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11 Free Websites to Practice English at Home


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Adults work on their English speaking, reading, and writing skills at The New York Public Library

At The New York Public Library's Adult Learning Centers, where adults work on basic English and literacy skills, we're often asked for recommendations of websites for adults to practice English at home. Below you'll find eleven sites, some with a focus on listening, some on vocabulary, others on grammar, and some with a range of activities. Happy learning!

Easy World of English
An attractive, user-friendly website including grammar, pronunciation, reading and listening practice and an interactive picture dictionary.

Many Things
This website includes matching quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer-assisted language learning activities. The site also includes a special page on pronunciation, including practice with minimal pairs. Not the fanciest or most beautiful website, but with lots to see and use and no advertising.

Dave's ESL Cafe
A forum for both ESL teachers and students around the world. Includes quizzes, grammar explanations, and discussion forums for students. For teachers, includes classroom ideas on all subjects as well as discussion forums.

The California Distance Learning Project
Read and listen to a news stories on topics including working, housing, money and health, then work on activities based on the stories including matching pairs, vocabulary, and quiz questions. Some stories also include videos.

BBC Learning English
An array of wonderful activities for practice, some relating to current events. Includes videos, quizzes, vocabulary practice, idioms, crosswords, and much more, though all with British accents.

Activities for ESL Students
Grammar and vocabulary practice for all levels, including many bilingual quizzes for beginners. Also includes a link for teachers, with conversation questions, games, and many other ideas to put to use in the classroom.

This is a website for kids, but who says adults can't use it, too? The site includes educational games organized by grade level, from 1st to 5th, and is particularly good for spelling and phonics. There are games to practice vowels, uppercase and lowercase letters, Dolch sight words, synonyms and antonyms and more.

TV 411
This site includes videos with native speakers explaining key reading concepts like critical reading, summarizing and scanning, and key life skills like signing a lease and reading a medicine label. Following each video is a comprehension quiz. Click on the blue tabs across the top lead for lessons on reading, writing, vocabulary and finance.

GCF Learn Free
A well-designed site with interactive tutorials for everything from operating an ATM machine to reading food labels. If you click on the main page icon and then click on reading, the site has resources for English language learners as well, including stories to listen to and read along, and picture dictionaries.

Language Guide
This is an online picture dictionary, with everything from the alphabet to parts of the body to farm animals.

Oxford University Press
This site from Oxford University Press has activities to practice spelling, grammar, pronunciation, and listening. A bit difficult to navigate, so more suitable for advanced learners and savvy internet users.

Also, remember that Mango Languages is available to you through the Library! It features ESL lessons for Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese speakers. (First time users must create a profile in order to access Mango Languages.)

And don't forget YouTube. Whatever you'd like to learn — an explanation of a grammar term, idioms, a set of vocabulary — enter it in the search field and an array of videos are sure to come up. I hope some of these sites prove useful. Enjoy! And please add your own favorite sites in the comments.


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Thanks for posting these

Thanks for posting these Hilary! It was helpful. :)





Let's learn some English!

I am from Hong Kong, perhaps my Chinese can help you a little bit. Cheers, Morris

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i want to learn more english




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Learning by practice

I my opinion the best way to learn is practice. On this speaking7 com page you can find peoples who want to talk in english, spanish, french, german, etc. :)

Practice english by speaking

I know this page. With skype account you can find hundred peoples to practive english speaking.


well; i wanna to improve my langage english plz help me

Esl adult

I want to improve my english


I am very poor communication for english. Plz help me


l would like to study english from here b/c this website is useful

speaking practice

I want to practice online speaking.

English language conversation

I want to learn myself to fully understand the English language conversation

i want tl learn spoken

i want tl learn spoken english



Here's another free site. has been online offering free English lessons since 2003. This is one of the most popular websites on the internet for beginning and intermediate level learners of English (according to statistics provided by Quantcast and Alexa).

to learn english language for free

I would like to be able to speak English in a natural way like a native English speaker.

Thank you for your

Thank you for your recommendation : )

I could'n agree more, The

I could'n agree more, The information is very useful. Thank you so much...

Excellent resources for ESL

Excellent resources for ESL teachers!!


Very interesting and helpful, I found also this one, maybe someone can find it interesting:

English Websites

These are wonderful opportunities for folks to improve upon their English! I work for the NYC Dept. of Education and will share with my families and on my websites! Thank you so much NYPL!!


I live in pakistan I read and write but cannot speak english

I'm from iran and like you I

I'm from iran and like you I cant speak very well could you practice with me?

Are you a boy or a girl ?

Are you a boy or a girl ?

english urdu

I'm AROUSH from pakistan. I don't know about this website , so, I just want to say that it sounds' good.............

English learning

I want to learn English

I too want to lean , How to

I too want to lean , How to speak fluently in English we can talk on mails

yes i can practice english with you

i can convey 90% what i want to tell others but still i am having much problems while speaking fluently and sometimes while writing

mee too, i also just read and

mee too, i also just read and write

mee too, i also just read and

mee too, i also just read and write

Free English Worksheets!

Hi everyone, check out They have over 40 English topics with thousands of free worksheets for all grade levels.


i don't find any new website to learn free english language first every site shows free at last they say you have to subscribe if you want take advantage form the site it's not good we can't perch age if we can't perchage new course of english we don't get opportinuty to learn english how could you response my queery

Hi i am very glad to speake

Hi i am very glad to speake with you to inhamce my english conversation

Iam happy to find your websites

Ireally wanna to practice english with you to improve my language .Will you help me please.

learn english

I just find this site but i would like learn english please thank you

Very affective sites

very helpful thanks a lot

These are great wesites

This list has the best websites that I have ever seen related to learning English. I've been teaching English as a foreign language for 5 years, I noticed that the students usually have the same or similar difficulties, and so I decided to make a non-profit website for EFL students and teachers. If you have a chance check it out:

There are some others helpful websites too.

BBC learning English & Dave' cafe are my favorite ones. Besides, to learn new words and to practice speaking are pretty good too. please add them to the list.

Thank you so much, actually

Thank you so much, actually the sites introduced in this article is more useful for low level learners, but I checked, It's a great source for me, It's exactly what I was looking for. Thank you again


Thank you for help and tips! The sites are very good. Congratulations.

How to learn english on line?

Thanks a lot for sharing this valuable tips and English learning sites.


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English adventure game

Fun game intended for those who are studying English:

Audi to atalim good

Audi to atalim good

how to learn english online

I got a lot of trouble in speaking as well as in writing english plz help me out....

I have encountered a lot of

I have encountered a lot of problems in English Please choose a Can you help me


very good website

how to learn english online

I got a lot of trouble in speaking as well as in writing english plz help me out....


my english is very bad please i want english learn free.


I want to learn English free help me please.
We are a non profit charity whose mission is to make quality English language instruction accessible and affordable. Maybe some of our $5 one hour classes can help you.

Free English Resources

Here is another site that has over 50 English video lessons. Each are short and focused. You can watch on the train, during lunch, or whenever you have 5 minutes.


I do not know any english but I want to learn.

Reading is good "Passive" way

Reading is good "Passive" way of improving vocabulary, but when you are resorting to making lists, that is "Active" method. Problem with active method of learning words is that it is cumbersome and boring, and you doing retain and unless you use it in writing sentences to apply the word, very little chance is that you increase your lexical size. Improve Your Vocabulary - VocabMonk is an active learning tool which is personalized and makes sure you grasp the learnt words by applying it. It is lot of fun too as you can play vocab challenges with your friends. Give it a shot!

I sure am listening is the

I sure am listening is the best way to learn English but I've not found any website that it focus by listening.Do you know any?help me please, thanks.

ı want to do english

ı want to do english practicing. my level is b1. ı want to be friend to improve english by e-mail.

practicing English by email

Dear friend, how are you... Can we practice our English by email.

listening practice / free sites

There are many good audio books on the youtube. You can see the text and hear it at the same time. Breaking News English also has over 1000 articles. You can read and listen to them at the same time.. even at different speeds. After the article, there are short or extensive learning classes, as you prefer. AND, it's all FREE!

I do want to have a friend so

I do want to have a friend so as to improve my english speaking skills... But it"s really impossible in my country ..

Hi.very fast i forget the

Hi.very fast i forget the meaning of word .i go to institute third of a week.also im so weak in reading


Well I am appearing IELTS in London and wanted to brush-up my English spoken and written and your 11 sites have helped me the right way.

Another website

I have found to be very helpful.
I must admit this post really helped me to find out authentic English learning website. Among all of them "BBC Learning English" is the best one for me. Thanks to Mr. Hilary Schenker for this post. Can anyone suggest me any website based on Right Form Of Verbs? Thanks to all.

Right form of verbs solution

Dear Mr. Tauhid, I have read out your problem. I think you're having problems with grammatical rules and I have the best solution for it. I was also having the same issues. Then I went to this site: and I was greatly benefited from here. It will definitely have the answers to your questions. Check it out if you like.

I have a lot of problem to

I have a lot of problem to speaking! who is help me?

I lived in nyc for 7 years of

I lived in nyc for 7 years of my life, and it was the best experience I've ever had. I used to visit the public libraries on 5 ave and the one on Madison ave, the librarians were always helpful and kind. When a went to La Guardia Community College I used to do my homework in those buildings and there was always someone to help me, and you know know what? I really apreciate it. Now I live in my country Mexico and I'm very grateful for all the things that I learned in nyc and I want to continue practicing my English,therefore, thank you for sharing this websides.


I have a english paper tomorrow so plz help me to clear the paper .


i want learning english Translator is very good app for learning all language its really helpfully. Thank You Very Much :)

Still useful sites in 2015!

Thanks for showing us these helpful sites. I will share this list with my students!

speaking practice videos

Oh hey, I remember taking the BBC Learning English online course as a kid. As a kid, I moved to Australia with my parents and we hardly spoke any English. So the only way we were able to learn the language was from a course called toefl ibt speaking practice videos.

found cool website

Hey guys, just wanted to inform you that I found a cool free website for english learners It's kinda a community where you find who you want to talk to... seems promising

Learning by practice

I my opinion the best way to learn is practice. On this page you can find peoples who want to talk in english, spanish, french, german, etc. :)

learn and speak in english, even in other beautiful languages

can we try?

speaking7 is the best!


I know Very, very, very great page! Nice to meet fantastic people.

Language Partner

Hello all , I am the owner and developer of About my website: Penpaland is the free social networking site for online correspondence, cultural exchange,learning foreign languages,sharing photos,files and videos. Created in April 2015, the Penpaland's mission is to give people the opportunity to share information and make the world more open and connected place.

A website for learning English

Hi. My website is free for anyone who is interested in focusing on American English language skills.

I did'nt kown to about of

I did'nt kown to about of website.

my problems

I can read and write but to speak with others is my problem

I have the same problem , if

I have the same problem , if you want we can try to speak with each other every day on mails and can improve it

im slow in speaking nt fluent

im slow in speaking nt fluent english please someone help me

I want to speak eanglish

I looking someone who would like to speak eanglish with me. I have B1 level and I need fast improve speaking. Please contact netandrzej@POCZTA.FM best regards from poland andrew

i would like truely learn and speak fluently english

can we try?

English speaking skills

Hello, I am Spanish, as well as my husband. I live in the Basque country, where my daughter is going to be taught Basque next September. She is going to be two next July. As I studied English at the University, and I spent a year in USA to improve it. I talk to her in English as much as I can, mainly at home, because when we go out I feel a little embarrased... Little by little I getting over it but it's not easy for me... :-) My biggest concern is the kid 's vocabulary when they are start talking, as I have never been in this situation... As well as I do not know baby talk, those "special" words that are said to babies or kids... Maybe any of you know about a web about these things... And If any of you is in a similar situation, you could tell be if she will be able to be bilingual... In her case trillingual... What I mean is that I do know that she will be able to speak a "perfect" Basque although we don't talk to her in Basque, because she has a lot of opportunities to hear it, and talk it in the street... But as I am the only one that talk to her in English and besides I am not native... I would like to know that it can be enough ... She hears the cartoons in English too... :-D
As an educator, I am so happy that I found your suggestions that I can share with my ESOL adult students. They only have class three days a week, 2 1/2 hours per class. I have typed up a list of online resources that they could use as a source of study and practice with the English language. I appreciated finding your suggestions. I checked out each site and found them to be quite valuable. Thank you so much for sharing this information online!

i have some question in

i have some question in english but i cant find any solution in google . can you told me any website(like learn english ) where i can ask queation


add me for your ielts practice at skype naser.buet

I get a webapp that is better to practice english

Using you can practice englis during 2 minutes in each language. Please see that :)

Thanks for this wonderful

Thanks for this wonderful post. It’s really a great blog for a beginner like me who really needs some stuff for study. I am getting educational materials from Cambridge University Press India. Their material is great. Please let me know some resources for vocal and ascent training.

Thanks Hilary for sharing

Thanks Hilary for sharing this kind of sites that we can learn it for free. Maybe you know similar websites, but mobile friendly? A lot of people in Asia/Africa don't have PC... Thank you and Have a nice day ^_^

lets practise english

I would like to speak English, anyone please?

Valuable English Resources

There are so many free sites out there to practice English, and this is a great list; it's always appreciated when someone takes the time to put together something to help English learners find good resources rather than spending hours trying to find these on their own. Thanks! -Ryan

hi I'm from iran and can't

hi I'm from iran and can't undrestand inglish very well and like to have a friend that I can learn inglish and I learn my persian language to that my friend. i'm a girl !

i can learnt you if you want

i can learnt you if you want

There are such a large number

There are such a large number of free sites out there to practice English, and this is an extraordinary list; it's constantly refreshing when somebody sets aside the opportunity to assemble something to help English learners find great assets as opposed to investing hours attempting to find these their own. Much Thanks!

I want to learn English plz

I want to learn English plz help me

can i help you ???

can i help you ???

Looking for English speakers who want improve their Chinese

I come from China. Now I really want improve my English. Also, I am very willing to teach some one with Chinese. So if you are English speaker and looking for a teacher to study Chinese, please feel free to contact me! We can improve our language together.

The best is VOAnews

The best is VOAnews and BBC Learning English

I would like to practice my

I would like to practice my English. So can somebody help me?

problem in spoken english

Hi I have my main problem in spoken english. Whenever i start speaking, my views do not support me and i have to pause after two or three sentences. I can not continue like native speakers. My tongue starts staggering while speaking. I have got a sufficient amount of knowledge regarding grammar. But the same problem still persists with me. What should i do to get fluency? Please refer me any website or people to go with them talking.

Drop-In Conversation Class

Have you considered a drop-in conversation class?

thank you

I‘ve visited the website, I think it might be helpful, thank you for providing such information and I will try it.

languahe partner wanted

Hi ,I need help to improve my oral English . I can teach you Chinese in return. If you are a native speaker and also interested in Chinese pls feel free to contact me.

This is great

Thank you for this great information. It's quite hard to search some credible learning sites but gladly you list it up! May I share it with my fellow Indonesian? ANd may i put it in my blogspost about tips in learning english? (it's in Indonesian)

Another awesome tool to enhance your pronunciation: SayLish

Thanks for suggesting the above great websites. I also want to share with all of you my favourite website to learn english: You can improve your pronunciation skill a lot with it via listening a English word which is spoken by dozen people. Furthermore, you can turn on Speaking mode that allows you to record yourself and compare with the original one.

English, Math, Science, History, Writing

I enjoy learning and reading is a hobby for me. I do enjoy all these subjects.

English in Business Informatics

Thanks for the List, Hilary! I usually use DOKSI.NET to broaden my English skills, but I haven't found stuffs about English in Business Informatics. Could anybody recommend some, please? (at intermediate level)

Absolutely wonderful

Thank you. These are some absolutely wonderful ideas. I'm making a series of English talks. Quite high level. I want people to learn something while they improve their English. The more general knowledge you have, the more you can guess at meaning.


really thank you for this helpfull list.

Learning English

Hi I am from Iraq , I want to help me to learn my English Langouge perfect .

improve english

i want improve my english

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