If you’re studying linguistics and can’t get enough of it at the uni, or if you simply want to learn something (useful) about language(s) while commuting/ cooking/ cleaning/ working out, these are the podcasts you should listen to:
- Talk the Talk discusses all things linguistics, from computer–made jokes to feral children and animal syntax!
- That’s what they say explains in less than 5 minutes weird expressions in English, like “taking the lion’s share” or “a spitting image”.
- Lingthusiasm is more theoretical and explains some basic concepts in linguistics, like constituency or the International Phonetic Alphabet.
- The World in Words takes you around the world to learn swearing like a grandma, the politics of dialects, or translating Trump.
- Lexicon Valley discusses questions about linguistic phenomena, like why we use like so much, whether languages simplify over time, or what is a word.
- Grammar Girl should be a mandatory course on English grammar and spelling. Listen and learn!
- Very Bad Words is a foul-mouthed show – for the educational purpose of learning about “our complex relationship with forbidden languag”, like Talking $h*t or the C-Word.
- Twenty Thousand Hertz gets a special mention, because though it’s actually about the art & science of sounds, one episoded covered the evolution of accents.