Video and Audio Websites for English Pronunciation

Here is an extensive list I've collected of video and audo sites for learning English, especially pronunciation:

ENGLISH  Listening & Speaking links (Videos, Podcasts)

 Video Note: When captioning is available, it is not automatically enabled. You will generally see a “CC” symbol or a white triangle in a red box symbol somewhere in the lower right corner of the video window.                                              


Click on the symbol and there will be an option to turn on captioning, or to “transcribe” the audio. You will need to click “OK” on an additional popup.

Sometimes captions on You Tube are very poor and don’t really match the spoken words. Other times they are OK.

Podcast with Transcript Note: Sometimes the podcast and transcript are on the same webpage, making it easy to read and listen at the same time. But most of the time, the transcript is on a separate link. In these cases, the easiest way to accommodate reading and listening at the same time is to open TWO separate tabs or windows for the podcast link in the browser. Leave one of them “tuned” to the podcast, and on the other one, click the transcript link. Then you can read the transcript while the podcast is playing “in the background” on the other tab.

LISTENING: For  English Language Learners, often includes transcripts or captions:


22 This site looks pretty good! Has lots of already captioned videos on a variety of topics. The captioning that I saw looked quite good, not like the ones on You Tube, which are pretty terrible.

Accurate English – Pronunciation  Lisa Mojsin: a few free videos on pronunciation (for more you need to buy the DVDs): “wo” in “world” and “work”, “fifty” or “fifteen”, “heel” or “hill”, “r”, “t”.

American Accent – Articulation (rebeccalinquist channel):   The Rebeccalinquist channel has MANY articulation videos.  Also see more speaking links on the side panel of this video.

American Accent in Two Minutes a Day  (mnovaksan channel)   Also see links on sidebar of this video.

American Accent Training (CuongAPB channel)   Pronouncing “r” and “w”.

American English / rachelsenglish channel:  many good videos on American phonics and pronunciation.

Australia Network: Video Podcasts for Learning English  It is Australian English, but I didn’t find it difficult. A variety of videos with transcripts.

BBC: Learning English  Although this is British English, I found it easy to understand. A wide variety of videos, podcasts and other activities. To see the transcript while listening to podcasts, you will need to download and print, or open two tabs on your browser, one for the podcast and one for the video.

British Council Learn English  Yes, again, this is British English, but I found it understandable and they have MANY learning videos with either captions or transcripts.

Business Book Mail: Learning English Video Lectures  ESL videoHas a LOT of captioned videos. Looks interesting. Some of the speakers seem silly but enunciate VERY well and captions are automatic. Includes videos on passing TOEFL tests, as well as Business English interviews.

CBC Radio Canada 10 video lessons with transcript and comprehension questions.  4 for Beginners,  3 for Intermediate, 3 for Advanced learners.

Daily Dose of English (on YouTube)  video blogs on various topics, with captions. British but not too strong.

EFL Classroom This site has a variety of resources, but for videos with captions go to: (Jazz Chants)

 Elllo: English Listening Library Online—Learn English Naturally!  (British) Videos and podcasts with transcripts

English Café Written lessons, tips, thousands of  videos and podcasts.  Learning level is indicated for each lesson.  Content is provided by various teachers, some provide transcripts for video and audio, some do not.


Also see Jennifer on  Learn Pronunciation of English Vowel Sounds, Lesson 1

English Club Listening / Joe’s Cafe:  News videos, most with caption option.

EnglishMeeting channel on YouTube: Many good pronunciation videos. Captions are not the greatest, but not the worst either. The videos themselves are quite good.

“TH” sound:

“W” sound:

ɪ, ɚ r, d, ð TH, f, æ, n, t, k sounds :                           

 English Pronunciation Pod:   Click on the “Read and Listen” link to be able to read the transcript while you listen to the various podcasts. Some sample podcast titles: “Using Contractions to Improve Your Accent”, “The Vowels: /a/  vs. /æ/: ‘hot’ vs. ‘hat’”, “How to pronounce words that end in /l/ correctly.”

 ESLPROF2 (ESL LAB MIAMI)   Many YouTube ESL videos on grammar. Lots of explanatory text on each slide, captions available.             Verbs followed by infinitives and gerunds:

 Eslclick   Many YouTube ESL videos on pronunciation and grammar

 Eslspells    Some YouTube ESL videos on pronouncing various American phonics sounds

FunEasyEnglish    LOTS of videos and activities.  Try this example for learning the sound “o” as in the words: beau, bureau, sew, joke, smoke, woke, coast, coat, soap, throat, toe, brooch, although, shoulder, soul, blow, grow, low, mow

 How to say “v” and “w” in English (ConfidentSpeech channel)   how to differentiate the two sounds

 Learn American English Online Includes grammar lessons and captioned videos. Arranged by 6 learning levels.

 Learning English Pronunciation: YouTube Video (madhubkrishnan channel) )  Humorous video on attempting to pronounce English.

 Many  ESL videos with option for captions.

 Minute of Speech: ESL Accent Reduction Lessons—TarleSpeech Channel: h   many videos on pronunciation, including “woman” “would”.For “would”: 
For “would”:  
For “woman”:

For “women”:

 Nina Faust Videos (2):  These videos are made by Nina Faust, a naturalist living in Alaska, who raises 2 alpacas. Her main site on Vimeo is here:  but I have only transcribed the two where you can clearly see her speaking.    5.05 minutes         Porcupines

My name is Nina Faust, and I am going to be reading a selection from the National Geographic website, on porcupines.

 The porcupine is the prickliest of rodents, though its Latin name means “quill pig.” There are about two dozen porcupine species, and all boast a coat of needle-like quills to give predators a sharp reminder that this is no easy meal. Some quills, like Africa’s Crested Porcupine, are nearly 37 meters long. Porcupines have really soft hair, but on their back, sides, and tail, it is usually mixed with sharp quills. These quills usually lie flat, until a porcupine is threatened, and then leap to attention as a persuasive deterrent. (1:00 min) Porcupines cannot shoot them at predators as once thought, but the quills do detach easily when touched. Many animals come away from a porcupine encounter with quills protruding from their snouts or bodies. Quills have sharp tips and overlapping scales, or barbs, that make them difficult to remove once they’re stuck in an animal’s skin. Porcupines grow new scales to replace the ones they lose.

 (1:30 min) Porcupines found in North and South America are good climbers and spend much of their time in trees. Some even have prehensile gripping tails to aid in climbing. The North American porcupine is the only species that lives in the U.S. and Canada, and, is the largest of all porcupines. A single animal may have 30,000 or more quills.

 (2:00 min) North American par porcupines have large front teeth to satisfy a healthy ah appetite for wood. They eat natural bark, and stems, and have been known to invade campgrounds, and, chew on canoe paddles. North American porcupines also eat fruit, leaves, and springtime buds. Other porcupine species live in Africa, Europe, and Asia. These animals usually live on the ground, and can inhabit deserts, and grasslands, and forests. (2:32 min)  Female porcupines have between one and four young, depending on the species. Babies have soft quills at birth, which harden within a few days. Most young porcupines are ready to live on their own at about two months of age. A baby porcupine is named a “porcupet.”

 And now, for a couple of Alaskan porcupine stories from my own experiences. (3:00 min)   I love to walk my alpacas in the fields around my house. Sometimes when Gypsy, Canela, and I are walking in the lower field, a little tiny black dot will be visible waaaay in the distance. Both alpacas will stop, and stare, and sometimes I don’t see anything. Then, Canela will sound off with his alarm call: “Eeeee Eeeeeee Eeeeeee Eeeeeee Eeeeeee.”  Then I get worried, (3:30 min)   and think that he might be smelling a bear. I look intently, and then I spot a little tiny dot waaaay over there, and I say, “Oh, Canela, it’s just a porcupine, come on.” Surprisingly, Canela and Gypsy then want to just walk right over to see. But, since my alpacas are sometimes not on a lead, but roaming free, I do not let them near the (4:00 min)   porcupine, and simply say “Let’s go the other way, boys.”

 Another time, I came out of my house, because I had heard both my alpacas giving an alarm call. They were pretty frantic. I went over to the pen to see what all the fuss was about, and they were just standing near the front of the barn, and I thought, “Well, what’s up, what’s up?” I got there just in time to see a small porcupine waddle right(4:30 min)    inside their barn. I called my husband Ed, to “please grab the broom and chase the porcupine out of the barn,” while I made sure the two alpacas stayed back from the barn, to give the porky room to get out of the barn, squeeze through fence, and get on its way. So all ended well.

 (4:50 min)   And this is Nina, your Alaskan naturalist, saying, “there’s one for the big B.” (I don’t know what she meant by that).   2 1/2 minutes        Beavers

(00:04) Beavers are famously busy. They turn their talents to re-engineering the landscape as few other animals can. When sites are available, beavers burrow into the banks of rivers and lakes, but they also transform less suitable habitats by building dams. Feeling and gnawing trees with their strong teeth and powerful jaws, they create (00:31) massive log, branch, and mud structures to block streams, and turn fields and forests into the large ponds that beavers love.

 Dome-like, beaver homes, called lodges, are also constructed of branches, and mud. They’re often strategically located in the middle of ponds, and can only be reached by underwater entrances. (1:00) These dwellings are homes of extended families, and vuh monogamous parents, young kits, and yearlings born the previous spring. Beavers are among the largest rodents. They are herbivores, and prefer to eat leaves, bark, twigs, roots, and aquatic plants.

 These large rodents move with an ungainly waddle on land, (01:30)  but are graceful in the water, where they use their large webbed rear feet like swimming fins, and their paddle-shaped tails like rudders. These attributes allow beavers to swim at speeds up to five miles an hour. They can remain underwater for fifteen minutes without surfacing, and have a pair of transparent eyelids that function much like goggles. Their fur is naturally (02:00) oily and waterproof.


There are two species of beavers which are found in the forests of North America, Europe, and Asia. These animals are active all winter, swimming, and foraging in their ponds, even when a layer of ice covers the surface. (02:22) 5.05 minutes Porcupines 2 1/2 minutes Beavers

 Phonics: The Sounds of American English  From the University of Iowa. Mostly audio, but each sound also has video demonstrating making the sound.  This is great! Here is an example of the voiced sound /z/:

 Pronunciation Tip #1: Man, Men, Woman, Women (kunopresents) YouTube  good description of pronunciation of these words.

Pronouncing “w” and “wh” (onlinetutorforenglish channel)   no captions but examples for pronouncing

Real English  Each video lesson is marked by learning level. When you click on a video lesson, a page appears with more than one copy of the video. Usually the top video has no captions, but if you scroll further down you can find options for captions on other videos.

 Voice of America--Special English:


Word Stress—Lesson 6a by JenniferESL on YouTube  very clear video and speech about the importance of stressing the proper syllable.  Here is a link to her YouTube “channel” with lots more videos:


PODCASTS without video:

A4esl  Many podcasts. Slow speech. You can read a transcript at the same time. Beginning Level English Listening Comprehension Exercises    Short podcasts, slow speech. You can read a transcript on a separate browser tab.

 Aesop’s Fables:  This site has MANY stories (transcripts), those with podcasts are marked with a speaker icon. There are many more stories without audio, just text.

 (A) Cup of English (caution—British English)   Includes a daily podcast with  transcript and grammar notes (idiom explanations)

 California Distance Learning Project: Adult Learning Activities   This site has MANY stories with transcripts, those with videos are marked with a movie camera icon. (I couldn’t get the videos to work, only the podcasts).

 Diane’s ESL Podcast—POD-O-Matic  Podcasts without transcript. The first one I tried I couldn’t hear. Others were OK. Spanish English Audio Dictionary:  Select which way you want the translation (EN<>ES), then enter a word in the search box. Listing shows various uses of the word in both languages, with audio pronunciation in both languages.

 DynEd’s Podcast (Dynamic English / Voice of America)  Many podcasts without transcript or visuals “English language course, and introduction to American people and culture.”

 English Club Learn English: Pronunciation   Lists several free podcasts for English pronunciation.  Other resources available on main Learn English tab:

 (The) English  ESL podcasts from Canada for listening and pronunciation practice. Includes photo and transcripts. Also, there is a reference to private English lessons on Skype at

 English Listening Lounge  These podcasts are probably level 3 and up.  Choose a domain (American English), a level (New Listeners),  a topic, and a passage (subtopic). Scroll down and near the bottom, click on the word Transcripts above the text box. This will display the transcript for the passage chosen. Then scroll back up and on the right side click on the Start triangle to begin the podcast.

English Pond podcasts of common phrases with transcripts

 English Pronunciation Pod  Many podcasts for improving pronunciation, with transcripts available.

 ESL Business News  Podcasts for ESL news. Slow speech, no transcripts.

ESL FAST—Easy Conversations for ESL Beginners Podcasts with transcript.

 ESL Library  Podcasts for many lesson plans. This one is NOT FREE, there are several subscription rates, $22/3 mo, $33 / 6 mo, and $55 / 1 yr. For me, this was worth it if you are diligent and download as much as you can in a short period of time. Most lessons have associated podcasts. My student LOVES the lessons from this site, mostly the ones to do with various verb tenses.

 ESL Library FREE Podcasts  (no transcripts, just audio).

 ESL POD  Various podcasts designed for English learners. Speech is slow, transcripts are included.

 eViews   Various podcasts designed for English learners. Speech is slow, transcripts are included. Select a topic of interest from this link, and below the description, click the Here link. Then open the .pdf file which contains glossary, questions, lesson plan, and transcript of the interview.  Then open the mp3 file for the podcast.

 Feedburner (from Esmat Ahmed)

 Focus English: Everyday English in Conversation  Side panel has a variety of topics. Choose one, click on the Go button to reach the transcript page. On that page, near the bottom, is an icon to click on to hear the podcast.

Focus English: Conversation Starters  These are a bit more difficult than the English in Conversation. Pick a topic, formulate your own response, then listen to a sample response that they produced.

 Light Up Your Brain: Brain-Teaser Games and AUDIO STORIES for kids  Listen to podcast of children’s stories, and read transcript.

 Listen to English  British but understandable and very good. Transcript accompanies the podcast.

 Many               ESL podcasts with transcripts          podcasts for learning songs with lyrics text.           podcasts of jokes, with transcript.      ESL podcasts with transcripts.       Voice of America podcasts with transcripts.           Listen and repeat or read along American stories with podcast and transcripts.                 Listen to a story, then fill in the blanks          Dictation quiz. Listen, then type what you heard.

 Oxford University Press: Pronunciation  Choose a category,  then click on the pictures to hear the phonics pronunciation.

 Pronuncian_American English Pronunciation—Phonics:

This wonderful site uses MANY methods to help with pronunciation. They do offer paid subscriptions, but there is plenty here for free.

Here is the podcast section: It is a little cumbersome to actually get the one you want up and running.

Clicking on this link will take you to the link for the most recent podcast for this site.

The next step should be to use the search box in the upper right and enter the phonics topic you wish to explore, such as: “ed ending.” This will return you to the most recent podcast page, but at the top it will now list the number of the podcast for your topic, such as “Podcast #19: American English pronunciation of the ed ending.” You must still click on the “Listen Now” button for the current podcast, which will bring up the Podtrac Audio Player. You will then need to use the scrollbar on the right side to locate the actual topic you wish to hear, in this case, #19. Then you will need to click the square “start podcast” button to actually get it going.                Concentration game.   Turn over a card and listen. Try another card until you can match the sound.

Randall’s ESL Listening Lab:  Many activities. Web page is BUSY with ads, you have to look hard for the activities you want: 

Repeat After Us:  Online library and language lab. Choose famous poems or literature by genre, and for those that have been recorded (on the main list, the title is followed by: recorded), click on the title to play the podcast while you read the transcript.

Rong Chang’s English:  a variety of links.

A variety of listening links:       

A variety of pronunciation:       

A variety of podcast links:         

 StoryNory:  Fairy tales and original stories with transcripts. 

Train Your Accent:   LISTEN to authentic speech  Podcasts with transcripts. Also provides “reduced speech” transcript. You will need to open two tabs in your browser to read the transcript at the same time as you are listening to the podcast.


General Podcasts, OK for higher level students but not tailored for ESL:

 Aljazeera Podcasts Incudes text with highlighting on the phrases being spoken.

 Apple iTunes Podcasts:  If you already have iTunes installed on your computer, you can click on this link to open iTunes to the “podcast” page, where you can then select specific podcasts. Most are not specific to ESL, but there is a podcast site listed for “Language Learning,” which includes learning English. You can also click the “Podcasts” toolbar link within iTunes, at the top of the page, to locate even more podcasts.

 NPR Podcast Directory Links to National Public Radio podcasts.  . Just audio, no transcripts.

 PBS NOVA Podcasts Audio only, I did not see any transcripts. LARGE selection of podcasts by category of interest. For higher level students, not designed specifically for ESL. No transcripts.

 Podcast Alley  Interesting discussion, but no transcripts.

 Science Magazine  Many interesting science podcasts. Includes transcripts so you can read along while listening.


SPEAKING/RECORDING: For  English Language Learners, transcripts / captions:

Audioboo:  Allows you to RECORD audio and upload it to another site. Or, you can just copy the web address from the browser address line, and then paste the address of the recording in an email or other communication.

Busuu  You must “JOIN” to use the tools, but joining is free for a “basic” account. Indicate which language is your native language, and which you want to learn. You will begin a course of study with lessons presented to you. Some lessons include RECORDING lesson material. Your submissions will then be corrected by other members who are native speakers of the language you are learning. You can gain access to more advanced lessons by purchasing a premium account.

 English Central - Videos that pause, with text displayed, for YOU to RECORD what you just heard. Here is an example:

LiveMocha  You must “JOIN” to use the tools, but joining is free for a “basic” account. Indicate which language is your native language, and which you want to learn. You will begin a course of study with lessons presented to you. Some lessons include RECORDING lesson material. Your submissions will then be corrected by other members who are native speakers of the language you are learning. You can gain access to more advanced lessons by purchasing a premium account.

Sound Recorder: For Windows operating systems: Go to Start Menu / All Programs / Accessories and select Sound Recorder. You can RECORD your voice and paste the file into a website or into a document:  (this is a real recording, double-click to hear)

Spoken Skills Listen to short podcasts with transcript, RECORD and PLAYBACK your own voice! (Requires a microphone)

USA Learns: Create a free account, take a complete course from Beginner to Intermediate. Lessons include vocabulary, videos using the vocabulary, podcasts with transcripts, and opportunities to RECORD and PLAYBACK your own voice. This site was created by the US Department of Education and the Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

Vocaroo:      RECORD your voice and upload the link to another site for others to hear. (I actually prefer AUDIOBOO)

Voicethread:  Upload slides (best if PowerPoint or like) and add video and/or audio. Others can comment on each with video, audio, or text. Also can draw on the slides.

Examples of multi-page Voicethreads:

student comments on the John Steinbeck novel, The Pearl:  John Steinbeck novel, Of Mice and Men: Students describe how to say various phrases in different languages

Conjugate the verb, “To Be”:

Pronouns, made by a teacher, but very few people commented:

English learners saying the alphabet:

Mine, on pronouncing "-ed" endings: 

 Voxopop  Create or participate in a “talk group.” A subject is introduced with audio, text, and links, and you can study the topic, then respond with the Voxopop RECORDER.


 MISCELLANEOUS: For English Language Learners, transcripts or captions:

 American This page contains some tips and rules about phonics, as well as an interactive pronunciation chart at the bottom that has audio.

 ESL Aloud  Various podcasts, include transcripts. Each sentence is followed by a pause so the listener can repeat the sentence themselves. Each sentence is repeated twice. This site would work very well with a digital recorder!

 Fonetiks: American English Vowel Sounds   Click on a topic in the “American English” row, then move mouse over the sound in the left column. Or, Click in the column “More Pronunciation Practice.” Some of these are British English, some are not. Includes song lyrics.

 International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA)  Select a location, even down to a U.S. specific state, and hear the dialect.  It can take a little while for the voice recording to appear…

 International Okanagan College  MANY pronunciation tools. Videos and charts of minimal pairs. Videos showing the phonics of various sounds.

 Lingro  A toolbar that automatically translates the webpage you are on  to the language you desire…

 Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary  Type a word into the text box, then click on the speaker symbol to hear the word pronounced.

 SitePal Text-To-Speech  type in the word that you want to hear and the avatar will pronounce it for you.

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Comment by Asif Ali, Zindani. on April 27, 2014 at 23:17

Thanks for sharing a huge resources on net with us, hope it'll helps us for improving our English skills.

Comment by Beverly Stout on April 27, 2014 at 22:36

For I Am Vietnamese!  yes, of course!  I have a more current version also, you can reach me on Skype beverly.stout to get that...

Comment by I am Vietnamese on April 23, 2014 at 7:47

Hi teacher Beverly, Could I share your blog? 

Comment by Beverly Stout on March 10, 2014 at 18:45

Wow Amal! How did you ever find this post? It is really o l d !   I'm glad the links were helpful!

Comment by amal hope forever on March 9, 2014 at 23:33

Thank you very much Mrs.Beverly for these links,they are quite helpful .

Comment by Beverly Stout on January 28, 2013 at 18:26

Kamal, Shanaz, glad it was of use to you!

Comment by shanaz on January 1, 2013 at 8:29

I really thank you for sharing such a helpful resources for us. I love you Beverly Stout.

Comment by Beverly Stout on December 31, 2012 at 18:53

Glad you like it Nida!

Comment by nida on December 31, 2012 at 6:02

I don't know how to thank you for sharing such wonderful resources for learning English pronunciation with us. This is really awesome and I highly appreciate it.

Thanks a billion, Dear Beverly!

Comment by Bimal on September 11, 2012 at 19:40

Dear Beverly Stout,

It is really an ocean of information about various websites, podcasts and so forth in relating to English language learning. When I read this whole section from top to bottom, I got surprised really! You have done a great job to present us (learners) all possible avenues in this regard! I am really happy about you!

Good Luck!


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