We are not affiliated with Audible in any way, but we think that it’s an amazing resource that everyone should know about. In order to be successful in language learning, you need to immerse yourself in the language as much as possible. Listening to audiobooks is a great way to get a lot of exposure because it can be done while you’re doing other things. You can train your ear to the language while driving to work, while cleaning your house, while walking the dog etc. We are not a fan of audio language lessons, but we love audiobooks for language learning!
We highly recommend listening to audiobooks regularly to reinforce what you learn and get used to the language. Audible is probably the best place to find an incredible amount of listening material for all levels. Yet, many people don’t think about Audible for language-learning purposes. Here’s how to find material in your target language:
Go to Audible‘s website and sign in. You can go Audible.com, but you might be redirected, depending on your country and location.
Click on Browse at the top of the page. Then, under Lists & Collections, click on Non-English Audiobooks.
If you don’t see Non-English Audiobooks in this menu, click on More Lists & Collections at the bottom, you’ll be redirected. Scroll down a bit to find Non-English Audiobooks from this new page.
Scroll to find your target language and click View all on the right to see the full list of available audiobooks. We’ve chosen French for the purpose of this post. At the time of writing this, there were 10,842 French audiobooks! Plus, new ones are added every day.
On the sidebar, you can choose a category to find material you find interesting. Remember that it’s important to choose material that matches your current skill level in the language. If you have a solid foundation, you can choose any of these categories. But if you’re a beginner, audiobooks for kids are incredibly helpful. Simply choose Kids in the sidebar, then choose your age group to find books that are equivalent to your current level in the language. Note that these categories could be slightly different from what you see here. If you can’t find Kids, it may be under Children or something similar. Let’s choose Ages 0-4 for now.
The first book that comes up in the Ages 0-4 category is a book that contains 50 children’s tales. This book alone will give you a total of over 7 hours of listening practice of easy material and it’s only $4.89! That’s pretty cool.
Another great feature on Audible is that you can control the narration speed. If you purchase a book and find it a bit too fast for your current level, you can slow it down to 0.75x. It can make a world of difference. Simply increase the speed as you get better and feel more positive about your skills.
It’s really that simple! Pick a book and start listening as much as you can. If you listen to audiobooks for a few hours every week, you will see a dramatic change in your comprehension in no time. We really think that Audible is a gold mine for language learning, and we think that everyone should know about it. Please share this post with your friends by using the social links below.
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