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How to find old podcasts.....

I have been making Listen to English podcasts for nearly three years. All the podcasts are on this site, but obviously there are now a lot of them. Several listeners have e-mailed me to ask how they can find and download the older podcasts easily.

Here is how to do it:

You can find older podcasts on this website by navigating to:


where “YYYY” means the year (eg 2007) and “MM” means the month (eg 03 for March, 11 for November) of the podcasts you want to find.

So, for example, you can find all the episodes for March 2008 at:


If you want to download older episodes to your iPod, you may find it easier to use an RSS feed. You can find an RSS feed for all episodes for a particular month by navigating to:


So, for example, you can find an RSS feed for all episodes from November 2007 at:


In the sidebar at the right-hand side of this webpage, you will find links to an archive (“How to find things on this site”) and to “Listen to English – Greatest Hits”, which is an RSS feed for some of the most popular episodes from 2006.

Happy listening and learning!



Greatest Hits

Listen to English has been on the web for 15 months, and there are over 180 episodes. If you subscribe with iTunes, you can find the last 25 episodes and download them. But how can you find and download older episodes into iTunes?
One way is to find the episodes you want on the web site. For each episode, click on “Download mp3” and then play the downloaded files in iTunes. But this takes time, and only the audio file is downloaded – not the text of the podcast.
But now there is a new way! You can subscribe to Listen to English – Greatest Hits. This is a special RSS feed that contains 21 of the best and most popular episodes of 2006. Episodes like “Lice!”, “Fun Run” and “The English are fat and want to live in France”. I have added full ID3 tags to the audio files, so that each episode has a picture which will display on your iPod screen, and text which will display either on your iPod or on Windows Media Player. You can subscribe and download these classic episodes here, or by clicking on “Greatest Hits” in the sidebar menu on the website.
Or, in iTunes click “Advanced”, then “Subscribe to Podcast”, and then type or copy this URL into the box:


I wish you a very happy Easter. Next podcast episode on about 18 April.
Photo by Matt McGee/flickr


Other Useful Websites

  • The Internet TESL Journal has an extensive database of web resources, including podcasts, for learners and teachers of English. Another useful resource list is at World English.
  • The websites of The British Council, the BBC and the BBC World Service all contain extensive information and links for English language learners
  • English-at-home.com contains useful English language learning material
  • EnglishSpace is a free English language course on the internet. It is aimed particularly at 11 to 16 year old students in the UK, who are often refugees.
  • The Guardian newspaper website contains a useful list of English language resources on the web.
  • Zahra’s English Book is a delightful blog about learning English and the meaning of English words
  • The Poetry Archive contains recordings of poets reading their own poetry. You can listen to the poems while reading the text on screen. There is an onward link to the Children’s Poetry Archive.
  • Introduction to English Podcasts (in Japanese)
  • The dmoz Open Directory Project has a listing of over 1,000 websites related to teaching English as a Second Language
  • IdiotVox contains a useful listing of podcasts of all sorts.
  • Booktrust is an independent national charity that encourages people of all ages and cultures to discover and enjoy reading. This web site provides free resources and recommendations for teachers, librarians and parents about books for young people of all ages.
  • The Podcast Directory for Educators is a directory of podcasts for educational use from 300 podcast channels (including this one!) – ideal for activities with children, young people and educational professionals.
  • Learn-english-today contains many useful resources, notes, exercises and links for English learners.
  • English On-line, compiled by the University of Franche-Comte, has links to interactive exercises and other resources for English learners.
  • Real English contains a large (and probably unique) collection of short videos of people speaking English on the streets of countries throughout the world, many of them with lessons and exercises. Highly recommended.
  • Helping you learn English has a range of useful materials and advice for English learners.


English Language Podcasts

This is a selection of other podcasts for people learning English

  • ESL Pod is a well-known podcast produced by the Center for Educational Development in Los Angeles, California. The center also produces the English Through Stories for advanced speakers of English. (American English)
  • EnglishCaster is a listing of podcasts for learners of English.
  • China232 has podcasts, English lessons and a lively discussion forum.
  • Better English with Catherine is for Japanese speakers, and comes from 76.1 Inter FM in Tokyo
  • The English Teacher John Show is also produced in Japan, but has a wide listenership around the world (American English).
  • BBC Radio produce a growing number of podcasts of their programmes (British English).
  • Storynory produce podcast stories for children which may be helpful to learners of English (British English)
  • Englishpod.com produce regular podcasts, at present only for more advanced English language learners, integrated with a range of other language learning tools, for which there is a small charge.


Other Useful Websites for English Learners