To explain a word you don’t understand, there are good dictionaries especially for English learners – such as the Learner’s Dictionary. There are picture dictionaries – such as on the website English for Beginners. There is another website – called the Video Dictionary, or “Vidtionary” – that describes English words for you by using very short videos.
Here’s a sample video describing “vending machine” …
Newsela is a website and app that helps you improve your reading, with interesting articles in many subjects – science, politics, famous people, sports, etc.
There are five different versions of article, with different levels of reading difficulty. Newsela is not just for people learning English, so you should start at the easiest levels of a story and go higher if you are able. You can also take a short quiz about the story. There are hundreds of good articles – all free – but you must create an account and Sign in. Here’s one about emojis.
For Spanish speakers, there are many articles written in Spanish, also with 5 different levels of reading difficulty, so you can read the same story in Spanish and English.
The English language is more than 1,000 years old, but new words are being added to the language all the time. The website for Merriam Webster Dictionary has a new feature called Time Traveler, where you can enter a year and find out words first used in that year.
You can enter the year you were born, or the year you immigrated to the U.S. to find new words for that year. For example, words first used in 1978 include: control key, eye candy, face time, frequent flyer, sticky note, and surrogate mother.
You can also look up the meaning of most words, and it will tell you the year the word was first used. For example: helicopter parent.
For fun, take the Time Traveler Quiz – to see if you can guess which of two words was used first.
Here’s a website – called bab.la – that will help show you all the forms of most common English verbs. For example, you can look up the conjugation of the verb EAT. (I eat, he eats…; I ate, he ate…; I have eaten; etc. )
You can also translate each verb into any of 27 different languages.
If you have been studying English for a while, go to bab.la, look up the conjugation for a verb, and see how many of the verb forms you know.
A quotation, or quote, is something that a person says or writes, that is repeated by someone else. Quotes are often used as a piece of advice or inspiration – learning from someone else’s life experience.
You can find a quote about almost anything on websites such as Brainy Quote. For example, you can search for quotes about mothers. Here’s one: “God couldn’t be everywhere, so he created mothers.” Here are many more quotes about mothers.
In many countries, including the United States, the tooth fairy is popular – somewhat similar to the Easter bunny or Santa Claus. According to the custom, if a young child loses one of their baby teeth, and puts the tooth under their pillow, the tooth fairy will visit while they sleep and replace the tooth with a small gift.
There is a website called toothfairy.org, which has descriptions of 22 children’s books about losing teeth and the tooth fairy that you can buy on Amazon. On another website, you can read about where children of other countries put their lost baby teeth.
There’s an old Disney family movie for free on YouTube called Toothlessabout a dentist who had to act as the tooth fairy so she could be admitted into Heaven. Remember that on YouTube, you can turn on Closed Captions to read the words while you watch.