English video lessons are a great way to study English. Watching video clips from movies, TV shows and YouTubers is a lot of fun. It’s interesting, entertaining, and a great form of listening practice.
But it can often be hard to find suitable videos.
This is where we come in. We find videos that:
- contain a lot of natural spoken English
- are interesting
- are not too long
Then, we turn these videos into lessons. We provide tools and activities to help you understand the English in the videos and practice useful words and sentences.
Check out our latest video-based English lessons. There is no sign-up required, and they are all completely free!
Why learn English with videos?
Videos show real people speaking real English in real situations.
We think that the most important part of learning a language is listening to and understanding people who speak it.
By reading about English in a book, you might get some ideas, but the best way to learn English is to watch and listen to real people using English naturally.
We start with natural spoken English. From there we look into vocabulary and grammar that people really use.
Books are also great for studying, they help you understand the language. But we think that experiencing people speaking the language should come first.
How it works
The first time you hear someone speak a language, you’ll probably understand nothing.
So how do you go from nothing to understanding enough to be a good communicator?
If your goal is to understand people speaking English in real life and for them to understand your Enlglish, practice listening to people speak English in real life and try to speak English like them.
You don’t have to understand everything
The main thing is that you enjoy what you are doing. Watch something that is interesting to you. Figure out what the people are saying. Watch it again. Each time you will understand more!
Crack the code
- Start catching words
- Think about the situation, the words you can catch and what the people mean
- Guess what other words or sentences might mean. (There are lots of tools online to help you with this! – For example, translating a phrase in Google Translate may give you a good idea of the basic meaning.)
The more you listen, the more you’ll understand.
Understand more by watching, listening, and reading
See the situation, see the people. This gives you clues to help you understand.
By simply watching, you’ll understand some basic things such as:
Who are they? Where are they? what are they doing? How do they feel?
Having this basic information is a good foundation to better understand what the people are talking about.
Listen to what people say. Pick up chunks of language that you know. These might be common expression like “can I have…” or “thank you” or any word that you know. From these pieces and your knowledge of the situation, you can start putting the puzzle together and understand what is going on.
Use the activities to listen and repeat sentences. This helps you to get used how people say these sentences naturally.
Many students are surprised that all the words seem to run together. It seems very fast. So how do you really know what the words were? We have transcripts so that you can read and check.
You can also use the transcript to find new words, expressions or sentences that you think are useful.
Self-study with English video lessons
With English video lessons, you can practice at your own pace. You can slow down the video if you find it’s too fast, and also repeat parts you want to focus on.
The videos here on RealEnglish.Club include interactive transcripts. These make it easy to go back and listen to a sentence again. Simply click a sentence to listen to it.
With the wide range of online tools available, it is easy to check any words or sentences that you don’t understand. Use an image search (such as Google) to visualize what the words mean. Other useful tools include online dictionaries and online translation (such as deepl.com or Google Translate). When using these tools, it’s good if you type the words yourself – it will help you remember the word or sentence, but copying and pasting is faster.
We recommend watching the whole video first to get a full experience, checking parts you don’t understand, then watching it again.
Do vocabulary and grammar activities that cover useful vocabulary and phrases, and check your understanding.
After doing the activities, watch the video again and see if you understand more.