Here, I have collected a list of the best resources you can use to improve your listening skills in English. I believe, if you can't understand what people say, you will never be confident in English. If you are stressed, you can't talk, can you?
Unfortunately, there are not so many resources which actually teach you how to listen to English. I tried to do my best collecting the lessons you can use for improving your skills and also learning something through listening. I have tested all of these resources myself, and my students love them! Enjoy and please let me know which ones you will find really useful!
This is virtually the best resource you can find to teach you how to listen to fast English (American English). The channel shows you some short videos containing a listening quiz - an extract from the news or a movie - with further answers and explanations by the charismatic Coach Shane. He is very artistic and motivating.
There are over 300 episodes available. I use this channel with my own students with great results.
This is a video addition to a well-known textbook series from Pearson ELT. The podcast is recorded in natural speaking in the streets of London.
The videos are organised by levels and all of them have the subtitles. I suggest you start small: begin with the ones you mostly understand and then increase the difficulty step by step.
This is probably the biggest database of language learning resources in the world. You can find their podcasts and videos of great quality about many languages.
Learn English from Australia Plus is another great English learning resource. Their podcast is packed with value: you will find there short but useful episodes about various aspects of English vocabulary and grammar. I absolutely love them!
They are general English tips podcast but you will learn a lot of stuff and improve your English with them by listening, which is also great!
This is a 'must' if you need to use English for work. A big podcast of business English. They record episodes in different categories of business skills (socialising, meetings, negotiations, job hunting and so on). Every episode has a clear structure with a lot of vocabulary practice.
Again, it's great for learning stuff and developing your listening skills in the process. Highly recommended to business professionals!
BBC Learning English is one of the leading providers of great educational content. Their two podcasts: 6-minute English (short episodes about different topics) and The English we speak (everyday idioms) are very practical and easy-to-digest. I use them with most of my students; they love them!
Strangely, the 6-minute English only has 6 last episodes listed in the iTunes directory. For more episodes, you can go directly to their website.
For more confident listeners, I hope Luke's English Podcast will be entertaining and useful. The guy is a professional comedian and really interesting to listen to. He teaches a lot of vocabulary and speaking phrases and provides great value.
The episodes are about 40 minutes long each, so I recommend to get to it when you feel confident enough to deal with such long stories. But they are totally worth it!
Why not learn another language using English as a means? I think it's a great idea! And I have a really invaluable resource to recommend on that matter. Radio lingua records podcasts for beginners of French, German, Spanish and other languages. You will be listening to English and learning a new language - awesome!
Once you get on your feet with listening skills, you can move on to the original content but not lessons recorded for you by teachers. Here, of course, you have unlimited choice of whatever you will enjoy listening about. Just remember that you still need regular listening practice not to lose your newly-developed skill of listening.
My last recommendation will be Magic lessons with Lix Gilbert. She is a well-known life coach and you can hear a lot of valuable advice in these podcast episodes. She also speaks very clearly for an American native speaker, so I guess it could be a great start with the original materials.
I hope you enjoy all of the resources recommended here. If you know something absolutely breathtaking other learners of English could benefit from, don't hesitate to tell me about it! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any recommendations, feedback or additions to this list you think are worth sharing. I will certainly check them out!