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LearnEnglish Podcasts

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 language podcasts in LearnEnglish Podcasts.

Improve your listening, reading and understanding of general and business English – any time, anywhere. LearnEnglish Podcasts has lots of special features that make learning English fun.

Podcasts are downloadable any time, so you can access the content offline. Then, when you have finished with an episode, you can delete it to make space on your phone.

LearnEnglish Podcasts – key features

* New podcasts are added every week, so you never run out of things to listen to. We have podcasts on a range of topics, from language learning tips to information about the world, so there is something for everyone.

* Downloadable episodes mean you can listen offline. But don’t worry, when you have done with an episode you can delete it, so it doesn’t use up space on your phone.

* Interactive audio scripts allow you to repeat hard-to-hear phrases or new vocabulary easily. Plus, pitch control means you can slow down the audio speed if the speaker is a bit difficult to understand.

* Background playing means that you can listen to the audio while the screen is off, which means you can slip your phone in your pocket and listen to podcasts on the go.

* Enjoy simple exercises for every episode of content, with a progress screen so that you can track your progress.

* Share what you’re watching and listening to through Facebook, Twitter and email with integrated social media sharing. Celebrate your progress with your friends.


Hi Peter! What about series 5? I miss Tess and Ravi! And Carolina! I wish Jamie have decided to go to Borneo...Carolina likes him more than he likes her, so I wish Carolina could find a new love!

Hi melissabeff,

It's great to hear that you like the series so much! We'll pass on your comment to the people in the series. As for Series 5, I'm afraid you'll have to wait a while yet. We only put Series 4 up not so long ago and it takes a while to produce a new series. You'll have to be patient!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

After upgrading the App to last version, it does not work me on Android 4.0.4 :-(

Hi PavelK,

Thank you for leaving us a comment. Do you mind to get in touch with us using the 'Feedback' button or email us at and we could assist you further? It would be great if you could state your device model and OS version!

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

Recently I have problems with the program (app podcasts)
The files can not be downloaded (example: open app podcasts home open series 1 open episode 1 error unable not download)
what is the problem

Please help to fix the problem

Hi hesam200,

Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry LearnEnglish Podcasts is not working properly for you. 

Do you mind to get in touch with us using the 'Feedback' button in the app or email us at We will try our best to assist you further and it would be great if you could state your device model and OS version in the email.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

Hi Kirk

your site is extraordinary I am delight to find your site and I am sorry to myself that I be acquaintance with your site.

i am a beginners in English language, I have downloaded "Learn English Elementary Podcasts" and I have Listened series 1 episode 1 it's very good for me but i want to know how do i can make optimal these lessons (by this app) for to improve my English especially listening skill.

Hello Raoof,

I think the best approach is to do the tasks as they are set out - we designed the page for maximum effectiveness. Any changes would be individual in nature, and we can't suggest those for you as we don't know you!

I think reviewing is also useful, so going back and listening to episodes again is helpful.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi British council Team

This is pleasure to mo to know your best site . I have heard the podcast since last year and they were very helpfully to improve my listening skill. I want to say thanks all of your team . I have big problem in speaking , how can I speak fluency ? please help to improve my speaking skill.

Hello Hoseein,

Thanks for your kind words – it's always great to hear that people find our work useful! I'd suggest you follow the advice on improving your speaking on our Frequently asked questions page, which should help you improve your fluency. Focus on learning 'chunks' of language that you see and hear over and over again; memorise them and practise pronouncing them until they are easy to say, and then try to use them in your speaking. Over time, you will improve!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team