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Once enrolled, you can log in anytime, anywhere to listen to the audio you choose. We have over 550 recordings at many levels with many different speakers and speeds. We have recordings with American, British and International accents. All recordings have transcripts and scored tests.

You can use filters to find the recording that you will enjoy at the level that is right for you.

Please watch this video to see how all the features work: How English Listening Works?

There is no cost to users of this website who are interested in learning English as a second language by listening. Feature rich with over 550 recordings of many different speakers at different learning levels, it is a perfect tool for individuals and students alike.

If you would like to help us offset some of the operating costs of, please visit our Patreon page to arrange a one-time or monthly contribution.

On the homepage, you can Sign Up to enroll in our program. You will then receive an email to confirm your enrollment.

If you are already Signed Up, then you can Log In on the homepage.

You can listen to our material anytime and anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. Since all of the audio is copyright protected, you cannot download the audio.  

If you are NOT enrolled, you can listen to 15 recordings found on the Listen and Understand pages.

If you are enrolled, go to the Explore page, select a passage, then click the Play button, just below the photo of the speaker.

Click the Take A Test button above the recording you are listening to. After you have finished your test, you can view your score. You can see your past test scores and average CEFR level test scores by using the Study History link in the “Hello” drop-down menu. 

Anyone can make a playlist. While on the Explore page showing passages, simply click the green + (plus) button associated with the passage.  You will be given the choice to add the passage to an existing playlist, or create a new one.  You can also access your playlists and/or create new ones from the “Saved Playlists” page, which can be accessed from the drop-down menu under your name.

Yes, just enroll with your email address, and use the site as much as you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, for free.

As educators focused on teaching English as a second language, we know that extensive listening is one of the best ways to learn English. We are passionate about listening comprehension, and we are happy to share this website with all ESL learners.

Of course, we have expenses. If you would like to help us cover the operating costs of, please visit our Patreon page to make a contribution.


No, we do not allow any type of advertising on our website. We understand how important it is to study without distractions. We want our subscribers to be able to easily navigate our site. This site is for learning, not advertising.

All of our speakers are speaking English. We have 3 types of speakers: American, British and International. All the British and American speakers are native speakers. Our International speakers are of many different backgrounds, but all use English regularly for their communication.

Listen a lot. There is no quick and easy way to learn any language. It takes a lot of time and a lot of hard work. But one of the best ways is to learn through listening. This is a natural way to learn a language. If you listen regularly, you will get better and better. After you can listen well, the speaking and reading will be much easier. 

Our method is listening first. If you want to learn to speak, you have to practice speaking. But extensive listening builds a strong foundation. The best way to prepare for speaking is to learn to listen and understand.

Listen a lot. Listen to lots of realistic passages with different speakers, different accents and different topics, and understand what the speaker means. Relax, enjoy it, and your English will get better and better.

Listening is the natural way to learn a language. That’s how children learn. A large amount of listening helps learners to understand the rules of the language, naturally. This then forms a strong basis for learning the other skills: reading, speaking and writing. For more about natural listening watch this video: Why is this method so beneficial?


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