Podcasts: The Answer to Your Problems
As our lives become busier, we’re constantly looking for solace in mediums that suit our needs and schedules. Podcasts offer the flexibility and usability compatible with our on-the-go lifestyles. You might be a working professional looking to learn a new skill or a student balancing deadlines with your social life. Either way, we only have 24 hours in a day so we need to use them wisely.
Podcasts are the answer to your problems. They make educating and informing yourself easier for a few reasons.
Podcasts allow you to tune in and absorb information during moments when you may otherwise be ‘wasting’ time. You can listen to them while doing chores, on public transport or while lying in bed. Podcasts allow you to multitask and therefore optimize your time. As well as this, podcasts are yours to do with as you please. You can pause or rewind segments that you want to hear again, ensuring that you’re listening and learning at a time and pace that best suits you.
Podcasts are experiencing a revival for another reason. The reason for this may seem obvious, laying right under our nose (or ears). Podcasts have reintroduced aural learning to us all.
Listening, as opposed to reading or watching, retains our attention for longer periods of time. In the digital age, characterized by short vids, infographics, and abbreviations, the thought of reading a heavy textbook in a dusty library is decidedly unappealing for some. In this sense, podcasts are the medium of modernity, tailored for a generation that is one part inquisitive, one part hard to pin down.
If you’re the kind of person that buys a book only to be repelled by the thought of actually reading it, you should try listening to an audiobook (someone with a nice voice reads for you).
A wise man once said, “Variety is the spice of life”. It seems that this is true of podcasts too. There are roughly 550,000 active podcasts right now. While the jury is still out on the exact numbers, suffice it to say podcasts are abundant and they cover a wide range of topics. Very spicy indeed!
By this point, your questions surrounding this mysterious new medium should have been put to rest. Podcasts work! That’s why there are so many of them. Your next question now is, “How do I make podcasts work for me?”
The answer to that question is completely up to you. Much like the horse who, despite being led to water, did not drink – having access to podcasts does not guarantee an effective learning experience. That will depend on the podcast you choose to listen to.
We live in a time of great technological advances, where adaptation to new technologies determines efficiency. Just by reading this article, you’re already benefiting from the interconnectedness offered to you by our acceptance of technology and its place in our world.
We owe so much to technology. But while we can all admit to indulging in a day of delivery food, on-demand murder-mysteries, and general inertia, you’d be forgiven for asking yourselves (or Siri), “Is this what progress looks like?”.
We believe in adapting and progressing, that’s why we’re developing our own podcast!
E2Talks is a new monthly podcast that will be debuting at the end of February. As an extension of E2Language, we hope to develop this podcast into a useful and enjoyable resource for English language students.
E2Talks will cover a variety of topics related to the English language landscape but in a more conversational style, providing listeners with extensive insights into topics that matter to them.
By approaching these areas in this way, you’re going to get practical insights into educational topics that are traditionally covered by more formal modes of teaching. By offering a monthly podcast we’ll be providing a laidback learning medium which you can listen to at your leisure.
The goal here is flexibility and, ultimately, your success!
Our first full episode of E2Talks will debut at the end of this month. So tune in to get your monthly dose of Jay and find out what we’re all about here at E2Language. E2Talks is available on all major platforms, so click the link below and subscribe now!