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How To Learn English Online

Updated on September 14, 2009

Why English?

English is the most spoken among the nations of the world. English is also the one language that non-English speaking people want to learn. International schools the world over,teach subjects using English as the medium of instruction. Computers are an integral part of every day life,and though other languages are being added, English is the dominant language in the world of digital technology. Traveling across the globe and cultural interactions become easier if one speaks even a smattering of English. Whether you come from Russia,India,China,Japan or any other non English speaking nation, you will know the value of the English language. Students wanting to gain admission to Universities in America, Australia or UK have to pass the English test in addition to their admission test. Knowledge of English is necessary and gaining a high score is mandatory,for TOEFEL, IELTS, and SAT.

In today's digital world,when the markets are truly global,every businessman and entrepreneur makes time to either brush up on his English skills or begins to learn English if he does not know it. He is aware that the success of his business is directly linked to his English Vocabulary skills. Marketing and negotiating deals in English confidently gives him global customers that will reap rich profits.

Networking across social media such as Facebook,Twitter,Myspace becomes more meaningful and interesting,when one finds people with similar interests and pursuits,and being able to communicate in English helps one find more people from all over the globe,and widen the spectrum.

Freelance writing in English can help you connect with a global audience and help earn money online. English grammar,spelling,vocabulary skills must be mastered before you try writing online. There are many hubbers whose native tongue is not English, like myself, but have perfected their English writing skills and make a decent income every month from hubpages.

How To Learn English Online For Free

Educational resources on the internet are aplenty, if you know how to search for them using the right search engines and the correct keywords. Yes, and so you must be an expert in English. Self study for learning a new language is helpful but some may prefer a tutor online or offline to help them through a curriculum. Websites that strive to teach you English are aplenty,but one needs to understand one's requirement in wanting to learn the language in the first place. Basic English, Business English, Advanced English, Conversational English, English for Travel,  English Grammar, Vocabulary skills, Test Preparations for Universities,etc. Also,if you are wanting to be taught in your native tongue such as Chinese, Hindi, Japanese or Arabic, French, Russian,Spanish,etc., Also,whether you would like instructional videos,interactives,are comfortable with online quizzes,puzzles,flash cards. Audio lessons will encourage your listening and speaking skills and can be used while commuting.

Recommended resources online for learning the English Language:

British Council

Adult learners,kids,students,teachers,professionals,all find this website particularly useful whatever be their level of English. A beginner or someone looking to perfect their Grammar, preparing for University admissions,or a professional,an Arabic speaker or a Chinese native will improve upon their English with ease. There are different sections for each.

Learn English

Basics,Vocabulary,Conversation,Pronunciation,Common Mistakes and how to rectify them Grammar, Quizzes,Puzzles are all found here. Improving English becomes child's play.


Blended Online Learning Courses for non English speaking Learners. Live online discussions,videos and helpful links are part of the course.

Using dictionaries and thesaurus for the English language with translations from and to your native tongue or use of pictorial dictionaries are also helpful.

Online tutors are available at a number of tutoring websites who teach based on your level of skill and the need for learning. Customized sessions are helpful when one wants to prepare for a particular exam or learn enough to travel abroad.

Video tutorials are available on youtube and other sites. Audio and video CD's can be bought as well.

Listening,speaking,reading,writing are all easily learnt using online tools such as Wiziq,Skype,Google Talk,MSN Messenger,Yahoo Messenger,Google Docs. Reading a good book,watching a movie,and reading the newspaper and watching the daily news on TV all help one to grasp the knowledge of English. Passive learning such as listening to other people's use of vocabulary and sentence construction,pronunciation,and trying to read signboards as you commute or listening to the radio are all great ways to polish your English Language skills.

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    • Purple Perl profile image

      Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

      agaglia, you can find excellent resources @ the learning center,

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      agaglia 5 years ago

      This was an interesting post. How do you attach the dictionaries? I want to reference books in my hubs, but can't figure out how to do that.

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      This is great post...Thanks

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      Ken 7 years ago

      You can learn anything online mav! There are actually sites where you can webcast with a teacher to learn English. Or any other language you're interested in.

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      Abdinasir Aden 7 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Very nice article.

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      KaplanInternation 7 years ago from London (UK)

      Nice article, pretty useful! :)

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      sri 7 years ago from india

      learning english or any language must be in the interest of the person then he can learn it in any manner...

      just out of my curiosity, how come people who dont understand English use internet to learn English?