Learning English is a valuable endeavor that opens doors around the world. In the digital age, oftentimes the easiest way to achieve this is to learn English online! Read on to learn what online resources are available to help you master English speaking.
Here at Magoosh, we connect you with the best online tutors to help you master English skills from beginner level to mastering specialized areas of the language. If it’s time to work with a tutor, schedule an introductory session today.
Until then, bookmark this article because we will cover a master list of resources to help you learn English online!
Listen to Podcasts
Learning by listening can be a little difficult, but it is one of the most effective methods for learning new words, perfecting pronunciation, and reducing accent. With each session, you’ll be able to differentiate stresses in a variety of words.
Plus, there are thousands of options out there on a variety of platforms. iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, etc… all have ESL podcasts. And, you’ll be able to listen wherever you go. Stop wasting time on your daily commute and start learning English while you go from point A to point B!
Try any of the podcasts on the list below to get started:
Learn English Online with YouTube
Not an auditory learner? That’s okay! YouTube is full of wonderful English learning resources that can provide an excellent visual experience to help you master your skills. The platform has many channels available for free (with an ad or two) that are devoted to helping you master English.
Browse through the list below to find a channel that fits your learning style or covers topics of interest:
Practice and Test Your Knowledge with Digital Flashcards
These last sections cover resources for a couple of specific learning techniques that can help enhance your English skills. Plus, both techniques can be fun too!
Anki Flashcards - Flashcards are a traditional, yet fantastic learning tool. But, Anki flashcards take the concept to a whole new level. Anki is an open source, free flashcard service that provides a format for you to either create your own flashcard decks or use decks from other people.
In addition, the cards are digital, so that means you can create cards with audio, video, picture, or text elements (or a combination). Also, you can set a timer for going through the cards to help you think faster.
The beauty of Ankki is that there are thousands of ESL learners and teachers out there who have already created flashcard decks on a range of specific ESL topics. As soon as you download the app to your computer, PC, or phone, you’re ready to download pre-made decks that will help you on your ESL journey.
Use this application in combination with the Magoosh TOEFL flashcard app (available for Android, iOS, and online) for some serious accelerated learning!
Chat with a Chatbot
Cleverbot Chatbot - To be honest, it’s a little scary how well this resource works. The Cleverbot is one of the most comprehensive chatbots on the internet today.
What’s a chatbot? It is an automated program designed to properly respond to anything you send. Basically, it simulates human conversation. And this program is superb!
What does that mean for ESL learners? Using this program is an opportunity to simulate conversation when you don’t have anyone to practice with. The program is intuitive and will respond appropriately based on what you say.
This is a great resource to practice asking and responding to a range of questions on various topics.
With these resources, you’re all set to learn English online! As always, keep checking back to the Magoosh Speaking Blog for resources on more topics tailored for ESL learners. We’re constantly adding new content to help you take your English skills to the next level!
And if you’re ready to sharpen your English speaking skills even further with a personal online tutor, visit our appointments page to schedule an introductory lesson today!