10 Polyglot Conversations from Langfest 2017 in Montréal

This podcast episode is a bit like a Wundertüte - a lucky dip bag of interviews with wonderful people who made the 2017 Langfest event what it was. Thank you so much to all of these lovely people - Langfest was motivating, informative, energising, and of course very, very multilingual.

Here's a taste of what you'll find inside the episode:

Could you become a multilingual parent?

We've all seen the feats of Bella Devyatkina, who speaks 8 languages at age 5. But how does that work? In my interview with conference organizer Tetsu Young, we touched on the everyday actions that he and his wife create a multilingual environment for their three (!) kids.

Applying your outside skills to language learning

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You might not know this, but all of us have hidden skills that help us learn languages. I interviewed Benny Lewis and Tim Pelletier to find out what theirs are.

Impressions of Québécois

From how to make those dipthong sounds to religious swearing, be a fly on the wall during our French-language lesson on the Québec dialect.

Learning in Your Coffee Break

In an interview with Mark Pentleton from Radio Lingua, we discussed how language learning can fit into anyone's busy life - and why doing a little bit less might just help you learn more.

Meeting Langfest Founder Tetsu

Meeting Langfest Founder Tetsu

A few words in Romanian

Listen to me try as hard as possible to get my Romanian pronunciation right with the kind help of presenter Mihai. Ooof!

Unconventional Motivational Techniques

Jana Fadness is a polyglot, translator, traveller, and introvert. She shares her insights on the most popular motivational techniques - and how she found her own unconventional ways of making things work. Jana's interview was amazing, her honesty stood out among the crowd.

I will share more about my talk with you as soon as the Langfest crew have put the finishing touches to their videos.

In the meantime, get the travel bug with me and check out 8 Life-Changing Language Learning Events Around the Globe.

Live From the Polyglot Gathering 2017 in Bratislava

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It's one of my favourite episodes of the year - the live clips are in, so you can experience the Polyglot Gathering in 2017 with the Creative Language Learning Podcast as we bring you interviews, impressions and fun from the conference floor.

Here's just a hint of what's inside:

  • Wonderful best wishes to you awesome listeners in German, Indonesian, Esperanto, Portuguese, Slovak, Korean, and more!
  • Slovakia Travel Tips and insights into their unlikely national sport
  • Fiel's call to arms -- how to bring more love into language learning
  • The special vocabulary and handy rule 15 of Esperanto grammar
  • What Gareth Popkins taught us about polyglotism...and what it has to do with your love life

With listening ears, ask questions. - Fiel Sahir

Come to an International Polyglot Event

If our episode inspired you to come and participate in a Polyglot event, check out the 2 big international conferences on the calendar:

"Polyglot" is nothing to be scared of - not anymore!

If this conference has shown me anything, it's that this community called "polyglots" is ever evolving and slowly becoming an ever more supportive, familial group. It's great to see what people of all ages and backgrounds contribute...and of course it feels so fun when you're back home and suddenly realize your phone keyboard now has a Swedish dictionary installed.

To learn more about smaller events near you, check out 8 Life-Changing Language Learning Events Around the Globe here on the blog.

Podcast Episode 40: Live From The Polyglot Gathering

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This episode comes with a bit of a difference, as Lindsay and I were reporting live from the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin.

We bring you reports and impressions from what's going on at the event.

There are opportunities to listen in to the fabulous language introductions. We had the opportunity to learn about all kinds of languages, from Indonesian to Greek.

It’s about people coming together and accepting each other for who they are. It’s a life philosophy, in a way. - Jordan

I also brought my microphone to several new people - hear the personal language learning stories of Tristan, Jordan and Stephen who are allEnglish native speakers learning over 5 foreign languages. It's possible!

The Polyglot Gathering is sponsored by our own podcast sponsors, so this time there's a double shout out for italki - you can get started learning languages with native speakers on there. Get started with a "Buy 1 Get 1 Free" Offer at www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/italki

Strange Items That Were Part of The "Qu'est-ce que c'est??" Game

1) Che cosa è?

That one is easy

That one is easy

2) Was ist das hier?

What the...

What the...

The Kafka referenced after I heard Lindsay's story is "Die Verwandlung" (metamorphosis).

Languages heard on this show: German, Esperanto, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Greek, English...I think that's it!

Catch up with Lindsay's video blog from the Polyglot Gathering.

How Did You Like This Episode?

The live reporting format was great fun, but of course we want to hear if it worked for you! Would you like more episodes like this in the future?

You can get in touch with us and tell us what you thought by

1) leaving us an iTunes review by visiting our itunes page and clicking "Ratings and Reviews"

2) using hashtag #cllp on Twitter (I am @kerstinhammes and Lindsay is @ldlanguages).

And once again, thanks so much to our sponsors Italki - please support our show by visiting that link today.

Podcast Episode 26: Language Careers, Language Events, Language Inspiration

In this episode, Lindsay and Kerstin discuss a good bunch of topics around the topic of language learning in person.

This episode is brought to you with support from Other Cats to Whip, a cute French book that you can buy for 10% off using the code FLUENT.

  • What was language learning like before the internet?
  • What’s so great about an event like the Language Show?
  • Our ideas for Langathon and Language Speed Dating
  • Language and Careers: What’s out there beyond Teaching and Translating?
  • Lindsay’s passionate explanation of “Primary Languages” in the UK, and how to instil a language passion for life in younger learners
  • Our appreciation of multilingual actors and subtitles in TV and movies

Our podcast also featured a short interview with Dan McIntyre from the University of Huddersfield and our discussion around what fluency involved.

Tip of the Week

Lindsay chose Tip 2 as the winning tip for this episode and added more great ideas on how you can present to people, even when they are not learning your language.

1) Draw a trilingual vocab chart to practice vocab divergence

2) Prepare a presentation for your tutor or buddy

3) Swipe in two languages using the Swiftkey Keyboard app

Links and Interesting Stuff from This Show

Language Learning Events around the World

Language Show Live

Polyglot Gathering

Polyglot Conference

Polyglot Workshops

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You're Invited: Language Book Club on 30 January 2015

Today I get to share with you what I have been hinting at for a few months now (you may have noticed on my Twitter account. You are invited to a one-day language book party!

Chris Broholm and I are organising the first ever online Language Book Club. The event is going to be a one-day celebration of languages and language learning, with experts and authors from around the globe being there for you to answer questions.

And that's not enough. It's a book club after all, and so each and every one of those authors is going to be discounting their books for you. I hope you'll join us. Just to give you an idea, I'll be featuring a very special deal on The Vocab Cookbook all day long.

Language Book Day

Throughout the day, we'll be featuring a schedule of experts who will pop in to answer questions, host discussions, give away prizes and run little competitions. I'll be posting the schedule here on the blog, and also over on the event page. Yes, it is a Facebook event and you will need a Facebook account, but if you don't want to join the mighty FB you can also join us on Twitter using #langbookclub.

Learn a new language, soak up a wealth of expert knowledge on language learning and grab a big bunch of books for huge discounts.

To join, click yes on the event page, because we will be sharing information every day in the run-up to 30 January 2015.

Please share this event with all your language learner friends, because we want to make it available to as many people as possible.

Some of the Books Included on the Day:

All of the following links go to Amazon, but there will be even more promotions on the day on our experts' own websites. Why not bookmark your favourites today so you can get them first thing on 30 January?

I'd love to hear whether you're excited about joining the event, and what kinds of questions you want to ask. No matter if they're about publishing a book, learning a language or mastering a tricky vocab point: We're here for you!