Slow English

Podcasts about Australia for intermediate learners of English


This site is maintained by Rob McCormack.


Rob McCormack is an Australian who lives in Melbourne and is retired from full time work. He enjoyed a long career which included roles as IT Project Manager with Australia Post and with a large Australian Insurance Company AMP. The first part of his career was as a school teacher and teacher adviser in the Western Australia Education Department. Rob finds plenty to keep himself occupied in his retirement. Retirement is the one great opportunity to do all those things he always wanted to do, but never had the time. He is a passionate language learner and is currently learning to speak German. Rob is also a keen motorcyclist and enjoys taking rides into the Victorian countryside, with the added pleasure of an occasional trip to Tasmania where the riding is spectacular. As Rob’s wife Silvia is still working, Rob also takes time to prepare the meals and look after the home. Rob is also a keen guitarist and song writer and enjoys making his own recordings which he posts to music sites on the Internet.  (See  Check out one of his recent tunes and feel free to leave a comment.


Some listeners have asked to hear the full song of my podcast introduction tune. Here is the full song. Thanks for listening.

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  1. Hello Rob,
    Thank you very much for your podcasts.
    I’m from Russia, and it’s a good idea to listen to podcasts. Slow English is very helpful for beginners.
    Could you please tell about the history of Australia? I hope it is very interesting.
    Good luck!

    P.S. Sorry if I made mistakes

    • Hi Denis,
      Many thanks for your comment and for your kind words about my podcast. I also appreciate your suggestion for a podcast topic. It’s a good one. Actually, many of my podcasts talk about Australia’s history, although about only one aspect. For example, try podcasts 39, 44, 21 and 60. They talk about different aspects of Australia’s history. I’m sure you will find interesting information in those podcasts. In the meantime, I will think about other history podcasts I could produce.
      Have a great day.

  2. Dear Rob,

    I’ve discovered this website from your podcast. I’m studying English in NZ. It is useful for me to listen to your voice because you spoke slowly, so I can understand most things from you. I’d like to more listen to your podcast because I need to be familiar with Australian accent and pronunciation. Thank you a lot!

    • Hi Brian. Many thanks for your message. New Zealand is a beautiful place for sure and a great place to study English. I’m glad my podcast is useful to you.
      Good luck with your English.
      Have a great day.

  3. Dear Rob,

    I really enjoyed your website and I appreciate what you have done so far to promote English for ESL students.
    I am an instructor of English in Iran who has been teaching for 17 years. For almost a decade, I also worked as a correspondent for Press TV.
    Currently, we are starting an online ESL institute together with an application for mobile phones.
    I would be grateful if you let me know how we can benefit from your precious experiences especially for those who are immigrating to Australia.

    • Hi Eshan,
      Many thanks for your comment. What you are doing sounds interesting. Perhaps you could send a few specific questions you might have to my email at We could then either correspond via email or perhaps on Skype.

  4. Hi, Rob!

    Thank you for your podcast! I wish I had found it before I passed IELTS!
    Anyway it is still very interesting for me to learn about Australia while learning English.
    I am planning to launch my own podcast. Would it be possible to have you as a guest or at least ask you several questions regarding podcast production?


    • Hi Maksim,

      Many thanks for your message. Congratulations on passing your IELTS. I would be interested to be a guest on your new podcast. I look forward to hearing from you. Cheers, Rob

  5. Hi Rob

    I am lucky i find your pod cast occasionally. I like your passages and voice. I think it will help me in studying english. And it also teaches me more knowledge about Melbourne. I hope i will travel to Melbourne as soon as earlier.

    Thank you for your hard work.
    Have a good day.

    • Hi Lisa,
      Many thanks for your kind comments. I hope you can visit Melbourne some day. I’m sure you will like it and you will be able to practise you English.
      Have a great day.

  6. Hi Rob!
    Your podcasts are great! It is the most helpful thing for me. I am Russian and have a lot of problems with learning English but I like English very much. You do a very important job for all of us! Thank you very much! I wish you all the best!
    PS. Please do not stop!

    • Hi Sergey,
      Many thanks for your kind comments. You English seems very good. You are doing very well.
      I plan to continue my podcasts for a while yet. It pleases me that people such as yourself find them useful.
      Have a great day.

  7. Hi, Rob!

    I just want to say thank you for your blog, it really helps me to improve my listening skills. Also I have a good penpal from Australia and I think it will be a good way to find out more about your country.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Hi Dmitry,
      Many thanks for your comment. I am very pleased that it helps you with your English. Having a penpal is also a great way to improve your writing and grammar skills.
      Have a great day.

  8. Hi !

    I would like to download your nice podcasts to my Ipod in order to listen to them while walking.

    How can I do this ?

    Best wishes


    • Hi Bernard,

      Many thanks for your message. Great name. My older brother is also called Bernard.
      You can easily get the podcasts downloaded onto your iPod. All you need do is subscribe to my podcasts in iTunes. Once you subscribe, all the podcasts will download to iTunes on your computer. All you need do is sync your iPod player with iTunes and the podcasts will load onto your iPod. I have not used an iPod and perhaps you will also need a podcast player app for your iPod. There are many podcasts player apps available in the iTunes store, which you can download in order to play the podcasts on your iPod. I hope that helps.
      Have a great day.

  9. Hi Rob.
    My wife loves your podcasts. These are the only stories she can understand. The news, on TV is too fast, the radio is twice that fast….
    Well done, what a great idea…
    We have 50 minutes in the car to her school where she is learning english, is there a way I can download the podcasts to listen in the car on the way to her school ?


    • Hi Peter. Many thanks for your message. It’s great that your wife finds the podcasts useful. You can easily get the podcasts downloaded onto an Android smart phone or an iPhone. All you need do is subscribe to my podcasts in iTunes or on other podcast sites such as Once you subscribe, all the podcasts will list on your device or computer and you can play them through that device. You will need a podcast player app for a mobile device. There are many podcasts player apps available in the iTunes store or the Google Play store, which you can download in order to play the podcasts on your iPhone or Android smart phone. You will need to choose the download option in the app to get the actual podcasts loaded onto your device for offline playing. I hope that helps.
      Have a great day.

  10. Hi Rob. What’s up? My name’s Peterson. I just live in Brazil. Currently have been studying english language since 2013. This is remarkable. I really love to do it day after day. Could you have conversations with me through skype? I have been also teaching little children to learn english language like a volunteer teacher. Please help me. I noticed that you do love to help neighbor. Thank you so much and please carry on doing this valuable job which help us too much.
    Greetings Peterson

    • Hi Peterson,
      Many thanks for your kind comments. I have many listeners in Brazil and it’s great that my podcasts are useful to you. You have done remarkably well with your English since 2013. Helping to teach children is also a great way to improve your own English too. Regarding the use of Skype, I suggest it would be better if you had conversations with an English speaker who is also learning your language, which I assume is Portugese. There are websites where you can select a ‘tandem partner’ who speaks English and who is also learning Portugese. You can easily contact them and suggest that you have a Skype session. I am learning German and I have done it already with two German speakers from Germany who are learning English. It’s great fun and you both learn a lot. Just do a Google search for ‘tandem language partners’ and you will soon be able to locate other learners with whom you can tandem partner.
      Good luck.
      Have a great day.

  11. Hi!
    I’m french and my boyfriend comes from Melbourne, I’m very happy to find your podcast, I will listen to everything you recorded and hope you will continue this podcast as long as possible!!
    I’m also very interested about learning German so “slow German” and ” slow English” are indeed very interesting for me!

    • Hi Magali,
      Many thanks for your comment. I hope my podcasts will provide some useful information for you about Australia. No doubt your boyfriend can also add some interesting insights about each of my topics.
      Good luck with your learning of German. Slow German is indeed a very useful podcast site.
      Have a great day.

  12. Good song. I like it. You are a creative person.

  13. Hi, good you are helping us! Follow your site by RSS doesnt work to me… reply a big notice, like this:

    “This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.

    Slow English


    Could you help me?
    (forgive my language mistskes… )
    Best regards

    • Hi Diana,
      I am sorry that you are having a problem with my RSS feed. I think I have a solution for you. I think you are using Google Chrome, which does not allow you to take an RSS feed. However, if you add an extension called RSS Subscription Extension (by Google) to your Google Chrome browser, you will then be able to take the Slow English RSS feed. The extension is free. You can find it at Once you add this extension to your Google Chrome browser, the RSS button will work for you.
      Or, if you prefer, you can change to Firefox or Internet Explorer, which already work with my RSS feed.

      Thanks for sending your message. Your English message is very good and I easily understood it. Well done.
      Have a great day.

  14. Hi Rob,
    I found your profile on babbel randomly a few days ago and used the link to your slowenglish site. I heard and read podcast 47 at first. Very interesting. I think I want read more about Australia and improve my bad English. Your site is a great idea.

    Greatings from Germany – Ronald

    PS: Much fun with your bike. I drive the same model and know the great feeling of motorbiking !!!

    • Hi Ron,
      Many thanks for your message. I’m so pleased that you like my podcast. It is also great to hear from another motorcyclist. I love the Yamaha XJR1300. I rode about 60,000 km in the 3 years that I owned it and enjoyed it so much. I have now sold it and bought a BMW K1300R, which is a fantastic motorcycle. Life is always good on a motorcycle.
      Have a great day.

  15. Rob,

    Finally just got around to listening to your tune. Love the bluesy licks! Are you playing the lead over your own backing tracks? Great phrasing! Keep on rocking and as always, keep on riding!

    With the knees in the breeze,

    • Hi Matt,

      Great to hear from you. Yes, it’s my own backing track. Thanks for your kind words. I certainly plan to keep on rocking and also riding – my two most cherished pastimes.
      Keep well and stay upright.


  17. Hi!
    it’s a message from Paris!
    I’ve just heard my first podcast from your site today, and….GREAT!!!
    it will help me a lot to improve my poor english…it’s so a good idea to speak slowly!!!
    So I’m going to go on and listen to the others podcasts….
    thank you so much,
    and viva Australian!!!


    • Hi Corinne,

      Many thanks for your comment. I’m glad you like my podcast. Your English seems very good already! I have been to Paris twice and I loved it. My favourite place is the Arc de Triomphe. But I love so many other things in Paris too. I hope you have a great day.


  18. Thank you so much for your hard work. it help me & my students a lot. I know your web site from a doctor who likes English like me. I now have two volunteers (56 & 57 years old) from Melbourne to teach English at my private school. They work hard and effectively. Thank you again. Thanks Australia where many good people are grown up.

    • Hi,

      Thanks for your feedback. I am pleased that some good Melbourne people are helping you. I am very happy that your students find my podcasts and website useful. I would be very happy to receive emails from them and I would enjoy replying to each one. I know that it can help to motivate learners when they can communicate in their new language.
      Have a great day.

  19. This is a nice tune, Rob. You’ve got great musical talent! 🙂

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