7 Podcasts for Interpreters and Other Language Lovers

With the recent explosion of podcasts, there’s something out there for everyone. So, it should come as no surprise that there are plenty to choose from when it comes to the language industry. The only trouble is finding ones you want to tune into week after week. That’s why we put together a round up to get you started.

 

Whether you’re an interpreter, industry professional, or an all-around language lover, here are seven podcasts that are worth a listen.

 

  1. The ATA Podcast

 

The American Translators Association’s official podcast offers an inside look at the organization’s events, professional development programs, and industry trends. Recent topics include court interpreting, socially distanced school outreach, and the ATA Honors and Awards program.

 

Where to Listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Audible

 

  1. Brand the Interpreter

 

Hosted by Mireya Pérez, a community interpreter and brand enthusiast, this podcast features stories of language professionals from around the world. Recent topics include video game localization, self-imposed limitations, and tips for conference interpreting.

 

Where to Listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Audible

 

  1. Globally Speaking

 

Created by localization professionals, this podcast explores how language, society, and business intersect. Recent topics include hyper-personalization in marketing, opening China to the global market, and the impact of Tinder on worldwide dating.

 

Where to Listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts

 

  1. Lexicon Valley

 

Lexicon Valley is all about language. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter, it features everything from pet peeves to neurolinguistics. Recent topics include the complexities of translation, gendered languages, and the origin of English.

 

Where to Listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Audible

 

  1. SlatorPod

 

Brought to you by Slator.com, this podcast covers news and trends in translation, localization, and language technology. Recent topics include localization at Canva, speech translation, and multilingual meetings.

 

Where to Listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Audible

 

  1. Troublesome Terps

 

This roundtable-style podcast covers topics related to interpreting and the wider world of languages. Recent topics include how interpreters think, new ways of working, and interpreting in conflict zones.

 

Where to Listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts

 

  1. A Way with Words

 

Hosted by Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, this global call-in podcast features conversations on linguistics, regional dialects, expressions, word origins, and so much more. Recent topics include the origin of the word “hipster”, conversational styles, and the history of human speech.

 

Where to Listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts

 

 

Have a favorite language podcast you’d like to recommend? Let us know in the comments!

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