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    • 4.8 • 106 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)

    The Women in Language Speaker Takeover

    The Women in Language Speaker Takeover

    Last week you heard what it's like behind the scenes of organising our online conference. Women in Language. But what is it like to prepare for speaking at this event? Let's hear from the Women in Language speakers!


    Introducing Women in Language

    Women in Language is a 4-day online event filled with talks presentations from 30+ female language experts who have done amazing things and documented their journey.


    The conference is open to everyone, regardless of gender identity.


    Here's the full schedule for 2020:


    Get your ticket at www.womeninlanguage.com


    Here are the voices you're hearing on this show:


    Angela Pegarella from Passion for Dreaming
    Chesline Pierre-Paul, a life, language and creativity coach Chesline
    Devy Baseley, who runs FrenchSpeak.au
    Esther Ciganda, an independent Basque teacher at Basque in Languages
    Gaby Simmons who's the creator of Tim Tim Tom Books
    Lina Vasquez, a language coach and polyglot who runs the Lina Vasquez YouTube channel
    Sarah Barrett from family-focused language company Lingotastic
    Sara Maria Hasbun - remember her? Here she is!
    Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat, expert English teacher at English With a Twist


    Support This Podcast

    Like all podcasts, the Fluent Show is supported by your online reviews and word of mouth.


    If you liked this episode, please tell someone about it. Click here to support us on Patreon, go to your Podcasts app and leave us a review, or simply text a friend about the Fluent Show. Thank you!
    Special Guests: Angela Pegarella, Chesline Pierre-Paul, Devy Baseley, Esther Ciganda, Gabriela Simmons, Lina Vasquez, Sarah Barrett, Sara Maria Hasbun, and Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat.
    Sponsored By:
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    Links:
    Women in Language 2020 | Women In LanguageThe Fluent Show: Inside the Women in Language Conference: 12 Guests Tell ALL

    • 47 min
    How to Run an Online Conference Like Women in Language

    How to Run an Online Conference Like Women in Language

    The greatest thing about running a conference online? We can organise it between 3 people who live far apart from each other! Make no mistake, there's a lot of work and care in Women in Language. But when it all comes together, this is one fantastic event.


    Behind the Scenes at Women in Language

    In this episode, Shannon and I share how we use each of these tools for making Women in Language. (some of the links below are affiliate links)



    Teachable both for hosting our own course AND for collecting all information for our speakers
    Mailchimp for our emails to speakers and attendees, and for our newsletter
    Zapier to connect the apps we use
    Asana to stay as organised as possible
    Youtube live & live chat
    Ecamm live via Skype
    Zoom (for the Speak Easy sessions)
    Google Docs & Forms


    For promotion, we use Canva to make the images and various social media schedulers including SocialBee.


    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:
    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:
    Women in Language Schedule 2020 [PUBLIC] - Google Sheets
    Language League — Learn something cool from Kerstin, Lindsay and Shannon every month in Language LeagueDe-Brief From An Organiser: Women in Language 2018 by Fluent Language

    • 58 min
    5 Fun Ideas To Help You Get More Speaking Practice

    5 Fun Ideas To Help You Get More Speaking Practice

    It's time for a listener question, this time from super-busy mum Jo-Anne, who needed new inspiration for speaking practice in another language.


    In the episode you'll learn about



    Taking a drop-in class
    Joining a Speak Easy session
    Chatting to your digital voice assistant
    Setting up a practice group with buddies
    Practicing through self-talk


    Check out how Jo-Anne has used the Language Habit Toolkit in this photo:



    Women in Language Q&A Next Week

    If you have any questions about Women in Language, send them to hello@fluentlanguage.co.uk or ask on Twitter today and we'll aswer them all next week.


    Thank you to Dafydd for this episode introduction.


    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:
    Language League — Home of the Speak Easy session and so much moreWhat's The Secret To The Greatest Language Exchange Ever? by Fluent LanguageConversation Questions for the ESL/EFL Classroom (I-TESL-J)30-Day Speaking Challenge - Huggins InternationalThe Fluent in 3 Months Challenge — Goal: 15 minute conversationOregon Polyglot – (Andy Roberts)Women in Language 2020 | Women In Language

    • 33 min
    Will the Real Multilinguals Please Stand Up?

    Will the Real Multilinguals Please Stand Up?

    How does being multilingual affect your identity? Do you feel that through these language journeys you've taken, your identity and world views have changed?


    When recording this week's episode, Lindsay and I dug deep and discussed our perspectives about being multilingual people. It was a surprising discussion!


    Click or tap here to let us know what you think over on Patreon


    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


    And click here to get your ticket for our 4-day online conference Women in Language
    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:
    Being bilingual…multilingual identities | British Council FranceLanguages in the UK | Creative MultilingualismWomen in Language 2020 | Women In LanguageFluent Show Survey 2020

    • 59 min
    Going Up, Up, Up - How to Reach Higher Language Levels

    Going Up, Up, Up - How to Reach Higher Language Levels

    You've come a long way from being a beginner in your target language, so you know that you can make great progress. But the better you get, the harder it seems to improve even more. How can you reach the next level?


    In this episode of the Fluent Show, I'm sharing a few tips to help you feel GREAT about your language skills no matter where you're at. Learn more about the role of patience, clarity and expectation as you get better at your language.


    Oh, you want to be sure you reach the next level too? Don't worry, I have hands-on steps included for you too.


    Thank you to Ethan for this episode introduction.


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    If you want to get more details and full notes for this episode and all the solo episodes of the Fluent Show, head to Patreon and back this podcast for any amount of your choice.


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    It's only episode 200!!!Mastery and Advanced Level Language Learning by Fluent LanguageHow long does it take to learn a language? The truth!The Fluent Show: Q&A: Getting Off the Intermediate PlateauThe CEFR LevelsThe Fluent Show: Language Levels Revealed: The One Conversation You Need to Hear (with English teacher Michael Lavers)

    • 31 min
    Bilingual Episode (Spanish): Language Learning con Salsa 💃🏾 with Tamara Marie

    Bilingual Episode (Spanish): Language Learning con Salsa 💃🏾 with Tamara Marie

    When was the last time you sang a song in your target language? What about dancing in it?


    In today's interview, you'll learn what it means to connect to a language through music, and how the culture-first approach helped my guest Tamara Marie from Spanish con Salsa discover new connections, experiences and even insights into her own ancestry.



    The origins of Salsa as a music style and a way of life
    How the song Rebelión by Joe Aroyo changed Tamara's life as a language learner
    How learning Spanish helped Tamara connect to her ancestry as a black woman in the USA
    Why the Caribbean music scene can teach you an authentic and diverse way of speaking Spanish
    How to switch off your thinking mind as a language learner


    Bilingual Episode


    I took the opportunity to ask Tamara a few questions in Spanish in this episode. You will hear her reply in Spanish and conduct the conversation like that for about 10 minutes. If you are not a Spanish learner, don't worry as we'll always switch back to English.


    Here I always like to remember what the late Ron Gullekson from Language Surfer told me: "in a new language, I like to get uncomfortable as early as possible." So enjoy the challenge and enjoy the practice!


    Gracias to Lindsay Williams for her linguistic support in Spanish. and to 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: Tamara Marie.
    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:
    Joe Arroyo y la verdad - La rebelionBiography – Malcolm XMarc Anthony - Vivir Mi Vida (Official Video) - YouTubeAlberto Barros - Mano a mano — If you have Yabla, check out this salsa video series

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
106 Ratings

106 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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