How Becoming a Musician Can Improve Your Languages: Shannon Kennedy from Eurolinguiste on the Podcast

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In Episode 25, I enjoyed a conversation with Shannon Kennedy. Shannon writes the travel, language and life blog Eurolinguiste. She's a musician. And knows seven languages.

During the course of this interview I took the neatest notes I have ever written. My guest Shannon Kennedy just has that effect on you. She's calm, considered and very experienced in language learning.

You'll hear about:

  • Why Shannon's blog a language learning blog with travel tips and recipes
  • How to take responsibility for your books and apps
  • What it takes from you when you study with a teacher
  • What it's like to study a language as an introvert
  • How becoming a musician can make you a fantastic language learner
  • The Benefits of Language Switching
  • The lovely lovely word indulge

Tips of the Week

Shannon's choice of the week was tip 3, because transliteration can help you no matter if you are learning another writing system or an unusual grammar structure.

1) Join a Choir, learn a language

2) Use Mind Maps for learning a new language (here's an article about this in German)

3) Use transliteration to master foreign writing systems

Tips and Links from this Podcast

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How I came to Online Teaching: A TEFL-Free Story

Many people who find me and my work through Fluent often assume that I took the classic route of learning how to teach online after studying for a TEFL exam, but that's not actually true. In fact, I never set out to be an entrepreneur at all. In today's blog post, I want to share this awesome interview with me and Gabby Wallace from Laptoplanguageteacher.com.

It's an in-depth look at how I started out in language teaching, and how my independent streak actually helped me discover my own niche in this market. As you can see, I'm just as scared as you are when it comes to that niche challenge!

Here are the top 4 Lessons you can Learn from this Video

  1. If you work online, collaborating with your colleagues is the door to success
  2. When you blog, you start sharing your views and standing out in a wholly new way. It is one of the most fun experiences on the internet. If you want to learn more about how to start a language blog, check out Fluent's Quick'n'Easy Guide to Language Blogging.
  3. Your prices can send a powerful message to new students. I have spoken to so many language students who felt that they actually
  4. Bonus Lesson: That's a crazy hairband.

And of course, I also mentioned various ways of working with me in the video. The 50 Calls project is now finished, yes I actually spoke to 50 amazing people. It was so much fun!

The feedback I got from them helped me create the course Compass, which is now available to online teachers right here on Fluent as the (renamed) Savvy Brand Toolkit. I'd love for you to check it out, and don't forget to sign up for my newsletter so that I can send you discount codes and promotions when I run them.

Event Coming Up

Gabby and I are running a joint Facebook event on 7 May. It's called the Online Teaching Show and designed to help online teachers get the word out. All for free, so please come and join us by registering here on Facebook.

Announcing How I'm Working to Combine My Three Passions

Today's blog post is an announcement, an open letter and something from the heart for everyone who follows the Fluent blog. I'm hoping to start a new chapter in my professional story. I will be announcing a few changes to Fluent Language, and introducing you to my new venture.

First of all, I want to give you the quick history of how far Fluent has come since its start in 2012. When I first launched this website, my first steps into offering lessons (without a teaching certificate!), I was absolutely delighted at finding the blogging platform I have. I was not setting out to take over the world, but at the same time I totally was. My first articles went straight to the meat and were all about making it clear what I want to stand for. Along the journey, you readers have come along and found those values with me. I've got amazing language students from all over the world, and have worked from my tablet and laptop while I was on the road. And then I self-published the Fluent Guides. Not bad for a girl from Mülheim, right?

Finding My Purpose

Every project and every business is a journey that changes on a regular basis. And for me, chatting straight to you in the 50 Calls Project has been the start of something amazing.

As a one-woman business, I believe that finding my best purpose and putting your AND my happiness first is very important. For me, this is all about combining my two passions. One of them, you already know: Language learning! Languages! Making the world multilingual! But what's the second passion, you ask?

It's all about what's underneath that language passion. My big passion in life is communication. It's why I love marketing, why I get inspired when I see a bilingual road sign and where I draw my energy from. Talking to people makes me happy. So in my business, I want to combine communication and service to individuals that I really believe in.

The third passion that I have is all about inspiring, encouraging and promoting others. I love teaching, coaching and mentoring because it allows me to make others succeed.

Compass for Online Teachers

I already mentioned how many Fluent readers I have had the pleasure of serving as part of the free 50 Calls Project. I've found that my own story of how I started Fluent and how much I believe in following my path has resonated with many other tutors. Many of you dream of trying out online business -- becoming authors, bloggers, teaching online and combining your passion with a real income.

That's not crazy. It's possible, it's amazing and it requires a bit of a helping hand.

Online teaching is a set part of our future. It's going to change the world of work and learning. And independents are leading the way, so this is why my next service will not be for language learners, but for anyone who wants their own Fluent.

I will launch new programme in October. The title is COMPASS and the information is at www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/teachers. It will be perfect for anyone who finds him- or herself where I was a few years ago, unhappy in my work and wishing I could do things my way. You don't have to become a German teacher. This is all about showing you how to stand out in a busy marketplace, find the students you are right for, and making a living on your own terms. I am giving this my all for the next three months and if you're on the programme we will brainstorm, find solutions, students and new independence together.

While I go and work hard in the website mines for creating the first ever Kerstinhammes.com presence, you will find that Fluent is going a bit quieter. This wonderful Fluent community is a fantastic boost to me and it will not go away, so look out for a great bunch of posts and thoughts. They might be different to what you know, but with the usual thoughtful perspectives intact.

Here's the Important Thing

If you are starting a teaching business and struggling with being independent, working from anywhere, saving time and earning more, then you have to join us, because THIS IS FOR YOU! I have a special list for Compass candidates.

Simply visit the quick email registration page and sign up. You can find out lots more information about Compass here.

Thank you for being along for the ride.