Archive | August 2012

Accents and Dialects

The UK is a rich landscape of regional accents and dialects, linking the past to the present, yet absorbing new influences all the time.

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 TV channels

 

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.

TED website

One example, Patricia Ryan: Don’t insist on English!:

Video: YouTube and other sources

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

British Council channel

BBC (YouTube channel)

BBC (TV Homepage)

English Central

Dot Sub

CNN

CNN (YouTube channel)

One example: How (not) to chat someone up in a nightclub

The Open University  (YouTube channel)

One example of this channel (The History of English):

Digital radio

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:

Vaughan Radio

BBC (general)

BBC (World service)

RadioPaq

Podcasts

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.

English as a Second Language Podcast.

BBC Worldservice Podcasts

BBC Podcasts information

Podcasts in English

Learning English Podcasts

British Council’s Podcasts

English teacher John

Learn English anywhere

Effortless English

Bizrate audio learning

Voice of America podcast

Learning English

Podcast directory

Listen to English

English Blog

Australian Network

Wikipedia

Free ESL mp3 Podcasts and English learning video podcast directory

Audiobooks

We call talking books to the works that apart from the written text provide the user with the recording of the book. You can use these resources in many ways at your own convenience.

  • Some useful sources:

Free classic audiobooks.

And in Amazon too.