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21 free resources for practicing English at any age

Games, courses, films and much more interesting for those who want to immerse themselves in the language environment without leaving home, offers Lifehacker.

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For Children

If you find it difficult to deal with the child, do not blame yourself - this is normal! The main thing you can do is to provide the student with a practice of language and a charge of motivation. YouTube channels, educational games and other useful resources will help you with this.

1. Pinkfong! Kids' Songs & Stories

YouTube channel with short cartoons and funny songs on various topics (there are subtitles). This is a great contribution to creating a language environment at home for the smallest. A child can simultaneously dance and sing along, learn to read independently and listen to materials with you before bedtime.

2. Art for fids hub

Short drawing lessons in English. Artistic activity is useful for the child in itself - why not combine it with the practice of a foreign language? This can be an excellent family team building or independent activities for even the smallest.

3. TED Education

Exciting instructional videos for the most inquisitive young scholars. Movies from the simplest to the most complex: choose the appropriate level and do not forget about the subtitles, as well as the ability to reduce and increase the playback speed.

4. Smithsonian Institute

A whole list of educational games for children in English from the Smithsonian Institution. Choose the most interesting and run right in your browser.


There are never too many games: another portion of developing online entertainment in English for the youngest.

6. National Geographic

A wealth of useful content for nature lovers: games and short videos to learn more about animals, plants and space. True, a fairly good knowledge of the language is required.

7. San diego zoo kids

A fascinating educational site from the famous San Diego Zoo. Another fun way to get acquainted with the names of animals and their habitats in English.

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Teenagers and adults

Do not try to master everything at once. Take pleasure in the fact that the practice of the language brings not only knowledge, but also joy.

1. Quizlet

Every student knows that cramming new words is the most boring and debilitating thing to do. And each teacher is aware that this is also the most inefficient, which you can spend class time on. However, in Quizlet, you yourself make lists of the necessary vocabulary and fix new words with the help of different exercises. There is a mobile application for iOS и Android, and it’s even more convenient than the site.

2. Learn English with TV Series

Popular and beloved by all series, only now with tasks, analysis of vocabulary and grammatical constructions.

3. BBC Learning Inglés

The most popular British media resource offers English learners free courses and exercises. Suitable for any level of training.

4. LyricsTraining

Music lovers will definitely be delighted - singing along to the performers of your favorite songs is now even easier. You will practice listening comprehension and learn new words and phrases. By the way, in addition to English, more than 10 languages ​​are available. Download for iOS и Android.

5. TED Talks

Scientific pop in English. The site is beautiful not only because the speeches can be watched with subtitles, but also because the authors provide a transcription of each lecture. This means that unfamiliar words can definitely not be afraid.

6. Khan Academy

YouTube channel dedicated to parsing complex topics from the school curriculum. Videos are divided into playlists by subject, so you can start with the most interesting. It will be useful not only for schoolchildren, but also for those who want to refresh their knowledge in the field of chemistry, mathematics or biology. Good language proficiency is required.


Useful resource for an advanced level. We advise you to take a closer look at the Infografic section, where complex vocabulary is understood.


On this site you can learn and have fun. Whether you are looking for new words on a specific topic, want to repeat the grammar, or watch the latest edition of the Ellen show with subtitles - that’s it.

9. Coursera

Courses from various fields from top companies and universities in the world. All of them are available with English subtitles, many are translated into Russian. If you don’t feel confident in English, try the “Learn to study” course by Barbara Oakley - simple, brightly decorated and very exciting. After a couple of lessons, you will probably notice that you understand almost everything.

10. Documentary Heaven

The name speaks for itself: it is a paradise for documentary lovers! The huge video library is divided into categories, among which you will surely find topics to your taste: from archeology, space and sports to crime, business and celebrity stories.

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11. EdX

Here you can find many courses from different fields of knowledge. Including - some of the best in the world for beginner programmers.

12. Openearn

Another catalog of free courses from The Open University.

13. British Council

A selection of resources for teaching and practicing language from the British Council. Educational materials are divided into three groups: for children, adolescents and adults.

14. American English Speech

An open course from Carnegie Mellon University for those who want to acquire American pronunciation as a native speaker.

Be healthy and good luck in learning!

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