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!

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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 Dr. Orlando Kelm, UT Professor of Portuguese & Spanish

In his own words, Dr. Orlando Kelm is “a lucky guy” professionally. Not only does he get to spend his time with two languages (Spanish and Portuguese), but he also the Associate Director of Business Language Education for the UT CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research, a part of the McCombs School of Business. In our interview, Dr. Kelm shares what he believes to be the 6 most important factors in effective language learning.

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Interview with Steve Kaufmann, Founder of LingQ.com

With 11 languages under his belt, Steve Kaufmann is an extremely accomplished language learner. His extensive language learning wisdom in shared in his book titled The Way of the Linguist: A Language Learning Odyssey and his online language learning system called LingQ. In the interview, we discuss what Steve believes to be the 7 most common misconceptions about language learning, how to learn Mandarin effectively, and the role of a good teacher.

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Interview with Antonio Graceffo: Writer, Fighter, Linguist

In this interview with Antonio Graceffo, he “pulls no punches” (pun intended) when sharing his views on how to learn a foreign language effectively. His language learning wisdom stems from formal training as an interpreter and translator at Germany’s prestigious University of Mainz, coupled with over a decade of living, learning, and working in South and East Asia.

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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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