Now, I know what you must be thinking: podcasts are a pretty weird thing to become addicted to. But seriously, readers, I just can’t stop tuning in – I’m hooked! So how did this bizarre turn of events come about?
I have just completed a 6-month summer internship in Paris. After weeks of searching, I found a reasonably priced room to stay in but, sadly, I was facing a long metro ride to work every day. If you have ever experienced the Paris metro (or any public transport) during rush hour, you will know it is no laughing matter. After being hit in the face by a baguette on one busy ride home, I decided to give up the trains for good and walk. With a 40-minute journey ahead of me, I needed an after-work pick-me-up; armed with just my phone and headphones, I downloaded my first podcast and never looked back. I even found myself walking past my apartment on purpose, just to get to the end of an episode!
My favourite podcasts are crime podcasts. Check out any podcast app and you will find loads of different series to sink your teeth into. There really is something for everyone. I love downloading an episode and following along as an investigation or trial unfolds in my ears. Crime podcasts have transformed my boring walks to and from work and university; instead of feeling like a stressed-out intern and student, now I’m a detective, cracking cases and hunting for evidence on my way home!
Podcasts are also a perfect way for me to improve my language skills. Listening to another language is just as important for improving your communication skills as speaking, reading and writing! Coffee Break French is one of my favourites. The series starts off at beginner level and becomes more and more challenging as you make your way through the episodes. Not only have podcasts made my journeys more enjoyable, now I can be productive and keep on track with my language learning too!
Looking for a place to start? There is a podcast section available for English learners on the LearnEnglish section of the British Council website – tune in and enjoy!
What do you enjoy listening to? Whether you like podcasts, the radio, audiobooks or your favourite album, let us know in the comments!