Recommendations and Resources

Resources include some of my favorite videos, apps, podcasts, and websites for learning English.

Videos, Videos, and More Videos!

Input is a crucial part of language learning! Watching videos is a great way to get more input.

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!

The next video is by Jeremy at Motivate Korea. Although his advice is for people who are learning Korean, it applies to any language. It’s related to learning vocabulary, forgetting and remembering. It makes me think about 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 on 90 Day Korean.

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

Short video clips for fun and improving English

American and British TV shows I recommend

YouTube videos to hear natural spoken English

All my video posts in one place

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. 

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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Go for regular and consistent bite-size input.


Perhaps the best bite-size input there is can be found on Twitter. You can find an amazing variety of free online English materials on Twitter. If you aren’t on Twitter already, join and follow English language learning Twitter accounts. Here are a few to get you started:

  1. English Guru – Mine, of course! I post vocabulary, idioms, and other great things I find for learners.
  2. Ginseng English – An online English language school that posts great stuff regularly.
  3. Idiom Land – The name says it all, doesn’t it?
  4. Woodward English – Excellent grammar and vocabulary charts and more.
  5. Funky English Study! – I absolutely love this one for their photographic style of presenting idioms and more.
  6. The YUNiversity – I like their style and their vision. They focus on grammar and vocabulary.
  7. Next Step English – Great bite-size vocabulary tweets.

Listen to Podcasts

Voice of America.  Available free on iTunes: VOA 뉴스 투데이

The English We Speak by the BBC  Available free on iTunes: The English We Speak – BBC Radio 

Culips (high quality listening resources on a variety of topic) Available free on iTunes Culips English Podcast.

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. Wordmaster Exploring Language for English Learners – VOA Special English Audio News – Nguyen Ha

Read Easy Things Online. Aim for Understanding 80% for the Best Results

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.

Writing Resource

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

Other English Language Websites I Recommend

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.

More suggestions to come!

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