Improve your speaking skills with podcasts

I’ve just returned from a trip overseas with my family earlier this week. After a couple of days adjusting back to our local timezone, I’m now catching up on all the tasks that have been piling up over my break.

On my last day of the trip, I received an email about the release of a podcast that I’m featured in. I was interviewed by Hafizah, the host of her own podcast show called Stand Tall, Girl. In the episode, I talk about our work at My English Matters, I share a few tips to help people improve their English, and we discuss the importance of speaking up even when we’re afraid of making mistakes.

You can listen to my conversation with Hafizah on the podcast episode here or on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Do you listen to podcasts?

If you’re not familiar with it, podcasts are digital audio files available on the Internet for downloading on your phone or computer. They’re usually free for all to listen to. You can listen from your phone from apps like Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

I’ve been a podcast listener for almost three years now. If you find yourself too busy to watch videos, audio on your phone is the way to go. You can listen in your car or in the train on the way to work. Or listen while you’re doing boring chores at home.

Search for podcasts on topics that interest you. Most podcasts are in English so it’s a great way to improve your vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.

If you haven’t already, download the Apple Podcasts app if you’re an iPhone user. For non-iPhone users, you can download Spotify. These apps have search bars for you to search by topic. Once you’ve found a podcast that sounds interesting to you, just download and listen!

If you have no idea where to start, I’ll share what the MEM team are listening to. I love learning about marketing and personal development, so I’m subscribed to Amy Porterfield’s Online Marketing Made Easy and Brendon Burchard’s The Brendon Show.

Azimah listens to inspirational content on the Tony Robbins Podcast and Lewis Howes’ School of Greatness Podcast. Aisya listens to spiritual and philosophical conversations on Russell Brand’s Under the Skin and The Joe Rogan Experience.

So tell us what you’re listening to in your spare time! Has it been helping you improve your English?

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