5 Podcasts and Books to Inspire ESL Learners

Updated: Nov 4, 2020


I am a voracious consumer of content. In other words, when I am not working or with my family, I am usually listening to a podcast or reading a book. If you are a client of mine, you might have noticed that I reference podcasts and books a lot!

My guess is that if you are reading my blog or are a client of mine then we share some common interests. With that in mind, I’ve love to let you know what I am reading and listening to lately. Perhaps these podcasts and books might inspire you, too!

1. Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

My thoughtful client knows me well and gifted me this book for the holidays. Brené Brown is one of my top three authors, and I love her style of writing and her focus on bravery and vulnerability.

In America, we are taught to put on a brave face and “fake it until we make it.” But what if we were authentic with people and showed a bit of our fear? Might we better connect with people? Maybe showing our weaknesses is the real act of bravery. In Dare to Lead, research professor Brené talks about bringing this mindset into our workplaces and the transformation that it would cause.

2. The History of English Podcast

Have you ever wanted to know why “ph” can sound like “f” in English? Or, why “gh” sometimes sounds like an “f” and sometimes it is silent? If so, then this podcast is for you! The host, Kevin Stroud, researches and retraces the language of English through all of its sound, spelling, and vocabulary changes.

From a learning perspective, I believe that learning about the history of a language might help you to create more language connections in the present!

3. ProBlogger (blog and podcast)

As you know, I write a lot and my most important influence is Darren Rouse at ProBlogger. His focus is to always provide a blog that is of utmost service to its readers, and I try to adhere to this philosophy when I write. I don’t do it perfectly, but serving my ESL readers is always my goal.

I also believe that many of my clients and readers might enjoy blogging, too! As I’ve mentioned before, writing is powerful stuff. It can take your language journey to a whole new level.

If you have a passion for language or another hobby, have you considered blogging about it? If you would like to learn more, take a look at the ProBlogger website or listen to the podcast. You will feel inspired.

4. Tara Brach


Tara Brach is a psychologist and teacher of meditation, among other things, and I absolutely love this woman’s powerful, thought-provoking talks. If you ever need a gentle, motherly voice to calm your nerves, her podcasts are the answer.

Tara is also a great joke-teller; in fact, she incorporates jokes into every talk. So if you are interested in a mixture of humor, compassion, and spirituality, they are definitely worth a listen.

5. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

What if you had to learn the language of wolves by living with them? This is what the main character of Lone Wolf decides to do. Body language, eye contact, scent - all of these non-verbal forms of communication are more important than any sound in the language of the wolf. If you love animals and learning a language through absolute immersion, you will love this book.

So, that's what I'm into these days...

What are you reading and listening to?

I’d love to know. Is it ESL-related or something completely different? I enjoy having multiple books that I am in the process of reading. That’s because I never know what I’ll be in the mood for!

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