Recommended Language-Learning Podcasts

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If you want to learn a language, podcasts are a great place to start or to complement or further your studies. Language-learning podcasts are ideal since you can increase your exposure time to the spoken language.

Whether your goal is to become fluent in a language or learn just enough for travel or to impress international clients, there’s probably a language-learning podcast that suits your needs. Additionally, podcasts aren’t limited to major world languages, and the formats go beyond recordings of traditional language courses.

Here are some podcasts we’d recommend for language learning:

Russian podcast I News in Slow Russian

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News in slow Russian for learners of Russian.

ProperRussian

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A podcast in Russian to help Russian language learners.

ChinesePod

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ChinesePod is the largest provider of Chinese audio lessons on the market. Get their free Chinese learning podcasts so you can listen and learn on-the-go.

Journey to Chinese Fluency

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A show interviewing people who have learnt Chinese from scratch to fluency. Not a language-learning podcast per se, but a great way to get ideas and inspiration.

Changing Scripts: Conversations about the Chinese language involving learners & native speakers

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Conversations with native speakers and learners of Chinese. Not a teaching podcast, but full of interesting stories about learning and using Mandarin, cultural viewpoints and experiences.

One Thing In A French Day

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A small slice of a Frenchwoman’s day — in France and in French. A fun podcast to improve your French! Regular episodes come out on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Intermediate French Podcast

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Learn French in context with interesting topics designed for intermediate learners.

Easyfrench, le français facile!

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This podcast offers conversations in French on a wide range of topics, along with a list of useful words and expressions.

Rock n’ Roll English

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Learn real English in a fun way. An entertaining podcast where the host Martin talks to his friends about everything and nothing!

Real English Conversations Podcast – Listen to English Conversations

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This podcast allows English-language learners to listen to English conversations that are unscripted and natural. Learn conversational American English the way you will hear it in real life. The podcasters have another podcast (below) and additional lessons and resources on their website.

English Phrasal Verbs Podcast

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Free phrasal verb lessons to improve your English conversation skills. Phrasal verbs are an important part of being conversant in English, so this podcast will really advance your proficiency.

Speaking Brazilian Podcast

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Learn Brazilian Portuguese naturally.

¡La Vida en Español!

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Interesting 10-minute conversations in Spanish. Good practice tool for intermediate to advanced Spanish speakers.

Duolingo Spanish Podcast

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True stories for English speakers learning Spanish. The podcast delivers fascinating real-life stories in easy-to-understand Spanish with some English narration. These are not language lessons; they’re life lessons through language.

Learn German by Podcast

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For students and teachers of German as a foreign language, using a new and comprehensive approach.

German Island

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German audio files with accompanying full texts.

10 Great Podcasts for The Spiritually Curious

10 Great Podcasts for The Spiritually Curious

If you’ve always wanted to explore the world’s great religious traditions, but can’t find time to read in-depth books, attend different worship services or take a spiritual retreat, podcasts are the perfect place to start.

There’s a huge range of faith and spirituality themed podcasts to choose from on Podbean. These podcasts represent a wide range of beliefs (and skepticism) to satisfy your spiritual curiosity. They might challenge you or help you grow, no matter where you are in your faith journey. And, they can be the perfect antidote to modern chaos, bringing some peace and perspective to your commute or daily tasks. Here are some top examples of spirituality podcasts hosted on Podbean.

Buddhist Society of Western Australia

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Dharma talks from the tradition of Buddhist meditation master Ajahn Brahm and Australian Forest Sangha, from various monks and nuns. Presented by the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, serving the world with free inspirational dharma teachings. From the huge library of episodes, you will acquire more information about Buddhism and tools for a more serene life.

Audio Bible | Bible Reading | Daily Devotions | Bible Study | Chapter a Day Audio Bible

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The Bible is widely considered to be the most influential and best-selling book of all time. What better way to explore this collection of sacred texts/scriptures considered by many religious traditions to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans? Useful whether for continued study, daily reminders, or a first exploration into this famous text.

Ascend Podcast

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A weekly episode of thoughts about spiritualty, philosophy, consciousness and more. The hosts always have new questions, concepts, and tools that you can explore along with them.

The RobCast

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Robert Holmes “Rob” Bell Jr. is an American author, speaker and former pastor. Bell was the founder of Christian megachurch, Mars Hill Bible Church. He was named one of 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2011 and has recently been interviewed by Oprah for her Super Soul Conversations. He focuses on “practical spirituality” using a warm, conversational approach to address the shared struggles of humanity.

5-Minute Daf Yomi with Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

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Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue provides commentary and insight into the daily Daf (a page of Talmud studied around the world), offering spiritual lessons from the Torah and Jewish tradition.

The Liturgists Podcast

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This podcast makes room at the table for the “spiritually homeless and frustrated”. Michael Gungor, Science Mike, Lissa Paino, and various guests take on topics through the perspectives of science, art, and faith.

Ask Science Mike

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A weekly podcast where Mike McHargue answers questions about science, faith, and life.

WWUTT

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Many of the Bible stories and verses we think we know, we don’t! WWUTT is a daily Bible commentary, committed to teaching sound doctrine and exposing the faulty.

Life & Faith

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Life & Faith is the weekly podcast from the Centre for Public Christianity in Sydney, Australia. Simon Smart, Natasha Moore and Justine Toh interview guests from all over the world. They cover everything from current affairs and social justice to science, philosophy, the good life, TV/film and books, and the place of religion in society.

This Good Word with Steve Wiens

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This podcast created by Steve Wiens reclaims “what’s holy about our humanity” weekly. He interviews writers, pastors and thinkers from a variety of traditions and backgrounds.

Celebrate the Holidays with Free Recording Gear: Podbean-Samson Giveaway

The Podbean team wishes to share a huge thanks to all the hard-working podcasters who bring entertainment and education to so many listeners. Podbean and Samson have partnered up to provide a special holiday gift to one lucky podcaster.

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Samson and Podbean are committed to developing products that help you create, produce and distribute your podcasts easily and affordably. We want to make sure your unique voice and story are heard.

From November 15th to December 15th podcasters (and future podcasters) can enter to win a Samson “Streaming Studio”. The Streaming Studio includes 1 x Q7 x Dynamic Microphone, 1 x MD5 Desktop Stand, 1 x MXP124FX USB Mixer, 1 x Z45 Headphones, and 1 x TM10 XLR Cable.

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Visit Podbean.com/samsongiveaway to enter the holiday podcast giveaway. A winner will be chosen on December 16th and notified by email.

Happy podcasting and happy holidays!

Podcasting for Non-Profit Organizations

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Podcasting can be a wonderful communications solution for non-profit and cause-based organizations. Some non-profit organizations use a podcast to communicate advocacy information to members/supporters. Others may repurpose educational and informational content to reach a wider audience. The audio format is a great way to increase engagement and spread your organization’s message further.

We’ll be sharing feedback and case studies from a few Podbean users podcasting for non-profit organizations. We hope they’ll provide specific ideas and lots of inspiration.

Podcasting for Non-Profit Organizations: A Case Study in Expanding Engagement

Michelle Mittelstadt, Director of Communications for the Migration Policy Institute and MPI Europe, shares her organization’s experience of podcasting with Podbean:

1. Why did your non-profit organization decide to start podcasting?

Podcasting represents a great ability to project beyond our geographic boundaries for our events and webinars. We see podcasting as a quick-form and effective way of engaging with audiences, at a time and place of their choosing. It seems like more and more organizations have been getting into the podcasting space.

2. What is your primary objective with podcasting?

Sharing our knowledge with new audiences, in ways that work for them.

3. What benefits has your non-profit organization experienced from podcasting?

Podcasting has significantly amplified our reach, and represents an effective way of identifying new audiences.

4. Has Podbean been a good platform for hosting your podcast? How has the process been to create and manage your podcast using Podbean?

The platform is an easy-to-use, intuitive one.

5. Have you run across any challenges? Do you have future goals for podcasting for your organization?

We’ve to date used podcasting chiefly to present our events and webinars. Soon, we’ll be adding expert interviews.

The Migration Policy Institute Podcasts can be found on Podbean.

Non-profit organizations benefit from having a strong communications strategy, to interact with supporters and donors, educate consumers and raise awareness. Podcasting for non-profit organizations is an engaging solution to enhance your communications plan.

How to Customize my Podbean Podcast Site (Changing the Header and Background Images)

Once you choose a theme for your Podbean podcast site, you can customize it in various ways to better fit your topic and brand. Two common podcast site customizations are changing out the header image and the background image. Here’s how to do that:

Step 1: Log into your Dashboard.

Step 2: Go to “Layout”->”Themes”. Click on the edit icon to upload the header image and background image.

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Step 3: Click Submit to save. You can always go back to the default image by clicking on the restore icon.

How Can I Submit My Podcast to Podbean’s Directory (and Apps)?

Podbean offers a huge directory of podcasts for listeners to discover. These include podcasts hosted on Podbean as well as many others, in all genres. This directory also populates Podbean’s Android and iPhone apps, which are increasingly popular for listeners to discover new podcasts.

If you are a non-Podbean user and want to put your podcasts on Podbean to gain exposure to a wider audience, you can submit your feed to the Podbean directory for free.

Here are the detailed instructions to submit your podcast:

1. Go to http://www.podbean.com. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click on “Submit your podcast”.

2. You’ll be directed to the login page. Log into or sign up for a Podbean account (no cost for a free account).

3. Fill in your podcast feed and click on “Submit”. Follow the steps as instructed.

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4. Keep the url and your login information for future reference. Your page will automatically update from your podcast feed. You can also get clickable buttons to put on your site.

* Podbean users with Podbean paid plans are automatically in the directory. For Podbean free accounts, you must verify your account first to be included in the directory. The verification steps will appear in your Podbean account’s dashboard 15 days after your account is created. Your podcast will appear in the Podbean Directory within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are already in the Podbean directory but have not yet claimed your listing, simply go to the listing page and click “claim listing” on the left. This will ensure you are notified of comments and other opportunities.

If you wish to delist your podcast from Podbean’s directory and app for some reason, you can contact our Support team any time to do so. Please note, this means your podcast will no longer be available to Podbean app users.

How Long Will It Take to Make My Podcast to Appear in iTunes?

Once you have submitted your podcast to iTunes, the amount of time until it will be available depends on the iTunes review process. You can check the status of your submission in Podcasts Connect. If there are any errors or you have been rejected, please check the problem and resubmit. You can see a list of reasons for being rejected or removed here. Validation errors can occur for a number of reasons such as “mismatched tags, artwork that does not meet the minimum requirements, or unescaped ampersands”. Podcasts Connect displays validation errors at the top of the new podcast page.

Once your podcast is reviewed and approved by Apple: “you receive an email confirmation indicating your submission review is complete. Your confirmation email also includes the link to your active podcast. The podcast link is live on the iTunes Store shortly after the email is sent. Your podcast is not searchable in the iTunes Store until it is indexed, which can take up to 24 hours.”

How to Get My Podcast on iTunes

iTunes is a popular place for listeners to discover and subscribe to podcasts so for most podcasters, one of the most important early steps is to submit your podcast’s RSS feed to iTunes. Submitting to iTunes is easy when you host on Podbean!
To get a podcast on iTunes, please follow these simple steps:

1.       Publish at least one episode with an iTunes supported file format.  You may read about how to publish a podcast in Podbean here and which file formats are supported in iTunes here.
2.      Set your Podcast title, description, category and logo in your Podbean account’s “Settings” page.  Pay close attention to the title, description and author fields as the iTunes Store uses these fields for search.  Your Podbean channel logo will be used in iTunes as your podcast cover art.  The logo image must meet the iTunes specifications: cover art must be in the JPEG or PNG file formats and in the RGB color space with a minimum size of 1400 x 1400 pixels and a maximum size of 2048 x 2048 pixels. Read more about specifications for podcasts on iTunes.
3.      Get your podcast RSS feed by going to Settings->Feed/iTunes in your Podbean dashboard. At the top, you will see “Your RSS feed” (http://yourname.podbean.com/feed/). This is the information you need for iTunes.

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4.        Go to the iTunes store (you will need to login or create an iTunes store account), find “Podcasts” and on the right sidebar and you will see a list of items including “Submit a Podcast”. Click there and you will be redirected to Podcasts Connect (or go directly to https://podcastsconnect.apple.com/), Apple’s podcast management area. You will have to login with your Apple ID. You can view and manage all the podcasts you’ve submitted here.

Click on the “+” button to submit a new podcast feed. Validate and submit. You can check the status of your iTunes submission in Podcasts Connect.

Once you register your podcast with iTunes, you will get an iTunes feed ID which you can input in your Feed/iTunes settings in Podbean. Your podcast will then be automatically updated by iTunes.
*Please note that there are sometimes delays with iTunes updating, which we cannot control. If you have subscribers in iTunes, they will get your latest podcast but there may be slight delays in it showing up in iTunes.

3 Brand New Podcast Responsive Templates with Podbean

Remember the days before smartphones and feature phones, when texting was exciting new technology and your favourite (only) “app” was Snake? As smartphones become ubiquitous and mobile computing becomes the norm, more and more people are doing more and more on the go. Why not, then, stream podcasts on the go too? With Podbean’s new responsive templates, you can!

Responsive Templates

We’ve introduced 3 new responsive templates that not only have great functionality, but look great too.

Because these templates are responsive, they will stretch and squeeze to fit any screen whether it be on a computer, tablet or smartphone. This makes all the content much more convenient to access and use especially on mobile devices.

On top of this each of the 3 new templates is beautifully designed to look modern, fresh and clean to give your podcast the stylish look it deserves.

Our responsive templates are available to all our Professional and above plan members – why not go and have a look at them right now?

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