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.
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.
How often do new podcasts come out?
We release new podcasts twice a week, on a Tuesday and Friday, with bonus longer episodes for members once a month.
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.
Why is everything in English?
We could have created a website with content for speakers of Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, Japanese, and more. But almost everything in this website is in English.
We want you to have a fully immersive experience and to communicate only in English, as it really is the best way to learn.
Some of our blog articles and guides have other language versions. Currently our blog is available in Spanish.and Portuguese.
Will I learn vocabulary or grammar?
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.
Can I use Leonardo English for free?
Yes, you can listen to podcasts for free on the website or on your favourite podcast app.
However you need to become a member to get access to all of the materials, including transcripts, key vocabulary, and bonus podcasts.
No. But you can listen to any podcast for free, you can see the first 60 seconds of animating transcripts, 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.
I've got an idea for a podcast I'd like you to create. Can you do it?
Sure, feel free to suggest it! Email email@example.com and we'll let you know.
Why 'Leonardo' English?
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.
Who built Leonardo English?
Hi, I'm Alastair 👋
I'm an English guy from London, who has spent 32 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 - I look forward to welcoming you to our community!