For example, the website Learning sounds familiar? captures and celebrates the diversity of spoken English in modern Britain.
English out of the UK
Two examples (videos) of differents English accents :
Digital English or American TV channels are another possibility we have at hand. If you have access to some of them, so much the better. Even if not, provided you have a good TV set, you’ll be able to watch some films in their original version: English on many occasions, as you know, with subtitles or without them.
On the Internet, we can find good websites like TED, TED, WHICH is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. On TED.com, they make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 900 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.
One example, Patricia Ryan: Don’t insist on English!:
The amount of material available on YouTube is huge. The task of finding out what we want can turn out to be very difficult and time consuming. And we have no time to lose as we know. Having all that in mind, our advice to you would be to be very selective.
- Some sources
One example: How (not) to chat someone up in a nightclub
One example of this channel (The History of English):
Having as much contact as possible with authentic real language is one of the key factors for learning. Years ago it was really difficult; English was not round the corner. That was only feasible if you were learning the language in the country where it was spoken or through satellite systems good enough to resist breakdowns and interferences. Fortunately things have changed so much that the issue is an entirely different matter. Digital radio, for instance, provide us with that possibility.
Here you are some useful sources:
BBC (World service)
A podcast is any sort of digital audio and/or video recording, usually part of a themed series that can be downloaded from a website either on a computer or a digital music player. Named after the Apple iPod, Podcasts are usually free. The variety of topics is enormous, as you will come to realize. And as other resources we have discussed here, they will give you opportunities to enjoy and learn English.
Some good references:
English listening exercises. Online lessons for ESL students.
Listen to English-Learn English.