10 Polish Podcasts for Language Learners (2020)

Polish podcasts are my all-time favorite way to connect with the language during my busy life.

The Polish podcasts on this list are all hand-picked by me based on what I actually listen to (or have listened to) and that I recommend to friends.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

How to Use This List

There are also a couple of keys included in every description to help you pick your new favorite Polish podcast.

Podcasts of Distinction

  •  🏆 Tried and true (consistently weekly podcasts after 2+ years)
  • Newcomer (less than 10 episodes but looks promising)

Audio Quality:

  • 🎙️ ⬜ ⬜ Low quality, maybe due to echo or poor mic quality
  • 🎙️🎙️ ⬜ Fair quality, maybe some small echo or background noise
  • 🎙️🎙️🎙️ High quality, clear audio

Format:

  • Narrative = One person speaking (often from a script)
  • Cohosts = Two people speaking
  • Interviews = One host with different guests

Finally, I’ve included links to the 3 biggest podcasting platforms to make your life a bit easier.

Most of these Polish podcasts exist on other major platforms however, so just because you don’t see Sticher or Anchor (or anything else) listed doesn’t meant they’re not on there.

7 Best Polish Podcasts for Language Learners

All of the podcasts at this level are for intermediate Polish students around the B1 level. (That is: conversational students who might still struggle to read or speak fluently in Polish.)

1. Polski Daily

The cover of Polski Daily

Founded: Oct 2017 🏆

Schedule: Weekly 

Audio: 🎙️🎙️🎙️

Format: Narrative, interviews

Transcriptions: $3 monthly membership

Start with Episode: 67 Jak opisywać charakter po polksu?

Listen: Apple | Google | Spotify

Polish teacher Paulina Lipiec hosts episodes on a variety of topics–from interesting historic stories to practical exam information to chats with polyglot guests.

This is personally my favorite Polish podcast out there (and one of the easiest to understand), but I’ve sadly listened to every available episode and now have to wait every week for a new one.

Make sure you also check out her online memberships for things like grammar exercises to go with the podcasts, Polish film clubs on Zoom, and more.

2. Polish with John

The cover of the podcast Polish with John

Founded: Aug 2018 🏆

Schedule: Weekly

Audio: 🎙️🎙️🎙️

Format: Narrative

Transcriptions: Hosted free on a blog

Start with Episode: 94 W prehistoryczny grodzie

Listen: Apple | Google | Spotify

These tiny episodes are full of tons of phrases which makes them somewhat harder than other podcasts on this list. But it’s still spoken clearly enough for students to understand. If you’re moving out of B1 to B2 you’ll likely like how many natural-sounding phrases are in each every episode.
 
You can also check out Polish with John for Advanced if you want a challenge–a second podcast which is more advanced and semi-active.

3. Podcast for Polish Learners

The cover of the "podcast for polish learners"

Founded: Sept 2020 ✨

Schedule: Weekly

Audio: 🎙️🎙️🎙️

Format: Narrative

Transcriptions: Free with newsletter sign-up

Start with Episode: 1.4 “The one about Polish sweets”

Listen: Apple | Google | Spotify

This is the newest Polish podcast on the list. Unfortunately, devoted podcast fans know that most podcasts never make it past a few episodes.

But I wanted to include the Podcast for Polish Learners because not only are it’s audio quality and narration are exceptional, but each episode spends the last few minutes teaching you some great Polish phrases that were mentioned in the podcast.

I’ll update this list in a few months and we’ll see how far it’s gone (at the time of this writing, only 4 episodes) but since there aren’t very many intermediate Polish podcasts online it’s worth checking out.

4. Polish Podcast

The cover of "Polish Podcast"

Founded: May 2019

Schedule: Monthly/Semi-Active

Audio: 🎙️🎙️ ⬜

Format: Narrative

Transcriptions: See notes

Start with Episode: Wakacje

Listen: Apple | Google | Spotify

This podcast directly explains Polish phrases, slang, and vocabulary through short episodes. It’s not the most interesting out of all the shows on this list, but it’s another nice resource if you’re trying to really sound Polish with some great little sayings.

Repeto.org, the company responsible, has transcripts available through their courses along with language exercises available with each episode.

5. Learn Polish Podcast

The cover of "Learn Polish Podcast"

Founded: March 2019

Schedule: Weekly

Audio: 🎙️ ⬜ ⬜

Format: Cohosts

Transcriptions: None

Start with Episode: #73 Ways of Expressing Negative Emotions

Listen: Apple | Google | Spotify

The Learn Polish podcast has the most original format out of everything on this list. Polish teacher Kamila has a real conversation with her student Roy as she teaches him intermediate Polish through real, organic conversations that they have.
 
It’s incredibly fun to listen to (and there’s always a bit of English to help you along) but if you’re an audiophile the echo and mic quality might drive you a bit nuts.
 

6. Polish Stories

The cover of the podcast "Polish Stories"

Founded: Sept 2020 ✨

Schedule: TBD

Audio: 🎙️ ⬜ ⬜

Format: Narrative

Transcriptions: None

Start with Episode: The Mysterious Coat – Tajemniczy Płaszcz

Listen: Apple | Google | Spotify

This bilingual podcast has posted 2 episodes so far, but as a podcast junkie I always want to support new projects. (And this one is particularly cool: it tells short stories in Polish with help in English.)

I’ll be checking back on this list in a few months from this current editing date, but check them out! New podcasts often don’t get very far but quality projects (like this one) are worth supporting and encouraging.

7. Real Polish

The cover of the "Real Polish" podcast

Founded: April 2018 🏆

Schedule: Biweekly

Audio: 🎙️ 🎙️ ⬜

Format: Narrative

Transcriptions: Available with paid course packages

Start with Episode: #382 Fryderyk Nietzsche

Listen: Apple | Google | Spotify

Real Polish is probably the best-known Polish podcast online right now, in large part thanks to some well-known polyglots (like Steve Kauffman and Hugo Cotton) who use their online learning platform.

With a massive back catalog of nearly 400 episodes, you’ll have plenty of material to work through with this one.

(Unfortunately it’s not available on Spotify, so if that’s your favorite podcasting platform, like it is mine, you’ll be disappointed.)

3 Inactive Polish Podcasts Worth Archiving

Why would I make a list for inactive podcasts?

Because there are very few quality resources for learning Polish.

If you want to listen to a different Polish podcast every day you’ll run out of active podcasts within a few months.

So once you reach that point (like I have) and are stuck waiting for other shows to update, you can also add these into your language learning flow.

1. Polish Words Podcast

The cover of the podcast "Polish Words"

Total episodes: 22 (Inactive)

Audio: 🎙️🎙️ ⬜

Format: Narrative

Transcriptions: None

Start with Episode: 21 Jak zaplnować naukę do egzaminu językowego

Listen: Apple | Google | Spotify

It’s really too bad that this one stopped updating because the hostess has some really nice episodes full of practical tips about language learning. But they’re all spoken slowly and clearly for when you run out of active podcasts.

2. Talk Polish

The cover of the podcast "Talk Polish"

Total episodes: 33 (Inactive)

Audio: 🎙️ ⬜ ⬜

Format: Word Lists

Transcriptions: None

Start with Episode: Greetings and Introductions

Listen: Apple | Google | Spotify

Talk Polish really isn’t a podcast–it’s essentially a giant wordlist every episode. I don’t think it’s particularly fun to listen to (or effective for learning vocab with) but if you want to use it as flashcard fodder, you might like it.
 

3. Polish Short Stories for Beginners

The cover of the podcast "Polish Short Stories for Beginners"

Total Episodes: 12 (Inactive)

Audio: 🎙️🎙️🎙️

Format: Short stories

Transcriptions: See notes

Start with Episode: Wycieczka do Hiszpanii

Listen: Apple | Google | Spotify

These 2-3 microstories are fantastic A2 listening exercises. I highly recommend using them as listening practice between classes on similar themes. (Unfortunately, it’s only on Google Podcasts.)

Repeto.org, the company responsible, has transcripts available through their courses along with some exercises for each episode.

How To Use Polish Podcasts for Language Learning

Now that you have the list, here are some tips (and free resources) so you can use it effectively to improve your Polish.

  1. Pick podcasts you can actually understand. If you are struggling to understand any spoken Polish at all, I would consider first practicing with textbooks that have a lot of listening practice (like Krok po Kroku) before graduating to these podcasts.
  2. Build on what you’re learning in class. Did you just have a class about cooking vocabulary? Or a lesson about family members? What about a language exchange about professions or politics? Find a podcast that covers the same topic to reinforce your vocabulary.
  3. Be consistent. I use habit trackers to make sure I work on my Polish for at least a few minutes a day, and every month give myself a new challenge with the language. Click here (or the picture below) to get free access to our at-home language immersion trackers and course.
Inside the course: 1 Teachable dot com video course and 12 pages of monthly language learning trackers

How To Live Polish Immersion At Home

Finally, I know I’ve already talked about how to use Polish podcasts for language studies.

But if you live outside of Poland (or even in it), feeling constantly surrounded by the language enough to really learn it through immersion can be a difficult task.

Here are my favorite ways to live language immersion at home:

  1. Use Polish podcasts (like we saw here).
  2. Listen to a ton of Polish music. When I’m too distracted or busy to concentrate on a podcast or show, music is my go-to.
  3. Cook Polish recipes at home. In language learning, we can often find our motivation lacking if we can’t connect with the culture through the language. Using recipes in Polish will not only reinforce all of that great A1 vocabulary but help you feel a little closer to Poland no matter where you are in the world.
  4. Watch Polish Netflix. You can check out my list of Polish Netflix and Amazon Prime here. I also suggest the Google Chome extension Language Learning with Netflix for added vocabulary help, since generally shows and films are harder to understand than podcasts.

 

Finally, if you have any other Polish podcasts you want to recommend, please leave them in the comments!

The intermediate level of language learning takes forever to get through and I’m constantly afraid I’ll burn through all of the learning podcasts available, so I’m always looking for new recommendations.

Multilingual Marissa

I'm Marissa, and not only did I fail out of high school Spanish, but I also managed to forget my native language (Polish) in the process. After 10 years of establishing my career in the arts I decided to give language learning one last chance, and many years (and languages) later, I now help others online learn or relearn languages. I now speak English, Spanish, French, Catalan, Portuguese and am relearning Polish, my heritage language. I've also studied Italian, German, and other languages to low- or intermediate-levels for fun. If you want to relearn a language, I'd love to help!

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