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.