I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language

Learning a new language? Get your language learning questions answered by polyglot Olly Richards, who speaks 8 languages and runs the popular blog - I Will Teach You A Language. Whatever's holding you back on the path to fluency, tune in twice a week to get your regular dose of language learning motivation, with Olly and other polyglot guests, such as Benny Lewis, Luca Lampariello, Richard Simcott and Alex Rawlings. Learn Spanish, Learn French, Learn German, Learn Italian, Learn Portuguese, Learn Arabic, Learn Japanese, Learn Chinese

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Learning a new language? Get your language learning questions answered by polyglot Olly Richards, who speaks 8 languages and runs the popular blog - I Will Teach You A Language. Whatever's holding you back on the path to fluency, tune in twice a week to get your regular dose of language learning motivation, with Olly and other polyglot guests, such as Luca Lampariello, Richard Simcott, Alex Rawlings, Benny Lewis, Anthony Metivier and Jonathan Levi. Learn Spanish, Learn French, Learn German, Learn Italian, Learn Portuguese, Learn Arabic, Learn Japanese, Learn Chinese
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2019-03-08 20:31
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8.03.2019

303: How can I learn to read Chinese?

Jon asks: "What's the best way to learn to read Chinese?" In Today's Episode: Don't make the assumption that you need to learn to write Chinese characters There are many approaches and methods to learning to read and write Chinese For me, the fundamen...
1.03.2019

302: Is there value in maintaining your languages?

Lucia asks: "Should I give up Russian to focus on Chinese? In Today's Episode: In general, the best advice around learning two languages at the same time is... don't! However, advice should always take account of your personal situation I'm finding th...
27.02.2019

301: Creativity in Language Learning with Lindsay Williams

In this episode, Olly chats with Lindsay Williams about creativity in language learning In Today's Episode: What is creativity in language learning? How can you inject creativity into your learning? Recommended resources and learning ideas Resources ...
22.02.2019

300: How can I work on my pronunciation?

Lewis asks: "How can I improve my Italian pronunciation? In Today's Episode: Pronunciation begins with awareness Spend a long time listening English speakers often have to get over intangible “weirdness factor” and drop the sense of pride Record yours...
15.02.2019

299: Studying Spanish through another foreign language

Andriy asks: “Is it ok for me to study Spanish through English?” In Today's Episode: Given that your English is so strong, you shouldn’t have any problem! Laddering is the term given to learning a 2nd language through a 3rd The rule with laddering is ...
13.02.2019

298: How to ride the wave of post-travel motivation

Innes asks: “How can I keep my motivation up after returning from a trip abroad?” In Today's Episode: It’s a great feeling coming back home after a trip abroad, with newfound motivation to study: Remember that the logistics of studying in-amongst real...
7.02.2019

297: What to expect from Olly in 2019

Olly reveals his plans for 2019 In Today's Episode: New Uncovered courses - learn a new language through the power of story: Italian French Japanese Arabic Language Influencer Summit - coming up in Berlin at the end of March. New video libraries of r...
14.01.2019

296: Principles of Language Learning with Lydia Machova | Part 5

Welcome part 5 of my conversation with Lydia Machova, from LanguageMentoring.com In Today's Episode: Make a Success of Long-Term Learning: I estimate it takes 500 hours (European language, B2 level, efficient time) = 2 years of 1 hours a day with brea...
8.01.2019

295: Principles of Language Learning with Lydia Machova | Part 4

Welcome part 4 of my conversation with Lydia Machovha, from LanguageMentoring.com In Today's Episode: To speak from day 1... or not? Start with self-talk, then other speakers Output is so much more important than the person you're talking to! Use othe...
27.12.2018

294: Principles of Language Learning with Lydia Machova | Part 3

Welcome part 3 of my conversation with Lydia Machovha, from LanguageMentoring.com In Today's Episode: Start with lots of input: Listening and Reading TV series are the best - much better than movies without subtitles or with original subtitles Podc...
20.12.2018

293: Principles of Language Learning with Lydia Machova | Part 2

Welcome part 2 of my conversation with Lydia Machovha, from LanguageMentoring.com In Today's Episode: Create time, don't wait till you have it.... When I wake up, it's my first priority A little test... if you receive a phone call saying that a loved ...
15.12.2018

292: Principles of Language Learning with Lydia Machova | Part 1

Welcome to this 5-part series, where I'm joined by my friend Lydia Machovha, from LanguageMentoring.com We'll be discussing the fundamentals of language learning, according to Lydia's framework for teaching and learning. Lydia is a professional interpr...
4.12.2018

291: How do I decide what to study every day?

Kausalya asks: "How do you decide what to do every day in your core study time? In Today's Episode: My "Core Study Time" is quiet, focused time that I spend on my target language every morning I don't have any kind of weekly routine where I do specifi...
30.11.2018

290: Is there a place for romanisation in language learning?

Brendan asks: "Is there a place for romanisation in language learning? In Today's Episode: What is romanisation? Considerations for romanisation in different languages The dilemma for publishers Should you use romanisation or not? Resources Mentioned...
28.11.2018

289: Should you use translations when reading?

In this episode, Olly discusses whether you should use translations when reading. In Today's Episode: Should you use translations when reading? Translation is inevitable (in your head) Translations can be useful Activities relying on translation can b...
10.11.2018

288: Announcing... Grammar Hero!

In this episode, Olly announces a new programme to help you master grammar in your target language. In Today's Episode: What is Grammar Hero? The vital missing ingredient from your textbooks, and how Grammar Hero fills the gap How long it took us to c...
7.11.2018

287: How to Become a Grammar Hero (Part 3)

In this Part 3 of this series, Olly finishes the deep dive into learning grammar. In Today's Episode: The students who come top in grammar tests (without studying grammar) How I stopped translating in my head when speaking Italian The 5-step process y...
6.11.2018

286: How to Become a Grammar Hero (Part 2)

In this Part 2 of this new series, Olly continues the deep dive into learning grammar. In Today's Episode: How to learn new grammar The grammar points you must avoid The best kind of material to study with Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank ita...
1.11.2018

285: How to Become a Grammar Hero (Part 1)

In this Part 1 of this new series, Olly takes you on a deep dive into learning grammar the natural way. In Today's Episode: Why we struggle with grammar How to stop translating in your head How do immigrants learn English without studying grammar? S...
26.10.2018

284: How to learn colloquial Arabic with limited resources

Ron asks: "How do you learn colloquial language with limited resources?" In Today's Episode: There's a perennial problem with materials in minority languages Textbooks are simple and boring The next level up is native level... far too hard It's a r...
24.10.2018

283: Has your approach to learning vocabulary changed?

Fletcher asks: "Have your views on flashcards changed?" In Today's Episode: I've been using input-based methods to learn languages recently But does this change my approach to learning vocabulary with flashcards? Do I display the word in the target la...
19.10.2018

282: How important is it to review notes after lessons?

Johanna asks: "How important is it to review your lesson notes?" In Today's Episode: The principle of review is super important In the past, I've spent 15 minutes at the end of the day reviewing what I did in the morning, and it's very effective The f...
17.10.2018

281: October Update from Olly

In this solo episode, Olly gives you some updates on what's been going on. In Today's Episode: Update on the Short Story Book launch, worldwide and in US & Canada How to claim your book launch bonuses Random coincidences Language Masters event in ...
2.10.2018

280: Interview with Olly from the Reaching for Words podcast

In this episode, you're going to hear an interview I did on another podcast, the newly-released Reaching for Words show. The reason I wanted to share this episode on this show was that I thought the interview was uncommonly good, and host Rob asked me ...
27.09.2018

279: Learning a new language as a couple

Austin asks: "Any tips for learning French together with my wife?" In Today's Episode: Learning your partner's language can be fraught with problems Learning a new language with your partner sounds like a great idea! The activity itself, and the benef...
25.09.2018

278: How to make revision effective & fun

Maria asks: How can I integrate revision into my schedule? In Today's Episode: Revision needs to be meaningful and you need to know it works It's possible to waste a lot of time with revision, time that you could be spending with more content It can b...
21.09.2018

277: How to supplement university language courses

Ellen asks: How should I supplement my university language course? In Today's Episode: It's good to think about how you want your language skills to develop post-uni, not just how to pass your exams! Many people studying languages at uni cannot speak...
19.09.2018

276: I'm losing my motivation to keep learning

Terry asks: What should I do when I lose my motivation? In Today's Episode: Motivation to learn makes or breaks your learning project Sunk cost fallacy - the more time you've put into something the harder it is to let go Languages need to be a living ...
7.09.2018

275: The big announcement!

In this episode, I finally reveal the "big news" I've been teasing you with for over 2 years! In Today's Episode: For complete information on today's episode, please visit the main blog post at: Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for suppo...
14.08.2018

274: The nonsense of reading children's books to learn a language

In this episode, I react to the never-ending belief that children's book are good for language learning. In Today's Episode: Why I'll never recommend that adults should use kids' books for language learning: The vocabulary is NOT high-frequency The gr...
7.08.2018

273: The Rules of Language Learning (Part 3)

In this episode, Olly continues a new series covering what he believes to be the fundamental rules of language learning. Click here to listen to part 1 Click here to listen to part 2 The Rules: Rule 7: Listen with the transcript Rule 8: Don't worry...
2.08.2018

272: The Rules of Language Learning (Part 2)

In this episode, Olly continues a new series covering what he believes to be the fundamental rules of language learning. Click here to listen to part 1 The Rules: Rule 4: Never take language learning advice from native speakers (watch movies, read tra...
31.07.2018

271: How to learn vocabulary from reading?

Kristin asks: "How can I learn vocabulary from reading without stopping every 5 seconds?" In Today's Episode: Consider this analogy: When you're pushing yourself on the treadmill and working hard, it can get uncomfortable. However, you keep going becau...
26.07.2018

270: How to use storytelling in the classroom

Simon asks: "How can I use storytelling with my students?" In Today's Episode: Anecdotes are stories... Providing continuity between those anecdotes would be great if possible. The key with storytelling is to motivate, interest and captivate your stud...
24.07.2018

269: How many words can you learn per day?

David asks: "How many words can you learn per day?" In Today's Episode: In language teaching theory, 8-12 new words a day is often used as a rule of thumb How many words you learn in a day isn't a great measurement of progress in a language It's impos...
16.07.2018

268: 3 tips for learning verb conjugations

Ron asks: "What's the best way to learn verb conjugations?" In Today's Episode: Here are what are the big-picture principles for learning and memorising verb conjugations in Spanish or any other language: Make sure you're getting lots of exposure thro...
29.06.2018

267: Introducing my project to learn Italian

In this episode, Olly introduces his new project to learn Italian! In Today's Episode: Note: For full show notes, please visit the main blog post introducing the project. To view the "mission control" for the Italian project, including all the resourc...
26.06.2018

266: Introversion & minimalism in languages with Shannon Kennedy

In this episode, Olly speaks with Shannon Kennedy from Eurolinguiste.com. In Today's Episode: Minimalism in the language sphere Introversion and shyness, and how it affects the learner Moving from Romance to Asian languages https://youtu.be/iwPu0WoNp...
12.06.2018

265: Are you changing your view on language learning?

Luca asks: "Are you changing your view on the best way to learn a language?" In Today's Episode: Luca's noticed an evolution in the way I've been talking about language learning on the podcast He finds a Krashen-esque "input-based" methodology to be t...
7.06.2018

264: So many words, so little conversation

Christy asks: "How can I get better in English conversation?" In Today's Episode: Studying and acquiring vocabulary is just the beginning You learn to communicate in a foreign language by actually communicating Communication between different cultures...
5.06.2018

263: Tips for learning Spanish in my salsa class

David asks: "How can I understand more of what's said in my salsa class?" In Today's Episode: Taking classes in your target language is a great way to get more exposure to the target language Friends, communities, and shared experiences will all help ...
25.05.2018

262: Olly and Gabe Wyner discuss learning Italian through opera

In this episode, Olly and Gabriel Wyner discuss the ins and outs of learning Italian through opera. NOTE: The full show notes to this episode are here: How to learn Italian through opera - A conversation with Gabe Wyner Start Speaking Today: I’d li...
17.05.2018

261: Learning languages in the car

Ron asks: "How can I make the most of my commuting time?" In Today's Episode: Driving is not an ideal language learning environment because your focus is elsewhere Stick with principles - listen to material that's just above your current level Use the...
15.05.2018

260: Take the leap and start speaking

In this solo episode, Olly talks about why it's so important to start speaking. In Today's Episode: If you feel you're ready to start speaking... do it! It never gets easier to start. The longer you leave it, the harder it gets. The benefits are truly...
11.05.2018

259: How should I organise my flashcard decks?

Ian asks: "How should I organise my flashcard decks?" The Rules: The biggest danger with flashcards is getting behind in your review If that happens, the SRS algorithm can't work Therefore, break your flashcards down into smaller decks I like to do it...
9.05.2018

258: Coping with jealousy in language learning

Yuna asks: "How can I deal with jealousy in language learning?" The Rules: Olly's recent experience with some fluent Japanese speakers Jealousy at other people's level is a nasty feeling, yet totally natural The way to stop comparing yourself to other...
26.04.2018

257: The Rules of Language Learning (Part 1)

In this episode, Olly begins a new series covering what he believes to be the fundamental rules of language learning. The Rules: 1. Study at your desk 2. Don’t learn grammar before you need it 3. Review, review, review   Start Speaking Today: I’d li...
24.04.2018

256: The extraordinary power of haircuts in language learning

In this solo episode, Olly talks about why haircuts are a fantastic language learning tool. In This Episode: My recent haircut in Hong Kong How haircuts help you level-up in your language learning: Chitchat is mandatory You'll never get spoken to as ...
19.04.2018

255: Creating a story-based German course

This episode is a broadcast of interview with me from The Fluent Show, a (newly rebranded) podcast run by my friends Kerstin and Lindsay. In This Episode: In this conversation, we present a project Kerstin and I have been working on together for a whil...
17.04.2018

254: The gun to the head method

In this solo episode, Olly talks about the "gun to the head method."   Start Speaking Today: I’d like to thank italki for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: https://iwillteachyoualanguage.com//italkishownot...