7 Audiobooks You Need To Listen To If You Are Learning French

Are you learning French, and are you looking for a way to improve your skills? 

Why not try audiobooks. 

Why Audiobooks?

Books are great for language learning. But I’d argue audiobooks might actually be more beneficial.

Sitting down to read a book in a language you don’t quite understand yet can be challenging and difficult to do on a consistent basis.

With everything else that’s going on in your life, it can sometimes be hard to keep up your language learning.

However, there is always time for an audiobook. Whether you are cleaning the house, commuting to work or brushing your teeth, your day has tons of tiny moments where your brain isn’t doing anything but your body is. These are the perfect moments to start listening to an audiobook to pick up a new language.

Passive listening

I rarely have the patience to sit down with a book and read something, and things get even harder when I don’t actually recognize all the words and have to put down my book to translate things.

However, an audiobook just runs whether you want it or not. This can be a good or a bad thing, but overall I find myself getting less distracted because the narrator simply carries on with the story, and I find myself catching up to the story in a more natural way without getting frustrated all the time.

The best way of spending your time

It might not seem like much, but using those moments to listen to something in your target language might actually be the thing that ultimately makes you fluent. 

As Stephen mentions in his TED talk – think about all the time you spend commuting to work.

In his case, it took him 45 minutes to get to work. That’s 1.5 hours a day, 7.5 hours a week, 30 hours a month and 360 hours a year you spend doing practically nothing.

He ended up buying an audio course for German, and instead of just listening to music on his way to work he was able to actually use that otherwise wasted time, and through this small adjustment to his daily routine, he ended up actually achieving his goal.

Daily routine

Building on the previous point, the most important thing about language learning is that you are consistent, and because you can listen to audiobooks while partaking in other activities, it’s very easy to make it a part of your daily routine.

Escaping the linguistic Twilight-zone

When you are learning a foreign language, you often hit that awkward stage where you kind of know the language, but not really. You know, when you’ve outgrown the simple audio scenarios that come with most language learning methods, but you still aren’t quite fluent enough to be able to read an entire book.

It’s a frustrating linguistic Twilight-zone that can be hard to escape.

Instead of trying to listen to brand new content, the best way to get into reading in a foreign language is by reading stuff you have already read in your native language.

Take a book you’ve read before, whether it’s Harry Potter, the Da Vinci Code, or a self-help book you’ve really enjoyed.

Listening over reading

Assuming your goal is to eventually speak your target language, listening more frequently will help you more than just reading it. Now, I am not saying you can only listen to a language. The best way to learn a language is probably by training all four disciplines equally.

But we live in a world where language learning is mostly focussed on reading and writing, and while that is a great way to process language it can often hinder you when trying to speak, especially when you aren’t exposed to the language on a consistent basis.

Get two books for free

If you are interested in trying out some audiobooks in your target language, you can now claim two books for free with an Audible trial. You can cancel anytime, and the books will remain in your library and be accessible at any time. 

All the titles mentioned below are available for the free trial. 

Besides that, as an Audible member, you also get free access to additional content such as two free audible Audible Originals per month. 


Click on any of the links below and sign up for an Audible trial.

After that, your account will have two credits, which means you can pick out any two books you want, add them to your cart and finish your checkout. 

or scroll down to find out which books are available in your target language. 

Option 1 – Beginner (A1/A2)

If you are still starting out you might benefit the most from going for something specifically targeted towards language learners.

Many audiobooks are made with the sole purpose of teaching new language learners vocabulary in a natural and easy way.

A good example of this is the Paul Noble language courses, which available in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Mandarin and more at various entry levels.

Option 2 – Intermediate (B1/B2)

Okay, so you’re not quite in the beginning stages anymore and you are decently fluent, but you’re not quite fluent enough to tackle a complete book without having to look up words.

This is, in my opinion, the most frustrating phase.

One of my favorite tricks is to listen or read books that I have already read before. This way I already know the general storyline, which makes it easier to guess words from context.

Even if you aren’t able to understand every little word, it won’t affect your understanding of the general storyline and you can still keep listening without being afraid you will miss an important clue.

It’s the easiest way to familiarize yourself with a language in a way that’s enjoyable, effective and won’t leave you pausing every three seconds to look up words.

Option 3 – Advanced (C1/C2)

As soon as you’ve reached the advanced levels of fluency, you will most likely be able to tackle any book you like. However, as a non-native speaker, you will probably always find yourself learning new words, no matter how advanced you are.

Actually, even when I read books in my native language I find myself hearing words I am not always familiar with.

One of the advantages of being able to pick any book is being able to read books in their native language.

Instead of trying to opt for books that have been translated, try finding an author that writes in the language you are trying to learn.

This way you can familiarize yourself with the culture in a way that very few people can.

You will also see that this is where you can still learn lots of new things.

In the end, translation is only limited, but the ultimate goal is to stop translating and be able to form thoughts straight from your target language.

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5 Best Ways to Learn Spanish Online

Learning a New Language in Times of Social Distancing

As the new age of technology is constantly bringing us new and improved ways to learn, many people have begun to take advantage of learning online. Learning a language online is great for many reasons, as it gives the learner a much wider variety of useful tools, and is especially advantageous for those seeking to improve their conversational skills. Practicing speaking from day one is the absolute best way to be successful when learning a language. Speaking Spanish is a skill and in order to master any skill, it must be practiced and practiced as much as possible. Following the online route when learning Spanish gives you an edge that many people may not think about and that edge is connection with native speakers and teachers. When in contact with native teachers as opposed to non-native teachers you are much more likely to be compelled to actually use the language as it is much less likely to be able to revert back to your native language. In this article, I am going to talk about five of the best online resources that are out there to assist you on your journey to mastering the Spanish language. 

1. Online Spanish Classes at Vamos Spanish Academy

Vamos Spanish Academy is a wonderful institution and has been bringing high quality Spanish education to students from all over the world for more than ten years. It is located in the heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina and provides a one of a kind experience to those seeking to learn Spanish and acquire the skills they need to succeed in achieving fluency. Vamos Spanish Academy implements a unique learning system that focuses on conversation from day one. The courses that Vamos offers aim to get students talking as soon as possible, while incorporating the necessary grammar into each class as well as the other three main language skills; reading, writing, and listening. Vamos Spanish Academy succeeds in providing its students with a tailor made curriculum that is fun and enjoyable and fits the needs of each student so as to ensure their success in gaining proficiency as soon as possible. Vamos successfully brings this same energy and interaction to their online classrooms. Do not hesitate to give them a try especially now as they are offering discounted online Spanish courses.

2. Rosetta Stone

One of the next best online learning apparatuses is very well known, and it is called Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone stands out because it captures every aspect of Spanish language learning when it comes to applications compared to real time classes. The Rosetta Stone program teaches language in context, in order to reflect day to day situations. You have the option to choose between Latin American Spanish or Spanish from Spain, giving you the opportunity to to learn about many hispanic cultures from all over the world. Another great asset that this program has is speech recognition technology. This is the closest you can get to perfecting your speaking and pronunciation skills without taking live action online classes, such as those that Vamos Spanish Academy offers. 

3. Busuu

Moving on to another very effective online resource to learn Spanish is an application called Busuu. Busuu includes comprehensive grammatical lessons like many other great language learning applications, but it also includes extensive audio files and reading/writing exercises to assist in the development of these equally important skills. One of the best tools that this product offers, that many other online learning apps do not, is the ability to get in contact and speak with other learners and/or native speakers in order to practice the most fundamental skill when learning a second language, and that is speaking. Busuu has proven to be one of the most user friendly and engaging apps there is when it comes to language learning applications and is highly recommended. 

4. Duolingo

Another great online learning tool is an application called duolingo. Duolingo is especially useful for beginners or those who have little to no experience at all with the language. Duolingo has one great advantage and that is the fact that it is free, which makes it accessible to practically everyone and anyone who would like to learn a new language. Duolingo uses a proficiency tracking system that sends you daily reminders that motivate you to excel each day in order to ensure that you advance. The app uses a system that implements the usage of images and repetition which is great for many people, as more than half of the population are visual learners. The only main downfall of the app is that it does not offer interaction with other learners so it lacks the opportunity to practice speaking. 

5. Babbel

The online application, Babbel, is another great tool for those seeking to learn Spanish on their own time and at their own pace. Babbel offers pre recorded lessons for all levels of learners so that you can take your lessons while you are at the gym, at the grocery store, or even driving to work! Babbel provides its subscribers with structured lessons that facilitate the practice of reading, writing, and listening, but as mentioned previously, it is another app that lacks exercises to practice conversational skills. As we discussed, conversation is one of the most, if not the most, important aspect of learning a language. There are many people who have a very high level of Spanish when it comes to reading and an understanding of the grammar, but when they speak, they just find it impossible. This is why it is so important to practice speaking from day one. 

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Learn English meaning of celebrity gossip – Celebrity Gossip

Jessica:  I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I have a really odd guilty pleasure.

Marni:  What is it?

Jessica:  I am obsessed with tabloids.

Marni:  What?

Jessica:  I just love celebrity gossip. I know it’s probably trash to a lot of people. But I just love it.

Marni:  It just seems so mindless. I just don’t understand why you’d be so interested in the lives of people you don’t know. There are so many more important issues in the world today like famine, and war, and climate change. Really, celebrity gossip, Jessica?

Jessica:  I know. It’s a strange obsession with pop culture. I am obsessed with the news, too. But I do like the mindless celebrity gossip now and then.

Marni:  Well, I guess we all need our little mental breaks.

Jessica:  Yes, exactly. Thanks for understanding.

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Learn English Tenses: PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS · engVid


Test your understanding of this English lesson

Which is correct?
They __________ in this department since January.
She’s been trying to reach you __________ 2:00. Please call her right away.
Which is correct?
__________ for a job?
She __________ to school.
Which is correct?
"How long have they been waiting for us?"
We’re tired now. We __________ all day.

20 Comments on “Learn English Tenses: PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS”

Great approach! I have been improving since I started watching your videos.

Tuesday, May 12th 2020

Thank you Rebecca! You have been teaching English very well for a long time.

Tuesday, May 12th 2020

thank you Rebecca, i have understood well.

Tuesday, May 12th 2020

Hi. I have been doing this quiz for 7 min. I have 10 right out of 10. Thank you, Rebecca.

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Thank you Rebecca, it’s good lesson to learn about present perfect continuous, sometimes I confuse to use present prefect and present perfect continuous in daily conversation. Now, I think I understand better than before

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Thank you! I have been learning English for 3 years 🙂

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

thank you Rebecca, it’s a great lesson

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Great job and review, thank you D

You are a great English teacher online. I wish I could be younger and became your student in person.

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Thank you, Rebecca.
I’ve been studying English for three years and Engvid has been helping me a lot.

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Thanks, Rebecca. These videos on verb tenses help me to improve my reading and my writing. I’ve been studying English with Engvid for six month. In this period of time, I’ve gotten a lot of grammatical tools.

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Sea levels has been rising , not have been becaus sea is an it subject

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Hello teacher , you are using the verb to think as an example for the present perfect continuous , i think you had just forgotten the verb think it’s a stative verb

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

It’s an amazing class but please try to reduce the time for 20 minutes maximum. that would be nice.

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

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Learn French, Italian and Korean with Influent for free on Steam

Learn French, Italian and Korean with Influent, a Language Learning Game. Influent will be free on Steam from April 25th to May 2nd 2020. Get it in that period and keep it forever. Drm-free copies also available.


Inspired by Dreamcast titles of old (namely Shenmue and Toy Commander) Influent immerses players in a fully interactive 3D environment where the names for absolutely every object in the game can be gleaned with a single click! In fact, even more information can be learned with a double-click!

With 10 languages currently available for download, Influent combines the joys of playing a video game with the language learning process, resulting in real-life rewards and achievements that will remain with players for the rest of their lives.

Influent has Mostly Positive user reviews yet on Steam and it usually costs $9.99.


Just head over to Steam or navigate to the game in Steam Client before May 2nd 2020, add the game to your cart and checkout. Simple as that. After that, the game is yours to keep, and play, forever.

DRM-free copies are also available at Humble Store until May 2nd.

Available from now until May 2nd 2020 – 08:00:00 CET

Want more free PC games? Follow us on TwitterFacebook or Steam to get a notification of future free game giveaways

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How to Stay Awake While You Study English at Home

You’ve probably thought it: With all this time at home, it’s the perfect chance to study your English and get ahead. 

Okay, you might have some extra time, but that doesn’t mean you have extra energy. In fact, you might be more tired than ever right now: Many people’s health, fitness, and sleep routines have been affected by quarantine life.

So what can you do if you really want to practice English, but fall asleep every time you try? 

Let’s discuss some ideas to help you stay awake!

Tips for Staying Awake While Studying

Use good lighting

It’s much more difficult to fall asleep in a bright room. Why? Well, that’s thanks to our circadian rhythm (our body’s internal “clock”)! For humans, light signals wakefulness, and dark signals sleep.

Sit up straight

You might have the urge to go sit in your comfortable chair or lie on your bed when you study, but that’s the worst thing you can do. Comfort leads to ! Sitting upright in a chair that’s not too comfortable will help you stay awake.

Eat right

Your energy and focus are connected to the kinds of foods you eat. If you want to have productive study sessions, make sure you eat a balanced diet that combines lean proteins, good fats, and complex carbohydrates. Great study snacks include fruit, nuts, and even a bit of dark chocolate. 

Also, avoid big, heavy meals before you study. Having a big meal can actually shut off the part of your brain that tells you to stay awake.  

Stay active

When you’re studying quietly by yourself, it can be hard to stay awake—you need to get active! 

  • Study aloud: This is especially important with language-learning. Not only will speaking help you stay awake by keeping your brain active, but using your voice is also an essential way to improve your pronunciation.
  • Write it out: If you stare at a book or an app for too long, you’ll lose focus. You might think you’re “studying,” but really, how much are you remembering? Take breaks to write notes about what you’ve learned. It’ll wake up your brain and help you remember information.
  • Get a study buddy: If you have a friend who’s also studying English, why not set up a Zoom meeting? You could quiz each other on a certain topic (like vocabulary) or just practice by having an English conversation! 
  • Stand up and walk around: We mentioned earlier that sitting in an upright position would help you stay awake. But what if it’s not working? Try getting up and walking around the room every 30 minutes to increase wakefulness. It’s pretty hard to fall asleep while you’re standing up!

Take a nap

Having a nap when you’re feeling sleepy is an excellent way to refresh yourself. But we’re not talking about a two-hour snooze. To get the best benefits, your nap should be between 20 and 60 minutes. A 20-minute nap can increase alertness, while a 30- to 60-minute nap can help you with tasks like memorizing vocabulary. 

Know when to stop

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, your brain is just . . . done. When you’ve reached your limit, you won’t be able to focus. It’s important to know your limits and allow yourself to rest when your brain says, “Stop!”


With changes to your sleep pattern, exercise routine, and healthy habits, you could be feeling more tired these days. To make the most of your time and study English effectively, try some of the tips above!

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Tips for how to start learning French – The Earful Tower

Hello everyone, 

I don’t know about you, but the very thought of learning French makes me recoil in horror. But that’s probably because I still have nightmares about my first teacher in Paris, who mocked me when I couldn’t give him an example of the subjunctive tense. That’s true, he literally mocked me. I’ve never tried again.

With all this in mind, I invited Camille from French Today onto the podcast to give me the answer to the age-old question: How should I learn French?

More specifically, I asked her about the order to do it in, how to be efficient in learning the language, and what the other teachers are doing incorrectly. 

I share some tales of woe in my own French learning, and pose a few day-to-day questions that I’ve been storing up, and Camille also teaches me what I’ve been doing wrong when I try to say “bow-tie” in French, or “noeud papillon”. 

Also, Camille has written in great detail about the best method for learning French, so if you want some great extra reading content then simply follow this link. It explains some basic tips to get you started, like sticking in the present tense, mastering the negative, and how to ask basic questions.

The podcast:

So, click that link above to read about it, or click play below to hear our chat on the podcast (and be sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts).

If you want the further ten percent off the audiobooks from French Today, this link will sort it out for you automatically. Good luck!

PS: The photo above has nothing to do with learning French, but it was a particularly beautiful restaurant I passed in Montmartre the other day and thought I’d share. Find it on Rue l’Abreuvoir in the 18th arrondissement.

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Learn English Tenses: FUTURE CONTINUOUS · engVid

Learn English Tenses: FUTURE CONTINUOUS

Test your understanding of this English lesson

I won’t be available at 7:00, as __________.
At this time next year, __________.
Josh, will you be learning French when you move to Montreal?
We __________. We’ll be taking a flight.
What time __________?
Which is correct?
When __________?
What __________________?
I __________ wearing the blue jacket. I’ll be wearing the black jacket.
How long ______________________?

5. What time __________?
will your son will be calling?
10. How long ______________________?
will they will be staying in the United States?

Thursday, April 16th 2020

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How to watch Sergio Aguero’s Spanish lessons & David Attenborough’s natural history classes |

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will join the likes of Sir David Attenborough and Professor Brian Cox as guest teachers on BBC Bitesize to help the homeschooling efforts of parents in the UK.

Argentina international Aguero will be teaching Spanish as part of the virtual curriculum, showing them how to count numbers in the language as part of the channel’s coronavirus lockdown output.

“It’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home,” City’s record goalscorer said.

“The BBC are doing brilliant work to help and I’m honoured to be able to play a part.”

The UK’s national broadcaster has assembled a diverse team of substitute teachers, with over 200 educational mentors putting their shoulders to the wheel to ensure children do not miss out on the chance to learn.

While Aguero will be using his bilingual ability to impart lessons, Sir David Attenborough will be teaching natural history, while Professor Cox will be informing children about science and the solar system.

Also joining the faculty is Mean Machine actor Danny Dyer, who will be teaching some classes on King Henry VIII, and Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker.

Lessons will run for 14 weeks and will be available to watch on demand.

It’s time to be responsible and to care about each other – everyone should follow the advice of public health services, and stay at home for the wellbeing of all of us.

— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun)

How can I watch Sergio Aguero’s Spanish lessons?

Aguero’s Spanish school lessons will be shown on the BBC iPlayer and on BBC’s Red Button service.

You can access the BBC iPlayer online via any web browser at this link or alternatively you can download the app to use on mobile or tablet by visiting the Apple App Store or Google Play.

The programmes will only be available to watch for UK residents.

New programmes will be available every day, with primary classes from 9am BST and secondary classes airing at 10am BST.

If you find that you cannot tune in to Aguero’s lessons or miss them, the Argentine is also posting regular updates on his official YouTube channel and social media pages.

He has demonstrated to fans the thorough method of handwashing that has been advised by authorities such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and shown examples of his quarantine training regimes.

Entrenando en casa//Training at home 🤟🏽 #QuedateEnCasa #stayathome

— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun)

What is Bitesize?

Bitesize is the BBC’s flagship children’s education programme, which is aimed at both primary and secondary school students.

As the coronavirus pandemic disrupts normal life and sees schools shut indefinitely, the UK national broadcaster has put together a tailored programme of daily lessons to offer a resource for children’s education.

Lessons are divided according to different age groups: from five to seven years, seven to nine years, nine to 11 years, 11 to 12 years, 12 to 13 years and 13 to 14 years.

“We’re proud that the BBC can bring together so many people to offer such a wide-ranging package of support to help children and parents right across the UK at such a challenging time,” said Alice Webb, who heads up the network’s Children’s and Education output.

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Learn English Tenses: PRESENT PERFECT · engVid

Learn English Tenses: PRESENT PERFECT

Test your understanding of this English lesson

Which is correct?
She __________ her homework.
Have you learned the present perfect tense?
Which is correct?
The children __________ their presents yet.
__________ that book.
Which is correct?
I’m afraid she’s not here at the moment. __________ to a meeting.
__________ writing the report?

Hi Rebecca. I liked so much that lesson. It’s so powerfull. Thanks.

Friday, April 24th 2020

Thank you, this is a powerful tool for me to speak and write English.

Friday, April 24th 2020

Amazing lesson Rebecca, only two own opinions.
The first. It’s a bit long.
The second, I hate listen mistake, because it’s the the first thing that I have had learn.
A lot thanks.
See you next lesson.

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Thank you very much, Rebecca. Great lesson, very useful for me.

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Wow, it was such a long class, but it was very fruitful as well. My best regards, Rebecca.

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Hi Ms. Rebecca, thank you for this nice topic, I’ve learned a lot. I have gotten 9/9 score. 😊😊😊

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Thank, Rebecca. These English Tenses series has given me a lot of writing tools. So I am not only practicing the reading and the listing, also I’m writing my comments. Step by step, I am improving my English, but I need to speak more often.

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Thank, Rebecca. These English Tenses series have given me a lot of writing tools. So I am not only practicing the reading and the listing, also I’m writing my comments. Step by step, I am improving my English, but I need to speak more often.

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Thank you Rebecca.I have nearned lots but,I can’t speak in English yet.Can you help me? I will your advice…

Saturday, April 25th 2020

What a helpful lesson. I thought the point about erros very interesting, like in pronunciation, how to say it correctly, as well as the form and utilize the apostrophe. I enjoyed this entire lesson. Thank you ma’am.

Saturday, April 25th 2020

Hi Rebecca! if I meet my friend in the cafe what a polite way to ask him about his deals on current week?

1. What did you do this week?
2. What have you done this week?

Sunday, April 26th 2020

Thank you so much the toppic very useful you taught very clearly I would like to beg you to teach about past perfect,future perfect and all of perfect continuous.

Sunday, April 26th 2020

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