Speak English like yourself and develop confidence with Hadar

Thanks to guest contributor Emmanuel Orozco Castellanos for this review of the pronunciation YouTube channel “Accent’s Way English with Hadar” This week, we’ll put a spotlight on one of the many English teachers on Youtube. Her name is Hadar Shemeh, and she’s well-known in the ESL community, and for good reason. What makes her stand […]

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Watch TedTalks, prepare for TOEFL, and catch up on your favorite TV show, all while learning English on VoiceTube

Thanks to guest contributor Emmanuel Orozco Castellanos for this review of VoiceTube. Do you spend a considerable amount of time watching videos, movies, and TV shows? It’s not a secret that consuming audiovisual content in a foreign language can help us improve easily. This technique is effective for many people because videos and movies are […]

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Phrases to get things done in English: Imber’s Verbal Stratagems

This simple and easy-to-use Verbal Stratagems website offers a robust collection of phrases for specific purposes, such as agreeing, checking for understanding, expressing gratitude, or making a suggestion. These phrases have been collected and maintained by Dr. Brenda P. Imber of the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan and Carson Maynard, a Michigan […]

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Practice pronunciation watching Youtube videos in YouGlish

This review is by guest contributor Emmanuel Orozco Castellanos. Learning English on Youtube may not seem like a new idea. There already exists a virtually infinite amount of videos to learn English or any other languages. You can find anything from grammar lessons to tips to perform better at job interviews. But sometimes all you […]

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University of Iowa Sounds of Speech

The Iowa “Sounds of Speech” app features animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of English and other languages. App versions for Android & iOS are available under the name Sounds of Speech. (Until Spring 2020, there was a free website version, but it relied on Adobe Flash, and will not be supported in the future, so […]

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MICUSP corpus of written academic papers

MICUSP, the Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Papers, is composed of papers with a grade of A from the University of Michigan written for upper undergraduate and early graduate courses. This searchable database makes it possible to see disciplinary differences in academic writing, to observe the various ways that a particular word or phrase is […]

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Use “Just The Word” to find phrases that sound great

Just The Word is a powerful tool for figuring out how a word patterns with other words: what are possible grammatical phrase structures for a word, and what words go with your search term? Just The Word uses a subset of 80 million words of the British National Corpus, a database of published written language and transcribed […]

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Preview a Reading with VocabGrabber

VocabGrabber, a tool from Thinkmap’s Visual Thesaurus, allows users to paste in up to 100 pages of text, and then see a visual display of the most frequent and most relevant vocabulary. If you have a transcript of something you want to listen to, you can also grab the spoken vocabulary in the same manner, […]

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Loads of free advanced English practice activities and tips on one website

L’Université de Franche-Comté in Besançon, France has a prominent “Applied Linguistics” program. Part of the way this program shares its expertise on language learning with the world is to host “English Online France” http://cla-tice2.univ-fcomte.fr/eolf/, a website with dozens of free interactive games, exercises, and tips for learning English independently.

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Common Errors in English Usage

“Common Errors in English Usage” represents one retired Comparative Literature professor’s effort to document the types of written errors that frequently appear in the writing of native speakers of American English. The content of the site is now available as a Kindle e-book, as a Twitter or podcast feed, as a long text list, and […]

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