"You can never understand one language until you understand at least two." ‒ Geoffrey Willans
What other better way to learn a language than listening to native speakers rap away in their mother tongue? Books are good but are very limited when it comes to teaching us how to make pronunciations in a new language. This is why I always recommend videos, apps armed with audio/video capabilities, and podcasts. In this post, we take a critical look at the latter — podcasts.
What is a Podcast?
For those who do not know, podcast, according to Cambridge dictionary, is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. So language podcasts are language tutoring audio files that can be listened to online or downloaded to our local machines for language learning purposes. With podcasts, you can slow the play speed or increase it, and most great ones come with transcription so you can see, in a text, what the speaker is saying!
There are a lot of people offering such services online. While some are free, others are not. Belt up, strap in as I take you on a ride through the top 5 language podcasts you should use to learn a new language.
News in Slow podcasts
In my post; Language Learning Tips for Anyone Who Has Ever Doubted Themselves, I mentioned that listening to native speakers is one of the most potent ways to learn a new language. News in Slow podcast series seamlessly arms you with this wonderful opportunity. It does this by taking short clips of past news broadcasts in your target language and packages them in such a way you can learn effectively with some element of fun.
You have options of selecting the exact language, downloading the podcasts series coupled with free printable transcripts. Alternatively, you can just listen to the series online. You are also afforded the opportunity of having words or phrases on the transcripts highlighted. Simply hover your mouse and get instant translation in English. Totally awesome!
If you take a quick glance at the sidebar of the site, you would notice a plethora of featured grammar and expressions. Do not forget to explore them. You can also unlock features that are more breathtaking by subscribing to their premium packages.
"Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom." – Roger Bacon
Radiolingua, offering free and paid packages, has a slogan that says, ‘Learn a language anytime, anywhere’. True to its word, it gives you the ability, like every other podcast, to learn a language on-the-go but went an extra mile of crafting it in such a way that you can easily tuck a language pill (shot dose) in, no matter where you are or what you are doing. Having a cup of coffee? Just tune in to their Coffee Break program and One-minute Languages, and start learning the language. Easy. Quick. Fun!
Innovative language stands tall among the podcast pack because it not only regularly updates and add new lessons weekly, it is also one of the best free podcast you can ever find for learning a new language. Like a caring mother, it holds your tender language hands and guides you diligently from beginner to advanced level.
With self-discipline and determination to follow through the podcast series, you might just become fluent in the language of your choice simply by learning from this podcast alone.
Actual Fluency — This is not just about a fancy name. They arm you with everything you need to move from a learner to a pro. This is because they have been around for a very long time. With over a hundred episodes made up of in-house exploration with guests, capturing moments from international polyglot events and juicing the moments up with fun topics while a nice, relaxing sound is filtering through at the background.
I Will Teach You A Language
I Will Teach You A Language — Even though the name sounds like a title taken from Fiverr, Olly Richards is one of the best, from whom, you can learn a new language. This series has over 170 podcasts with each specializing in a specific area within the new language. I would always advise that the best place to learn anything new is from those who not only teach it but also live it. This podcast is your one-stop shop.
Do you know of any other great language learning podcasts out there? If you do, let me know in the comments below, or simply send me an email. I will check that out, and I might do a quick review on that podcast right here at Babbeltower.com.
"Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides." – Rita Mae Brown