Online Resources for Learning English
The English language is the third most commonly spoken tongue in the world, following Mandarin and Spanish. It is the official language of over fifty sovereign states and over twenty non-sovereign federations. In countries where the English language is not the official language, it is often one of the most commonly spoken languages or a language many of the people speak. Therefore, learning English speaking is a commonly sought after task. Luckily, there are many resources online and offline that can help you on your journey to learning English speaking, and many of these resources come at little to no cost to the person seeking knowledge.
Where to Begin:
If you're native tongue is not English, learning how to speak English may seem daunting. The easiest way to begin your search is by accessing the unlimited resources made available to you on the internet. A simple search on Google or any popular search engine will result in a plethora of websites designed specifically for aiding non-English speaking individuals in their quest for bilingualism. If you do not have constant access to the internet, however, the best way to begin would be by either asking someone you know who has knowledge of the English language or by searching for an English class taught nearby.
If your access to the internet is limited, learning to speak English is still possible with the help of printable resources. Many websites provide worksheets, guides, and explainations of the alphabet, basic principles of grammar, and linguistics. Although these materials will not be as helpful as actually speaking the language, they are a primary tool that will help you build a strong foundation in the English language. The following three websites can provide you with access to these printable resources:
- English for Everyone:
English for Everyone is an online source that provides ESL (English as a Second Language) learners with printable resources necessary for mastering basic English. Everything is free, and once you have printed out the worksheets, you can work on them on your own time at your own pace.
- Agenda Web
Agenda Web is a resource best suited for those who have a basic knowledge of the English language and want to expound up what they already know. Worksheets include vocabulary and grammar and are free.
- Learn English, Feel Good:
Learning to speak English and learning to speak it well are two very different things. In order to speak English as fluently as possible, especially if, for all practical purposes, you are teaching it to yourself, requires an immense amount of practice. The most efficient way to practice a language, of course, is to speak it with other people who are fluent in the language. If you live in an area where English is not the official language and not spoken commonly, finding someone who can help you practice effectively may present a serious impediment to your learning. Nevertheless, there are tools online that actually allow you to interact, webcam to webcam, with English-speakers across the world – and at little to no cost to you. The following __ websites provide access to interactive resources:
Verbling offers both free and paid learning options for all skill-levels. The format is simple: via webcam, you can access a teacher or tutor and learn what you want, how you want. Everything from the alphabet to entry-level literature is taught, and the teachers are just that – actual teachers.
- English Interactive
English Interactive provides clickable links that offer vocabulary quizzes, grammar quizzes, and quizzes on basic linguistics. This resource best suits those who already have a foundation in English. The site is free, and you can take and retake a quiz as many times as you please until you feel you've mastered its concept.
- Open English
Open English is an online resource that provides you with access to a teacher and a classroom of small, intimate size any time you want, day or night. This service costs money, and the price depends on your location and the length of each session. The small, intimate classes vary by skill level, and through the use of your webcam, you will actually speak, face-to-face, with other students and with a teacher who is there to guide you every step of the way.
As briefly mentioned earlier, some of us simply cannot access the internet at the drop of a hat. Fortunately, this inability to access the web need not deter you from learning to speak English. There are local resources, regardless of where you live. If you have a friend or neighbor who speaks English, ask him or her where it was they first learned to speak the language. Go into town and inquire at your local parks and recreation department. Often, language classes are offered at a low cost to town residents. If you have a local community college or school nearby, they, too, often offer classes for those seeking to speak English. The tools are out there, and they are more easily accessible than you might have originally thought. You journey to becoming an English speaker begins today. Millions of people across the world speak English, and for many of them, it is not their native tongue. Learning a new language can be frightening at first, but it can also be fun. It should be fun. If you use the tips listed above, you will be on your way to becoming a fluent English speaker before you know it, and speaking English will open the door to countless opportunities in your future.