Free ESL podcasts

Happy Jizo statue in SendaiThere is a great selection of English podcasts for learners.

But there are also many not-so-good, irregularly updated and expensive subscription podcasts out there.

The following are the best of the best free ESL podcasts, from podcasters who have been around for years, consistently delivering excellent material to English language students.

  • ESL Pod has a variety of topics and posts several new podcasts each week, complete with learning guides.
  • is my favourite, mostly because I use the company’s excellent Japanese and German podcasts myself! Transcripts and additional resources and tools are available for paid members.
  • Dig Into English is a relatively new podcast, hosted by fellow Australian Ben Henschke.
  • Podcasts in English offer many podcasts on a variety of themes and levels. Additional worksheets are available for members.
  • Luke’s English Podcast has both audio and video recordings with transcripts available from his blog.
  • A Cup Of English has dialog-style podcasts with transcripts available on the blog.
  • Breaking News English hosts a huge number of blog posts and podcasts with additional resources for all levels of English learners. Themes are taken from current news and events.

The BBC offers several free podcasts for English learners, most published once a week.

If you have a favourite that I haven’t mentioned, let me know in the comments below!

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