What is Spotify ?
Spotify is a popular music streaming service, you can use it to listen to music on your phone, computer, tv, tablet, playstation, or online via the web player. I’ve been using Spotify for a number of years, mainly due to my cellphone company including Spotify Premium in with my phone plan. Overtime Spotify have added a lot of new features that have made it even better for language learning.
Country Top 50 and Top 50 Viral Charts
This is probably one of the features I find the most useful on Spotify. I regularly check the top 50 charts for Bulgaria, France and Germany for the latest hits. Well sure you could just visit a website that will give you all this information, but with Spotify the feature is integrated really well and it makes it so easy to find new songs to add to your playlist.
Playlists are really useful, you can search pretty much anything and your guaranteed to find something related to your search. There are lots of pre-made playlists from other Spotify users and then there are the official ones made by Spotify itself. The great thing about these in a language learning context is that you can find playlists with songs dedicated to certain languages. I found this useful for Bulgarian, because I’m not too familiar with the Bulgarian music scene and to have ready to go compiled playlists that I can follow is absolutely fantastic. You can also create your own language learning playlists, browse through other user’s playlists and then just find the songs you like and add them to your playlist.
Free Language Courses
There is also a small free selection language courses for certain languages, these seem to be quite old and made by a company called Penton Overseas. They’re not the best, and quite boring however they’re free so I can’t complain. They cover Arabic, German, French, Italian, Hebrew, Polish, Japanese, Ukrainian, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Swahili, Tagolog and Vietnamese.
Podcasts are a recent addition to Spotify, so it’s an area where I think they can definitely improve, it’s hard to find podcasts in other languages or perhaps there isn’t any. However I follow a few of the Radio Lingua podcasts – notably Coffee Break French. However at the moment I still think you’re better off with iTunes. Itunes is just more established with the podcast market and it’s much easier to find podcasts in other languages.