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  • A lot of you are here because you  love learning English on Youtube  

  • but you also know the more ways you  expose yourself to English, the better.

  • Podcasts are a great resource and today,  I'm going to introduce you to 13 Podcasts  

  • that I think is absolutely  fantastic for learning English.

  • We have two different categories. First, Podcasts  created by English teachers for learners like you,  

  • non-native speakers. Then, we'll get  into some Podcasts in American English  

  • created for native speakers that  you could also learn a lot from.

  • Let's head to my computer  to go over these Podcasts.

  • The first one I'm going to talk about is  “All Ears Podcast”. I love their tagline,  

  • Connection not Perfection”. Just do it, don't  worry about mistakes, get yourself out there. It's  

  • a daily podcast, all sorts of topics. VocabularyIdioms, Business English and as you can see,  

  • they're not too long. Ten, twenty minutesyou can definitely take that on a daily basis.

  • The next on I want to recommend isThe  In Fluency Podcast”. It's weekly and again  

  • the episodes are pretty short. It's not a big  commitment, I mean they're short as three minutes  

  • but there are also some longer episodes too. She  covers topics like pronunciation and grammar.

  • Speaking of podcasts something that I did not  know, you can now get podcasts on Audible, you've  

  • heard me talk about Audible before, it's whereget all my audio books and I think audio books,  

  • in addition to podcasts, are a great way to learn  English and increase your vocabulary and listening  

  • comprehension, so huge thanks to Audible for  sponsoring this video and supporting my channel.  

  • We've just discussed two podcasts you can use for  learning English, and we'll cover eleven more.  

  • But first I want to recommend a title that I just  finished and tell you how you can get it through  

  • audible. They're offering a free 30-day trial  to new members, visit Audible.com/rachelsenglish  

  • or text rachelsenglish to 500-500. So visit  the site, send the text, because the title  

  • I want to recommend, it is one of the most  riveting stories I've heard in a long time,  

  • it was recommended to me by my colleague Tom, who  listened to the audiobook with his wife, and it's  

  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It's a true story  about Louis Zamperini whose bomber, in World War  

  • II crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Sharks are  circling, he survives at sea for weeks. The story  

  • is just incredible and it's so well told. Every  night I would sit down with David and be like,  

  • oh my gosh, this is what happened. So pleaseget it, listen to itAudible.com/rachelsenglish  

  • or text rachelsenglish to 500-500. It's a  new year, a time to start making new learning  

  • goals. I strongly encourage you to add audiobooks  and podcasts to the resources you use to learn  

  • English, and audible has the most extensive  offering that I know of. Find something you're  

  • really into, like me with 'Unbroken', and  you'll want to listen to it every night.

  • I also want to mention my podcast. Now, I'm not  making new episodes so it's discontinued but there  

  • are twenty-five episodes there worth listening  to if you haven't already. These episodes are a  

  • little bit longer usually around a half hour  and we're discussing pronunciation topics,  

  • my favorite topic but also things like  vocabulary and idioms and some cultural stuff.  

  • Most of these episodes are with my husband  David where we're just discussing our lives  

  • so it's just a good way to get to know me  and us better as well as you learn English.

  • Breaking news! If you miss my podcast,  I'm going to start sharing audio lessons  

  • again. I'm so excited about this way  of communicating with my students,  

  • and I'm launching it next week, TuesdayJanuary 18, through the YouTube membership,  

  • that's the join button you've seen next  to the subscribe button here on YouTube.  

  • So look for a video next week, and for  the button on my channel, to sign up.

  • Next we haveEspresso English”, updated almost  every week and again these are short episodes,  

  • easy to take in, one tip or trick when  it comes to speaking English at a time.

  • TheReal Life English Podcastis great  because you get exposure to both American  

  • accents and British accents. Now you can see  that these episodes are a little bit longer,  

  • there are multiple episodes each week  and they focus on all sorts of topics.  

  • Conversation, vocabulary and general tips for  learning a new language. One time,  

  • I sat down with Ethan from this podcast for an  interview, so be sure to check out that episode.

  • I also loveLearning English News Reviewfrom  BBC World Service. They have new episodes once  

  • a week and they go deep on one topic. The  podcasts are each around ten minutes long  

  • and they have quizzes on their website, you can  really test your listening comprehension here.

  • Grammar Girlis for all you language nerds  out there. She goes over some pronunciation and  

  • vocabulary but also thewhyof languageAnd I find it a really fun way to explore  

  • different aspects of English. Now this podcast  isn't necessarily made for non-native speakers.  

  • It's also made for native speakers who  just enjoy learning more about English.  

  • Each Episode, about fifteen minutes long  and just a place to learn along little  

  • interesting tidbits and facts about  the English language and grammar.

  • Now, moving on to podcasts that are  in English, not about learning the  

  • language but about interesting things. My  biggest tip: Follow something you love.  

  • Something that already interests you, maybe  something that you already know about.  

  • My friend Stacy, who has been on this channel is  a master knitter. And she has a podcast for people  

  • who love knitting. Or look for podcasts that  are relevant to what's happening in your life  

  • now. Really you name it. Gardening, cookingwrestling, religion and spirituality, anything. My  

  • husband listens to a podcast that's just two guys  talking about the Philadelphia 76ers. He loves the  

  • team and keeping up on news and people's opinionsWhatever you're passionate about, find a podcast  

  • in English on that topic, it's going to draw you  in you're going to learn so much more from that.

  • There are a lot of different podcasts that I like  listening to and I'm just going to go over some  

  • of them here. FirstThe Moth”. I love this one  because it's an episode of many people telling  

  • shorter stories maybe around 8 minutes about their  lives, some sort of transformative experience.  

  • So they're really interesting from that  perspective and they're live. They're  

  • often shot Infront of an audience. So you get  very authentic English here. People can't edit  

  • something out. And it's a great way to  study how to tell a story in English.  

  • What are some of the phrases that you could  use to connect one thing to the next? What's  

  • some of the vocabulary that you could use to  talk about an event in your life and so on.

  • Next, “This American Life”. As you  can tell here from the time stamps,  

  • I've been listening to a lot of these  lately. This is probably the podcast  

  • that I've been listening to the longest. New  episodes each week about an hour. Sometimes,  

  • it will be someone sharing a personal essay but  more often it's interviewing and back and forth  

  • different ideas on different topics. And I just  love the variety of voices that you get here.  

  • One of my favorite episodes that I listen to  recently is number 218 and it's calledAct  

  • V” and it's about a theater company that  brings theater to high security prisons  

  • and lets the people in the prisons act. It was very powerful, very moving, a great story.

  • Another one I love is Radiolab. Again, about an  hour, weekly episodes covering a range of topics  

  • often focusing on Science. It's sometimes  challenges me to think about something  

  • differently. I like that challenge. For examplein an episode about killing endangered species,  

  • the Rhino hunter made it clear that  things aren't always what they seem.

  • If you don't have an hour to devotewhat about ten or fifteen minutes.  

  • I recommendNPR Up First”. This  is a daily podcast and they cover  

  • three of the most important  news stories of the day.

  • If you love news, you also want to follow the New  York Times, “The Daily”. Guess what? It's daily.  

  • Each episode is about thirty minutes  and they go deep on one news story.

  • I also like to podcast, “Being Boss”. This  is a great podcast to listen to if you're  

  • interested in business topics and you want to  study some of the vocabulary that people use  

  • when talking about these things. Interesting  interviews, weekly, about an hour.

  • If you have a favorite podcast in Englishplease put it in the comments below.

  • Now, we'll take a little bit one of my Podcast  

  • and we'll use it to learn some  English. I'll study with you.

  • Um, so okay, so you've been  making New Year's resolutions.  

  • What it will, what are you resolving to do?

  • The verb resolve is related to resolution. If  you resolve to do something, you make a definite  

  • decision to do it, you commit to doing it. It's  stronger than decided. “I decided to train for  

  • a marathon.” versus “I resolved to train formarathon.” If I decide, I may change my mind. But  

  • if I resolve to do it, I'm going to do everything  I can to make that happen. At the beginning of a  

  • New Year, we make resolutions. That would be  commitments for things to do in the New Year.

  • Um, so okay, so you've been  making New Year's resolutions.  

  • What it will, what are you resolving to do?

  • I feel like there have been  some common themes for me,  

  • things like exercise on a regular  basis or do daily meditation practice.

  • So there are things that you already did  but your goal was for more consistency?

  • Yeah, that's accurate. Mm-hmm.

  • How did you do with meeting those resolutions?

  • Not well. That's not strong enough, um, horribly.

  • I think it's interesting we make resolutions  to try to do things better. I wonder,  

  • do we ever look at why we don't do things wellLike why aren't you consistent in working out?

  • If you're consistent in doing something  that means you do it regularly.  

  • If you're not consistent, that  means you only do it sometimes.  

  • A good word for that would be sporadicIt means every once in a while.

  • “I don't practice Spanish consistently.  

  • I only practice sporadicallywhich is why I'm not very good.”

  • I think it's interesting we make resolutions  to try to do thing better. I wonder,  

  • do we ever look at why we don't do things wellLike why aren't you consistent in working out?

  • Well, because it gets really cold out  and you don't like to run when it's cold.  

  • Like I wonder if you came  up with looking at the why  

  • you haven't been able to do it yetand then came up with strategies.

  • Mm-hmm.

  • A strategy is a plan or a method to use  to reach a certain goal. For example,  

  • What are your strategies  for acing the IELTS exam?”

  • Well, I'm going to do a vocabulary workbook  every day, I'm going to train in Rachel's English  

  • Academy for 30 minutes a day, I'm going to watch  one news story in English every day.” And so on.

  • Strategy. Like I wonder if you came up with  

  • looking at the why you haven't been able to  do it yet, and then came up with strategies.

  • Mm-hmm.

  • To count too--, to, you knowattack that doubt or that,  

  • “I can't do it today, because it's too cold.”

  • If you had a list of strategies, uhplanned as part of your resolution,  

  • if it would help people keep them more.

  • I think it probably would.

  • Okay, let's come up with a strategy right now.

  • Exercise more in 2018. Would you say that would  be a New Year's resolution for you this year?

  • Yeah, mm-hmm.

  • Okay. Why do you think you  don't exercise consistently now?

  • Well, laziness.

  • Okay.

  • Inertia.

  • Inertia, meaning?

  • Like I'm in a pattern of not doing itso it's hard to start a new pattern.

  • Yeah, exactly. A good definition of inertia.

  • Uh, a body at rest tends to stay at rest 

  • (laugh) Right.

  • if you're doing a whole lot of resting.

  • Any other resolutions you've had as an  adult, anything not related to exercise?

  • No, I'm not thinking of anything. Uh, I probably  need to be more specific or, or not more specific,  

  • branch out into some other areas. I don't know  exactly what that would be, but that's about it.

  • You know, I, I do think  actually you're on to something  

  • by saying, “Be more specific.” What  does it mean to be on to something?

  • It's when someone thinks, “Okay, you've started  a good<