IWTYAL 237: Do we need vacations from language learning?

http://traffic.libsyn.com/iwillteachyoualanguage/IWTYAL_237_-_Do_we_need_vacations_from_language_learning__1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Nicolás asks: “Do we need vacations from language learning?” Episode Summary: My life is full of examples of doing things better after a long break Our brains can only achieve so much by focused attention The Pomodoro technique works on this principle […]

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IWTYAL 236: How can I create my own study material?

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IWTYAL 235: My girlfriend speaks to me in English

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IWTYAL 234: How to resolve your language dilemmas

http://traffic.libsyn.com/iwillteachyoualanguage/IWTYAL_234_-_How_to_resolve_your_language_dilemmas_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Massoud ask: “I’m worried about what will happen if I learn German. What should I do?” Episode Summary: You may have a language learning dilemma and not know how to resolve it It’s always best to discover the answer yourself rather than […]

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IWTYAL 233: The dubious benefits of immersion

http://traffic.libsyn.com/iwillteachyoualanguage/IWTYAL_233_-_The_dubious_benefits_of_immersion_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS In this solo episode, Olly discusses whether immersion is all it’s cracked up to be. Episode Summary: Immersion is always held up as the “holy grail” of language learning Definition: Spending all day every day in a native-level environment It’s not all […]

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IWTYAL 232: Why you shouldn’t listen to “slow audio”

http://traffic.libsyn.com/iwillteachyoualanguage/IWTYAL_232_Why_you_shouldnt_listen_to_slow_audio.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS In this solo episode, Olly discusses whether listening to “slow audio” is useful. Episode Summary: News in Slow Spanish-type sites are becoming increasing popular With Yabla you can slow down the audio But are these helpful, or dangerous? There are only two […]

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IWTYAL 231: Should I be concerned about my accent?

http://traffic.libsyn.com/iwillteachyoualanguage/IWTYAL_231_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Raffy asks: “Should I be concerned about my accent?” Episode Summary: Accents are a highly personal topic I inhabit a world in London where virtually everyone I meet has an accent Your accent is like your personality, and something you should be […]

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IWTYAL 230: My strategy for learning a language from scratch

http://traffic.libsyn.com/iwillteachyoualanguage/IWTYAL_230_-_08_12_2017_21.48_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Mark asks: “How should I start learning Mongolian from scratch?” Episode Summary: Get a strong foundation in the basics first Work your way through a textbook Listen to the audio Don’t get distracted by other tools Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Blue […]

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IWTYAL 229: Does alcohol make you more fluent in a foreign language?

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IWTYAL 228: In what ways do polyglots become better language learners?

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IWTYAL 227: Personal reflections on Conversations

http://traffic.libsyn.com/iwillteachyoualanguage/227__-_Personal_reflections_on_Conversations_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn this episode, I give some thoughts about the reaction to Conversations. Episode Summary: Reaction from you guys to Conversations How this reaction has impacted my plans Will we do an English version? How about volume 2? For more information about Conversations, click […]

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IWTYAL 226: Introducing Conversations

http://traffic.libsyn.com/iwillteachyoualanguage/Introducing_Conversations_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn this episode, I introduce my new Conversations product, in a conversation with IWTYAL team-member James. Episode Summary: In this episode you’ll learn: What is Conversations? The planning, preparation and work that went into the creation of the product Feedback we made to […]

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IWTYAL 225: Listening Skills 3 – Real Conversations Are Nothing Like My Textbook!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/iwillteachyoualanguage/225_Listening_Skills_3_-_Real_conversations_are_nothing_like_my_textbook__1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis is part 3 of a new series about improving your listening skills! Episode Summary: In this episode you’ll learn: The difficult of jumping from “textbook” language to “real” language Why bridging the gap between the two is vital to your success What […]

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IWTYAL 224: Listening Skills 2: I Can’t Tell Words Apart!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/iwillteachyoualanguage/224_Listening_Skills_2_-_I_cant_tell_words_apart_-_09_11_2017_10.53.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis is part 2 of a new series about improving your listening skills! Episode Summary: In this episode you’ll learn: Why 5 words can all appear as 1 in speech What to do about “jumbles of words” What is Connected Speech and why […]

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IWTYAL 223: Listening Skills 1 – People talk too fast!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/iwillteachyoualanguage/IWTYAL_223_Listening_Skills_1_-_People_talk_too_fast_-_08_11_2017_08.10_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis is part 1 of a new series about improving your listening skills! Episode Summary: In this episode you’ll learn: Why speed is NOT the reason you struggle with listening The “invisible shield” that keeps you stuck at your current level The ONE […]

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