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Best Resources to Learn English in Videos

English is the most commonly spoken language in the world, and that’s probably why you decided to learn it. But how? One option is to learn it from videos. You will discover that numerous possibilities are offered, plus this option is the easiest and funniest one. Let’s us guide you.

YouTube Your Life

YouTube is very practical. Once you create an account, you can subscribe to channels, like them, arrange playlists. You will organize your lessons and get updates when a new video has arrived. On most videos you can get subtitles. Here are the best channels we found:

Who is he? Mister Duncan is a native UK teacher. He created his channel is 2006 and is still running it.

What we like about him: He is passionate about teaching English, very enthusiastic, always improving his lessons. For example, he makes a lot of live English sessions every month. You can interact with him and ask him questions live.

Level: This is a very good channel for Beginners but also Intermediate learners.

Duration: It starts at around 5 minutes and goes up to many hours for the live streams.

Where to find it:You can find all his videos on his YouTube Channel Learn English With Mister Duncan.

Who is she? Emma is a YouTube English coach.

What we like about her:She uploads interesting lessons every week, such as imitation lesson, pronunciation lesson, English idioms and others.

Level: From Beginners to Advanced levels.

Duration: From 5 minutes to 20 minutes.

Where to find it: You can find all her videos organized into playlists on her YouTube channel Mmm English.

What is it? It is a very well-made BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) YouTube channel to learn English with professionals.

What we like about it:They teach in a different way, with formats that include real life situations, interviews and cartoons. Their channel is very interactive. They also have interesting videos about pronunciation.

Level: From Beginners to Intermediate learners, though even Advanced learners can find interesting stuff here.

Duration: From 1 to 10 minutes for each video.

Where to find it:You can find all the videos or the YouTube channel BBC Learning English or on their website BBC Learning English.

What is it? English Class 101 is organized by a group of English teachers.

What we like about it:They believe you can learn English rapidly and they make videos according to this. They help you progress quickly and effectively.

Level: Recommended for all levels.

Duration: From 1 minute to 1 hour, you are free to choose.

Where to find it? You can find them on their YouTube channel English Class 101, but also on their website English Class 101 or on their Facebook page English Class 101. They also have an application for IOS device: here; for android device: here.

Who is she? Jennifer is a passionate English instructor.

What we like about her:She is very clear and gets to the point. Her channel is organized, all specific topics have their own playlists, you just need to follow her instructions. She offers complete lessons, and she also teaches about American culture.

Level: From Beginners to Advanced learners.

Duration: Approximately from 5 minutes to 20 minutes.

Where to find it: You can find all her videos on her YouTube channel Jennifer ESL or on her website English With Jennifer.

Who is she? Anna Matteo has been running her channel for many years. She is passionate and curious about learning together.

What we like about her:She offers English lessons but also a lot of other support, such as news reports with subtitles and slower speeds.

Level: Recommended for everyone.

Duration: Short videos, usually less than 5 minutes.

Where to find it? You can find all her videos, organized into Playlists on her YouTube channel VOA Learning English.

Who is he? Ally Williams is an English teacher.

What we like about him:He is energetic and he his lessons are fun and informative. He is really interested in accents, for example.

Level: Recommended for everyone.

Duration: From 3 minutes to 45 minutes.

Where to find it: You can find all his videos on his YouTube channel Papa Teach Me and you can also book a Skype lesson with him on his website Papa Teach Me.

Immerse yourself in a Vloggers’ Universe

When you handle the basics of English you can start following some vloggers. This is a great way to test your English and improve it. They are native English speakers, plus they are funny.Here are the best we found:

Who is she? Hannah Hart is a young, crazy and energetic vlogger.

What we like about her:Her channel is funny, she speaks about a lot of different subjects, useful to hear how English speakers talk in their daily life.

Level: From Intermediate to Advanced learners.

Duration: From 3 minutes to 15 minutes.

Where to find it:You can find all her videos on her YouTube channel My Harto.

Who is he? Tyler Oakley is a very famous YouTuber, and so much more.

What we like about him:He is spontaneous, and he takes us into his crazy life. His videos usually come with subtitles and that will help you to follow him, because he sometimes speaks really fast! Good channel to improve your English listening.

Level: From Intermediate to Advanced learners.

Duration: From approximately 3 minutes to 15 minutes.

Where to find it:You can find all his videos on his YouTube channel Tyler Oakley.

Who is she? Rosanna Pansino is a young, SUPER energetic YouTuber, passionate about cooking.

What we like about her:She helps us discover cool and new stuff about trend cooking. She invites a lot of other YouTubers and friends to participate in her videos. Most of her videos come with subtitles.

Level: From Intermediate to Advanced levels.

Duration: From 5 minutes to 20 minutes for each video.

Where to find it:You can find all her videos on her YouTube channel Rosanna Pansino, or on her website Rosanna Pansino,and on her Facebook page Rosanna Pansino

Websites to Practice

What is it? The British Council created Learn English. A professional team built this project to teach you efficiently their language and… it is free.

What we like about it:Their website is complete. It is organized in 3 different sections: kids, teens and adults. They have amazing content for everyone.

Level: Recommended for every level.

Duration: Usually less than 10 minutes for a video.

Where to find it:You can find their videos content and so much more on their website British Council Learn English.

2. EDX

What is it? EDX is a free university online, you just need to pay if you want to receive a certificate at the end of your course.

What we like about it:It is incredibly well made. They offer interesting courses that are deeply organized and helpful, such as English Grammar and Style. Plus, a lot of courses about English culture are available, for example Hollywood: History, Industry, Art or Poetry in America: Modernism.

Level: Recommended for everyone.

Duration: Videos are usually less longer than 10 minutes.

Where to find it:You can find all their courses and videos on their website EDX.

What is it? Eng Vid is an animate website featuring many English teachers.

What we like about it:It is a very complete website that offers lessons about almost everything.

Level: They have lessons for every level.

Duration: It depends, but usually less than 15 minutes for a video.

Where to find it: You can find all their videos on their website Eng Vid.

Videos and Culture

What is it? TED Talks is an organization that provides online free talks. Passionate people come and make a speech about a topic they want to share with the audience.

What we like about it:Watching TED Talks enables you to discover all the different English accents and way of speaking. From India to Australia, England, America and a lot of other countries, this is the best way to familiarize yourself with English speakers. It comes with subtitles.

Level: Recommended for everyone.

Duration: Around 20 minutes for one talk.

Where to find it:You can find the English talks on their website TED Talks.

What is it? Big Think makes quite interesting videos. Their catchphrase is: “Your Daily Microdose of Genius”.

What we like about it:It is interesting and the vocabulary employed is technical and scientific. Watching their videos is a nice way to learn a new range of more technical words.

Level: From Higher Intermediate and Advanced learners.

Duration: Around 5/10 minutes per video.

Where to find it: You can find all their videos on their website Big Think.

English Entertainment: Learn with Fun

What is it? Netflix is an online platform to watch series, movies and documentaries.

What we like about it:They have so many programmes online that you are sure to find something that you like. You can also configure your settings to select English as your favourite language, then all the relevant programmes will appear. You get English subtitles for each programme.

Level: Recommended for everyone.

Duration: Depends on the program you choose.

Where to find it:You can find all their programs on their website Netflix.

2. PBS

What is it? PBS is a channel with educational programmes and a many other videos.

What we like about it:They make videos onmany different subjects, such as food, art, drama, nature, history and so much more.

Level: Recommended for everyone.

Duration: Depends on the program you choose.

Where to find it:You can find all their programs on their website PBS.

English TV Resources

Subtitles Found!

What is it? English subtitles is a website thatis like a virtual subtitles library.

What we like about it: Sometimes we want to watch something but we can’tfind the subtitles for it. Here you are almost sure to find what you are looking for.

Where to find it:You can browse for subtitles on their website English Subtitles.

A Face to Face English Tuition

You can opt for an online lesson with a native English teacher on Skype. You just have to register and thenbook an appointment with a tutor. Some websites even offer a free lesson to test the concept.Here aresome of the best websites:

Video learning offers many opportunities available on all your devices, a good option for those who do not have much time. Formats and possibilities are various and you can modulate it according to your need. Plus, it is fun. Enjoy what you learn!

About the Author Charity Johnson

Charity Johnson is a third sector worker and former secondary teacher based in the Scottish Isles. Her blog, Archipelagal, is the (re)telling of her geographical and ideological whereabouts.

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