Last fall when I was just getting into podcasting, I was enamored with the idea of using podcasts to learn a foreign language. I even commented on it in First Crack #6.
If you’re following my ThingsToDo list, you see I’d like to get my tongue around Dutch and bring my German back up to speed. Then there’s French. Always took classes as a kid. Never quite got it.
Anyway, my favorite Deutschlehrerin, Steffanie aus Stockholm, just wrote about the power of podcasting to learn a foreign language.
It looks like my German is still good enough to understand that Steffanie and I share the same views on this:
- There are so many podcasts, you can find a subject that interests you in a language you want to learn. Like learning 2 things for the price of one.
- The best podcasts are normal people, talking about normal things, in normal voices – ideal for understand how language is acutally used, and different dialects.
- You can listen to podcasts over and over again. Picking up something new each time. I always keeps the good ones, and Steffanie’s.