Some useful sources for English Listening

1) Elllo

Elllo is a perfect website for getting exposed to daily English conversations. There are some points which make elllo one of the best sources to improve English listening skills.


  • It covers a wide range of topics.
  • It involves not only British and American accent but also different accents from all over the world. 
  • It provides transcripts for all the dialogues in the website.
  • It has a graded system which provides learners an opportunity to listen to dialogues appropriate for their level. 
  • It is free for use. 


2) British Council Podcasts

Podcasts are one of the most useful materials to improve English listening skills. Among the websites which provide listening materials to learners, British Council is one of the best. 

  • The podcasts provided by British Council are quite long and this makes the podcasts ideal for listening while driving a car or on a bus. 
  • It has a graded system starting from elementary to upper levels. 
  • The voice quality is really good, all the audio files are quite comprehensible.
  • The people in the podcasts are fun to listen.
  • The podcasts also cover some special tips and usages as well as focusing on listening.
  • There are transcripts for each podcasts.
  • Downloading the podcasts is allowed.
  • There are also further studying materials as well as transcripts.

3) VOA Special English

If you are one of those who like following the news regularly (I am actually one of them), VOA Special English is one of the best websites for you to improve your listening skills.

  • Daily updated content with richly designed visual materials.
  • Both listenings and transcripts are provided.
  • It has a graded system so that learners can adjust the materials according to their levels.
  • It has authentic materials (real news stories) which make the news more effective to catch learners' attention. 

4) Breaking News English

Breaking News English is another website through which you can practice both listening and reading at the same time. 

  • Regularly updated content.
  • There is a huge amount of news from various topics.
  • It provides a graded system, maybe one of the best graded systems.
  • Extra mini lessons for English learners.
  • Visual materials aren't perfect but still, they are OK. 
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