You can take a short quiz about this video, and learn some vocabulary at esolcourses.com. Most lessons on this site are British-English, but several are American-English.
Do you like to read the news? The Times in Plain English is a free website with newspaper articles that are re-written in easier English. You can translate stories if you need help understanding.
There is a website called testyourvocab.com that helps give you an estimate of how many English words you know. This is not exact, and mostly for fun. But if you try it now, and then try it again after you have practiced a lot of English, you should see that your vocabulary has improved.
Suggestions for taking the test:
- This is easier to use on a tablet or computer (rather than your phone)
- Don’t check a word unless you really know it well. If you just think it sounds familiar, don’t check it.
- At the end, it will give you the number of words calculated for your vocabulary. Save this number, and then compare it with the number you get when you take the test again.
Try to learn a new English word every day, and you’ll be pleased with how your vocabulary grows!
The website eslyes has a page with 365 very short stories. Each one takes only a few minutes to read. You can also listen to each story (in normal or slower speed). After you read and listen to the story, there are several exercises you can try.
- To listen in slow speed you need to press the speaker button to the right of the title.
- The number after each title in the list is the reading difficulty. A higher number means it’s more difficult to read
- Exercises include
- Yes/No questions about the story
- Crossword puzzle
- Dictation of some sentences in the story
- Fill in the blank (Cloze)
- Go to the Duolingo website on your computer – or – download the app to your smartphone/tablet
(Apple app store); (Google Play store)
- Follow the instructions to start a course
- Create a profile (username / password ) so that you can save your work
- If you find it helpful, try to use Duolingo for at least 10 minutes every day
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.