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Simple news casts for learners of English. Read the news article at . You can also try some vocabulary exercises.
Dramas for English language learners from BBC World Service. Improve your English with retellings of stories classic and new. Each episode is between 6 and 10 minutes long.
Listen to New Zealand news, spoken slowly and clearly, using easy vocabulary. Note:You may need to download Adobe Flashplayer if you can't access the podcast.
6 Minute English
Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC. A weekly instruction manual for saying or doing something in English is published every Thursday.
The top esl/efl listening resource for those learning English and teaching English. We provide real conversations recorded for all levels of English learners. In addition, the supporting worksheets and transcripts can be used for self access or in the classroom to provide valuable English language lessons for learners of English at Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels.
Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. From BBC World Service
6 Minute Grammar
Learn English grammar in six minutes. Every Tuesday join two of our presenters and learn a new key area of grammar.Our presenters include Finn, Emma, Rob, Neil, Sophie & Alice.
A Cup Of English
Friendly, everyday English to help the anxious language learner. Texts, grammar notes, and photos on the blog page. Another great podcast by
Build your English vocabulary in six minutes. Every Monday join two of our presenters and hear about different ways to develop your vocabulary knowledge and skills.
Business English Pod provides MP3 Business English podcast lessons and online learning tools for intermediate and advanced Business English learners. The lessons cover a comprehensive range of business language skills for meetings, presentations, telephoning, negotiating, socializing, travel, etc.
Learn English the way it’s really used by native speakers in everyday conversations. That’s why our episodes are always focused on real, current English. If you want to learn English for everyday use, you’ve come to the right place.
A podcast for people who use English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) in their work environment and want to improve their overall language skills. In each episode, hosts Skip Montreux, Dez Morgan, and Samantha Vega discuss Business news making headlines around the world. Through their discussions, Skip, Dez and Samantha introduce English vocabulary & phrases related to business, review grammar, and identify cultural differences found in International business situations. An excellen ...
Better at English podcasts are for EFL and ESL learners who want learn conversational English. Listen to our live, unscripted English conversations featuring authentic English vocabulary, slang, idioms, and more. Go to for FREE transcripts and vocabulary notes. Have fun listening and learning English with us!
A podcast for those wanting to learn or improve their English - great for any ESL or EFL learner. Visit us at
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August 19, 2018. Russia's Foreign Minister suggested the U.S. dollar could be losing its status as the world's most important currency.
Anna's having some problems with writing an email. Luckily, Tom has some words of wisdom.
Steven Adams is back in New Zealand this week to run three basketball camps for children from 8 to 17 years old. They are 5-hour camps held on one-day. The Auckland one was yesterday with a large number of kids and many expert coaches to help out. Palmerston North camp is next on Sunday, and Dunedin on 22nd August. Then later on Sunday 19th, Ma ...…
Why do men want children? Catherine and Neil - a father - discuss and teach vocabulary!
Jackie and Richard talk about the summer jobs they did when they were students.
August 16, 2018. The prime minister of Tonga has challenged leaders of other Pacific island nations to lose weight.
Do you need someone to go faster? Use this informal phrase.
Rob, Neil and Mike teach you how to make passive sentences and when to use them.
Tomorrow, August 15th, primary teachers are going on strike. One thing they want is better pay – a 16% increase spread over two years. They also want teaching to be a more attractive career for young people. The average age of teachers is getting older and it is important for the future to attract new teachers. Teaching is much harder these day ...…
Snakes are creatures that I rarely see. Actually, I have no desire to see them. They're not really my cup of tea. My sister, however, used to have a very large corn snake. It was yellow and white, and its very long body filled its glass cage where it would only occasionally move. Once a week Suzy would feed it a mouse which, in a flash, would d ...…
What's the difference between 'classic' and 'classical'? Rob and Catherine explain.
August 13, 2018. A theme park in France has established a novel and environmentally-friendly way of keeping its grounds free of litter.
In today’s 925 English video lesson, we’re going to learn how to make an offer in English. There’s give and take in every relationship. And giving involves making an offer. It might be something simple like offering a cup of coffee. Or it might be something big like help with a project. In some situations – like offering a drink – we can make t ...…
Who doesn’t love sleep? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy talk about sleep patterns and helpful tips for getting a better night’s sleep. Fun facts Did you know that 12% of people dream entirely in black and white? Also, the longest recorded period of no sleep was made by Randy Gardner in 1964. He went 11 whole days without sl ...…
The government plans to ban single use plastic bags by some time next year. Single use are those bags which we use to carry a load of groceries. Many people in fact say these are not single use, they reuse plastic bags, especially to line a kitchen rubbish bin. Of course, there are other uses for these bags, but it is true that most of them end ...…
Mr Lime calls again to order some boxes for his Imperial Lemons. What will Anna say?
August 10, 2018. The United Kingdom's former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has been accused of racism.
Does being taller mean you earn more at work? Neil and Catherine discuss height.
What happened about the two alt right Canadian speakers? Did they come to New Zealand? Yes, they did, but the public meeting to hear them speak was cancelled because of a concern about violent protests. They were interviewed by some media and anyone interested in their views, can listen to them speaking on You Tube. As a result of the visit fro ...…
August 08, 2018. More people are seeking and having facial procedures to look like their Snapchat selfies.
When does the word 'ping' not make a sound? Find out in this programme.
Rob and Catherine tell you what they are, how to make them and when to use them.
Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega talk about what's cooking in the meal kit industry. Free audio script available at Visit iTunes to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Visit our website or Facebook page to ask a question, post a comment, and sign up for the Down to Business English ...…
New Zealand has a Fire and Emergency agreement with USA, Canada, Mexico and Australia to help fighting wildfires. This agreement works both ways. Immediately after the earthquake in Christchurch in 2010, American USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) came to help. In fact, USAR from many countries also came bringing their skills and equipment to help. ...…
How strong adjectives (e.g. terrified, fantastic) can make your English more interesting.
August 06, 2018. Scientists say they have uncovered details about who built the 5,000-year-old prehistoric monument Stonehenge.
Is there someone in your life who is boring and pessimistic, and ruins all of your fun? Have you ever wondered what you could call that type of person in English? Well, look no further! In today’s Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy give you some perfect expressions to use. Fun facts Buzz is an example of an onomatopoeia, a word that resemble ...…
August 04, 2018. France has voted to ban smartphones and personal tablets from schools.
Following Mr Lime's proposition, how is Anna going to refuse his offer politely?
Here’s a story with a happy ending. An Australian soldier, who is also a mountaineer, was climbing alone last weekend in Mt Aspiring National Park. He left his sleeping bag and food in a mountain hut while climbing on Sunday because he expected to be back at the hut in the evening. However, he was stuck on the mountain in freezing temperatures, ...…
Neil and Catherine chat about this curious animal and teach you six items of vocabulary.
The Prime Minister has come to the end of her 6 weeks maternity leave. Winston Peters, who was the acting Prime Minister while she was on leave, flew out of New Zealand at midnight last night to Singapore for meetings. He is the Foreign Minister. Ms Ardern is now back as Prime Minister. She lives in Auckland but will travel to Wellington on Sat ...…
We talk about Wales, one of the smallest countries that makes up the UK.
Vic is the popular name for the Victoria University of Wellington. Students there will tell you that they are studying at Vic. Now the university council wants to change its name to the University of Wellington. Why? Because there are many other Victoria universities around the world, like Victoria University in British Colombia, Canada. Austra ...…
Neil and Catherine go on a 'tense tour' of six very important English tenses.
When the time comes to make an important decision, what do you say?
This is another special episode with a returning guest, Andrew’s brother John. Andrew and John discuss the struggles of finding an apartment to rent in the increasingly expensive Kelowna area of British Columbia. Fun facts As of 2017, the average cost of a home in Kelowna was $725,000, and up to $10 million in the area of West Kelowna. The pric ...…
Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan discuss the recent summit meeting between US President Trump and North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un Free audio script available at Visit iTunes to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Visit our website or Facebook page to ask a question, post a comment, ...…
Policeman and policewoman, actor and actress. Rob and Catherine talk about job titles.
Joel Amosa The winner of the Lexus Song Quest last night was Joel Amosa, a bass baritone. He was one of 5 finalists at the Auckland town hall last night. They each sang one song accompanied by a pianist, then two songs accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. There is always an international judge. It was a long journey to get to the ...…
The Auckland City Council decided this week that the underground rail link needs to expand to cope with future growth. Rail has been more popular than expected with passenger numbers increasing and It is a much better idea to allow for future growth now before construction starts. The Council decided to build longer platforms at Aotea Square an ...…
Anna's been told to improve her telephone manner. What tips will Denise give her?
Jackie and Richard compare this year's sweltering heatwave to that of 1976
Why are countryside walks no longer so popular?
The New Zealand International Film Festival opened last weekend in Auckland. After that, some of the films will travel to 12 other towns in New Zealand. You can check the programme in a town nearest you. It’s a great opportunity to see films from many countries and in many languages including French, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, ...…
Learn a phrase about having a go at something
Rob and Catherine go shopping to help you learn about the words too, very and enough!
Are you a YouTube addict? What’s your favourite channel to watch these days? In this interesting episode, Andrew and Morag talk about YouTube, what they love about it, and some unique content one can’t find anywhere else. Fun facts The first YouTube video was uploaded on April 23rd, 2005. Now, in 2018, every minute of the day and around the glo ...…
Rob and Catherine tell us about new words - where they come from, and why we need them.
The West Coast of the South Island has been the centre of coal mining since the 19th century. The economy of the West Coast in recent years, has been dependent on mining, fishing, forestry, dairying, and tourism. Forestry has reduced because native forests in that area have trees which are several hundreds of years old, so they cannot be cut do ...…
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