15 Websites to Learn English with Videos [Updated in 2023]
There’s an incredible variety of English learning videos out there.
You can build your language skills while being totally entertained, no matter what your personal interests are.
I’ll show you my favorite websites to learn English with videos that cover a variety of topics so you’ll be sure to find something you love.
- 1. Best for Adults: TV 411
- 2. Best for Immersive Video-Based Learning: FluentU
- 3. Best for College-like Experience: Coursera
- 4. Best for Learning British English: British Council
- 5. Best for Real-life English Learning: CNN Video News
- 6. Best for Learning from Context: Discovery
- 7. Best for Fun Learning: Funny Or Die
- 8. Best for Younger Learners: CollegeHumor
- 9. Best for Learning from Shows: PBS
- 10. Best for Learning Scientific English: Big Think
- 11. Best for Learning from Talks: TED
- 12. Best for Everyday Vocabulary: Wonder How To
- 13. Best for Learning from Movies: Sony Crackle
- 14. Best for Short Clips: Adam Savage’s Tested
- 15. Best for Professionals: Engvid
- Strategies to Learn English with Videos
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1. Best for Adults: TV 411
This website offers fun videos about reading, writing and vocabulary—just pick a topic and watch. The website is dedicated to making English learning videos for adults. It teaches skills and knowledge that adults need to know to succeed in life and their careers.
The videos have a great selection of different voices and opinions. Each video has a list of skills you can learn about, and some have related downloads or worksheets to complete. Watch a video and strengthen your skills. Then do a follow-up activity to get the full effect of this site.
Check out this video which will help you better understand credit card interest while practicing your English.
2. Best for Immersive Video-Based Learning: FluentU
You can find a huge selection of videos right here on FluentU.
FluentU takes authentic videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.
You can try FluentU for free for 2 weeks. Click here to check out the website or download the iOS app or Android app.
Each video has a list of vocabulary you can browse before you watch, and full subtitles throughout the video itself. If you hear a word you don’t know, there’s no need to search the dictionary for it: Just check the definition right in the video as it’s playing (or paused).
FluentU has many other resources to make English learning even easier and more fun, including flashcards and quizzes. You can even take the website on the go with you using the FluentU app for iOS or Android devices.
3. Best for College-like Experience: Coursera
Coursera is an online course website with a huge selection of free and affordable internet classes. Most of the courses are taught using videos, making this one excellent resource for English learners.
You can take a course specific to English learning, or you can choose to take a course about anything that interests you, like history, science, math or writing. You’ll be learning about something you care about, all while strengthening your English.
Videos are combined with assignments (like homework), quizzes and sometimes even projects for a complete college-like experience.
4. Best for Learning British English: British Council
The British Council is a fantastic resource if you’re learning British English (some resources are also available in American English). The videos on this website don’t just teach the language—they teach about British people and culture. Watch videos about British culture and locations and see real people speaking about their lives around England. Learn more about the language and country.
The British Council’s LearnEnglish website is a great place to learn in general. After you’ve browsed the English learning videos, check out the rest of the website for games, grammar and vocabulary lessons, business and work related English and other useful information.
You can watch this video about positive female role models. You will also find instructions and preparation exercises to help you complete the tasks after the video.
5. Best for Real-life English Learning: CNN Video News
CNN is a popular international news source. There are many places to get your news these days, but CNN remains a classic (that means it’s an old but good choice!). The homepage of the website displays featured videos of the day’s top news, so you’re getting information about current events while you learn English.
You can also watch CNN’s original videos on topics from sports to family life, and watch many videos of past news. Use the site to catch up on what’s going on in the world (with a heavy focus on America). Or use it to watch older news you already know about so you can better focus on the English used.
Check out this video and learn about the next extreme aerial sport while improving your English skills.
6. Best for Learning from Context: Discovery
Want bite-sized parts of shows on the Discovery network? Catch them here in high-definition. The Discovery channel shows reality television that looks at everyday people doing interesting things. It also has documentaries and shows about our world and environment.
Discovery’s shows are all about ordinary people from unique settings or cultures, so you can get a view of the many things America has to offer with these short clips. The website also has a service that allows you to watch full episodes, and a number are available for free.
Watch this video where a marine biologist Luke takes his family to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center in Jekyll Island and practice your English listening skills
7. Best for Fun Learning: Funny Or Die
What makes something funny? The videos on Funny Or Die have many different kinds of humor. Some funny clips are parodies (funny versions of real events). Some use humor to comment on current events. Others are just plain silly!
The site has many exclusive videos and articles, and it collects some of the web’s funniest videos. To “get” some of the jokes, you’ll need to understand the cultural reference—and if you get that, you know your learning is going great!
You can watch a video about CatCon and meet famous cats on the Internet while improving your understanding of English humor!
8. Best for Younger Learners: CollegeHumor
Like Funny Or Die, CollegeHumor has many funny videos. Unlike Funny Or Die, this website focuses on the kind of humor that younger viewers (in their 20s) would find funny.
The CollegeHumor actors act out skits (short shows), turning everyday situations into absurd ones. Other videos make fun of things, often by being silly or crude (with “potty” or “bathroom” humor). These videos show how younger people speak, and pick apart the American culture in a fun way.
Watch this video explaining why new iPhones are like new girlfriends for your daily dose of American English!
9. Best for Learning from Shows: PBS
The channel PBS is known for its fantastic educational programs and beautiful nature specials. And now you can watch many of their shows (and clips from them) on the PBS website. You can find shows about food, the arts, nature, history, dramas and much more. If you’re looking for a place to learn English in a fun way, this is the website to do it on.
Check out this video where NASA uses a brand new James Webb Space Telescope to look at the stars and learn English in a fun way.
10. Best for Learning Scientific English: Big Think
What makes someone a genius? How is our stomach like a second brain? The videos on Big Think answer these questions and so many more. This website posts videos about science, biology and life that will make you think.
The ideas in the videos are pretty big, but they’re explained in a way that many people can understand. This one is recommended for higher intermediate and advanced English learners, and it’s a great way to find interesting things to learn about—and talk about if you’re looking for conversation starters.
For example, you can watch a video of Dr. Michio Kaku, the co-founder of string field theory, explaining the God Equation while picking up words used in scientific English.
11. Best for Learning from Talks: TED
Like Big Think, TED has videos meant to get you thinking. TED is a series of talks by brilliant minds from many different industries, from tech and science, to literature and humanities, that focus on spreading new ideas.
TED videos all show a person (or people) speaking on a stage, and they run in length from 2 or 3 minutes to an hour. If you’re trying to improve your public speaking skills, or even just your conversational skills, you can learn a lot from watching the presenters on TED.
What makes a talk interesting to the audience? You can also learn many new ideas and find new ways of thinking about things. After you watch a video, do a little research about the presenter: You’ll learn about some new and important people this way.
Check out this video about lessons from the longest study on happiness while improving your English vocabulary and listening skills.
12. Best for Everyday Vocabulary: Wonder How To
This website pulls together useful videos from around the internet which show how to do nearly anything. Whether you’re interested in cooking, art, technology or anything else that requires a how-to guide, you can probably find an article and a video about it here. Follow along with the videos to learn a new skill and test your understanding of English instructions.
Check out how to do your own fire snake science experiment at home and improve your English reading skills.
13. Best for Learning from Movies: Sony Crackle
If you want to join a video streaming service like Netflix or Hulu but don’t want to spend money every month for it, Sony Crackle is a great website.
Like other streaming websites, Sony Crackle has a nice selection of full movies, TV shows, many classics (old movies and shows) and even some original content. It’s available on many devices so you can watch on the go—and take as long as you want on a movie or show without worrying about a monthly subscription.
Watch an episode of the series “Going From Broke” where an NFL cheerleader works on fixing his own finances and learn more business English.
14. Best for Short Clips: Adam Savage’s Tested
Adam Savage is part of the team behind the TV show “Mythbusters.” This website is a collection of videos featuring Adam testing things, building, making things and much more. His clear voice is easy to understand, and the shows are fun to watch if you enjoy watching things get made. There are full episodes, or clips if you want something shorter.
Here’s a video where Adam Savage learns how the armor for Star Wars live action Clones was built!
15. Best for Professionals: Engvid
EngVid is a great source for English learning videos. It features a wide range of video lessons covering various topics, including grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, writing and listening. Each lesson is presented by a qualified teacher who provides clear explanations and practical examples to help learners understand and use English effectively.
Check out this lesson on prepositions and take part in an English lesson challenge.
Strategies to Learn English with Videos
We’ve talked about the benefits of learning English with movies, TV shows and video English lessons. The truth is, you can learn English with any kind of English media! Many of the websites on our list have videos that don’t specifically teach English.
That means you’ll need to watch them like you would watch a movie or a show: by keeping your eyes and ears open, and watching for the purpose of learning (and not just to be entertained).
Before you start, it’s useful to have a goal. What are you hoping to learn from the videos you watch? Keep a notebook nearby for writing down new words, phrases and other useful information. After each video, describe the video in your own words, either out loud or on paper.
If the video you watched is short, it might help to watch it twice—once for understanding (by watching it through without pausing) and once for learning (by taking notes or replaying certain parts).
What kind of learning you do depends on what you watch for. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Watch for the language. Listen to the way vocabulary, grammar and phrases are used.
- Watch for the people. Listen to the accents and slang. Watch for the difference between the way people speak, and what it tells you about their place in society. In other words, who uses professional English? Who uses slang? This can tell you a lot about people and their culture. Speaking of which…
- Watch for the culture. People speak differently depending on where they’re from. Watch for the differences that location has on people’s English. British and American English are an obvious example, but even within the two countries you can find many different accents, phrases and ways of speaking.
- Watch for the knowledge. Finally, don’t forget to enjoy the content of the videos. Learning new information in English is a fantastic way to learn through English immersion: If you can understand a new topic when it’s taught in English, you’re doing great! And you’ll be adding a new topic of conversation to your knowledge, that you can discuss in English with others.
With all the options above, you’re sure to find something that interests you.
Use these sites to learn English with videos the fun and effective way!
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