Listening

ListeningListening is a natural way to learn English; it is fun and it works. You can study when you want: anytime, and any place. The passages are real people, speaking real English, talking about what interests them. There are passages for everyone: easy passages for beginners, and more difficult passages for advanced students. If you listen often your English will improve.

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In order to practice English listening skills, we recommend three things:

1. Good listening materials:  short, realistic, a little higher than your level
Podcasts are great for practicing listening.
Check out these websites for audio practice.
Videos can also be useful for improving skills.
Many textbooks have audio recordings and exercises.

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Today’s podcast is about taking care!

I want you to imagine that you are visiting England. You and some friends decide to go for a walk in the country. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and all is right with the world. You walk through a pretty village, and then through a wood. You climb over a fence into a big field. “This would be a good place for a picnic,” you say. So you sit down on the grass under a tree, and unpack your picnic.

Read more: Beware

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Britain is an island. We are surrounded by sea. Nowdays, you can get here by plane, or by train through the Channel Tunnel. But before planes were invented, and the Channel Tunnel was built, the only way to come to Britain was by sea.

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Last week, the newspapers and television told us about an engagement. An “engagement” is when two people decide to get married. We say that the couple are “engaged to be married”, or simply that they are “engaged”. The engagement which was announced last week was between a helicopter pilot and a buyer for a well-known chain of clothing shops. So why was it on the front pages of the newspapers? You probably know the answer already. The helicopter pilot is Prince William, the grandson of our Queen; and the buyer from the clothes shop is Kate Middleton, who has been his girlfriend for several years.

Read more: William and Kate are engaged!

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This podcast is about turkeys. I don’t mean the country Turkey, of course. I mean the big birds that many people eat at Christmas. There is a picture on the website if you want to know what a turkey looks like.

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