Have you tried to learn English with YouTube?
YouTube isn’t just about cats and silly videos anymore.
You’ll quickly find thousands of English learning videos on YouTube—for free.
But then how will you know what to watch?
To help you, I’ve picked my top 12 channels to help you learn English with YouTube. The styles are all very different, but they’re all really fun and interesting.
Wait. Why Should I Learn English with YouTube?
So, you might be asking: “Why should I use learn English with YouTube?”
Here are a few reasons:
- You might already have books or classroom lessons, but having a variety of materials can promote learning.
- You can pause and rewind YouTube English videos whenever you need to.
- Many of the videos let you see the speaker’s mouths. This way you can better understand how their mouths move to create different English sounds.
One of the best reasons to learn English on YouTube is that most of the lessons are short, but convey a lot of information in easy-to-understand ways. There’s no chance of you losing your focus. By dipping into one short lesson a day you will soon notice the difference in your ability to speak English.
Learning any new language is going to be a challenge. But the experience doesn’t have to be painful. You can even find thousands of YouTube videos with extra English learning features on FluentU.
FluentU takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.
For example, FluentU provides interactive subtitles. You can click any word in the subtitles for an instant definition, memorable picture and examples. Every FluentU English language video also comes with flashcards and fun quizzes to make sure you remember the words you’ve learned.
The videos are conveniently organized by level (beginner to advanced) and you can take them anywhere with the FluentU apps for iOS or Android.
Whether you are a child, teenager or adult, absolute beginner, intermediate or advanced ESL student, YouTube has a lot of English learning videos and channels that are available for free. Hope you enjoy the ones shown here!
Learn English YouTube: 12 Channels You’ve Gotta Subscribe To!
1. Learn English with Misterduncan
This is one of the most popular YouTube channels for English learning videos. It’s easy to see why.
Misterduncan is passionate about his topic. He’s excited about English and you can feel it in these well-made videos. He uses humor a lot of the time to help you learn. Misterduncan teaches English to the world for free and has had a channel on YouTube since 2006.
There are many lessons on topics like the senses, slang, news, fashion and money. They’re easy to watch and are about how the language is spoken instead of grammar.
2. FluentU English
Together with the FluentU language learning program, the FluentU English YouTube channel uses real-world content to teach English.
The FluentU English channel has many types of videos for learners. Many of them are collections of resources. In these videos, learners can see options for studying English by focusing on a specific activity like watching TV shows, listening to podcasts, watching the news or watching classic American films.
Have you ever wanted to learn English with comedian Steve Carell or the Joker? Well, with FluentU English, you can!
In these videos, the instructor takes a movie trailer and breaks it down. This means you get an explanation of the grammar, vocabulary and English slang used in the video so that you can understand.
Subscribe to the FluentU English channel so you can watch new videos as they are added!
3. Learn English with EnglishClass101.com
Designed for rapid English language learning, these interesting video lessons cover many aspects of American and British culture. So you can discover more about the countries as you learn their language.
If you love their videos, there’s much more that you can learn from EnglishClass101 by Innovative Language.
It’s so much more than a YouTube channel! It’s actually a complete English learning program with over 1,000 English language video and audio lessons. You can sign up for free and learn more on their official website, here.
4. Real English
Real English is one of the best YouTube channels for English language beginners and has a large library of free lessons. Each one includes two videos, one with subtitles and one without and a handful of exercises.
It has real people and real-life situations, so you get a true feel for how people really speak English.
5. BBC Learn English
From one of the world’s most famous broadcasting companies (the British Broadcasting Corporation) comes a bunch of free English language lessons. They’re in a variety of formats such as real-life situations, cartoons and interviews.
There’s also a really cool collection of videos for words you’ll hear in the news. The videos are short but filled with a lot of really good information.
6. British Council: Learn English Kids
Songs are among the most enjoyable and effective ways to learn a new language. Their melodies and rhythms help to create strong memories, vital for picking up new verbs, expressions and colloquialisms.
Both children and adults who are learning English as a second language can benefit from listening and singing along to nursery rhymes (traditional kids’ songs), as they help to improve memory and recall skills.
The British Council’s Learn English Kids is a superb channel that’s packed with animated videos of nursery rhymes. Each well-produced English language video features entertaining cartoons and subtitles in English.
Children love being read stories and the British Council’s YouTube channel also features animations of favorite children’s tales including “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Little Red Riding Hood.” As with the nursery rhymes, the cartoons are accompanied by subtitles in English.
The channel also features a “word of the week” English language video series where you can see and hear children from around the world say a new word.
7. Business English Pod
You can ask for directions, get a meal in a restaurant and tell the time in English. But what if you’re called on to attend a business meeting conducted in English?
There’s no need to break out into a cold sweat as Business English Pod has it covered with clear and thorough lessons on topics such as supply chain management, finance/economics and contract law.
8. VOA Learning English
VOA is something a bit different. The channel offers subtitled news reports that are read out at slower speeds than normal. This gives the viewer time to hear every word clearly and to see the shape of the announcer’s mouth as he or she reads the script.
VOA also posts its Google+ Hangouts where callers from around the world discuss in English the stories that have been making the news. Other Hangouts provide tips on grammar and different aspects of speaking the English language.
English with Jennifer is a rich collection of hundreds of videos that are grouped into easy-to-use playlists. There are lessons for beginners, lessons to improve your writing in English, lessons on grammar and many more.
What marks them out as a cut above the rest is the fresh and simple presentation and the special focus on pronunciation. There are no scripts and no actors, just real, natural English language speaking. In common with many other language learning channels, there is interactivity as well.
Britlish takes a different approach from many other language learning channels. It concentrates learning around interesting things that you may encounter. For example, there are lessons about the vocabulary you will need at an airport, creepy-crawlies (insects) and types of musical instruments.
The narration is straightforward and accompanied by subtitles and occasionally some fascinating scenes. The lessons all link to follow-up interactive elements on the Britlish website, which are also free.
11. EF podEnglish
Learning English with YouTube is a lot easier with EF podEnglish. These are slick, bite-sized five-minute English lessons that are aimed at English language learners at every level, from absolute beginners to advanced students. They’re well-structured with a three-part lesson plan: watch, learn and try.
There’s a great range of topics, too. These include families, pets, directions, weather, films and technology. Some of the lessons use humor to get the points across. These are welcome touches that make learning easier and ensure that new words are memorized.
12. Learn American English
This channel’s videos are designed to help you learn English quickly and include real American slang, idioms and phrasal verbs.
This is a good introduction to common American words that differ from their English counterparts.
Well, that’s my list of 12 great channels to learn English with YouTube. With these great free English learning videos, nothing stands between you and fluency!
And One More Thing…If you enjoy learning English with fun, authentic media, you'll love FluentU. FluentU uses a natural teaching method that helps you ease into the English language and culture over time. You’ll learn English as it's actually spoken by real people.
FluentU makes it easier to learn with real native speaker vidoes through interactive transcripts. Tap on any word to look it up right now. Every definition has examples to help you understand how the word is used. If you see an interesting word you don’t know, you can add it to a vocabulary list.
Learn all the vocabulary in any video with games and quizzes. FluentU helps you learn fast with useful questions and multiple examples.
Best of all, FluentU keeps track of the vocabulary you’re learning, and recommends examples and videos to you based on the words you’ve already learned. Every learner has a truly personalized experience, even if they’re learning the same video.
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