Learn English Online


With there being so many resources available, using the Internet to learn the English language is a popular and feasible thing to do. The following tips and information can help you learn English online in every aspect:

Tip One: Listen to BBC, an internet radio station, and watch English-speaking TV shows (use only subtitles).

Tip Two: Join several online discussion forums, particularly the ones that intrigue you, and converse with English-speaking users. Also, install an instant messenger--Yahoo messenger, AOL messenger or MSN messenger. That way you can stay connected with the users you meet.

Tip Three: Use several online dictionaries and look up any difficult words you come across. This will pay dividends because as you see, put and use words in the proper context, you will grasp their meaning much easier. In addition, you will expand your vocabulary and improve your grammar knowledge to where you can read and write better.

Although the English language may seem too complicated to decode, you will achieve your goal much sooner than you think if you make your learning experience fun. This can be done by finding and reading interesting content, like the Sunday Funnies section in online newspapers--namely Times and Independent.

There are many ESL videos on media sharing websites; YouTube is perhaps the best one to join as it has countless members and material. You can search for and watch the video that touches on the grammar points you want to study. Some of the videos, particularly the ones from sitcoms, will show you excellent examples of how the English language can and should be used in different circumstances. You can replay the videos as much as you want until you grasp what you are trying to learn.

Last but not least: You can certainly use online translators, but you should not use them because they are unreliable in every sense of the word. There are literally thousands of blogging communities on the Internet. You can join any of them and participate in ESL lessons, which come in various levels (beginners, elementary, intermediate and advanced). Social networks are just as useful as blogging communities are for several reasons: They enable you to get an inside look on how native English speakers express themselves; you can get to learn some slang and practice expressing yourself as well. The three websites you should join are as follows: www.esl-lab.com, www.mylanguageexchange.com and www.npr.org.