I've never tried to learn a language on a podcast before. My girlfriend's first language was Hebrew, so I'm learning it for our future kids. The funny thing is that she won't speak it with me or teach me.
Now, I'm in Europe, and there is a plethora of podcasts to teach me the various languages to survive: German, French, Italian, Dutch (Well, not so much in Dutch).... and let me tell you they are all terrible in comparison to this wonderful podcast for Hebrew.
You get three different voices to teach you words: A man named Danny, a young woman named Noa, and an adorable, little girl named Rina, all of which have beautiful accents.
The lesson guides are worth the investment. You get more conjugations of the verbs used, tidbits about the country of Israel, and since the language writes from right to left, they're so easy to read: English on the left of the page, and Hebrew on the right, with phonetic spelling directly beneath---but you can't cheat while trying to learn to read Hebrew, because you start on the opposite side of the phonetic spelling.
I never realized how awesome this podcast is. The recording quality is consistently great. I am a recording engineer by trade and have done these before. I hear a little bit of the room sound, but the consistency and reliability is something a lot of other podcasts are lacking. After suffering through the learning of my other phrases to get me around in Europe, I turn to my Hebrew podcast just for the comfort and familiarity of my friends from Israel and the higher quality.
And for the listener: For me, lessons one through four I got through in about a day each.... Well, the alef-bet I had to post on my wall, kindergarden-teacher-style.... But the longer dialogues do take me several days to really grasp them and hear every word. They also get faster, and therefore cram more words into the same 10-minute-ish lessons.
My future in-laws are very impressed by my pronunciation, and the coaching within the lessons from Danny is always great advice. Repetition and diligence.
The Nikkud. I'm learning to read the Hebrew as an adult without ever learning the Nikkud. New words are hard to guess without the vowels in there.
And scripting (like cursive for Hebrew): I saw a hand-written letter in Hebrew and thought, "What is THAT?!?" So, I had to get a kids handwriting, dry-erase sheet to practice my script.
The videos? Not so into them. The sync is a little off, so I find them hard to watch on my iPod.
I hope that's not too much info. For those of you wanting to learn Hebrew. THIS IS IT!!!
For those of you making language podcasts, learn some lessons from these wonderful people!