Whether you are looking for some way to practice your English over the summer break or you are just looking for something to keep you busy during your long journey to a fabulous holiday destination or in those long afternoons under the sun, podcasts are a great way to keep your listening skills up to scratch.
The mission of the Today I found out website is “feeding your brain” and for that purpose they offer articles, podcasts, videos and lots more about the fascinating trivia of history, science and everyday facts. You can listen to the podcasts online or download them and most of them include transcripts so that you can check your listening comprehension and note down new vocabulary items.
There is a large variety of topics, from historical facts such as why humans started wearing clothes or why the talibans hated Leonardo DiCaprio’s hair to random trivia as the reason why we give the time reference “o’clock” or scientific myths such as what would happen if we threw a penny from the top of the Empire State Building, plus lots more!
- Up to scratch (phrase): up to the required standard; satisfactory.
- Trivia (noun; singular/plural): unimportant detail(s); something frivoluos. It is often used to refer to random pieces of information of little relevance or value such as facts about people, events, etc., that are not well-known.