About the podcast

The Word Nerds is a podcast about language and language change. It has been published on the Internet since March 21, 2005. Originally published every week, it now appears once every two to three weeks.

Three language teachers, Dave Shepherd, Howard Shepherd, and Howard Chang, and an arts administrator, Barbara Shepherd, talk about nearly any topic you could imagine having to do with language. We are all native speakers of American English. Dave is a high-school German teacher, Howard S. teaches high-school English, and Howard C. teaches high-school Latin. Barbara directs national partnerships in the education department of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Dave and Howard S. are brothers who live about 350 miles apart. Dave and Howard C. are colleagues living in the same neighborhood who taught for two years in the same schools, and for three years in the same school district. Barbara and Dave are married and live upstairs from the Word Nerds World Studio.

Yes, there are two Howards and three Shepherds. Back before Barbara became a member of the team, Bill Van Hecke responded to our invitation and did a couple of Venn diagrams showing the relationships of the three guys.

Word Nerds Triple VennWord Nerds Double Venn

3 thoughts on “About the podcast”

  1. This is an interesting podcast about 3 related individuals who are language teachers. Dave Shepard is a high school German teacher. Barbara Shepard an Arts administrative teacher who knows things about all languages and Howard Chan who teaches High school Latin.

  2. i enjoy listening to the podcast and it is a good way to improve my listening and also learn many aspects of the English language which i can not do by reading my textbooks. i love you all. Thank you for bringing me joy every night when i listen to your programs downloaded in my smartphone.

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