Let me tell you a little story about how a newsletter taught me to write.
I’ve always loved making up, writing and telling stories.
One day, while surfing the internet, I came across a “creative writing” email newsletter. In a series of emails, I learned all about creating unique characters and engaging plots.
At the end of each email, there were a few exercises and writing ideas that I could use to flex my skills.
Sure, the newsletter taught me a lot about writing.
But since I received the emails automatically and regularly, it also made me disciplined and committed to my work. I developed a writing habit without even thinking about it.
And it’s that last bit that counts the most.
As an English learner, you can get the same benefits from high-quality English learning newsletters.
They’ll teach you valuable lessons in English grammar, vocabulary, speaking, writing and more.
But they’ll also remind you to practice English every week or even every day, so that you never stop moving towards fluency.
So if you’re looking for an effective way to learn English, signing up for one of the English learning newsletters below is a great idea!
Why Subscribe to an English Newsletter?
Here are some of the ways subscribing to a newsletter can drastically (significantly) upgrade your language learning game.
- They’re convenient to use at any time: These daily and weekly newsletters will be delivered to your inbox without you even thinking about it, and you can access them whenever you have a free moment.
- They make it easy to understand new information: Unlike a textbook that’s crammed with information, newsletters are usually short and written in a simple, easy-to-read style. Difficult bits are broken down into smaller chunks so that you can manage them well.
- It’s a good habit: You’ll develop a habit of checking your email regularly so that you don’t miss the English lessons. As mentioned earlier, this will help you become more disciplined about your language learning.
- They’re great for self-taught people: You’ll learn English at your own pace. Make sure to keep a notepad to jot down relevant points and review them from time to time.
- They can even be interactive: At the end of an email English course, you may be asked to give feedback to the writer/instructor. Or you may get to use the language skills you’ve just learned in a quiz.
Subscribe to These Newsletters to Learn English Without Even Trying!
Below are some of the most useful English learning newsletters I’ve found online. Each one has its strengths and you can choose which ones to subscribe to based on your skill level, educational needs and goals.
As the name suggests, Effortless English is all about helping you to learn the English language as effortlessly as you can. A. J. Hoge, the educator behind it, has created a number of engaging courses that you can use to improve pronunciation, diction and general speaking skills.
The free email course is called “7 Rules for Excellent English.” It provides tips on speaking fluently and advice on how to avoid some common mistakes. You can also join the Effortless English “Bonus Newsletter” for further suggestions, e-books, sample lessons and more, every week.
So if your aim is to be a better English speaker, what are you waiting for?
FluentU’s Free English Learning Newsletter
FluentU is a must-bookmark resource for any dedicated English learner. In addition to FluentU’s immersive courses filled with engaging and interactive video content, there’s also a free newsletter that’s jam-packed with learning tips.
You can sign up for the weekly FluentU newsletter from the sidebar of the FluentU English Learner blog.
The newsletter offers links to our latest articles for English learners, covering everything from the best English learning resources, to vocabulary and grammar explanations, to specific learning techniques.
The emails also include weekly tips to get the most out of the FluentU language program.
Unlike traditional language learning sites, FluentU uses a natural approach that helps you ease into the English language and culture over time. You’ll learn English as it’s spoken in real life.
FluentU has a variety of engaging content from popular talk shows, nature documentaries and funny commercials, as you can see here:
FluentU makes it really easy to watch English videos. There are captions that are interactive. That means you can tap on any word to see an image, definition and useful examples.
For example, when you tap on the word "searching," you'll see this:
Learn all the vocabulary in any video with quizzes. Swipe left or right to see more examples for the word you’re learning.
The best part is that FluentU keeps track of the vocabulary that 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.
You can start using the FluentU website on your computer or tablet or, better yet, by downloading the app from the iTunes or Google Play stores.
VOA Learning English is an amazing resource for those specifically interested in learning and improving their American English. They have a number of learning programs for all levels—beginner, intermediate and advanced.
They have a free newsletter that’ll deliver VOA’s educational content right to your inbox. They also have a special option called “VOA Learning English Highlights,” which covers feature stories and news at a reading level that’s suitable for English learners.
Therefore, VOA’s newsletter won’t just help you master American English, but will also give you a lot of information and facts about current affairs.
As its name suggests, this newsletter will appear in your inbox daily. That’s right: every day you get to learn something new the moment you open your email inbox.
This newsletter, by educator Julian Northbrook, promises to be packed with tips, tricks and anecdotes on how to become fluent and confident in English. Northbrook also warns about being very outspoken and tackling controversial topics (topics that people tend to argue about) in the emails. Northbrook prides himself on his unconventional (different; not ordinary) teaching style.
This one is perfect for those who want smart and practical advice on learning English.
You can’t really master a language until you’ve got the hang of its grammar. This newsletter will help you do just that.
Daily Grammar breaks down complex and difficult grammar topics into easy-to-understand explanations. Every weekday you’ll get an email with the most recent grammar lesson that appeared on the Daily Grammar blog. On Saturdays, you’ll get a quiz!
You can even join the Daily English discussion group on Facebook to interact with other learners and educators.
I’ve always loved learning new words, be it from storybooks, a dictionary or even word games. So, subscribing to a vocabulary newsletter was the next logical step.
While there are tons of vocabulary improvement apps and resources out there, I’d recommend that you try something simple like the Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Day newsletter.
Once you subscribe, you’ll get a new word and its meaning delivered to your inbox each day. By the end of the year, you’ll have added 365 more interesting words to your vocabulary from this newsletter alone.
If you enjoy writing—be it creative, academic or technical—then subscribing to an English writing newsletter is a must. A really good one is the free weekly newsletter from Writer’s Digest.
You’ll receive weekly writing “prompts,” or ideas that’ll inspire you to write in creative ways. This is perfect to build an English writing habit that you actually enjoy.
The newsletter also includes updates from the Writer’s Digest bloggers and expert tips on how to get published! Once you sign up you’ll receive a copy of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” list, another brilliant resource to always have at your fingertips.
If you wish to learn the elements of good writing and be able to apply them in English, click and subscribe to them right away.
Many of us may have excellent communication skills but still have trouble applying grammar knowledge. We may be confused and speak or write incorrect sentences as a result. This is where Cozy Grammar comes in.
Run by Marie Rackham, Cozy Grammar provides award-winning video courses that cover difficult grammar topics, pronunciation guides and so on. So if you’re looking to improve your overall speaking and writing skills, you could definitely subscribe to the monthly newsletter, which is filled with grammar tips and free excerpts from the Cozy Grammar lessons.
As a subscriber, you’ll also receive special discounts and updates about Cozy Grammar’s latest resources.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how many newsletters you subscribe to, it’s what you do with the learning that counts. Newsletters are sure to regularly provide you with step-by-step advice, help you understand complex topics and improve your communication skills. But you need to be dedicated and sincere about learning. You need to do all the exercises and apply what you learn. So have faith in yourself, subscribe to some English learning newsletters and give it your best shot and you’re bound to succeed.
Archita Mittra is a freelance writer, journalist, editor and educator. Feel free to check out her blog or contact her for freelancing/educational inquiries.
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