Oh, not another TED Talk…

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…

Science Weekly podcasts

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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.


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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


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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.


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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

Why spelling is hard – but also hard to change

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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


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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