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

16 Just Two Years

Why invest a lot of time in language study for just a short stint overseas? A nurse for two years in the Middle East attests to how her dedicated efforts to learn Arabic paid off in significant work roles and remarkable relationships. Guest: Juliana J. (B.S. Nursing)

15 Everybody Makes Mistakes

Mess-ups can trip you up in language learning by creating fear and avoidance. Mary Lynn combines her own counsel with excerpts from a conversation with a former professor and executive coach. Guest: Dr. Jim Bruce, retired CIO at MIT

14 Stuck in the Middle

What is it about the middle range of language proficiency that makes it so hard to advance further? Find out why and learn how you can move past that all-too-common plateau and get to higher ground. Guest: Dr. Natalie Mullen, Director of the Institute for Cross-Cultural Training, Wheaton College

13 Home Away From Home

Rather than being home alone, reap the language learning benefits of living with local residents in a country. Hear an insider’s unusual story. Guest: Clinical mental health therapist Sarah P. (M.A.)

11 Rest for the Weary

Take time off from language learning for renewal and better retention. With anecdotes, questions and research Mary Lynn challenges you to incorporate different kinds of rest into your language learning program. Host Mary Lynn Kindberg (M.A. Linguistics)