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5 Podcasts To Become Fluent In Spanish, French, German And More

Boost your brain power.

Did you know that learning a foreign language can boost your brain power, improve your memory, enhance your ability to multi-task and make decisions, sharpen your mind and even improve performance in other academic areas? And all you have to do is hit subscribe on a podcast. Instead of pouring over language dictionaries, or spending your hard-earned cash on expensive classes, why not try one of these great podcasts for learning Spanish, French, German and more:

The Fluent Show

The Fluent Show, hosted by Kerstin Cable and Lindsay Williams, is all about getting listeners excited about language learning with stories, news, tips and ideas that will make you fluent. Looking for a podcast covering 2020’s most important topics? Head here.

Learn German With LinguaBoost

Each lesson of Learn German with LinguaBoost contains useful phrases related to a specific topic, which means you’ll learn German in context – not just single words, and become fluent in no time. Check out the best podcasts made for and by women.

Spanish Obsessed

Spanish Obsessed’s Liz and Rob teach and discuss a range of Spanish phrases, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation to give you the real Spanish, as it’s used around the world today. This is the perfect podcast for learning Spanish. If you’re looking for this year’s best podcasts, head here.

30 Minute Italian Podcast

Lacking in confidence when it comes to learning Italian? The 30 Minute Italian podcast covers expressions, sexy grammar and culture through personal travel stories and detailed examples. Just like podcasts for learning Spanish, this one is fantastic if you’re keen on trying out Italian.

Coffee Break French

All you need is a coffee break to learn the language of love. Coffee Break French focuses on the language you need to know, and before long you’ll be making yourself understood with native French speakers. It’s become insanely popular, just like these podcasts. 

There are also plenty of podcasts out there if you’re looking to do a bit of self-improvement, listen to BBC’s best content, or get stuck into true crime. If you don’t know where to start, check these podcasts out – or these, if you’re a Spotify user.

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If You Love Brené Brown, You'll Love These Self-Help Podcasts

Treat your mind, body and spirit.

Between romantic relationships, family and friendships, career and money goals and maintaining good mental and physical health – being a good human is a lot of effort, and sometimes asking your family and friends for advice can get tiring. This where self-help podcasts are a great alternative, like those of Brene Brown.

Many people are familiar with the podcasts, books and talks of professor, author and lecturer Brené Brown. However, she is not the only self-help podcast expert.

Here are five self-help podcasts to listen to if you love Brené Brown:

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin, the bestselling author of The Happiness Project, presents the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin. It’s lively, thought-provoking and offers practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to live by. It’s also quite similar to some of Brene Brown’s talks. Looking for a podcast covering 2020’s most important topics? Head here.

The Minimalists Podcast

Hosts Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less on The Minimalists Podcast. Minimalists don’t focus on having less, they focus on making room for more: more time, passion, creativity, experiences, contribution, contentment, freedom.

The Pineapple Project

Journo and ABC presenter Jan Fran presents The Pineapple Project, a podcast that explores how to find community and connection amidst the coronavirus crisis. If you’re looking for this year’s best podcasts, head here.

Ten Percent Happier Podcast

Dan Harris was an ABC news anchor who had a panic attack live on Good Morning America. Now, he’s the writer and host of Ten Percent Happier, a podcast that explores happiness from all angles, just like Brene Brown. Check out the best podcasts made for and by women.

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations. Oprah speaks to everyone from Sheryl Sandberg to J-Lo for a podcast series designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self. It’s become insanely popular, just like these podcasts. 

There are also plenty of podcasts out there if you’re looking to learn a new language, consume some of BBC’s best content or get stuck into true crime. If you don’t know where to start, check these podcasts out – or these, if you’re a Spotify user.

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A Guide To BBC's Best Podcasts

Love Louis Theroux?

Ahh, the BBC. Home to Fleabag, Peaky Blinders, The Office, Doctor Who, and of course, our beloved Louis Theroux. There’s plenty of great TV to watch on BBC, but did you know they’re also home to a repertoire of some seriously impressive podcasts?

These are 5 of BBC’s best podcasts:

13 Minutes To The Moon

Ever wondered how the hell we actually landed on the moon? The BBC Podcast 13 Minutes To The Moon tells the story of the people who made Apollo 11 happen. If you’re looking for this year’s best podcasts, head here.

The Missing Cryptoqueen

Dr Ruja Ignatova persuaded millions to join her financial revolution. Then she disappeared. Why? Jamie Bartlett presents a story of greed, deceit and herd madness for this BBC podcast. Speaking of powerful women, check out the best podcasts made for and by women.

Grounded With Louis Theroux

If you love Louis Theroux’s documentary series, you’re going to become quickly addicted to his mid-pandemic BBC podcast Grounded with Louis Theroux. Stuck at home, Louis is using the lockdown to track down some high-profile people he’s been longing to talk to including Boy George, Helena Bonham Carter, Rose McGowan and more. It’s become insanely popular, just like these podcasts.

Short Story

Looking for a speedy escape from reality? Listen to the BBC podcast Short Story, your weekly fix of brand new stories written specially by today’s best writers. Recent episodes include a story of a young gay man living and loving on the margins of Houston, Texas and two friends discussing love as one of them re-embarks on the dating scene later in life.

1Xtra Talks

The most recent episode of BBC podcast 1Xtra Talks sees hosts Ace and Seani B discuss the death of George Floyd and racial injustice, starting an incredibly important conversation. If you’re looking for podcasts that explore 2020’s most important topics, head here.

There are also plenty of podcasts out there if you’re looking to learn a new language, do a bit of self-improvement or get stuck into true crime. If you don’t know where to start, check these podcasts out – or these, if you’re a Spotify user.

Always be in the loop with our snackable podcast breaking the biggest story of the day. Subscribe to It’s Been A Big Day For… on your favourite podcast app.

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