Free Online Resources

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BEST FOR: Watching the News and Listening to English Pronunciation

An attractive, though somewhat distracting website for those wanting to improve their conversational English. Voice of America provides readers with news articles and accompanying audio so you can listen along. A great website for those of you who want to listen to others speak English, but not necessarily a great resource for learning conversational American English.

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BEST FOR: Rapid Accent Training, Frequently Updated Blog and a Mix of Accent Training Lessons

American English University has some of the most important characteristics for a website to help you learn American English as fast as possible. We recommend registering American English University’s Premium Pronunciation Lessonsbut AEU also offers an excellent blog full of FREE video, reading and pronunciation lessons that give you the tools to master your American English accent.

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BEST FOR: Easy Website Navigation and a Range of Different Resources

5 Minute English offers reading, listening, vocabulary and some pronunciation lessons to readers. While many of the lessons are quite helpful, 5 Minute English is not a comprehensive learning website. My favorite part? They include schools and companies across the world that offer accent reduction services.

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BEST FOR: Basic English-Learning Course

U.S.A. Learns ® is a fair alternative for those of you looking to improve your English skills. The materials cover reading, writing and speaking, but don’t focus specifically on learning American English or American English accent improvement.

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BEST FOR: Pronunciation Practice

Rachel’s English is a relatively well-known website within the English pronunciation community. It has a good range of pronunciation lessons from holidays & parties to specific words. Rachel does a good job of stressing the importance of intonation.

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BEST FOR: Learning English With Very Short Lessons

Learn American English Online packs a lot of information into its website. Although the site is not the most organized and efficient, it does provide a step-wise process to learning English. It has a series of videos, quizzes and vocabulary lessons. The lessons are broken down into 7 different levels, starting with blue and ending with violet.