About This Project

Hi, I'm Dr. Curtis Ford.
I decided to create American Voices for two reasons:

  1. to help advanced learners understand native speakers of English better, and
  2. because I love hearing and sharing good stories.

A few years ago I started learning Irish Gaelic, the language of most of my ancestors. After a year or so, I decided to take an intermediate class in an Cheathrú Rua, an Irish-speaking village in the west of Ireland.

It was a great week. As I left I tried listening to Irish-language radio yet again, and it was both exciting and frustrating. Exciting, because I understood a fair amount... and frustrating, because I couldn't quite catch everything. I still needed some help!

And when I was working as a language teacher myself at the University of South Carolina, I often wanted to bring radio stories I'd heard to my students. But there was never enough time to prepare the extra materials that would help them understand.


I created American Voices to solve these problems for students and teachers of English.

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”

–J.K. Rowling

We are in a new Golden Age of storytelling.

With a microphone, a computer, and the internet, talented podcasters and journalists can share their stories with the world. What better way for you to get to know a language and culture...while improving your English?

And one more thing. Podcasters are often like language teachers: they work hard, but they usually don't earn much money. Since I pay a licensing fee to the producer of every story in American Voices, your subscription to American Voices helps creative people to do more great work.

I hope you enjoy learning with American Voices as much as I enjoy creating it!