What you need
- Smartphone (or tablet)
- Internet access (not necessarily mobile data)
Step 1 – find and install an app
Any podcast app is likely to do the trick, but I’m going to recommend one that works well and probably does and has what you need. Either way, install an app of your choice.
I recommend Podcast Addict. It’s available on Android, and it’s free! Apple has its own ‘Apple Podcasts’ for iOS, so you could either that or search for an alternative on the App Store.
Step 2 – find something to listen to
You have a couple of options for your approach here and it may well depend on your language level.
Option 1: search for language learning podcasts, of which there are many. On Podcast Addict, you search for podcasts like this:
Option 2: have an interest? Mine is technology; yours might be politics, travel, art, or anything else. I won’t guarantee it, but you’re pretty likely to find a podcast for any interest in any language.
So, search for podcasts relating to that interest in the target language. Podcast Addict makes this pretty easy. You can choose the languages that the search will return like this:
Step 3 – download and listen
You’re all set once you’ve followed the above steps, but I’ve put some (hopefully) helpful bits below about app settings for Podcast Addict.
Got a recommendation for a good podcast app? Let us know in the comments.
Settings – downloading and deleting
Set up the Podcast Addict to download whenever is good for you.
Once you have set up your download settings, you may wish to setup the app to delete podcasts that you’ve listened to already, just to save space. Here’s how to do that:
Settings – WiFi vs. mobile data
Not everyone has unlimited data. If that’s you, you may wish to change your settings to download new podcasts and updates only when you’re connected to the almighty WiFi.