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FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Free resources and activities for all learners who
wish to improve their English language. A chance to develop and progress in your reading, writing, speaking,
listening and English grammar.
English is the 3rd most commonly spoken language in the world in terms
of native speakers, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. However, it is more
commonly used as a 2nd language than any other, which is why its total
number of speakers – native plus non-native – is bigger than any other
language. English is an official language of the European Union and many
Commonwealth countries, as well as many world organisations.
English as a second language (ESL), English for speakers of other languages
(ESOL) and English as a foreign language
(EFL) all refer to the use or study of
English by speakers with different native languages. There are several
levels of ESOL taught in the UK: to understand more, see my Reading and Writing.
English has a large number of tense forms with some quite
small differences, such as the difference between the simple past "I ate" and
the present perfect "I have eaten." If you want to learn more, click
The English spelling system causes problems too - you may know a
word by sound but not be able to write it correctly (or indeed find it in a
dictionary), or you may see a word written but not know how to pronounce it or
mislearn the pronunciation. Try my Quizzes to
practise your spelling or improve your pronunciation with my Speaking and Listening.
The secret to learning a new language is
practise, practise. The more English that you see and hear, the quicker you will learn.
Try these! - these
books are used widely in ESOL classrooms around the UK but could be just as useful for you to try at