This episode of the Creative Language Learning Podcast is as fun as ever, covering the ultimate Good, Bad and Struggling and our Top 5 Language Learning Tools of 2016/17.
So The Podcast is Taking a Break..
Yes, the rumours are true. The Creative Language Learning Podcast is taking a break for a while, going on hiatus and there will not be regular episodes after number 52.
That does not mean you're going to miss us too much. Lindsay and I have gone through the archives together, selecting our own favourite episodes for you to try - check them out at the end of this article.
And remember to stay subscribed to your podcast feed in iTunes because we will be producing some one-off episodes for you.
Our Favourite Language Learning Tools for Autumn/Winter 2016
Listen to the show to get the detailed recommendations, and here is a quick index.
This website is awesome!! It pulls in music videos from YouTube and VEVO, adds the lyrics and converts the whole thing into a game. Teachers might call it a "cloze exercise", I call it "fill in the gap", and anyone would call this one a whole lot of fun.
- Get yourself to Lyricstraining.com and give it a go
A language learning collection created by parents for children. It's fun, it's beautiful, it's available as an app for your smartphone and tablet. In a sea of language learning apps, Gus on the Go stands out for its design and layout. There are apps available in 28 languages. Highly recommended for getting any young person started in a new language!
3) TuneIn Radio
A language learner's classic for natural input. This app and website lets you listen to radio stations from all around the world. It's perfect if you're at that stage where you're looking for a way to "level up" in your language. There are also podcasts, or you could search by favourite music style. The diverse voices of radio DJs and exciting foreign language music will give you a great new challenge.
- Download the app or listen live at TuneIn.com.
4) Tiny Cards
This is a new app from the team behind Duolingo. It's all about adorable flashcards helping you review and check your knowledge on anything, from language vocab to colour theory. This promises to take the Duolingo design excellence to a new level. Great if you're looking for a new flashcard app.
Yes, it's another super cute app! This innovative little app works like a text chat, where you're chatting with your new friend "Eggbun", who is teaching you the Korean alphabet and language. If you're addicted to texting on your phone, here's an AI teacher who will reply anytime.
- The app is out for Korean (iOS/Android), Japanese (iOS coming soon, but already out on Android), and soon coming out soon in Chinese. Get your preferred version from the lovely Eggbun website.
The All 4 App now has a wonderful "Walter Presents" range, bringing in comedies, dramas and crime shows in a really wide range of languages. If you're in the UK, you go and have a look.
Learn more about how to use TV to learn a language in podcast episode 31.
The Best Creative Language Learning Podcast Episodes
Here are our essential Creative Language Learning Podcast episodes you should not miss. It'll be a while before you're bored!
- Episode 5 with André Klein, where André and I discussed why creativity is so important for language learners.
- Episode 21 - Why Your Language Learning Goal Sucks and What to Do About It, an impromptu goal-setting workshop episode
- Episode 30 - How to Achieve a New Year's Goal of Learning a New Language, full of tips and good advice for your language learning problems.
- Episode 37 - The Secret Languages of Great Britain, in which we discovered that Great Britain actually has more than 10 languages - not just English!
- Episode 40 - Live from the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin, a fun and lively audio-postcard from Berlin
- Episode 51 - Top 5 Fictional Languages is the podcast episode for listeners who love to spend a lot of time in the land of books, films and video games