Love, Joy, and Languages is a podcast where you can learn about language learning; supporting your children in their language journeys; and overcoming the many challenges faced by adult language learners, parents raising multilingual children, and expat language learners. I sit at the intersection of these three worlds, and I want to share my own journey navigating this crossroads while inviting you to discover your own, unique language learning journey.
- Music used as intro & outro in this Podcast is "Home" by artist Nick Gallant, licensed from TuneCore
30 October 2023 | Season 3 | 20 mins 24 secs
Sharing language learning wins submitted by listeners across the globe. Mastering tricky pronunciation, working up to intermediate, completing a ton of lessons, and facing a new (and difficult!) language...it's all here, and I'm celebrating every success story!
23 October 2023 | Season 3 | 1 hr 1 min
Talking about all sorts of exciting and joyful things about language learning with one of my favorite language learners, teachers, and human beings.
16 October 2023 | Season 3 | 15 mins 49 secs
Sometimes language learning and language resources are too difficult, but they won't be that way forever. We just have to keep working, keep practicing, keep accessing the language, and get better first. Then, once we're ready, we jump back to that difficult language thing and see how much progress we've made.
9 October 2023 | Season 3 | 29 mins 39 secs
Talking about the ways in which I multitask that affect my language time and progress & sharing ways I'm learning to monotask in order to reduce the chaotic feelings of my language life and be more present when I work with a language.
2 October 2023 | Season 3 | 1 hr 6 mins
Chatting this week with Tiara Youngblood of Speak in Spades. She's a language lover, teacher, and passionate card and board gamer. Taira shares her love of games since childhood and how they created a foundation for curiosity and knowledge throughout her life, which easily led to discovering languages. Tiara brings her love of card games into her classrooms and shares so much about how games can help language learners around the globe.
25 September 2023 | Season 3 | 11 mins 17 secs
Talking about how this one question, "What really matters?" helps me re-evaluate, reprioritize, and readjust my expectations of what gets done, especially in busy times. With so many languages I want to learn and so many language activities I want to do each day, it's easy to slip into all-or-nothing and other destructive patterns or negative thoughts. "What really matters?" is a question that has recently become my antidote to that negativity and gets me on a better path.
18 September 2023 | Season 3 | 32 mins 35 secs
Talking about how wisdom I've gained through language learning is helping to make me a better parent. Language learning was the first area of my life where I learned how to respond instead of react, be flexible in how I approach the challenges, adapt my tools and methods as my languages advance, and figure out a healthy way to deal with mistakes. Each of these things, and so many more, are skills I've been able to directly apply to my parenting life.
11 September 2023 | Season 3 | 20 mins 33 secs
Talking about the difference between habits and routines, why this may matter to you, and how I started working to change my mindset away from the all-or-nothingness that was running my habit-building mentality and shifted to a bit-by-bit routine-making plan
4 September 2023 | Season 3 | 1 hr 4 mins
A chat with the lovely Kris from Deutsch mit Kris. In this interview, Kris shares her story of how she got into the German language as a high school student from the Southern United States, the struggles she had as an advanced academic learner of the language still unable to speak it, and what she's done to not only overcome huge hurdles but also create a course to help others do the same.
28 August 2023 | Season 3 | 21 mins 1 sec
Sharing some tips for how to create benchmarks along your language journey to guarantee that your future self will see, recognize, and believe that you're making progress.
14 August 2023 | Season 3 | 14 mins 56 secs
Sharing some thoughts on one obstacle to filling my day with listening and speaking time -- overstimulation. As a mom of two young kids and the wife of an extrovert who loves noise around him all the time, my mental and emotional energy often get zapped quickly in a day because of all the noise and touch and lights and mess around me. It really affects the choices I make in a day, including what I listen to or how much I speak, which affects my language time.
7 August 2023 | Season 3 | 25 mins 10 secs
This is the third episode of "Good Advice Gone Wrong," a segment in which I highlight some good language learning advice that can also go wrong. There are countless methods for learning a language, and I believe all of them are good, but they aren't all good for everyone. Instead of just giving language learning advice, this recurring segment focuses on reasons specific pieces of language advice may not work for everyone. I also brainstorm some ideas for how we can mold the advice and shape it into something that does work for us, hoping to inspire you to discover your own creative, personalized language journey.
31 July 2023 | Season 3 | 48 mins 23 secs
Interview with Dr. Veronica Benavides, founder and CEO of The Language Preservation Project and host of Talking to Grandma Podcast. Veronica is a heritage Spanish speaker who was raised in the U.S. speaking almost exclusively English. She shares her journey to finding passion and connection in her heritage language, as well as how she is now raising her children in Spanish as part of a multilingual/multicultural family. This is an episode you truly won't want to miss!
24 July 2023 | Season 3 | 24 mins 26 secs
Need some accountability in your study time? That's what today is all about. This is an episode dedicated to encouraging you to spend some time in your languages while also giving you that time.
17 July 2023 | Season 3 | 25 mins 43 secs
After two and a half years of learning German, I decided to start over. I went back to the beginning of my resources, and I'm going through them all a second time. Listen in to hear why I decided to start over. what it means for my time spent with German, and what I'm gaining from this project.
10 July 2023 | Season 3 | 11 mins 55 secs
Sharing my list of words and phrases that I often say in English during other-language conversation lessons. Making this list was an excellent reminder to me to stay in the language of the conversation, immediately boosting my fluidity and contact with the language.