9 best podcasts for learning English and drastically improving your life

Altiné Moumouni
Whether you are looking for advice, motivation or entertainment, I encourage you to take your English learning to the next level with podcasts

In today’s world, most of us get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And, with so much to do, we do not always have enough time to learn a new language.

I personally find listening to podcasts to be an incredibly useful way to help me learn new skills and a new language. 

And whether you are looking for advice, motivation, or entertainment, I encourage you to listen to podcasts to take your English learning to the next level

The good news is that podcasts can make learning and practicing English more enjoyable and a great way to learn something new or get inspired.  Here are 9 of the best podcasts to help you become fluent quickly. 

1 The English We Speak

The English We Speak is a podcast offered every week by the BBC. It is a fun three-minute program where they look at a different everyday English phrase or slang.

I recommend listening to this podcast, particularly if you plan to move to the UK to study and work. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced English learner, this podcast will have something for you. 

2 Voice of America: learning English

With Voice of America (VOA) Learning English, you can learn and practice your English through audio, video, multimedia, and news and feature stories, particularly about the U.S.

I recommend this podcast if you are interested in learning American English. In addition, this podcast offers various themes, including health and lifestyle, science, culture, technology, and news. 

I like that the Voice of America (VOA) Learning English podcasts have a transcript to help you follow along. 

3 The Tim Ferriss show

This podcast is hosted by New York Times best-selling author Tim Ferriss and is designed to help you get the most out of your day and week. 

I like that each episode features an interview with an expert on topics such as productivity, health, business, financial independence, relationships, and more. 

This podcast is great for anyone looking for tips and tricks to maximize their time and make the most of each day.

Tim Ferriss is another of my favorite authors, and during his podcast, he shares his own strategies. Additionally, his guests provide valuable insight that can help listeners drastically improve their lives. 

4 Oprah’s SuperSoul conversations

Hosted by Oprah Winfrey, this podcast features conversations with some of today’s most inspiring thought leaders and celebrities. 

Through inspiring stories and interviews with people like Deepak Chopra, Brene Brown, and Arianna Huffington, Oprah provides insight into how we can live our lives in more meaningful ways. 

5 Freakonomics radio

If you are looking for a podcast that will make you think differently about the world around you, then Freakonomics Radio is the one for you.

Host Stephen Dubner interviews guests who offer up their unique perspectives on topics ranging from parenting to politics to pop culture. 

6 The school of greatness

Lewis Howes hosts this inspirational podcast, which focuses on helping listeners become the best version of themselves possible by unlocking their potential and creating meaningful connections with others in their communities. 

What I like about this podcast is that each episode features a guest who shares their story of greatness and tips on how to succeed in various aspects of life, such as career, health, and relationships. 

Through inspiring stories from successful entrepreneurs and athletes, Howes encourages his listeners to take action towards achieving whatever goals they have set for themselves by breaking down what it takes to be successful in any area of life. 

7 TED talks daily

This daily podcast from TED (Technology Entertainment Design) features talks from some of today’s leading thinkers across different disciplines, including science, art, and technology. 

Through engaging talks,  you will gain insight into new ideas that can help you better and better understand yourself and the world around them. 

I like that TED Talks offer amazing insights into some of the most pressing issues worldwide, making learning English more interesting and enjoyable. 

8 Happier with Gretchen Rubin

If you need a little extra motivation or guidance when it comes to being happier, then this podcast is perfect for you.

Hosted by New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, Happier covers topics, including how to break bad habits, finding purpose in your work or relationships, stress relief tips and tricks, and more! 

I encourage you to check out this podcast if you are looking for extra inspiration. Like Tim Ferris, Gretchen Rubin is also among my favorite authors.

9 The Tony Robbins podcast

The Tony Robbins podcast is a weekly podcast hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins that focuses on helping listeners reach their highest potential through motivation and self-improvement techniques. 

Robbins offers powerful advice every week and inspiring interviews from top leaders in business and lifestyle fields, truly invaluable information for anyone wanting a boost of motivation and positivity during the week. 

In Conclusion

I believe listening to podcasts to be an incredibly effective way of learning English while staying motivated towards reaching your goals no matter what they may be.

And whether you are looking to learn English or improve your English, these 9 podcasts will help you to drastically improve your English competency and life! So why wait? I encourage you to start listening today. 

Written by Altiné Moumouni for EnglishClub.com
Altiné is from Toronto, Canada, and currently teaches mathematics at a high school in Guangzhou, China. He has a master's degree in International Economics and Finance from Ryerson University in Canada and is passionate about helping people worldwide through his blogs. He writes about TEFL Teaching and Health and Fitness. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, running, traveling, and anything that allows him to experience the beauty of nature. You can find him at altinify.com.
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