It isn’t always easy in our hectic modern lives to find time to study a course or even watch webinars. But you don’t have to miss out entirely. Here’s a list of podcasts and YouTube channels you can listen to while exercising, cooking, cleaning the house or relaxing in the sunshine.
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Last updated January 2021
Name in maroon = Chinese; light blue = Dutch; red = English; purple = French; green = Spanish; orange = Portuguese
YouTube channel run by the Asociación de Traducción yAadaptación Audiovisual de España (ATRAE). Besides a few short interviews, their feed now contains chats in Spanish on aspects of audiovisual translation called ‘Las quedadas de ATRAE’.
Hosted by Dolores Guinazu, an English-to-Spanish translator specialising in marketing and creative content. As the podcast’s name suggests, the episode conversations focus on encouraging a positive mindset to achieve goals. Depending on who Dolores interviews, episodes are in English or Spanish.
Run by some independent publishers, the book club exclusively discusses translated literature with the translators. The club is hosted by Maddie Rodgers, from Peirene, and meets fortnightly.
YouTube channel of this popular yearly conference run by Csaba Bán. Short clips of past conference presentations can help you decide whether to buy access to the complete videos.
Podcast hosted by Steven Segaert in Dutch on several translation-related topics.
YouTube channel run by a creative translator based in Argentina. Her videos and interviews are on marketing, advertising and literary translation, and marketing tips for translators in either Spanish or English.
Podcast in Spanish produced by the teaching staff and students of the Faculty of Translation at the University of Salamanca.
As the name suggests, this YouTube channel, run by the audiovisual and video-game translator Judit Jiménez Cuenca, is mostly about films. There are, however, several videos on translation, which Judit has helpfully placed in a separate category.
En Clair is a podcast by Dr Claire Hardaker of Lancaster University. In the 15 episodes in season one, she discusses forensic linguistic cases, literary detection and language mysteries. She also looks at linguistic myths and legends, codes, cryptography and undeciphered languages. You can listen on several platforms.
Podcast in Spanish hosted by Paola and Marina. They focus on current issues in the translation industry and interview successful translators and interpreters to get their tips.
YouTube channel in Spanish of the official radio programme produced by the Colegio de Traductores Públicos de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.
The lexicographers Kory Stamper and Steve Kleinedler talk everything dictionaries for 12 episodes.
Hosted by the French Division of the ATA. The podcast focuses on French-English translation.
YouTube channel run by Robert Gebhardt.
Hosted by Renato Beninatto and Michael Stevens.
Run by Lisa Carter, episodes feature authors and translators from all over the world. Be inspired by their stories to widen your reading horizons.
Also available on YouTube.
Alexander Dreschel (who also co-hosts Troublesome Terps) speaks to translators, interpreters, copywriters and few people from other interesting professions.
YouTube channel in Spanish run by Laura López where she uploads the videos of her live Instagram interviews.
Most of the episodes of this podcast are in French. They are hosted by the Swiss translator Xenia Schwaller.
Free webinars in French for small businesses to help them make digital technology work for them. The YouTube channel has the past webinars and you can sign up for future ones here.
Tess Whitty interviews established translators to discover their marketing secrets.
Dot Roberts interviews a different translator every episode to learn about their personal journeys in the world of translation. She covers a variety of topics including how they started in the profession, what they thought of their MA courses and how and why they chose their specialisms.
The YouTube channel of the popular CAT tool memoQ.
Run by the DGT Academy (DGT = EU’s Directorate-General for Translation), the conversations in this podcast focus on multilingualism and linguistic issues. Conversations are in English or French.
ROAR is a podcast by the Translation and Localization Management programme of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
The YouTube channel of the most used CAT tool in the translation sector.
The above link takes you to Slator’s YouTube channel. Besides some short interviews with SlatorCon attendees and highlights of Slator’s conferences, the channel also has its podcast videos. SlatorPod, hosted by Florian Faes and Esther Bond, is also available on Spotify and Apple.
Podcast hosted by the professional translators Veronika Demichelis and Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo. They talk about simple strategies translators can apply to help them build their career and improve their lifestyle.
Podcast by Corinne McKay and Eve Bodeux. Corinne and Eve discuss a variety of translation-related topics and sometimes interview guests.
The above link takes you to a list of TED podcasts, including one in Spanish and another in Chinese. Other options are: TED Talks Daily; The TED Interview with Chris Anderson talking to the world’s most interesting people; TEDx Shorts, another daily podcast showcasing the best ideas presented by TEDx speakers in under 10 minutes; and a few more.
As the tagline says, TED presents ideas that are worth spreading. I find that the best way to enjoy TED Talks is to subscribe and refine your interests. Talks are often inspiring and always informative.
Host Matt Baird interviews people so you can learn more about how the ATA works.
Hosted by Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby, who are both editors and advanced professional members of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP).
This is a localisation podcast by Wordbee. Other topics are global marketing, international business, translation quality, machine translation and much more.
YouTube channel run by Andrej Zito, who interviews localisation experts and looks at some localisation software and productivity tools.
Hosted by Paul Urwin, this podcast features interviews with some of the biggest names in the translation and interpreting profession. It aims to help colleagues grow their business and succeed.
This is a B2B podcast covering a wide variety of issues and opportunities for the language translation industry.
Despite it’s name, this is a YouTube chat show in Spanish run by the audiovisual translators Rafael López Sánchez (in Spain) and Damián Santilli (Argentina).
Run by the National Centre for Writing, this podcast features writers and translators talking about their writing journeys. Click here if you’re just interested in the translation-related episodes.
Run by Rafa Lombardino, in these videos she talks about her experience as a translator and provides her insights and tips. Available on YouTube with English audio and Portuguese subtitles.
Caroline Alberoni interviews a variety of colleagues on camera in Portuguese.
YouTube channel in Spanish run by the translators Fernando Cuñado de Castro and Ruth Gámez González on their speciality, legal translation.
A radio programme in Spanish with some episodes in English run by translators based in Argentina for translators everywhere. Hosted by Delfina Morganti Hernández, Silvina Celle, Martín Chamorro and Fernando Gorena. The episodes are also available on their YouTube channel.
Traduversia is run by Pablo Muñoz Sánchez (translator of video games, mobile apps, marketing, software and websites) and Rafael López Sánchez (audiovisual translator and localisation specialist). Their YouTube channel contains webinars, tutorials, interviews and short chats with advice on specific topics. They also have a podcast.
#HangoutsTrágora is the YouTube channel of this translation and interpreting school. The same content is also available as a podcast.
A podcast by Rafa Lombardino in which she focuses on a side of our profession that we often neglect to talk about: challenges, difficulties, imposter syndrome, etc. Also available on YouTube.
Peter Argondizzio chats with Patrick Daley and other invited guests to talk about how language translation can benefit businesses and bridge communication gaps in a globalised world.
YouTube channel run by Nancy Matis.
A podcast hosted by the ZingWord team.
This is a YouTube channel founded by Charlotte Coombe and Tina Kover with short clips of literary translators reading their work.
Dmitry Kornyukhov and Elena Tereshchenkova interview colleagues about various aspects of our profession. You can listen to the audio (the link above takes you to the list of previous podcasts so you can enjoy them at your leisure) or watch the videos on YouTube.
Broadcast hosted by the interpreters Jonathan Downie, Alexander Dreschel, Alexander Gansmeier and Sarah Hickey. The hosts either chat themselves about a topic (usually interpreting related) or interview a guest. Humour guaranteed!
YouTube channel of the Ukrainian Translation Industry Conference. The playlist contains many webinars in English.
Catharine Cellier-Smart has listed some other podcasts that colleagues may find of interest in her post: Language Podcasts.
Links are generally listed in alphabetical order in the sections and they are provided for information purposes only. Under no circumstances should they be understood as a personal recommendation.
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