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Free online ESL / EFL Listening exercises: audio

Listening exercises for learning English


Beginners Dictations
19 exercises with illustrations
A mini course for real beginners


Listening Games
Listen and choose the picture that matches the audio

A little problem getting to work

All levels

Here, There and Everywhere
21 stories for learners of English
Text Reconstruction / Dictation exercises

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Lots of dialogues at all levels with exercises and transcripts.

BBC Learning English: Welcome to London

The Web Language Lab
Robert Tuffigo.
Recorded texts with transcriptions and exercises. Key vocabulary translated into French.


Fairy Stories
Text reconstruction exercises.

English Language Listening Lab Online. 1,000 listening activites + transcipt and interactive quiz.

  • Mixer
    People giving their opinons about pets, ghosts, money, TV, etc...
  • Listening Games Elementary level
  • Talking Points
    Designed to be short talks to help students on standardized tests like TOEFL®, TOEIC® and IELTS®
  • News Center
    Can help students learn academic English and develop test taking skills for standardized listening tests such as TOEFL®, TOEIC® and IELTS®
  • Songs

BBC Learning English:

CNN Story Archives
Each module includes the full text of each story and interactive activities to test comprehension. Your can choose to read the text, listen to the text, and view a short video clip of the story.

Living on Earth
Public Radio International
Programs on environmental issues + transcripts.

ABC's The World Today
Current affairs radio programmes with transcripts from Australia.

Listening Comprehension
Michel Barbot

Takako's Great Adventure
A story in 10 episodes with transcriptions, vocabulary help and interactive exercises.

Listen and Read Along
Charles Kelly
As you listen to the story, the words that are being spoken will be shown.

Breaking News English
Ready-to-use EFL / ESL lesson plans based on current affairs. Graded news articles, listenings and communicative activities uploaded daily.

The Moonlit Road
Many professionally told stories about the American South. With transcripts and illustrations.

The Smithsonian Associates
Radio broadcasts on Current Affairs, History, Literature and the Performing Arts. No transcripts or exercises.

Everyday English in Conversation Dialogues
Trancripts and exercises.

Interactive Health Tutorials
Animated graphics with each tutorial explain a procedure or condition in easy-to-read language.
You can also listen to the tutorial.

Randal Davis
Reduce your accent, speak more naturally, and understand conversational speech.

Repeat After Us
A collection of copyright-free English texts and scripted recordings: poetry, drama, children's stories, nursery rhymes, fiction, non-fiction... Made by High School students.

BBC 4 Audio Interviews
Famous writers, painters, filmmakers, musicians, scientists, sports personalities, etc. from the BBC archives. No transcripts.

The Reith Lectures
Listen to the prestigious annual BBC lectures on various aspects of contemporary life by famous speakers. Transcripts but no exercises.

Just for fun!

TTS (Text-to-Speech) Demo
Type in a text and hear it spoken aloud in (almost) natural speech.

Type in a text and hear it spoken aloud by a "bot".

Artificial Intelligence Robot SPEAKS to you

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