The Language Mastery Show

Interviews with the World’s Best Language Learners

The Language Mastery Show is a free podcast dedicated to foreign language learners, language lovers, and linguistics nerds. Each episode includes a long-form interview with a linguist, language expert, polyglot, innovative educator, or top language blogger. We dig into:

  • The daily habits of successful language learners.
  • The importance of psychology and attitude in language learning.
  • Common language learning myths and misconceptions.
  • The DOs and DON’Ts of effective language acquisition.
  • The best language learning apps, sites, and resources available.
  • And most importantly, how to have fun!

★★★★★

Great Language Learning Advice

John’s philosophy and approach are spot-on: You don’t need to be gifted, spend tons of money, or move to another country to learn a language. You just need to be dedicated and consistent.

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★★★★★

Wonderful Tool

I really love this podcast. I wish there were more resources like this. It is truly refreshing to hear people who know what they’re talking about and are not just trying to sell something. I was teaching a Russian class when I stumbled on to this and I had my students listen to selected episodes as homework. The host and all of his guests are realistic. They are not salesmen. They are not dogmatic. They enjoy languages and they are eager to be helpful to new language learners. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Previous Guests

Interview with Susanna Zaraysky, author of “Language is Music”

Susanna Zaraysky is a self-proclaimed “language geek”, a speaker of 7 languages, and the author of “Language Is Music: Over 100 Fun & Easy Tips to Learn Foreign Languages”. She has been featured on CBS, BBC Radio, CNN, NBC, and Univision, and now thanks to me, the world’s most famous podcast! Just kidding. In our interview, we discuss the weaknesses of traditional language education, the power of music in language acquisition, the importance of developing a resonance for one’s target language and culture, and the fact that you can learn any language, anywhere.

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Interview with Paulino Brener: Educator, Performer & Social Media Expert

Paulino Brener is educator, performer, social media manager, and one of the few people I know who has managed to successfully blend all of his passions (foreign languages, teaching, crafts, social media, and performance arts) into one. And get paid to do so! In our interview, he discusses creative ways to harness one’s passions in foreign language learning, whether as teacher or learner.

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Interview with Jason West of “English Out There”

In my interview with Jason West, the creator of English Out There, we discuss the weaknesses of traditional English schools, methodologies, and materials, and how his approach aims to overcome them. I especially enjoyed his effective, no-nonsense approach to language learning, his efforts to bridge the gap between traditional classroom-based learning and independent study, and his willingness to share before-and-after speech samples of his students.

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★★★★★

More please!

I just binge-listened to the whole backlist of episodes. Gosh, this is an absorbing show.

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