Curious minds from 189 countries are improving their English in a more interesting way.
"It is such an amazing source to improve my listening, vocabulary, comprehension and more. Becoming a member was quite an easy decision for me. Definitely, I made the best decision ever."
Spanish speaker, Spain
"I really enjoy listening to this podcast. It is the perfect opportunity for me to practice my pronunciation. There are plenty of podcasts with fascinating podcasts about the world we live in, and I love the quality of the storytelling. All in all, perfect value for money and I can highly recommend this to any learner of English around the world."
Kristian de Groot
Dutch speaker, Prague
"I was very happy when I discovered Leonardo English. It's exactly what I was looking for to improve my English. The speed is just right for me, and the tone and intellectual topics make it adorable to follow. Thank you!"
Persian speaker, Iran
"Finally, a much more interesting way to improve my listening skills. I loved the one about fake meat!"
Italian speaker, Italy
"Leonardo English is one of my favourite English resources I've found. It's great for listening to High Resolution English and improving your comprehension and confidence."
Spanish speaker, Spain
"The topics are great and I find the way they are presented so positive and entertaining“
German speaker, Germany
"I'm so in love with these podcasts. The content is unique and interesting, the voice is crystal clear for me to listen which was not the case with other podcasts. Thank you so much for giving me confidence and improving my level of English."
Malayalam speaker, India
"It’s a very good way to improve my language skills. With the help of the key vocabulary and the transcripts on the website, I am increasing my vocabulary, and thanks to the shadowing I am improving my pronunciation."
Isabel M. Rivero
Spanish speaker, Spain (Gran Canaria)
I typed "British food" on Spotify and I found the Leonardo English podcast first. Not only I was intrigued by the variety of the topics that we can find on the podcast account but I deeply enjoy the quality of the content. It is always a pleasure to listen to it every morning. Thank you.
French & Madagascan speaker, France
"As an English teacher, I was seeking to boost my listening skills. Leonardo English was highly appealing to me. Its informative and linguistically rich podcasts along with its serene tone of speech has exposed me to a variety of authentic collocation patterns, standard pronunciation and stress, and a British accent. I'd highly recommend it."
Persian speaker, Iran
Built by English native speakers, teachers and language learners.
Leonardo English was created by lifelong language learners and English teachers.
We know how to teach English.
But more importantly, we know how you really learn a language.
Leonardo English is the result of thousands of hours learning 6 languages.
It's the way we would have wanted to learn.
We hope you enjoy it.
Who is it for?
Intermediate speakers and above
Can you understand this website? If so, you should be able to understand our podcasts.
Leonardo Da Vinci was the quintessential renaissance man - a painter, philosopher, artist, mathematician, and more. We believe that everyone can aspire to broaden their knowledge, and be a bit more like Leonardo.
What kind of English accent will I learn?
The majority of our content is in a British 'BBC' accent, otherwise known as The Queen's English.
On occasion we may have content in an American, Australian, or South African accent.
How often do new episodes come out?
We release new episodes twice a week, on a Tuesday and Friday.
We make 1 episode per week available for non-members.
Will I learn grammar or vocabulary?
We do not currently have lessons specifically on grammar or vocabulary, although by listening to the podcasts you will improve both your grammar and vocabulary through understanding the words and structures used by native speakers.
The key vocabulary is provided for every podcast, with an average of 50 words highlighted with definitions.
Depending on your level, and how you use the podcasts, you could learn 50+ new words per week.
We're language learners ourselves, and know firsthand that just focussing on vocabulary and grammar isn't what makes you fluent.
What if it is too hard?
At the start, learning a language is about being out of your comfort zone.
If you are too comfortable, it means you aren't learning.
If it feels hard, then this means that you are learning, even if it is a bit painful at the start.
Who built Leonardo English?
Hi, I'm Alastair 👋.
I'm an English guy from London, who has spent 34 years on this earth studying foreign languages, working in technology, teaching English to foreigners, and thinking about learning languages.
I'm a native English speaker, am fluent in Italian and French, have a Masters in Mandarin Chinese, and have studied Russian, Latin and Greek, as well as dabbling in Spanish and German.
I've lived in the UK, France, Italy and China. I now live in Malta, am married to an Italian, have a little (almost) trilingual baby, and have friends from all over the world, so I've spent my life thinking about how best to learn a language.
I'm building Leonardo English to help people like you improve your English while learning about the world.
What level of English is this for?
It is for Intermediate speakers and above.
If you can read and understand most of this website, you will be able to understand the podcasts.
Every podcast comes with key vocabulary and a transcript, so you should be able to follow easily, even if you don't immediately understand every word.
I've got an idea for a podcast I'd like you to create. Can you do it?
Sure, if you are a member you can request topics for us to make.
We want to make the podcasts that our members want to listen to - join today and start requesting topics within minutes.
Do you have a free trial?
Sorry, we do not. We make 1 podcast free per week, and you can check out some transcripts on the Free Transcripts page.
Instead of a free trial, we offer a 30-days 'no questions asked' refund policy.
Full refunds are all processed within 24hrs.
Can I listen to the member-only episodes on my favourite podcast app?
Yes. When you become a member you will receive a unique link to add the member-only episodes to your favourite podcast app. You can read more about this here.
Can I give a membership as a gift?
What a lovely thought! Yes, of course you can. You can do this on the Gift Memberships page
What happens in the Member-only Q&A sessions?
Great question. These sessions happen once a month, and all members of Leonardo English are invited.
Generally these sessions cover an interesting topic, and include a presentation and discussion.
They take place virtually, typically on the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm CET (Paris/Rome time).
It's a great opportunity to learn something new, practise your English with other curious minds (but speaking isn't required), and have some fun at the same time.
Past topics include "How to actually use podcasts to improve your English", "Accents in English", "What British people really mean", and "Brexit".