Listening resources for learning English

Here’s my list of some of the sites offering mostly free or low-cost resources for improving your English listening skills.

They include some excellent audio and video resources that will help you understand spoken English better.

It’s a public list so if you have a favourite site that’s not yet included, please add it 🙂


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Listening resources for independent English language learners

Useful online resources to help you improve your listening skills

Sep 12, 2014 - - 111
Yabla English Video Immersion - The Authentic Way to Learn English

Yabla provides authentic English listening practice using interactive English language video from all over the English speaking world. Learn English with drama, interviews, documentary, music videos, and more.

Sep 12, 2014 - - 88
Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - For English as a Second Language

This ESL listening Web site created by Randall Davis helps ESL/EFL students improve their listening comprehension skills through practice with self-grading quiz pages.

Sep 12, 2014 - - 73
TED: Ideas worth spreading

Short powerful talks from TED. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading - through, our annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.

Sep 12, 2014 - - 90 - Learning English Through Football

Weekly podcasts for football fans.

Sep 12, 2014 - - 100
Learning English - 6 Minute English

s6 Minute English. Podcasts from BBC Learning English. Listen to the podcast and answer the question. With grammar help and related BBC links.

Sep 12, 2014 - - 74
Learn English for Free with elllo!

Learn English from a collection of over 2,000 free ESL/EFL listening lessons made for students and teachers

Sep 12, 2014 - - 101
Business & Work

In Business and work you can find materials aimed at helping you reach your professional aspirations by developing your English skills. You can find our series of podcasts and articles on a great range of business and professional topics, all accompanied by language practice activities to help you to improve your workplace English.

Sep 12, 2014 - - 78
Voxopop - a voice based eLearning tool

Voxopop talkgroups are a fun, engaging and easy-to-use way to help students develop their speaking skills. They're a bit like message boards, but use voice rather than text and a have a specialised user interface. No longer confined to a physical classroom, teachers and students of oral skills can interact from home, or even from opposite sides of the planet!

Sep 12, 2014 - - 95
RhinoSpike : Foreign Language Audio on Demand!

RhinoSpike is an online language learning community tool that lets users around the globe connect and exchange foreign language audio files. Get any foreign language text read aloud for you by a native speaker!

Sep 12, 2014 - - 95
Newsy | Multisource Video News

Multisource video news analysis. Practise your English listening skills with short news videos from across the globe. Also available on mobile devices.

Sep 12, 2014 - - 97
Luke's ENGLISH Podcast

Enjoy learning and listening to English, free! Luke's English Podcast started in 2009 and is still going strong. With over 200 episodes, transcripts, videos and a special series on phrasal verbs, there is so much for you to use, and it's all free.


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Sep 12, 2014 - - 74
Top 10

Listen to some of the greatest poems in the English language.

Sep 12, 2014 - - 95
BBC - iPlayer Radio

Listen to radio programmes in English. BBC radio includes radio programmes on a wide range of topics including news, sport, music, and drama. BBC iPlayer Radio - listen to live BBC Radio or catch up on the last 7 days of BBC programmes from across the UK and World Service.

Sep 12, 2014 - - 84
American Stories in Easy English / American Stories in VOA Special English (ESL/EFL)

American Stories for English Learners – improve your English by reading the texts as you listen to the stories. There are 57 fifteen-minute MP3 files. That is about 14 hours of listening. The Stories Sorted by Author.

Sep 12, 2014 - - 83
Listen and Write - Dictation

Listen and Write - Language Dictation.Improve your listening skills and hear about the news. is free listening practice.

Sep 12, 2014 - - 96
" Tune Into English

Learn English, Pop Music, Karaoke, song, worksheets, elt, els, efl, song worksheets

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