Something to listen to


in Something to read, Tools & Techniques

If you’re tired of news and want something different to listen to to improve your English, Audiofiles may become your new best friend. Audiofiles is the audio version of longform journalism – what I have called “more than news, different than fiction.”

More than a year ago, I introduced several good sources for a new kind of non-fiction reading, called long form journalism – well, not new, but newly popular. And I published several lists of articles in Something to read.

I have just discovered a similar source of listening material called Audiofiles, a web site to “share and discover great radio.” Audiofiles’ producers select what they believe to be the best radio programs from networks, radio stations, and producers in the U.S. and Great Britain. It’s a great source of listening material for high intermediate and advanced English learners.

When you go to the Audiofiles web site, you’ll find a seemingly endless list of stories to choose from, beginning with the newest additions to the list. You’ll find a brief description of each story, the names of the producer and source, the length of the story, and the date it was first broadcast.

In the sidebar, you can choose stories by mood – awesome, dark, dreamy, fascinating, funny, etc. – and by type – all-time favorites, art & culture, business, documentary, humor, interviews, etc. You can also select stories by producer, source, or length – less than 10 minutes, 10-30 minutes, and more than 30 minutes.

If you want to learn about new stories on Audiofiles, you can follow them on Twitter.

Happy listening!

Warren Ediger

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Ferdie February 23, 2012

Thanks so much for sharing this, Warren. This is a very useful and wonderful source of listening material.

Horst Hofstätter February 26, 2012

I Warren,
I´m looking forward to listening to this amazing collection of audiofiles. Thanks for the advice!

Sanaz February 27, 2012

Dear Warren,
You always surprize me by introducing awesome sources for listening and reading!
Love you and many thanks!

Andreu Martínez February 28, 2012

Thank you very much indeed!
I think (and you know it) that listening is the most important part in the learning process. Obviously we can’t forget reading but listening in my opinion is the best.
You can’t communicate if you can’t understand and on the contrary than when you are reading you don’t have time to think, wait and look up in the dictionary.
Therefore this piece of information is very important because it is not easy to find good things to listen to.

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