Language is our common ground for, well, everything. In a time where there’s so much to disagree about, language is something that brings us together — that rare thing that we all share — and there’s so much more to learn about it beyond vocab and grammar. I’m excited to introduce our linguistics, culture and language podcast, Multilinguish, a show that explores all the fascinating, fun and sometimes weird ways language connects us all.
Meet The Pod Cast
Our five-person podcast team has nearly 50 years of language education between us. We’ve each spent the better parts of our lives trying to learn languages, and learn more about languages. As the content team here at Babbel, we’ve written about everything from how to talk about the weather to the most effective learning methods, conducted interviews with linguistic experts, polyglots, celebrities, and so much more. We’ve collected more delightful, thought-provoking content than we could ever use here on Babbel Magazine. So now, we’re sharing this knowledge with you — now, in audio form on a language podcast.
In addition to special guests and experts, you’ll regularly hear from all your favorites here on the magazine, including producers Thomas Moore Devlin, David Doochin, Steph Koyfman, Dylan Lyons, and (yours truly) Jen Jordan as executive producer.
What’s This Language Podcast About?
Well, language. In all its many forms. Some of our most popular episodes of Multilinguish include:
- Diving deep into language learning in the United States, the United Kingdom and mainland Europe. Are Europeans really better at learning languages?
- Exploring how it feels to be an expat in a country that doesn’t speak your language. We get the inside scoop about living and working abroad from three Americans who moved to Germany.
- Finding out whether speaking a certain language can alter the way you think and perceive the world. In this episode, we debate the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.
- Asking why “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” is one of the most insightful linguistics questions of our time. Or not. Up to you.
- Getting the final, ultimate answer as to what the sexiest accents are, both in the United States and the world. Also, asking why we find certain accents more attractive. We tackle these crucial topics in our Season 1 finale.
You can see all episode listings and transcripts here for Babbel podcast Multilinguish.
Listen To Our Language Podcast, Multilinguish
Here are all of our episodes released so far, from newest to oldest. Listen and subscribe on Spotify or wherever you get podcasts.
In this episode of Multilinguish, we talk about code-switching: why do bilinguals switch between their languages?
In this episode, we discuss the not-so-fun parts of language learning — and how to keep going when the going gets tough.
Can people change language? They can! And they do it a lot. In this episode, we explore how that really works.
Into The Conlang Universe
In this episode, we explore constructed languages designed for pop culture and for real life.
Bonus: Words Of The Year 2019
Can you summarize a whole year with a single word? Probably not. In this bonus episode, we discuss the 2019 words of the year, as chosen by various publications around the world.
Language Is For The Young
In this episode, we get into what it means for young people to change everything about the way we talk — and for older people to consistently hate it.
The Secrets Of The Polyglots
In this episode of Multilinguish, we ask two polyglots how and why they learned so many languages.
How To Be Funny In Another Language (Ft. Eddie Izzard)
In this episode, we find out whether it’s really possible to translate comedy and provide some tips for being funny in a new language.
Can ASMR, Hypnosis Or Crystals Help You Learn?
In this episode, we try some unconventional language-learning techniques to see if there’s anything to gain from them.
Dead And Endangered Languages
In this episode of Multilinguish, we explore what it means for languages to die (and occasionally come back to life again).
Are Europeans Really Better At Languages?
Well, are they? In this episode, we dive deep into language learning in the United States, the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.
Bonus: Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?
In this bonus episode, we explain why “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” is one of the most insightful questions of our time. Or not, up to you.
Bonus: American Expats In Berlin
In this bonus episode, we get the inside scoop about living and working abroad from three Americans who moved to Germany.
What are the sexiest accents in the United States and the world? And why do we find certain accents more attractive? In this episode, we tackle these crucial questions.
Unsolved Language Mysteries
Everyone loves a good mystery. In this episode of our podcast, we explore unsolved language mysteries that have stood the test of time.
The Best Travel Advice You’ve Never Heard
Solo travel is hardly a boy’s club anymore. In this episode, we dig into some of the linguistic and experiential complexities of being yourself on the road.
Does speaking a certain language alter the way you think and perceive the world? In this episode, we debate the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, or “linguistic relativity.”
Is artificial intelligence inherently sexist? In the first episode of our podcast, we dig into where AI bias comes from and how to correct it.
If you like what you hear, please rate and review! We look forward to hearing your feedback.