With such an abundance of authentic English online these days, from videos to articles, podcasts to blogs, there’s no excuse not to use the internet to help you improve. However, you might also want something targeted especially at the learner. Here, alphabetically, are 10 great websites for learning English that we think you’ll enjoy.
Great websites for learning English you should know
Aimed at Spanish speakers, this website has resources for practicing listening skills and conversational English, including a Youtube channel with lots of fun videos to help you master the trickier aspects of English pronunciation.
The BBC website for learning English has lots of free resources, including courses at different levels, an online drama to follow, vocabulary, grammar and listening practice, words in the news and graded articles on all sorts of interesting topics. There are sections for kids, teens and adults.
Here you can find free video and audio resources for learners of all ages and at all levels, including games, English skills through football, a mini soap opera, podcasts, articles and a discussion forum to ask questions, find advice about learning English and make friends from all over the world.
A great website for learning vocabulary and grammar through interactive games and quizzes. There is an emphasis on pronunciation as you have to repeat back words and complete each lesson correctly before moving on to the next. It also lets you set your own goals and monitor your progress.
If you’re planning to take the Cambridge First, Advanced or Proficiency exam or the IELTS exam and you’re looking for some extra practice, this site has lots of exam-task practice for each of the papers. Make sure you time yourself in order to get used to exam conditions and keep notes of what you learn.
6. Live Mocha
This website pairs you up with someone trying to learn your language so that you can have an online exchange with a real native speaker and become part of a global community of language learners. Everyone helps out with comments, corrections, tips and encouragement. You also have access to English lessons and various resources for listening and reading practice.
Songs are a great way to practice both listening and – if you sing along – pronunciation. This fun website lets you test your skills by typing in missing words as the song of your choice plays section by section. You can challenge yourself from easy to hard.
If you follow the news, why not follow it in English? This site has loads of current news stories, plus an extensive archive, all divided into three levels so that you can catch up on what’s happening in the world no matter what your level of English is.
9. Talk English
This is a great site for learning English, with lots of free listening practice with accompanying exercises as well as lessons in general English, business English, English for interviews and English for travel.
Here you can find hundreds of fascinating short lectures by experts in everything from design to psychology. Although not strictly a website for learning English, it is very accessible to non-native speakers. Subtitles are available in English for every talk; unlike subtitles for movies and TV shows, which are abbreviated versions of the actual dialogue, TED subtitles are complete, meaning they’re great for listening practice. A transcript is also available.