A few alternatives The Bottom Line Business discussion. BBC Radio 4 programme with Evan Davis.About 290 audio episodes and 126 video clips.Most episodes downloadable.You will need to sign in to the BBC.Also available on BoB. Science Weekly Podcasts from The Guardian.About 800 episodes.Downloadable.See also other podcasts and videos on this site. Smithsonian Channel videos Short… Read more Oh, not another TED Talk…
There are many free audio books online. They normally come with the texts, so you can listen and read at the same time. Try these sites: Lit2Go LibriVox Norfolk Libraries (but you need to join the library first) Internet Archive Loyal Books Digitalbook.io Searching the web for free audio books will reveal other, similar sites.… Read more Free audio books
The Guardian’s Science Weekly podcasts have been broadcast from 2006 to the present. For example, earlier this month a podcast discussed finding life on other planets. You can listen to the podcasts on the Guardian website, or on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify. They can also be downloaded as MP3 files.
Tatoeba is a database of sentences and translations. Enter a phrase and it shows example sentences in several languages. For example, a search for get drunk finds 95 English sentences, such as: Let’s get drunk. Don’t get drunk. Tom is getting drunk. I never get drunk. Getting drunk won’t make things better. Sentences come with… Read more Tatoeba
The Shtooka Project is a collection of sound recordings of words and sentences in several languages. For example, here is the English word university: Recordings can be downloaded in various formats. They are used in Wiktionary. They are also being used for our own minimal pair pronunciation quizzes.
PsychCrunch is a series of podcasts from the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest. For example, one episode is How to be Funnier: Can psychology help us to be funnier? Our presenter Ginny Smith hears how a key ingredient of humour is “incongruity” and the surprise of unexpected meanings. Individual words too can be amusing, but actually most… Read more PsychCrunch
In Lingthusiasm Episode 33 Lauren Gawne and Gretchen McCulloch discuss spelling. Gretchen: I think of spelling systems across languages as kind of like living in a house. When you first move into a house, you unpack everything and you hopefully say, “Okay. I’m gonna be organised this time.” And you say, “This is where everything’s… Read more Why spelling is hard – but also hard to change
The Public Domain Review is “dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas”, especially works in the public domain. It has essays on a variety of topics. For example: Loos, Lewdness, and Literature: Tales from the Boghouse The Dancing Plague of 1518 Frolicsome Engines: The Long… Read more The Public Domain Review
Need background music or sound effects for your video or slideshow? A previous post suggested the Free Music Archive. Another option is the Audio Library from YouTube. Music tracks are categorized by genre (e.g. ambient, cinematic, classical, pop, reggae) and mood (dark, funky, sad, etc.). You can listen to them online and download them as… Read more YouTube Audio Library
Lingthusiasm is: A podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics! Make your boring commute or chores feel like a lively, nerdy, language-y dinner party with real linguists! Gretchen McCulloch (All Things Linguistic) and Lauren Gawne (Superlinguo) bring you into fascinating and hilarious half-hour conversations about the patterns behind language which you never realized you were already saying.… Read more Lingthusiasm
Kevin Stroud makes podcasts about the history of the English language. So far he has recorded 124 episodes and only reached the 14th century! All Things Linguistic describes them as “Meticulously researched, professionally produced and engaging”. They are free to listen to and download.
If you need background music for a video or slideshow, you could try the Free Music Archive. The music is arranged by genre – Blues, Classical, Country, Electronic, etc. – and then sub-genre, such as Rock > Loud-Rock > Noise-Rock > Sludge. (More suitable, perhaps, as background music are genres such as Instrumental > Ambient.)… Read more Free Music Archive