Get better at speaking with YouGlish
When you see a new word, you probably don’t know how to say it correctly. You can use the YouGlish website to listen to Americans saying the word. Here’s how you can learn how to say new words correctly with YouGlish.
- Go to YouGlish
- Click US for United States (American pronunciation)
- Search for a word
- Look for a video that you can understand (the word should be said slowly and clearly)
- Listen to the word
- Repeat the word out-loud
- Copy how the word is said in the video until you sound like the American
Use songs, movies and TV shows to get better at listening
Do you want to get better at listening? LyricsTraining can help you. You will listen to a song. As you are listening to the song, you see the lyrics (words of the song). Some of the words are missing and you have to complete the lyrics. You can do the same thing with movies and TV shows. Get better at listening with the LyricsTraining website or app.
Get better at English with these websites and apps
Shaun the Sheep & The Cabbage Ball & Fear of Flying – They are funny video lessons. There are more here.
Quizlet – Flashcards that help you learn and remember vocabulary.
Language Guide – Explore the world of English vocabulary in a sound integrated guide. Touch or place your cursor over an object, word, or phrase to hear it pronounced aloud. Prove your vocabulary mastery by completing challenges.
Oxford Online English – An online English school with weekly free videos.
VOA Learning English – Learn American English and much more with captioned news reports that are read at a slower speed.
MicroEnglish – This website provides free listening exercises to help you improve your listening skills, practice with different accents, learn new vocabulary and improve your grammar. The micro-listening exercises provide quick, intensive listening practice which focusses on understanding individual sounds, words and phrases. Read this post to learn more about it.
ELLLO – There are over 2,500 free listening lessons. Students can access lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab – Activities at Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab focus on everyday English comprehension skills at three levels based on content, voices, vocabulary, and natural speed. A combination of adult, teenage, and children’s voices are included.
PlainEnglish – Improve your listening and vocabulary with our FREE slower-speed English lessons.
Listening Practice – A Youtube playlist for lower level students.
British Council – Practice and improve your English grammar with these fun videos. There are online exercises and worksheets to help you.
Lingua – English texts for beginners to practice reading and comprehension online and for free.
Duolingo – A game that teaches you English.
ELSA Speak – ELSA is the world’s best way to improve your English speaking skills. Pronounce English like an American through real-world conversations on ELSA.
Mojo Family Fun – A sentence building card game to help players learn correct English grammar and increase vocabulary.
Webcomics: read comics online in English
Pepper & Carrot – You can read this webcomic in Vietnamese or English.
Tove – Tove is a big sister who must look after her younger brother, Dag. She probably has superpowers?
The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo – A webcomic about kids exploring the big city and the monsters they find.
The Sky Kayak – Zip and his sister Li’l Bit explore the skies.
JL8 – The adventures of superheroes as kids.
Dr. McNinja – It’s funny. Just read it.
Webcomic List – A list of more than 40 webcomics.
Change your phone, TV or game to English
Have you tried changing the language of your phone, TV or game to English? If you like playing mobile games or computer games, try changing the language of the game to English. If the game is multiplayer, try talking to other players in English. Try it for a week and see how it goes.
Remember words with sticky notes
You can use sticky notes to help you remember new words. Divide the sticky note into three parts. Write the English word, the Vietnamese translation and an example sentence in English. Put the sticky notes on your bedroom wall. This is important because if the words are in your notebook, you won’t see them. Read the sticky notes every day. Once before you go to sleep and again when you wake up. Change the words on them often.
Improve your listening skills with Elllo
- Go to Elllo
- Click Audio Lessons
- Look for Search and Sort (on the right)
- Click Level
- Click Level and choose your level (click search)
- Choose an audio lesson
- DON’T LOOK AT THE SCRIPT!
- Listen to the audio
- Write what you hear (pause after each sentence)
- Check if what you wrote is correct by looking at the script (AFTER you’re done listening and writing)
- Learn the vocabulary from the lesson (click Vocab)
- Take the quiz (click Quiz)
Have fun and meet new people at English clubs
You’ve learned English at school, at language centers and at home. Take everything you’ve learned and use it in the real world. Now it’s time to meet new people and speak English with them. At English clubs you can have fun, sing songs, play games and make friends. Learn more about English clubs in Vinh here.
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