Welcome to LearnEnglish. If you want to learn English for free, you've come to the right place! 

We have hundreds of pages of high-quality video and audio, along with interactive exercises to help you with your grammar and vocabulary. Here are three ways to find a page where you can get started:

  1. Test your level here and find pages aimed at learners like you.
  2. Use the menu links at the top of every page to explore the site and see what kinds of materials are available.
  3. Use the search feature at the top-right of every page to find the grammar, vocabulary or topics you want to learn more about.
Six great ways to help you improve your English here
  1. Take some time to explore the site. Use the links at the top of the page to go to different sections and see what kinds of materials are available. Get a feel for the level of difficulty of different sections so you can see what will be most useful to you.
  2. Start with something that is not too high a level. Many users find Elementary Podcasts Series Three a good place to begin, though this obviously depends upon your level and needs.
  3. Keep a vocabulary notebook as you work. Organise it by topic ('work', 'family', 'food', etc.) and add words and phrases to it as you go through the material. Test yourself regularly to see if you remember the words.
  4. Find time to practise English during your regular day. Perhaps you have a friend with whom you can practise speaking, or perhaps you can practise by yourself, just speaking English when you are alone at home or at work. This kind of practice is great for developing fluency in speaking, so that when you need to use English in the 'real' world you are ready and confident.
  5. Use the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search box to look up words and phrases you want to learn more about. Be sure to read the dictionary entries carefully, as there is a lot of information there!
The best technique for using our pages

There is no one way to use LearnEnglish, but here is one technique that a lot of learners find useful.

  • Many of our pages have a video, some audio or a text article towards the top of the page. They might have a preparation task that you should do first, but often the best way to start is just to press play or read this part of the page. 
    If you find what you're listening to or reading much too difficult or easy, use the advice above to find a page in a different section of the site. You shouldn't easily understand everything, but you should be able to understand a lot of what you hear or read.
  • Then you will find some tasks. These might be testing what you understood or they might be about the language you heard or read. You can do them as many times as you like and you can also go back to the video, audio or text if you get stuck.
  • There are usually some downloadable PDF files which can be useful if you have a poor-quality internet connection or if you are a teacher who wants to use our materials in class. Finally, there are the comments where you can discuss the page with other learners (in English!) or ask questions.

Not all our pages are exactly like this. For example, our grammar reference is more like a book (with some interactive exercises) and we also have some games that are just for playing.

Other questions and more tips

We have answers to many of the most common questions from learners like you on our Frequently Asked Questions page.