When you practice listening to a language other than your own, you are one step closer to becoming fluent in that language. Listening to podcasts can thus make learning English easier. Discover some of the benefits of using a podcast to learn a second language below.
Why You Should Listen To Podcasts
The main reason is to practice listening. However, there are other reasons why podcasts are an excellent tool. For example, you are able to listen to them whenever you have some free time or even while you are doing something else. In addition, you learn English faster because you get used to listening to people talk and are hearing important words and phrases more often. The phrases you hear will help you carry a conversation in English and eventually become fluent.
What To Look In A Podcast
Look for podcasts that are interesting to you; choose topics that you find fun and that you would like to learn about. Also, try choosing podcasts that challenge you but are not too far from your current level of English. This will help you practice listening and learning English. The good news is that there are all sorts of podcasts for ESL students, ranging from the most basic stories to more complex themes.
Some great example of podcasts include The English We Speak, Listen to English, Splendid Speaking, English Class 101, Better at English, Elementary Podcasts, and Business English Pod.
What Podcasts Cost
Everybody is on a budget. Fortunately, a lot of these podcasts are free. Some of them might require a subscription, but for the most part you don’t have to pay any outrageous prices. This is a great benefit for anyone who wants to practice listening and learn about pronunciation; it’s a free resource! Plus, podcasts are easy to find online and easy to download onto your mobile device.
As you can see, podcasts are a great tool for those learning English. Take advantage of this valuable and very affordable resource.
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