The Best Podcast Ever

Hello everyone,

and welcome to our announcement of the day, which is

I have made a Podcast

Now you’re all going crazy like:
“Oh my Gaaaawd, Emanuel is doing a podcast!!! Finally we don’t have to read anymore. Not reading is sooo much better than reading.”
But nope. It’s not MY podcast :).
I was guest in the Easy German podcast. You know… the best Coco Chanel for learners.
Now you’re like:
“Oh my Gaaaawd, Easy German is doing a podcast!!!”

Yes, they flippin’ are.

Manuel – you might have seen him in some of the Easy German videos –  is in charge of that section of the ever growing Easy German Corporation, and each week he chats with Cari and /or guests about a certain topic. Like organizing your life. Or David Hasselhoff.
This is already pretty cool, but what makes this podcast really something special is the fact that there’s transcript.  Manuel actually transcribes the entire thing and he also prepares little vocabulary lists for the segments of the podcast, that you can see in your Podcast App .
You have to be a Patreon $2 supporter to get these extras. But even without them, the podcast is a great way to practice your listening skills.

So, in the new episode, Cari and Manuel have a guest. And that guest is me :).
We talk about Berlin and what we like and don’t like about it, we talk about gentrification, socialism, the recent hard limit on rent that Berlin has made into law, we WLAN in the subway (and the lack thereof ) and a lot of other things. It was really really fun to be there, and I’m sure you’ll really really enjoy listening to it. So here’s the links. The first one brings you directly to our episode, the second one brings you to their homepage where you can find the download and also info about which Podcast app to use to get the vocab snippets. And also the other episodes, which are also quite cool.
Not as cool as the one with me,obviously, because … my ego is very big :).

Episode 4 – Team WLAN (featuring me)

(scroll down for shownotes and the start of the transcript)

Easy German Podcast – Home Page  (general info)

Cool.
Now, while we’re on the topic, I thought I’ll quickly address something.

Why I haven’t done a Podcast … yet

Ever since I started this website, people told me I should make it into a Podcast. I mean, people love Podcasts, the script is already there, it’s written as if I am speaking anyway, so all I’d have to do is to read it.
So why am I not doing it? Well, one of the reasons is that I am a bit vain and didn’t want people to hear my German accent. But that’s not the main reason.
The main reason is that… it wouldn’t work. Yes, it is written as if I am talking, but still, the mode of perception is reading. And that is much slower than listening.
You see, apart from the dumb jokes and silly tangents, most of the articles have are actually pretty dense.

“There’s this word, it has this core idea and it means that because of that.
Here’s three examples.
But it also means that because of that.
Here’s an example. Note that you can’t use it in THIS way, only in THAT context.
Cool. Then, there’s this related word…. “

That’s roughly how it would be and I honestly think that if you’re listening to something like that while driving or running or cooking or playing Minecraft, you will get like 10% of the content. But that’ll be enough so you won’t actually feel like taking the time to sit down and reading it. So having it as a Podcast probably means that you learn less. And I want you to learn MORE. I don’t care if you have a good time doi… wait, no, I do care.
But yeah, the great thing about a Podcast, at least in my opinion, is that you don’t have to pay attention the whole time. You can just zone out or focus on something else and often it’s okay.
My articles are the exact opposite. They actually only really work if you are 100% there while you read it.
So yeah… I haven’t turned them into Podcasts because I think it’s not the right medium for the content.

That said… I was recently watching a series of movie reviews, zodiac personality traits and How to be more Alpha … uhm… Harvard lectures by Leonard Bernstein on Youtube. It’s a series where he tries to find parallels between universalities in languages as proposed by Chomsky and music and how arts got more and more “unreveled” in the beginning of the 20th century. It’s really interesting, and the way he talks really resonated with me.
So then, a few days later, as I was working on an article about prefix verbs from a more general perspective, it hit me. The stuff I was writing – explaining broader concepts without loads of singular meanings and examples – actually does lend itself to perfectly being read out.
And it was then that I decided…  I … will.. READ IT :)!!
Look forward to that.

But yeah, for now, you can check out the Easy German podcast :). It’s almost 80 minutes and it’s really quite the ride.
The only read downside of their podcast is that they don’t really have a way to give feedback. So please, let me know how you liked it and all your thoughts about the stuff we talked about here :)
Looking forward to hearing it.
Viel Spaß und bis demnächst.

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Manuel Salmann
Manuel Salmann

I’m starting to like this blog. Such good recommendations.

pmccann
pmccann

Seems legit! ;-)

dgroves1522
dgroves1522

I like the text format! I’ve seen those Berstein lectures too, and I wonder if they wouldn’t work better in text format. Like the articles on this site, he goes through so many topics and they build on one another, that the listener either needs to be able to go back and replay parts, or lose track of the line of thought.

Robert
Robert

There is a text format. The lectures were made as lectures, they work very well in that format. If you want to read it, there is a book edition: https://www.amazon.com/Unanswered-Question-Harvard-Charles-Lectures/dp/0674920015 .

jiamin
jiamin

oh no
now I’m a member there as well!

Marian
Marian

So I am glad you do not do podcasts. The reading where I can take my time and actually grok what is being presented is much better, meiner Meinung. So thanks!

Bosko24
Bosko24

Fur mich du bist der beste. Erlich gesagt, ich denke, dass du ein guter Mensch bist. Dein Blog hat mich sehr geholfen. Danke Emanuel. Du bist der Hammer :)

Elsa
Elsa

Hello,
Haven’t had time to listen to the podcast yet (lots of work and tight deadlines!), but will do soon. I’m sure it’s super, but remember that not all of us learn well by listening… My listening skills, for instance, are quite c**p, I’m much more of a visual learner, so I do take a lot more in when it’s written! So please, please, don’t stop doing the written articles!
I’ll give you some feedback on the podcat once I’ve listened to it!
Bis bald!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Happy birthday! My birthday is soon, too, the 26th. Living on the Texas coast, we usually celebrate by going to the beach. I’ll add an extra candle to my cake in your name. Wishing you many more!

marko
marko

I love this blog the way it is. No podcast. The Easy German podcasts are only semi-useful–I can’t look at the vocab in the car while I’m driving, and I don’t get 100% of it, and every time there’s a new vocab list the sound cuts out for a second, so it’s actually really annoying and I’ve stopped listening to them even though I pay for them.

Manuel Salmann
Manuel Salmann

Hey Marko, Manuel from the podcast here. Would you be able to share with me which OS and app you were listening on when you noticed that the audio was cutting out every minute? I’ve never seen this in my testing on various apps and would like to investigate. That would drive me nuts, too! You can reach me at podcast@easygerman.org or just here in this thread.

Jo Alex SG
Jo Alex SG

Actually, podcasts in a language I’m still learning and don´t have enough vocabulary yet is not a good idea for me, maybe due to the degenerative neurological problems I’ve been developing for some years and which have made my recognition of new content far slower than in my youth (language learning is one of the ways to fight such neurological problems, by the way!).

Whatever it is, I need to be really used to the new words so my brain promptly recognize them in the usually fast speed of the daily language or I’ll get all snarled up in a mess of too much info given at once and end up not being able to make out even the general idea of the conversation, simply with the words I already know, as it´s often the case in language learning.

However, I must say it is way easier to recognize the phonetic structure of the words than it would be while listening to someone with a heavy regional accent in English. Most of the times I feel I can reproduce German words even when I don´t know what they mean yet, which helps a lot in terms of motivation to learn a language for me.

Each method of teaching has its pros and cons but I think a blog with few slow, short dialogues and sentences actually fits my needs perfectly, as it helps me build self-confidence, learning without the anxiety caused by the pressure otherwise felt in those methods which expose us to the natural pace of colloquial speech right from the outset. The latter ones don´t work with me at all, whereas your blog makes my learning curve grow steadily as it should in any efficient method!

Amy
Amy

Wie toll!! Ich höre mir schon ihr Podcast an und habe mich gefragt: wann wird Emanuel als Gast darauf sein? Ich kann es kaum erwarten, mir diese Episode anzuhören!

Vlada
Vlada

Emanuel, Cari und Janusz (natürlich mit Manuel) – ihr habt wirklich einen neuen Ansatz (creativ und interessant) in der deutsch-lernende Welt gemacht. Bravo!

Bill Belsom
Bill Belsom

“unreveled’ =. Unraveled, like ” You have a string hanging from you sweater. Don’t pull on it, the sweater might become unraveled.”

Anita
Anita

I think your format works very well for the material you present. I agree that it is easier to absorb the sometimes complicated concepts that you present when I am reading them, with a high level of attention, versus listening to an oral presentation, when (I imagine) I would almost need to close my eyes to block out distractions. And the blog gives you the opportunity to link quizzes and respond to comments. I actually often learn quite a bit in the back and forth you have in the comments. I love Easy German and have been following them for some time too, and their format with back and forth conversation or interviews is great for what they’re doing, too. I like reading your intro in German, then double checking my understand by reading the english version, and I DO love clicking on the sound bars in your blog – you always sound so droll reading the words or phrases. And now I will go listen to the episode!

silvana.rochford@gmail.com
silvana.rochford@gmail.com

Hurrah, Emanuel! Jetzt bekomme ich Deine Nachrichten! vielen Dank für Deine Hilfe!!

Elizabeth T Strauss
Elizabeth T Strauss

I am loving this!!

Agramer
Agramer

Ich wollte mich nur bei Emanuel bedanken, denn mir wurde die Gratismitgliedschaft für ein Jahr gegeben! ich schätze diese Möglichkeit, mein Deutsch verbessern und erweitern zu können, und ich werde diese Chance am vollsten nutzen!

Turtles
Turtles

Anyone who read the blog: Du hast was gut bei mir

jonasby
jonasby

When you guys work together, you produce great things (your youtube appearances are… lolsome). Chalk up another subscriber to the easy German podcast. Perfect for listening to while I’m supposed to be working…

Ich muss mal nochmal die anderen Kieze in meiner Nähe rumlaufen… Für mich ist der Podcast auf einem guten Niveau, und er gibt man ein Einblick in den natürlicheren Gesprächsfluss. Das fehlt wenn man nur lernt, sogar von Youtube Videos, die Gespräche enthalt, weil die normalerweise kurz oder nicht Tief genug sind. Selbst wenn man B2 hat oder so, und kann Deutsch, aber nicht schnell genug richtig sich zu unterhalten. Dann ist es wichtig, richtige Unterhaltungen zu hören, statt Lern-Videos.

I agree that a more intense German-learning podcast wouldn’t work for the reasons you gave. It would also be more difficult for non-English speakers to get into.

Grok is a word I mostly find computer geeks using because they read it on hacker news and don’t know it comes from Heinlein ;P

Kayla-P
Kayla-P

Yeah, keep writing. I have listened to the Easy German podcasts. They’re just one part of my whole learn-German-on-my-own curriculum. I wish they were not so long. I slow them down a little bit in my podcast app so I can understand more, and then it’s like an hour and a half long. And they also sound a little bit drunk. I get the gist of each topic, but I feel like I am missing a lot of the subtleties and humor. Also, I’m usually walking my dog or doing something else where I can’t stop and look at the vocab. I hope that just hearing a bunch of German and understanding only about 25% of it is helpful in its own way. There’s another German podcast that I find a bit more useful – the Coffee Break German Magazine. They pick a topic (so far they’ve covered Schlager, Trümmerfrauen, the Wiener Prater, and something else I’ve forgotten) and they read a short essay about it all the way through, then the learner and the teacher go through it again, explaining the grammar and vocab. There’s also another part of the podcast where they explain a German colloquialism or slang term. The whole podcast is about forty minutes which is much more manageable for me. So I really like your written stuff because I need to read it several times, and I need to see examples, before it sinks into my brain. But I’ll keep listening to Easy German if only to hear Cari laugh and to drink when she says “tatsächlich”.