Language Mastery

The Language Mastery Show is a podcast by linguist and author John Fotheringham dedicated to sharing: 1) interviews with linguists, polyglots, innovative educators, and prolific language bloggers. 2) The daily habits of successful language learners. 3) The importance of psychology and attitude in language learning (“Attitude always trumps aptitude.”) 4) Common language learning myths and misconceptions. 5) The DOs and DON’Ts of effective language acquisition. 6) The best language learning apps, sites, and resources available. 7) How to enjoy the language learning journey.

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Interview with Elisa Polese

Elisa Polese is an Italian polyglot known for teaching multiple languages at once (up to ten languages at a time!), including Arabic, Catalan, Dutch, Italian, English, Esperanto, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. In additi...

Interview with Dr. Gareth Popkins

Dr. Gareth Popkins is a lawyer, historian, and former English and Welsh teacher who is fluent in German, Russian, and Welsh, advanced in French, conversational in Hungarian, Finnish, Italian, Portuguese, and Basque, and now hard at work on Japanese. We...

Interview with Inés Ruiz

Inés Ruiz is an award-winning entrepreneur, a former Spanish teacher at Cambridge University, and now the founder and CEO of Medita Spanish, the world's first language and meditation app. By integrating mediation and mindfulness practices, she hopes to...

Interview with Gretchen McCulloch

Gretchen McCulloch is an internet linguist, the "Resident Linguist" at WIRED Magazine (Best. Title. Ever!), the co-host of the Lingthusiasm podcast, and the author of the new book Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, a smart, lovi...

Interview with Benny Lewis (Rebroadcast)

Benny Lewis is a fun-loving blogger, YouTuber, author, language hacker, and technomad from Ireland (hence his nickname "Irish Polyglot"). He is the creator of the most popular language learning site in the world as of writing,, and ...

Interview with Shannon Kennedy

Shannon Kennedy is a language lover, traveler, musician, and writer. She has written extensively for Fluent in 3 Months and Drops, and is also the Language Encourager and Community Manager for the Add1Challenge. In 2018, she co-hosted the inaugural Wom...

Interview with Lindsay McMahon

Lindsay McMahon is the co-founder of All Ears English, a podcast and site dedicated to helping people learn natural English in a fun, relaxed way by focusing on "connection, not perfection." The show, co-hosted by Lindsay (“The English Adventurer”), Mi...

Interview with Lýdia Machová

Lýdia Machová, PhD is a polyglot, language mentor, interpreter, TED speaker, the former head organizer of the Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava, and the founder of Language Mentoring, a site that shows people how to learn any language by themselves. Her...

Interview with Tamara Marie

Tamara Marie is a language coach and the founder of Spanish Con Salsa, a site and podcast that help you learn Spanish through through music, travel, and cultural immersion. In the interview, we discuss: 1) Why high school Spanish probably won't prepare...

Interview with John Dinkel

John Dinkel is the CEO and founder of Manga Sensei, an online education company that teaches Japanese through fun, effective, modern mediums, including a weekly comic series, a daily 5-minute podcast (the #1 Japanese language podcast on Spotify), and a...

Interview with Sara Maria Hasbun

Sara Maria Hasbun, a.k.a. Miss Linguistic, is a polyglot, translator, linguist, and the Managing Director of Meridian Linguistics. She speaks Spanish, French, Mandarin, Korean, American Sign Language, Nicaraguan Sign Language, and Indonesian, and has a...

Interview with Idahosa Ness

Idahosa Ness is an accomplished polyglot, world traveler, musician, and the founder The Mimic Method, which helps language learners adopt more native-like pronunciation through the power of listening, phonetics, and mimicry. For show notes, visit Langu...

Interview with Claude Cartaginese

Claude Cartaginese is one of the kindest guys you will meet in the language learning blogosphere, and I really appreciate all he has done to encourage language learners, gather advice from the world's best learners, and share his infectious enthusiasm ...

Interview with Gabriel Wyner

Gabriel Wyner is polyglot, former opera singer, the author of the book Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It, and the creator of the new Fluent Forever app, the most funded app in crowdfunding history. I highly recommend hi...

Interview with Mike Campbell

In this episode of the Language Mastery Show, I catch up with my old friend Mike Campbell, the founder of Glossika. A lot has changed in the seven years since we last spoke at a Starbucks in Taipei, Taiwan, and it was fun to learn more about the innova...

Interview with Lindsay Williams

Lindsay Williams has been hooked on languages ever since childhood when she got a taste of French—and the free croissants that accompanied the class! Since then, she's gone on to learn Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Japa...

Interview with Mattias Ribbing, Grandmaster of Memory

Mattias Ribbing is a Swedish author, lecturer, and Grandmaster of Memory. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the 2016 Bulletproof Conference and was blown away by his highly effective methods and positive attitude. Contrary to what most people would ...
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Interview with Kerstin Hammes of “Fluent Language”

Kerstin Hammes is the outspoken author of the Fluent Language blog, Fluency Made Achievable, and The Vocab Cookbook. She is a native German speaker, but has reached a native level of fluency in English, and abilities in a number of additional languages...
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Interview with Chris Broholm of “The Actual Fluency Podcast”

In today's show, I talk with Chris Broholm of Actual Fluency, an excellent podcast and blog boasting an impressive number of interviews with brilliant language experts, zany polyglots, etc. (over 50 episodes as of writing), including many of my heroes ...
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Interview with Luca Lampariello of “The Polyglot Dream”

In today's show, I chat with the man, the legend, the one and only, Italian polyglot Luca Lampariello. Over the past 20 years, Luca has reached a very high level in 9 foreign languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, Dutch, Portugu...
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Interview with Aaron Myers of The Everyday Language Learner

Aaron Myers is the man behind The Everyday Language Learner, a wonderful blog that aims to help the average Joe (and John, and Rosemary, and…okay, you get the idea) learn a foreign language in fun, effective, efficient way. Above all else, Aaron strive...
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Interview with Donovan Nagel of The Mezzofanti Guild& Talk in Arabic

Donovan Nagel is an Applied Linguistics graduate hailing from rural Queensland, Australia (the amazing soundscape you hear in the background of our interview) and the man behind the language learning site and community, The Mezzofanti Guild, and the Ar...
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Interview with Kevin Morehouse of “Language Hero”

Kevin Morehouse is the man behind, a site dedicated to helping language learners start their journey, find allies, and stay the course. Kevin is a certified Italian teacher and soon to be certified in Spanish as well. In our interview, ...
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Interview with Hyperpolyglot Richard Simcott of

Richard Simcott is an accomplished polyglot with impressive abilities in over 16 languages, a feat that led HarperCollins to call him "one of the most multilingual people from The United Kingdom". Richard shares his language learning wisdom, tips, inte...
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Interview with Benny Lewis of “Fluent in 3 Months”

Benny Lewis, also known as the Irish Polyglot, is one of my heroes. Not only has he demonstrated that it's possible to reach conversational fluency in a matter of months, not years as most believe, but he lives his life as a full-time traveler, languag...
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Interview with Ellen Jovin of “Words& Worlds of New York”

Ellen Jovin is variously described as a "linguaphile", a "language-crazed writer", a "grammar freak", a "former freelance writer", and a professional trainer specializing in communication skills. On the first of July in 2009, Ellen began a impressive l...
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Interview with Olly Richards of “I Will Teach You a Language”

With seven languages under his linguistic belt and an academic background in Applied Linguistics, Olly Richards of has proven that he can both talk the talk and walk the walk. His infectious passion for all things language is...
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Interview with Keith Brooks of “Pardon My Norwegian”

Keith Brooks is the man behind Pardon My Norwegian, a site dedicated to “everything cool from Norway from the eyes of a Kentuckian”. Prior to “marrying” the Norwegian language, Keith sampled a number of a potential languages in a project called 37 Lang...
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Interview with Susanna Zaraysky, author of “Language is Music”

Susanna Zaraysky is a self-proclaimed “language geek”, a speaker of 7 languages, and the author of "Language Is Music: Over 100 Fun & Easy Tips to Learn Foreign Languages". She has been featured on CBS, BBC Radio, CNN, NBC, and Univision, and now t...
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Interview with Paulino Brener: Educator, Performer& Social Media Expert

Paulino Brener is educator, performer, social media manager, and one of the few people I know who has managed to successfully blend all of his passions (foreign languages, teaching, crafts, social media, and performance arts) into one. And get paid to...
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Interview with Jason West of “English Out There”

In my interview with Jason West, the creator of English Out There, we discuss the weaknesses of traditional English schools, methodologies, and materials, and how his approach aims to overcome them. I especially enjoyed his effective, no-nonsense appro...
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Interview with Arkady Zilberman of “Language Bridge”

Arkady Zilberman, creator of Language Bridge and a former simultaneous interpreter in Russia, addresses what is perhaps the greatest impediment to adult language learning success: cross-translation to and from one's native language. Few learners are pr...
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Interview with Randy Hunt of “Fluent Every Year”

Randy is on a mission to learn a new language fluently every year. His current project is Italian, with Lithuanian as a side-project saved for weekend fun. Randy has his language-learning head screwed on tightly, and I firmly agree with his contention ...
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Interview with Clint Schmidt of LiveMocha

In this interview with Clint Schmidt, LiveMocha's [former] Vice President of Marketing and Product, he shares what he thinks makes LiveMocha unique and he introduces some exciting new products coming down the pipe. He also responds to some of my grill...
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Interview with Dr. Orlando Kelm

In his own words, Dr. Orlando Kelm is "a lucky guy" professionally. Not only does he get to spend his time with two languages (Spanish and Portuguese), but he is also the Associate Director of Business Language Education for the UT Center for Internati...

Interview with Dr. Orlando Kelm, UT Professor of Portuguese& Spanish

In his own words, Dr. Orlando Kelm is "a lucky guy" professionally. Not only does he get to spend his time with two languages (Spanish and Portuguese), but he also the Associate Director of Business Language Education for the UT CIBER (Center for Inter...
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Interview with Steve Kaufmann

With 11 languages under his belt, Steve Kaufmann is an extremely accomplished language learner. His extensive language learning wisdom in shared in his book titled The Way of the Linguist: A Language Learning Odyssey and his online language learning sy...

Interview with Steve Kaufmann, Founder of

With 11 languages under his belt, Steve Kaufmann is an extremely accomplished language learner. His extensive language learning wisdom in shared in his book titled The Way of the Linguist: A Language Learning Odyssey and his online language learning s...
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Interview with Antonio Graceffo, The Monk From Brooklyn

Author, linguist, and fighter Antonio Graceffo “pulls no punches” (pun intended) when sharing his views on how to learn a foreign language effectively. His language learning wisdom stems from formal training as an interpreter and translator at Germany’...