Podcasts to practise listening on a rainy day

Rainy and cold outside? Don’t worry! Take advantage of the bad weather to practise your listening skills.

Have you ever heard of podcasts? According to Wikipedia, “a podcast is a form of digital media that consists of an episodic series of audio, video, digital radio, PDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device.”

In other words, podcasts are like radio shows, with the difference you can download your favourite ones and have the mp3 files in your computer or mobile phone so you listen to them whenever you have some spare time.

When I was a student at teacher training college and needed to practise and get the British accent, I would download a bunch of podcasts hosted by British speakers and I would listen to the mp3s while going to Uni by bus or before falling asleep at nights.

Here I’ll list some of my favourite sites:

British English

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02pc9zn/episodes/downloads

American English

learningenglish.voanews.com/Podcast

www.thisamericanlife.org

www.betteratenglish.com/be-episode-archives

Hope you guys enjoy the selection!

Written by María Laura De Luca

Principal at In-genious Idiomas

 




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