Learning English: where to start?

Collection of links and tips for anyone who needs and wants to learn English, spending more sweat than money.



Surely I'm not the best person to tell you how to learn a language, OK? But I thought it might be interesting to share “things” you have helped me. What happens is that, Maybe just like you, many times I find myself in situations where “English” It's a matter of need. Today this has been my personal challenge, by the way, nothing easy. Even so, persist is a virtue that we close our goals.

With the immense collection (in English) of books, tutorials, forums and videos available for free on the Internet, Sometimes it's a complete waste not to enjoy this just because of the inability to understand the language. Of course, You can get away without knowing English, but will certainly increase your chances if you can master it, Although partially.

This is not a closed Post and new information can be added over time, so, If you have a cool tip, Let registered there in the comments. I remember that I have no connection with the sites mentioned and I can't prove your effectiveness. So, see here for where to start, go ahead!

7 Rules to learn English

According to professor a. j.. Hoge, Director of “Effortless English”, There are 7 basic rules for those who want to really “talk in English”. Particularly I found valid in many ways, actually, more geared for people who are interested in talk than read, write or provide some test. The 7 rules are detailed in videos made by professor at this link http://www.effortlessenglishpage.com/p/7-rules.html, and listed below:

RULE 1Learn by phrases and not for individual words. It is better to build a vocabulary through complete sentences than trying to memorize single words, After all, sentences are formed by a group of words and make more sense than a list of words loose and unconnected. You can find these phrases in podcasts or actual storybooks in English. You don't have to memorize a list of words. You listen real English and when you hear or read a new Word, write to the. But not just write the word only, You must write all the words or phrase that is there. So, instead of saying “hate” or just write “hate”, you say and write “John hates ice-cream”. You write the entire phrase. Sentences give us much more information and are easier to remember, because they have meaning, they have a sort of image, a story. When you learn phrases, you are learning the grammar as well. Note that in the previous sentence, “hate” has “with” and if you use just the word individually the way you learned, I'd be missing, but in the sentence you are learning to use this word correctly. You do not need to know the rules. Children associate phrases.

RULE 2Don't study grammar rules. This surprises many people tip! The your whole life you have learned English by studying grammar rules, but the question is: This worked? You can speak English easily now? When someone asks a question, We need to be quick to respond and no time to think of prepositions, verb tenses, etc. If the natives in a language they start talking a lot before they go to school and learn grammar, Why can't we do the same? In practice, grammatical rules are more useful to write than to talk.

RULE 3Learn with your ears and not with your eyes. This is the most important rule! Hear, hear, listen and hear over and over is the key to speak in English. Is listening you will learn vocabulary, grammar, speak fluently and understand better the pronunciation. Schools have taught English with a focus in the texts of books; This is to learn with your eyes and do much more to writing than speech. Natives learn to speak English with your ears, listening, hearing and listening.

RULE 4Learn by repetition. Repeat over and over what you learned. This makes automatically the contents are cool in your mind. Most schools press student to be fast, putting more and more new words every week to increase vocabulary. The problem is that the student forget almost anything learned or just remember the basic idea, but you can't effectively use it in a dialogue. So, you need to slow down and repeat everything you've learned again and again and again. It's not a race! You must learn deeply (consolidate), so you actually learn never to forget that and, So, can really use it. You just need more repetition!

RULE 5Learn grammar by point of view in short stories. This can be done by telling the same story, but changing the point of view, IE, switching-in this, past and future. This is a way to learn grammar without studying grammar rules. For example: (1) THIS: There is a boy, his name is Bill. Bill goes to the store. He buys a bottle of water. He pays two dollars for the water. (2) PAST: There was a boy named Bill. Yesterday, He went to the store. He bought a bottle of water. He paid two dollars for the water. (3) FUTURE: There will be a boy. His name will be Bill. He's going to go to the store and he'll buy a bottle of water. He's going to pay two dollars for the water. Like this, you hear a lot of times these stories, as a child, and you don't have to think about a lot of grammatical rules or tense being used.

RULE 6Learn how using only materials in English. Try using the materials that the natives use. Textbooks are terrible to read, However, If you want to read in English, choose something you like, It's easy and fun. This is the best type of reading. But remember to focus on listening. Hearing must be 80% of your learning. Try listening to podcast in English about your favorite subject. Audio books are also another great way to practice your listening, but start with children's books of history and keep listening, listening and hearing until it reaches an advanced level, where you can hear the CNN, BBC, movies and shows on TV. Listen real materials and no CDs of English courses.

RULE 7Learn by listening and responding to short stories. Traditionally schools teach the listen and repeat (listen-and-repeat). For example, the teacher says: repeat after me, “Hi, How are you?”, and all together they repeat the same. You're just repeating without creating real connections and, sometimes, without understanding. Don't do this! There is a more powerful method: listening and responding (listen-and-answer). By this technique of listening and responding, the professor has a mini-story and makes several easy questions, quick reply, having perhaps a word or two. For example, the professor would say “Class, There was a boy. Was there a boy?” and you quickly say “Yes, Yes“. The professor would say “Was there a boy or was there a girl?” and you ready answer “the boy, the boy“. The professor would say “Oh, I see, There was a boy. What was his name?” You don't know the name, so kick something like “John“, or “Jim“. The professor would say “Oh, Yes, his name was John“. And so would continue with more and more questions, Learn to think in English and answering in English, quickly and easily.

Links on English (alphabetical order)


BBC Learning English
Grammar, vocabulary, videos, audios, etc. Follow text with audio.

Cambly, Texas
Online English teachers available in real time, great for those who don't like to wait for schedules.

Effortless English
Course of Prof. a. j.. Hoge with various lessons in videos, Podcast, conversation, articles, vocabularies.
Official Website
Mp3 Free Download
Video Lessons

English Central
Learn English with subtitled Videos and interaction

English For You
YouTube channel with several videos focusing on conversation in the classroom format and scenarios ranging from beginner to intermediate.

English Speak
100 lessons, 1000 most common phrases, 1500 most common words, all with audio.

Video classes free English! Topics such as business english, comprehension, culture & Tips, expressions, grammar, IELTS, pronunciation, slang, speaking, TOEFL, TOEIC, vocabulary and writing.

Several audios of conversation with multiple-choice exercises.

Google translate
Layoff comments: the best online translator (with audio) multiple language. In addition to translating, use it also to practice listening and pronunciation.
Another cool feature is the E-book (Dictionary of expressions), that allows you to create a list of words to review.

Lyrics Training
It's like a game! The music (Clip) play and you need to proceed or go back to each keyword, Depending on whether you heard/understood or not.

Word of the day
Learn a new word a day and make revisions. Nice to put as second browser home page.

Find an English teacher via Skype from $2/h.
See also how to earn a discount of 30% in your class Preply!
(If you don't see a window with the discount, clean the cache of your browser or use a anonymous window)

Spoken radio (the focus is speech and not songs)
Spoken radio to train your “listening”.
Fox News Talk
Washington News – WTOP

Language Exchange
Language learning community with a focus on conversation (chat and webcam). Is a kind of partnership: you learn English and teaches Portuguese. To better understand, view video “How to Do a Language Exchange”.

Promises a complete solution to become fluent in English.
http://www.talkenglish.com/LessonIndex.aspx (all lessons)

Captioned videos
Voice Of America's channel
Speech Yard
TED (Excellent)

Videos without subtitles (interviews)
Stephen Colbert
Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Kimmel

Voice Of America – Learning English
News site with audio. You choose a field and click the “play” to play audio while accompanies the text.

Voscreen – Video clips
Helps you improve your English through small video clips. Fun!


Software used to create groups/vocabulary lists in memory card style, associating text/Word with its translation. Allows you to include images and audios and you can still use ready-made lists of other (Desks).
– Site: https://ankiweb.net/
– Desks: https://ankiweb.net/shared/decks/english

Adir Ferreira
Prof blog. Adir Ferreira with excellent English tips.
– Site: https://www.youtube.com/user/adirferreiraidiomas/
– YouTube Channel: HTTPS://www.youtube.com/user/adirferreiraidiomas

American website with hundreds of interactive activities geared for children and beginners in English (1 free month).

Web Agenda
Brings together hundreds of exercises (especially for children) to learn English

Now I speak
Youtube channel of Prof. Leonardo Milk with several videos focusing on conversation.

Free English classes
Site with tips, materials and lessons for you to learn English. Make a Tour.

Cambridge University
Several features of this traditional institution of higher education of the United Kingdom considered one of the most prestigious and important in the world.

English Online Course
Prof. Ana Luiza with 50 lessons in English. Sign up to receive tips by email. Make a Tour.

One Look Dictionary Search
Linguee – English-Portuguese dictionary
Cambridge – English-Portuguese Dictionary
Oxford Dictionaries
Urban Dictionary

Pronunciation dictionary
You search for a Word, and the site shows how to pronounce it in different accents.

Dictionary of figures
ESOL Help – Online Picture Dictionary
Longman Photo Dictionary 3rd Edition
Understand why the technique “Visual Thinking” can help you in the study of English.

Course with interactive activities, with App for Android and iOS. Sign up!

Elllo (English Language Listening Library Online) is an online library with hundreds of lessons in videos and audios to train your “Listening”.

English 4U
Grammar, vocabulary and exercises with answers.

English Club
Site with many lessons, video, and audio tips.

English Experts
Brazilian blog with Podcast, posts and many English tips.

English Page
All kinds of information about English with exercises.

Espresso English
The Espresso English lessons go to you directly in your email, In addition to courses and e-books online.

Let's Master English
Teacher Coach Shane works well the listening / pronunciation (DDM and PIRF courses), In addition to podcasts and videos.

Oxford University
Grammar, vocabulary, audios, games and many interactive exercises.

Share America
Conversations in text and audio.

Sites with learning programs (Paid)
Englishtown, New Jersey
Rosetta Stone
UOL – English course

Private lessons or in live group (or recorded) video conferencing-style (Hangout).

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2 comments on “Learning English: where to start?

  1. Claudio Valenzuela said:

    I really enjoyed the post, a lot of information concentrated and well objective.
    Now I'm going to walk through the entire blog.
    Thanks for the tip.

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