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Mar 5, 2022

You're gonna learn

  • why using podcasts is a great way to learn languages and
  • how you should use them to get the most out of it.
  • With the help of podcasts you can easily level up your target language - in an interesting way. 

We got Alastair Budge (creator of the English LEARNING For Curious Minds PODCAST) onto My Fluent Podcast to talk about using podcasts as a means of learning a language.

The whole philosophy behind Leonardo English is to help people improve their English in a more interesting way. In over 250 episodes, Alistair shares stories about people's lives and how things work. He kind of explains how things work.

Video version of the podcast: 

Time stamps / topics

1:47 Alastair learning Italian

6:05 Why learning languages with podcasts?

13:27 What podcast apps we should use to learn languages

18:02 Language skills that can be improved by listening to podcasts

19:57 The shadowing technique

23:36 Alexander Arguelles and shadowing

24:46 The IPA system (International Phonetic System)

29:32 What inspired Alastair to creat Leonardo English - English Learning for Curious Minds Podcasts

36:40 How Alastair comes up with new episodes

38:13 How an episode gets created

40:33 Why Alastair interviewed 250 members.

43:41 Is the podcast too hard for beginners?

46:29 Start out with your own podcast! 

48:16 The word "set" in English has 430 different meanings

49:40 Least favorite words

52:39 Outro / some last words of Alastair

Vocabulary list:

Alexander Arguelles YouTube channel

Shadowing from the master

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Leonardo English - English Learning for Curious Minds Podcasts: 

Episode 236 - How To Use Podcasts To Improve Your English [My Favourite Strategies] | English Learning for Curious Minds (

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