Smart Learning: Top 10 Free Business English Podcasts and Audio Resources

lipiec 11th, 2011

Dear Readers,

This week I’d like to present a top 10 list of free business English podcasts. I am aware that in the modern business world, most language learning happens on-the-go and . This is the main reason we fit our texts in Business English Magazine with mini-dictionaries, MP3s and QR codes to assist you on your way.

Now, let’s get to the point. There are many great resources out there that can help you improve your business English as you walk, drive or jog. Check out my list of  top 10 podcasts:

1. BBC Business Daily [iTunes link]- perhaps one of the most interesting business resources on the web, updated daily. Examining the big issues facing the global economy, Business Daily demystifies the world of money. From giant industries like aviation and automotive to the smallest scale start-up, Business Daily asks the big questions about free trade, technology and investment. There is also analysis of management and marketing trends, and what business jargon really means – together with reports on business news from around the world via the BBC’s global network of reporters.

2. The Economist Audio / Video – very good online streaming audio and video resource. Also available to go on your mobile and as an iTunes podcast

3. Harvard Business Idea Cast [iTunes link] – weekly audio podcast, usually features great ideas and commentaries from some of the top players in business and management. The HBR IdeaCast, from the publishers of Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business Press, and, features breakthrough ideas and commentary from the leading thinkers in business and management.

4. Manager Tools [iTunes link] – a weekly podcast focused on helping you become more effective as a manager. Each week they talk about new tools and easy techniques you can use to achieve your career objectives.

5. A Virtual Perception – a virtual assistant podcast that provides business resources to virtual and home-based entrepreneurs. Darlene Victoria, the show’s host and producer, provides insightful, friendly and inspiring advice and business resources to the show’s listeners. Done in a talk format, the highlight of A Virtual Perception is the interviews with business professionals who are in all stages of their business development and come from many different business backgrounds and industries.

6. NPR Planet Money – great podcast, many different guests with diverse backgrounds. Often featuring everyday people as well as brainy economists and high rollers. Often touching upon the history of business.

7. Money Girl – entertaining podcast featuring useful tips on money, credits and loans, insurance, investing etc. Money Girl provides short and friendly personal finance, real estate, and investing tips to help you live a richer life. Whether you’re just starting out or are already a savvy investor, Money Girl’s advice will point you in the right direction. 

8. The Disciplined Investor [iTunes link]- Host, Andrew Horowitz brings you specific market advice for profitable investing. Along with industry experts, this is one podcast to subscribe to that will get you on the road to becoming a disciplined investor.

9. The Engaging Brand Blog Podcast [iTunes link]- great business interviews on marketing, social media and leadership.

10. Down to Business English Podcast [iTunes link]- A podcast for people who use English as a Second Language (ESL) in their work environment and want to improve their overall language skills. In each episode, hosts Dez Morgan and Skip Montreux discuss business news making headlines around the world. Through their discussions, Skip & Dez introduce English vocabulary & phrases related to business, review English grammar, and identify cultural differences found in International business situations. An excellent way to improve your English listening skills, keep up with business trends, and advance your career.



1. aware – having knowledge of a situation – świadomy

2. demystify – make easier to understand – odkrywać dajemnice

3. breakthrough – sudden, dramatic, important – przełomowy

4. insightful – having deep understanding – wnikliwy

5. savvy – shrewd, clever – zmyślny


Do you have a favourite business English podcast? Feel free to share your links and ideas below: