Did you know that I co-host a regular podcast on intercultural communication. You might like to test your listening skills by subscribing. Find out more at www.absolutely-intercultural.com Here is a recent episode.

Absolutely Intercultural

For both IELTS and TOEFL it would be a great idea to catch up with some of the podcasts available at the Encyclopedia of Life here: Most of the podcasts are about 5 minutes long. What you could do: Listen to them Make notes Identify the main idea Create two […]

Encyclopedia of Life

If spelling correctly is important in your situation then why not have a go at Spell-Up, the new game from Google. You will need to have sound enabled so that you can both hear and speak. You will hear a word and then need to spell it out letter by […]


If you have one of these 13 languages as your mother tongue (or maybe a good second language) then you could give Voscreen a go. Rather cleverly it takes short snippets of English and asks you to identify them in your native language. The snippets are from popular movies and […]

Video snippets

Take charge of your own learning and collect useful phrases and words as you surf with Phraseum. Nik Peachey has written a very useful post about how to integrate Phraseum into your learning here. Add it to your browser and start your own collection now.


Connect with English is a free video course with supporting materials available for free. Video is good for giving yo many clues about what is going on (ie context).

Connect with English

No, I’m afraid this is not a claim that you can learn English in 10 minutes but it is rather an invitation to watch this irreverent history of English from Britain’s Open University. After watching it you may understand why it is not easy to learn English well because it […]

English in ten minutes

Rewordify is a new site to help you understand difficult English by making it simpler. Just add the URL of a website with the difficult text and Rewordify will take away the difficult words and use simpler ones instead. You can also just paste some text from a document instead. […]

Simplify your English

Reading extensively helps a great deal in widening your vocabulary and there is no shortage of material now that so much is online. In May 2011 I featured Lingro as a way of helping you to get just in time translation as you are reading webpages and now there is […]


Using the spell checker in Word can help you pick up many errors but that tool is not designed to help English language learners and recognise the errors that they tend to make. Using the Virtual Writing Tutor can help you correct your texts. You can also test yourself by […]

Virtual Writing Tutor