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Learn a Language...Or Maybe Three!
The Fluent Show is on a mission to help you get excited about language learning. We learn languages every day in our lives, and 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.
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It is worth clarifying that we actively want to support anti-racism and will highlight and advocate for the equality of all. Language learning means committing to tolerance of other world views, and this open mind is a core value for me. This topic deserves well considered words so here are the best Kerstin managed to put together. (https://www.fluent.show/blacklivesmatter)

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Learn a Language...Or Maybe Three!
The Fluent Show is on a mission to help you get excited about language learning. We learn languages every day in our lives, and 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.
🥰 Check out the Fluent Language courses (https://www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/my-courses)
It is worth clarifying that we actively want to support anti-racism and will highlight and advocate for the equality of all. Language learning means committing to tolerance of other world views, and this open mind is a core value for me. This topic deserves well considered words so here are the best Kerstin managed to put together. (https://www.fluent.show/blacklivesmatter)

    Top Tools: Online Language Teacher Edition

    Top Tools: Online Language Teacher Edition

    Welcome to a special edition of the Fluent Show favourite top tools segment, and this time we're discussing the most useful online tools and tricks for language teachers.


    If you're familiar with Top Tools, you might know we try to leave out the most obvious ones and go straight to the practical tools that you might never have heard of. But with this being a first special edition for teachers, allow us to introduce each tool in the context of its wider theory.


    Want to cut straight to the top tools discussion? Go to timestamp 14:28


    Here are the Top Tool nominations

    Listen to the show to find out which ones we chose as the three must-haves.



    TidyCal, an online scheduler you can use to cut out going back and forth on emails while you try to schedule lessons and appointments with your students.
    Get $10 credit on Appsumo with this referral link.

    ThriveCart, a payment gateway that allows you to sell anything you like, set up memberships, add students to your courses and more
    Get to know Thrivecart (affiliate link)

    ConvertKit, an email newsletter software that allows you to create sign-up forms, send out branded email to lots of people, and grow your audience.
    Get free space for your first 1000 subscribers with this referral link.

    Zoom breakout rooms, where you can easily organise group work, networking, chat meet-ups, language practice, language exchanges and more.
    Lindsay's video on Zoom for online teaching

    Zapier, the workflow "middleman" between all the different services you use online. Zapier can do SO MUCH. For example, save student assignment files into cloud storage, upload notes to course areas, add new bookings through your booking system to your email list, get a text when an appointment is about to start, back up your social media posts...there's a lot on offer!
    Look at what Zapier can do here

    Canva, the web and app based design solution for any quick graphics you need. From your logo to your next workbook, Canva has you covered.
    Get a free premium element on canva with my referral link.



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    Clozemaster App Review: Build Your Skills After Duolingo by Fluent LanguageThe Fluent Show: Top 5 Tips for Starting a Career as an Online Language TeacherThe Fluent Show: Where and How to Start Teaching Online

    • 1 hr
    How We Found Our Teaching Styles: Kate Fisher & Karina Thorne

    How We Found Our Teaching Styles: Kate Fisher & Karina Thorne

    In this podcast episode, you're going to meet two independent online teachers who decided to build their businesses in unique and interesting ways:


    Kate teaches, coaches, and creates materials for English language learners, and she's a fellow podcaster. Karina organises online writing experiences for English Language teachers so they can share their personal stories with confidence.


    Listen to this interview to learn more about



    Kate & Karina's paths to online teaching
    Creating and promoting a unique lesson structure and approach to teaching a language
    The role of friendship and a support system for online language teachers


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    Note: I mixed up Karina and Kate's bios slightly at 08:00-08:30 in this episode, the above is the correct version.


    Support the Fluent Show on Patreon to get access to extra interview questions and extended show notes.
    Special Guests: Karina Thorne and Kate Fisher.
    Sponsored By:
    Clozemaster: Visit our sponsor Clozemaster, the free addictive language app in over 50 languagesSupport The Fluent Show
    Links:
    Share Your Story - Making Connections Across Languages with — --you need a previously purchased Women in Language 2021 ticket to view this video--Fluent Show Live 🔴🔈 Language Learning Podcast - Clubhouse — Join me live on Clubhouse for a bonus episode on 19 June Crack the Grammar Code — This course is open for enrolment 14-18 June 2021Podthon.com | A Virtual Speakers Roundtable for Podcasters — Curious about podcasting? Here for a diverse, inclusive, inspiring online event? Then you MUST join Podthon!

    Oh, and I'm speaking there too! Learn Podcasting with me in my course Podcasting 101Conversations With Kate — Kate's podcastGrow Your Stories From Seeds Workshop - May 2021 - YouTubeObrigada Brasil! - YouTube — Karina's video poems on YouTube

    • 1 hr 2 min
    What is Language Coaching?

    What is Language Coaching?

    If you are solo learning a language and want to feel confident and fluent, and make language a part of your life, you may feel stuck at some points along the way



    Bored and frustrated with the methods you're currently using
    Unable to progress no matter how hard you work
    Unable to experience the results that you've been working so hard for


    Language Coaching is a service that helps you make the most of your learning journey. It’s designed for people who are serious about their goals and committed to achieving them


    In this episode, you're going to learn more about language coaching and what it can do for you.


    Find out



    Why you would need a language coach
    How working with a coach can help you figure out your best way to learn a language
    How to get the most out of your language coaching sessions
    How to approach investing in your work with a language coach


    Check out the links below for more podcast episodes that help you understand what language coaching is all about.





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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fluentlanguage


    Thank you to Marissa for this episode introduction.


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    Clozemaster: Visit our sponsor Clozemaster, the free addictive language app in over 50 languagesSupport The Fluent Show
    Links:
    Language Coaches: What They Are and How to Work With Them by Fluent LanguageGraphic: Mentoring, Coaching & Teaching comparedMy Language Coaching Page — Learn more about language coaching and how I work 1:1 with peopleMultilingual Marissa (@multilingualmarissa) • Instagram photos and videosClozemaster App Review: Learn Language in Context

    • 34 min
    Teaching Twi on Clubhouse with Afua Abrafi

    Teaching Twi on Clubhouse with Afua Abrafi

    My guest for today's episode is somebody I met on a brand new app! No, it's not a dating app. It is the new social media app called Clubhouse.


    There's a huge global audience of people on Clubhouse and you can join in, listen in and sometimes even speak hundreds of languages, including the language that we're focusing today: Twi!


    Twi is spoken in Ghana, and my expert guest Afua Abrafi has been teaching it for many years. She was born in Ghana herself, and is passionate about helping the African diaspora learn African languages. In today's podcast, Afua shares why she is so passionate about languages, how she became fluent in Dutch in a very short time, and what led her to start teaching the Twi language to people around the world.


    Where do you listen?
    Take a photo of where you're listening to the Fluent Show and share it on social media to say hello! Here's where you can tag me:



    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thefluentshow
    Instagram: http://instagram.com/kerstin_fluent/ and #thefluentshow
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fluentlanguage


    Thank you to my guest Afua for this episode introduction.


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    Special Guest: Afua Abrafi.
    Sponsored By:
    Clozemaster: Visit our sponsor Clozemaster, the free addictive language app in over 50 languagesSupport The Fluent Show
    Links:
    Twi language, alphabet and pronunciationExplore African Language - ClubhouseHome - Speak TwiBecca - African Woman [Official Video] - YouTubeDaddy Lumba - Aben Wo Aha (Audio Slide) - YouTubeGhana - The World FactbookThe Ghanaian Language SchoolThe Fluent Show: Bilingual Podcast! The Biggest African Languages / Les Plus Grandes Langues d'Afrique [with Khady Ndoye]twi : Wikitongues.org — Samples of twi recorded by volunteers for Wikitongues

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Top 5 Tips for Starting a Career as an Online Language Teacher

    Top 5 Tips for Starting a Career as an Online Language Teacher

    You love languages and you want to spend your whole life around them. Ever thought about teaching?


    Teaching languages online is a realistic and interesting career choice. You could start a freelance career or even create your very own business. In today's episode, I'm answering the top five questions about being an online teacher plus some bonus tips you can use too!


    I am short of intros! Record your intro using Vocaroo and send me the link. You can speak any language you like. Just say your name, where you're from, which language you're speaking and "you're listening to the Fluent Show"


    Top 5 Questions I Answer in This Episode


    What is the best way to get the word out so I can book new online teaching customers?
    How do I market myself to new people and grow my audience online?
    How can I know my programmes and services will sell?
    What are the steps I need to take for creating my first online course?
    What's the best part of online teaching? Coaching, product creation, something else?
    a few bonus ones about responding to naysayers and keeping students motivated


    Want a little more support?

    You can book a whole day with me here: Mobile Mentoring with Kerstin


    Don't miss these two Fluent Show episodes:
    How Can We Make Online Lessons Less Exhausting?
    and
    Where and How to Start Teaching Online


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    Take a photo of where you're listening to the Fluent Show and share it on social media to say hello! Here's where you can tag me:



    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thefluentshow
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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fluentlanguage


    Thank you to Bonnie for this episode introduction.


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    Links:
    Teaching and Researching: Motivation: Zoltan Dornyei: 9781317862826: hive.co.ukLanguage Coaches: What They Are and How to Work With Them by Fluent LanguageBook Kerstin Cable: Language Coaching — Yay a day with me!

    • 36 min
    The Best Song in Europe: We 💜 Eurovision

    The Best Song in Europe: We 💜 Eurovision

    Many cultural highlights were lost in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. One that's particularly close to our hearts here at the Fluent Show was the Eurovision Song Contest.


    One year on, the event is back ON and Lindsay and I meet to bring you a colourful podcast episode celebrating all the magical things about the Eurovision Song Contest.

    via GIPHY



    1) The history of Eurovision and of singing non-English songs


    2) A preview of what's on this year


    3) What we love about Eurovision - from a language learner's perspective and a wider perspective


    4) Ideas for using Eurovision as a talking point for lessons/exchanges


    5) Our Fluent Show Eurovision QUIZ


    --> See you at #EuroLangParty on Twitter!


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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fluentlanguage


    Love the show? Rate & Review it here
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    Links:
    Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga | Netflix Official SiteThe Fluent Show: Why is it so Hard to Find Pop Music in Other Languages?The Fluent Show: Is "Natural Language Learning" even a thing?Eurovision Song ContestWhat is the Eurovision Song Contest? - CBBC NewsroundEurovision Song Contest - WikipediaEurovision is letting language learners down by Fluent Language — Kerstin had opinions about Eurovision and languages 8 years ago tooHow English is the Eurovision Song Contest? | Eurovision | The Guardian'Parlez-vous "Eurovision"?': Language and Lyrics at Eurovision 2021How it works - Eurovision Song Contest27 MEMORABLE EUROVISION MOMENTS - YouTubeVerka Serduchka - Ukraine - Helsinki 2007 - Eurovision Song ContestDonatan & Cleo - My Słowianie - We Are Slavic (Poland) 2014 LIVE Eurovision Grand Final - Eurovision Song Contest

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 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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