Posted by: laurainguia | September 30, 2009

20 Places to Practice and Learn English Vocabulary

My dear students,

These days we’re looking at new vocabulary on different topics. Ever wondered how to do to expand your English vocabulary? Guest blogger Karen Schweitzer tells where to go in her post, kindly written for us. Hope you like it!

20 Places to Practice and Learn English Vocabulary

There are a wide variety of tools that English learners can use, such as virtual flashcards, dictionaries, translators, and chats, to practice and learn English vocabulary online. Here are 20 tools that can make study sessions fun and effective:

WordAhead – WordAhead is a free online vocabulary video site that can be used to practice and learn English vocabulary. Videos can be viewed in a study room or through a word list.

VerbaLearn – Students who want to save time studying vocabulary words will enjoy VerbaLearn. This online vocabulary flashcard site provides virtual flashcards in audio, video, and text for maximum retention.

Cramberry – Cramberry is a flashcard site that allows users to create and study vocabulary word lists online. With this site, students can track progress, view troublesome words more often, and choose from thousands of pre-made flashcard sets. – This site allows English learners to study more advanced vocabulary lessons. also provides weekly lessons, a grammar book, vocabulary lists, verb tense practice, and more.

Babbel – The Babbel language learning site provides free phrase and vocabulary packages in different themes for fun, effective vocabulary learning. Each package provides twenty to forty words related to a theme users are interested in.

Learn English as a Second Language – This learning site allows users to practice vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and writing skills. The vocabulary portion of the site features interactive English practice with audio and pictures.

ESL Mania – The ESL Mania site provides students with new ways to improve their vocabulary through grammar exercises, quizzes, and other study resource. The site also offers tools for reducing your accent and learning business English.

ESLPod – With over 30 years of teaching experience, ESLPod is a great podcast for learning English vocabulary. ESLPod offers everyday English conversations and phrases at slower speeds for maximum comprehension, and then explains the meanings and uses of the words. – This English site provides links to exercises, puzzles, quizzes, and tests for learning vocabulary. Users can also find links for learning and practicing grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

English Daily – The English Daily site offers daily slang words and explanations. Students can browse through the words and learn slang definitions, get examples, and etymology.

English, Baby! – This site provides free online learning lessons for studying slang, basic, and business English. English, Baby! offers users the opportunity to listen to real conversations or chat with others for practice.

Urban Dictionary – The Urban Dictionary features over 4 million slang words. This is a great way for English learners to keep up-to-date on the latest English slang. – is a free online site to learn and study the English language. This site offers the tools for learning the top 500 words, 100 verbs, and commonly misspelled words. Advanced learners can also use this site to find the top advanced words and English slang.

Learn4Good – This site features a list of upper intermediate vocabulary words to learn and practice. The words are designed for studying for the TOEFL. – The provides vocabulary practice and grammar exercises for elementary, intermediate, and advanced learners. This site also features quizzes, worksheets, tests, and common errors in English.

Parapal Online – Parapal Online features free online English exercises to improve writing and speaking skills. The vocabulary building exercises are a good way to learn and practice new English words.

Translation2 – This site provides online tools that can be used for translating your native language into English. The translator, dictionary, and text to speech translators are excellent for building an understanding of English vocabulary.

WordReference – WordReference is a free translation dictionary for Spanish, French, Russian, German, and Italian. This translation dictionary allows you to review words in your native tongue and translate them to English.

Dave’s ESL Cafe – This free online meeting place for ESL teachers and students provides English learners with several tools for building their English vocabulary. This site also has a place to chat with others and practice the vocabulary you already know. – This site loaded with free ESL resources provides exercises, worksheets, and tests for improving and studying English. features grammar exercises, vocabulary tests, listening comprehension, travel English, and American idioms.

ESL Resource Center – The ESL Resource Center offers lessons and exercises for building English vocabulary, grammar, writing, spelling, pronunciation, and listening. The site also features information, tools, and resources for ESL students and teachers.

Guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the Guide to Business School. She also writes about online college classes for



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