This week on the Fluent Show, Lindsay and I went deep into what fluency is, adding in a few other words that often feel awkward to use. It's a great conversation, and will provide you with a new sense of clarity and inspiration, so you can confidently go out there and do what you need to do: learn languages and feel great about it!Read more
A feedback question from James led us to discussing why we chose the languages we are learning right now.
We don't need them for our working lives, or our everyday lives.
We don't have Welsh or Korean family.
We're not travelling there.
There isn't even a big Welsh or Korean community in our towns.
A lot of you guys might be experiencing the same thing when you're learning a language. It's not the kind of activity that everyone gets up to every morning, so friends and family get curious. We get into the dangers of the "why" question.
We also strayed into discussing the identity of what is "British", and how Britain interacts with language learning. You'll also find out how polyglots are made.
Takeaway from This Episode
Should you be asked why you are learning a foreign language (or two...or three), you are not obliged to go looking for a reason that satisfies the other person.
Links from this Episode
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Welcome to Episode 28, a fun collection of language learning news. Lindsay and I shared our progress in Japanese and Welsh, read out wonderful listener feedback, and moved on to 3 big news items.
This episode is brought to you with support from HelloTalk, the world's largest language exchange app.
What's it like when your language changes to express who you are?
The episode features an interview with J from Compassionate Language Learner who identifies as gender-neutral and has some fabulous things to say about the topic.
- Swedish introduces "hen" pronoun
- Oxford Dictionary introduces "Mx" as a new honorific
- Fluent's Quick Guide to Language Blogging for Beginners
See The World in a New Way with Emoji
An emoji is ‘word of the year’, but is it even a word? Is this good? * Emoji word of the year
African Languages Aren’t English
The East African Council has just switched its lead language from English to Kiswahili.
Tips of the Week
Lindsay’s tip is using the Interlinear books method of learning a language.
Only two tips in this episode: 1) Make weekly commitment meet-ups such as going to exercise classes with a language buddy 2) Discover Binaural songs and Interlinear Books