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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

    • Education
    • 4.7 • 58 Ratings

Brought to you by OptiLingo --

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.

    June 2022 Update - Post Pandemic Stress Disorder, Moving Countries, Podcast

    June 2022 Update - Post Pandemic Stress Disorder, Moving Countries, Podcast

    Kris comes back with a quick update to announce the return of the Actual Fluency podcast.


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    • 16 min
    AFP 186: Rosemary Salomone - The Rise of English

    AFP 186: Rosemary Salomone - The Rise of English

    In this episode I'm joined by Rosemary Salomone to discuss the role of English on a global academic level, and some of the challenges faced by minorities and non-english native speaking students and countries in the world. 

    Rosemary is the Kenneth Wang Professor of Law at St. John's University in Queens, New York. Prior to joining the legal academy, she taught English to international students, developed bilingual programs for immigrant students, and was a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she taught education law and language policy.

    Check out Rosemary's new book here: The Rise of English: Global Politics and the Power of Language: https://amzn.to/3Fafmdx


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    • 45 min
    AFP 185: Sadelle Wiltshire - Learning at Different Ages and Minority Languages

    AFP 185: Sadelle Wiltshire - Learning at Different Ages and Minority Languages

    In this podcast episode I'm joined by Sadelle Wiltshire, who shares her story of learning languages at different ages, including her passion for Irish and the community of learners she's found for the language.  

    Sadelle's website:  

    https://www.sadellewiltshire.com/ 

    The Fluent in 3 Months Challenge:  

    https://actf.lu/fi3m-challenge


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    • 48 min
    AFP 184: Rick Dearman - Using Forums in Language Learning

    AFP 184: Rick Dearman - Using Forums in Language Learning

    In this episode Kris is joined by Rick Dearman to talk about using forums to help support you in your language learning, language conferences, and much more.  

    Special thanks to OPTILINGO for sponsoring the podcast. You can check out this innovative language learning app, designed to make you SPEAK a language by going to https://optilingo.com 

    To find out more about Rick go to:  

    https://forum.language-learners.org/

     https://autodidactic.info/ 

    Announcement: The podcast is now on YouTube! 

    That means you can watch this episode as a video, by going to the Actual Fluency YouTube channel. Watch as Kris learns the trials and tribulations of video editing to create a whole new dimension of the podcast.

    Thank you so much for listening!


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    • 41 min
    AFP 183 - Jennifer Degenhardt: Better School Learning and Creating Inclusive Materials

    AFP 183 - Jennifer Degenhardt: Better School Learning and Creating Inclusive Materials

    In the episode I'm joined by Spanish Teacher and Educational Author, Jennifer Degenhardt.

    We go over why school language learning is in such a bad state in many schools, and what innovative and energetic teachers like Jennifer can do to improve the results the kids get from the classroom. 

    We also talk about her diverse and inclusive range of educational materials, as well as her experience spending a year learning Spanish abroad in latin America.

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    This episode is sponsored by OptiLingo. Go check out a modern language learning app that focuses on speaking EARLY without the boring drills and grammar memorisation. Try OptiLingo: https://optilingo.com

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    Jen's Website: https://digilangua.co/


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    AFP 182 - Liz Sharma from Talk The Streets on Portuguese

    AFP 182 - Liz Sharma from Talk The Streets on Portuguese

    In the episode I'm joined by Portuguese teacher and YouTuber Liz Sharma to talk about Portugal, Portuguese (European vs Brazilian) and how Liz moved from the U.K to Portugal.

    Since I just moved to Portugal myself I got to ask a lot of curiosity-driven questions, including what Portuguese learners normally struggle with.

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    This episode is sponsored by OptiLingo. Go check out a modern language learning app that focuses on speaking EARLY without the boring drills and grammar memorisation. Try OptiLingo: https://optilingo.com

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    Talk The Streets: https://talkthestreets.com

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAHp6bCNcUg6PTHaZ-hI3Bw

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/talkthestreets/


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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 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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