17 sites with which you can learn English
Teachers Lingualeo made an excellent selection of podcasts - for preschoolers, schoolchildren and teenagers with different levels of language proficiency.
Language learners will not lie: listening is the most difficult skill. But it is important to master them, since the hearing process is 45% of the total time of communication of people. Gadgets and the Internet help to turn the process of training into an exciting experience. Podcasts, audio trainers, songs - you can pick up content for different age, gender and interest.
A podcast is a cycle of audio recordings on a specific topic that you can listen to on the site, or you can download it to your phone or computer to listen, for example, on the road. Parents should take into account that for a child you need to use those podcasts in which he will understand approximately 80% vocabulary.
It’s good if you can not only listen to the podcast, but also do exercises for it. This is especially important for beginners. We did not forget that it was summer outside, so we picked up interesting material for study.
7 sites with podcasts for preschoolers and younger students
A completely unique resource that is suitable for children from 3 to 11 years. A large library of books voiced by the correct British English (we look only at those books that are marked with the letter “e”). You can listen, read, look at the pictures. Everything is free, you just need to register.
The classic selection of English songs, voiced stories and videos for the youngest and preschoolers. Register is not necessary, everything is again free. In addition, for each material you can print out the words, there are interesting exercises that can be done with the children.
Generally, strongly recommended for joint pumping of English by ear with younger members of the family.
Another classic British resource from the BBC for young children. Materials for listening are divided by age and adapted by levels. These are, above all, classic English texts, animated and voiced.
For example, here you can listen to Macbeth, King Arthur, Oliver Twist. The maximum age is 11 years. There are scripts (decryption) to all texts, as well as tasks to listen and hear. There are not only animated stories, but also podcasts, which can be downloaded and listened to, for example, on the way to the country or to the sea. Podcasts are also divided into topics and different ages. Themes are not only classical, but also modern: there is also about computers, music, dancing. You can download different stories and try what suits your child more.
In this section you can find fun exercises for the development of different skills, including hearing. They are rather designed for those who are going to take Cambridge English: Young Learners testing. However, they can also be used as materials for self-study. The only thing to find the right one skills - you have to go inside the exercise to see the description.
Pinky Dinky Doo - The hero of the famous American animated series for children. On this site you can listen or download podcasts with it. Suitable for children of primary school age.
Now we will tell about two paid resources for the smallest, in which there are free lessons.
You need to register to access the free lessons. Here all the lessons are game and suitable for preschoolers.
This site does not have to register to start using free classes. They are suitable for the smallest to get acquainted with the alphabet, colors, numbers.
10 sites with cool podcasts for teens
Unfortunately, there are not so many adapted interesting material for teenagers. We can offer a podcast from your favorite British Council for the level elementary. Releases of this podcast are quite long (about 20 minutes), but at the same time light and interesting, so the time for listening will fly by. They can be recommended to teens who are interested in the culture and life of the UK. Perhaps even planning to go pull the English there.
The first release of the podcastin which the presenters discuss a variety of topics: from university to charity among celebrities.
In the second episode Podcast story about the life of the singer Shakira, about tango in Argentina, about songs in English and much more.
With each release, the podcast theme never ceases to amaze. In the third issue talking about clothes, trips to the London Underground and Jonathan Ive.
If a teenager knows English well - the possibilities are expanded.
There is a very cool set of podcasts from Luke Thompson - an English teacher and a stand-up comedian in one person (which is instructive and funny).
A program that has been around for over 20 years and is being created with the participation of teenagers and for teenagers. There are local news here: preparation for college, youth organizations. There are topics that concern everyone, regardless of geographic location: friends, love, career planning, a modern Internet environment, how to distinguish fake from reality.
Famous TED podcasts. Here you yourself know everything - a huge number of topics, completely different, relevant and philosophical, for teenagers and for adults. You can listen together.
Radio made by young journalists for their peers. And relevant topics are raised: the Internet, relationships with friends, the future profession.
Another podcast channel for young listeners. These are personal stories of children on completely different life topics.
Intellectual content - a mix of science, history, popular culture and much more. It will be interesting to those who like to delve into the details.
A huge number of subheadings, for example Brainstuff (about science) Stuff You Missed in History Class (story), TechStuff (technique) and many, many other topics. You can probably find any.
For example, there is such stuff mom never told you. The podcast is focused on teenage girls, the main themes are feminism, relationships with a young man, vegetarianism and others. If your teen is smaller than 14, it’s worth watching and listening to what you are downloading.
It discusses the fun, interesting or just weird aspects of mathematics that you definitely won't hear about in school.
Short podcasts, by the way, are suitable not only for advanced users of English. The main theme - tips for improving English, regardless of whether you are a native speaker or not. There are issues devoted to grammar, punctuation, style.
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