Insights November 1, 2021

Listen up! Top language industry podcasts

By Living Word

Translation professionals and language nerds, take notice. Here is a list of the best podcasts about translation, interpretation and languages in general.

As of April this year, there were over two million podcasts and more than 48 million podcast episodes available, according to Podcast Insights. But which ones are worth listening to if you want to stay informed on all things language industry? Here are our five top tips.

A Way with Words

Light-hearted conversation about language change, new words, old sayings, word games, and more. Hosted by author/journalist Martha Barnette and linguist/lexicographer Grant Barrett. One episode asks the important question of what to call the cardboard sleeve that goes over a paper cup to keep your hand from getting too hot.

The Global Podcast

This is a conversation about global brands, internationalisation and the localisation industry, hosted by Renato Beninatto and Michael Stevens. In a recent episode, they discussed the communication secrets of localisation leaders.

Speaking of Translation

Well-known podcast hosted by French translators Eve Lindemuth Bodeux and Corinne McKay. They discuss issues facing freelancers, such as contract negotiations, handling international payments, and goal-setting. Why not listen to the one about a favourite topic amongst translators: books?


This is a weekly podcast with interviews and analysis on what’s happening in the global translation and localisation industry. A recent episode investigates how the pandemic changed interpreting forever and the issue of providing consecutive interpretation via Zoom.

The ATA Podcast

The American Translators Association’s podcast, hosted by Matt Baird, gives a behind-the-scenes look at events and development programmes as well as industry trends. Check out, for instance, the episode on translation of sustainability and waste management.

For more audible inspiration, check out this list of the top language industry podcasts to listen to in 2021.

Happy listening!