o The US Peace Corps serves up 10 lessons that will teach you the
Arabic spoken in Jordan. The web site includes a useful transcript.
o Includes mp3 podcasts and PDF transcripts.
o Provides the essentials you’ll need to get around.
o While not offering language lessons per se, the University of
Chicago’s Center for Middle Eastern studies offers weekly lectures in
Arabic that include social, cultural and academic investigations of the
Arabic speaking world. Students will find it handy for practicing their
comprehension.o A fledgling podcast that’s worth a look.
Catalano A good way to get going with a language still spoken by some 12 million people, many living in Northeast Spain.
o This is a very fledgling Cantonese language series. It has one
lesson so far. So we’ll have to see if this is for real. In the
meantime, please let us know if you find a richer collection of
o A dialogue-based introduction to Mandarin Chinese. Load them on your iPod and get up the Chinese curve.
o Weekly lessons in Mandarin that get very strong reviews from iTunes users..
o A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn Mandarin on your own terms.
o A more advanced podcast, this series of lessons teaches Chinese by
talking about Chinese culture or what is happening today in China.
o A Mandarin language podcast taught by Yao in New York City.
o A language series put together by TimesOnline.
o 10 Lessons by the US Peace Corps. Make sure you visit the site and download the pdf that accompanies the lessons.
o Offers lessons for beginners and also students at intermediate and
advanced levels. In addition to language lessons, Popup Chinese
provides annotated short stories, HSK test prep materials and a variety
of speaking and listening exercises. They broadcast out of Beijing, and
all voice actors speak the standard northern dialect.
o Learn the phrases you need to get by while traveling in China.
o Cathy Lu takes a look at the Chinese language, while introducing students to China’s history and culture.o Another in the mix of possibilities.
o This is not your usual series of language lessons. Here, a “dirty Dane” teaches you “stupid phrases and more.”o We get a lot of requests (believe it or not) for Danish. So here’s another useful podcast created by the One Minute series.
Dutcho A series of podcasts that will help you travel to Holland. It’s worth checking out the accompanying web site.
o Learn the English you will need to function effectively in an American business environment.
o A very well liked collection of ESL lessons. Over 100 episodes in the collection.
o Si usted haya asistido al menos a un curso de ingles, y usted
necesita la oportunidad de escuchar al ingles y hablar el ingles,
entonces ‘Por Fin Aprende Ingles’ es el podcast perfecto para usted.
Presentado por Carla Staufert-Sauvier, una profesora de Mexico, y Jade
Lindquist, una profesora de los EE UU.
o A weekly podcast of international business news read in slow, clear
English. Listen to the podcast and follow along in the accompanying
o Daily podcasts that will teach you English and American customs. Well done.
o Taking a more unconventional approach to teaching English, this
program uses humor to teach intermediate-to-advanced students idioms,
grammar, and slang in both American and English flavors.o “Tu Ingles” is designed to help Spanish-speakers improve their ear
for English. The weekly program features drills of verb conjugation,
interviews, advice about idioms, and excerpts of speeches and other
recorded spoken material from famous English speakers.Esperanto
o These lessons will help you become familiar with Esperanto, a purely international languageFinnish
o For listeners with some command of Finnish YLE Radio Finland offers
daily broadcasts in “Special Finnish”. The five minute broadcasts cover
items of current interest. To ease understanding, we simplify the
language and slow down the delivery. Some grammatical forms are not
used at all. The level of Finnish used is planned to match the expected
ability to understand Finnish shown by persons in Level Two Language
Command (ofFinnish) as defined by the Council of Europe.”French
o A French as a second language Podcast, using poetry as a topic for discussion using everyday conversational French.
o Fun, effective lessons for beginners. Provided by the French Ecole.
o A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn French on
your own terms. FrenchPod currently offers free podcasts on a schedule
of 5 per week with extra shows on the weekend. The podcasts are
accompanied by text expansion exercises and other tutoring aids.
o Nightly news from RFI presented in slowly spoken French to assist you with your comprehension.
o A well-reviewed series of lessons for beginners and those who want to brush up on their French.
o The producers of the very popular Coffee Break Spanish now offer a podcast that will teach you French.
o These lessons are brought to you by French teachers from Paris.
They are best suited for those who already have some beginning French
under their belts.
o The BBC offers 24 video podcasts that will teach you French.
o The Peace Corps teaches you some of the French spoken in Mali.
o A very popular collection that teaches students the French language and different facets of French culture.
o A four-week series of lessons that will allow you to refine your knowledge of French verbs.German
· Deutsch - warum nicht?
o An extensive collection of introductory German podcasts put together by Deutsche Welle.
o German grammar lessons aimed at American students.
o Presented in video, these “vodcasts” get high marks for being not only educational but also very entertaining.
o Learn German phrase by phrase over a course of 20 weeks. The
podcasts will cover all the language you need to know to get by on a
visit to a German-speaking country. This series is put together by the
same people created the popular series “Coffee Break Spanish.”
o Presented by the Radio Lingua Network
o Annik Rubens reads slowly and clearly from parts of her popular podcast, Sleepless in Munich (Schaflos in Munchen).
o Deutsche Welle provides a nightly news broadcast in German that’s spoken slowly so that you can work on your comprehension.Greek
o From the Hellenic American Union, these lessons will teach students
Modern Greek. For those who already have some foundation in the
· Elementary Hebrew iTunes
o The audio and video files come from a course taught in a seminary.
o Here you get straightforward pronunciations of words in Hebrew.
And, by the way, you can find a good resource to learn Biblical Hebrew vocabulary here.Hindi
o Covers essential
words and phrases that you need for your trip to India. There are also
Beginner Hindi lessons for those that want to seriously start to learn
o This looks like a fun approach to learning a language.
o There are few options when it comes to learning Hindi via podcast, so the podcast author decided to fill the void.Hungarian
o Learn with Steve or Gyorgyi, a native speaker.Indonesian
o A complete online Indonesian course geared towards developing conversational fluency in the Indonesian Language.Irish
o As the title says, here’s a quite new podcast that will teach you Irish. Hopefully, it will continue to grow.Italian
o A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn Italian on your own terms.
o A series of Italian language lessons that will get you up and running. I have personally used them and found them effective.
o This collection will help you learn Italian in small, manageable 5-minute bites.
o Learn Italian step by step over a course of 20 weeks. The podcasts
will cover all the language you need to know to get by on a visit to a
Italian-speaking country. Created by the same people who put together
the popular series “Coffee Break Spanish.”
o It’s admittedly a bit of an untraditional way to learn Italian.
This podcast lets you listen to conversations about Australian culture
o These videocasts from the Kyoto Japanese Language School get strong
reviews. They use video effectively to demonstrate how to write in
o Over 100 quality lessons aimed at the beginner. Users give it high marks.
o Japancast teaches Japanese using lessons from anime and everyday conversation.
o These lessons teach students how to work with Japanese symbols, such as Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana.
o Learn the must-know phrases for traveling in Japan.
o One of the newer and seemingly more robust options for learning Korean.
o A little new and “rough around the edges,” according to reviewers, but perhaps worth a look.
o , ; An option that looks to have more promise.
o Gets the phrases that will get you by.Latin
o The Latin Language Learning Podcast from London.
o “Nuntii Latini - News in Latin - is a weekly review of world news
in Classical Latin, the only international broadcast of its kind in the
world, produced by YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company.Lithuanian
o Offers beginners, intermediate and advanced lessons.Luxembourgish
o Another niche language covered by the Radio Lingua Network.Norwegian
o Learn Norwegian in minutes with the Radio Lingua Network.Polish
o Another podcast provided by the Radio Lingua Network.Portuguese
o A conversation-oriented introduction to Brazilian Portuguese.
You’ll also get introduced to Brazilian culture, and learn about the
differences between the language spoken in Brazil and Portugal. NOTE:
Mp3s for the first 16 lessons can be found here.
o Created by the Texas Language Technology Center in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UT-Austin.Romanian
o A quick way to learn Romanian survival phrases to help you on your journey.
o Quick lessons by the creators of the One Minute language series.Russian
o Recommended by our readers.
o This “isn’t a boring Grammar course, it is a real chat on different
topics which can be heard in everyday life. It is a chance to listen to
the native speakers talking at home, at work, at the shop, at the
o Presented by the UCLA Center for World Languages, this series teaches students the essentials of Russian business communication.
o No Borat jokes. Learn some Kazahk style Russian from the Peace Corps. Be sure to download the accompanying PDF file.
o Also presented by UCLA, this podcast helps users improve their
comprehension and vocabulary by listening to excerpts from Tolstoy,
Gogol, Chekhov and other Russian literary greats.
o Helps you learn Russian and Russian culture at your convenience.
o A Spanish-language podcast of classic fairy tales and legends. The
fact that you probably already know the story in English will aid your
comprehension of understanding the tale in Spanish.
o Learn Spanish in a low-key, effective way. Currently the #2 overall
favorite in iTunes’ podcast collection. They must be loaded on iPods
o If you’ve had some Spanish classes and you need experience
listening to and speaking the language, then Finally Learn Spanish has
a collection of podcasts for you.
o Weekly comprehension and grammar exercises for students of all levels. One of the more popular podcasts on iTunes.
o A podcast created by teams from 5 Spanish speaking countries.
o If you’re planning a trip to a Spanish speaking country, and if you don’t know the language, this will help get you up to speed.
o Learn to speak Spanish in just 15 minutes per day.
o A unique entry into the instructional language podcasts arena. It’s
an educational video podcast done in the form of a television sit-com
(situation comedy), laugh track included. While the actors speak solely
in Spanish, Spanish subtitles are provided and explanations of
vocabulary and grammar points are provided on the web site.
o Produced by Ben Curtis and Marina Diez, a husband-and-wife team out
of Madrid, Spain. Ben is British and Marina is Spanish and they too
have built quite a large following for their conversational Spanish
podcasts, (for beginners, intermediates and advanced students), which
promise to teach listeners “real Spanish” the way it is actually spoken
every day in Spain.
o “No English is spoken here. These podcasts are for the Intermediate
and Advanced Spanish Speaker who would like to sharpen their Spanish
skills. The fine points of the language will be presented and explored
through a variety of topics to include; music, history, culture, food.”
o A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn Spanish on your own terms.
o Distinguishes itself from other currently available instructional
podcasts by providing lessons that feature different accents from
around the Spanish-speaking world. Dialogues are repeated multiple
times and an English translation is provided, to further aid learning.
o Another set of podcasts that lets you learn Spanish on your own terms.
o Podcasts recorded by native Spanish speakers with clear explanations in English.
o Geared toward more advanced students, this podcast features an
interview in Spanish with a native speaker from Spain, Latin America or
the U.S. It’s also accompanied by a bilingual blog that includes weekly
Spanish grammar tips.
o News in easy-to-understand Swedish.
o Our readers have been waiting for Swedish lessons to come along. Here it finally is.
o From the makers of the Survival Phrases series.Tagalog
o Learn to speak Tagalog to give you the advantage when you travel to the Philippines.Thai
o Apparently the lessons are good, but they’ve been having some technical problems and not all podcasts are always available.Vietnamese
o You get the gist from the title. Learn here some phrases that will help you survive in Vietnam.Yiddish
o Learn Yiddish via video, includes link to Youtube.