We must be doing something right! I was just having a look on US iTunes and have discovered that My Daily Phrase Italian has just joined Coffee Break Spanish in the top 10 overall podcasts on US iTunes! The only other body which has more than one podcast in the top 25 is National Public Radio. And they’re kinda big…! We’re not – we’re a very small home-run business in the west of Scotland producing regular content which seems to be going down very well out there in podland!

It’s been a really busy week – we launched two podcasts last Monday: MyDailyPhrase German will hopefully follow in our Italian podcast’s footsteps, and LoveLingo was just a bit of fun for St Valentine’s week. I was quite pleased to see that this morning we had the number 1, 2 and 3 spot on the UK iTunes Language Courses chart (2, 5 and 6 on the Education chart). I was actually a bit disappointed to see the “Mandarin Chinese Conversation” podcast from Times Online knock us off the top spot at the beginning of the week. Not because this isn’t a quality production, but because it’s not exactly independent. It’s basically a podcasted version of a Teach Yourself course which is available in the shops. I just wonder how much the Times paid Hodder Education to distribute the CD in the Sunday Times last week and to offer the podcast for free. I wonder if that’s the way podcasting is going… will the major publishers take over?

In the meantime we’ll be quite happy to see what happens with MDP Italian, MDP German and, of course, Coffee Break Spanish.

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    7 replies to "My Daily Phrase Italian now in top 10 US podcasts"

    • SAINTON

      Dear Radiolingua,
      Those are the best tools ever to my knowledge, to learn a new language.
      One suggestion: being French, most of the people I know who would be willing to learn Italian or Spanish or German, but would need to start with English! Taking into account that Mark is fluent in French, why don’t you make a podcast for French people to learn English? (you know how much the French love the Scots…) it would be welcome! Thanks for everything you provide with such a good humour!
      Eliane SAINTON-MARY

    • Mark Mark

      Ça viendra, Eliane. En version espagnole aussi! Cependant, on va attendre la fin de MDP German et MDP Italian parce qu’autrement je serais encore plus débordé qui serait en fait assez difficile!

    • Gary Olmstead

      “I wonder if that’s the way podcasting is going… will the major publishers take over?”
      Well, when Google or Microsoft come calling, waving checks with 9 or 10 zeros, you can retire to… Spain! or… Italy!

    • Kathleen

      Hi Mark,
      We are a typical American family, I’m Irish, Scot, French(Canadian) and my husband is Irish and Italian (though he only acknowledges the Italian). We are excited to be learning italian phrases that don’t involve food!
      After your Valentine’s special, I visited the website in hopes of finding a St. Patrick’s Day special – MDP Gaelic – maybe next year.

    • Mark Mark

      Maybe next year indeed! We did consider it, but things have just been so busy there’s not been time.

    • Julia

      Hi RadioLingua team.
      I have been listening to and refreshing my knowledge with MDP Italian for a while now and love the format. Any chance for a second (slightly more advanced) course after this one is finished?
      Thanks for and keep up the good work.
      Julia

    • Lu-Lu

      Now that I understand the format, and have gotten far enough along that I can commit myself to language learning, I would definitely stop being cheap and start paying for a new “term” of MDPG.
      Since I don’t plan to travel, and am learning for domestic purposes, I would be very interested in expanding my everyday German. Catriona is very helpful, and it’s nice to learn from a real person, instead of a scripted-feeling, business-as-usual format.
      BTW: What a really good idea RadioLingua is! I can learn quietly and knit, in the same room as someone watching television! =)

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