Learning English

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group of people pointing at a laptop computer screen
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My students often ask me for tips about the best free websites or apps for practicing their English skills at home. A good question, but a tough one — there are so many great sites to choose from. To keep this list simple, I’ve included seven that I find particularly useful and interesting.

They can help you exercise all four language skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing) and offer different approaches depending on your level and personal preferences.

Listen & Read: Sites for Practicing Your Comprehension Skills

There are lots and lots and lots of great sites on the Internet where you can practice reading and listening to Real English, but this list would not be useful if it included every website found in Google Search. …

For All Genres

How will you go about becoming the best writer you can be?

notepad surrounded by leaves and feathers
notepad surrounded by leaves and feathers
Photo by Victoria Strukovskaya

Writing is a peculiar skill — one that you begin learning as a child, but don’t really get the hang of until adulthood. It’s both a basic task and a complex craft, and unlike learning to tie your shoes, there’s always something new to discover, something fundamental to reconsider.

That’s why I find it unfortunate that most writing exercises seem geared toward children, or seem to push you toward writing like a child.

Write about your day. Write about a dream. Write about some pictures.

For youngsters intimidated by writing, or adults whose imaginations have gone dormant, these writing prompts can indeed be helpful. …

Learning English

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Photo by Steve Johnson

There are many ways to write a professional email or business-style message in English, and many reasons why you may need to write one.

In some cases, you may not need to worry too much about the style or format of your email, because these aspects of writing in English have become more informal since the invention of the Internet.

In other cases, it can be important and very helpful to write in a formal style. For example:

  • You are writing a message to a person you have never met or talked to.
  • You need this person (who works perhaps at a government agency or a big company) to do something for you (like send you some information). …


Matt Lemanski

writer. teacher. curious creature. @ soenglish.me

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