Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Online Medical Information

Have you ever wondered if you had a strange and serious illness, and you used the Internet to find a cure? Well, in my newest listening, my wife and I play the roles of two friends in a similar situation and show you want NOT to do? Prepare yourself for a good laugh.

Now, tell us in what ways you have used the Internet in similar situations. How reliable is information in the Internet? Do you trust the medical information Internet more than you do  traditional doctors? Has there ever been a time that using the Internet to find information has been better or more helpful than seeing a doctor? Please share your ideas.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Daily Schedues

I am sitting today with family, and my brother and I are talking about some of the outlandish and funny conversations we have done together. Here is definitely one of my favorites. Enjoy:

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year's Day, and to start the new year off with a bang, I have created my first listening activity of the new year with the topic of . . . . you guessed it, New Year's Day. Give it a try:

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Restaurant Orders

My oldest daughter does it again with another great listening activity. This one focuses on ordering at restaurants, and my other wonderful children (now adults) have been in many great conversations as well. Since I am fortunate to have had their voices in so many activities over the past 18+ years, it almost seems to some listeners that I must have 20 children. Give this one a try:

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Water Conservation

I often can't stop laughing when my daughter, Aubrey, is the voice in some of my listening conversations. In my newest activity, she plays the role of a woman who is trying to save water, but her brother (me) can't seem to get the message. Give it a try:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Snow Camping

Camping can be a fun family activity, but it can be double "fun" or cold in the middle of winter. In this video, I talk about a camping trip I went on with my daughter. Give it a try:

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Black Friday is HERE!

One of the biggest shopping days of the year is almost here. Take a look at my video activity on the topic. Randall

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

MEXTESOL 2016 - Monterrey, Mexico

Last week, I attended and presented at MEXTESOL in Monterrey, Mexico, a convention for teachers of English. It was a wonderful experience to speak on vulnerability and courage, and I shared my own journey in making mistakes and learning from them. Here is the organization's Facebook page:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Barbecue Party

Everyone likes good food and equally good company, and having a barbecue is one way to do this. Here is my newest listening activity on the topic. Enjoy:

Friday, October 7, 2016

Clothing Styles

With fall upon us in Utah, I'm now wearing a jacket in the morning to work. I like this time of year because of the fall colors and great running weather. In this conversation, I talk about clothing styles. Give it a try:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ESL Learning Guide -

I've updated my topic guide on my Web site, so visitors can find conversations AND my videos by topic. This is very helpful in finding conversations, let's say, on travel, education, shopping, and so on. Give it a try:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Identity Theft

In my newest listening activity, a man is about to get into real hot water (real trouble) when his sister saves him from a huge mistake. Give it a try:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Driving in the United States

I often have students who want to drive in the United States, and specifically Utah, but don't know the rules of the road. This is particularly true at the beginning of a new school year when everything is new to them. In this video, I talk about some basic rules of the road. Take a look:

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

First Day School Activities

Here is a helpful conversation about the first day of school. Often, teachers introduce themselves, the class, their grading systems, and their class policies. This might help you with your own class:

First Day at School

Here is one of my all-time favorite listening activities with our son, Josh. We recorded this over 17 years ago, but it is a fun one to learn about our son's experience at a Japanese elementary school.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Using Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

At the beginning of every new school semester or year, it can be helpful to review what my site offers teachers and students. Here are some tutorials that might help.

Friday, August 26, 2016

ESL Listening Activities with Children's Voices

For many language learners, understanding the English of children can be very challenging because they aren't are so concerned about grammar, they don't slow down because they know that non-native speakers are listening to them, and they have their own unique vocabulary. To hep students practice this unique language, I have created a number of listening activities with children's voices, and you can see a list of these activities here:

Good luck!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Airport English -

Many students who travel to new countries have a difficult time finding their way through airports. This listening activity will help you practice some vocabulary and pronunciation on this topic.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

English Listening Activities by Topic

 Many teachers and students are beginning new classes as we enter the fall, and you might be looking for listening activities. Try using my Self-Study Guide. It lists my listening conversations by topic. Give it a try:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Gourmet Cooking

Do you want to see how angry a woman can get with her husband? Well, try my newest listening activity and find out!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Vacations

With summer here, I'd decided to make a new listening activity on travel plans. In this conversation, the man (me) is SOOOO boring when it comes to planning his vacation. The woman (my wife), on the other hand, has some great and exciting. Check it out. What type of person would you rather travel with in this situation?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fishing Vacation

Announcing my newest listening activity . . . and certainly one of my new favorites. In the conversation, my wife and I go fishing, and she shows me up and humbles me to the core. Give it a try:

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Recycling Old Food

Do you "recycle" your food waste such as old banana peals, lettuce, and other old vegetables, or do you throw them in the trash? See what our family does in Utah:

Monday, July 4, 2016

Independence Day

Today is independence Day (July 4th) in the United States. Take a look at my video activity on how some people decorate their streets on this day.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Professional Babysitting

Summer is a time when many students in the US look for part-time job and for some people, babysitting might be option. Now, listen to this conversation and see how some people might take the job to the next level. My daughter does a great job at playing this role in the conversation.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is here in the United States, and here is my video activity on the topic:

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!

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