Top Podcasts to Learn English on the go!

If you are a busy person, you can take the advantage of using podcasts to learn or improve your English on the go. There are so many podcasts dedicated to teaching English in different levels. Here I’ve gathered some of the top podcasts available both for iOS and Android that you can use while traveling, eating, walking and, etc. Have fun and enjoy learning English on your mobile handsets! You can keep the track of what you or your students listened with this worksheet I created: Podcast Hunter 

To be able to listen to podcasts on iOS devices you should download Podcasts App and you can download Podcast Addict or another app for Android devices. Some of the podcast providers have their own app. And also you can listen to the podcasts on a PC or Mac by downloading the iTunes software


1. British Council – Learn English PodcastsIt is a podcast app that helps you learn everyday English by providing 40 episodes and over 20 hours of free listening about a wide range of topics, as well as great new features that help you listen and understand the conversations.

2. British Council – Learn English (Elementary) – You can practise your English language listening skills with Elementary Podcasts and listen to them on your computer, or download them to your mp3 player or smartphone.

3. British Council Learn English Audio & Video – You can listen to and watch the most popular English learning podcasts and videos in Learn English Audio & Video! The app is packed with lots of cool features like landscape video mode, an audioscript and glossary.

4. BBC 6 Minute English – You can learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC.

5. The English We Speak – Every week you can find different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. It is provided by BBC World Service

6. ESL Pod – English as a Second Language Podcast is for anyone who wants to improve their English speaking and listening skills.

7. American English Pronunciation – It offers weekly lessons covering the most common and difficult English pronunciation issues. Level: Intermediate to Advanced ESL/ELL students.

8. All Ears English – It is an English as a Second Language (ESL) podcast for intermediate to advanced English learners around the world. Teachers Lindsay McMahon and Michelle Kaplan show how to use everyday English vocabulary and natural idioms, expressions, and phrasal verbs and how to make small talk in American English.

9. Learning English Broadcast – Voice of America – Its programs use a limited vocabulary and short sentences. They are read at a slower pace than VOA’s other English broadcasts.

10. Listen to English – Learn English! – Two short (5 minutes or less) podcasts every week in clearly spoken English will help you to improve your listening skills and learn new words and expressions. Many podcasts are linked to grammar and vocabulary notes or to quizzes or exercises.

11. Podcasts in English – It is for students/learners of English who want to improve their speaking and listening skills.

12. A Way with Words – It is a fun and funny public radio show about words, language, and how we use them.

13. Luke’s English Podcast – It is an award-winning podcast for learners of English. You can listen, learn and have fun while picking up natural British English as it really is spoken.

14. Go Natural English – It helps you improve your English listening skills and reach fluency. The podcast will benefit intermediate to advanced learners most. Your English will benefit from language learning strategies that work, vocabulary and idioms, expressions, and phrasal verbs and how to make small talk and real conversation in American English.

15. Business English Pod – It covers a wide range of common topics, situations, and skills, including: presentations, telephoning, negotiating, socializing, travel, meetings, interviews, conversation, and more.

16. Better at English – It aims to help EFL and ESL learners improve their conversational English. You can hear genuine unscripted conversations that feature informal vocabulary, slang, idioms, and more.

17. Effortless English Podcast – You can find Learning tips and strategies to improve your spoken English. You can also learn about American language and culture.

18. Zapp! English Vocabulary and Pronunciation – It provides unscripted English conversations featuring speakers with different accents. Each podcast also contains interactive audio classes with a teacher to work on your vocabulary and pronunciation.

19. Culips ESL Podcast – You can listen to fun English podcasts with natural expressions and everyday vocabulary for language learners. Every Culips episode has interesting elements of culture as well as language.

20. Learn English – EnglishClass101 – You can learn the English language and culture at your own convenience and pace. It consists of free daily podcast audio lessons, video lessons, English Word of the Day, etc.

21. Speak English – You can train your pronunciation and speaking skills

And here I’ve listed podcasts for extensive listening:

1. Ted Talks Podcasts – TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. On this feed, you’ll find TEDTalks video to inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination from some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers, speaking from the stage at TED conferences, TEDx events and partner events around the world.

2. TED Radio Hour – The TED Radio Hour by NPR is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create.

3. Voice of America – It is an international news and broadcast organization. You can listen to its news podcasts about different topics.

4. BBC Podcasts – You can listen to many podcasts from different categories and improve your listening skills. You can download the BBC iPlayer to access the programs on BBC.

5. Scientific American Podcasts – Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science.

6. The Nature Podcast – It is a free weekly audio show featuring highlighted content from the week’s edition of Nature including interviews with the people behind the science, and in-depth commentary and analysis from journalists covering science around the world.

7. Science Magazine Podcast – Periodic podcasts from Science Magazine, the world’s leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary.

8. CNN Anderson Cooper 360 – Anderson Cooper brings you highlights from CNN’s premier nightly news program AC360.

9. CBS News Weekend Roundup – You can listen to the week’s news and goes deep into the tough stories with CBS News podcasts.

10. NASA Cast – It combines the content of all the NASACast subject area podcasts into a single omnibus podcast.

11. NPR Podcasts – You can listen to the podcasts from different categories provided by National Public Radio

12. Poetry Foundation – You can discover news, articles, videos and podcasts that focus on poetry and its place in the world.

13. Public Radio & Podcast – It lets you access the latest news, radio programs and podcasts from public radio networks nationwide, including all major public broadcasting networks.

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