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Como escuchar

The Plain English Podcast is the perfect resource for students who want to listen to an authentic English program and understand the whole thing.

At the Plain English Podcast, our goal is for every listener to understand the entire show. This is possible with the interactive transcripts that allow native speakers of Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese to see instant translations of difficult words in their own language so they don’t have to constantly stop and look up words in the dictionary.

There is nothing more discouraging than becoming lost because you don’t recognize just one or two words.

Listeners gain new confidence, build their skills, and enjoy themselves when they can understand an entire program – from start to finish – without having to look up unfamiliar words or become lost.

Listening tips

There are many ways to use the Plain English Podcast as a student:

  • Listen and read along at the same time
  • Listen a second time without the transcript to see how much you recognize
  • Read the transcript out loud and compare your pronunciation to the recording
  • Take notes on usage and grammar
  • Wait a few days and listen again to see what you remember

Beginners should concentrate on listening to the show and associating the words you hear with the transcript. Use the interactive transcript so you don’t get confused by unfamiliar words. Intermediate learners can practice pronunciation by reading the news items out loud. Are you more advanced? In that case, try listening without the transcript to see how much you understand. Use the transcript later to confirm your understanding.