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English Listening Guide

Welcome to EnglishClub Listening for ESL learners, to help you learn and practise the skill of listening to English.

Listening is the first of the 4 language skills, which are: 1. Listening 2. Speaking 3. Reading 4. Writing

What is Listening?

7 Ways to Hear English Everywhere audio icon
How can you hear English when you're not in an English-speaking country? Fortunately, there are many ways to hear and listen to English in almost all countries of the world.

Listen to English by Radio/TV audio icon
Listen to news in English with programmes from stations like the BBC, RT or Voice of America.

owl sitting in an oak tree
A wise old owl
Sat in an oak.
The more he saw,
The less he spoke.
The less he spoke,
The more he heard.
Why can't we be like
That wise old bird?

Online Dictation audio icon
Do you want to improve your English listening skills? What about your spelling, writing, and typing skills? Dictations can help in many ways. They even help you learn new vocabulary in context.

Listen to Poetry in English audio icon
Some classic pieces of poetry and other texts for you to listen to and read.

Listen to News audio icon
Listen to a weekly news story in English. With this resource you can practise your listening, reading, writing and even speaking.

English-Language Podcasts audio icon
Listen online or download these English readings, many of which have transcripts, vocabulary notes and comprehension questions.

Aesop's Fables audio icon
Listen to short stories by an ancient Greek writer.

Children's Stories audio icon
Listen to excerpts from treasured children's stories.

Chinese Zodiac Animals audio icon
Which animal are you? Listen and learn.

English Classics audio icon
Listen to famous excerpts by classic English authors.

English Poems audio icon
Listen and learn English rhythm, rhyme and pronunciation.

Interesting Facts audio icon
Listening practice based on fun facts in easy English

12 Signs of the Zodiac audio icon
Listen and learn personality adjectives.

Songs for English Learners audio icon
Listen to these fun original English songs.

Listen to News audio icon
Audio news reports in intermediate English, with exercises

Learning English Video Project audio icon
Lots of listening practice. Watch short videos (with subtitles). Transcripts available too

ESL Videos audio icon
More listening practice by watching videos

Songs for Learning English audio icon
Easy English songs with subtitles

Listen and hear
What's the difference?

This Week in History audio icon
Listen to a new story every Monday. Includes transcript, wordchecker and quiz.

God gave us two ears and one mouth so that we can hear twice as much as we say.