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Are you tired of searching for quality ESL learning websites? Let EnglishClub do the work for you! EnglishClub routinely searches the ESL web and recommends special sites that we think are valuable for learners. The sites we choose are updated regularly and offer useful resources, lessons and activities to enhance your learning program in a variety of ways.

Happy English
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Happy English

Happy English

Happy English is a free podcast for English learners. English teacher Michael offers a variety of useful tips and lessons for English learners in his short audio clips. These lessons are in American English. Michael’s clear spoken voice and fun sound effects will keep you interested and awake while you learn English. You can find the podcasts on the Happy English blog or on iTunes.
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Engames
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Engames

Engames

This site offers a useful way for visual learners to understand the structure of the English language. Each grammar point includes a short introduction, followed by a visual mind map. After learning the grammar visually, learners can try simple games and quizzes to review the language point. The graphics are categorized by level or subject.
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The Naked Scientists
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The Naked Scientists

The Naked Scientists

The Naked Scientists is a science podcast and Q and A radio show developed by a team of scientists and researchers from the University of Cambridge. High-intermediate and advanced learners will enjoy listening and following along with the podcasts and interviews. Creator Dr. Smith says that the goal of his team is to “help people enjoy science as much as we do and, at the same time, to have fun.” The reason they call themselves the “naked scientists” is because they try to strip down science to the bare essentials in order to make it understandable to the general public.
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English With A Twist
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English with a Twist

English with a Twist

English with a Twist is a blog about learning the English language. Blogger Shanthi, a freelance English language teacher, writes reader-friendly articles that are useful for English language learners and teachers. English learners who want to expand their vocabulary will find this blog fun and educational.
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Elemental English
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Elemental English

Elemental English

Elemental English is a free site for English learners. It provides practical conversation lessons in American English. The site offers podcasts, videos, blog posts, grammar tips, and discussion questions related to language learning and American culture.
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Games To Learn English
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Games To Learn English

Games To Learn English

Games To Learn English is a flash-based site full of free grammar and vocabulary review games that you can play on your computer at home or in the classroom. The games test your speed, memory, and understanding of basic English. Each game comes with a short explanation by the game maker himself. Owen is an English language teacher working in China who enjoys making games in his spare time. The games are fairly self-explanatory. Some of the games, such as the Spelling Bee include an audio component.
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Grammar YUNiversity
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Grammar Yuniversity

The YUNiversity of Righteous Grammar (and other stuff)

The Grammar YUNiversity blog is full of cartoons and graphics for visual learners. It was created by an English major in California who was bothered by the fact that most grammar explanations on the Internet were long and boring. The grammar guru enlisted the help of some of his friends to respond to common grammar questions with entertaining explanations and graphics: “This blog exists so that you can actually have fun learning about grammar and vocabulary while also laughing at charts, photos, and other non-educational stuff.”
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Doing English
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Doing English

On his Doing English website, Julian explains that he is an experienced English language teacher and researcher who is interested in helping learners who are “serious” about English. Doing English offers free lessons and tips for English learners via email and video. Many of Julian’s tips are motivational. He also recommends courses and materials that he thinks are useful.
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Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary
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Learner’s Dictionary

If you enjoy using online dictionaries, check out Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary. This dictionary (also available in app form) is designed specifically for English learners. Search for a word that you want to look up, or learn the Word of the Day. You will also find 3000 entries for the most commonly used words in spoken English. If you register with your email address, you can create your own online dictionary to collect all of the words that you have learned. This dictionary features American pronunciation and spelling.
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Tweet Speak English
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Tweet Speak English

Tweet Speak English

The goal of Tweet Speak English is to help English learners understand and begin using everyday English. English language teachers Nate Hill and Jason Smith dissect tweets that they find on twitter. “We only use tweets because people tweet how they speak, and that means it’s a good way to learn natural phrases that people are using every day.”
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EnglishClub Site of the Month September 2013 ~ Simple English Videos
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Simple English Videos

Simple English Videos

Simple English Videos is a site by English language teacher and author Vicki Hollett. On this site, you’ll find excellent language learning videos that Vicki made herself, as well as other short movie trailers and videos that can help you learn English. The videos are categorized by genre. Each video comes with a handy clickable transcript that you can follow along with as you watch.
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EnglishClub Site Of The Month August 2013 ~ MyOvient
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Myovient

Myovient

Myovient is a website provided by English language teaching professionals of Ovient, Inc in California. The site provides materials for business professionals who want to increase their English language proficiency. It specializes in American accent training and has plenty of free materials to help you with your pronunciation.
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EnglishClub Site Of The Month July 2013 ~ It’s Fluency MC
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It’s Fluency MC!

Jason Levine, also known as Fluency MC, makes songs and videos for learning English (and other subjects). “Jase” believes in teaching language in chunks. These language chunks are also called “collocations”. He wants English learners to become familiar with the words that “sounds right” together. He uses the short form “collos” to refer to “collocations”. His music and games offer repetitive input that can help you learn English.
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EnglishClub Site Of The Month June 2013 ~ engVid
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engVid

EngVid is a website full of videos for English learners. You will find videos on common grammar mistakes as well as tips for using slang, phrasal verbs, and other common expressions. There are also videos that provide useful tips for students taking standardized tests like IELTS, TOEIC, and TOEFL. The videos are made by English teachers and are categorized by level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and topic. You can also choose videos by your favourite engVid teacher.
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EnglishClub Site Of The Month May 2013 ~ Just The Word
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Just The Word

Just The Word

Just the Word is a tool that can help you choose the right words and phrases in English. It can also help you correct your writing mistakes. It is a combination of dictionary and thesaurus, and is very useful for learning collocations. Collocations are pairings or groups of words that are commonly found together. To test out Just the Word, go to the search box on the home page and type in a word such as “life”. Then hit Return on your keyboard. Look through the results that come up. The clusters show words that are related in meaning. The unclustered words are not closely related to each other. Click on the links to review example sentences.
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EnglishClub Site Of The Month April 2013 ~ English Leap
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English Leap

English Leap

English Leap is a website for English learners based out of New Delhi, India. You can use some of the resources on the site for free, including video lessons, learning tips, vocabulary lists, and explanations about common mistakes in English. If you like what you find on English Leap, you can register and create an online profile. When you sign up you can take the assessment test. The assessment test has a section for grammar and a section for vocabulary. Other quizzes are available on the site.
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EnglishClub Site Of The Month March 2013 ~ Two Minute English
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Two Minute English

Two Minute English

Two Minute English is a new YouTube channel featuring everyday American English conversations. The English speakers use simple, clear English that you would hear in a variety of situations. You will find useful topics, such as shopping for groceries and going to the gym. You will also find conversations that feature functional English, such as how to express likes and dislikes. A variety of male and female speakers are used.
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EnglishClub Site of the Month February 2013 ~ ESL Fast
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ESL Fast

ESL Fast

Are you looking for free English listening practice? ESL Fast has hundreds of English stories and conversations to listen to. The audio files also have transcripts so that you can read along as you listen. Many of the speakers in the recordings speak slower than natural English speakers, so the recordings are ideal for beginners and low-level learners. If you find that the site has too many ads but you want to keep listening, you can pay for a subscription. You can also try interacting with the ESL Robot. Chat with the robot and he will reply to your questions. 
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Site Of The Year 2012 ~ Tiny Texts In English
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ESL Site of the Year 2012

Tiny Texts in English offers free listening and reading materials for English learners based on interesting news stories that may not make the headlines. Each entry includes a short reading with an audio file and glossary. The recordings are provided by speakers with a variety of accents, including Scottish, Australian, and Brazilian.

The “takeaway test” is a short printable quiz with a matching exercise and gap-fill. Some entries also include related videos or links. The site is relatively new, but is growing weekly and is
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EnglishClub Site of the Month January 2013 ~ Misterduncan
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Misterduncan's YouTube Channel

Misterduncan’s YouTube Channel

Mister Duncan is an expressive English teacher who teaches English through his YouTube channel. He speaks British English naturally and clearly, and his videos are useful for listening practice. You can listen to more than 70 videos chronologically, or browse through the index to choose videos that interest you. The lessons include captions so that you can follow along. 
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