Category : audio

RSS feed for this section

This category will contain audio resources for learning English.

Here you can listen to native English speakers using everyday words and phrases in English as a teaching tool.

The Goal – Leonard Cohen

This is from Leonard Cohen’s posthumous album Thanks for the Dance,produced by his son, Adam Cohen. The album was released on November 22, 2019. It features tracks recorded by Leonard Cohen during the sessions for his last album before his death in 2016.

First heard on Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast Broken Record.

I can't leave my house
or answer the phone
I'm going down again
but I'm not alone

Settling at last
accounts of the soul
I sit in my chair
I look at the street
the neighbour returns 
my smile of defeat

I move with the leaves
I shine with the chrome
I'm almost alive
I'm almost at home

No-one to follow 
and nothing to teach
except that the Goal
falls short of the Reach

Nha Trang Early Afternoon

The view from my Nha Trang apartment’s terrace floor, early afternoon. What the hell am I doing lolling about there when there’s work to be done? I’m trying to rebuild some muscle by stair-climbing in between jags tapping away at this keyboard. I think it’s probably shrivelled a little after a long time without any […]

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

Story eight of The Best American Humorous Short Stories by Alexander Jessup, editor. This librivox recording is in the public domain. Story eight, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (1865 ) by Mark Twain. [From The Saturday Press, Nov. 18, 1865. Republished in The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches (1867), […]

The Lion’s Daughter

The Lion’s Daughter by Kahlil Gibran This is a librivox recording. All librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit librivox.org. The Lion’s Daughter, by Kahlil Gibran. Reading by Matt Ferrard FOUR slaves stood fanning an old queen who was asleep upon her throne. And she was snoring. […]

The Five Boons of Life

Section 12 of The $30,000 Bequest and other stories This is a librivox recording. All librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit librivox.org. The $30,000 Bequest and other stories, by Mark Twain. Section 12 The Five Boons of Life Chapter 1 In the morning of life came […]