Study Tip – Beginner English Online Resources

by Melanie on December 10, 2012

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I get a lot of emails and messages from beginner English learners who need help. My website is mainly for intermediate & advanced English learners, but I know that English can be very overwhelming for beginners. I have put together a list of free online resources to help beginners get started.

If you are a beginner, if you know someone who is a beginner, or if you teach beginners, here are some free resources that may be useful to you. All of these resources are in English.

 

Videos

Hungry for English [American]
“We want you to learn to speak English in the same way that we all learned to speak our native languages as babies – by hearing it instead of reading it.”

JenniferESL [American]
“English for Beginners! No scripts. No actors. Real lessons. Real learning.”
Jennifer is an English teacher who is teaching her friend Natasha to speak English. This is an ongoing series of lessons, so check the list often for new lessons!

Mister Duncan [British]
This list of video lessons is more for elementary & intermediate students, but they are a great way to learn new vocabulary. All his videos include subtitles (text).

 

Vocabulary & Grammar

ESOL Courses – Online course for beginners [British]
ESOL Courses – Online English lessons, exercises, games and quizzes for beginners [British]
Helping You Learn English – English course for beginners [American]
Learn English Online – Online course for beginners [British]

The Most Common English Words
100 most common words in English (video)
1000 most common words in English: [Esl.about.com] 1-250, 251-500, 501-750, 751-1000
1000 most common words in English (in alphabetical order)

Verb Forms
Perfect English Grammar – Memorize the past simple & past participle forms of irregular verbs
Macmillan Dictionary – Test your knowledge of irregular verb forms with the ‘Irregular Verb Wheel Game’

 

Reading

Read Theory – Read, listen, & answer questions
Super Easy Reading – Read, listen, & do activities
Simple English Wikipedia – 90,000 articles written in simple English!
If you know of some more free online resources for beginners, please let me know in the comments & I will look at them!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tomasz December 14, 2012 at 5:14 am

Hi, Melanie! Here’s one useful (and cool-looking) resource for beginners. http://www.macmillandictionary.com/verb_wheel/

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Melanie 2 Melanie December 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm

This is awesome! Thanks for posting this game. I’ll add it to the list of resources above.

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3 Tomasz December 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

One more interesting resource:
http://www.youtube.com/user/RebeccaESL

Regards.
Tomasz

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Melanie 4 Melanie December 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm

The EngVid videos are more for people who have already reached the intermediate level & want to continue improving.

The resources that I have collected here are for people who have just started learning English. The EngVid videos are above that level.

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5 El Sayed June 5, 2013 at 3:53 am

Many thanks miss Melanie for your help,I’m not English but everyday i try improve my English again and again by reading and listening but speaking i speak with myself in my room, it’s very funny.i will complete the master degree in English so i have to take TOEFL or IELTS exam and get high score so please miss Melanie give me your advise .
Regards,
El Sayed Zaabout

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6 shahroll July 21, 2013 at 1:17 am

Hello Mel!
Thanks for this blog content. Very useful for me to learnt online. Well, I’m Blended Learning system practice in Malaysia and I’m think you can help me out in terms of grammar.

See u soon! and thanks again!

Yours
SH

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7 olga September 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

hi I’m Olga and I want to communicate with you with you a wonderful site thank you))) I’m from Ukraine and I will be very happy to talk with you on Skype

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8 SHYAM JEE MISHRA October 4, 2013 at 11:10 am

I want to communicate with you with you a wonderful site thank

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9 lobna October 23, 2013 at 7:30 am

I want to learn English but how I don’t know. I took a lot of courses but I can’t write easies or emails please help me by reading business and business writing
Thanks

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10 saeed October 25, 2013 at 2:53 am

i want to learn english.
can you help me to leanr in english

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11 Jhonathan October 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Hola quiero aprender ingles ya que me fascina y entre otras cosas…
no tiene musicas en ingles para un principiante? para mientras que hago otras cosas escucho tambien ingles. se los agradeceria.

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12 vinay November 6, 2013 at 2:42 am

Many thanks miss Melanie for your help,I’m not English but everyday i try improve my English again and again by reading and listening but speaking i speak with myself in my room, it’s very funny.i will complete the master degree in English so i have to take TOEFL or IELTS exam and get high score so please miss Melanie give me your advise .

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13 AWATIF HMIMINA December 22, 2013 at 6:59 am

Is this sentence correct?

“They look at me as if you you think they know me.”

Thank you

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14 Margarita February 7, 2014 at 8:19 am

Hello Melanie,

I find your page very interesting especially for foreing teachers who aren’t native. I was wondering if you could give me tips to help my basic students.

Right now, I have a group of Spanish speakers beginners (adults -level 2) and it seems to me that the difference between when to use the verb to be and do or does, has not been set clearly enough on level 1. Yesterday, we were working with Have/has and the contrast between this and verb to be….boom! they lost it completely.

I want to help them but I don’t want to make it more confusing.

Thank you very much for your help. God bless!

Margarita

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Melanie 15 Melanie February 7, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Hi, Margarita!

I think the most important thing to tell your students is that they can’t just translate Spanish phrases directly into English! English speakers will not understand them if they just translate Spanish sentence structure into English. I have taught a lot of Italian, French, Spanish & Portuguese speakers, and every single student has made this mistake. They say things like:
“We have 10 degrees Celsius here today.”
“I have 40 years.”

Are these the kinds of mistakes your students are making? One thing you can do is translate English expressions directly into Spanish, and ask students if the expressions are correct. Ask your students what they think if someone says “It’s 5 degrees Celsius today” or “I am 40.” Tell them this is what happens in English when they say “I have 40 years.” An English listener will not understand.

It is very common for students learning any language to try to translate things directly into another language. Everyone assumes that the sentence structure of their language is the same sentence structure in any language.

Good luck to you!
= )

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16 chidambaram March 22, 2014 at 9:35 am

HI Madam,

These all sites really helping me. I really like you.

Thanks,
Chidambaram

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17 RUI MARTINS April 22, 2014 at 9:59 am

Hello Melanie

First, let me thank you for your website and for your help to all those who love The English language and culture as well.

But, I would like to ask you some help.

How can I apply for a TESOL course online in a good school. It would be american/canadian.

Do you have any suggestion?

once again, Thanks

RUI MARTINS
Brazil

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