How Podcasts Can Be Useful to Learn English?

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Learning English can help broaden your horizons and present you with new opportunities. However, in today’s modern world you may feel there is not enough time to study or to dedicate to learning a new language. This is where Podcasts can be put to use. Podcasts are an easy and efficient method to learn a new language or develop your existing language skills. This article looks at the benefits of learning languages via podcasts and recommends some good ones to help you learn the English language.

Firstly, what is a podcast?

A podcast is typically a series of digital audio files related to a particular topic that can be downloaded from the internet. Most podcasts are around 30 minutes long and can be listened to from anywhere at any time. Podcasts can be pre-downloaded in case you are planning to be outside of Wi-Fi and do not have access to data.

What are the benefits?

No assistance required
Simply learn on your own! There is no requirement to have an English teacher and the flexibility to learn a language all on your own, without the support of others.

Learn at your own pace
You can listen to podcasts in your own time and at your own pace. There is the option to listen to the same episode as many times as you like. Podcasts can be listened to daily, weekly or even monthly, it’s up to you.

Option to pause and rewind
If a particular section requires more attention or focus, you can pause and re-listen to it and practise the pronunciation as many times as you need.

Listen anywhere and at anytime
You can listen to podcasts whenever is convenient to you, whether this be on your commute to work, your lunch break, or simply whilst sitting on the sofa or lying in bed. Podcasts are generally quite short, meaning they can fit into your day very easily.

You can download podcasts in advance, so that they can be accessed from anywhere, even when you don’t have access to the internet.

There are thousands of titles available, so there’s bound to be something that you’ll like. You can choose podcasts that suit your level and your interests.

Exposure to native speakers
Improve your language skills by listening to native speakers. Most students have difficulty with pronunciation and learning how to use the language as native speakers do. By exposing yourself to native speakers, you will learn how sentences are constructed, how English speakers use connected speech and different tones to express different meanings of words.

Here are our top 5 online podcasts:

  • Learn English- British Council

The Learn English podcast is for beginners and for English language learners from A1 to B1 level to learn English in the UK. Every episode comes with a transcript and a support pack with exercises to test your understanding. There’s even a free app!

  • The English we speak

These will help you to learn words and expressions native speakers use in their daily life as well as slang expressions. These podcasts are 3-4 minutes long.

  • Podcasts in English

These are short lessons spoken entirely in English and featuring conversations between two speakers covering a broad range of topics and supported by transcripts and worksheets.

  • Espresso English

This is for everyone and will help you to learn every day informal conversations. You will master grammar, vocabulary, idioms and more from the comfort of your home. Plus, it’s free of charge and available to download form your smartphone!

  • Better at English

These podcasts are for intermediate learners who already have a good understanding of English. Listening will help familiarise yourself with the rhythm and pace of the language and learn some common expressions. Alongside each episode you’ll be able to download a transcript of all the conversations and some vocabulary notes to put what you’ve learnt into practice.

Overall, podcasts are an excellent resource for English learning. They offer a variety of benefits that make them perfect for people of all levels of experience. Apart from choosing a professional learning centre like ES, if you’re looking for a way to quickly and easily improve your English skills, podcasts are the ideal option!

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