How to improve your English listening skills with a podcast

Improving your English listening skills doesn’t have to be boring, so explore hundreds of thousands of free podcasts on a variety of topics, including art, business, comedy, music, news, sport and more. 

Improving your listening takes a lot patience, dedication, determination as well as effort.  When trying to get better at understanding someone remember that you need to work on  your pronunciation too, but apart from that listen to the main ideas, choose reliable sources and practice English listening every day and build your vocabulary.

So how can you get better at understanding spoken English?

The best way to improve is to listen to English.. a lot. There’s no way around it; you have to spend hours and hours listening to people speaking English. Listen to things that interest you. If you don’t enjoy something, it’s going to be hard for you to continue. You’ll get bored and stop. Even if you’re preparing to an exam e.g. IELTS, FCE or CAE… try listening not only to the exam tasks but also other recordings within a podcast app.

  • Accept the fact that you are not going to understand everything.
  • Keep cool when you do not understand – even if you continue to not understand for a long time.
  • Do not translate into your native language
  • Listen for the general idea of the conversation. Don’t concentrate on detail until you have understood the main ideas.

Apart from watching movies ( without subtitles), youtube TedTalks or BBC new you can also listen to podcasts. Podcasts are available on Podcast app , an amazing way to discover, subscribe to and play your favourite recordings. You can find there hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts. What’s more you can download the podcast and then listen to it without the internet connection. Here’s how to find the podcast app on your android phone and Iphone.


Explore hundreds of thousands of free podcasts on a variety of topics, including art, business, comedy, music, news, sport and more

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