Podcasts for improving your English

Six Podcasts to Improve your English

By Maham Qaiser


Have you listened to a podcast before? If not, then you should start now! Podcasts are a great way to practise your English. You can listen to a podcast on your way home from work, while you’re cooking dinner or during other simple tasks. For those who are learning English as a second language, there are a variety of accessible podcasts available.  We have created a list of six easily accessible podcasts that can help you learn English. The podcasts we have listed come with transcripts and more so make sure to read along as you listen!


English Learning for Curious Minds

If you would like to expand your knowledge, The English Learning for Curious Minds by Leonardo English podcasts is a great way to learn different facts about the world while improving your English. The podcast focuses on a range of topics from the history behind Disney to Inflation. Leonardo English holds the belief that learning English should be interesting by providing easy access and engaging material. The podcast provides subtitles, transcripts, and key vocabulary with each episode. The podcast is available on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts, Spotify Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. 


The Real-life English Podcast

Do you struggle to hold a conversation in English? The Real-Life English Podcast focuses on fun and informative conversations between English speakers on real-life topics. Their episodes provide advice on areas that people who are learning English. For example, the podcast recently released an episode on tricks to be confident while speaking English. For those who would like other options, the Real-Life English website has articles on tips and tricks to learning English and an interesting segment called “Learning English with your Favorite TV Series.” The segment provides video lessons using clips from tv-series and movies with subtitles and explanations. The podcast is available on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, and the Real-Life English Website. 


Learn English Through Listening 

If you need help with speaking English fluently then the Learn English Through Listening Podcast hosted by Hilary Platt is perfect for you. Platt discusses tips and tricks to mastering fluency in English. For example, one of the episodes provides information on the stress of practicing English and how to handle it. The podcast releases episodes based on levels of difficulty. The Learn English Through Listening podcast’s goal is to “help you speak English fluently.” Two lessons are released every week with transcripts. The podcast is available on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. 


All Ears English Podcast

The All-Ears English Podcast is a second language podcast hosted by two ESL teachers, Lindsay and Michelle. They aim to provide a source of entertainment while giving out tips on how to create conversations and make commentary. The podcast focuses on everyday vocabulary, natural idioms, expressions, and verbs. The podcast is perfect for those who want to perfect their English while learning about fun conversational topics. Their motto is “connection NOT perfection.” Each episode is released with transcripts and key vocabulary terms. The podcast is available on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Spotify and YouTube. 


6 Minute English 

6 Minute English is a short podcast that focuses on everyday conversation-topics. Episodes are released weekly on Thursdays. On the 6 Minute English website, you have the option to choose podcast episodes based on the area you need to improve in. The website has episodes divided by grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and skill level. After each episode, the podcast releases a transcript and key vocabulary terms. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube. 


Plain English

If you would like to know about the current events and trends that are happening around the world, then the Plain English Podcast is another great option. The podcast puts the latest news into simple terms for those who are currently learning English. Besides current events, the podcast briefly looks at English vocabulary and expressions in every episode. Plain English provides transcripts for every episode. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. 


Listening to podcasts is a great way to improve your English-speaking skills. A few benefits that come from listening to English-learning podcasts are improvements in your accent and pronunciation. The podcasts focus on a series of different topics so you can learn English while listening to a topic you are interested in. After reading this article, pick your favourite podcast and listen on the go!