The Ultimate Guide to Language Learning Podcasts


Podcasts are going through a revival. With new language learning podcasts appearing all the time, it can be overwhelming knowing where to start and knowing what’s worth your time. That’s where this post comes in. I’ve spent hours scouring iTunes so you don’t have to. Enjoy the Ultimate Guide to Language Learning Podcasts!

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How to Use Podcasts for Language Learning

Before we dive right into the list of the best language learning podcasts, maybe you’re thinking “Yeah but why? How the heck am I supposed to use podcasts for language learning other than just listen on my commute?”

There’s quite a few useful ways you can use podcasts for language learning…

Find language learning podcasts or native ones

As well as the language learning podcasts created specifically with learners in mind, as your skills begin to improve, you can also consider podcasts created for native speakers. Podcasts are such a great place to look for real speed audio about a whole host of topics. There’s bound to be something you love in the language you’re learning.

Slow things down (or speed them up)

A real benefit of podcasts over other audio such as language audio courses or clips you find online is that within the Apple Podcast app, it’s very easy to slow down or speed audio up.

Why would you want to do this? Well, one of the biggest complaints of people struggling with listening in the language they’re learning is that it’s too fast. So the ability to slow down what you’re listening to (or speed it up if you’re after a challenge!) is golden.

Here’s how to do that in the Apple Podcasts app:

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Passive or active listening

No matter what type of listening practice you’re after, podcasts are great. Whether it’s passive listening you want while you commute or work or wash up, or whether it’s active listening you want while you’re in some serious focused study time, you can use podcasts.

Unlike listening to radio in your target language, you can revisit podcast audio really easily as many times as you like. So maybe you’re listening passively on your morning commute but taking some time to re-listen and focus at lunchtime.

Sometimes there’s transcripts

I don’t know about you but one thing I find really helps me when I’m listening to content is reading along at the same time. Well, you might just be in luck! Some podcasts (especially the language learning specific ones) provide transcripts if you head over to their connected website. Yay!

How to Find The Right Language Learning Podcasts for You

If this list (we’ll get there in a moment. It’s huge, I promise.) doesn’t have what you’re after there are a few ways you can find new podcasts.

Player.fm

This website (and app) is basically a huge database of podcasts from different sources. You can search via topic (including ‘International’) and then filter results via language.

I did notice when I got a bit too specific that the language filter didn’t work too well as I still got some English results, but that said, it’s still very useful.

Change your country on iTunes

Open iTunes on a computer and click the flag icon in the bottom right-hand corner to change your country. Make sure you’re searching in ‘Podcasts’. It will look a little like this:

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You’ll then be presented with either a very similar looking page or a page full of podcasts in the language you’re learning. Podcasts are more popular in some languages than others, so you might notice a huge difference and get lots of options, or you might just get the podcasts you’re used to seeing on the homescreen in English.

Click related when you’ve found one you like in Podcasts

Once you’ve found one new podcast within the Podcasts app, click the ‘Related’ tab on this screen:

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This can become a bit of rabbit hole as you can go deeper with each new podcast you find so be prepared!

The List

Ok, you ready? Time for the serious stuff. Roll up your sleeves…!

Before we get into this, let me clear up how I’ve organised it and why I’ve chosen the podcasts I have. Firstly, I’m listing podcasts I listen to, either about language or in the languages I’ve studied/am studying at the time of writing.

Secondly, to make this as useful for you as possible, I’ve included the most popular podcast in countries that speak languages I don’t (again, at the time of writing. Popularity might change over time, of course).

Thirdly, as far as possible, I’ve only listed podcasts that were recently updated at the time of writing. However, there are a few exceptions to this such as when material in a language is a little harder to find or when the quality of a podcast is particularly high. I’ve made notes below when podcasts are no longer updated.

Fourthly (is that a word?!), the languages are listed in alphabetical order and then podcasts are listed by ability: beginner, intermediate, advanced. If you wish to search for one language in particular, just press ctrl/cmd and ‘f’ and then type in the name of the language.

Fifthly (I’m pushing the limits of language now, surely?), I’ve done all my research for this using Apple iTunes and Podcasts and am therefore linking to those links where possible. If you don’t have an Apple product, you can still enjoy podcasts. This guide explains how to do it on Android.

Finally, I’m very much open to the idea of adding to this post and updating it as necessary. If you have any suggestions, please do share them in the comments!

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General Language & Linguistics

Let’s start with a great selection of podcasts about languages, language learning and linguistics. There’s some really interesting stuff in this section so don’t skip past just yet!

A Way With Words
Average length: 50 minutes

Radio show with call-ins about language curiosities. They also have a regular Quiz Guy who you will love if you love to play with language.

Actual Fluency
Average length: 1 hour

I remember back in early 2014 when I started Lindsay Does Languages and I discovered this equally new language blog (and podcast!) called Actual Fluency. Kris Broholm focuses on interviews with this podcast. Interviews with language learners you know, some you might not, and an open and friendly view on this thing we call language learning. If you’re looking for somewhere to start here’s my most recent appearance!

Anthony Metivier’s Magnetic Memory Method
Average length: 30 minutes – 1 hour

If you find yourself knowing what to use to learn a language but always asking “but how can I remember what I learn?!”, then this one’s for you. Anthony’s podcast goes beyond just languages to share different memory techniques from memory palaces to how art galleries will improve your memory.

Conlangery Podcast
Average length: 50 minutes

Not only does this podcast discuss conlangs (constructed languages, Esperanto for example), but there’s also a mix of native language episode discussions, interviews, and episodes focusing on specific aspects of language. A tad academic in comparison to some other podcasts on this list.

Creative Language Learning Podcast
Average length: 1 hour

Ok, so I can’t not mention this one! What started as Kerstin Cable’s podcast alongside her blog Fluent Language became our joint venture to discover and share all things language. We’re currently on hiatus but that’s not to say there won’t be the odd episode or two in the future!

Expand Your World – Be Bilingual With Queenie Kawabe
Average length: 45 minutes

Queenie’s podcast has a great mix of interviews and back catalogue of bitesized Japanese and Chinese lessons. Check out episode 128 with me(!) where I discuss how to use social media for language learning.

5 Minute Language
Average length: 5 minutes

Short and sweet podcast episodes from Aga over at 5 Minute Language covering those must-ask questions of how to learn a language.

I Will Teach You a Language
Average length: 10-20 minutes

You may know Olly Richards from the I Will Teach You A Language blog. But he also hosts a twice weekly podcast answering your questions about language learning. Normally short episodes that are easy to fit into your day.

LangFM
Average length: 20 minutes – 1 hour

Chats with guests about language in general, interpreting and technology.

Lexicon Valley
Average length: 30 minutes

Often looks at current aspects of the English language. Previous episodes include ‘Are Emoji A Language?’, considering I made a video about this, you know I love it.

Membean Word Root Of The Day
Average length: 2 minutes

Super short podcast for a little language fill every two weeks.

New Books in Language
Average length: 1 hour

Speaking of academic language, if that’s your thing, this one is for you. The podcast is released sporadically and the host chats about new language and linguistics books with the authors.

OnWords
Average length: 1 minute

Short episodes each focusing on one word, often a current word present in the media.

Talk The Talk
Average length: 45 minutes

One of my absolute favourites on this list. Talk The Talk is a radio show from Western Australia with a fun and approachable look at current language news and interesting (and sometimes controversial) topics. If you subscribe to only one podcast on this list, make it this one. Really good stuff.

That’s What They Say
Average length: 4 minutes

Bite-sized episodes asking the language questions we’ve always wanted to ask but have been to afraid. For example, why do we say “you can have your cake and eat it?” Surely if you have cake, the fact that it’s going to get eaten is taken as a given, right? That’s What They Say will give you the answers.

The Allusionist
Average length: 20 minutes

Well-made and light-hearted look at unusual words or interesting aspects of language and linguistics. Very enjoyable.

The Lingua Materna Podcast
Average length: 30 minutes

James Granahan, the guy behind Lingua Materna, interviews language learners on this new podcast. Good stuff.

The World in Words
Average length: 20 minutes

A great podcast for all interested in languages. They tend to focus on various situations with different native and immigrant languages across the USA. One of my favourites!

Words For Granted
Average length: 20 minutes

Interesting podcast looking at how words change over time.

Children and Language Learning

Bilingual Avenue
Average length: 20-45 minutes

If you’re raising your children bilingually or want to, Mariana Du Bosq has you covered. The Bilingual Avenue Podcast deals with questions from listeners, detailed tips episodes, and interviews with a range of people with great stories to share for parents. Check out episode 93 where I join Mariana to share 15 tools to help children learn languages.

Breaking Español
Average length: 30 minutes

Podcast from parents raising their child bilingually with a focus on Spanish.

News Feeds

One thing I do almost every working day is listen to news podcasts in different languages. It’s weird. You know, I don’t actually listen to/watch/read much news on a regular basis in English, but I get that it’s important to be filled in and up to date on the goings on in the world. Listening to news podcasts in different languages helps twofold: firstly, it gives me some passive listening practice and secondly it gives me an overview of the important stories globally beyond my little social media news bubble.

News in Slow…
Languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish (Spain or Latin America), Japanese, Russian (Japanese & Russian from different company)
Average length: 10 minutes (1-2 minutes for Russian and Japanese)
Level: Beginner, intermediate

One of the first podcasts for language learning that I discovered. This is a great beginner podcast if you’d like to use news to learn languages. You’ll need a subscription if you want the transcripts and full episodes, but the podcast feeds have a shorter version of each episode, which is useful too.

SBS
Languages: Albanian, Amharic, Armenian, Arabic, Assyrian, Bangla, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cantonese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dinka, Dutch, Estonian, Fijian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Khmer, Kurdish, Lao, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malayalam, Maltese, Mandarin, Maori, Nepali, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sinhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Tongan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese
Average length: Between 5-20 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

I couldn’t quite believe the range of languages when I found this for Indonesian and searched back to where it came from. Great short bursts of listening practice, but be aware that it’s from Australia so there are short interview clips in English. Still, with this range of languages, who cares?!

NHK
Languages: Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese
Average length: 15 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

My daily staple. Normally I start my work day listening to the latest episodes of these podcasts in various languages. What’s great about this is that the format is the same across different languages, so if you’re using it for multiple languages you can start with the more difficult ones and then “check” with your easier languages. Woop! Note that the news tends to be Japan and Asia focused.

BBC
Languages: Arabic, Bangla, Burmese, Cantonese, Cornish, Dari, French (linking to one of many here!), Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Jerriais (& Polish and French!), Kyrgyz, Nepali, Pashto, Persian, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Sinhala, Somali,Swahili, Tamil, Urdu, Uzbek, Welsh (linking to one of many here!)
Average length: Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

An interesting mix of languages from the BBC. It’s worth noting that I could only find a handful of languages on the Apple Podcast app, but I didn’t try searching with different writing scripts. By the way, if you’re learning English, the BBC has a huge range of podcasts you’ll want to explore right here.

VOA
Languages: Albanian, Amharic, Burmese, Chinese (lots of Chinese – Mandarin and Cantonese!), Kreyòl, Dari, English, French, Hausa, Indonesian, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Macedonian, Pashto, Persian, Portuguese, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrigna, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese
Average length: Varies podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

At first, I thought VOA had a reasonable range of languages…then I used iTunes on my computer to double-check my language list and discovered there’s loads more I hadn’t found on the app! There’s some short episodes for some languages and longer ones for others. I’ve added a couple of their Indonesian feeds to my regular week’s podcast listening.

ABC Radio Australia
Languages: Burmese, English, French, Indonesian, Khmer, Mandarin, Tok Pisin, Vietnamese (only English, 24H dans le Pacifique, Khmer, Tok Pisin & Burmese currently updated regularly)
Average length: 30 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Australian-based like SBS and the only podcast I could find for Tok Pisin that’s not bible readings. Useful if you’re looking for a slightly longer news podcast.

RFI
Languages: English, French, Hausa, Khmer, Mandarin, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese
Average length: Varies podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Great range of language podcasts from RFI, and of course, plenty in French if that’s a language you’re learning.

Radio Free Asia
Languages: Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Tibetan, Uyghur, Vietnamese
Average length: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Level: Advanced

I’ve listed these as advanced because the audio quality isn’t as good, which will probably require more concentration, and the episodes are generally longer. That said, it’s a great addition if you’re looking for as much passive listening as possible and you’re learning an Asian language.

Multiple Language Series

Radio Lingua – Coffee Break
Languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish (Chinese coming soon)
Average length: 15 minutes
Level: Beginner

Probably one of the longest running language learning podcasts. The Coffee Break series is always very popular and recommended when people tell me about the podcasts they’re using to learn a language.

Radio Lingua – One Minute
Languages: Arabic, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Flemish, French, German, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Luxembourgish, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Spanish for Latin America, Swedish, Ukrainian
Average length: 5 minutes
Level: Beginner

If you’re learning a language beyond what’s on offer in the Coffee Break series, Radio Lingua also have their One Minute podcasts. There’s only 10 episodes in each series and they’re not updated anymore but they’re such a useful resource that I’ve used to get the basics in the past that I wanted to mention them here.

Innovative Languages – Survival Phrases
Languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Vietnamese
Average length: 1-5 minutes
Level: Beginner

A bit like the One Minute series from Radio Lingua, the Survival Phrase series is no longer updated, but is still very useful for getting to grips with a new language.

Language Transfer
Languages: Arabic, German, Greek, Italian, Swahili, Turkish (and Spanish and English online)
Average length: 10 minutes
Level: Beginner

Brilliant project that reminds me of Michel Thomas style audio courses. At the time of writing, they’re working their way through Complete Swahili and Complete Greek courses, but the back catalogue also contains a nice collection of complete language courses.

Innovative Language – LanguagePod101/Class101
Languages: Afrikaans, Arabic, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese
Average length: 5-15 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

Another of my favourites and normally the first place I look when I’m starting a new language. You might think that because of the range of languages on offer, that dilutes the quality, but not so. If you want to go further and get access to everything (we’re talking transcripts, quizzes, full video and audio content) then you can subscribe to the Pod/Class101 series for your language. Click the individual language links above to find out more about this and sign up for a free trial.

If that’s not what you’re after, they’re still got a huge range of free lessons in podcast form. Woop! Click here to go to the iTunes page for Innovative Language.

Language Specific

Arabic

ArabicPod – Learn Arabic (not updated)
Average length: 10 minutes
Level: Beginner

A podcast aimed at learners but with a more natural style than some typical language learning materials.

Anything from Al-Jazeera
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

A huge selection including lots of video podcasts.

Czech

Anything from Český Rozhlas
Average length: Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

A range of podcasts from the public radio of the Czech Republic/Czechia.

Danish

Anything from DR
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Huuuge choice of Danish audio for you right here. There’s also a selection for children, which could be a great place to start of you’re not feeling too advanced yet.

Anything from Radio24syv
Average length: Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Interesting mix of podcasts ranging from news to fitness.

Third Ear x Politiken
Average length:30-40 minutes
Level: Advanced

Ok, I don’t speak Danish (although I did see what I could learn from the streets when I was there) but I could listen to this to soothe me to sleep. It’s so relaxing!

Dutch

Echt Gebeurd
Average length: 10 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

I was really surprised to see how many podcasts were in Dutch when I checked out the iTunes Podcast page for the Netherlands. Yay! This is a new addition to my subscriptions. Each episode shares a true story about someone’s life. Interesting stuff.

Parel Radio Podcast
Average length: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Nice mix of well-produced stories and documentaries.

Anything from NTR
Average length: Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Range of podcasts from short science news updates with De Kennis van Nu to documentaries with Radio Doc and my favourite Michiel – Specials which has popular musicians share 5 of their essential tracks, there’s a bit of English in that one though.

English

Happy English Podcast
Average length: 5 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

If it’s quick and useful English lessons you’re looking for then the Happy English Podcast has you covered. Michael often compares commonly confused words and phrases, which is a great thing to get to grips with at any level.

The English We Speak
Average length: 2 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Weekly podcast focusing on a relatively new term of vocabulary in English each episode. Recent examples include ‘mansplaining’, ‘photobomb’, and ‘cyberchondriac’.

6 Minute English
Average length: 6 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Not one for beginners, but a great range of topics for advancing your English, especially if you’re not sure what topics to turn to next.

All Ears English
Average length: 20 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Join Lindsay (great name) and Michelle as they teach you useful nuggets of English in their almost daily 20 minute episodes.

The Feel Good English Podcast
Average length: 20 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Combining English learning with productivity tips and TED Talks, Kevin’s podcast is a great way to multi-task your English learning with useful and inspiring content. Check out episode 65 for an interview with me about a very interesting book…

Uncensored English
Average length: 15 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Ready to learn some swears and stuff? As Keiran, the host of this show, says himself: English isn’t always PC!

Luke’s English Podcast
Average length: 1 hour
Level: Intermediate, advanced

One thing I love about this podcast is the range of topics. There’s nothing worse than a boring repetitive “range” of topics on a podcast. Luke’s English Podcast is quite the opposite. Also, he’s a Brit so it’s a great choice if you’re looking to learn British English.

English Across the Pond
Average length:30 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Following on from Luke’s English Podcast, if you’re unsure whether or not you should learn British or American English then this one is for you. Jennifer from the US and Dan from the UK host this one together so you get a mixture of accents and slang etc. Woop!

The Aussie English Podcast
Average length: 10-15 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

But, hey, maybe you don’t care about US or UK English and you want to learn Aussie English instead! If you’re learning English to speak with those down under, then Pete’s podcast is what you want.

Esperanto

Arkivo de 3ZZZ Radio
Average length:1 hour
Level: Intermediate, advanced

I was amazed when I found this! A whole hour of Esperanto?! Worth listening if you’re curious about the language or if you’re already at a strong level.

Estonian

Raadio1 Digitund
Average length: 40 minutes
Level: Advanced

A little faster paced than some of the other podcasts I’ve sampled for other languages I don’t actually speak but that’s just an excuse to make use of that speed changing tool.

Finnish

Länsimaisen sivistyksen lyhyt oppimäärä
Average length: 30 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

If you love history and you’re learning Finnish, this is a must. According to Google Translate, the title of this one means ‘Western Civilisation Short Course’. So you don’t only get to practise your Finnish but also brush up on your history. Win win.

Radio Suomipop
Average length: 30 minutes
Level: Advanced

For something a little more light-hearted (but possibly more difficult due to it’s unscripted nature) try Radio SuomiPop.

French

French for Beginners
Average length:5 minutes
Level: Beginner

Regular short episodes for beginners with short dialogues and explanations.

Français Authentique
Average length:5-20 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate

Almost daily episodes with natural spoken French focusing on topics from grammar through to culture.

French Voices
Average length:30 minutes – 1 hour
Level: Beginner, intermediate
A little different to most podcasts out there for French learners. In this one Jessica interviews French speakers. There’s transcripts and more on the website too.

French Blabla
Average length:5-10 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate

Good range of topics covered on these short episodes.

French Your Way
Average length: 10-20 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate

From the same Jessica that creates the French Voices podcast, French Your Way is more for beginners and intermediate learners.

Learn French With Daily Podcasts
Average length:5 minutes
Level: Intermediate

How much can you learn in 5 minutes each day? Quite a lot it seems!

Léa Café
Average length: 10 minutes
Level: Intermediate

Short podcasts completely in French from the lovely Léa.

Anything from France 24
Average length: Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Anything from RFI
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Anything from Radio Canada
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Anything from France Inter
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Anything from France Culture
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

Anything from RTL
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

German

Slow German
Average length:5 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate

Does exactly what you might think from the name.

Anything from Deutsch Welle
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Sprachheld
Average length:
Level: Intermediate, advanced

About language learning! Surely that’s all I need to say here?

Angesprochen
Average length: 20 minutes
Level: Advanced

Another one about language! But seeing as these episodes are a tad longer and the focus tends to be more linguistic based, they’re best for slightly more advanced learners.

Anything from DRadio Wissen
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

With a mixture of topic based podcasts, there’s bound to be something here to interest you from history to film.

Die Kunst, Dein Ding Zu Machen
Average length:10-30 minutes
Level: Advanced

Motivation and self-improvement auf Deutsch. The audio is nice for a learner – slow and clear.

Anything from ARD
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

Anything from Bayerischer Rundfunk
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

Hebrew

Hebrew Podcasts (updated infrequently)
Average length: 10 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate

Dialogue-based lessons posted roughly once a month.

StreetWise Hebrew (+ TLV1 Radio for Israeli culture)
Average length: 10 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

Interesting podcast even for non-Hebrew speakers like me. Bitesize lessons about bitesize aspects of the language.

Hokkien

Penang Hokkien Podcast
Average length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Level: Advanced

A really interesting find! This podcast is in the Chinese Hokkien dialect spoken in Penang, Malaysia.

Hungarian

Morning Show
Average length: 10 minutes
Level: Advanced

Ok, so this is (presumably) from a radio show, which means it’s fast, natural talk. But the good news is that each episode is nice and short so you can really focus in when you want to, and of course slow it down if needs be.

Icelandic

Víðsjá
Average length: 50 minutes
Level: Advanced

This podcast seems to have quite a wide scope of what it covers within arts and culture. I don’t understand Icelandic but it was very calming to listen to.

Í ljósi sögunnar
Average length: 40 minutes
Level: Advanced

This one is a little easier than Víðsjá because it’s mostly one voice. It’s another history podcast so prepare to learn stuff.

Indonesian

Podcast Awal Minggu
Average length: 1 hour
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Weekly chat format podcast sometimes with guests, sometimes just about a certain topic.

Subjective
Average length: 1 hour
Level: Intermediate, advanced

They had me at ‘social media’ in the description.

Irish

Bitesize Irish Gaelic Podcast
Average length: 30 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

Discussion podcast sometimes in English and sometimes in Gaelic, which makes it a good one for beginners too to help learn about the culture.

Blas – Irish Language Magazine
Average length: 30 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Italian

30 Minute Italian(not updated)
Average length: 30 minutes or less
Level: Beginner, intermediate

Cher shares tips about the Italian language and culture. Sadly not updated anymore but a good back catalogue to go through.

Italiano Automatico
Average length: 20-30 minutes
Level: Intermediate

Good mix of topics from grammar to culture.

Maxmondo Incontro Italiano
Average length: 2 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Really short lessons released regularly.

Anything from Rai Radio
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

Anything from Radio4
Average length: Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

Anything from Radio Deejay
Average length: Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

Japanese

Learn Japanese Pod
Average length: 30 minutes
Level: Beginners, intermediate

Good stuff but posts infrequently.

Learn Japanese With Subaru
Average length:5 minutes
Level: Beginners, intermediate

NHK Main News Podcast
Average length: 20 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Plus so many native language podcasts in the Japanese Podcast browser. I couldn’t possibly pick just a couple!

Korean

WiseInit Korean
Average length: 5 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate

Episodes so far seem to be working through tenses in Korean.

Talk to Me in Korean
Average length:Varies – different series on same feed
Level: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

Great range of content not only on the podcast but also on their website and YouTube channel.

SpongeMind Podcast
Average length: 30 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

2 episodes posted at a time – one in Korean and one in English so you can listen in English after if you’re struggling with the Korean episode. Great resource.

Anything from KBS
Average length: Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

Anything from SBS
Average length: Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

Plus so many native language podcasts in the Korean Podcast browser. I couldn’t possibly pick just a couple!

Latvian

Kā labāk dzīvot
Average length: 45 minutes
Level: Advanced

Radio show format with good quality audio. The name roughly translates to ‘How Better to Live’.

Tauta
Average length: 1 hour
Level: Advanced

Interviews of Latvians living in the UK.

Anything from Latvijas Radio
Average length: Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

Lithuanian

Say Labas (not updated)
Average length: 20 minutes
Level: Beginner

Good collection of Lithuanian lessons starting from the basics. Not updated recently but a worthy back catalogue.

Lithuanian Out Loud (rarely updated)
Average length: 5-10 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

I love it when language learning podcasts are hosted by a native speaker and a non-native speaker. It gives a nice dimension and makes it more relatable as a learner.

Vakaro Pasaka (or anything else from LRT)
Average length: 15 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Short story-telling podcast with presenters with ridiculously soothing voices.

Mandarin

I Love Learning Chinese
Average length: 10 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate

Good back catalogue taking you from beginner onwards.

Melnyks Chinese
Average length: 20 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate

Easy to follow podcasts. Highly recommended by Chinese learners in the #WeDoLanguages Facebook Group.

Learn Mandarin Now
Average length: 7 minutes
Level: Intermediate

Learn Chinese Insights Podcast
Average length: 30 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Interviews with Chinese learners in Chinese. Double whammy.

Learning Chinese Through Stories
Average length:20 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Stories in Chinese. As you might have guessed from the title.

Plus so many native language podcasts in the Chinese Podcast browser. I couldn’t possibly pick just a couple!

Manx

Adrian Cain’s Manx Language Podcast (not updated since 2015)
Average length:5 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate

Similar style to Language Transfer podcasts mentioned above or Michel Thomas style learning. Although it’s not updated, it’s still a useful resource for a language with not many resoruces.

Maori

Opaki
Average length: 25 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Not updated since September 2016 at the time of writing but it’s good to find a video resource for a lesser studied language!

Norwegian

Anything from NRK
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

Big 5 med Nils of Harald
Average length: 1 hour
Level: Advanced

Persian

Chai and Conversation (not updated recently at time of writing)
Average length: 15-20 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

Conversational Persian taught in a much more casual manner than most language learning podcasts.

Polish

Real Polish
Average length:30 minutes
Level: Advanced

Conversations with native speakers and learners in Polish to help you improve your listening skills.

Masa Kultury
Average length: 1 hour
Level: Advanced

This one is about pop culture in Polish. It’s always handy when you know a little about what’s being discussed, so this podcast gives you a heads up before you’ve even begun.

Polcast
Average length: 30 minutes

English language podcast about Poland and Poles. Because language learning is also about culture.

Portuguese

Café Brasil Podcast
Average length: 10-20 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Variety of topics posted weekly.

Conta-me Tudo
Average length: 20 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

This storytelling podcast is a really good resource for your listening skills.

Até Tenho Amigos Que São
Average length: 1 hour
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Interview format. The samples I listened to were really relaxing.

Practice Portuguese
Average length: 5 minutes – 1 hour
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Updated more or less monthly, European Portuguese.

Anything from RTP
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

Brazilian Portuguese Podcast, by RLP
Average length: 5-25 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

A mixture of short episodes covering expressions and longer conversation episodes.

Carioca Connection
Average length: 10 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Similar to the last one but broken down into shorter episodes.

Russian

Speaking Russian
Average length: 5 minutes
Level: Beginners

Short weekly episodes covering the basics.

Slow Russian
Average length: 20 minutes
Level: Intermediate

Good range of topics from pop culture to history spoken in slow Russian – no need to slow this podcast down! Yay!

Native Speaker – Russian Language
Average length: 20 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

In Russian Terms
Average length: 10 minutes
Level: Advanced
More advanced Russian explained in short episodes.

Anything from Radio Mayek
Average length: Varies podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

Slovenian

Anything from RTV Slot
Average length: Varies podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Spanish

Notes in Spanish(not updated)
Average length:10 minutes
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Although this one isn’t updated anymore, it was highly recommended by the #WeDoLanguages Facebook Group.

Spanish Obsessed(not updated)
Average length: Varies
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

One of my favourite podcasts! Conversation format between a native and non-native speaker and feeds split by levels.

Alt.Latino
Average length: 30 minutes

English language podcast sharing songs from Latin America. One of my favourites.

SpanishPodcast.net
Average length:15-20 minutes
Level: Beginners, intermediate

Español Automático
Average length: 20-30 minutes
Level: Intermediate

1001 Reasons to Learn Spanish
Average length: 10 minutes
Level: Intermediate

Learn Argentine Spanish
Average length: 20 minutes
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Updated infrequently but great for accent focus on Argentine Spanish.

Anything from Podium Podcast
Average length: Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

I looove this podcast network! Story podcasts are always welcome. I’ve started listening to El Club de Terror, which is very interesting.

Radio Ambulante
Average length: 30 minutes
Level: Advanced

Story podcast completely in Spanish.

Juego de Tronos: Cosas de Casas
Average length: 2 hours
Level: Advanced

This is why I love podcasts. When you get lucky, you can find something so niche! If you love Game of Thrones, this is exactly what you probably think from the title: a podcast discussing each episode of Game of Thrones.

Anything from RTVE
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

Swedish

Traningspodden
Average length: 1 hour
Level: Advanced

If fitness is your thing and you’re pretty nifty at Swedish already, this is for you.

Historiepodden
Average length: 1 hour 15 minutes
Level: Advanced

But if you prefer history to fitness then this one is for you instead.

Anything from Sveriges Radio
Average length:Varies from podcast to podcast
Level: Advanced

Tagalog

Learn Tagalog with No Borders Tagalog!
Average length: 10 minutes
Level: Beginners

Not updated for a couple of months at the time of writing.

Thai

Bangkoknoi Book Review
Average length: 30 minutes
Level: Advanced

Book reviews in Thai? Yup.

Turkish

Metro FM – Aragaz
Average length: 40 minutes
Level: Advanced

Morning radio show broadcast during rush hour.

Turkish Tea Time (not updated)
Average length: 20 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

Good back catalogue of episodes that are well labelled by levels. Yay!

Ukrainian

Ukrainian Lessons Podcast
Average length: 20 minutes
Level: Beginner

Dialogue based podcast aimed at learners, good audio.

Welsh

Pigion: Highlights for Welsh Learners
Average length: 15 minutes
Level: Beginner, intermediate

Anything from BBC Radio Cymru
Average length: Varies podcast to podcast
Level: Intermediate, advanced

Phew. That’s enough podcasts to last you a lifetime in 90 languages. Woop!

And if you missed it up top, click below to download your full list.

But still, this is by no means an extensive list. If your favourite podcast isn’t here, let me know in the comments below and I’ll take a listen and update the post when I can!

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  • Michelle

    This is amazing! So many that I have not heard (or even heard of!). BTW, what kind of tortoise do you have? We have a Sulcata named JT. He’s so much more fun than I every expected a tortoise would be!

    • Thanks Michelle! She’s a Russian tortoise! Yes, they have more character than you’d expect – whenever people come round they always comment on how fast she is! Ha! 🙂

  • Angel – French Lover

    Thank you so much Lindsay! This is really helpful. I’ll make sure to make this post my go-to place to find new podcasts.
    You’ve done an amazing job!

  • Great post Lindsay! Thanks for including my little show – new season premieres January 1st!

    PS: I think you left a bold tag on about 3/4 down 😉

    • Thanks Kris! Of course I’d include yours! 😉 And thanks for the heads up – fixed 😉

  • Mathis Gilsbach

    Thank you so much, this is awesome. I’ll come back here quite often I think, comes just as I was planning to step up my listening comprehension of Mandarin

  • andreaclaire

    Obviously, I need to get my Swahili up to a level where I can just do my own podcast 😉
    This is a great list. Look forward to checking a few of these out.

  • Dorothée

    Wow, that is a list!!
    I didn’t read all the descriptions yet, but as I am searching for stuff to listen to right now, I will definitely take a closer look later 🙂
    Thanks for this awesome job!!

  • Julia Miller

    It is an amazing list and thank you so much for it!

  • Petra

    Merci beaucoup ! 🙂 J’ai déjà commencé à écouter Léa Café et c’est très sympa !

  • Wow, impressive gude! I’m a big fan of podcasts, not only about language learning, but your list gave me lots of new insights. Thank you for such a great resource!

  • Karo Martínez

    Lindsay! Thank you very much for including our Español Automático Podcast to your awesome list! Thanks for your great work. As a polyglot and language teacher it is fantastic to see others doing great job teaching languages on the internet. Well done! 🙂

  • Awesome! Thanks for sharing! 😀

  • Ooo, thanks Kelly! 😀

  • Ahh yes, I found Language Rules I think but noticed it hadn’t been updated in a while 🙁 Thanks for the Esperanto links! 🙂

  • Ahh that’s cool! I love what Tofugu do so I’m sure that’s a great addition! 😀

  • Ooo interesting! I’ll check that one out, thanks! 🙂

    • Paulino Brener

      You’re welcome.

  • David Taggle

    Fantastic job! Thank-you.

  • Awesome, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Oh and thanks for the list. Very nice! I bookmarked two for later.