English Learning Resources

Resources for Learning English Online

It can be challenging to know where to find quality online English learning resources. I’ve put together this comprehensive list of resources to help you learn English online.

Go for regular and consistent bite-sized input.

Twitter Accounts to Follow

Perhaps the best bite-sized input can be found on Twitter. You can find an amazing variety of free online English learning resources on Twitter. If you aren’t on Twitter already, I definitely recommend joining and following English language teachers. Here are some of my favorites to get you started:

  1. English GuruThis is my Twitter account. I post idioms, vocabulary, and other useful English I find for learners.
  2. Ginseng English – An online English language school that regularly posts great stuff.
  3. Idiom Connection – My new favorite Twitter account. The formatting and style/images are right up my alley! ❤
  4. Next Step English – Great bite-sized vocabulary tweets and more.
  5. EOI Teacher – Tweets lots of great idioms and useful vocabulary and expressions. I like his clear, simple style.
  6. Idiom Land – The name says it all, doesn’t it?
  7. Woodward English – Excellent grammar and vocabulary charts and more.
  8. Funky English Study! – A taste of British English!
  9. The YUNiversity – I like their style and their vision. They focus on grammar and vocabulary.
  10. なおみコ – Last but not least, a really fantastic English learner Twitter account: vocabulary, sample sentences, and cute artwork. ❤

Special Mention and the First and Only Animal Twitter Account to Make the List!

Pincy cat English learning resources on Twitter

  1. Pincy Cat – The Most Wonderful Cat Twitter Account Ever!!! 😍 💗 Pincy is a true wordsmith and has an astounding vocabulary. You’re sure to increase your grasp of English by following Pincy’s word of the day tweets.

Recommended Courses and E-books

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If you are looking for an affordable English course, I recommend Espresso English. Whether you are looking for vocabulary, grammar, speaking, listening, pronunciation, reading, phrasal verbs, business English, current events, or idioms and slang, Espresso English has a course or e-book to help you.

Which Espresso English course or e-book is best for me? will take you to 2 simple questions to guide you to the best resource for you. There are plenty of free samples to try out as well!

Generally, courses are just $1 per lesson and contain 30 lessons. That’s 30 lessons for $30. If you are looking for a comprehensive program, the complete Espresso English program is available for a 50% discount, for a total of just $297. It includes a ton of material. Here’s what one student has to say about it:

I have bought the complete Espresso English program and all I can say is that I’m loving it! The method used  is truly great and it has been working well for me so far. Courses are easy to understand, well-detailed and perfectly explained along with exercises or quizzes you can send to Shayna for being corrected and getting feedback afterwards. So, if you feel like improving or sharpening your English level, Espresso is there for you – it’s actually a masterpiece; go for it without any hesitation.

~ Andrianina from France

Video English Learning Resources

Watching videos is a great way to get more input. 

Input is a crucial part of language learning!

  1. Watch Emma’s video on learning to think in English for some excellent advice and practical tips you can apply to any language you are learning. She’ll give you a 4 step strategy for how to learn to think in English. She has a lovely British accent, and the subtitles will help if you can’t understand. She speaks very clearly, so it should be a breeze (be very easy)!
  2. Although Why You Can’t Just “Remember” Korean Words by Jeremy at Motivate Korea is a video about Korean words, I’m including it here because his advice applies to any language. It’s related to learning vocabulary, forgetting, and remembering. It reminds me of how I finally found a way to remember how to say I’m hungry in Korean. 배고파 sounds like beg oppa, as in, I’m hungry, please give me some food oppa! For those learning Korean, check out the meaning of oppa and other terms at 90 Day Korean.
  3. If you are looking for an American TV series to watch, try The Big Bang Theory. Here’s a brief clip from the latest season, featuring Bill Gates. It’s great listening practice. Available on iTunes: The Big Bang Theory, Season 1 – The Big Bang Theory
  4. Short video clips for fun and improving English lists 15 recommended clips with short descriptions to help you decide if you’d like to watch them.
  5. American and British TV shows I recommend lists 16 shows with short descriptions to help you decide what to watch.
  6. YouTube videos to hear natural spoken English lists 10 choices with short descriptions.
  7. All my video posts in one place includes some lessons I have created based on videos. These include vocabulary, discussion questions, and more.
  8. Watch Ted Talks. Many have subtitles and transcripts in over 50 languages! Here is a Ted Talk about goals. It includes discussion questions and is designed as a conversation lesson plan to be used by teachers. 
  9. Try English Central for free videos with lots of learning tools. You can choose beginner, intermediate or advanced videos on English Central. Available on iTunes: Learn English with Videos! – EnglishCentral, Inc

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English Listening Resources

Listening to podcasts is a great way to get regular input.

  1. Voice of America.  Available free on iTunes: VOA 뉴스 투데이
  2. The English We Speak by the BBC  Available free on iTunes: The English We Speak – BBC Radio 
  3. Culips (high quality listening resources on a variety of topic) Available free on iTunes Culips English Podcast.
  4. Exploring Language (357 five-minute MP3 files by VOA) Each includes a transcript you can read along with as you listen. You can also slow down or speed up the audio. Available on iTunes: Wordmaster Exploring Language for English Learners – VOA Special English Audio News – Nguyen Ha
  5. Espresso English’s listening course is my recommendation if you are looking for an affordable, structured, online course. It’s just $40 for 40 lessons and like all Espresso English courses, it comes with a 100% money back guarantee.

Here’s what a student has to say about it: 

I’m doing the Listening Course and I truly appreciate it. The way the course is conceived makes you learn effectively – it’s not passive listening. It’s active, interesting and fun.

I like the variety of topics, different voices and ways of speaking. The extra vocabulary of the lessons clarifies just what I need to know. I’m seeing real results. When I watch a video on the internet or a movie on the TV I find myself able to understand that expression or phrase because I learned it in my lessons.

And wow, it’s satisfying! The more you understand the more you enjoy. That makes me willing to keep going and learn more, and confident that I’ll improve further.

~ Vesna from Switzerland

Reading Resources

When reading to improve your English, aim for understanding 80% for the best results. This is ideal as you will be reinforcing what you already know while adding some new vocabulary without being overwhelmed. This keeps motivation high.

The internet is full of free resources like Reading Skills Practice by the British Council, or the free Learn English by Stories app on Google Play.

You can also check out Espresso English’s new reading course.

English Writing Resource

An excellent English learning resource for writers of all levels: Purdue Online Writing Lab

English Language Websites Resources

Ginseng English’s Blog resources: This online English school has some really great free resources on grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. I especially like their recent posts on cat and dog idioms.

Funky English: I just love this website. Simple, clear, meme style idioms, slang, British culture, and more.

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