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From tips on language learning, partnerships, news, and an insider view on how we produce our podcasts, this your 'resource centre' for improving your English in a more interesting way.
Superpowers of Effective English Learners

Superpowers of Effective English Learners

Language learning
6
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July 31, 2020
What do the most successful language learners have in common? Discover the common traits of top English learners and how you can develop them.
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Members-Only Session: What British People Say (And What They Really Mean)

Members-Only Session: What British People Say (And What They Really Mean)

Leonardo English
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July 31, 2020
On Wednesday 29th July, we had our third Members-only Q&A session, where we discussed what British people really mean when they say certain things. Here's an update from the session, and answers to some common questions about what goes on in these sessions.
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5 Ways to Remember English Vocabulary That Are Actually Effective

5 Ways to Remember English Vocabulary That Are Actually Effective

Language learning
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July 16, 2020
With hundreds of thousands of English words, how are you supposed to remember everything? Here are 5 ways that actually work.
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How To Improve Your English Pronunciation

How To Improve Your English Pronunciation

Language learning
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July 16, 2020
Pronunciation is key to being understood by native English speakers. Here’s some advice on how to practise it.
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Member Profile: Kristian, from The Netherlands

Member Profile: Kristian, from The Netherlands

Leonardo English
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July 13, 2020
Meet Kristian, a lifelong learner, and a proud member of Leonardo English. Learn about how he uses the podcasts, and see a recording of how he uses the subtitles and transcript to improve his speaking.
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What is Shadowing And Why Should You Use It To Improve Your English Speaking Skills?

What is Shadowing And Why Should You Use It To Improve Your English Speaking Skills?

Language learning
6
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July 10, 2020
Speaking English is hard, and it can be difficult to practice. Check out this groundbreaking method for improving your speaking. You can do it on your own with just 15 minutes a day.
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Why Teaching Just Might Be The Best Tool For Learning

Why Teaching Just Might Be The Best Tool For Learning

Language learning
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July 2, 2020
Here's our guide on how to apply some of the principles of teaching to help you improve your learning approach. Using the principles of teaching can take your retention from 5% to 90%. It's every smart language learner's secret weapon.
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How to Improve Your English Listening (When You Don't Have Anyone to Practise With)

How to Improve Your English Listening (When You Don't Have Anyone to Practise With)

Language learning
6
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June 19, 2020
You know that you need to practise your listening skills to become fluent in English… but what if you don’t have a native English-speaking friend to listen to? Here’s what you can do instead.
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How to Improve Your English Speaking (When You Don't Have Anyone to Practise With)

How to Improve Your English Speaking (When You Don't Have Anyone to Practise With)

Language learning
7
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June 19, 2020
Think you need a native English speaker to improve your speaking skills? You don’t. Here are a bunch of effective alternatives.
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Member Profile: Isabel, from Gran Canaria (Spain)

Member Profile: Isabel, from Gran Canaria (Spain)

Leonardo English
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June 5, 2020
Meet Isabel M. Rivero, from Gran Canaria. A published author and a proud new member of Leonardo English.
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You Don’t Have to Be Smart To Learn English

You Don’t Have to Be Smart To Learn English

Language learning
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June 1, 2020
Some people think you need talent or to be super intelligent to become fluent in English. Nope. Here’s what you need to be instead.
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Passive Language Learning is Bulls**t. Here’s Why.

Passive Language Learning is Bulls**t. Here’s Why.

Language learning
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June 1, 2020
Think you can just acquire a language by watching Netflix? Think again. Here’s why active listening, and not passive listening, is the key to getting fluent.
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Member Profile: Coté, from Barcelona

Member Profile: Coté, from Barcelona

Leonardo English
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May 26, 2020
Meet Coté Granados, a proud new member of Leonardo English. Discover why she started learning English and read about her learning journey.
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12+ Simple and Inexpensive Ways to Learn English From Home

12+ Simple and Inexpensive Ways to Learn English From Home

Language learning
19
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May 25, 2020
The best thing about learning English is that you can do it from home, relaxing in your pyjamas. Check out these simple and inexpensive ways to do it.
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The Ultimate Teacher’s Guide for How to Use Podcasts to Teach English

The Ultimate Teacher’s Guide for How to Use Podcasts to Teach English

Language learning
14
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May 25, 2020
Podcasts can be a great teaching tool. Here is how you can use podcasts to teach English both in class and as supplemental material.
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What I've Learned From 100,000 Downloads

What I've Learned From 100,000 Downloads

Leonardo English
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May 25, 2020
The English Learning for Curious Minds podcast just crossed 100,000 downloads. Here's what I've learned in 5.5 months.
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How Starting a Podcast in English Helped Me Improve My English

How Starting a Podcast in English Helped Me Improve My English

Language learning
6
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May 18, 2020
Discover the story of Daniel, an English learner from Switzerland who decided to start his own podcast in English as a way of improving his English.
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How To Use Mind Mapping To Become A More Effective English Learner

How To Use Mind Mapping To Become A More Effective English Learner

Language learning
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May 14, 2020
Mind mapping is a technique that can help you become a more effective English learner. Here’s how to use it to improve your vocabulary, grammar, and creative thinking.
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YouTube vs. Netflix vs. Podcasts: Which Is The Best Way To Learn English?

YouTube vs. Netflix vs. Podcasts: Which Is The Best Way To Learn English?

Language learning
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May 10, 2020
Is it better to learn English with YouTube, Netflix, or podcasts? Check out the pros and cons of each to help you decide what’s the best option for you.
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Listening To Podcasts Will Help You Speak English Better—And We’ve Got the Science Results To Prove it.

Listening To Podcasts Will Help You Speak English Better—And We’ve Got the Science Results To Prove it.

Language learning
5
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May 10, 2020
Did you know that listening to podcasts can improve your English speaking as well as your listening? We explain how.
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New ‘Listener’ Membership

New ‘Listener’ Membership

Leonardo English
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May 4, 2020
We’ve launched a listen-only version of Leonardo English membership, making membership more affordable than ever before. There has never been a better time to improve your English in a more interesting way.
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How Learning English Can Teach You More Than Just English

How Learning English Can Teach You More Than Just English

Language learning
4
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April 17, 2020
Learning English can lead you to discover profound ideas and develop essential skills. This article is about all those other things you learn when you learn English.
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How To Create Your Own English Immersion Course

How To Create Your Own English Immersion Course

Language learning
6
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April 17, 2020
Want to get immersed in English without going to an English speaking country? We’ll give you the steps you need to create your own personal English immersion course.
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9 Myths About Becoming Fluent in English

9 Myths About Becoming Fluent in English

Language learning
5
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April 7, 2020
There are lots of myths about becoming fluent in English. In this article, an English teacher tells you the truth about learning English.
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8 Reasons You Shouldn’t Learn English in a Classroom (Confessions from an English Teacher)

8 Reasons You Shouldn’t Learn English in a Classroom (Confessions from an English Teacher)

Language learning
6
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April 7, 2020
You don’t need to learn English in a classroom. It can actually be less effective than learning on your own. Here’s why.
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Why You Shouldn't Choose A Language App That Does Everything

Why You Shouldn't Choose A Language App That Does Everything

Language learning
4
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March 12, 2020
When learning English it's often tempting to choose a product that promises to do everything. Here's why that's a bad idea, and why we are staying focussed at Leonardo English.
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10 Weird English Words & Phrases You Should Start Using Today

10 Weird English Words & Phrases You Should Start Using Today

Language learning
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March 11, 2020
Life is too short for boring words. Here are 10 weird and interesting English phrases you should start using today.
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Annual Memberships Have Arrived - Become a Member From €8 a Month

Annual Memberships Have Arrived - Become a Member From €8 a Month

Leonardo English
3
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February 25, 2020
We've launched a new membership option, so you can now become a member of Leonardo English and get access to transcripts, key vocabulary, bonus episodes and more from €8 per month
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We're Number 1 on iVoox (the Spanish-speaking world's favourite podcast app)

We're Number 1 on iVoox (the Spanish-speaking world's favourite podcast app)

Leonardo English
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February 19, 2020
We just got to Number 1 podcast for 'learning English' in the Spanish-speaking world's top podcast app, iVoox
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New Feature: Animating Transcripts 🎥

New Feature: Animating Transcripts 🎥

Leonardo English
3
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February 18, 2020
We've just launched animating transcripts, meaning it's easier than ever to follow every word of the podcast and not miss a single word.
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The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Learning English

The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Learning English

Language learning
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February 5, 2020
Learning English can be hard, and it can be even harder if you don't go about it in the right way. Here are the top 10 mistakes people make when learning English, and how to avoid them.
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What Can You Learn From A Baby About How To Learn English?

What Can You Learn From A Baby About How To Learn English?

Language learning
7
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December 16, 2019
You might not believe it, but babies are excellent language students. Here's why.
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Active vs. Passive Language Learning

Active vs. Passive Language Learning

Language learning
8
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December 13, 2019
Ever wondered what the difference between passive and active language learning is?
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How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English

How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English

Language learning
12
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November 12, 2019
Podcasts can be the most amazing way to improve your English, if you use them in the smartest possible ways. This guide will teach you how to use podcasts like a boss, and teach you how to go from ‘passive’ to ‘active’ learner.
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Why You Should Use Podcasts To Learn English

Why You Should Use Podcasts To Learn English

Language learning
19
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November 12, 2019
Learning English through podcasts is the trusted choice of some of the most successful English language learners. Here’s why you should think seriously about using podcasts to help improve your English speaking, listening, reading and writing.
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How To Build Your Own Vocabulary App For Free (With Just A Google Account)

How To Build Your Own Vocabulary App For Free (With Just A Google Account)

Language learning
10
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November 5, 2019
Every self-respecting language learner should have a place where they keep vocabulary, expressions, useful phrases. Here’s our guide to how you can create your own app with zero knowledge of coding, and just a Google account.
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The Birth of Leonardo English

The Birth of Leonardo English

Leonardo English
4
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November 5, 2019
Leonardo English was born out of personal frustration. Learning English should be fascinating, but for most people it’s a chore. Read more about the story of how Leonardo English was born, and where it is going.
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Getting The Most Out of Leonardo English

Getting The Most Out of Leonardo English

Language learning
6
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October 30, 2019
Our 8 top tips for how to use Leonardo English to turbocharge your English language learning. Read about the tips and tricks that will teach you how to learn 'actively', and improve much faster than 'passive' listeners.
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