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Table of contents :
Dictionary / Vocabulary – How can I learn English words ?
Pronunciation – How to pronounce English words ?
English speaking – Basics – How to speak English ?
Listening – English conversations – Learn English by listening
Movies and Video – Learn English with movies
Reading – How to improve your reading skills ?
Writing – How to improve your writing skills ?
Grammar – How to learn English grammar ?
Other tricks to learn English language
Other activities and advice
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There are many websites offering tips on how to learn the English language, but this place is very different. First of all, it has over 50 of the best free tips. Moreover, all of these tips are very comprehensive, including links and details, not just “Surround yourself with English activities”. Please spend some time reading these tips, and I’m sure you will agree that all of them are easy to understand, and should help you master the language.

On this website, you will find plenty of free tips on how to study English, both online and at home. We only provide the best tips to help you learn English faster.  Some examples of the tips and advice that you will find here include: How to download free English audio books, how to hire native English-speaking teachers remotely, how to look up song lyrics, how to study English remotely at universities, how to find mobile apps to learn English on your phone, and many more!

Please research everything you find on this website to avoid disappointment, for example – If you live in Europe, and buy movies from Amazon US (American version) you may not be able to watch it using many European DVD players, due to region restrictions. 

51 TIPS ON HOW TO LEARN ENGLISH LANGUAGE FOR FREE (USUALLY) :

Dictionary / Vocabulary – How can I learn English words ?

  1. In my opinion, the fastest way to learn English words is by memorizing the most popular words. This memorizing technique does not work for everyone, but it has helped me immensely. You can find lists of the most popular English words by entering “Most common English words“ into Google. The best list I recommend is: “FREE 5000 word list“.
  2. Once your English improves, I highly recommend using a free Oxford English dictionary at lexico.com/en or buy a hard copy of it (Pocket Oxford English Dictionary – the vast majority of tricky English words used in literary books can be found here). It will help you to better understand some of the more complex words. You can access other free English dictionaries by typing “Definition” into Google.
  3. More tips on how to improve your vocabulary can be found at thoughtco.com.

    Pronunciation – How to pronounce English words ?

  4. You can find out how a word is pronounced by using the internet– the most reliable website for pronunciation was created by Cambridge University, and can be found on the Cambridge Dictionary website. Alternatively, you may type the words “Pronounce English” into Google, and then click on “Audio Pronunciation in English– Cambridge“. When you use this website, please click on “UK“ for the British pronunciation, and “US“ – for an American accent.NOTE: if you visit the Cambridge University website by using a smartphone you may need to click on the “magnifying glass” in the top right corner in order to see the search field.

    English speaking – Basics – How to speak English ?

  5. Even if you do not live in an English speaking country, you may still practice your English speaking skills. You can hire an online native English-speaking tutor to talk to over Skype– the best list can be found at Online English tutors. If the name of the tutor is not English, you may politely ask the teacher if English is his or her native language. For lessons with an English teacher, English basics are necessary. If you don‘t have those yet, you will find advice here on what activities you can practice in order to reach a level that will be good enough to communicate with English teachers.
  6. If you want to communicate in English for free, you can find friends on Facebook, as well as other social networks.

  7. If you are able to travel abroad– Go to countries where English is the native language, like Great Britain, Australia, Ireland, Canada, Unites States, Gibraltar, and New Zealand. You may be lucky enough to find friends there, and continue to keep in touch via phone and the internet.
  8. If you know at least the most basic words in English, it‘s worth it to research “English basics” on Youtube. For example, “Learn English in 30 Minutes – ALL the English Basics You Need”  is a video that will help you learn the basics of English, and improve your English speaking skills.
  9. The internet is full of  FREE online English courses which can be found by typing in “Free online English courses” into Google. If this is something that seems difficult, I recommend applying for English courses in your own native language.
  10. Hiring a teacher who speaks your native language can be very helpful.
  11. You can find great English language lessons on Youtube. Just type in “English Lessons” in the search bar. If you are a beginner, type in “Basic English Lessons”. If you know the basics type in “Intermediate English Lessons”, and if your level is advanced search for “Advanced English Lessons.”


    Listening – English conversations – Learn English by listening

    Learning the English language does not have to be tiring or exhausting– Listening is one of the best ways to learn or improve your English!

  12. You can find some great listening archive websites which not only allow you to listen to various conversations, but also let you select listening material based on your level. Moreover, you are able to see the transcripts (text) of the audio being played. Examples of such websites are: (When you open these websites and wish to see the text of the conversation please look for links for “transcript” or “quiz”) :
    British Council
    Ello
    ESL Lounge
    Talk English
    Newsy
    ESL Fast
    ESL Lab
    Cambridge English
    VOA News
    How do you decide on which website to use? Well, it all depends on what you need. For example, if you want to improve your British accent, it‘s best to visit The British Council website.If you want to improve your American accent, my recommended websites are :
    Ello
    ESL Lab
  13. Basic English conversations are also available to listen to on Youtube. All you have to do is type in the search bar: “Basic English conversations for beginners with subtitles“. You will also have subtitles available, so you can translate unknown words.
  14. In addition to these tips, I also recommend listening to children‘s audio books. Just type in “Children’s audio books” into Google. For example, “Storynory” is great.
  15. There is an excellent collection of real English conversations on a website called “Zapp English”. The program can be purchased for 39 euros (a total of 60 hours of conversations) from zappenglish.com. A short descriptive extract from their website reads:“Learn English online with our Zapp! English Audio Course, the first English listening MP3 lessons to be based 100% on real English conversations featuring a wide variety of international & regional English accents (American & British). Download Zapp! English Podcasts (MP3s) and learn to understand real, spoken English conversations & movies, learn new colloquial English expressions and vocabulary, and build your confidence on your route to fluency and REAL ENGLISH comprehension! All our Real English packs are delivered instantly as digital downloads, and the majority of packs include a 100%, “After 1 YEAR money-back guarantee. All our packs contain real English conversations, audio/MP3 classes, PLUS eBooks (with full transcriptions of the audio) in Adobe acrobat PDF format. Click on the “More information links to read more about each pack..

    In my opinion, if you have some spare money to spend on education, this program is definitely worth the investment.

  16. My favorite listening materials are “IELTS “and “TOEFL” listening links. Just type in “IELTS listening“ or “TOEFL listening“ on Youtube. IELTS and TOEFL are the world‘s two most popular English exams (IELTS is British and TOEFL is American) and by listening to these recordings, you will not only improve your English, but will also prepare for these exams. They are often required by universities, employers, or immigration agencies. I find these recordings very interesting to listen to as well!
  17. You can download plenty of free audio books which can be also very interesting. Just type in “Free English audio mp3 books“ into Google. I recommend these archives of free audio books:Youtube Greatest Audio Books
    Librivox
    Loyal books
    Another great archive is called Audible, but it‘s not free – audible.com.
    My favourite audio books are :
    Audible – Talent is Overrated (unfortunately, this audio book is not free and is very expensive)
    Anne of Green Gables
    Allen Carr‘s Easy Way To Quit Smoking (the best book if you are considering quitting smoking – a must have !)
    Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    A House Reunited
    Jane Eyre
  18. Furthermore, there is a great conversation website (similar to Youtube) which can be found at Ted.com
  19. Listening to music is another great way to improve English, especially if you read the lyrics ! In this section, I will provide a list of some of the most popular songs over the last 20 years. You may type in these song titles on Youtube, and please add “Lyrics” at the end of the title.  Then, you will not only be able to listen to the songs, but you will also be able to read the lyrics of the songs.
    Kesha – Die Young
    Aqua – Good Morning Sunshine
    Taylor Swift – Blank Space
    Garbage – I Think I’m Paranoid
    Pink – Just Like A Pill
    Lana Del Rey – Off To The Races
    Rihanna – Rude Boy
    Nicki Minaj – Starships
    Scooter – I’m Raving
    Roxette – How Do You Do
    Dr Dre – Still
    Dr Dre – Next Episode
    Lana Del Rey – National Anthem
    Fergie – Glamorous
    Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says
    Fat Joe Ashanti – What‘s Luv
    Gwen Stefani – What You Waiting For ?
    Kate Perry – E.T.
    Lady Gaga – Judas
    Lady Gaga – Applause
    Shakira – Waka Waka
    Enrique Iglesias – Can You Hear Me
    All Saints – Pure Shores
    Rihanna – Umbrella
    Pras Mya – Ghetto Superstar
    Jam & Spoon – Kaleidoscope Skies
    Ella Henderson – Ghost
    Dead Prez – Hip Hop
    Martijn Ten Velden – I Wish You Would
    Livin‘ Joy – Dreamer
    Be sure not to judge your English skills based on your understanding of the songs, because there are many VERY difficult songs. There is also music background noise, ungrammatical rhyming, singers singing very fast, etc. You should mainly focus on reading and understanding the lyrics of the songs.
  20. Another tip is to listen to radio online– my favorite station is BBC 4.  This is because it broadcasts conversations, NOT music (a great way to improve your English). You may listen to it by clicking “Listen Live“ on their website.
  21. You can also listen to various podcasts. More information is available at Fluentu.


    Movies and video – Learn English with movies

  22. You can also watch movies and TV programs online, just type in „Movies online“ into Google (usually there is a small monthly fee for these services).
  23. You can buy DVD movies with subtitles on Amazon (online movies often don‘t have subtitles). Just type in the movie title on amazon.com, or amazon.co.uk – at least 90% of the movies there have subtitles.NOTE: Amazon.com is the American version and amazon.co.uk is the British version of the Amazon shop. Please make sure you buy movies based on your region. For example, if you live in Europe, don‘t buy from the American website. Likewise, if you live in America, don‘t buy from the British website– your DVD player may not be able to support the movie if you mix up the regions. There may also be duty taxes if your purchase is international. A few of the most popular movies and television shows of all times are:

    Harry Potter
    Family Guy
    Prison Break
    Training Day
    Catch me if you can
    Beautiful Mind
    Deja Vu
    American Gangster
    Da Vinci Code
    Avatar
    Good Fellas
    Layer Cake
    Shawshank redemption
    Matrix
    Inside Man
    Borat
    Dictator
    Who Is America
    Lord Of The Rings
    Hobbit
    Desperate Housewives
    Friends
    You can find other lists of the most popular movies by typing in “Most popular movies” on Google.

  24. Watch English TV e.g. BBC for British pronunciation, and CNN for an American accent.
  25. It‘s also worth having a look at Fluentu.com services. For a small fee, you can study English from video recordings. Here is a descriptive extract from their website “We’ve searched far and wide for real world video content that’s entertaining, timely, and ideal for language learners. Movie trailers? Music videos? News? Inspiring talks? No matter what your interest or skill level, we have you covered. All captions are subtitled and translated. Click on any word to see an in-context definition, along with example sentences.” I believe their product is really worth the money. It can cost as little as 20 dollars per month, plus there is a 14 days free trial- so you can test their services without the risk of wasting your money.


    Reading – How to improve your reading skills ?

  26. If you are a beginner, start by looking for books for children. Type in “Children‘s books” into Google or “Children‘s books” on amazon.com (or amazon.co.uk if you are from the UK).
  27. It‘s interesting to read English newspapers and news websites. Examples include : IndependentGuardianMetro, the most popular news websites are BBC (British) and CNN (American).
  28. Try to buy English books (even if you live in a non-English speaking country, you may find places where you can buy English books). The biggest selection of English books can be found at amazon.com (US) and amazon.co.uk (UK). I have read many English books, and I have noticed that it is difficult to find a book that truly interests me. Even if you buy a book that is not very interesting, you should still read it, because you can learn many new words and idioms. I highly recommend reading health books.

    Writing – How to improve your writing skills ?

  29. Cambridge University has created a website which checks the quality and the level of your writing. You can visit this website at Writeandimprove.
  30. Another great tool to assist you in your writing is Grammarly.

    Grammar – How to learn English grammar ?

  31. If you are interested in improving your grammar, two good places to start are BBC or the English grammar on Linguapress.
  32. If you find studying grammar too boring you may try “English Grammar Course For Beginners: Basic English Grammar” on Youtube.


    Other tricks to learn English language

  33. If you want to look up the text of any English song, just type in  “Lyrics” followed by the song title on Google.
  34. You can also slow down the recordings that are played on Youtube– just click on the circle button that appears below the recording on the right side, then choose your preferred speed, and select speed number. Once you selected a slower speed, you will find it easier to understand the recording.
  35. If you don’t understand the definition of a word, you can search what the word looks like– literally! Type in a word into Google and then click “images“- Google will show you the most appropriate pictures to depict this word.
  36. Another tip is to memorize words in groups– categorize them. This will make it easier to remember them.
  37. When you are trying to memorize a word in your native language, cover the answer with a card or something similar, and uncover it only after you have tried to guess the answer.

  38. In order to memorize words more easily, you may buy special blank cards. On one side, you can write an English word, and on the other, the translation of this word into your native language. Keep turning over these cards until you memorize them.

  39. Stick labels on household things in your home to memorize their names.
  40. It is important to vary your English learning activities. If you choose just one, it may get boring after a while.

    Other activities and advice

  41. You can attempt various English tests, which show your mistakes at the end. You can find these tests by typing in “English tests” on Google. My favorite test website is English-test.net.
  42. Before you start memorizing words, you may type in “How to improve my memory“ on Google or Amazon – you may find some great advice there.
  43. The internet is full of various English learning games, quizes, etc. Just type in “English learning games” or “English quiz” on Google.
  44. If you get lazy at some point during your studies, a great way to boost your motivation is to listen or read the book Talent is Overrated.
  45. Based on all the activities and tips that you find in this e-book, please create a learning program  and schedule (plus include any other activities that you may know by yourself). You don‘t have to study all day, but even if you devote a small amount of time every day to learn English, you will see the results after a few months.
  46. When you become an advanced English speaker, you may buy some great books on Amazon. For example, type in “grammar”, “idioms”, “IELTS”,  or “TOEFL” on amazon.com or amazon.co.uk. Moreover, you may type in “Intermediate English lessons” or “Advanced English lessons” on Youtube. You may also listen to vocabulary-rich audio books like Jane Eyre.
  47. Be very careful with magical offers that advertise facts like “Learn English in 10 days“. In my opinion, you have to study English throughout your life, not just for 10 or 30 days!
  48. When you become an advanced English speaker, you may study the English language at a British or American university remotely. For example, you may study remotely at the Open University (UK). If you study part-time, one year will cost you just £3012 per year– studies will last 6 years (bachelor degree). More information is available at the Open University website.However, there are some modules that are free at the Open University, and you can receive a certificate that you have completed them. More information is available at Open University website (click on “Languages“).
  49. Although this next tip is at the end of the list, it could be one of the best. Apps in your smart phone can help you to learn English too. If you type in “Learn English” on Google Play or the App Store, you will find a wide range of apps that can help you learn English. How do you choose which app to use? I recommend to choose the most popular, or the most well-known and respected developers. These include apps from British Council, Cambridge University, etc. You can find more info at British Council website.
  50. If you want to find out the level of your English, just type in „English level test‘ on Google.
  51. My last piece of advice is: Treasure your eyes. If you are studying English using a computer, you may want to consider getting glasses with a blue light filter, or perhaps even sunglasses so that your eyes don‘t get tired. Be sure to take regular breaks, and try to spend as little time as possible at just starring at the screen. A good way around this is to print your learning materials.Good luck !
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