.

    Here's what you'll hear about in the episode:


    Why the podcast was on a minor break
    Why you shouldn't necessarily feel pressured to learn a new language during the pandemic
    What happened to the Polyglot Cruise
    New Course Launch: Bite-Size Languages
    What else is new on Actual Fluency
    What is happening to the polyglot events around the world, which ones do I hope to attend?

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

BCScott67 ,

Actual Fluency Podcast

This is an interesting podcast about learning languages. Kris Broholm interviews people who have successfully learned other languages - many of them polyglots, some hyperglots. He helps show that it is not necessary to learn in the traditional classroom (in fact this is probably not the best way for most people).

His guests give practical tips to learn languages and ideas for materials to learn languages. In fact, this is a “Golden Era” for language learning with the internet and modern communication. I encourage you to listen to as many of these episodes as possible to help motivate you on your language learning adventure. Most of all, have fun on your journey!

HLWoodlet ,

Super interesting for language learners

I love these interviews and they definitely help me focus on why I am trying to learn a third language. But the podcast isn’t just for language nerds and academics! Everyone interested in travel, intercultural dialogue and lifelong learning should listen!

ozarkspeechie ,

Great podcast!

Episode 162 was awesome. I loved hearing the speaker’s story about his journey learning his heritage and family language. Just downloaded his app and am loving it! This podcast has some great guests- thank you to the host for such helpful content!

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