Podcasts and audio material for multilingual children

Many of us are spending way more time on screen than necessary. We all would benefit from “off screen time” (funny that I share this in a post that you can only read… online).

As I am discovering more and more audio resources (audiobooks, songs, stories, podcasts), I thought I’d to share some audio resources that can help our children enjoy our languages.

Especially when we can not provide a language rich context for our children, due to complicated situations that do not allow us to meet with extended family or hire nannies or babysitters who could support our children’s language development in the target languages, we have to find alternative solutions.

Here are some suggestions about podcasts that members of my facebook group Multilingual Families kindly shared with me.

This is an ongoing list which means that I will update this post regularly.

If you would like me to include a podcast that you find particularly useful in your language, I would be very thankful if you could share your suggestions by indicating it in the comments here below:

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Update: 28 December 2021

 

ARABIC

  • A post with links to Arabic Podcasts

[link]: https://www.al-fanarmedia.org/2020/07/for-kids-a-summer-of-arabic-podcasts-readings-and-online-activities/

[Ayesha Nicole]

  • Storytime with Teta

[link]: https://www.storytimewithteta.com/

Main topics: An Arabic-language podcast for children

[Ayesha Nicole]

Egyptian Arabic

  • Yuhu podcast for kids

[link]: https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/yuhuhu-podcast-for-kids-in-egyptian-arabic-f5OrT2DcLhm/

[Ayesha Nicole]

 

CHINESE (MANDARIN)

  • Playful Chinese

[language]: Bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese.

[target group]: Non-native parents and children, Chinese podcast for ABC parents and heritage speakers.

[listen on]: Apple Podcast at https://apple.co/31m1NJD

Main topics: Everyday Chinese you can use to keep Mandarin active with your children. It is in a playful story/topic format. There are occasional interview episodes with linguists, authors, and language learners.

[Amanda Hsiung Blodgett, “Miss Panda” and I am the host of the podcast and the creator of Miss Panda Chinese]

 

DUTCH

As I found hundreds of podcasts for children in Dutch, I share the sites where you can find them.

 

Here is a list of podcasts for teenagers ( please, check if the content is ok for your teenager; some are from teenagers for teenagers, others from psychologists; furthermore, there are some from Belgium, dus in het Vlaams)

 

ENGLISH

  • Circle Round

[link]: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/1246443751

[target group]: 4-10

[main topics]: “Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR’s Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.”

[Ute Limacher-Riebold]

  • Purple Rocket Podcast

[link]: https://purplerocketpodcast.com/podcast/

[target group]: 4+

[main topics]: “Purple Rocket Podcast has a mix of content with quite a few long-running series, including “Grandpa’s Globe,” which is about twins Sawyer and Suzie, who use their grandfather’s magical globe to explore the universe. Other adventures involve everything from aliens to fairies. Mixed in with the series are occasional one-offs, some of which manage to impart little lessons for your kids. For example, “My Homework Ate Me” is a cautionary tale of procrastination.” (quote from WIRED)

[Ute Limacher-Riebold]

  • Stories Podcast

[link]: https://storiespodcast.com/

[target group]: 3+

[main topics]: Stories Podcast “performs a new story every week, drawing from a variety of sources and a variety of styles. There are retellings of classics like Snow White, some folktales, and myths from around the world, as well as original stories. Episodes range from 10 to 20 minutes, with most on the longer side. Everything here is G-rated and safe for all ages”.

 
 
 
 

GERMAN

  • Die Unsinkbaren Drei

[link]: https://kinder.wdr.de/radio/kiraka/audio/die-unsinkbaren-drei/index.html

[target group (age group)]: 4+

[main topics]: Bummkopp, Gräte und Kapitän Flitschauge sind die Bestatzung der Sturmhölle und erleben jede Menge Abenteuer zusammen. Und streiten dabei was das Zeug hält. Die unterhaltsamen Geschichten von jeweils etwa vier Minuten machen Spaß und vermitteln ganz nebenbei auch einige Fakten.

[Ute Limacher-Riebold]

  • Do Re MiKro

[link]: https://www.br.de/mediathek/podcast/do-re-mikro-die-musiksendung-fuer-kinder/517

[target group (age group)]: 6+

[main topics]: If you want your children to have access to classic music, try to listen to the podcast Do Re Mikro from the BR (Bayerischer Rundfunk)

[Ute Limacher-Riebold]

  • Geolino Podcast

[link]: https://open.spotify.com/show/0o5qbxarbs5TCegnJ3e6GA

https://podcasts.apple.com/de/podcast/geolino-spezial-der-wissenspodcast-f%C3%BCr-junge-entdeckerinnen/id1503254636

[target group (age group)]: 6+

[main topics]: Facts for young discoverers

[Ute Limacher-Riebold]

  • Mikado

[link]: https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/info/sendungen/mikado/mikado_am_morgen/podcast4223.html

[target group (age group)]: 6+

[main topics]: Ein Thema und dazu vier Sendungen, eine täglich von Montag bis Donnerstag – das ist das Konzept von Mikado. Themen sind dabei beispielsweise das Wetter, „Drinnen Spaß“ oder Tiere im Winter.

[Ute Limacher-Riebold]

  • Radio Mikro

[link]: https://www.br.de/kinder/hoeren/radiomikro/podcast-rss-itunes-radiomikro-102.html

[target group (age group)]: 6+

[main topics]: radioMikro is a daily broadcast for children (on the radio channel Bayern 2) Monday – Saturday at 18.30 CET and on Sundays at  7.05 CET. The podcast is accessible via iTunes, the ARD Mediathek or in your browser.

[Ute Limacher-Riebold]

  • Schaulicht

[link]: https://schlaulicht.info/

[target group (age group)]: 6+

[main topics]:  All kind of topics: dragons, myths, journalism…

[Ute Limacher-Riebold]

 

For 6/8+ year olds and teenagers

  • SWR2 Wissen

[link]: https://open.spotify.com/show/76IHUGox6bXwXrCjDW63a1?si=497469007d4b495c

Follow our playlist for 6-12 year olds on PEaCH Spotify

 

PORTUGUESE (BRAZIL)

  • Era uma vez um podcast

[link]:https://open.spotify.com/show/4q8oXx83A2mlflTmKzjTWH?si=65b06a0c1dc34914

[language]: Portuguese Brazil

[where one can follow it]: Spotify, Podcast app

[main topics]: stories

[Aline Brownjohn]

  • Histórias infantis de pai para filha

[link]: https://open.spotify.com/show/0CjRGovFGolnDgztRbVIbf?si=f5c79131ddad4d8c

[language]: Portuguese Brazil

[where one can follow it]: Spotify, Podcast app

[main topics]: stories

[Aline Brownjohn]

 

SPANISH

  • Eat your Spanish

https://www.eatyourspanishpodcast.com/

[language]: target language: Spanish ( lingua ponte : English)

[target age]: 3-6 years I think

[main topics] “is a podcast created Evan and Vanessa to share their deep love of music and the Spanish language with children everywhere. Their goal is to provide a constant source of warmth and comfort for all who listen and to make sure the Spanish content feels fun and easy to learn. “

[Jessica Paolillo]

 

On Spotify you can find PEaCH for Bilingual Children Spotify with more audio material (songs, stories, podcasts) for your children in a great and growing range of languages – have a look at our playlists! This is an initiative started and coordinated by Jessica Paolillo, one of my fellow PEaCH Ambassadors (click on the picture):

 

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