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November 17, 2005

The Next Wave: Video Podcasts

We've already reported on the growing number of podcasts aimed at English language learners. But the technology has already stepped up a gear. The next wave: video podcasts. With the latest iPods from Apple Computer capable of storing and viewing video, language-learning content is right there on the leading edge. For example, station81.com's weekly "Nichijo Eikaiwa" (Daily English Conversation) is "broadcast" from Los Angeles and, rather than sticking to textbook-like mundane topics, has a subversive "street" style. Examples include interviews with homeless people, a look at the city's underground scene, and people's views on the war in Iraq. We can expect to see a whole lot more of these kinds of podcasts very soon.

Meanwhile, other new locally-produced audio podcasts include Inter FM's "Better English with Catherine" and one that ties in with the Mainichi Weekly.
Station81.com
Better English with Catherine
Mainichi Weekly Podcast
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