Plain English Podcast | Learn English | Practice English with Current Events at the Right Speed for Learners


Do you want to practice English but think many speakers go too fast? Do you want to improve your listening and reading skills at the same time?

Plain English is a weekly audio program spoken at the right speed for English language learners—just a little bit slower than native speed. Each episode features a selection of news stories or current events from around the world, followed by a discussion of the English vocabulary and English phrases used in the episode.

Each episode has full transcripts available free online at, where you can read along as you listen. Native Spanish speakers can also view interactive transcripts with definitions of key words and phrases.

Learning a language should be about using it and enjoying it, not always about studying. We like to say that Plain English is for English learners but not about learning English. Engage with the show on Facebook (PlainEnglishPod) and Twitter (@PlainEnglishPod) or e-mail feedback to [email protected]


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Title: Hong Kong security law is worse than anyone imagined | Learn the English expression ‘safe haven’

Hong Kong security law is worse than anyone imagined | Learn the English expression ‘safe haven’

August 3rd, 2020

" People are getting arrested. Books are being removed from libraries. Residents and shop owners are tearing down posters and artwork. And international… Go to Episode

Hagia Sophia controversially converted from museum to mosque | Learn the English expression ‘a tiny sliver’

July 30th, 2020

" For the second time in its history, Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, a prized, architectural jewel, will be converted into a mosque. Turkey’s conservative… Go to Episode

Retail apocalypse 2.0: malls converted into e-commerce warehouses | Learn the phrasal verb ‘spread out’

July 27th, 2020

" While brick and mortar retail struggles through the pandemic, online shopping is surging. E-commerce giants are buying warehouses like they’re hotcakes,… Go to Episode

Can malls and hotels survive the pandemic? | Learn the phrasal verb ‘to make up for’

July 23rd, 2020

" Hospitality and retail are two of the hardest-hit industries by the pandemic. Travel will eventually come back, but will it be back soon enough to rescue… Go to Episode