Portuguese podcasts let you get Portuguese listening practice on the go. I listen at the gym and while walking, doing household chores, or driving. Portuguese-language podcasts also help me survive long hours on planes and buses!
Watching Brazilian movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime is a great way to practice Portuguese vocabulary and listening skills. Brazilian films also allow you to learn about the culture and gain exposure to different regional accents and slang.
Watching popular German TV shows online is an excellent way to gain cultural fluency while honing vocabulary and listening skills. Luckily for language learners, Netflix and Amazon Prime are quickly adding German TV series to their streaming lineups.
Love to seek out unique bookstores when you travel? Add to your bookshop bucket list with the best bookstores in the world as chosen by professional travel bloggers (and bibliophiles).
In fall 2018 I visited Russia solo. Since English is not widely spoken in Russia, I dedicated myself to learning basic Russian for travelers prior to my trip. Here are the free beginner Russian resources I found most useful.
In 2016, I took early retirement from software engineering at age 43. Software development is a great way to make a living, but working full time never left sufficient time and energy to pursue my many interests and hobbies.
As an introvert, I have my own style of travel. I love quietly observing other cultures and connecting with fascinating new people, but crowds and too much small talk wear me out. I crave regular doses of peace and solitude to balance out the sensory and social overload of travel.
YouTube’s become an indispensable free Spanish learning resource. Short YouTube videos are better for a learner’s concentration span than Spanish-language movies or TV shows.
Watching Spanish shows on Amazon Prime Video is a great way to practice vocabulary and listening skills. All the Spanish series on this list are available to stream free for Prime members.
Amazon Prime Video search by language is pretty terrible, so I’ve done the hard work for you. 😉
Watching popular Russian TV shows is an excellent way to learn about the culture while practicing vocabulary and listening skills. Luckily for us language learners, Netflix and Amazon Prime recently started adding Russian TV series to their streaming lineups.
If you’re an advanced learner, try using Russian subtitles if available as studies show it enhances language learning.