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Episode 105: Learning German

Episode 105: Learning German

Nick’s brother Tim returns to the podcast to talk about his experiences learning German while living in Germany, both as a teenager and as an adult. The episode comes with a worksheet containing a transcript of the conversation, analysis of the best vocabulary, and discussion questions to help you make the most of the conversation.

Episode 23: Learning Chinese

Nick and Wendy talk about learning Chinese. Wendy explains why she decided to start learning Chinese, why she likes it, and why it’s different from other languages. The episode comes with a worksheet containing a transcript of the conversation, analysis of the best vocabulary, and discussion questions to help you make the most of the conversation.

Episode 21: Living Languages

Nick’s friend and former boss Zsuzsa talks about the FIVE languages she speaks every day, and she teaches Nick a thing or two about Hungarian. The episode comes with a worksheet containing a transcript of the conversation, analysis of the best vocabulary, and discussion questions to help you make the most of the conversation.

Beyond the Transcript: Using the Worksheets

In the last blog post, I discussed various ways to use the transcripts that come with each podcast episode to get the most out of the conversations and help you improve even more. Today, I’m going to talk about the other sections of the worksheets: the comprehension questions, the footnotes and exercises, and the discussion questions.

Monologues vs Dialogues

Nick   October 24, 2016   No Comments on Monologues vs Dialogues

In the first two posts of this blog series, I wrote about the importance of listening in language learning, and the importance of listening to authentic material. But what exactly is authentic material? There are numerous audio texts that can be considered authentic material, but not all of them take the same form, or help you in the same way.

Why you should listen to authentic material

In my last blog post, I discussed why listening is important in language learning. It’s clear that being a regular and active listener in your target language can significantly improve not just your listening skills, but your speaking skills too. But not all listening is created equal.