As the percentage of people in the world learning English online increases; there are better and better educational resources available. Though I would NOT suggest using YouTube as your exclusive (or only) way to learn English, you can definably learn a lot if you know which channels to watch and what to search for. Another reason that YouTube is a great resource is because you can learn English for free online. Where else can you get awesome free ESL lessons about every topic out there?
YouTube is a great resource to help you learn English. You can use it to learn new things or learn just about anything for that matter. It also is a good resource to answer questions… like if you are confused about the usage of ‘Speak vs. Talk‘ or ‘Steal and Rob in English’. You could search these terms and come up with a multitude of lessons to answer your questions.
The easiest way to find what you are looking for is just to search for it.
Some phrases to help narrow your search on YouTube would be:
1. How to ____________ in English
2. English lesson ____________
3. ESL lesson ____________
4. EFL lesson ____________
5. Learn English + ____________
6. English + _________________
Try not to put too many small words like: in, on, at, etc. in search engines. Only put the most important words.
Once you find a channel you like you can subscribe. Click the subscribe button next to the name of the channel.
Once you have subscribed the button will look like this.
All the channels you subscribed to will be listed on the left hand side of your YouTube screen. YouTube will also suggest videos for you to watch based on your subscriptions and the previous videos that you seen.
So, you if you still don’t know where to start; below is a list of some helpful English learning channels on YouTube. Most have a lot of good lessons ready for your viewing.
Not everything is of great quality or truthful on YouTube because it is a free video sharing site. Use your personal judgement when searching for different things. The most helpful English video lessons are not always the first ones that pop up. Take time to scroll down and watch more than one.
Another great aspect of YouTube is that you can access numerous videos on cultural or country specific information. If you are interested in different songs children sing in English or a holiday; you can often find online lessons about those as well.
If you click the ‘Music’ button on the left hand side of your screen many of the most popular music songs will come up. Songs that come up might make a difference depending on your location in the world. On your YouTube profile/preferences you might want to say you are in the ‘United States’ to ensure that it offers you selections in English and not in your native language
As you get ready to browse YouTube, remember it is a great resource. Use it help you learn English online and have fun.
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