New Podcast Episode: Chilled out Success with Language Surfer Ron Gullekson

““Languages are ultimately designed to bring people together.””

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Welcome to episode 19 of the Creative Language Learning Podcast, featuring a current article of the week and an inspiring interview with one of my favourite language bloggers: Ron Gullekson from Language Surfer. His relaxed language learning attitude will make you so comfortable. 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why Ron's blog is called Language Surfer
  • How formal language learners all know what "drawing a line down the middle" means :)
  • How Ron structures his on curriculum for language learning
  • Which level of language learning you might be at if you studied Arabic for 8 hours a day..for 64 weeks!
  • Free listening, and how soon you can start doing this in your own study routine
  • How to create your organic SRS system
"I want to get used to the idea of being lost as soon as possible."

Tips of the Week

I had secretly expected Ron to choose tip 3 as a music fan, but his own choice was tip 1: Get out and talk to people.

1) Meet up in conversation groups offline

2) Find local podcasts by switching itunes to the country's store

3) Learn with music on Spotify

Tips and Links from this Podcast

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Win Prizes worth over $600 in the Fluent Summer Giveaway

Ahh, is anything in life better than winning prizes? If you're a bit like me, you love a good prize draw. And what could be better than winning an awesome goodie to help you with your language learning adventures?

That's right. It's time for the Fluent Summer Giveaway 2015!

This giveaway is a great way for me to give something back to you wonderful Fluent readers readers. It is opening right now, so read on to discover how you can win an absolutely amazing prize.

The Prizes

I have collected a HUGE array of prizes with a total value of over $600. There are several unique prizes that you will not see anywhere else, only here at Fluent Language.

You can win one of the following 18 prizes:

How to Enter

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It's free and simple to enter. Simply click here and complete the entry form on my giveaway page.

Want an extra entry?

You increase your chances of winning by sharing your very own language shelfie.

Simply snap a picture of your language bookshelf and share it on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #fluentshelfie. Every shelfie picture will get a separate entry (even if you post 50), and I can't wait to see your pictures.

For full competition details, head over to the giveaway page.

Wishing you good luck!

Kerstin

Language Linkfest: June 2015

After last month's linkfest fell almost exactly on my wedding day, we're back with the June 2015 edition. This month has been racing past no slower than the ones before. I have many news pieces, and on the language front this is the month I finally started learning my new language: Welsh! What are you learning this summer?

These beach huts are in St Annes, Lancashire, UK

These beach huts are in St Annes, Lancashire, UK

By the way, this month I finally read Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner and I gave it 4 stars. Read my short review here if you like.

Best of Fluent's blog

Best Language Articles and New Stuff

There are a few new books out!

SPANISH: Learn Spanish with Olly from Iwillteachyoualanguage.com - he has written short stories

FRENCH: Learn French with Ben from Frenchtogether.com - he has collected and explained idioms

Edupreneur's Corner

Do you have any links for the topics above that you'd like to add?

Please tell me about them in the comments!

Olly Richards' Language Learning Foundations Course reviewed in Full

In every language learning story, there comes a moment where you start wondering whether you’re doing things in the right way. You may start off with a burst of inspiration and the certainty that you’ll be fluent in just a few months. Then weird things start to happen. You wonder how to work less, remember more, and whether you’re cut out for studying every day. You miss a day, you google “is this normal?”.

And before you know it, you’re caught in “what the hell should I do?” territory feeling like a loser.

If any of that kind of feeling sounds familiar, let me tell you one thing: You don’t need any more theories. You need to start doing sensible things and following simple steps. In today’s review, I want to share a course that is all about teaching those simple steps.

Course Structure

Language Learning Foundations by Olly Richards is offered through his popular site iwillteachyoualanguage.com. It is not a huge course that will take you weeks to complete. It consists of 10 video lectures. You could block yourself off half a rainy Saturday, get comfortable with a laptop and use the time to overhaul your whole language routine. I’d say that’s a lot better than overloading your whole system.

Language Learning Foundations answers some of the most common questions that I see language learners ask all the time, and in this course you will get some answers that really help you out. Olly provides tips and instructions that will help you learn more effectively and achieve your goals a little faster.

Every training video and slideshow can be downloaded. They require some concentration from you, but I was impressed because they were all designed for real life. There's no dry theory here, instead you get tips that you can apply immediately.

How to make progress and not get distracted

For example, Module 3 is called “How to make progress and not get distracted”. Olly goes into detail here about how to get started, advising first of all on the best criteria for a helpful textbook or resource. This alone could save you hours of failed attempts with materials that just don't work. He then brings a bunch of solid arguments for why learners should select this type of resource, and what makes them different from other higgledy-piggledy types of approaches.

In the same module, Olly then moves on to sharing his own views on what your learning mindset should be when working with materials such as textbooks. Finally, there's an exact strategy for the actions you should take with textbook dialogues and audio examples. His advice is very detailed and focused throughout, it's the real deal and so helpful if you want to know how to learn a language independently.

Each module’s video takes 10-15 minutes to watch, but I think you should allow a quarter hour to digest their content afterwards and really think about how you’ll apply what Olly just discussed.

What’s in the package?

Olly has put together two different course packages, starting from just $47 which is a kick-ass price for a course that will enable you to learn without Rosetta Stone, without classes, without hand-holding. You can even upgrade the course to get an ebook version and audio training so you can learn away from your computer. He also offers interviews with four experts:

  • Alex Rawlings (only the most multilingual student in Britain!)
  • Richard Simcott
  • Chris Parker (famously fluent in Mandarin Chinese) and
  • …me as the language learning and teaching poster girl.

Olly’s interview with me was excellent. He asked intelligent questions, made sure every answer I gave was practical and useful for all learners, and our conversation goes perfectly with what this course is all about. So in other words, if you have the extra pennies to invest in these expert videos, go for it.

The slides and audio quality are fabulous throughout, by the way, and Olly also does that thing I love in video teachers: he shows his face regularly and speaks to you as the learner so you know this is your dedicated instructor.

Who’s it for?

Language Learning Foundations is designed so it can benefit any learner, especially beginners or those who are keen to reach dizzy polyglot heights.

Acourse like this is best if you’ve never had formal language training and you want to learn a language in your own way.

If you hated language learning in school, then you will enjoy Language Learning Foundations.

Conclusion

Olly has gone into great detail in his language learning course. He is a teacher and language blogger and speaks 7 languages himself. The course is for those who are looking for the best method to teach them skills for learning a language independently.

At the end of Language Learning Foundations, you will

  • Know specific techniques for setting your intentions, staying motivated and experiencing language learning success
  • Be able to select the perfect materials FOR YOU and know how to cut through empty promises
  • Feel confident and ready to tackle the world in a new language
  • Have solid foundations for cutting out the things in language learning that have always frustrated you

It is an incredibly friendly experience, so go and try out Language Learning Foundations if you’re new to language learning.

You can purchase the basic or extended video course versions from Olly’s course page.

Thanks for reading this article on Fluent, the Language Learning Blog.

Podcast Episode 18: World Views and Polyglots with Lindsay Dow

Episode 18 is packed full of language learning news and chat with Lindsay from Lindsay does Languages, my trusty and lovely co-host. I hope you'll join us for all the debate and learning!

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We discussed

  • A truly useful and helpful definition of Polyglot by Richard Simcott
  • What the Polyglot Gathering is and how it went down in Berlin in 2015
  • If a language you learn really makes you think differently, and
  • Whether Kerstin should make herself study more Russian or allow herself the fun of exploring a bit of Welsh

In Episode 16, I'm introducing our new co-host: Lindsay Dow from Lindsay Does Languages I’m bringing Lindsay in for more Creative Language Learning Podcast because she's just been so much fun for you to listen to.

Article of the Week

"How the Language you Speak Changes your View of the World" in the Independent

closely related Does your Language Shape how you Think? in the NY Times

Tips of the Week

Lindsay's tip of the week was tip number 1, of course because she is completely involved in the awesome Script Challenge this year. Unplug your computer, get a book from the library and write down those words.

1) Go Old Skool with handwriting

2) Use your internal thesaurus when you get stuck

3) Play video games in another language (here's a relevant article from Learn out Live)

Links for Episode 18 of the Creative Language Learning Podcast

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Should you accept a Language Challenge? Here are 7 Things to Know before you Decide

Challenge is a big word in today's world, and challenges have started being all around us. There are the language challenges like the italki Language Challenge and the Add 1 Challenge. Then your local gym might challenge you to swim a few miles or do 500 squats. And of course we were all challenging ourselves to drown in ice buckets last year.

What is that makes a challenge rewarding and great? How do you know you're ready? Here are a few thoughts and insides to show you what makes a good challenge work.

Why do we like challenges?

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1. Pride

Accepting a challenge means proving something - not just to yourself but also to the world. No one would put themselves through something difficult if they don't believe that the result will be positive. So when you're in a challenge, you choose to commit to improving yourself and your skills in public. You can stand proud knowing that you have represented no matter how far you get.

2. Community

Group challenges are a wonderful opportunity to overcome your fears and push yourself to try out new things. I remember last year's abseiling adventure and how terrified it made me feel. If there had not been so many other people to encourage me and show me that this is possible, I would have never done it.

Here is how Brian, founder of the Add 1 Challenge, talks about his experience attempting to learn a new language in just 3 months and following a fellow student on the Fluent in 3 Months forum:

Even though he was half way around the world, I get inspired and energized every time just because I know someone was going through the same thing as I am, sharing the same struggles and having our small wins.

So if you are feeling isolated as an online learner, don't despair and seek out a community of people who share your goal.

3. Excitement

As part of my participation in the Small Product Lab (see below) I’m feeling like I’m on an invigorating sprint, and I can already see the end in sight. So here is one reason we love a challenge: Excitement!

It can be very motivating to put a specific goal and a time limit on our activities. You can feel buoyed by the community, inspired by everyone else's ideas and optimistic about the finish line.

How do you know you're ready for a challenge?

Of course, there is no such thing as a free lunch out there and so even the most valuable challenge comes with its own risks. Before you dive in, it's important to be sure that you're ready right now.

Will you have time and energy?

Since many language learners and aspiring polyglots are such high achievers, there's a risk in any good challenge. It can feel disappointing when you overcommit and set your expectations too high. So before challenging yourself to achieve something unrealistic, check how you are feeling.

Katey Nixon is taking the Add 1 Challenge right now and warns that "all or nothing" thinking can sabotage your great efforts.

So far three days this week I have skipped practice and I think it is all or nothing thinking, because I think - well I don’t have a full hour to practice - so I don’t even start and let other things get in the way.

Katey

Awareness is always the first step to solving a problem, so remember to accept a challenge only if it feels like you will have fun and not added stress.

You must feel that the goal works for you

The biggest risk in accepting any challenge is doing it for the wrong reason. If you are participating in a difficult endeavour just to prove your own skills or strengths, you're in murky territory. First of all, ask yourself who you want to prove yourself to. If your activity is based on the desire to impress someone else, forget it.

A good personal success does not come from other people's approval. Your challenge should be about what's meaningful to you, and what gets you fired up.

And what if you fail?

The other elephant in the room is fear of failure, and this is something that haunts every language learner out there. For example, the Add 1 Challenge proposes that you "hold a 15 minute conversation with a native speaker after 90 days". Personally, I think this is a super vague goal. You could speak to them in your language and have it be a success. You could speak to them for 10 minutes and have it be a failure.

I don't know exactly who said the following thing, maybe it was Yoda or maybe it was George Clooney. But in language learning and in business, I believe these words are powerful:

There is no such thing as failure. There is just trying.

Be flexible and forgive yourself for missing a day every now and then. A well-organised challenge will also take this into account. For example, Lindsay Dow's structure for the Instagram Language Challenge allows some extra days for catching up. If you're ready to try something, you're ready for a challenge.

Before you start, ask yourself these three questions

  1. Are you ready to commit the time and resources required?
  2. Is the goal your goal?
  3. Are you excited?

If you get three "yes" answers, I think it's time to sign up! If one of the answers is a no, leave it for another day. Those good ideas and challenges won't go anywhere.

Here is my own challenge story

And here is a secret revealed: I finally signed up to one.

The thing I’m challenging right now is not my language learning skill but my creativity. Small Product Lab challenges creative people to build a small and helpful product in just 10 days. And because I've not got much time, here is my promotion for you:

I am putting together an Email Set to save any online or private teacher time when they book new and existing students. It will include helpful email templates and also a guide to email signatures. And right now it's not launched yet, so you can get it at half price for a few days only. Click here for more information and to watch my product grow.

My Language Bucket List: Angel Armstead

Ever since I first heard about the idea of building a "bucket list" I have been fascinated by it. It's optimistic, ambitious and fun. It keeps us focused and excited about the opportunities out there. And of course, there's a natural sense of urgency to a list of "things to do before I kick the bucket".

So imagine my excitement when regular Fluent writer Angel sent me her most recent blog article. She's sharing her own language bucket list, the list of languages to learn in her lifetime. It's a great perspective, and I'm excited to be sharing more of these lists in the future.

Over to Angel..

My Language Bucket List (or things I want to achieve before I die)

There are bucket lists for almost everything you can think of. I have even made my own little generic bucket list on a blog that I eventually deleted. They seem to interest us because it's one of the few things we all have in common and that's death. Since we can't live forever there are things that we'd like to do and possibly be remembered for. I got the idea of a language bucket list from Ron at Language Surfer. I decided maybe this was the type of bucket list I could stick to.

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Why a language bucket list?

I've tried all the other bucket lists such as a health related one, a spirituality related one and even a few based off of traveling but I always grew bored with them. Languages may be one of the few things that I can work on everyday and not feel like I'm doing work. I'm passionate about all the other stuff..just not to the length that I want to really write out my progress for the world to see.

I also love the fact that it gives me more people to speak to by learning a language. I can speak to the many natives of that language or other language learners. I love reading so it gives me more books to read, more video games to play. Language learning just opens up a whole new world for me. Other things can do that but this way has been the one that has been the most fun for me.

Here are my big language bucket list items:

1. Spend Winter in Japan speaking Japanese

I love the Japanese language & culture. It was the first foreign language I studied seriously. Since then I have even created a blog using some of my favorite games/anime to help others with learning that language. The reason for winter came up when I read a book stating that in Sapporo during winter that there are more snow-people than people. I love winter because of snow. This is probably my number one goal in language learning and I could die happy with just this.

2. Read and write in Arabic

My reasons for this are mostly religious. I consider the Arabic language one of the most difficult. I probably said the same thing about Japanese years ago but I've learned a huge amount of that writing system. It's the only language I'm learning mostly for religious reasons. But I do now also have Arabic friends and I would like to speak to them in their native language. But this was not one of the languages I had originally planned on learning.

3. Have a conversation in Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese was originally going to be my first second language. But it looked and sounded so difficult that I gave up on that goal and started studying Japanese instead. I always liked the way the language sounds. I still do. After giving up the idea of learning this language I met many people who have learned to to read, write and converse in Mandarin Chinese as their second language. It proved me to that maybe it's not as difficult as it seems. Even if it is difficult it would be worth it in the end.

4. Learn Russian and read many books in that language

My first encounter with this language was as a kid in some cartoons and the music on most keyboard pianos. Back then I wasn't as sure if I could learn another language but I did love hearing Russian. It also doesn't hurt that recently I downloaded a whole lot of books in Russian. I lost count. It's one of the things I love about my Kindle: free books. I will read them one day. In my opinion Russian is one of the most beautiful languages in the world. I had talked about learning Russian back when I was taking Japanese in college. I just need to get back to it and probably will when Duolingo releases that Russian course.

5. Read Marx books in German.

Let's get it out of the way. Marxism was not my reason for wanting to learn German. After Russian, German is one of my favorite languages to listen to. English is a Germanic language and I love seeing the similarities in English & German. According to my mother we have German ancestry. I have sometimes wondered why her maiden name means “big” in German. The Marxist book idea came much later when trying to create a political atmosphere in a novel I'm working on. I'm North American and did not want to do Republicans versus Democrats. I'm too close to that and would be biased. I looked over the languages I was interested in and decided to use a political belief that I would have to research. Authors use any excuse to research something.

What's on YOUR language bucket list?

I'm not a huge fan of bucket lists though I love the movie that inspired the idea. It sometimes feels like New Year's Resolutions. You're hyped up when you create them but they quickly fall to the side to be forgotten. I do like seeing language bucket lists though simply because I like encouraging other language learners. So if you have any language goals to do before kicking the bucket let me know.

Tell us more about the languages you must learn in this life in the comments! What do you want to achieve with those languages? What is your speaking, reading, writing dream?

Angel and I can't wait to see what you've got.

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How much will you pay for a Language Tutor?

In recent months, I have seen many examples of experienced polyglots and language bloggers who posted guides to finding the perfect language tutor. There was the instructive article from Fluent in 3 Months, then a guide from I will teach you a language, and Judith Meyer also featured tips in her blog Learn Langs.

Experienced language learners agree on one thing: Learning a language with a tutor is a true game changer.

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It’s impossible to progress as much if you don’t start speaking your language at some point. And for an early stage learner, picking a tutor means working with someone who can help you bridge the gaps with ease.

Language tutor or language exchange?

Well, there isn’t anything in particular to tell you about what will work best for you. I work as a language tutor and my years of experience have definitely taught me a lot about learning styles, quirks of the German language and how to motivate and coach my students. All these skills are what an experienced tutor can offer you.

I wouldn’t recommend tackling a language exchange before you have learnt at least the essential structures and phrases of your target language. This often comes at early level A2. Starting an exchange too early will leave you feeling frustrated and stupid.

You do not get top quality at bottom prices

For the purpose of this article, I want to assume that you have made up your mind and you are looking for a tutor.

Now here is the part I want to talk to you about. I disagree with what the other articles are telling you. Let's talk about price. Most other articles include a sentence that goes a little like this:

Language lessons online are very cheap, you can get them for just $5 an hour.

$5 an hour? That’s less than you pay for a drink at Starbucks. Now I know that wages and currencies vary around the world and I’m not stupid, so please don’t come commenting with the “$5 is lots of money in xyz!” argument. Your online teacher's costs are not just measured in time-per-hour. They also have a family to support, an internet connection and webcam to buy, personal development to cover. These are all part of the job, and that’s the case even if they live in the cheapest country in the world.

Self-employed language teachers will price themselves as low as they can because they really love working with you. But when they are taking on 50 students a week because the price per lesson is very low, they become mediocre teachers. If you are able to approach the exchange with a mindset that considers both payment and benefits, you will not be ripped off.

Read on to find out how to find exactly the right partner for your needs and your budget.

How to Find a Price that Works for You

In order to help you select the right language learning partnership, it is helpful to approach sites like italki with a clear image of what you are truly looking for.

And please look beyond italki, because many of the greatest and most experienced teachers I know have their own blogs and websites. Comment below if you’re looking for a tutor in a specific language and I’ll happily connect you.

Option Number 1: The freebie

Look for a language exchange partner and simply swap time helping them practice your native language for time practicing your target language.

Pros:

  • You don’t even have to look online because many foreign students or residents in your town might be looking for language exchanges too.
  • Sharing the language learning experience is very motivating and you’ll see the partner’s success just as much as yours.

Cons:

  • There is a learning curve and this exchange may be frustrating at first. You have to be comfortable setting boundaries and working with rules, otherwise you become someone else’s free teacher.
  • Your partner will speak the language but may not be able to explain it
  • You give as much as you get, so prepare to work hard

Option Number 2: The super bargain

Look for lessons under $10/hour and take advantage of the low living costs in other countries. Bear in mind these types of prices are below minimum wage in most countries, and probably this includes yours.

Pros:

  • Maybe you will find a great tutor for peanuts

Cons:

  • This is a Trial and Error technique, it takes longer to find someone you click with
  • The cheaper language teachers tend to be those supporting themselves temporarily, so you don’t get ongoing support as most cheap teachers decide to move on to another job within a few months

My personal verdict on this option? It’s better than nothing, but the worst of both worlds.

Option Number 3: The professional

Hire an experienced language tutor for a minimum of $20/hour. Look for someone who is showing their expertise and commitment by having their own website, blogging about their work and knowledge and giving you a clear idea of what lessons will be like.

I’m biased, and here are my Pros:

  • You’ll get a free consultation from most experienced language teachers and they will clearly tell you which goals you are working towards, and keep you committed
  • The lessons tend to be tailored, long-term and built for you
  • You’re doing a great thing because this is the way to support an experienced professional
  • Professional teachers strive towards working full-time for you, so they can offer a flexible schedule and will fit the lesson times around you

For more details on HOW you can find that tutor that's worth your time, here is a list of questions you should ask them.

Cons? Well, we'd all love to get more free things in life.

A Tip for Ethical Teachers

For language teachers who are reading this article and excited about stepping up their business, here’s some important advice:

  1. Be serious and trustworthy: I would not charge a student until I know for sure that I connect with them. I don't take on each one, only students that understand my style. I don't want people to spend money on me unless I feel like I really understand what they need.
  2. Commit to your business: If you don’t want to be seen as some kind of fly-by-night operation, you have to show your worth to your potential student. Be worth their investment, be around and be reliable. You can’t do this without a brand and website, but it’s not as difficult as you may think.

For more information, have a look at the “Teach Languages” section here on Fluent, and in particular you should investigate the Savvy Brand Toolkit. This step-by-step course is written for language teachers who are excited to build a true brand and start standing out as one of the best out there.

What’s your opinion on language lessons?

Have you taken part in language exchanges? Do you currently work with a tutor?

I want to hear about your experiences, so please leave me a comment and tell me more about how you’re learning languages yourself.

Podcast Episode 17: Discover a Travel-Loving Lifestyle with Gabby Wallace

In this episode, I giggle my way through a football reporter’s discovery that German is a useful language - live! You will also hear my interview with Gabby Wallace, a friendly and experienced teacher who has made the whole world her office.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Where in the USA they still had a queen in the 1950s

  • Why Discipline and Sharing are the two most important techniques in language learning

  • How to combine the best of Japanese learning traditions with the best of the American classroom

  • How real language learners improve through videos

  • And best of all: How to become location independent, and how to have an immersion trip

  • How I flounder when I’m actually asked to explain Memrise

“The bottom line: It always comes down to motivation.”

— Gabby

Article of the week

Tips of the Week

As our video girl, Gabby didn’t hesitate to choose tip 3 for this episode, so go ahead and try it out.

1) Try some gist reading: Skim through an article quickly and try to get the gist

2) Bulk add your excel or word lists to Memrise

3) Get smarter about video with Yabla

Tips and Links from this Podcast

Support the Creative Language Learning Podcast on Patreon and I’ll send you a nice card.

Gabby Wallace

Laptop Teacher

Go Natural English

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix - they have subtitles and audio in German, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Jeremy Ginsburg teaching Vietnamese on Youtube

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Go Language Mad on Instagram this Month (Plus: I'm Married!)

Before I launch into the blog article today, I want to take just a minute to tell you guys that I just got married! The speeches were bilingual, my parents even spoke a language each. Marrying someone from another country while living in another country is a wonderful proof of what Fluent is all about: open-mindedness, curiosity and a desire to discover the world. I hope you share those sentiments with me.

A tweet to share the happy occasion

I have officially changed my name to Kerstin Cable, by the way, but will still answer to Hammes everywhere on the language learning internet :)

And now for something completely different: #iglc

Let's get back to being fanatic about languages. Today I am proud to announce that Lindsay Dow invited me to curate the June 2015 prompts for the Instagram Language Challenge. They're all summer themed and I can't wait to see the happy sunshine images from you guys from all over the world. I have also raised the game and brought in video challenges, which are new to all participants.

Save this image to your phone or print it out.

Here's how it works:

1. Get yourself onto Instagram

The Instagram app is available for smartphones.

2. Every day, use the word on the prompt sheet as your inspiration

Post something in your target language or in any foreign language. It doesn't have to be an exact picture of the prompt, be creative and tell us your new words or your target language description. On the video challenge days, go ahead and record a video so you will speak even more!

3. Tag every image with #iglc

This is how other Instagram Language Challenge participants will find you and see your pictures, comment, get to know you.

If you would like some inspiration, look at how everyone has been using the #iglc hashtag so far.

Oh yes, and if you’re after some inspiration, check my profile or Kerstin’s profile to see what we’ve done for past IGLC prompts.

Are you participating in the #iglc? Comment here and let me know how you like the prompts.