Monday, May 2, 2016

Traffic Safety -

From time to time, I almost get hit by distracted drivers as I run, and in my newest video, I discuss how to stay safe:

Friday, April 29, 2016

Smart Phones

Smart phones: students love them, and some people (including teachers) hate them. However, other teachers find plenty of room for them in the classroom. So, how do we handle the relationship between phones and people? In my newest video activity, I discuss this issue. Enjoy and feel free to share you ideas on the topic:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Speed Limits -

Over the years, I have seen some wild drivers in many different parts of the world, and people sometimes drive as if there weren't any speed limits at all. Sound familiar? In my newest video activity, I talk about speed limits where I live to save you the trouble of getting a speed ticket.
What are the speed limits in your country? Please share your ideas.

Monday, April 25, 2016

University Housing -

Here is my newest video activity on the living options for international students at universities in the United States. Give it a try:

Friday, April 15, 2016

Recycling and Composting

So, would you throw your trash into your garden to grow fresh vegetables? Well, we do. Watch this video and find out how.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Part-Time Jobs

With summer on the way, many high school students start looking for part-time jobs. Watch this video on our family experience:

Learning Through Difficulty

Life is sometimes wild and crazy, and when I participate in races, I just have to laugh, scream, and jump for the race photographers. It doesn't help me move any faster, but it let's me act out a bit in the middle of the pain. Here is a picture at the end of one of my races with my wife. So, if you ever feel a little frustrated with learning English, just jump and shout. It might feel good for a minute or two.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Security Systems

Sometimes, people do some of the craziest and most unbelievable things in the world. Some of these things are just plain stupid. In my listening conversation, Security Systems, I play the role of a bank robber in which nothing goes his way. Give it a try:

Friday, February 5, 2016

Winter Sports with Family

We had another good snowfall last night, and I spent the morning shoveling in front of our house. Fun, fun! This time of year is great for winter activities as shown in this DANGEROUS video (not really dangerous, but fun):


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Culture Videos at

One of the parts of my site that I enjoy the most is my culture videos section. I've tried to introduce different aspects of language and culture in these short clips. Do you have a favorite? Please suggestion ideas for future videos. Add love to add them if I can:

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Vocabulary Activities

I've been adding vocabulary activities to my Web site that work on portable devices such as the iPhone and iPad. Give these a try:

Happy New Year 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Day is just around the corner, and here are some ideas on how to make goals or resolutions work for you during the new year:

Friday, December 11, 2015

Soccer in the Snow

Have you ever tried playing soccer in the snow? Well, in this video, I tell you why I have done this before with my son.

Monday, November 16, 2015

School Schedules

My newest listening activity on on school schedules. Give it a try:

Thursday, October 29, 2015


Halloween is quickly approaching, and I want to share my video activity on the topic because the holiday is celebrated in so many different ways. Enjoy!

Interview with Randall Davis

I was recently interviewed on the history and development of my Web sites over the past 17 years, and I speak openly on what keeps me motivated in my professional and personal life. I speak about family, struggles, and reasons for keeping my work alive. I hope you enjoy reading it:

Friday, October 2, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Household Chores

Perhaps one of the least enjoyable things for anyone is doing chores around the house. This is particularly true for kids who want to spend time outside or play video games. In this conversation, I tell my son, Josh, what chores he has, and you can find out how he reacts. Enjoy:

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Conversation Starters

Many times, beginning learners need a lot of practice on how to start and sustain a good conversation. For this reason, I created this listening activity. Give it a try:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Dating Relationships

Physical and emotional abuse in relationships is often a difficult topic to talk about because many people suffer in silence because of it. In my newest conversation, I try to address this with the hope that people can seek out help or provide support to those who are suffering.

Please share your thoughts and opinions on this topic. What are the warning signs of physical and emotional abuse? What can family and friends do to help someone who is suffering from such abuse?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Parking Ticket

In many cities of the world, traffic can be terrible, and finding a parking space can be almost impossible. In this conversation, a man tries to park illegally and get around the law. Give it a try:

Monday, July 20, 2015


I've just finished my newest listening activity, and it deals with one of the most challenging topics that faces people today, specifically children: bullying or being mean to other people. Such behavior can hurt feeling, cause depression, and even lead to suicide. Give it a try and feel free to share your experiences or thoughts on this topic.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Learning to Drive

Our youngest son is learning how to drive. While that might seem a little nerve-racking, you have to learn sometime. Accidents are bound to happen, but that's just life. Here is my video on the topic:

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Suicide Prevention

In 2012, our son, Joshua, died by suicide (see, and we know that so many people around the world have known family or friends who have ended their lives. To provide help and open discussion, I created listening activity (Suicide Prevention). Feel to share your thoughts and comments on these questions:

  • What are some of the reasons why people consider taking their own lives? 
  • What are some warning signs of suicide?
  • What are three things friends and family can do to help someone who might are thinking about suicide?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Grocery Shopping

While grocery shopping might seem like an easy task, doing it right can be a challenge, particularly when you have your eyes on the wrong thing. Listen how this man can't seem to make the best decisions and how his wife tries to help him see this:

Friday, May 29, 2015

New Listening Topics

So, what activities am I working on now? Well, this summer, I am creating listening conversations on some more serious topics including suicide, cyber bullying, and dating violence. I hope this will not only give students additional language practice, but equally important, get us thinking about issues that face all of us. With positive discussion, we can, as a world community, seek solutions to these problems so all can live better, healthier, and safer lives.

Listening activities at

I've updated my lists of listening activities on my site, so you can find specific types including conversations with children's voices, serious and complicated topics, and those that simply just make me laugh. Take a look:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Movie Stars

If you like movie stars, you might like my newest listening activity on introductions. My wife does an excellent job in the part. Enjoy:

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

ESL Vocabulary Lessons

Students and teachers are often looking for short activities to practice pronunciation and build useful vocabulary. For this reason, I created my 20-minute Vocabulary Lessons. Actually, you can do them much quicker depending upon your needs and interest. Give them a try:

Friday, May 1, 2015


Perhaps one of the most popular sports is baseball, but what can be difficult is understanding a radio announcer as he or she describes the action. For this reason, I created this listening activity with plenty of background noise. Give it a try and test your listening skills:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Texting and Driving

A surprise to some, celebrating birthdays isn't a tradition for many families and cultures around the world. However, it is something special for many others, including in our family. Usually, we take our kids out to their favorite restaurant, then celebrate with cake, ice cream, and some gifts. In this conversation, my son and I talk about his birthday. Give it a try:

Saturday, April 11, 2015

English Pronunciation

From time to time, English students ask me how they can learn how to improve their pronunciation and understanding of natural speech. For this reason, I created a number activities on this Web site. Give it a try:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Meeting People

Meeting new people can be difficult if you don't know what to say to start and keep a conversation going. Today, please share how you say, "How are you today?" in your language. I want to see how many phrases from different languages we can post here. Thanks. Then, try this listening activity on meeting people on my site:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Radio Stations

Radio announcements can be hard to pick up, and in this recording, I play the role of a disc jockey at a radio station. Give it a try:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Trail Running

My newest listening activity is fun, painful, and challenging at the same time. Give it a try. Share an experience that helped you learn about yourself and the difficulties of life:

Monday, March 9, 2015

Meeting New People

Do you have problems meeting new people, especially when you are using a new language (English) and in a new place? Well, try watch my video on this topic. Feel free to share your experiences? What are some appropriate questions/topics to ask and questions you should avoid? Give it a try:

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Audio Vocabulary Activities

Some visitors to my sites are not aware of my audio vocabulary lists with practice questions. Give them a try:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - First Recordings

Some people ask how long my website has been online, and they are surprised by the answer: 16 years! I still Iove the work, and here is one my earliest recordings with my daughter back in the 1990s. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Visiting a Zoo

Some of my English students say little children speak a different language, and they don't sound anything like the people in their textbooks. I agree. For that reason, I've added recordings of my children over the year to expose students to this NATURAL speech. In this conversation, my son (at the time, 4 years old) and I were talking about our visit to the zoo. Give it a try:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Snow Skiing

Snow skiing can be a fun activity unless you run into a guy like the one in my newest listening conversation. I feel sorry for the woman, but the man is in worse trouble. Give it a try:

Friday, January 23, 2015

Wedding Plans

Here is my newest listening activity on wedding plans. This man certainly has some unique ideas on how to plan a wedding and a honeymoon. Give it a try and leave your thoughts or impressions on this topic:

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Private Language Tutors

In many situations, students often look for extra help in the language studies, for example, from a private tutor, but you have to be careful who you choose. In this conversation, a private tutor finds himself in a very difficult situation with a woman for an unusual reason. Give the conversation a try:

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Year's Resolutions

So, how are your new year's resolutions or goals coming? Many people want to exercise more, but without good planning, people can't keep things going. Here are my tips in this video:

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year's Resolutions

At the beginning of the new year, people often set goals or new year's resolutions. In this video, I talk about the simple secrets of being successful. Watch and share your ideas on this topic:

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year 2015

I want to wish everyone a joyous new year. May you have the courage and strength to face any challenge that comes your way this year. Feel free to post your own message here.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas is Coming!

Christmas is almost here, and for many children, it is an exciting time. Listen to this recording I did years ago with my own children on their hopes for Christmas:

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Winter Sports

What winter activity combines excitement and slight danger? Watch this video and find out:

Monday, November 10, 2014

Smoking: Kicking the Habit

Here's my newest listening activity on the issues of smoking and its effects on ourselves and those around us. Share your opinions on this topic:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Marriage Preparation

For me and my wife, marriage has been a central and wonderful part of our lives, but all too often, people simply plan for the wedding and honeymoon and don't realize the work it takes to build a life together. I mean, marriage isn't like fishing: you make a big catch and then you sit on the bank of life with little care and effort. In my newest listening activity, I plan the role of a man who absolutely has no idea about marriage and doesn't seem to listen to his sister's advice. Give it a try:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Class Reunions

So, do you want to know what happened to your classmates from years ago? Well, in my newest listening activity, two old friends run into each other and plan to attend the next class reunion. Give it a try:

Monday, September 1, 2014

Health Clubs

Have you ever had trouble meeting new people? Well, in my newest conversation, a man gets into trouble at a health club as he tries to impress a woman. Give it a try:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Diet Plan

So, have you every heard of the Wafu Diet? In my newest listening activity, I play the role of a man who leads a very unhealthy lifestyle and what advice he receives to change his life for the better.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Culture Videos -

I now have 75 culture videos on my Web site,, and I always appreciate your comments about them. Now, I am looking for more ideas on future culture videos, so please share your suggestions. They are fun to create:

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Swimming and Learning English

Watch me describe how swimming in a cold mountain lake is like learning English -

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Animal Care in Public

Many people around the world enjoy caring for their animal companions, but how should you care for them out in public? Watch my newest video activity on the topic and share your ideas. Here are some of our pets on a walk in the mountains.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Alcoholics Anonymous

Although most people remember the humorous listening activities on my Web sites, I have a number of topics that deal with serious issues including drinking and the effects it can have on families. Here is one example:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

World Cup Soccer

The Soccer World Cup has been exciting to watch over the past few weeks, and now we are down to Germany and Argentina in the final. However, what if they were to play IN THE SNOW? My son and I have played soccer under such conditions, but you might ask why. Take a look at this video activity on my site.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Living in Utah

I always enjoy sharing information about the state of Utah in the United States, and here is my newest video on one aspect of this unique place:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Drivers with Disabilities

Providing services for people who deal with different disabilities is an important issue in society today. One of situations that faces many is the ability to drive and get to where they need to go. In my newest video, I discuss this specific issue as it pertains to life in Utah.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Learning English Faster

Above all else, I have been asked about 232,432 times (somewhat joking here) by students on the best and fastest way to learn English. Some students are frustrated by their lack of progress or want to pass a test to enter a good university. There is no single answer, but I have some suggestions on what has worked for me and for my own students. Don't be looking for any easy answer. It takes work, but here are my ideas. Share what has worked for you, too.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Reaching Your Goals

No matter where we currently are in life, we often want to reach higher goals (what I call, "rising to higher ground). This includes learning English. However, just with running in the mountains, you often have to pass through deep valleys to reach the summit or top of the mountain. Life can be very hard, but hard times are really what define and make us who we are. Without the hard times, we don't progress. Here is a video I created while running in the mountains of Utah on the topic.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Life Changes

At times, people often make bad choices that lead to negative consequences. So, how can people repair their lives when things go wrong? Watch my newest video on the topic:

Monday, April 28, 2014

Commuter Train -

So, you might wonder: Does Randall drive in a nice, fancy car to work every day? Huh, guess again! I take the train just like so many people. Watch my newest video on the topic and learn more about my trip to work. How do you get to school and work? Share your own experiences:

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