Free Websites Where You Can Practice English


We’re frequently asked for website recommendations for adults to practice English at home, where adults work on fundamental English and literacy skills. You’ll find a variety of online tools below, some focusing on listening, some on vocabulary, still others on grammar, and still more with a variety of exercises. Good luck with your studies!


This is a children’s website, but who says adults can’t use it as well? The site has educational activities sorted by grade level, from first to fifth, and is especially useful for spelling and phonics. Vowels, uppercase and lowercase letters, Dolch sight words, synonyms, antonyms, and other topics are covered in games.

ESL Students’ Activities

There are several bilingual quizzes for beginners, as well as grammar and vocabulary practice for all levels. There’s also a website for instructors with conversation starters, games, and a variety of other classroom activities.

BBC English Language Learning: a

wide range of fantastic practice activities, some of which are related to current events. All with British accents. Videos, quizzes, vocabulary practice, idioms, crosswords, and other activities are included.

ESL Cafe is a cafe that specializes in English as a Second Language as a

discussion forum for ESL teachers and students from all over the world. For students, there are quizzes, grammar explanations, and discussion forums. It includes classroom ideas on all subjects as well as discussion areas for teachers.

Duolingo offers free English classes in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. Start at the beginning and work your way up by taking tests. Short courses that seem like games can help you improve your vocabulary and grammar. You’ll need an email address or a Facebook account to sign up.

English is a simple language.

Grammar, pronunciation, reading and listening practice, an interactive visual dictionary, and more are all available on this appealing and easy-to-use site.

Audiobooks, news reports, short tales, music, and radio dramas are all available in ESL Bits. Choose from a variety of listening speeds and read along with the stories and songs’ texts. This course is designed for intermediate and advanced students.

Learn for Free at GCFA’s

well-designed website with interactive education on everything from ATM machine operation to reading food labels. This link will take you to the reading section, which includes tools for English language learners such as stories to listen to and read along with, as well as image dictionaries.

Language Instructions: This

is a graphic dictionary that covers everything from the alphabet to bodily parts to agricultural animals.

Vocabulary activities for learning about chocolate are arranged by theme.

Several factors

Matching quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator, and other computer-assisted language learning activities can all be found on this website. The site also has a website dedicated to pronunciation, which provides practice with simple pairings. There isn’t much to see or do on this website, yet there is plenty to see and do, plus there is no advertising.

Oxford University Press is a publishing house based in the United Kingdom.

This Oxford University Press website contains tasks to help you improve your spelling, grammar, pronunciation, and listening skills. It’s a little tricky to navigate, so it’s best for advanced learners and internet-savvy individuals.

411 TV

This website provides videos of native speakers covering basic reading principles such as critical reading, summarizing, and scanning, as well as important life skills such as signing a lease and reading a prescription label. A comprehension question follows each video. Lessons on reading, writing, vocabulary, and finance can be found by clicking on the blue tabs at the top.

Arcade Ventures

This is an online tool that goes along with the Ventures textbook series. It lets students practice their vocabulary and grammar in the context of a theme.

VOA English is a multimedia news and information service for millions of English-learners throughout the world.

WeSpeak NYC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the city

‘s English language learning initiative, called We Speak NYC (previously We Are New York). There are films, web and print materials, and free community classes that teach civics in all five boroughs of New York City.

Also, keep in mind that Mango Languages is available through the library for NYPL users.

Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese speakers can benefit from the ESL sessions. First-time users must create a profile in order to access Mango Languages.

Do you have a favorite website for practicing English that you’d like to share? Please let us know in the comments section. Please contact Ask NYPL if you have any issues using our online resources.