In Podcasts for Listening 1, I talked about some intermediate and advanced podcasts that you may want to try. This time, I’d like to tell you about some very short podcasts. Scientific American produces a range of podcasts whose episodes are all just one minute long. This means that, even if there are some difficult words, each episode is so short that you can go back and listen to the difficult parts many times.
There is no web page for these podcasts, so please search for the term 60-second in iTunes. The podcasts available are:
Listening to podcasts is a great way to improve your listening. But which ones should you listen to? Here are a few that you might want to try:
- 6 MINUTE ENGLISH: 6-minute chats between two people on a wide range of topics, from the BBC World Service. Level: Advanced
- The English We Speak: 3-minute lessons on idioms, from the BBC World Service. Level: Intermediate
- ECC 英会話 Idioms & Expressions: 15-minute programs with lots of explanation in Japanese. Focused on idioms. Level: Intermediate
- GABA G Style English: a video podcast, usually about 10 minutes. Focused on idioms. Sketches are repeated with English and Japanese subtitles. Level: Intermediate