Over the years, podcasts have increased in popularity because of the easiness to listen to them on the go. When learning a new language, you want it to be in a fun and entertaining way. Podcasts do just that offering a big selection of fun and inquisitive audio fragments to listen to depending on your level. Whether or not you are already partaking in a language course, learning German through podcasts will be extremely helpful for everyone. Below, we will discuss why podcasts are the perfect platform to learn a language.
Different than videos, listening to something without a visual stimulus is designed to help you improve your oral communication. Furthermore, they help you to see the vocabulary in context and improve motivation because you as a listener are able to choose the topic yourself. Other than the learning aspects, most podcasts are free of charge and are build to suit the life of a busy person. You can listen to them when commuting, working out or any other activity you may have in your schedule.
Beginners German podcasts
For people without any prior knowledge in German, the podcast “Learn German by Podcast” might be a good starting point. The podcast introduces you to new vocabulary in a role-play scenario. Here, you will be able to order in German at your favorite restaurant, talk about your family and evening plans in a matter of days. Other good podcasts for beginners include “Coffee Break German”, “German Pod 101” and “The Easy German Podcast“.
For intermediate learners, the podcast ‘Learn German Vocabulary by Language Addicts‘ might be interesting to check out. During each episode, the host focuses on vocabulary in one certain area. Other interesting podcasts include “Deutsche Welle Warum Nicht” who specialises in basic to lower-intermediate level learning and “A Flavour of German” focusing on idioms.
Advanced German podcasts
“Elementarfragen” is a podcast channel that talks about more serious, in-depth topics such as Chernobyl and the Red Army. The episodes generally last 1 to 2 hours and includes opinions and facts from experts. Another podcast worth checking out is “SBS German“. During their episodes, the hosts talks about current events and heavily talk about topics in the world. Examples of episodes include the World Cup, staying healthy and the taboo of “death”.
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