The Lernen To Talk Show
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(the talk show where the host is learning how to talk)
connect:
lernen
/ the German word for learn, to learn, or learning.
/ Pronounced LAIR-nin
/ The show began in Germany. Hence the name, The (Learning) to Talk Show.

This video explains how the Lernen to Talk Show got started.

Each episode of the Lernen to Talk Show is a snapshot into the host’s language learning journey. The videos are funny, approachable, and full of tiny cultural details that organically and unpredictably emerge when two people from different backgrounds come together.

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+ Mickey / arabic

Mickey’s first language is U.S. English.
He spent 16 weeks in Jordan learning Arabic. He filmed an interview at least once per week.

Watch the episodes here:
Subtitles available in Arabic and English.
These videos were made possible in part by Ali Baba Language Center.

+ Lidia / język amharski

Lidia’s first language is Polish.
She spent time in Ethiopia learning Amharic.

Watch the episodes here:
Subtitles available in Amharic, transliterated Amharic, English, and some in Polish, too.
This release was made possible in part by funds raised in a crowdfunding campaign.

+ Abi / alemán

Abi’s first language is Rioplatense Spanish.
She lives in Germany and is learning German.

Watch the episodes here:
Subtitles available in German and Spanish.

+ Gaby / alemán

Gaby’s first language is Mexican Spanish.
She lives in Germany and is learning German.

Watch the episodes here:
Subtitles available in German and Spanish.

+ Annalaura / Französisch

Annalaura’s first language is German.
She lived in Belgium for a while and learned French.

Watch the episodes here:
Subtitles available in French and German and English.

+ Mickey / German (how it all started)

Mickey’s first language is U.S. English (yes, the same Mickey).
He lived in Germany for one year and is still learning German.

First, watch this video.
Then, watch the episodes.
Subtitles available in English. Some in German, too.
Visit the original blog.

Lernen to Talk’s mission: to inspire more people to learn languages.

Lernen to Talk’s vision: a world in which foreignness is embraced.

The world would be a better place if everyone tried to learn a foreign language.

The act of learning a foreign language instills in the learner a sense of humility that opens the mind to new perspectives and a sense of empathy that opens the heart to new peoples.

The Lernen to Talk Show was started by Mickey Mangan as an attempt to prove to American high school students that anyone can learn a language, and that it’s the most fun in the world. Lernen to Talk is now seeking a path forward to produce more seasons of the show together with spirited language learners, creative collaborators, and inspired brands whose goals align with Lernen to Talk’s vision of a world in which foreignness is embraced. Wherever a language is being learned, a Lernen to Talk Show can be made!

For collaboration inquiries, email hello@lernentotalk.com.

+ who is this guy, anyway?

Hi, Mickey Mangan here. Thanks for visiting this website. Here’s some information about me, in case you’re wondering. I grew up in the southeasternmost of the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, USA. I currently live in Cologne, Germany. I’m pursuing an MA in Design to go with the BS I have in Mechanical Engineering. I like talking to people and learning stuff. Right now I’m learning how to play the piano. I made a video about that, too. I’m a lot better at oboe, but I haven’t made any videos about that. Maybe someday. I’ve had a lot of different jobs over the years, including caddy, usher, construction worker, project manager, Kabelträger, server, blogger, substitute teacher, barista, bartender, parish farmer, translator, sandwich maker, and actor. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram. My dream is to see a Lernen to Talk Show about all the different languages. Wouldn’t that be cool? I also would love to go back to Jordan myself to learn more Arabic and make a legit documentary about that. If you can help make that happen, let me know. I hope you have a nice day!

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