Welcome to Language on Purpose!

A podcast to help global workers thrive in language learning!

Practical tips and advice
from learners and experts

Hosted by
linguist and language acquisition consultant
Mary Lynn Kindberg

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26 Balance Your Online Diet

Don’t take technology entirely off your plate with an immersion-only mindset. Instead, choose nutritiously from a menu of various online options. Guest: Dr. Thor Sawin, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


25 Fluency: Facts and Fiction

If you understand what fluency really is and is not, you can then work toward actually achieving it in your language learning program. Guest: Dr. Natalie Mullen, Institute for Cross-Cultural Training, Wheaton College


24 Husband and Wife

Play to your advantage as a couple learning language by minimizing competition and maximizing individual strengths. Hear an upfront and personal story of mutual support and encouragement. Many elements apply to all language learners. Guests: Scarlett A-W., (MSc Global Development) and Jordan W., (M.S. Professional Counseling)


23 Attitude Check

Attitudes can determine how you respond to the demands of language learning. What attitudes help? What attitudes
hinder? Guest: Karen Griffith, former Director of Second Language Acquisition at the Center for Intercultural Training


22 Just a Wife and Mother

Wives and moms can step into the challenges that all language learners face by gaining perspective and enlisting strategies to build those all-important relationships. Guest: Jodi Bunn, M.A. Intercultural Studies


21 Sound Like a Native?

Is achieving a native-like accent a reasonable goal for L2 speakers? Mary Lynn suggests an alternative as a more attainable standard and highlights factors regarding accent you may not have previously considered. Host, Mary Lynn Kindberg (M.A. Linguistics)


20 Not Your Average Flashcard

20 Not Your Average Flashcard

Climb out of your vocabulary abyss with WordClimber, a new digital flashcard tool specifically designed to support language learning at all levels. A language learner himself, the creator behind WordClimber details how its unique features optimize your exposure to new words, facilitate timely review and strengthen motivation. Listeners receive a subscription discount. Guest: Peter Armstrong, web developer and Internet entrepreneur.


19 The Family Way

What was it like for the Kindberg family to intentionally stay with a Chilean family when they first arrived in the country?  Mary Lynn and Patti, the daughter, each relate the story from their own cultural perspective and tell what resulted overall. Guest: Patti Fuentes, Santiago, Chile.


17 Choose From the Menu

How do you choose which language(s) to learn in a multilingual context? If you understand the sociolinguistic dynamics of language choice by native speakers themselves, then you as a language learner can make informed decisions of which language(s) to target for what purpose. Guest: Dr. Steve Quakenbush, sociolinguist, SIL International