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Videos and Artificial Intelligence: 9 Little-Known Resources for Learning English

It's never too late to learn English. Especially if you are planning to move or have already moved to the USA. Edition Highload prepared a new selection of resources for self-pumping your English.

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British Council

Here you will find both ready-made courses and a grammar section. It divides the learning materials into two subsections, sorted by English level: A1-A2 and B1-B2. Each level has many separate grammatical topics, after theory and examples, you can take an interactive test to consolidate knowledge. In addition, it is possible to take a free English language test to determine your level.

Additionally, the section contains a grammar guide that helps to explain the tenses of verbs and grammar rules in a simple language. There is also a very useful section of business English here with various resources that will help you improve the level of the language for professional work. For example, you will learn how to write better resumes or emails.

Access to educational materials is free.

Business English Pod

More than 600 lessons and courses, podcasts have been published here to help you learn business English on your own. There are different categories on the platform:

  • business English;
  • meetings;
  • calls;
  • Presentations
  • job interviews;
  • conversation;
  • communication;
  • lexicon.

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There is a free trial version with all the features of the platform, then a subscription for $100 per year. However, you don’t have to pay for using the materials if you don’t mind the restrictions.

Ello

And on this platform there is an opportunity to train English by ear. It is very convenient that you can choose the accent that will be most useful to you - British, American, Australian, Canadian.

Thousands of audio and video recordings, divided by English proficiency levels, help users train. And the videos also contain language tasks for listeners.

Access to educational materials is free and unlimited.

EngVid

The site has a lot of video lessons in English. Each of them in the description has brief information on what level it is designed for and what topics it belongs to (business language, culture and advice, slang, exams, vocabulary, IELTS, TOEFL, etc.). If you liked the work of a particular teacher, you can select only his video in the filters.

In addition, the site has a lot of videos that you are unlikely to need at work, but will be useful for everyone's development. For example, why learn swear words? At least so that you don't feel embarrassed when you say damn instead of darn and see the interlocutor's bulging eyes.

You can study here for free, because the site earns from advertising - and there is a lot of it, so be prepared.

LOI English

Although the platform specializes in teaching people through online tutoring, there are "free guides" in English here:

  • idiomatic expressions;
  • English adjectives/prepositions;
  • phrasal verbs;
  • free video tutorials.

By the way, people who have lived abroad for a long time and have a good level of English say that it is more useful to learn not words, but whole expressions. Therefore, a guide with selections of popular phrases will definitely come in handy.

yesware

This site specializes in working with e-mail (monitoring, data processing, etc.) and is focused more on sales professionals. But if you need to learn how to write letters in English in a formal style, then the articles on this site with examples and templates will be very useful.

Speak&Improve

The tool from the famous Cambridge English learning platform works using artificial intelligence technology. It can determine how well you speak English just by listening to you. You can use it for free, because it is only a project, and by your actions you will help the AI ​​to develop.

How does he work:

  • talk to the language robot Sandy, who will ask you some questions;
  • get a bot score for your speech.

If the questions were difficult for you, then you can try again to improve your score.

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The trick is that the bot grades speech according to the internationally recognized CEFR scale. So it helps users to understand their own speaking abilities for work, study, exams.

Cambridge English

It is part of Cambridge University Press & Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge in the UK. The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest and most famous universities in the world.

There are many tools for determining the level of the language and its improvement, including free ones. At your disposal are 176 lessons of different levels and topics. Also in the public domain are tools for improving the written language, learning in a playful way, preparing for exams, and more.

HelloTalk

Think your English has already improved? Then it's time to talk to its carrier and make sure it's true. The platform allows you to find an interlocutor from anywhere in the world and practice spoken language. Don't want to talk over the video? Send voice messages or chat.

Using the platform is free, but you need to download the application on your phone.

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