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internetHi there, you seem like a very bright minded and keen language learner, searching the internet for amazing content to help you master this crazy language we call ‘English’. Either that or you’re just trying to avoid doing any work, and you’d like to be distracted for a while. Well congratulations, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are some websites that you might find useful for learning English. I’ve also included in this list a few other websites that aren’t specifically devoted to English learning, but which I think are generally quite fun or interesting. Enjoy!

Learn English from BBC News
BBC Learning English – Words in the News
Read some short news stories with some vocabulary definitions and exercises. You can also listen to the audio of the story, and download it as an mp3. There are also loads of short videos that are designed to help you learn English with the news. I’d love to work for the BBC one day. Hey, BBC – give me a job!

Time-wasting Quizzes and Brain Games
Sporcle.com
Can’t be bothered to do any studying? Love challenging your general knowledge? Should you be doing something more productive with your time but just can’t stop procrastinating? Then this website is for you! Sporcle has loads of little quizzes and games to help you waste time, and to keep your brain fresh. Have a look here.

Pronunciation Practice
BBC Learning English – Pronunciation Tips
Here you’ll find lots of ways to explore British English pronunciation. There are online exercises, an interactive phonemic script and some videos to help you to practise making different sounds in English.

Just for Fun
9GAG is a very simple site that presents images, cartoons, gifs, memes and other funny stuff. It is visited by millions of people every day, and new content is uploaded every few minutes. It’s really addictive and time wasting, and a bit immature, but sometimes it is genuinely hilarious. It’s also a quick way to keep up with what’s going on in the world. Users range from teenagers through to ‘middle aged people’.

Learn English with Song Lyrics
Lyrics Training and LyricsGaps both help you to learn English with song lyrics. You can listen to the song online and do lots of different language practice exercises while you listen. There are lots of different exercises for lots of different levels, and there are loads of songs to choose from.

Proper London Youth Slang
The London Slang Dictionary Project is a fascinating study into the slang used by modern young people in London.

Where in the world am I???
Geoguessr
I love this website so much. It’s basically a game in which you have to guess where you are in the world. It uses Google Street View. First the site randomly places you somewhere in the world. Then you have to look around using Street View and then guess where you are by dropping a pin on a map of the world. The closer you are to the right place, the more points you get. It’s really addictive and fun, and a great way to explore the world from your computer. After a while you start to get good at it. Use clues like the weather, cars, and writing you can see to get the right answer. Go for it!

Learn More about British Accents and Dialects
The British Library – Sounds Familiar?
The British Library commissioned a study into British accents and dialects and then produced this really great website. Here you can explore a map of the UK, listen to samples of spoken English in different accents, and read some linguistic and phonological analysis. It’s a must if you like exploring the different types of English that you can find in the British Isles. British English is truly a rich tapestry of different voices.

Google Hot Trends
This page allows you to see a live visualisation of the most popular google searches from around the world. The searches are displayed on different coloured boxes. You can control the number of boxes that you see on the screen, and you can choose to see searches from different countries, or the whole world. It’s really hypnotic and is also a good way to find out what is going on in the world. Click on a box and you’ll see different news stories relating to that topic. You’ve got to check it out! Have a look at it here. 

It’s a London Thing
The London School of English Blog
My mates at the London School of English write this blog and it’s a pretty good read. It’s a nice way to find out what’s going on in London, and what life is like from a Londoner’s point of view (as written by some language teachers). You can also learn some interesting bits of vocabulary.

Shameless Self Promotion
Of course there’s also this amazing podcast which you can download and listen to anywhere, at any time. It’s recorded by a really experienced English teacher who is also a stand-up comedian, so you can learn loads of English from him, and have a good laugh while you do it. What’s it called… Erm… Looks English Potcats or something… I can’t remember… ;) Anyway, you can check it out here.

That’s it for now. Do you have any good websites to recommend?
Leave your comments below. CHEERS.

  • Anonymous

    Hi all of you and especially AGATA from Poland.

    There is one unexpected but excellent way to practice your listening skills of English! You will get really good information and different styles and accents at the same time.
    The British Health site is brilliant. There are thousands of articles and over one thousand of videos/audio !!
    Most of the videos have subtitles /transcripts, so they are worth of discover :)

    The name of the site is: NHS Choices. www.nhs.uk

    • Elisa

      I’m not anonymous :) So, please, visit the site! … sure, you will love it.
      Elisa

    • Cat

      Who is AGATA from Poland? Do you mean AGNES from Poland? :))

      Oh, here you go! The old good NHS again! :)
      This website I’m definitely going to explore in a bit more depth, as a Health Officer I have to… :)

  • Andrzej

    Here’s an interesting TED talk about “How to learn any language in six months” by Chris Lonsdale. I think every learner of English should know those 5 principles they need to work with and 7 actions they should take he mentions. By the way, particularly you, Luke, should be glad to hear that listening is mentioned first. He speaks clearly and not to fast, using simple vocabulary. There are English subtitles for those who can’t survive. The address is www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0yGdNEWdn0 I strongly recommend.

    • Lovely. I could use this in a podcast episode.

      • Andrzej

        Even more, you could even build the whole episode on this talk.

        One can say – OK, Chris Lonsdale, yet another guy who wants to convince the world of the fact that only his method of learning a foreign language (the Kungfu English learning system) is the most efficient. Maybe yes, maybe not, I don’t want to get into any argument because I’m not a professional, but… I think it’s really important to draw learners’ attention to the fact that the world’s changing, the amount of knowledge is increasing, new inventions are being developed and new tools are being made. It affects everything, including learning methods. What was best 10 years ago may not even be good today. I’m not one from those who say there’s only one good approach to learning another language but I’m one from those who continuously observe, judge efficiency and change the methods they use. What was good when you were a beginner may not be good when you’re intermediate or advanced. Chris’s inspirational and sobering talk makes us think about the approach we have about the time we spend learning, about methods we use and about our actual goals. We learn the language to achieve some goals even if we don’t realise them clearly. Set them clearly then and observe results. Time is the key. You cannot buy, borrow, or be given with it. Don’t waste your time learning another language ineffectively. Do not hesitate to get rid of methods which are utterly or no longer effective to you even if all your friends use and advise them. Don’t be one from the pack led by a blind. Think independently, look for what is best for you. I know learning a language might be a wonderful experience especially if your teacher is Luke but what is at the end, when you have possessed the language is much much better than the whole learning process. This is what Chris’s talk is all about I think.

        Luke, a few weeks ago I found a video on YouTube. It was a full, 84-min length recording of a performance by Eddie Izzard called ‘Force Majeure 2013’. Since then I’ve listened to it countless of times and I still can’t get enough. The fact I’ve been able to enjoy the listening I owe you and your effort to a large extent. This is also what I’m talking about. Learning English with you is undoubtedly exciting, funny and engaging but at the same time it is you who’s opened my ears to the whole interesting and boring, funny and sad, kind and cruel, wise and stupid, amazing and ugly, happy and tragic, exciting and dull English speaking world. Thank you.

      • Cat

        Hi Andrzej, how are you? :)
        I wonder where your journey with Luke has taken you in the meanwhile… I’d LOVE to hear from a LEP-alumni! :))
        Thanks for getting in touch, I hope pretty soon!
        Cat

  • Thông Hoàng

    Dear teacher Luke,

    How are you today?

    I’ve found your podcasts useful and amusing, particularly those about daily expression, phrasal verbs and British accent. I listen to them for an hour everyday.
    I visited your website and tried to make some donation by Visa card last week. As there was no “Vietnam” in country selection box, I was not able to make any donation.
    Any suggestion, please!

    Thanks and have à nice day!

    Hoàng Huy Thông

  • Carlos

    Hi Luke, excellent websites! Thanks for sharing. I think another one interesting is British council.

  • nazan

    You also should look at this web-site I think; www.breakingnewsenglish.com/

    • Yes, Sean Banville does some really good, prolific work.

  • augusto

    dont forget this page is very good www.engvid.com they are from canada and teach you a good grammar

  • Andrzej

    If you want to know how many different English words you’ve learnt so far I suggest do the test from testyourvocab.com I recommend doing this test three times in a row and then averaging the results. It won’t show you the exact number but if you do this test on a regular basis, let’s say every three months, it’ll show you your progress. It’s also a real fun. Give it a try!

  • Hi Luke,
    Would you like to put some grammar – oriented sites? Especially with grammar for CAE.
    Thanks:)

  • FreshMan

    hi Luke !
    I think you have forgotten about this one www.listen-to-english.com
    it’s worth it ! )))

  • Thanks for links, Luke!
    And about work for BBC. I think you need just write them a letter. You know, may be right now somebody in BBC thinks about a man with perfect BBC english in Paris or something like this… Tell them about your ideas and what exectly you can do. Ask for advice who can help you in this quesion. Don’t be shy :) Write to several departmant. Different BBC people start know about you. And who know, may be everything will change in your life :)