The Many Meanings of Catch (Catch on, Catch up, a Catch, & more) | English Dialogue

Heads up … catch! This seemingly (or should I say “deceptively”) simple word is stuffed and loaded with different meanings. Do the many uses of “catch” confuse you? Here I want to look at the traditional meanings, as well as some common slang and figurative uses of the word. There are also short and realistic dialogues to help. So, are you ready to catch some knowledge? Let’s do it.

The normal meaning of Catch

Normally, to Catch means to receive something that is thrown or has fallen. As people, we mostly catch things with our hands.


 — “Look, Charles, I got you a new iPhone charger. Catch!”

While attempting to grab the charger, Charles accidentally dropped his phone onto the floor.

 — “Gee, thanks! Now I’m going to need a new iPhone too.”

 — “Well, you should have caught it before it hit the ground.”

Catch something (figuratively)

As you can imagine, “catch” also has several figurative and even slang meanings. As a verb, you can catch something not visible such as an illness or some attention.


 — “Did you hear what happened to Kevin Hart? He said he caught the ‘Vid’,” Charles said to his friend, Jonah, sitting behind him. Jonah gave him a firm Shhh! 

 — “Be quiet, man! Whenever I talk in class, I catch an angry look from Ms. Delaware. You’ll get me in trouble.”

‘Catching’ someone

Another meaning is when you catch someone, or find them. Usually, this is while they are doing something they shouldn’t be.

 — “Hey, Sheila. Do you think we could take your little bro out for ice cream?”

 — “I don’t know. He got caught eating cookies out of the cookie jar last night. I think he’s had enough sweets.”

 — “Well, we could always take him to the Salad Bar,” Charles suggested.

 — “Oh, no. You won’t catch me anywhere near that place.”

Still, catch can be about meeting another person, in general. This is usually at a designated time or place.

 — “I hope we can hang out soon, Sheila. What do you think?”

 — “For sure! I’ll catch you after our game tomorrow.”

Other random meanings of Catch

To catch can be to understand what someone else said or what has happened. It’s usually said as a question to check for comprehension or as a way to show a lack of understanding.


Jonah’s mind wandered as he daydreamed about the upcoming game that night. Suddenly, he realized Charles had been mumbling at him for the past five minutes.

 — “Sorry, what did you say? I didn’t catch that.”

 — “I was telling you about my plans to quit working for this lousy school. Did you catch it this time?!”

… Or, going to see something, such as an event. 


 — “Do you want to catch a movie after you get off work?” Charles asked Sheila. She turned at him and grinned.

 — “Yeah … Or, we could go to the game like everyone else.”

Or, boarding a transportation vehicle. 



Sheila gave Charles a big hug.

 — “I have to catch this bus. If you want to see a movie, it’s fine. Can we talk later?”

 — “Yeah, either way is fine. Let me know. Maybe we can catch a ride together.”

Phrasal verbs: Catch on, Catch up

And that’s just “Catch” by itself. Of course, there are also phrasal verbs like catch on — to begin to understand something — or catch up — to reach a desired point in understanding or place from behind.


 — It used to be so much fun to speak in German around your friends. I think they’re starting to learn now.

 — Right, especially Mark didn’t use to understand our conversations, but now he’s catching on.

 — It’s about time! Why is Mark so far behind in his German, anyway? He needs to catch up!

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A Catch, as a noun

All verbs aside, there is also catch used as a noun. A catch is a hidden condition or problem when something seems too good to be true.


Charles looked at his neighbor in disbelief. 

“You’ll give me this car for four hundred bucks and all repairs are up to date? What’s the catch?”

 — “No catch! It’s a good car, man. What, you don’t believe me?”

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A catch can also be a person who seems like a perfect match, or a great person to be in a relationship with. They are like the ideal partner.


 — I don’t know why you’re so in-love with Sheila. Look at Jenny. She’s the boss of her own business, helps her community, and owns a Benz. She’s a catch, for sure.

 — “Uh-huh, Jonah. Total catch.”


**These are just some of the main uses of “catch”. Can you think of any others meanings? Can you think of your own examples for these words? Share it with us and spread the English love! Thanks for reading and learning. Take care out there.

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Topic: Why Shoulda, Coulda, Should of, Would of? | English Speaking Habits

Pronouncing Modal Verbs in the Past


Modal verbs? What? As English speakers, we have lots of funny speech habits. To the average person, they may not seem like a big deal. But what about those that have decided to take on learning this complex language?

“Take on me-e … take me o-on!”

You can almost hear English singing in the shower. You might have heard such words as “shoulda” or “coulda” before. Well, that’s what we’re going to talk about here.

What are Modal Verbs, after all?

A modal verb is a type of auxiliary (or helping) verb. This just means their purpose is to help other verbs to make sense. Modal verbs themselves are used to show a necessity or possibility. These are words like could, should, may, might, would, and so on.

In the past tense, modal verbs are often followed by the word “have.” This lets us know they are modals instead of a regular past tense verb. How do we know that “could” is acting like the past tense of “can,” or if it is expressing a possibility? We know it’s a possibility when it’s next to “have.” Look at this:

  • When I was younger, I could run a mile without stopping. (past tense of “can”)
  • I could have been a track star. (past tense of the modal verb “could,” shows a possibility)

Remember, modals don’t always need “have.” Adding it is used to show that this necessity or possibility was in the past. The same goes with should have, may have, might have, would have, and more.

You Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda … Used Correct Grammar

The habit I told you about earlier is that many people turn “have” into a simple shwa sound (“uh”) when talking. They basically get rid of the “h” and “v” sounds. This makes could have sound like coulda.

  • I coulda been a track star. (could have)

This is so common that we have an expression to mimic this; shoulda, coulda, woulda. Or coulda, shoulda, woulda. Woulda, coulda, shoulda? I guess it doesn’t really matter what order you say it in. Some people say this to express when it’s too late to do something and the opportunity has passed. Similar expressions are “that’s too bad,” “too late,” or “keep dreaming.” 

 — You know, I could have been a track star.

 — Yeah! Shoulda, coulda, woulda.

Should of, Could of, Would of

To take it a step further, “have” can completely change and turn into “of.” This isn’t grammatically correct, but it happens because some people might pronounce the “could-a” like “could-uv.” This happens when we mean to contract “could have” and say “could’ve.” The pronunciation of the “of” sounds very similar to that final “ve” sound, so it’s easy to confuse the two in everyday speech. Many people who even know the correct grammar might make a mistake when writing or speaking and say “of” instead of the short “‘ve” because of how easy it is to switch the two. 

More info:

  • ‘Should have’ and ‘should of’ on Quora

*Try saying could of and could’ve out loud. Do you notice how similar they sound? 

Here are some more examples!

See, you shoulda / should of been more careful. 

I coulda / could of been a millionaire. 

She musta / must of been crazy to adopt a lion.


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Everyday Expressions about Cars and Driving (part 2) – English List

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Welcome to this version of English List. Cars have had such a huge impact on that language–the English one–and we’re here to prove it! This is part 2 of Everyday Expressions about Cars and Driving, including some terms that can be used for both vehicles and other life situations.

For English students, these can be a cool way for you to liven up your word choice and vocabulary. Otherwise, you may just like driving cars or be an awesome English-speaking person that loves to learn. Whatever it is, I hope you enjoy the article. Feel free to give your own examples, ask questions, give feedback, do whatever!

Alrighty, let’s get rolling.

Read Part 1: Some Everyday Expressions about Cars & Driving

Full Tank

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It’s easy to imagine the benefits of a full tank of gas. Similarly, when talking about people, we can say that person has a full tank. This is like saying that they are full of energy, ready to go, and pumped full of enthusiasm. There’s also the expression “on full,” which is the opposite of “on E” (on empty). Careful, though! “On F” isn’t quite a popular expression (yet).

No stopping … no stopping

  • Let’s make sure the truck’s got a full tank so we don’t have to stop the whole trip.
  • He has been running for hours and is still on a full tank! Can you believe it?

Roll up (the window)

Windows shut

This one may sound obvious, but it might not be so for English learners. When talking about making the window go up in a car, we can say roll the window up or roll up the window (it works the same for “down” too). Roll up by itself also has a multitude of meanings. It can be as simple as “to roll something” or to “arrive or go somewhere.”

Read also: Roll out, rolling, & other expressions

Getting there

  • Can you please roll the window up? It’s freezing in here!
  • I have to roll up my clothes so that they can fit in my suitcase.
  • Do you feel like rolling up to my cousin’s house? You know, she’s the one with the big TV.

Junk in the trunk

Big things in the back

This phrase is near and dear to many English speakers. Literally, it refers to having too much “junk”, or lots of random and useless objects, in the trunk of one’s car. Junk in the trunk can also be used to talk about people, especially women, saying that they have a big behind. This is actually the first thing that will come to mind to most English speakers when this silly phrase is said.

It is a very playful expression, used mostly with people we are really comfortable with, and it can be a really funny thing to say.

A beautiful mess

  • Do you know if Tyler has any jumper cables? There’s so much junk in his trunk, I can’t find it.
  • Mark told me I had a lot of junk in my trunk. Uh, I think he likes me.

Backseat driver

No driving from the back

Just picture it: you are riding along happily in your car, not a care in the world. Suddenly, you hear a voice from the back seat telling you to turn your blinkers on before you switch lanes. That’s decent advice, but still, nobody likes a backseat driver.

This expression is used to refer to someone who is giving instructions or directions but is “out of line” to. Maybe they are unqualified, or maybe they just weren’t a part of the conversation, to begin with.

Input from the sidelines

  • I thought to tell you to slow down, but I didn’t want to be a backseat driver.
  • The parents on the other team are such backseat drivers. They should just let the coaches do their jobs, right?

Down the road

What is to come

Driving is a lot more comfortable when you can see far down the road. This expression refers to what is ahead of you, further down the street. In a figurative sense, it means what is ahead in life, as opposed to the actual street or highway. Still, it’s a very useful idiom to know.

Looking forward

  • There’s a new Chipotle that opened up down the road. Want to try it?
  • You should always be prepared because you never know what might happen down the road.

U-turn

Turn it around

When driving, some people get the sudden urge to want to completely change directions on the road. That round 180-degree change is called making a U-turn. Likewise, people can make a “U-turn” in life as they completely change directions or go back to old habits.

Another very informal way of saying this is making a U-ey. (Some also say “pulling” a U-ey, “busting” a U-ey, “flipping” a U-ey, it’s all the same)

Bring it back

  • Sheryl was so happy in retirement. Now, all of a sudden, she did a big U-turn and went back to teaching again.
  • Do you think we can make a U-ey on this road? I think we can.

Run out of steam

Steam-less

No one wants this. When you’re driving and the car suddenly stops working. Apparently it’s got no more gas, no power, and everything says that is has run out of steam. The same idea can go for people when they don’t have the smallest bit of energy left in them.

Run until the running’s done

  • Boy, I sure hope this old truck doesn’t run out of steam before we make it home.
  • Alex started the day off full of energy, but now she looks like she ran out of steam.

Driving (me) nuts!

Nuts and (crazy) berries

Many people like to drive, while others get enraged by it. Driving someone nuts is the same as making them feel crazy. Other ways to say this are driving someone “mad,” driving someone “crazy”, driving someone “bananas,” and driving someone “coocoo”, among others.

This “driving” is usually used with negative emotions, so you would not say “driving me happy,” for example.

Ja-Making me crazy!

  • Is this Camila Cabello? Oh no, her music drives my brother insane.
  • I can’t handle being around kids while they’re crying. They drive me nuts!

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Preply vs Cambly: Pros & Cons – Students’ Edition

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For people seeking to learn English, there have never been so many options as now! With such variety, though, it can get confusing as to which platforms are better suited for each individual student. I mean, we’ve all got our own unique styles and comfort zones, right? This post will take a look at two platforms that I have tutored on.

I’ll give my opinion on what I feel the advantages and disadvantages are for English learners on either of the two. Feel free to let me know what you think below or to share what your experiences have been like learning on these sites. So, let’s talk about some of the similarities, pros, and cons of Preply and Cambly for students.

Read also: Preply vs Cambly, Tutors’ Edition

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All the Same

Despite some differences, Preply and Cambly actually have a lot of similarities for students, and they offer much of the same things. Both of these are online language learning platforms where students can decide the times and days of their own lessons. These platforms allow for students to attend lessons on practically any device with a camera, from laptops to cellphones to tablets and more.

They also allow for students to choose which tutors they wish to talk with, providing a profile and video by each tutor. The two platforms have learning materials that can be used during the lessons as well. Monitors are on watch for both platforms to make sure the lessons go smoothly and safely. Now, on to the specifics.

Preply, pros & cons

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Advantages

  • they make it easy to pay for lessons and set up recurring / weekly lessons with the same tutors
  • if the student doesn’t enjoy their first lesson, they can do a lesson with another tutor free of extra charge until they find a good fit
  • the interface looks nice and the platform is fairly easy to use
  • they have features like a whiteboard, lesson topics, and an easy chat section to navigate
  • students can arrange to do automatic lesson confirmation so they don’t have to worry about this after lessons
  • it’s designed mostly for students that want to stick with the same tutors for longer and do longer lessons
  • they aren’t so picky about doing lessons off of the Preply platform, as long as the lesson is confirmed on Preply, this allows for more freedom to do the lesson where you’re comfortable
  • they check with students to confirm before extending their payment plans
  • students can learn other languages besides English

Disadvantages

  • sometimes the platform can be a little slow, this especially happens during updates
  • there is no free trial lesson and all lessons are paid for in advance
  • students aren’t required to do 1 hour lessons but most do, some students have a hard time keeping up with this weekly schedule, it’s a bigger commitment
  • most students do lessons on a laptop in a more formal setting, this could feel limiting to some students
  • because tutors set their own rates, sometimes lessons may be too pricey for certain students

Cambly, pros & cons

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Advantages

  • students usually do the lessons on a cellphone, so they have the freedom to be almost anywhere and practice English
  • lessons are normally shorter, although students can pay for extended lesson times if they wish
    • it is usually a laidback atmosphere which can be very relaxing for students, low pressure
  • students have the freedom to talk to a different tutor each session or make planned lessons with the same tutor
  • students are allowed a free-trial lesson and sometimes promotions for multiple free lessons
  • a great place for YouTubers and influencers to interact with English speakers for entertainment and educational purposes
  • students can feel safe that the lessons are closely monitored, more so than Preply in my experience
  • tutors go through a quick training before starting, this is to better understand other world cultures and behaviors, and it helps them to be more receptive of students’ specific customs
  • you don’t have to schedule lessons, just log in and find someone to talk with
  • I sense that tutors come from a wider array of backgrounds on Cambly, there’s also a fair amount that aren’t native English speakers but still speak English very well

Disadvantages

  • many students like to share contact info, but Cambly strictly prohibits this, this is a downside if you are one of those students
  • students can do the lesson from anywhere, but some locations might make video connection worse
  • because the atmosphere can be more relaxed, some students might not reap the full benefits of a fully focused lesson, this can provide a false sense of improvement for some students who would benefit better from sitting and focusing on English practice, which is totally possible on Cambly

So, there …?

Well, you can see I tried to stay optimistic and focus on the good side of things. The lists are overwhelmingly positive for both platforms, which surprised even me. For students looking to do lessons on either Preply or Cambly, I would suggest just thinking about the kind of lessons you want. Do you want to just practice conversational English or do you want to have a bit more structure and order in your lessons? Or do you want both or something different altogether?

Both of these platforms are excellent tools to use for practicing English and to get some cultural exchange. In the end, though, my experience tells me to encourage all the students out there to use it as one of your many language learning tools, and not as a cure-all. Just using an online platform probably isn’t going to make you fluent, although it’s one great way to help you get there!

Language learning is best done when there is a variety of methods and materials used so the brain can get in contact with the language from different angles, using different experiences. Students that seek a more casual approach to learning might prefer Cambly, while students who seek to put in more focus might prefer Preply. Either way, both platforms allow for casual and serious language learning, just with their own twist. The important thing is how they are used by the students. You can do it! I trust in you. I hope I could make the differences, similarities, pros, and cons of Preply and Cambly a bit clearer for you. Thanks for reading, and we’ll tune in next time. Peace.

3 Resources for Quick Language Improvement

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I know you’re busy! Quickly, here are two online resources that you might use to help in your language learning process. Both options are free to use!

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Learn Languages with Netflix

This option is great for those that already have a Netflix account and want to get an extra kick out of their language practice. It’s a great tool for watching content on Netflix using two subtitles; one in your source language and the other in your target language. You can follow the link below or search for “learn languages with Netflix” on your browser and download the plugin.

After that, it will be available at the top of your browser to use when you watch Netflix on your laptop or desktop. They even have a catalog for specific languages to see what the best-rated shows and movies are in English or any of the other available languages. You can click on words in the subtitles to see their translations and definitions. It’s free to use, so why not add it to your Netflix routine?

Download it here

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Notion

It is an excellent app/website for taking notes. This might not sound too exciting, but it’s an excellent resource for organizing lists, tables, and charts for learning new vocabulary and grammar. Notion is also great for organizing your other resources, having them all in one spot. I’m using it to create posts right now, actually.

You can use it to practice writing in English, do translations, and perform any other creative written project your mind can think up. Notion is a priceless tool (literally) that can be used to keep yourself super organized while learning a new language. Check out the link to learn how it works!

Go to Notion

Journaly

Journaly is a newer platform that was built with language learning in mind. Members can write blog posts about any subject their heart desires in the language they are learning. Other members that speak your target language can correct any mistakes and give suggestions.

The great part is you can return the favor, offering corrections on other members’ posts if they’re learning a language you know. The community there is pretty nice and helpful, so don’t hesitate to practice your writing there!

Go to Journaly

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Read more: other Helpful Resources

Thank you for coming! Go and check these sites out. I’m sure they’ll help you in your language learning as they’ve helped me. Do you know of any other great resources for language improvement?

Other Random Channels for Listening

YouTube Channels for Inspiration, Curiosity or a Simple Laugh

Better Than Yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpExuV8qJMfCaSQNL1YG6bQ

  • Great daily tips for living a better life and being a better person

Today I Found Out: https://www.youtube.com/c/Todayifoundout-official

  • Lots of random and unique topics or facts that are always interesting to learn about

Geography Now: https://www.youtube.com/user/GeographyNow

  • Channel about all the countries in the world. He’s not done yet but the videos are funny and use lots of pop culture references

PBS Eons: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzR-rom72PHN9Zg7RML9EbA

  • Channel about prehistoric stuff, outer space, and general geeky science topics. The speakers are very pleasant people

Joel & Lia: https://www.youtube.com/user/joelandlia

  • Two British buddies who like to compare the UK to the U.S.

Masaman: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1vVNQN-TCy8d3Mb_Owr2Kw

  • A guy who likes to explain history and misconceptions about history or race/ethnicity. Might be interesting to you

Drew Binsky: https://www.youtube.com/c/drewbinsky

  • A world traveler who goes to some of the most unusual and intriguing countries on the planet. He’s also very positive

LangFocus: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNhX3WQEkraW3VHPyup8jkQ

  • Everything about languages, from English to the Khoisan languages of Africa. He’s got it all

Russell Brand: https://www.youtube.com/user/russellbrand

  • Insightful channel focused on current issues, meditation, better thinking and mental wellness. Includes many podcasts and interviews long and short

JRE Clips: https://www.youtube.com/user/russellbrand

  • The Jeff Rogan Experience. Mostly interviews by Joe Rogan with leading professionals in all kinds of fields. Sometimes inspirational and other times just plain entertaining

iWriterly: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKeBsBrWDtIBrnrCkxHo5MQ

  • A channel focused on becoming a better fiction writer, if you’d like to do that

After School: https://www.youtube.com/c/AfterSkool

  • Interesting interviews turned into colorful drawings and artwork to help create a clearer picture of the subject matter

thejuicemedia: https://www.youtube.com/user/thejuicemedia

  • Short and hilarious parody ads that critique the government, including some podcasts. Centered on Australian concerns

TED-Ed: https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDEducation

  • Short videos that explain diverse and interesting topics in English

TED: https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector

  • Live talks and speeches about important topics from around the world in English and many other languages

TED Talks: https://www.ted.com/talks

  • TED also has their own website, of course

Bilingue Blogs: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa57CLZlqhFtn1m-e-tWhpg

  • His channel is geared more toward Spanish learners, but he uses mostly English. You can be inspired by his near-perfect Spanish skills despite being an American with no Hispanic background

Anne Grady Group: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU8shqCISYnwLzf650HBwcA

  • Uplifting channel for feeling good and self growth

The School of Life: https://www.youtube.com/user/schooloflifechannel

  • Cool channel about personal growth, reflection, and other helpful life topics

BBC News: https://www.youtube.com/user/bbcnews

  • World news channel in English

Learn on YouTube

Here is a list of 20 YouTube channels that you can use to help you in your language learning process. Some of these are for beginners, intermediate, Portuguese-speaking learners. Check these channels, and comment below if you know anymore great English channels!

Channels for Learning English on YouTube

Channel Robin MacPherson: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLifeOfRob

  • Explains mostly how to learn languages from a polyglot viewpoint. His videos are very laidback and relaxing to watch.

Tim Explica: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGxIAAnrhkCy6H2DRz-t6Qw

  • An American who loves to visit Brazil and teach Brazilians about English and American culture, and vice-versa. He also has a Spanish-centered channel somewhere.

Cambly (Brasil): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFmw9hQKH5l2lNwyfvaDIXg

  • Has weekly live and recorded English lessons geared toward Brazilian learners. They have a regular channel for general English students, and they probably have a channel for other specific languages.

Speak English with Vanessa: https://www.youtube.com/user/theteachervanessa

  • A great teacher with an easy accent and interesting interactive lessons.

Go Natural English: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Pbt3q-ihROg1lmmmQdU2w

  • A channel for learning natural English expression.

The English Coach: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-g0gSStENkYPXFRsKrlvyA

  • Another good channel to practice your English skills.

Learn English with TV Shows: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKgpamMlm872zkGDcBJHYDg

  • Practice English watching popular TV shows, series, interviews and even movies. Now they have music and books as well!

mmmEnglish: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrRiVfHqBIIvSgKmgnSY66g

  • A super encouraging and helpful channel from an Australian point of view. The teacher is very nice and speaks in an easy manner.

Learn English with Papa Teach Me: https://www.youtube.com/user/papateachme

  • A funny and entertaining channel about English from a cool British guy. He often gets people from his life involved or does little cartoons as well.

SmallAdvantages: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCskEPRzGlsYHs_a5SJyCXag

  • A highly informative channel about English from an American that loves Brazil, partially in Portuguese. He loves teaching curiosities about the language.

Rachel’s English: https://www.youtube.com/user/rachelsenglish

  • An awesome teacher who focuses on better pronunciation and achieving fluency.

Accent’s Way English with Hadar: https://www.youtube.com/user/accentsway

  • Another great teacher for accents and a great inspiration since she is not a native speaker but has a nearly perfect American accent.

Canguro English: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr2TgqpOrU3kUTkVy5XoLow

  • An insightful, funny and thoughtful channel from a cool British guy who really cares about you getting better with English. No false promises or gimmicks here.

Learn English with Bob the Canadian: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA

  • A quirky Canadian guy that teaches English by presenting real situations rather than telling about it.

Easy Languages: https://www.youtube.com/user/magauchsein

  • A great tool for reading custom-made subtitles and watching native speakers in action on the streets.

Simple English Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/vickihollettvideo

  • These are short and silly videos to aid in English understanding.

Lost in the Pond: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqabPJa-N6ORAlO5yMBtWXg

  • An Englishman now living in the U.S. with his American wife. He compares lots of accent and regional differences.

Steve Kaufmann: https://www.youtube.com/user/lingosteve

  • A channel about learning languages from one of the most renowned language learning experts.

Luca Lampariello: https://www.youtube.com/user/poliglotta80

  • An Italian guy with a great English accent who loves to teach about learning languages proficiently and becoming a polyglot.

Speak English with Tiffani: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGLGVRO_9qDc8VDGGMTcUiQ

  • Lastly we have this wonderful channel. Tiffani is a super enthusiastic and optimistic teacher. She has lots of experience teaching and always has a smile (and a couple of excited shouts) in her lessons. She gives great tips for learning languages, helpful ideas for you to think in English, and often finishes her lessons with a personal life story.

Have Fun Reading

Interesting blogs and articles about English (mostly)

Places to take free online classes, Business Insider: https://www.businessinsider.com/where-to-take-classes-online

  • An article about some places to find free online classes for many different subjects

Fluent U: https://www.fluentu.com/blog/english/

  • A blog with lots of helpful tips for English, learning languages in general and some cultural points

English Live: https://englishlive.ef.com/blog/

  • Blog with tons of helpful articles about English-speaking culture, society, and those confusing aspects of the language

Only in Your State: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/

  • Cool site that has quirky information about the things only found in specific U.S. states

*Reading is a great way to improve your listening and speaking skills too. The important thing is to find subjects that interest you. Happy reading!

Working That English Muscle

Websites for practicing your skills

My English Pages: https://www.myenglishpages.com/

  • Practice general language skills, including some exercises and a blog.

Learn English British Council: https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/

  • Blogs and interactive exercises to help with all parts of English learning for any level. The focus is more on British English.

Open Culture: http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons

  • Find online courses, audiobooks, and even movies in English and many other languages.

Espresso English: https://www.espressoenglish.net/

  • Bite-sized lessons about English topics, including short videos and a blog.

English Club: https://www.englishclub.com/

  • General English practice, including some varied exercises, a forum and a writing space.

English Super Site: https://englishsupersite.com/

  • General English practice, especially good for understanding confusing words and terms. It has lots of little quizzes to test your knowledge too.

Perfect English Grammar: https://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/

  • So many grammar exercises and explanations.

English-At-Home: https://www.english-at-home.com/

  • Has great tips about language points and skills, including some courses and guided practice.

EC English: https://www.ecenglish.com/en

  • Online English courses and practice, including some live courses and finding in-person destination courses.

K12 Reader: https://www.k12reader.com/

  • Assistance in reading skills with lots of reading exercises and worksheets, especially for young learners.

Engoo: https://engoo.com/app/materials/en

  • A wide array of practice, including current news articles, pronunciation, describing pictures, and lots of helpful conversation practice. They even have test prep.

Englisch-Hilfen: https://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/

  • There are lots of exercises and games to help with grammar and vocabulary, including printable worksheets. I know they sound German, but trust me, they teach English.

English in 10 Minutes: https://englishin10minutes.com/

  • Here you can practice English by listening to quick podcasts with transcripts included, or do worksheets and learn about the importance of listening skills. The podcasts stories come from around the world and are pretty interesting.

Ludwig.guru: https://ludwig.guru/

  • This website is like a super dictionary. Besides giving you a simple definition, you can find translations, see the words in context, compare the word you are looking for to other words, and even see how popular the word is in daily speech. Ludwig is a great tool for being certain what word you want to use in English.

ELLLO: https://www.elllo.org/

  • A big library of video and audio lessons where you can practice listening skills and test your English knowledge. The audios come from different countries and accents too, so it’s a great place to get familiar with a variety of English speeches. Check it out!

Do you know of any other sources that are great for English learning or practice? Tell me down below! And let me know how these websites have worked for you.

4 Websites to Practice Reading English like a Native

Are you learning English and wondered where you can practice your reading skills? Here are a few suggestions of free, paid, and limited sites where you can find interesting content. Of course, almost any webpage in English is great for reading practice. Comment with any suggestions you have and share them with the community!

Read more: other tips at Helpful Resources

Free sites

Quora
Quora logo 2015, quora is a website for questions and answers and great for English students
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Quora is a great community information hub. Choose topics that interest you and read about them. Answer questions if you know them, and get any questions answered. There are tons of areas dedicated just to English and languages if you want to stick with that. There are also different languages available, so you can join the version of Quora in your native language if you like. I’m on there in Portuguese and Spanish too.

The Guardian
The Guardian 15 January 2018, magazine online that can help English students with reading practice
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This is an online magazine for reading about the news. They actually cover lots of interesting topics, so stay up to date on a variety of topics from science to urban planning to languages and more. It’s also a British site, so you can work out your British English reading skills.

Paid or limited sites

Medium
Logo for Medium.com, website where readers can practice English
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Medium is another community site where experts on a variety of subjects share their advice and experiences. Choose from a number of interesting topics to customize your profile. Subjects range from science to languages, sports to politics, and even sexual experiences. If you think you’re an expert, it’s free to post your own articles too. They are also available for writing in several different languages. To read they have a free plan that is limited to just a few articles a month, but it’s worth taking advantage of!

Esquire
Esquire Magazine January 2013 cover
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Esquire is a traditional and popular news magazine. Online, you can catch up on world news and current events. They also have tons of content great for practicing reading skills in your free time. They also are paid and have very limited free access. Geared as a men’s magazine, they share lots of lifestyle content as well.