The website DifferenceBetween.net explains the difference between two similar words. It includes explanations of words often confusing to English learners, such as Before vs Ago, or Long vs Short Vowels, and Await vs Wait.
Classic movies, international movies, educational movies (including learning English), and lots of movies for kids too. All you need is a Framingham library card. If you don’t live in Framingham, you can check here if your library also has this service. Or – you can check to see at your own library if they have Kanopy, or other services with movies, such as Hoopla or Overdrive.
Are there words – or groups of words – that are are especially difficult for you to pronounce, or understand, in English? “uncomfortable”; “sixth”; “how much does this cost”; “what are you going to do”?
On YouGlish.com you can type in those words, and then listen to how they are said – as part of conversation – by many different people in YouTube videos. Try it below. (Press the button to go to the next video.)
There are SO many videos on YouTube that can help you improve your English grammar (and much more!). Search for a video lesson about anything you want to study. You can start by searching for: beginner English grammar.
- How much time the video takes – 5 minutes? 30 minutes? 2 hours?
- How many people watched (viewed) the video
(1.3M = 1.3 Million = 1,300,000)
(14K = 14 Thousand = 14,000)
- When was the video put on YouTube – 2 weeks ago? 8 years ago?
If you have a problem with something specific, watch some lessons on that. On YouTube, search for English past tense (or ESL past tense); or ESL verb to be; or ESL auxiliary verbs; or quoted and reported speech (direct and indirect speech).
When you find a video you like, you can look for more videos by the same people. Many people have a “channel” – a group of their videos – that you can go to on YouTube. Examples of some good YouTube channels for English learners are: Jennifer ESL, EngVid, and Rachel’s English.
EnglishNumber.com is a very good little website to help you learn and practice… English numbers!
Small numbers, large numbers, and numbers of all kinds – such as the name of years (2018), months, dates, fractions, math equations, decimals, and percentages.
There are listening exercises where you can see if you understand the numbers correctly.
This works best on your computer, but it mostly works on your phone/tablet.
Kahoot is a free app where you try to answer questions about many topics, including English, in a game-style way. You get points for answering a question correctly – and quickly. Let’s try a 5-minute Kahoot especially for beginners on this blog:
- Install the free Kahoot app on your iPhone or iPad, or on your Android phone or tablet
- From your phone/tablet, press on the picture below, or this link
- When you press, it should open the Kahoot app and start the game
You can also open the Kahoot app, press “Enter PIN” and enter this number: 0764667
Soon there will be more articles about how to use the Kahoot app to test, and improve your English.
Tiny Little Crosswords is a free app for iPhones and iPads. Each puzzle is small – only a few words – so you can finish a puzzle quickly. Some are easy, and some are more difficult. They now give you one free puzzle every day – another good way to improve your vocabulary! Here are a few examples:
(BLUE, RED); (TWO, SIXTY, ZERO); (MAY, APRIL, JULY)