Summer is a wonderful time for hobbies and favourite activities. Cycling, swimming, gardening, reading, and just plain old relaxing!
One of my favourite things is listening to podcasts while I’m pottering about * or painting, or sitting in the park and soaking up some vitamin D. I love true crime, slow-living podcasts, and spooky stories. But podcasts are also a wonderful way to learn languages. In the old days we had language CDs (or even cassette tapes, if you are old enough to remember!) – but now we can turn to our smartphones for something far more useful than doomscrolling!
A little and often is what I normally tell my students when they ask for ways to self-study. A few minutes a day is much better than trying to study for hours at a time. We all have good intentions – but staying realistic is the best way to build a habit and make it stick!
Here are some wonderful podcasts for language learning with episodes of 10-20 minutes or less!
- For beginners (A1 – B1)
Learn English podcast
This podcast from the British Council is a great place to start. Episodes are around 20 minutes long.
- BBC 6 minute podcasts (B1 and higher)
6 Minute English
This long-running podcast is wonderful for intermediate students (and higher!) and covers many interesting current topics. Vocabulary lists and a transcript are given for each episode.
- For more natural English (B1 and higher)
The English We Speak
This podcast is full of everyday phrases and slang. Episodes are around only 3 minutes long!
- For practical language (B1 and higher)
Episodes are around 10 minutes long and cover lots of practical language, like how to write and say the date correctly or speaking to a doctor.
There are many more language podcasts out there – so have a look and see what you can find, and don’t forget to choose what interests you and keep it short and fun!