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10 Blogs for Learning English

Using online resources to learn English can be very motivating. There’s so much free stuff. You can learn English through music, movies, video clips and podcasts. But sometimes there’s so much choice, it’s difficult to decide where to start.

One great resource is BLOGS. So here’s a list of some of the best ones out there.

ESL Hip Hop

This takes hip hop music and style as its main theme and makes learning fun.  You’ll be glad to know you don’t need to be a rapper to be able to learn from it.  Hip hop songs can be exploited for their language content. For example, there is a post on understanding the zero conditional by examining one of M.I.A’s songs.   The past perfect is explored through the songs of A Tribe Called Quest.  Many posts feature vocabulary lists, videos and picture dictionaries.

Espresso English

‘Espresso English’ is run by Brazil-based English teacher Shayna.  It is suitable for beginners to intermediates. There is a great range of lessons here from vocabulary & pronunciation to ‘Learn English from the news’ features.

Real Life for English

There is something for everyone on this website. It is suitable for beginners to advanced students. ‘Real Life for English’ exploits a range of videos, podcasts and blogs.  The blog section is huge and constantly updated with language and culture lessons. Each post is divided into a number of bite-sized chunks. This means that students don’t get overwhelmed by too much information. The blogs are divided into various categories such as fluency tips, grammar, cultural reflections, slang, swear words and lifestyle English. 

ABA English

Here you’ll find a broad range of subjects presented via both text and video.  For example, there are articles on pronunciation tips, cockney rhyming slang and learning English with song lyrics. Some of the blogs are even interactive.

The ABA Natural Method simulates the process by which the brain naturally learns a language: first you listen and understand, then you begin to speak imitating native speakers and finally you learn to write with the help of grammatical rules.

All units start with an ABA Film, a movie-quality video showing a real-life situation. The ABA Film is followed by a series of activities related to its content that will help you listen, speak, read and write in English.

English with a Twist

This is a great resource if you are interested in Business English. There are videos here that will help you make a good impression at job interviews, give effective presentations and succeed at negotiations.

My English Teacher.eu

This website has a fantastic look, is easy to use and has great content. It has made a great reputation teaching Business English to employees at companies like Vodaphone and Dropbox. They also help students with IELTS and other Cambridge exams.

Phrase Mix

This website teaches ‘real English’ in the way it’s used in the ‘real world’. Instead of learning single words and boring grammar rules PhraseMix teaches you to look for meaningful phrases. In each lesson they introduce a natural sentence, explain when to use it and break it down into meaningful parts.

Rolls off the Tongue

This website tries to answer the question ‘What’s so funny?’. They present jokes and explain the humour. They take a close look at English idiomatic expressions. There are quizzes, a ‘guess the idiom’ section and multiple choice games. They even have an app on ITUNES.

Book Lady

This blog is a must for people who love books and writing. From short definitions to longer articles about personal experiences, there’s an extensive range of posts. You can also find details of good English language resources on the internet, as well as videos and graphics.  They always feature definitions and explanations of key words and phrases.  The pages are visually appealing, and the English language learner of all abilities will find a lot of valuable material here. 

English with Jo

Jo is an English teacher who lives and works in Greece. She has her own website and blog, full of interesting and useful content.

There’s loads of stuff on vocabulary, idioms, conversational English and Business English for all levels.

Many of the posts are divided into short sections.  The first one is a paragraph about the theme of the article.  This is followed by a video, a vocabulary section and a paragraph on idioms and expressions.