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63 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
Episode #63: The Lingoholics Spring
The Spring season is here and the Lingoholics jump back in for a fresh feeling episode. Cody tells of his eventful journey back to Canada and resettling back home. Markus remarks on his maintenance mode for languages and Ian describes his systematic approach to language practice depending on the day of the week. The guys then get into a discussion about finding something you truly enjoy doing in an language so that the improvements are simply a by product of this activity. Finally the convo circles back to the question of language learning in relationships and just how beneficial it is.
56 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
Episode #62: Analyzing Russia/Ukraine and Departing Korea
After a brief hiatus to start the year the guys reconvene for a podcast during these tumultuous times, which they squarely blame on themselves because the world went wild since the previous podcast. The guys get into the Russian invasion/attack on Ukraine and the idea of protecting Russian speakers who don't live in Russia and how this compares to other languages. After wearing their political hats, Cody gives an au revoir to Korea and looks forward to his upcoming trip to Jeju island before returning home to Canada. The Lingoholics boys are back and its a doozie.
103 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
Episode #61: Lingoholics Livestreaming!
It's an inaugural livestream episode of the Lingoholics podcast on Twitter and YouTube where the guys capture the live energy. This ep starts with the guys summing up their starts to 2022 and then getting into a mix of topics such as the social side of being a polyglot, when to utilize Netflix subtitles and using music a learning tool. Markus discusses his idea of a Language Ironman and the guys talk about Lex Fridman's insights on learning Russian in Clubhouse. Finally the guys reflect on their new episode feature, the Language Shuffle, and jump back into the shuffle speaking in Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and Korean!
88 minutes | Jan 8, 2022
Episode #60: 2022 Language Blast Off
The calendar has turned a page to the new year of 2022 and the guys are feeling fresh and motivated in their language ambitions. Ian is centering around German and Korean, Cody is forging on with Korean in South Korea and Markus is going full French à la Quebecois. The guys hammer out the elements to advance in a language with an emphasis on having systems to achieve goals. Starting this episode the guys bring in their beloved mini-power hour session where they converse in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and a little Korean to cap off the ep.
67 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Episode #59: A Lingoholly Jolly Christmas
It's a festive aura around the Lingoholics as they settle in for the last podcast of the year. Marcus recounts a recent housing fraud situation he encountered and highlights the international bent to it. From there the guys riff on various Christmas traditions especially here in Canada and then a few from around the world. Alas the guys reflect on the highs and the lows of their language learning year of 2021 and offer some foresight of what's to come in 2022.
62 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Episode #58: Language Heist
The month of December is here and the guys settle in for another episode shuffling between a variety of topics including visiting to the tallest buildings in different cities, trying new exotic foods while traveling and overviewing the history of the Garifuna and their language. Then there's a discourse on the final episodes of Money Heist and differences of Spanish amongst the iconic characters. Finally Cody and Ian touch on developing their music playlists and how they're adding some multilingual flare. Check out Ian's continually updated Spotify playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4PqsxFOWqFwig0bB4u7Qdj?si=d65953e89f20432a
59 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Episode #57: Sleep, Discipline and Language Exposure
The guys jump right into the pod catching up with their language updates and early on the topic of sleep arises and how various sleep patterns effect or don't effect language learning functionality. From there the guys talk about their innate natures and how discipline or well-formed habits influence their language learning practice with Cody and Markus having the most noted differences. From there Ian talks about getting daily exposure to the ten big languages in his life and how this creates a forward momentum and internal motivation to keep striving to new heights with a language.
66 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
Episode #56: Doing a Language Justice
After a quiet October the guys are back in full force to spring into conversation about their beloved subject of languages. Ian and Markus recount the latter's quick trip out to Alberta and how it felt great to riff the whole time in a different language. They make their continual plea for native/advanced language learners to keep sharing the gift and not revert to the dominant language of English. Cody gives an update on his Taekwondo classes and the traction he continues to make with Korean. The episode then centralizes around the idea of doing a language justice and how one's development in a language in a long arduous process with a multitude of cultural discoveries along the way. This then leads to language mastery is essential for instructing in a comprehensible input classroom and the guys get into their long term outlook on languages including Cody's eventual plan to tackle a new language each decade of his life.
64 minutes | Oct 9, 2021
Episode #55: An Autumn of Languages
It's an episode through the passing of a season and with summer gone the guys are ready to settle into the fall and fire up their languages. Cody talks of his experience joining a Taekwondo class in Seoul and what's it like learning language in a martial arts context. He even recites the Taekwondo oath in Korean, which he is on a mission to memorize. The guys then get into a conversation about the phenomenon of Squid Game and talk about the Day of Reconciliation in Canada and how their buddy Azren has helped facilitate a Blackfoot language course. Markus talks about his plan to go as deep into French and Spanish as he ever has before. Finally Ian talks about the use of images in language learning and teaching and how gifs, memes and pictures can help stimulate the brain for language absorption.
75 minutes | Sep 25, 2021
Episode #54: Valeria Tiourina
This episode the guys were excited to have polyglot Valeria Tiourina, who is a language YouTuber originally from Russia and has learned numerous languages such as French, Italian, Chinese and currently Japanese. Valeria speaks of her early childhood experiences involving her mother’s persistence in using Russian at home and this helped her stay connected with her roots. She then elaborates on her school experiences with French and Italian as an extracurricular language. She surprises the guys by showcasing her Japanese learning methods, which involves using a Japanese video game. Finally to conclude the interview, Ian asks about her experience being on language social media and what the interactions with the polyglot community have been like.
68 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Episode #53: Quebec, Reworking Korean and Dopamine
The Lingoholics jive into the latest episode talking about some recent adventures they’ve had including Ian visiting Toronto and Markus being out in Quebec. Cody catches the guys up on the latest happenings in Korea and his eagerness for his upcoming weeklong holiday. Markus recounts how he was able to hold the Quebecois to French conversations simply by stating he wanted to practice. Cody dives into his recent post on the Learning Korean sub reddit and how he’s needed a full new approach to tackle the idiosyncrasies of Korean. He notes how this has been a much different experience compared to his previous languages. Later on the guys get into a conversation of a dopamine detox and how one needs to purposefully distance themselves from phones/social media to enhance the flow states of life. Finally Ian marks a note of appreciation for languages being naturalized into daily life with the example of Toronto Blue Jays walk-up songs.
73 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Episode #52: Back in Language Class!
This ep starts off with Ian waxing poetic about the new school year ahead and the joys of returning to the language classroom as a teacher. The guys reflect on their first days of school and university and the new energy that brings. The get detailed on an ideal vision for a language classroom and the best ways to motivate students. Next the guys converse on language meet up communities and the differences in social circles in big cities compared to smaller places. Finally this leads to the topic of Culture Shock and each Markus, Cody and Ian offer an anecdote on this perennial conundrum.
85 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Episode #51: Back in the Podcast Groove
After a summer pause the Lingoholics boys are back in full force with lots of language related topics on their minds. The guys dig into long distance triathlon training and its parallels with language learning and how mindset is key to long term endeavours. Next the guys give a prelude to their upcoming Afghanistan interpreter episode and opine on Alex Tienda's latest YouTube series to Afghanistan and Lex Fridman's language reflections on his recent Joe Rogan appearance. Finally the guys show some love to the online language community and rejoice in the good vibes from everyone involved there.
91 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Episode #50: The Big 50 ft. Langaholic
It’s the big episode 50 of the podcast and the guys are honoured to have on fellow polyglot Alej aka Langaholic. Alej is a seasoned language learner and world traveller currently residing in Belgium who has accrued experience with languages in many places including China, Korea, Japan and now Europe. The conversation ranges from Alej’s way of taking on a new language to using Chinese for his job to crazy compound words in German and much more! Alej has countless insights and intuitions on the language learning process and shares this plethora of knowledge on this milestone episode.
146 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Episode #49: Foreign Affairs and Languages
This episode the boys start off with their usual language chatter to get the ball rolling then transition into the big topic of international news and the role of foreign languages. The guys break down the different media available in different languages and how a broader perspective can be gained. This leads to analyzing the recent uprisings in Cuba and the song “Patria y Vida”, in which knowing Spanish is an integral part of understanding the full context. The next big topic tackled is the new Governor General appointment in Canada of Mary Simon, who can speak English and Inuktitut but not French (although she’s planning to learn it). This spawns a discussion on the status of official bilingualism, indigenous language revitalization and international comparisons to help illuminate the Canadian language situation.
114 minutes | Jul 17, 2021
Episode #48: Ace Buck
It’s a mammoth wide-ranging episode with Aussie language legend Ace Buck who is an engineering and language student and a standout personality in the online polyglot community with ample insights to offer. Ace begins telling of his language journey with French, Spanish and Mandarin and the discussion grows to encapsulate areas such as taking on heavy workloads, coping with lost study time, public speaking in a new language and weaving languages into one’s social life to have deeper connections. Ace brings the pod discourse to new heights with a galaxy brain reconceptualization of measuring language proficiency and converges ideas from computational linguistics to quantify vocabulary. He also gets the guys to reflect on their podcast experience and shared love of languages with each other. Check out Ace on Twitter: @officalacebuck YouTube: Ace Buck and his podcast Ace Talks Languages
87 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Episode #47: Hot Pod Summer
It’s a hot summer podcast and the Lingoholics boys are buzzing starting off with recent updates including Ian’s golf course Korean study, Markus interpreting Spanish at work and Cody living the Seoul dream. There’s an inquiry to Cody about the portrayal of North Korea in South Korean media, which leads to a convo about how surreal it is listening to political dictators speaking in their native tongue. The guys discuss the importance of rehearsal role plays in order to anticipate necessary words and phrases in certain situations with Ian offering his Just-in-Time vocabulary theory. Then the guys theorize the parameters for creating a rich language immersion experience whether one is in or out of country. Finally Markus and Ian have vying opinions on long term language development and how much energy it takes to keep improving.
95 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
Episode #46: Language Stud Jack Fordon
It's a 4th of July eve podcast with language stud and Michigan son Jack Fordon who Ian met at the Polyglot Gathering in 2017. He tells of discovering Spanish as his first foreign language at age ten and then how he nurtured this language passion onwards to include Chinese, German, Russian, Norwegian, French and many more. Jack enlightens the guys on his current masters in interpreting, his traverses across Europe and the US, differences in Canadian English and his potentially contrarian opinions on language policy in Ukraine. It's an action packed ep with lot of linguistic food for thought.
82 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Episode #45: The Canadian Bilingual Dream?
This episode Ian and Markus kick off the show without their third musketeer Cody (but keep listening and he'll finally appear) and jump straight into a lengthy conversation about growing up bilingual vs. unilingual and how one's early years directly and indirectly impact adult life. This then leads to the topic of bilingualism in Canada and how it is perceived throughout the country involving things such french immersion schooling, politicians' language levels and embracing the two official languages across the country. The guys give a sneak peak for upcoming guests and topics and finally there's an update from Seoul from the M.I.A podcaster.
68 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Episode #44: All Aboard the Seoul Train
It's a start of summer pod ep with Cody bringing a new energy being in the South Korean capital Seoul and regaling about the big city life and all it has to offer including his new multilingual AirBnb roommates. The guys go full freestyle offering insights on topics like language podcasts, multilingual celebrities, the omnipresence of English, idiomatic expressions and the summer language meetup potential. The guys are ready to keep their languages strong and soak up the season ahead.
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