What Can Podcasts Teach Us?

By 2023, 1 billion people will be listening to them at least once a month. What you may wonder they are listening to?  Podcasts. Podcasts, a loose combination of the words “iPod” and “broadcasting”,  are carving out an increasingly important space in our daily routine.


They are ideal to listen to when out walking, on the bus or train to work, in the car or at home and they offer a range of topics. 

One of the areas that are growing in podcast topics is edutainment. Edutainment is a combination of education and entertainment, and these podcasts are becoming more and more popular. That's why Babbel – the world's first language-learning app have created the infographic "What can a Podcast Teach You?", to explain this global phenomenon through lots of fun facts and data, while also offering a series of useful tips for learning languages... by listening to podcasts.

As the infographic explains, in 2021, Brits listened to almost 60 million hours of podcasts every week. This was up by over 50% compared to 2019. In 2022, even more growth is expected with just under 3 million listeners from the UK. That's a lot of people!  From Stephen Fry 'Inside your Mind' to 'Today in Focus', a podcast by The Guardian that covers a crucial fact in 20 minutes, to 'Eat Sleep Work Repeat' by Bruce Daisley, the Vice President of Twitter, there are many podcasts loved by the British.

Podcasts are great at teaching you about subjects too, from science to marketing, from history to writing, podcasts are a great way of teaching and educating. 

Babbel has also launched numerous podcasts to help language learning. In fact, there are many educational benefits to listening to Babbel’s podcasts: They present and introduce relevant cultural elements, they help improve pronunciation and conversation and they also explain new linguistic forms of speech.

Let me know, do you listen to podcasts? What are your favourite shows? 

* Written in collaboration with Emily Jones

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