If you want to learn Greek fluently, podcasts might be a pretty good way to do so.
Beginners can passively acquire knowledge while doing something else, like exercising or washing dishes, while more advanced learners can adjust to the flow of the spoken language.
The only problem is to find good podcasts while you’re still a learner as there are a lot of options out there.
To help you along, I’ve put together this list of Greek podcasts I really like.
There are some good options for beginner Greek learners, as well as a few for people that have been studying Greek for a while.
I’ll start with podcasts that focus on really teaching you Greek as a beginner, before finishing up with a number aimed at advanced or even native Greek speakers that I think you’ll like.
Best podcasts to learn Greek
I’ll start off with GreekPod101, part of the Innovative Language series that provides all kinds of high quality lessons for a whole bunch of languages.
If you’ve only just started learning Greek, or not started at all, GreekPod101 may be a good option as its podcasts and related materials get you going from scratch.
Greek can be pretty tricky to learn, so it’s nice to have the same course take you through it all the way.
I like GreekPod101 because it divides lessons up in bite-sized chunks, and its podcasts reflect this.
On top of that, the quality of the lessons and audio is high, so there’s no annoyance there.
That said, if your aim is to learn Greek entirely passively, or you already have made a small start, there are better podcasts out there.
A Modern Odyssey
If all you want to do is soak up some spoken Greek to help you get around the country, A Modern Odyssey may be a good option.
Each lesson uses a dialog to get you acquainted with basic concepts, starting from introductions and saying hello in Greek to visiting historic sites or renting accommodation.
The dialogs are nice and slow and stay away from difficult words.
Each lesson comes with a transcript in Greek and a translation in English, so you can read along if you want and see what’s being said.
Naturally, to read along in Greek you’ll need to know the Greek alphabet, something A Modern Odyssey doesn’t help you with.
Overall I like this podcast, though the sound quality isn’t always great. Annoyingly, the episodes aren’t in order on the site, either, so you have to do some digging here and there to get the right one.
A Modern Odyssey doesn’t seem to have been updated since February 2022, so it’s not clear if new episodes are in the making or not.
Another good podcast that hasn’t been updated recently is WeeGreek, a pretty solid addition to any Greek-learning strategy.
This podcast focuses less on teaching you things and rasther goes all-out on listening skills, coming with simple news stories and other tales, repeating them and then reading out an English translation.
I like the voice actors that do the Greek part, but all the English text has been read out by a computer, which grates on the ears a lot.
Normally, having the computer audio would disqualify it from a list like this, but what’s cool about WeeGreek is that all the episodes will work a few Greek colloquialisms in.
The language is rife with these (like saying that somebody is “casting nets” when fishing for compliments), so having a podcast focus on these is great if you want to work on everyday language skills. It’s worth putting up with that computer voice, for sure.
Your Greek word on a Sunday
Next up is a podcast that technically doesn’t teach you any Greek, or at least not in a conventional sense.
Your Greek word on a Sunday goes over Greek words in the English language, and then breaks them down, explaining what each part means.
It’s a really cool way to figure out the relationship between English and ancient Greek, and with episodes barely a minute long, it’s not like a huge draw of your time.
If you want to improve your English vocabulary, improve your understanding of Greek and also pick up some etymology while you’re at it, this is the podcast for you.
The last of the podcasts aimed at learners is Easy Greek, which is part of a wider family of language learning podcasts and YouTube channels.
I really like the Easy Greek approach, offering interesting conversational topics in everyday Greek, accompanied by transcripts in Greek and an English translation.
The podcasts start out with basic lessons, learning to introduce yourself in Greek and all that, before going on to more advanced things like talking about holidaying in Greece or getting good tips from locals.
The presenters speak clearly, but not too slowly, let’s say about half speed compared to regular, rapid-fire Greek :)
They also introduce some Greek idioms here and there, though they won’t overload you with slang, either.
The Easy Greek podcasts are lively and interesting, and you always feel you’ve learnt something afterward; I highly recommend them and you should check out the YouTube channel, too.
The next five entries on this list are meant for advanced Greek learners, or even Greek speakers looking to brush up a little.
First up is SBS Greek, a podcast by Australian podcaster SBS which is aimed mainly at the Greek diaspora living down under.
I mention its Dutch-language equivalent in my best Dutch podcasts article, too.
The podcast is a daily recap that mainly goes over the Australian news in Greek, though will feature the occasional story from Greece, too, especially if something big is going on.
The quality of the podcast is excellent, the worst thing I can say about it is that it’s not terribly interesting if you don’t follow the Australian news.
However, it may still be worth checking out even if you’re not, especially the SBS’ Greek radio station as it does cover some Greek topics you won’t find anywhere else.
Next up is Archaeostoryteller, anm interesting podcast by a Greek archaeologist who goes into how the remains of the past can tell its story.
It’s a well-produced, interesting podcast that really gets into how archeology can work, but also has a lot of humorous moments and interesting points of view.
It also throws in a good bit of mythology and legend to spice things up, and casts a lot of interesting lights on how the Greeks see and saw themselves.
If you’re into history and where it meets archeology and want some new takes on these fields, this podcast is definitely for you.
That said, there is a high threshold when it comes to Greek knowledge, you really need to have a firm grasp of the language before you can truly enjoy it.
The next podcast is a lot more humorous. It’s called Μόνο ντροπή, which translates roughly as “just a shame,” with “shame” in this case being more humorous than sinful.
It features a comedian duo talking to guests, usually comedians but not always, about shameful things that happened to them.
The podcast is really funny, and covers subjects from embarrassing scenes with the family to dating mishaps.
There’s a lot going on, but I think its main benefit to Greek learners is that it almost exclusively features colloquial Greek.
This spoken form can be very different from what you pick up in books, so if you want to train your ear a little, this podcast is a great way to do it while also getting some laughs.
Συγγραφείς εκτός βιβλίων
The next entry is a lot more serious, but no less interesting. Συγγραφείς εκτός βιβλίων (“writers outside of books”) is a literary talk show with Greek writers.
If you want to know more about how modern Greek writers tick and also improve your knowledge of Greece’s literary scene, this podcast is great.
The interviewer seems to know how to get the best out of authors — no mean feat, I assure you — so it’s a pretty interesting podcast, granted you like the author.
All that said, it should go without saying that the Greek used is extremely high level, and you won’t enjoy it much unless you speak it quite well already.
If you do, and just want to expand your vocabulary and literary knowledge a little, it’s a great pick.
To Εξωφρενικά Σημαντικό Πόντκαστ
I’ll finish up with τo Εξωφρενικά Σημαντικό Πόντκαστ, or the “outrageously important podcast.” This may be the best Greek podcast there is.
The maker’s content strategy seems to be “whatever I feel like talking about today,” and thus it covers topics from the division of Cyprus, to video games and then back again.
It’s funny, it’s weird and somehow you always learn something new. I recommend you try listening to it, even if just the once.
The Greek is modern and a bit fast, but there’s always something going on and it features some great opinions.
Greek podcasting isn’t as huge as it is in other parts of the world, but there is still plenty to listen to. These are just a start.
If you find any more suggestions, let me know in the comments, and have fun learning Greek! 🇬🇷