BBC Learning English

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About this app

The official BBC Learning English app brings together all of your favourite lessons and presenters in one fantastic, simple-to-use package. It's the best way to keep your English up to date!

Thank you to everyone for your positive comments and feedback.

This month (May) is going to make the app even better. We are introducing our first series for low level learners – English My Way. We also have a brilliant new series to help you speak more naturally - British Chat. This series has no script – it’s just ordinary people using real English to talk about everyday topics.

And don’t forget, you asked to be able to download our audio programmes. Every audio programme now has a download button so you can listen off-line.

So, whether you want to study grammar, improve your pronunciation, develop your English through topical new stories or learn the latest phrases to use in your everyday conversations, our app has the series for you.

Take us with you; we'll always be there to help you become a brilliant English speaker.

Learning English

The best way to learn a language is to practise a little bit every day. Our app helps you do that with daily updates of amazing, fun and topical lessons, transcripts and quizzes. Watch your English grow!

Features that will help you learn
Audio programmes that you can download. Watch or listen to each programme without using the text support. Then watch or listen again using the built-in transcripts and subtitles. Once you've practised your listening and reading skills, use the quizzes to test your understanding. The app will remember your scores so you can keep trying until you get the result you want.

When you're listening to an audio lesson, the programme will keep playing in the background even if the screen is turned off. So you can be on the bus, travelling by train, flying, walking or running and still have the perfect lesson in your ear.

Other Features
- New lessons daily
- Notifications to help you continue your learning
- Easy-to-find programmes listed by series name or category: (Everyday English, Learn English with the News, Business English, Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation)
- Follow your favourite series

All of our most popular programmes are available, including:
- The English We Speak
- 6 Minute English
- English at Work
- English in a Minute
- The award-winning Tim's Pronunciation Workshop
- LingoHack
- News Review

About BBC Learning English

BBC Learning English is one of the world's most popular providers of free English language teaching material. For more than 75 years it has been helping millions of learners, in over 100 countries, become better English speakers. Find out more about BBC Learning English and access other free English language teaching materials by visiting our website:

If you choose to receive push notifications, a unique identifier relating to your device will be stored by Urban Airship on behalf of the BBC to provide you with the service. You can choose to disable notifications from the BBC Learning English app in your phone’s 'Settings'.

No other personal data relating to you (such as a username or email address) is processed.

The BBC will keep your information secure and not share it with anyone else in accordance with the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy. To read BBC’s Privacy Policy go to

If you install this app you accept the BBC Terms of Use at
The app is published by BBC Media AT (BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). Full details of BBC Media AT are available on the Companies House website at: BBC © 2019
Updated on
Jun 10, 2022

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Messages, App activity and 2 others
This app may collect these data types
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted

Ratings and reviews

19.2K reviews
yashwanth maringanti
August 26, 2023
A great app for learning English. I have learnt a lot of useful vocabulary and idioms from it. However, I have one issue with the app, which is that it doesn't refresh and gives an error message when I switch to another app and again come back to BBC Learning English. But when I restart the app after closing and opening it then it works fine.
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Khaled Elyamany
August 28, 2022
Best educational app for learning English I believe especially that some audios are downloadable and could go for offline usage. However, probably most of them aren't. If you could please work on that, it would be the app of all times. One last thing is that the app is kind of slow a bit and that could be because of vast usage so a more powerful server could be required. "Thank you," to the whole team.
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BBC Media App Technologies
September 6, 2022
Khaled, many thanks for your detailed review and feedback. When the app launched, we didn't have the download functionality so you are right - you may be seeing some older audio programmes that can't be downloaded. All the new audio programmes should have a download button available. 👍
A Google user
August 10, 2019
The old version was suitable for study while the current version isn't. - Can't adjust audio speed. - Can't use offline. - No auto play nor repeat functions. - The number of episodes are reduced, but the contents are timeless and worthwhile to listen to old episodes. - The half of screen is occupied with an image. What learners need to see is not images but transcripts. If users want to watch video, we visit your youtube. The purpose of using this app is not for entertainment, please consider it.
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What's new

We release regular updates to the Learning English app to fix issues and improve performance.