Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today I’ll share my new favorite podcasts for 2018 IELTS preparation.

In order to increase your listening comprehension so you understand the IELTS Listening Exam, especially Sections 3 and 4, is to subscribe to native speaker podcasts.

These podcasts should be made for native speaker audiences, not students.

Student podcasts tend to feature language that is spoken a bit more slowly, and vocabulary that is not advanced, or native and natural.

So, to challenge yourself and bring your listening skills up to the next level, you have to listen to podcasts that might be difficult to understand.

However, as with any skill, it may be hard at first, but keep practicing and you will improve! In the beginning of this year, I wanted to broaden my podcast boundaries, and I found some new programs that are amazing!



My New Favorite Podcasts for IELTS

Stuff You Missed in History Class

This show has two very intelligent female hosts that dive into fascinating detail when exploring events from the past.


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The host of this show is Paul F. Tompkins, a genius of comedy. He has a comedian guest every week, and, after their interview, there is a long improv with at least 3 actors.

This will also help you develop your understanding of humor in English.

The Nod

The Nod is about African American culture and history in the U.S. You’ll learn a lot of vocab. and ideas regarding these topics, with new, fresh perspectives.


Warning! They use explicit language in this one.

Each episode is about the hosts’ experience eating in a fast food restaurant or chain in the States.

Food vocabulary galore!

Try one or more of these shows and prepare to expand your knowledge in English and really develop your advanced listening skills!

Have you listened to today’s podcasts?

Share your opinion in the comments section below!


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