Language Chats

Tune in as Penny and Bec share their experiences of language learning with you, as well as the stories of other Australians (and a few international guests!) who love learning, working with, and communicating using other languages. Subscribe for your fortnightly dose of language love, from an Australian perspective. Find out more: www.languagelovers.com.au

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Episodes

Monday Nov 21, 2022

If you need a recommendation for a new TV series or film to watch, look no further - our annual ‘What We’ve Been Watching’ episode is back for 2022! We have always loved chatting about what we’ve been watching in other languages and, this time, we have a special guest to join us! We invited Lamont from Days of French ‘n’ Swedish back to join us for a second time on Language Chats in 2022 to hear about what he’s been watching as well (those who follow Lamont’s YouTube channel may know that he also loves to share his thoughts about international TV series that he’s seen). We cover quite a lot of series and films in this chat, so see the episode links below for titles, languages and where you can currently watch in Australia. This episode is sponsored by Clozemaster - an app which aims to help bridge the gap from advanced beginner to native level content and help you to rapidly expand your vocabulary in another language. It’s free to sign up and get started! The paid version, Clozemaster Pro, gives you more advanced features such as unlimited sentences, more stats and customised review - use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off your Clozemaster Pro subscription. What have you been watching in other languages this year? Join our Facebook group Language Lovers AU Community and let us know! Episode Links NB: Where possible, we’ve noted where you can currently (Nov 2022) watch these series in Australia. If you are located outside Australia, you may need to look a little further to find where these shows are available for you to view! Clozemaster - Download from the App Store | Google Play (use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off Clozemaster Pro!) Ep #071 - An Aussie language learner on YouTube: A chat with Lamont from Days of French ‘n’ Swedish Trapped / Ófærð - Icelandic (SBS On Demand) Borgen: Power and Glory / Borgen: Riget, Magten og Æren - Danish (Netflix) Caliphate / Kalifat - Swedish (Netflix) My Brilliant Friend / L’amica geniale - Italian (SBS On Demand) The Quiet Girl / An Cailín Ciúin - Irish Gaelic The Day / De Dag - Flemish Tabula Rasa - Flemish (Netflix) Compartment No. 6 / Hytti nro 6 - Russian, Finnish True Colours - English / Arrernte (SBS On Demand) Cry Wolf / Ulven kommer - Danish All Quiet On The Western Front / Im Westen nichts Neues - German (Netflix) Joyeux Noël - English, French, German Extraordinary Attorney Woo - Korean (Netflix) Dubai Bling - Arabic (Netflix) SBS News in Arabic SBS News in Mandarin Days of French ‘n’ Swedish - Lamont’s YouTube Channel Find Lamont on Instagram at @days_french_swedish

Tuesday Nov 08, 2022

Does learning a new skill (e.g. a new language!) make you feel energised and excited, or frustrated and anxious? Or perhaps you’ve felt a combination of both? In this episode of Language Chats, Penny & Bec are chatting about the earliest stages in language learning and all the feelings that come with it - good and bad! - after Penny saw this article in The Guardian which talks about how to embrace being a beginner. We discuss our own experiences of being beginners in different languages, tempering the very real anxiety and insecurity that we can all face in the struggle of learning something new, as well as the joy and satisfaction that can come from developing new skills, which can be especially enhanced by being in the company of other learners. This episode is sponsored by Clozemaster - an app which aims to help bridge the gap from advanced beginner to native level content and help you to rapidly expand your vocabulary in another language. It’s free to sign up and get started! The paid version, Clozemaster Pro, gives you more advanced features such as unlimited sentences, more stats and customised review - use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off your Clozemaster Pro subscription. Can you relate to these feelings when you’ve been a beginner too? Have you embraced and experienced a ‘beginner’s mindset’ (or will you aim to in future)? Join our Facebook group Language Lovers AU Community and let us know your thoughts! Episode Links Clozemaster - Download from the App Store | Google Play (use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off Clozemaster Pro!) Learning new skills can be daunting. Here are four ways to embrace being a beginner - The Guardian The Bureau (French-language series - currently available to watch in Australia on SBS On Demand) Join our Facebook group Language Lovers AU Community to chat and share with other like-minded language lovers in Australia!

Monday Oct 24, 2022

In this episode, we’re chatting with NSW-based Japanese & English teacher Kelly Harrison, the founder & director of Languages Roadshow. Languages Roadshow offers face to face events, online courses, creative resources and individualised support for teachers and schools, to empower educators to implement innovative teaching methods. Kelly tells us all about her journey and experience of learning Japanese and becoming a teacher, why she decided to start Languages Roadshow, the challenges that languages educators face across Australia in both metro and regional areas, and the impact that learning about language education and language development has had on her life professionally and personally. This episode is sponsored by Clozemaster - an app which aims to help bridge the gap from advanced beginner to native level content and help you to rapidly expand your vocabulary in another language. It’s free to sign up and get started! The paid version, Clozemaster Pro, gives you more advanced features such as unlimited sentences, more stats and customised review - use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off your Clozemaster Pro subscription. If you are a language teacher who can identify with some or all of the things discussed in this episode, then we would love to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts. Episode Links Clozemaster - Download from the App Store | Google Play (use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off Clozemaster Pro!) Languages Roadshow - Professional Development for Languages Educators What is Content and Language Integrated Learning? (CLIL) - Pearson AFMLTA - Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations Australian Curriculum Language Disorder Australia Find out more about Kelly and Languages Roadshow on Instagram: @languagesroadshow / Facebook: Languages Roadshow / LinkedIn: Kelly Harrison Join our Facebook group Language Lovers AU Community to chat and share with other like-minded language lovers in Australia!

Monday Oct 10, 2022

So… You’re not a beginner anymore in the language that you’re learning, but you’re still a long way from considering yourself fluent. How do we deal with this hazy - and sometimes, seemingly endless - period of being kind of intermediate? In this episode, Penny & Bec speak about their experiences of this tricky but also empowering learning stage that comes after beginner, whether you like to describe it as intermediate, post-beginner, conversational or otherwise. We chat about the challenges of defining this period in your language learning, the fluctuations in confidence you can experience as well as the freedom that comes with having greater knowledge and choice in how you continue to learn. We’re also delighted to have the support of our very first sponsor, Clozemaster - an app which aims to help bridge the gap from advanced beginner to native level content and help you to rapidly expand your vocabulary in another language. It’s free to sign up and get started! The paid version, Clozemaster Pro, gives you more advanced features such as unlimited sentences, more stats and customised review - use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off your Clozemaster Pro subscription. What are your experiences of this stage in your language learning? Join our Facebook group Language Lovers AU Community and share your thoughts with us! Episode Links Clozemaster - Download from the App Store | Google Play (use the code LANGUAGELOVERS to receive 10% off Clozemaster Pro!) Language Chats Ep #074 - Independent but not alone: Self-managed language learning The Chairman’s Bao - News-based graded reading for Chinese learners Language Lovers AU Community on Facebook

Monday Sep 26, 2022

In this episode of Language Chats, we speak with Jenna Lo Bianco, a Melbourne-based educator, author, PhD candidate and mum of two, who lives and breathes all things Italian. Jenna is one of the most enthusiastic and passionate language educators we know (we challenge you to not feel motivated to support language education in Australia after listening to this episode!) and we were thrilled to have her on the podcast to tell us about all the doors that language has opened in her life and career. From teaching and higher study, to writing extensively for fiction and non-fiction, it is the Italian language and culture which has been the common thread through so many of the wonderful opportunities that she has experienced so far - we are inspired just thinking about it! Do you have any questions for Jenna or for us? Get in touch or join our Facebook group Language Lovers AU Community to join the conversation. Episode Links Find out more about Jenna on Instagram: @the.italian.teacher / LinkedIn: Jenna Lo Bianco Ep #070 - Normalising multilingualism in Australian families: A chat with Sheila Ngọc Phạm Ep #068 - Living and loving a language-filled life and career: A chat with Katerina Forrester Segmento Italian Magazine

Monday Sep 12, 2022

When you think of self-study or independent language learning, do you picture yourself studying alone, at a desk, perhaps with a few books and a laptop? Maybe some headphones too? There’s nothing wrong with this image at all, of course! But learning a language in a way that is entirely self-directed, in a way that suits your needs, motivations and available time, doesn’t necessarily mean learning alone and without any support, resources or recommendations on where to go to next. In this episode of Language Chats, we speak about our experiences of independent language learning over the years, methods and strategies that we’ve found helpful, how we’ve decided what works for us (and how to acknowledge when something isn’t working), and some other bits and pieces that we’ve learnt along the way about motivation, commitment, resources and goal-setting. What are your experiences of independent or solo language learning? Join our Facebook group Language Lovers AU Community and share your thoughts with us! Episode Links Join us at Language Lovers AU Community on Facebook

Tuesday Aug 30, 2022

If you think that speech pathologists only work with stutters and lisps, then listen in - the world of speech pathology is much wider than you might realise! In this episode of Language Chats, we speak with Melbourne-based speech pathologist (or ‘speechie’) Erin Tibbitts who has long had an interest in languages and linguistics. Born in New Zealand and having lived in a range of places around the world before studying and settling in Melbourne about 20 years ago, we speak with Erin about her language story, her ‘chameleon’ accent in English, her studies in linguistics and speech pathology, and her work as a speechie both in healthcare and more recently in the public service, where she now helps to facilitate communication in the justice system in Victoria. Do you have any questions for Erin or for us? Get in touch or join our Facebook group Language Lovers AU Community to continue the conversation! Episode Links Language Chats Ep #036 - Fascinated by sound: A chat with opera singer and speech pathologist, Sarah Lobegeiger de Rodriguez IPA Chart with Sounds | International Phonetic Alphabet Language Chats Ep #072 - Re-tuning your ears: Practising listening skills in another language

Tuesday Aug 16, 2022

How do you like to practise your listening skills in another language? Does listening form a greater (or smaller) part of your language learning routine than reading, speaking or writing? In this episode, Penny & Bec chat about different ways they like to work on their listening in other languages and some of their experiences with this developing this skill in different languages over the years. We speak about our favourite ways to get listening practice, how listening doesn’t have to be passive, and some methods and strategies we’ve found helpful along the way. What have you found most helpful for your listening skills in another language? Join our Facebook group - Language Lovers AU Community - and share your thoughts with us! Episode Links Improve your Listening in a Foreign Language - The Ultimate Guide - Joy of Languages Simple Danish Podcast - Denmark&Me Coffee Break Languages (you can also listen to our chat with Mark from Coffee Break Languages in Episode 20!) Japanese podcast for beginners (Nihongo con Teppei) SBS Radio - Podcasts (available in 68 languages!) SBS Italian - Slow Italian, Fast Learning podcast SBS French - SBS Easy French podcast SBS Japanese - Slow Japanese podcast Language Reactor Google Chrome extension

Monday Aug 01, 2022

YouTube can be a real treasure trove of information and inspiration for language learners, especially when it comes to hearing about other people’s experiences and how it might be able to help you in your own language learning journey. If you’re like us, we love hearing tips and recommendations from others! In this episode of Language Chats, we speak with NSW-based Lamont, the creator behind the Days of French ‘n’ Swedish YouTube channel. Lamont has been learning languages for over five years now with a major focus on Swedish and, with over 54,000 subscribers on YouTube (as of July 2022), his informative language learning videos clearly have a significant audience of interested viewers! We chat with Lamont about his own language learning experiences, his YouTube channels and how this started, why he decided to stop learning French, his favourite YouTube videos that he has created, and more. Do you identify with some of the things we spoke to Lamont about in this chat? Have any questions for us or our guest? Contact us here. Episode Links Days of French ‘n’ Swedish - Lamont’s YouTube Channel Italki Language Reactor Google Chrome Extension (formerly called Language Learning with Netflix) You can listen to some of our thoughts on the Language Learning with Netflix tool here: Language Chats Ep #008 - Language Learning with Netflix: A Game Changer for TV Lovers Matt vs Japan YouTube Channel IMMERSION: The Movie - Days of French ‘n’ Swedish How to read FANTASY in a foreign language - Days of French ‘n’ Swedish Find Lamont on Instagram at @days_french_swedish

Monday Jul 11, 2022

Our guest in this episode of Language Chats is Sydney-based writer, editor, producer and scholar Sheila Ngọc Phạm who has worked across radio, print, online and film. Languages are a big part of Sheila’s life, as a bilingual English/Vietnamese Australian whose interest in language led her to study linguistics and learn a number of other languages through her travels and experiences in life so far. We chat about her linguistic background as the child of Vietnamese parents growing up in Sydney, her love and enjoyment of language, her work on two particular podcast series (Tongue Tied and Fluent on ABC Radio National and My Bilingual Family on SBS) which focus on language in Australia, the challenges for those trying to raise children bilingually, multilingualism in Australia, and more. Sheila is also a member of our community on Facebook, Language Lovers AU Community - join us there too if you’d like to be a part of the conversation and connect with other like-minded language lovers! We loved this chat (and could have spoken with Sheila for hours!) so we hope you enjoy it. Contact us here to let us know your thoughts about this episode or if you have any questions for us or Sheila. Episode Links Find out more about Sheila on her website here / Twitter: @birdpham Tongue Tied and Fluent podcast (ABC Radio National), produced by Masako Fukui and Sheila Ngoc Pham My Bilingual Family podcast (SBS), produced by Masako Fukui and Sheila Ngoc Pham Some of Sheila’s writing on multilingualism: Bringing up a bilingual child is hard work. But passing on your mother language is a gift beyond words by Sheila Ngọc Phạm for Tongue Tied and Fluent on Earshot (ABC Radio National) Five common myths about raising bilingual children by Sheila Ngoc Pham, Masako Fukui Language Death by David Crystal

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