Listen to Simon talking about how he learned several languages in a variety of different ways.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.


Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


It's a good padcast. Thank you for that. Listening to a decent British English is such a relief after the American mess!..

Hi, I'm a new website user, and only have listened to a few podcasts, but so far I enjoyed it. I think for a start is good to do the test and see what level you are on, then try to find activities. Anyway this is how I have started. :-)

Dear all ,
i just start my online courses individually, so i need your advises , how shall i start , the way as i find a lot of material here and i dont want to confuse myself

Hello ahmedadel,

Welcome to LearnEnglish!

We have a special section with advice for new users. It's called Getting Started and you can find it here.



The LearnEnglish Team

As for me, I find it easier to learn English in different ways. It is boring for me to learn English only writting or reading with teacher. I like combining different interesting learning ways to make my studying easier and better. My teacher helps me with it and it's cool. I think I haven't the most effective language learning method. I use different methods like reading, listening, writting, talking. My favourite is reading. Especially I like reading funny and artistic stories. So, in the end I want to advise you to learn English because it's very interesting. And if you have not studied it yet, you've lost a lot.

I am learning English all my life, and I am not satisfied. Sometimes I thing that never know to speak very good.
This web site is great, I like it so much. :D

What great tips on this audio.Thanks

I'm learning English language, because I need to know this language to study in PhD. I know that to learn English you should try to reading, to watching and to listening every day. But have a problem when I'm learning English after some time I get bored to learn. Please Can you give me some advice how to learn English?

Hello Farukh23,

I'm really not sure I can give you advice on how not to get bored! Different people find different things interesting but remember that there are many ways to learn a language. Look for topics and subjects which interest you in your own language and read/listen to these. You can find a lot of authentic materials such as podcasts on a wide range of topics from good media institutions like the BBC or the Guardian newspaper and listening to these will be both helpful and interesting, I expect.

We have a section with learning tips which may be useful to you. You can find it here.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

To be honest I never went to an English school in my whole life. Initially I wasn’t bothering myself to learn English I was not in need of it. I was taught other languages in the school and that was more than enough for me in that time.
Listening to music like Blues and Rock was my favorite thing to do at my young ages, and I was very interested to understand what these songs were talking about, that is when I started to pay more attention to English language. Since there was no one around to teach me, I started to watch American movies with translation subtitles on the bottom of the screen. I was watching, listening and reading the translation at the same time. After a while I was succeeding to understand some simple sentences that it was repetitively used from time to another in the movies. Furthermore, I started to catch up on the meaning without reading the translation. Despite my cheating by looking to the translation subtitles from time to time I find myself understanding the movie subject, and that’s what stimulated me to start working on myself more and more. Reading books written for young people was little embarrassing at the beginning but very helpful and interesting indeed (I like stories and legends about heroes and beauties). That was my real first step into the English literature.
Reading, reading and reading is of course the best way to improve your language skills. However listening and writing are not less important. Thus language has three legs to stand on. Reading, writing and practicing, are the golden triangle that must be maintained in order to express your feelings, thoughts and emotions fluently even in your mother tongue language.