LearnEnglish Podcasts app is a series of English learning podcasts to practise your English on the go.

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Listen to the British Council’s most popular English learning podcast series, LearnEnglish Podcasts, on your mobile device!

The app helps you learn everyday English by providing over 80 episodes and over 20 hours of free listening about a wide range of topics, as well as great new features that help you listen and understand the conversations.

In each episode, podcast hosts Tess, Ravi, Adam and Rob chat with different people to talk about everyday topics such as their favourite celebrities, making plans for the weekend, having a dinner party and which cities they like to live in.

Listen, read and check that you understand

In every episode, listen and read along with a moving audioscript. The audioscript gets highlighted to help you focus on listening. Comprehension questions come with each episode so that you can check your listening and whether you understand the conversation.

Features background playing and offline access

The audio plays even when the screen is turned off. You can also download episodes onto your tablet or phone and listen offline, and delete episodes after you’ve listened to them to create space on your tablet or phone. Re-download the episodes when you want to listen again.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment below. 


I am Riham from Syria. I have been listening to your series of learnEnglish podcasts since 2016. They were my escape from the heavy stressors of our war. My speaking skill has improved significantly by listening to your podcasts.
I would like to suggest that if you could produce series of IELTS speaking simulation covering the common topics. This would help millions of English learners.

Hi Riham,

 Thank you for your comment and continuous support to LearnEnglish Podcasts. We are glad to know you enjoy listening to the podcasts.

 Thank you for your suggestion as well. I will pass your comment to our App Manager. 

 We hope you continue enjoy listening to our podcasts. If you have any further questions or suggestions, feel free to let us know at learnenglish.mobile@britishcouncil.org.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

Hello Riham

Thanks for your suggestion. I wanted to mention a few IELTS preparation resources that might help you. The first is TakeIELTS, where you can find loads of information as well as free practice materials and links to apps as well as online courses all designed to help you get the highest score you can on the IELTS. There is also the Understanding IELTS course, which is free and runs periodically year-round. There are also several videos with tips on how to prepare for different parts of the IELTS on the British Council Teacher Trainer channel.

I hope that some of these resources can help you.

Thanks also for telling us about your experience -- we're so glad that the podcasts have helped you so much!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

I ’ve just downloaded this App, once I open it, it gets crashed.

Hi Shimooo,

Thank you for your comment and we are sorry that LearnEnglish Podcasts is not working properly for you.
Could you forward the issue to learnenglish.mobile@britishcouncil.org? In the email, please include your device model, OS version and app version. We will do our best to assist further.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

I've been using this app and it's been really great to use. However, all of a sudden, I can't open the app on my iPad. Every time I open it, it crashes when the advert pops up. Any advice?

I have the app since last year, maybe in December 2017. It's great. I helped me a lot and these days I'm using it again.

Hi zohrealv,

 Thank you very much for your comment. We are glad to know you like this app and have been using it since last year! We hope you continue enjoy learning with LearnEnglihs Podcasts. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to let us know at learnenglish.mobile@britishcouncil.org. We love hearing from our users! :)

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

I found this app so useful. However I feel that the topics here are too long and complicated for the learner at intermediate level to listen and understand. Can you recommend me some topic or apps here which are easier to understand?

Hello thutrangtong,

We're glad to hear you found the LearnEnglish podcasts app useful. Have you listened to series 3 and 4? They are considerably shorter than series 1 and 2, and also a bit easier.

You might also want to try our Word on the Street and Big City Small World content on our website. I'm afraid that neither of them is available in an app, but you can access them on our website for free. There are over 100 videos in Word on the Street and over 30 podcasts in Big City Small World and each episode has at least a couple of exercises to support it, so there is a lot of content that could be useful for you.

I hope this helps you.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team