Learn German through astronomy podcasts

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Last week I wrote about a podcast in Afrikaans on astronomy called Sterre en Planete, a podcast of at least a few years that is released about twice a week, though without a transcript. German with its much larger population has better online resources such as Deutsche Welle's Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten (daily news spoken slowly for German learners), but one focused entirely on astronomy would even be better.

Good news: a bit of searching turned up this excellent podcast, complete with a transcript that either entirely or almost entirely matches the mp3, and a lot of daily news as well. One quick example: an article from 2006 on the launch of COROT, and the corresponding mp3. Just type out the transcript in Google Translate, look up the words you don't know and how they work in the sentence (since the gender, case, etc. isn't given by Google), and then listen to the mp3 a few times, then repeat.

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