Best Linguistics podcasts — In-depth discussions on the study of language (Updated January 2018; image)
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The Allusionist
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Linguistic adventures with Helen Zaltzman, TheAllusionist.org. A proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
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Slate Presents Lexicon Valley
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Lexicon Valley is a podcast about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.
 
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A Way with Words — language, linguistics, and callers from all over
 
A fun weekly radio show about language seen through culture, history, and family. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers who have questions and stories about linguistics, old sayings, word histories, etymology, regional dialects, slang, new words, word play, word games, grammar, family expressions, books, literature, writing, and more. Email your language questions to words@waywordradio.org or call with your questions toll-free *any* time in the U.S. and Canada at 1 (87 ...
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Learning a new language? Get your language learning questions answered by polyglot Olly Richards, who speaks 8 languages and runs the popular blog - I Will Teach You A Language. Whatever's holding you back on the path to fluency, tune in twice a week to get your regular dose of language learning motivation, with Olly and other polyglot guests, such as Luca Lampariello, Richard Simcott, Alex Rawlings, Benny Lewis, Anthony Metivier and Jonathan Levi. Learn Spanish, Learn French, Learn German, ...
 
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The History of English Podcast
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The Spoken History of a Global Language
 
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Word of Mouth
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Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them
 
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That's What They Say
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That's What They Say is a weekly segment on Michigan Radio that explores our changing language.University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan studies linguistics and the history of the English language.Each week she'll discuss why we say what we say with Michigan Radio Weekend Edition host Rina Miller.
 
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The World in Words
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The World in Words is a podcast about languages and the people who speak them. What happens to the brain on bilingualism? Does it matter that so many languages are dying out? Should we fear the rise of global English? Is the United States losing its linguistic cohesion? Why are Chinese tech words so inventive? Why does Icelandic have so many cool swearwords? Patrick Cox and Nina Porzucki bring you stories from the world’s linguistic frontlines. Also at pri.org/language
 
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Talk the Talk
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A weekly show about linguistics, the science of language, on RTRFM 92.1 community radio, Perth.
 
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Creative Language Learning Podcast
 
Hi, we're Kerstin from Fluent Language (http://www.fluentlanguage.co.uk) and Lindsay from Lindsay does Languages (http://www.lindsaydoeslanguages.com). We both learn languages every day in our lives, and we have learnt over 15 different languages between us.We are obsessed with language learning - join us in this podcast!
 
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Lingthusiasm - A podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics
 
A podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics by Gretchen McCulloch (All Things Linguistic) and Lauren Gawne (Superlinguo). Language fun delivered right to your ears the third Thursday of every month. Shownotes: www.lingthusiasm.comBonus episodes: www.patreon.com/lingthusiasm
 
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Speculative Grammarian Podcast
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Speculative Grammarian—the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics—is now available as an arbitrarily irregular audio podcast. Our podcast includes readings of articles from our journal, the occasional musical number or dramatical piece, and our talk show, Language Made Difficult. Language Made Difficult is hosted by the SpecGram LingNerds, and features our signature linguistics quiz—Lies, Damned Lies, and Linguistics—along with some discu ...
 
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Conlangery Podcast
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The podcast about constructed languages
 
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Words for Granted
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Words for Granted is a podcast that looks at how words change over time. Host Ray Belli uses language--more specifically, individual words--as a way of making connections among history, culture, religion, and society.
 
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LSA 2017 Linguistic Institute
 
Podcast by LSA 2017
 
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Language Fuel Podcast
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This podcast is designed to inspire language teaching and learning. Tune in for book reviews, interviews with inspiring teachers, best practice ideas, linguistic facts, musings on current events and crazy language learning stories. For more information, visit www.languagefuel.com
 
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Language Happy Hour
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Have you ever taken a language class? Have you taken a language class that teaches you how to say "I want to work at the United Nations" before "can you pass me the salt?" We're working to fix that. Critical Language Mentor has scoured the internet to find the best resources out there to help you learn languages better. We specialize in critical, less-commonly taught languages, like Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Persian and want to help you learn better.Visit us on the web at criticallanguage ...
 
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Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright are back with a new series of Word of Mouth, and appropriately enough they're starting with Hellos. And greetings. Former diplomat Andy Scott has greeted people in more than 60 countries, and he's written a book about his experiences called One Kiss or Two? The origins and psychology of greetings provide a rich ...…
 
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The History of English Podcast
 
Even though English writing started to re-emerge in the early 1200s, government and legal documents remained the exclusive domain of Latin and French. English finally found a voice in the English government in the mid-1200s with a series of government reforms known as the Provisions of Oxford. The population of England was informed of the refor ...…
 
Click or tap here to read the full show notes German Learners: Click this link to download a full transcript (bilingual) of our conversation, so you can listen and read along at the same time. Judith Meyer is well-known in the language learning world for co-founding the Polyglot Gathering event and writing several language books and courses. Sh ...…
 
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A Way with Words — language, linguistics, and callers from all over
 
This week it’s butterflies, belly flowers, plot bunnies, foxes, and cuckoos. Also, writing advice from Mark Twain and a wonderful bit of prose from Sara Pennypacker's book Pax. And are there word origins? Well, does a duck swim? We'll hear the stories of polka, smarmy, bully pulpit, and the exes and ohs we use to show our affection. Plus! Sarca ...…
 
English doesn't use very many infixes, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. Here's the thing: they're out there, but most of them aren't fit for print or our airwaves. We'll come back to that. Wondering what exactly an infix is? Here's a hint -- they're related to a pair of other grammatical elements that may a bit more familiar.…
 
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Words for Granted
 
Up until Modern English, the English language distinguished between its singular and plural second person pronouns: "Thou" was the singular, and "ye" was the plural. Today, these have been replaced by a single pronoun, "you." "Thou" and "ye" are common Biblical pronouns in English, and there's more to their usage than just preserving an old lin ...…
 
George discusses last year’s Lexember and some of the things that came out of that. Also, help us correct our transcripts on the Conlang Sources Wiki. What we reblogged on Tumblr. The Conlangery Twitter account. (Sorry, twitter search is bad, so I can’t conveniently direct you just to Lexember retweets.)…
 
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The World in Words
 
English is spoken with countless accents by both native and non-native speakers. But a hierarchy persists: there are 'good accents and 'bad' ones. So whether you're from Thailand or Tennessee, you may want to get rid of your accent. We hear from a few such people, and from someone who has no interest in changing his accent.…
 
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Slate Presents Lexicon Valley
 
Like gangster and gangsta, nigger and nigga have become two distinct words. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choi ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Nicolás asks: "Do we need vacations from language learning?" Episode Summary: My life is full of examples of doing things better after a long break Our brains can only achieve so much by focused attention The Pomodoro technique works on this principle Focus mode vs diffuse mode Small scale - i.e. my daily writing habits in one day Large scale - ...…
 
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A Way with Words — language, linguistics, and callers from all over
 
Pranks, cranks, and chips. As a kid, you may have played that game where you phone someone to say, "Is your refrigerator running? Then you better go catch it!" What's the term for that kind of practical joke? Is it a crank call or a prank call? There's a big difference. Also, if someone has a chip on his shoulder, he's spoiling for a fight -- b ...…
 
On this week's edition of That's What They Say, English Professor Anne Curzan joined us from Salt Lake City, Utah where she attended the American Dialect Society's annual meeting. Each year, the ADS gathers to choose a word that best represents "the public discourse and preoccupations of the past year." Before we reveal the word that dominated ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Louise asks: "How can I make my own learning material?" Episode Summary: I have a long history of making my own material I want to study with things that interest me In Japan, I would record train announcements and ask a native speaker to transcribe them I often do pieces of writing and get my tutor to correct them I record my language partners ...…
 
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Creative Language Learning Podcast
 
Hello from Kerstin and happy new year! In today's show, I've got notes for you on what really mattered for language learning in 2017, and how you can make the most out of these for your own path to fluency. Lessons from 2017: Best practices aren’t going anywhere Ask yourself what you want to achieve Get out of the house and use what you know Co ...…
 
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A Way with Words — language, linguistics, and callers from all over
 
What's the best way for someone busy to learn lots of new words quickly for a test like the GRE? Looking up their origins can help. Or record yourself reading the words and definitions and play them back while you're doing other chores. Plus, book recommendations for youngsters. Finally, military slang, and the one-word prank that sends Army re ...…
 
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The History of English Podcast
 
The 12th and 13th centuries saw the saw the transfer of book production from monasteries to professional bookmakers. In this episode, we look at the birth of the Medieval book trade. We also examine how early illuminators worked with color, and how early English dealt with the introduction of new colors terms into the language.…
 
Today's episode serves as an introduction to an extended series on Biblical etymology. In it, we discuss the difficulties of translating ancient texts--particularly holy texts--into modern languages. Over the course of this series, we will gain insight into the overall development and evolution of Judaism and Christianity from the unlikely pers ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Todd asks: "How can I speak more Spanish with my girlfriend?" Episode Summary: See Episode 029: I'm learning my wife's language See Episode 137: Love and language learning IWTYAL team member Dave's home language routine Luke's experience in Hong Kong You need willingness on both sides, so first establish that it's there Dedicated time will help ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Massoud ask: "I'm worried about what will happen if I learn German. What should I do?" Episode Summary: You may have a language learning dilemma and not know how to resolve it It's always best to discover the answer yourself rather than rely on others You don't have to commit for life! Try setting trial periods, and give it a shot If it's not w ...…
 
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Slate Presents Lexicon Valley
 
The problem is, is that we sometimes say is twice. Why? Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone ...…
 
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A Way with Words — language, linguistics, and callers from all over
 
Why do we call a frankfurter a "hot dog"? It seems an unsettling 19th-century rumor is to blame. Also, if someone quits something abruptly, why do we say they quit "cold turkey"? This term's roots may lie in the history of boxing. Plus, a transgender listener with nieces and nephews is looking for a gender-neutral term for the sibling of one's ...…
 
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The History of English Podcast
 
In this episode, we explore some of the suffixes that were in common use in the early 1200s at the time the Ancrene Wisse was composed. These include traditional Old English suffixes, as well as several new suffixes that were borrowed from French and Latin. We also examine the longevity of such suffixes in Modern English.…
 
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The Allusionist
 
It’s the annual bonus episode. Throughout the year, the people who appear on the show tell me a lot of interesting stuff, not all of which is relevant to the episode they initially appeared in, so I stash it away in preparation for this moment. This year, hear about the history of roller skates, zazzification, giant origami, the heat death of t ...…
 
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Lingthusiasm - A podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics
 
When we talk about things that languages have in common, we often talk about the physical side, the fact that languages are produced by human bodies, using the same brain and hands and vocal tract. But they’re also all produced (so far) by people from the same planet and going through the same fourth dimension: time. As the earth revolves aroun ...…
 
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A Way with Words — language, linguistics, and callers from all over
 
Donate to help support A Way with Words all year long https://waywordradio.org/donate ... We’ve got a curious problem here at A Way with Words. Over the last decade, we’ve grown the show from just 12 stations in four states to more than 300 signals in 37 states. What that means is that our success is outpacing our resources! We have more listen ...…
 
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The World in Words
 
What are the words and images that best describe this past year? And why do some people think "whom" is obsolete? We talk with Buzzfeed's copy chief Emmy Favilla and Cartoon Queen Carol Hills who monitors political cartoons from around the world.By The World in Words.
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
In this solo episode, Olly discusses whether immersion is all it's cracked up to be. Episode Summary: Immersion is always held up as the "holy grail" of language learning Definition: Spending all day every day in a native-level environment It's not all it's cracked up to be Survival bias is at play: Katzumoto: 10,000 hours of Japanese Gabriel W ...…
 
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The History of English Podcast
 
During the early Middle English period, many loanwords from Latin and French were borrowed into English. Very often, those loanwords came in with prefixes and suffixes that were new to the English language. Many of those new affixes appear for the first time in the Ancrene Wisse. In this episode, we explore the decline of Old English prefixes a ...…
 
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A Way with Words — language, linguistics, and callers from all over
 
Words of the year and correcting a mispronounced name. Taking a look back at some notable words and phrases from 2017: Remember path of totality? How about "milkshake duck"? Also, a committee has to choose a new mascot for a school's sports teams. They want to call them the Knights, as in the heroes in shining armor. But is the word knight gend ...…
 
Click or tap here to read the full shownotes. Follow up on a topic: Pop Music Bilingual lyrics, Spanglish and Justin Bieber of all people winning a Latin grammy. Lindsay brings up the Despacito Effect and we discuss if that's a thing. If you love music, check out our pop music episode. Top Tools for Winter 2018 Here are the nominees - listen to ...…
 
If you're someone who likes to mull things over, consider this question our holiday gift to you. When you mull something over, must "over" always be part of the equation? Or can you leave it out and simply mull something? Take a second to mull that over.By rebecca@kruth.org (Rebecca Kruth).
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
In this solo episode, Olly discusses whether listening to "slow audio" is useful. Episode Summary: News in Slow Spanish-type sites are becoming increasing popular With Yabla you can slow down the audio But are these helpful, or dangerous? There are only two reasons you won't understand something spoken: 1) You don't know the words/grammar 2) Yo ...…
 
When compared to the other numbers between ten and twenty, "eleven" and "twelve" stick out like a sore thumb. If they followed the construction of the rest of the teen numbers, they'd be called one-teen and two-teen, respectively, but of course, this isn't the case. In today's episode, we uncover what "eleven" and "twelve" are all about.…
 
Remember the 1990’s flick Sneakers with Robert Redford? Robert Redford’s character leads a group of hackers on a mission to steal a decoder from the NSA. And there’s a part in the film when Redford needs to bypass security to sneak into a building. Only problem, the security is a voice activated; at least in 1992 that might’ve been a problem. T ...…
 
Conlangery Statement on Patreon Fee Changes (audio and transcript) We use Patreon to get a little money to pay some of the site fees and such for Conlangery. Our Patreon has grown some since it started, and I’m grateful to all our Patrons. However, I need to inform you that the way you pay through... Read more »…
 
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Slate Presents Lexicon Valley
 
Biblical scholar Mark Ward discusses his forthcoming book, Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@ ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Raffy asks: "Should I be concerned about my accent?" Episode Summary: Accents are a highly personal topic I inhabit a world in London where virtually everyone I meet has an accent Your accent is like your personality, and something you should be fiercely proud of Resources Mentioned in Today's Episode: How to Develop an Awesome Accent - An arti ...…
 
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A Way with Words — language, linguistics, and callers from all over
 
Books for word lovers, plus the stories behind some familiar terms. Want a gift for your favorite bibliophile? Martha and Grant have recommendations, from a collection of curious words to some fun with Farsi. Plus, some people yell "Geronimo!" when they jump out of an airplane, but why that particular word? Also, we call something that heats ai ...…
 
There's examples all over the the place of people using "there's" before a plural noun. In fact, we just gave you one. A listener named Bill from Kalamazoo recently wrote to us about this. He's noticed all kinds of people, including broadcasters, using "there's" in front of words that refer to multiple things such as "thousands" or "many" inste ...…
 
Charles Dickens wrote about the plight of the impoverished and destitute members of British society. So how come his name is a synonym for rosy-cheeked, full-stomached, fattened-goose, hearty merry “God bless us every one” Christmas? Avery Trufelman and Katie Mingle of 99% Invisible report from the streets of Victorian London at the annual Dick ...…
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Mark asks: "How should I start learning Mongolian from scratch?" Episode Summary: Get a strong foundation in the basics first Work your way through a textbook Listen to the audio Don't get distracted by other tools Resources Mentioned in Today's Episode: Blue Snowball - A great entry-level microphone that I used for episodes 75-229 Shure MV5 - ...…
 
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A Way with Words — language, linguistics, and callers from all over
 
Donate to support A Way with Words https://waywordradio.org/donate .... Here’s the perfect gift for your language nerd: a donation to A Way with Words. For more than ten years we’ve been producing fun episodes about words and language that are heard millions of times each year by people like your word nerd. Making the show takes money, of cours ...…
 
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Language Fuel Podcast
 
Swearing. Cursing. Profanity. Is it appropriate to teach swear words to language learners? We discuss this issue today, and hear about a new book by Dr. Sarah Byrne called Swearing is Good For You. The Amazing Science of Bad Language. https://emmabyrne.net/welcome/sigfy/
 
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Conlangery Podcast
 
Today, Matt Pearson joins George and William to talk about non-finite “adverbial” verb forms called converbs. Top of Show Greeting: Old Niveni Links and Resources: Imperative Converb in Archi (conference abstract) Expressing adverbial relations in clause linkage with converbs: definitional and typological considerations (workshop slides) Ylikos ...…
 
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Creative Language Learning Podcast
 
These days, the Polyglot Gathering pulls in hundreds of language learners who share and enjoy community in the heart of Europe. A lot of this is thanks to Chuck's contributions, along with the wonderful Polyglot Gathering team. This year, Chuck published his first language learning app, Amikumu. What is Amikumu? Want to text another person and ...…
 
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A Way with Words — language, linguistics, and callers from all over
 
The months of September, October, November, and December take their names from Latin words meaning "seven," "eight," "nine," and "ten." So why don't their names correspond to where they fall in the year? The answer lies in an earlier version of the Roman calendar. The sweltering period called the "dog days" takes its name from the movements of ...…
 
What scares the living daylights out of you? Maybe it's watching a scary movie in the dark by yourself. Maybe it's that dog down the street who makes Cujo look like Lassie. Or maybe it's the thought of Stranger Things not coming back for a third season. (Relax, it totally is .) Have you ever wondered though, what exactly is a "living daylight"? ...…
 
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The History of English Podcast
 
The early 13th century saw the rise of a monastic movement in which men and women locked themselves away in secluded cells to practice their religion. These monks were known as anchorites, and an early Middle English text called the “Ancrene Wisse” was composed as a guide for female anchoresses who adopted this lifestyle. The text is considered ...…
 
The emergence of the words "algebra" and "algorithm" can be traced back to the life of one man, an Arabic mathematician named Al-Kworizmi. Today's episode looks at the history of Al-Kworizmi's works and their impact on the Western world, particularly on European languages.
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Dave and Anja ask: "Does alcohol help you become more fluent?" Episode Summary: You often drink alcohol in social situations Social situations are best possible environment for improving your speaking Shyness and social anxiety often prevent people practising their language To the extent that alcohol helps you feel more at ease, it may well be ...…
 
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