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10 Awesome American English Podcasts for Intermediate Students

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10 American English Podcasts for Intermediate Language Learners

In the last few years podcasts have become extremely popular. You can listen to any topic that interests you, including English Podcasts to practice listening to English conversations, learn grammar, pronunciation or build vocabulary. Check out this list of 10 English language podcasts for intermediate learners that we thought would help you take your English to the next level.

1. Real English Conversations Podcast

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This podcast features natural English conversations that you can use to practice your English listening. The conversations are about 12-15 minutes long and are between the hosts, Amy and Curtis. They speak with a clear American English accent about many different interesting topics without slowing down or changing the way they speak normally. There are currently 15 full English conversations available on the podcast or the website. Each podcast features a “Real English Tip” which explains how to handle an everyday situation using different expressions or answers that will make you sound more like a native speaker.

Real English Conversations offers additional courses and conversations including: English Conversation Pack, English Phrasal Verb Course and 21 Days to Better Speaking.

esl pod english podcasts 2. ESL Pod – English Cafe Podcast

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This English podcast has an extensive list of episodes that feature a short scripted dialogue and a transcript. Each episode has a slow version and a normal speed version. In each script, they use English expressions and speak about different subjects to try to expose the learner to new vocabulary. There is an option to subscribe as a paid member to receive access to more practice exercises, vocabulary explanations, and other features.

american english pronunciation podcast3. American English Pronunciation

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As the title says, this podcast focuses on English pronunciation. Each episode has a transcription on the website so you can see how each word is spelled as they explain the rules and sound differences. We liked how they use groups of words that produce the same sound. This podcast has an extensive list of audio for you to master English pronunciation by listening and repeating. They offer a membership upgrade which gives you access to more features from their website related to pronunciation.

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4. Voice of America – Learning English Podcast

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This English Podcast features news stories about current events in the United States and around the world. The audio is a narrated version of written text that is available on the website to read while listening. You will hear the American English accent but the narrated recording is spoken slowly and clearly for easy comprehension. This is great if you have difficulties with listening. This is a great podcast for building vocabulary that you will see in articles and newspapers or what you may hear when watching the news.

english expressions podcast5. Daily Easy English Expression Podcast

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The Daily English Expressions Podcast has a new lesson almost every day that explains a new expression. The host is enthusiastic when he speaks which makes the podcasts fun to listen to. We like that he adds a situation to put the expression in context so that you know exactly how to use it. Most of the episodes are 5 minutes long.

6. The English Phrasal Verb Podcast

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This Podcast focuses on learning English Phrasal Verbs in context with audio examples. In each lesson, you will hear a new phrasal verb and the meaning will be explained.  What is really cool about these lessons is that each example uses the phrasal verb and then the example is repeated using an alternative to the phrasal verb. This will help clarify the meaning if you are still confused.

These lessons are part of the phrasal verb course which includes stories using 10 phrasal verbs from the lessons, in context. This can be helpful to teach you how to understand the phrasal verbs that have multiple meanings. You can get access to 20 Phrasal Lessons and 2 stories for free here.

7. Happy English Podcasthappy english podcast

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The Happy English podcast explains a bit of everything. They discuss grammar, expressions, pronunciation and general uses of English in real life situations. Each podcast episode features a dialogue that uses the topic being discussed.

You will hear a slow version of the conversation and later a normal speed version. The host Michael, does a good job of providing lots of examples so the listeners can understand easily. There are transcriptions available for purchase on the website if you need more help.

8. Better At Englishbetter at english podcasts

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Better at English Podcasts have unscripted conversations, often as interviews with other native English speakers. Lori, the host, speaks very clear American English and the audio quality is very good in each of the episodes. The podcasts are positive and motivational while you are listening to them.

english podcasts desk 9. English Desk Podcast

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This English podcast uses stories with transcriptions of the audio to help you learn different vocabulary depending on the situations. The stories are narrated in clear, slow English and they use lots of expressions. It seems that English Desk is not producing new episodes right now but they have quite a few episodes available on their website for you to study and listen to.

English language podcasts Dyned10. Dynamic English (DynEd’s) Podcast

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This English podcast is good for testing your listening comprehension. It includes a few easy to answer questions based on a conversation dialogue. DynEd’s Podcast hasn’t had any recent episodes but there are 36 audio tracks you can listen to and study. The conversations are basic and spoken slowly and clearly with an American English accent. **Note: Click on the gray colored ‘POD’ button to play the audio from the English Podcasts through the website.

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Lesson 112: Wash Down #2 | English Phrasal Verb Course

Wash Down #2 English Phrasal Verb

This English phrasal verb ‘Wash Down’ has 2 different definitions and this lesson explains that it means to drink something after eating it to make it easier to swallow. We have some common examples in this lesson of how to use this phrasal verb in the correct way.

 

Phrasal Verb: Wash Down

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Phrasal Verbs Lesson: Wash Down #2

Alternative Meaning:  To drink something during eating to swallow easier.

Example 1:

  • I had to wash down my food with a glass of water because it was very dry.
  • I had to drink a glass of water in order to swallow my food because it was very dry.

Example 2:

  • He washed down 2 vitamins with a glass of orange juice.
  • He swallowed 2 vitamins with a glass of orange juice.

The English Phrasal Verbs Course

Learning phrasal verbs from a list is not the best way to do it. You need to learn the meaning of phrasal verbs through the context of a situation. In our phrasal verb course, you will get two examples using the phrasal verb in each lesson. Once you have studied 10 lessons, you can test your knowledge using the phrasal verb stories.

The phrasal verb stories are the key to helping you understand the verbs that have multiple meanings and to comprehend what the phrasal verbs mean when you hear them. To learn more about the course and see an example of the lessons you will receive Click Here.

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Lesson 106: Take Up #1 | English Phrasal Verb Course

take up phrasal verb

This English phrasal verb ‘Take Up’ has three different meanings and we are going to explain in this lesson that it means you are starting a new type of hobby or interest. The examples we have for you show you how to use this phrasal verb just like native English speakers do.

 

Phrasal Verb: Take Up

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Phrasal Verbs Lesson: Take Up #1

Alternative Meaning:  To start a new hobby or interest

Example 1:

  • Jill took up doing yoga last year and she is really enjoying it now.
  • Jill started doing yoga as a hobby last year and she is really enjoying it now.

Example 2:

  •    I think I’m going to take up writing and start a blog.
  •    I think I’m going to start writing as a hobby and start a blog.

 

The English Phrasal Verbs Course

Learning phrasal verbs from a list is not the best way to do it. You need to learn the meaning of phrasal verbs through the context of a situation. In our phrasal verb course, you will get two examples using the phrasal verb in each lesson. Once you have studied 10 lessons, you can test your knowledge using the phrasal verb stories.

The phrasal verb stories are the key to helping you understand the verbs that have multiple meanings and to comprehend what the phrasal verbs mean when you hear them. To learn more about the course and see an example of the lessons you will receive Click Here.

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  • 20 phrasal verb lessons
  • 2 phrasal verb stories
  • PDF transcripts
  • MP3 Downloads


 

250 Phrasal Verb Lessons with 25 Stories

Start understanding phrasal verbs that you hear in everyday conversation. Our audio lessons give you the training you need with PDF transcriptions to master English phrasal verbs.

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27. Forest Fires – Free English Conversation Podcast

In this English podcast conversation we discuss some recent forest fires that have started in the area where we live, how firefighters work against the fires and the procedures that are in place to help people and animals that need to be evacuated if a fire is near to their homes. Hear about what some people do to watch these sometimes dangerous situations and the nickname we give them.

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Curtis:  Hey, everybody. It’s Amy and Curtis from RealEnglishConversations.com and today we’re going to be talking about a natural disaster that happens in our area where we live, and it’s forest fires. Now what are forest fires, Amy?

Amy:  Well, forest fires are fires obviously that start in the forest, just like it sounds. But these are…are accidents or sometimes they’re caused naturally.

Curtis:  Yes.

Amy:  But it’s a fire that is wild in the forest, it’s…it’s uncontrolled.

Curtis:  Yes.

Amy:  It’s unintentional that it’s there. So for example, a forest fire might start by being either human caused, which would make it an accident.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  Or it might be something in nature that has happened. So what happens in nature that causes forest fires to start?

Curtis:  Well, sometimes thunderstorms.

Amy:  Yeah.

Curtis:  Come through our area and with thunderstorms is lightning, of course.

Amy:  Yeah. And lightning strikes1a can definitely start fires.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  Like if a lightning bolt1b hits a tree it will light on fire.

Curtis:  On fire. And it’s because forest fire season is in the summertime. And everything around us is super dry, so a fire will start quicker.

Amy:  Yeah. So if it has been raining, and there was a lightning strike that hit a tree in the forest, it wouldn’t likely start a fire. Like it might…that tree might burn, or get charred a little bit, but it’s not going to start a fire. But right now what’s happened is we’ve had the hottest and driest summer in…isn’t it over 50 years or something like that2?

Curtis:  Something like that.

Amy:  Yeah. So we’ve had very little rain and extremely hot temperatures, so it…in the forest, it’s so dry. If there’s like, for example, human caused, like a cigarette butt, a lit cigarette butt that is flicked out the window.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  And it lands in a ditch with some dry grass, what happens?

Curtis:  It takes within seconds for a fire…

Amy:  Yeah, a grass fire to start.

 

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English Podcast Episode #27: Forest Fires