listening

There are so many accents in English so you need to practise your listening skills every day…

It’s easy to practise your listening with technology these days. Here are a few good ideas…

Firstly, listen to podcasts through iTunes or Google Play. You could check out some of the BBC podcasts to get you started. Listen to the radio on TuneIn Radio from anywhere in the world or listen to radio and podcasts with Stitcher.

Need lecture practice? Watch a different lecture every day on TED. Remember to turn on the subtitles (in English, of course) if you need help understanding it. You can also watch video lessons and do quizzes on TED Ed. Finally, use mobile apps to watch lectures, such as iTunes U, the RSA or Mobento.

Do you want to learn how to do something? Anything? Try Videojug. You can learn pretty much anything with Khan Academy, Udemy or Curious too.

Watch, listen to and read short news reports on BBC Learning English News Report or Lingohack. This is brilliant for improving your listening, pronunciation, spelling, reading, grammar and to build your vocabulary. Basically everything! You can also watch videos and learn on English Central.

Want to watch films or TV shows? You can sign up to Now TV and of course there is Netflix, which has a great range, but I really like MUBI too, which is much cheaper and shows more ‘world’ cinema.

And of course, you should really be watching TV every day. There is so much to find on the BBC iPlayer, but I also love Channel 4 On Demand. Don’t forget to turn on the subtitles! Also, you can watch live TV on your laptop, tablet or mobile phone with TV Catch Up.

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