As English speakers often say, sometimes “less is more.”
Like when you are using a strong spice, or decorating a small room.
But let’s face it—sometimes more is more.
Like when you are looking for the best English learning videos.
The ones that will teach you all the basics of the language. The ones that are just as good as an English language course.
With long, comprehensive videos, you will get hours and hours of English language lessons and listening practice.
We will show you 14 awesome English learning videos that prove more really is more!
14 Extensive Videos to Really Learn English in 2020
English For You
English For You hosts an English course that is perfect for early English learners.
Each video lesson is set-up like a real English classroom with a teacher and students. The English lessons are about an hour long and are modeled after a real classroom format complete with a chalkboard and slow, clear explanations.
The lessons also have built-in exercises for practice with feedback from the teacher and other students in the class.
Videos on this channel are divided into two categories for new English students.
The “Beginner Levels” video course corresponds to the A1 level—the very first level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Those with little to no experience with English should start here.
The “Elementary Levels” course corresponds to the A2 level. Those who have some knowledge of basic English can start by watching the videos in this playlist.
In addition to its longer videos, English For You also has shorter videos called “Daily Chats” and “Practical Dramas” that are under 10 minutes and focus on a specific topic. “Daily Chats” topics include sports, family and shopping, and the “Practical Dramas” playlist uses 25 short skits in English to teach basic English conversation. The channel also features a collection of short stories for beginners.
Easy English at Home
Easy English at Home is another YouTube channel that offers multiple playlists for English learners. They are led by real English as a Second Language teachers and are perfect for all levels of beginner English.
The first playlist, EEAH Classes, focuses on specific grammar topics and the videos are between 45 and 60 minutes in length.
These are recordings of actual English classes, complete with a teacher, blackboard explanation, examples and participation from actual students in the class. Topics include likes and dislikes, verb tenses and vocabulary for everyday situations. There are 12 of these grammar lessons and they are a fantastic supplement to other videos from Easy English at Home.
Easy English at Home also has an English for Beginners playlist. These offer shorter, 10-minute lessons on basics such as greetings, verbs, plurals and vocabulary topics.
The Elementary English playlist is a level up (A2, or upper-beginner) and focuses on slightly more advanced topics such as talking about appearance, making an appointment and discussing the news.
While these videos utilize a teacher and a white board for explanations and examples, they are not recorded from a real classroom setting with students like the EEAH Classes videos.
Want some bite-sized practice in between your English video courses? The Easy English with Doctor D videos are short explanations of specific vocabulary or grammar topics.
FluentU takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.
The videos have built-in clickable subtitles. Just click any new word for an instant definition and grammar info while you watch! Better yet, highlighted words in the subtitles get converted into flashcards for later review. When you are done watching a video, there are flashcards and fun quizzes to make sure you remember everything you have learned.
This way, you naturally learn English with entertaining videos that native speakers actually watch. You will not even realize you are studying.
Although FluentU does not have long videos in the traditional sense (videos longer than 10 minutes), many of the videos naturally flow into one another and allow for extended learning. FluentU even suggests related videos based on what you have already learned, to keep you moving towards fluency.
For beginners, FluentU has both general videos as well as in-depth grammar lessons that can be followed in order to get a good basis in the language. All the videos are conveniently organized by genre and level so it is easy to find the ones that work for you.
Shaw English Online
Shaw English Online offers full English courses on YouTube. The channel is run by the company Shaw English, itself a place where people from around the world can learn English through videos from multiple English teachers.
In particular, their playlist below offers extended video lessons in grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary usage and more. The videos run from half an hour to over two hours.
The first video in the series takes a comprehensive look at beginner grammar. This is a great way to get a solid basis in the English language.
Shaw English Online also has some video podcasts as well as pronunciation drills for beginners. These drills are fantastic for making those tricky English sounds and achieving a British accent in particular.
Additionally, there is also a playlist of videos that only looks at grammar topics, and these videos are shorter—perfect for concise explanations of complex topics.
English7Levels does exactly what the name suggests: teaches English through seven levels.
This YouTube channel offers seven different stages of videos for English learning. Each videos is between 30 minutes and four hours long. Most of them are focused on listening practice, but there are some for speaking and conversation practice as well.
The listening videos focus on specific vocabulary and sentences that are said in clear American English with in-video text available.
For example, Level 1 is for—you guessed it—beginner English learners. This is for complete beginners of English who have little or no experience with the language. Level 2 is for elementary or A2 learners, and these videos are perfect for learners who already have some experience with learning English.
Further, English7Levels includes videos from Oxford English Daily Conversation, which teaches English in a TV-style format.
Learners can also read along to well-known English stories. These stories can be quite advanced, so beginners should read the stories with “beginner level” or “elementary level” in the title.
Boston English Centre
The Boston English Centre creates videos to learn American English (despite their British-style spelling of the word “center”). Along with American English listening and conversation skills, you will learn about traveling to the U.S. and American culture.
The videos from the Boston English Centre are between one hour and three hours long. For beginners, there are videos with basic sentences, basic conversations and vocabulary related to travel, food and hotels.
Once you have completed the beginner videos, there are also videos for taking your English to the intermediate and advanced levels!
As a cool bonus, the Boston English Centre also has videos that include idioms and slang specific to American English that may be different from other dialects of English, and there is also a playlist for stories recited in the English language.
If you are looking for lots of English listening practice in the American accent, this channel is perfect for you.
English Professionally is a YouTube channel that is perfect for learners who want to study English for business or work purposes. English Professionally focuses on business English and the grammar and vocabulary specific to work in English-speaking places, but there are also general videos for complete beginners.
This channel’s videos are between 30 minutes to five hours in length. In fact, the longest is 12 hours! It is a complete beginner’s grammar course, teaching English step-by-step through grammatical explanations and vocabulary practice in conversation examples.
Other interesting videos from English Professionally include tips to learn English in 10 days. You probably would not go from beginner to fluent in just 10 days, but you could learn all the basics with English Professionally to give you a great basis for further language study.
Learn Anytime, Anywhere!
Videos from Learn Anytime, Anywhere are between 40 minutes and two hours in length and will help beginners improve their English conversation skills.
Video topics include English conversations with transcripts, everyday English sentences, dialogues for listening practice and more. Overall, there is an emphasis on speaking and listening skills.
There are also some shorter English videos that teach interesting topics like how to prepare for a job interview (you will learn business English vocabulary and grammar structures and etiquette for applying to a job).
There are even short stories for learning English as well as videos to learn English with cartoons. So if you are looking for variety in your English video learning, this channel is a good option.
Learn English by Cartoon
Speaking of cartoons, they can be an effective and fun way to learn English. Despite this YouTube channel’s title, however, only some of the videos include cartoons to learn English. These are ones that show pictures of cartoons in certain situations with speech bubbles and an audio recording of what the characters are saying.
These videos focus on general conversation and beginner topics to make learning fun!
The cartoon videos—as well as the other videos—are around one hour long. There are videos that focus specially on vocabulary and sentences, and some include hours of sample sentences for topics such as common basic English words. Other videos include dialogues, conversation practice and common verbs.
These videos all have built-in subtitles on the screen for following along and are led by native English speakers.
Kendra’s Language School
Videos from Kendra’s Language school are often between 30 minutes and an hour and a half long, but some can reach lengths of three hours and beyond. They are perfect for focused English listening practice.
With Kendra’s Language School, the learning method is simple: for each given sentence, the audio is played twice at a normal speed with subtitles available on the screen. The third time the audio plays, it is slower, and there is an opportunity for learners to repeat what they hear.
The playlist “Learn English Conversation” includes 30 long videos for beginners that focus on basic English topics such as pronunciation, common vocabulary, sentence patterns and listening practice. The videos mostly use the American English accent, but some videos include the British English accent.
If you are into super-long videos, Kendra’s Language School also offers a video that is 20 hours in length. It teaches 20,000 examples of conversational English phrases and includes subtitles in Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.
If you are a native speaker of those languages, this video is a great way to learn basic English.
Learn English with Jessica
Looking for nonstop opportunities to improve your English vocabulary? Learn English with Jessica is perfect for you.
Many of the English learning videos are between 40 minutes and two hours long. The videos teach vocabulary words related to specific topics as well as example sentences and correct pronunciation.
With some words, there is also an IPA transcription for more accurate pronunciation. This is especially useful for English learners since so many words are spelled differently than they sound.
When you do not have a lot of time for an English vocabulary lesson, you can also find shorter videos on this channel covering everything from common questions to kitchen vocabulary.
Sick of vocabulary drills? Check out the English stories with built-in subtitles. Additionally, there are grammar tutorial videos that include topics such as contractions and verb tenses. You will find all of these and more from the Videos tab on the YouTube channel.
The star of our next YouTube channel is Richard Campbell. He is an ESL teacher from Oregon, U.S. and a native speaker of American English. His videos focus on beginner content and they are between 30 minutes and an hour long.
Campbell’s videos are conveniently organized in a logical order by unit and lesson. This allows for learners to build on skills they have learned in previous lessons and apply that knowledge to new constructions and situations.
Each video focuses on a particular grammar or vocabulary topic or group of topics specific to beginner learners. Richard Campbell also presents and uses the grammar constructions within common basic English conversations and situations, so that the material is relevant and useful for learners.
For the best results, videos should be followed in sequence, and learners should follow along with a notebook and pen so that they can also do the grammar exercises as Richard Campbell presents and corrects them.
Blabbinit English’s videos are a little shorter than others on this list (around 15 to 20 minutes) but there are some that run more than one hour. It is particularly useful for native Spanish speakers—the in-video subtitles have English and Spanish translations.
Blabbinit English makes videos for those learning American English. There is a mix of guided videos and vocabulary compilation videos, often with a native speaker reciting words or phrases with subtitles on-screen.
Blabbinit English has also put related videos into playlists for sequential (in a logical order) learning. The playlist topics include grammar lessons, pronunciation, verbs and over 240 basic English grammar and vocabulary lessons.
Mark Kulek is the creator of the YouTube channel by the same name, and he is an American English teacher. Mark uploads video lessons and livestreams (videos that were broadcast while being recorded) regularly. His livestreams are the longest, often over two hours in length. He has livestreamed over 100 times with the previous videos available on YouTube for watching later.
Ideally, if you can catch Mark during a livestream, you can interact with him. This allows you to participate in the lesson through the chat and exercises and even ask for clarification if you are confused. Rumor has it he does livestream lessons every Tuesday and Friday.
Livestream topics include shopping, making sentences, school and food, and some livestreams include worksheets for download and for future practice. In addition to his livestreams, Mark also uploads other content for English learners. This content is often shorter but focuses on conversation practice and simple grammar tutorials that are less than five minutes in length.
Now that you have 14 places to learn English with video, you are in for the long-haul! Do not forget to take a stopover for a snack or two—a break will be needed on your way to English fluency!
And One More Thing...
If you like learning English through movies and online media, you should also check out FluentU. FluentU lets you learn English from popular talk shows, catchy music videos and funny commercials, as you can see here:
The FluentU app and website 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 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? FluentU remembers the vocabulary that you’re learning. It gives you extra practice with difficult words—and reminds you when it’s time to review what you’ve learned. You have a truly personalized experience.
Start using FluentU on the website with your computer or tablet or, better yet, download the FluentU app from the iTunes or from the Google Play store.
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