LearnEnglish Podcasts

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.

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Submitted by rhd on Wed, 31/05/2017 - 06:20

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Dear Sir/Madam First of all I should say thanks to you for your good program. So how can I have lesson texts in PDF or Word or any format? I think it is necessary for work on it. Regards Reza

Submitted by docahmed on Mon, 01/05/2017 - 15:54

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Thanx for this useful App , I'm afraid that this program don't work properly with me, just start it stops work and turns off

Submitted by Julia Acciarri on Thu, 06/04/2017 - 17:35

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HELLO PEOPLE HOW CAN I DONWLOAD THE APP. I CAN´T

Hello there,

Thank you for your feedback. Could you let us know what error message do you see when you try to download the app? Also, are you downloading it from Google Play Store or Apple App Store? Please forward your problem to learnenglish.mobile@britishcouncil.org and we will try our best to help you out.

Best wishes,

Harmeet

The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

Submitted by vahidvahidi1981 on Sat, 01/04/2017 - 20:03

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hi Thanks for this greate app. my app dose not update. please make setting for change size and font. thanks a lot

Submitted by harmeetsingh.b… on Mon, 10/04/2017 - 03:18

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Hi there,

Thank you for your feedback. Are you having troubles with LearnEnglish Podcasts? If yes, please email us at learnenglish.mobile@britishcouncil.org with your problem so that we can help you out! In your email, please also include your app version, operating system version and device model. 

Best wishes,

Harmeet

The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

Submitted by stevenmao on Mon, 20/03/2017 - 03:38

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I also don't find any content on home page, Why? I don't find any setting on home page. I reinstalled the application many time, but no changes. Please help!

Hi stevenmao,

Thank you for your comment. Could you please relaunch LearnEnglish Podcasts app? The problem is now fixed and you should be able to download all the podcasts. 

Thanks and please let us know if you are still having problems with the app by replying to this comment.

Harmeet

The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

Submitted by Mohamed Alsisi on Sun, 19/03/2017 - 05:46

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I don't find any content on home page, I tried to reinstall the application many time with no changes. Also I tried to try through wifi and mobile date but had no luck Please help .

Hi there,

Thank you for your comment and we are sorry LearnEnglish Podcasts is not working properly for you. Could you please relaunch the app right now? The problem is solved now and you should be able to access all the podcasts now. Let us know if the problem persists by replying to this comment.

Thanks,

Harmeet

The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

Submitted by Gerald Fox on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 21:30

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It's very useful and user-friendly. I like it very much!

Submitted by Erbussola on Mon, 04/08/2014 - 13:56

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Hi, I've installed "Podcasts" on my Galaxy S3 neo (GT-I9301l) whit android 4.4 (kitKat), but from the episode 3 of series 1 doesn't work tapescript. I can hear the dialogue but I can't read it because text does not scroll on video. I can only hear and read the dialogue on episode 1 and 2. Thanks

Hi there, 

Thanks for leaving us a comment. We are currently experiencing some bugs in the Android version of the app and we are working on a solution.

We appreciate your patience while the problem is being fixed. In the meantime you can download lots of other listening practice apps such as Big City Small World and LearnEnglish Audio & Video.

Thanks,

Jasmine
The LearnEnglish Mobile team

Submitted by loupinus on Thu, 14/11/2013 - 23:52

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We are always waiting for Blackberry apps. Please do it as quick as possible because we can't wait more.

Hi loupinus,

Thanks for your support of Elementary Podcast!


Unfortunately, LearnEnglish Grammar is now only available on Android and iOS. We hope in the future we could include other platforms as well! Thanks for your feedback and we will definitely consider this feature in our future development. 

Your feedback is very valuable to us, please feel free to write to us if you have any comments. We hope you continue to enjoy learning through the British Council’s LearnEnglish apps!

Ray
The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

 

 

 

Submitted by khawajahammad on Tue, 12/11/2013 - 12:23

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Not working on android phones ...i downloaded all episodes ....when i play the app redownload episode...unable to play offline...plz fix this bug...

Hi khawajahammad,

 

We're sorry to hear that the app is not working for you right now.  We will try our best to help you solve this problem.  Could you give us the following information?

  • What device are you using? (HTC Desire, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola Rzr etc)
  • What version of Android are you using? (Android 2.3.6, Android 4.1 etc)

We look forward to hearing from you soon to help solve this problem!

 

Best wishes,

Jasmine
The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

hi I have the same problem . Yesterday, I downloaded all episodes and everything was fine then I turned off the wifi and everything was fine . Today the app says "Cache not found" ..
I'm using samsung galaxy s3 mini .... android 4.1.2 

Submitted by Francesco81 on Wed, 23/10/2013 - 07:54

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Hi, I've downloaded "Podcasts" from Google Play, but the episode 1 of series 3 doesn't work. I can hear the dialogue  but I can't read it because text does not scroll on video. Thanks for your time Francesco

Submitted by Ray Tsang on Mon, 28/10/2013 - 07:11

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Hi @Francesco81, Thanks for contacting us and thank you for downloading Elementary Podcasts! We are sorry that you are having problem with our app, and we will try our best to help. In order to troubleshoot the problem, could you please provide us with more information? 1. Did you experience the same problem in other part of the app? e.g. Episode 1 of Series 2? 2. What device are you using? e.g HTC Desire, Samsung Galaxy S3? 3. What OS (operating system) are you using? e.g. Android 4.0? 4. Did you see any error message when you experienced the problem? Look forward to hearing from you! Ray The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

Submitted by kwong36 on Fri, 26/04/2013 - 10:22

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Hi

Some one can help me ? when i kick the icon to start the "Elementary Podcasts" it's do not work and show " Cache not found , please connect to internet" ,

my device is 7.7 PAD(3G) of samsung galaxy series. and internet is always on line to.

Thanks

c.k.Lam

 

Hi @c.k.Lam,

Thanks for getting in touch. We have major server problems this week and everyone is seeing this error message. We're working hard to get things back online. 

We'll update in this thread once things are back up,

Sorry for the inconvenience,

Neil for the LearnEnglish Mobile team 

 

 

Submitted by hemaaas on Thu, 28/03/2013 - 12:54

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Hi,

Its amazing!!! realy usefull for everybody.. i love to talk in English as you talk but i can't. By listening these every time i realise that i am developing...

Thank You Thanks a looooooootttt :)

Submitted by Norinoire on Wed, 27/03/2013 - 12:24

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This is fantaaaaaaastic! How can you be so perfect?

I love how they talk, the contents they speak about, the structures of each section! I can keep the tapescripts at hand!

Thank you so much for the hugely helpful materials! British Council is always the best! 

Hello Norinoire,

We're blushing! Thank you very much for your lovely comment. We're very happy that you like LearnEnglish so much and we hope you tell all your friends and family about it!

Best wishes,

Adam

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Nadeem Al-Murshedi (not verified) on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 07:52

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This App, like the other British Council APPs, is an awesome work. They help learners who have internet access improve their English whenever and wherever they want.

I have them in my iPhone but I can't use them all the time because in my country, Yemen, we don't have internet access in all institutions and areas. These applications help only those who are able to buy such devices, and most people in poor countries face difficulty to buy this kind of expensive  devices.

I am wondering if the British Council can provide applications that do not need internet connection, and  if they can contact some companies to make cheap devices that allow  poor people use the British Council products to improve their English. 

Submitted by chothelng on Fri, 09/11/2012 - 07:34

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Hello ,

I new. I  try to get the download audio file.

 

Hi,

 

Do you want to download the app for your mobile phone or the mp3 files?  You can download the app through the buttons above (for example, Available on the App Store).  

 

If you are looking for the mp3 files, you can find these in the Instructions and Downloads section of each episode, for example: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/elementary-podcasts/series-03-episode-01

 

Best wishes,

 

Jasmine
The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

Submitted by h.nar on Tue, 11/09/2012 - 18:43

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hello,my english is pre intermediate,but i can not understand when somebody is speaking,how can i use this site to learn more?please help me..

Submitted by walid1989 on Sat, 08/09/2012 - 17:09

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pleasee add my pinxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx to share anything

Submitted by babi15 on Sat, 08/09/2012 - 13:27

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Hi! I am B, today I have found this site and Ii want to speak good English for my office.I think this is the best organization from where I can learn English properly.

Submitted by javadranjbar46 on Mon, 03/09/2012 - 10:00

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I am javad frome iran-i am bigner- I am very glad find this site and i hope learn english very good pleas help me

Submitted by Diana Cóbar on Sun, 26/08/2012 - 01:03

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I can't download in my BB 8520...

Dear Diana,

 

Thanks for your interest in the LearnEnglish Elementary Podcasts app  The app should be available for BlackBerry 8520 (you can download it here: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/44261/?lang=en)

 

What does the screen say when you try to download the app?

 

Look forward to hearing from you!

 

Jasmine
The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

Submitted by bri on Tue, 24/07/2012 - 16:20

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hello......im new at this program and i don`t know how to use it...plz someone can halp me????

Hi bri,

 

Thanks for leaving a comment!  The podcast app is easy to use - simply download the app onto your phone and start listening to the podcasts!  You can find the app by clicking the icons in the Download box above.  It will take you to the app page.

 

You can also search for "British Council' to find our other apps!  The podcasts are also available for listening on the website.  You can find them here: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/elementary-podcasts

 

We hope you enjoy learning English through the website as well as our mobile apps!

 

Best wishes,

 

Jasmine
The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

Submitted by corretordoretiro on Tue, 03/07/2012 - 17:45

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I have a problem with series 1 episode 2.
The underline isn't keeping the voice.
I would like to delete and make a new download, but can't to find the folder where is it saved.

Dear corretordoretiro,

 

Thanks for downloading the LearnEnglish Elementary Podcast app and we're terribly sorry that the app is not working correctly for you.  Could you provide us with some more information so that we can  help try to resolve the issue?

 

  • About the problem - do you mean that the text and the audio are not in sync?
  • Does this problem happen for any other episodes?
  • What OS (operating system) are you using?  e.g. Android or iOS
  • What device are you using?  e.g HTC Desire, Nokia 6100

 

Best wishes,

Jasmine
The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

Submitted by maryam-najafi on Wed, 02/05/2012 - 13:52

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Hi all, I`m Maryam , from the capital of Iran, Tehran.

I was busy because of my school,so I couldn't spend my time on this interesting website. Now I`m very happy,because I`ve started to listen to Elementary Podcast on my iPod again.

wish happiness

Hi s_daneshvar.

I can guess that you`re Iranian because of your family name. How are you my countryman? Are you a student of university there or you live there?

I`m very glad too.

Submitted by jinesh k on Wed, 02/05/2012 - 09:00

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Great one! It would help us to listening speeches while doing anything for example while traveling, cooking etc..i became really happy when I got downloaded this application..

Submitted by tobita091326 on Wed, 02/05/2012 - 07:50

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Why i don't download the audio of the differents lesson in my curve 8520 and why is very difficult for me charge any app about british council. Tanks.

Dear tobita091326,

 

The app should be working fine on your BlackBerry Curve 8520.  What does the display say when you attempt to download the audio lessons?

 

Best wishes,

 

Jasmine
The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

Submitted by Shaileshcoke on Fri, 20/04/2012 - 10:11

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Hi Jashmine,

Is LearnEnglish Elementary available on Nokia E71x? please let me know.

 

best regards,

Shailesh

Hi Shailesh,

 

Unfortunately this app is not available on E71x.

 

Best wishes,

 

Jasmine

The LearnEnglish Mobile Team