Yearly Archives: 2010

The Grammar Challenge… on BBC Learning English 1

Grammar ChallengeWelcome to Grammar Challenge, the programme where the BBC helps language learners use tricky grammatical structures.Every programme is downloadable as an mp3 and features an expert commentary on that week’s grammar. The website contains fun interactive quizzes, grammar tables and an area for you to practise your written English. Check it out!

LDD-SOFT: Logiciels de Langues gratuits

English FlagLDD-SOFT est un site qui a pour objectif de créer des logiciels de langues et de les offrir gratuitement à ceux qui désirent se perfectionner en Néerlandais, Anglais ou Allemand.Interfaces du site et des logiciels sont en Français  pour permetre à tous de les utiliser sans problèmes. Cliquer ici pour infos!

Listening Comprehension: Put Down the Grammar Book and Open Your Ears

Audio ResourcesWhen people start to learn a language, listening comprehension comes second to vocabulary and English grammar. But many beginner and intermediate learners have realised that they do not understand as much as they would like when people speak in English.Should you focus on grammar before you improve your esl listening skills?How do humans learn their first languages? We sit in our diapers and listen to it for about two years, without saying a word. Then we start to mimic, learn constructions, vocabulary, expressions etc.Why shouldn’t it be the same for adults? Some believe that the learning process is different in Children and in adults.I tend to disagree and feel that we can all learn a great deal by passive listening even as beginners.When you first start working on your listening skills it is best to do a lot of passive listening or better yet hearing. Listening to English radio stations or audio books are two great ways to start improving your English comprehension. (Download and Listen to any audiobook from for as little as $7.49. Click here to find out more.).

  • Surround yourself with English when you are not paying attention, like when you are doing the dishes, cooking, surf the Internet or cleaning. Doing this allows your ears to get used to the sounds of English.

I am not saying that you can learn EVERYTHING just by listening but it can help you in many ways. After a while you will start to notice that you are able to find English words more easily, express yourself better and also your pronunciation will improve. It depends on the person but hearing English is the first step to improving your Listening comprehension.

Free Audio and Video learning has scoured the Internet to bring you over 2000 free audio and video titles. This directory features free audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and many other great free audio and video resources. Most audio titles can be downloaded in digital formats such as MP3 and most video titles are available to stream online. Enjoy!

TOEIC Test Listening Exercises 1

TOEIC Tests Litening ExercisesOn this website you will find a number of listening comprehension exercises which are based on the Test Of English for InternationalCommunication.There are over 1200 exercises covering 4 parts of the TOEIC Test: the Photographs, the Question-Responses, the Conversations and the Short-talks.These exercises will help you practise and improve your business listening skills and you will also learn many new phrases.Try it now!

Lsiten to English Podcasts

 Listen to English, the podcast website for people learninListen to English Podcastsg English.

The podcasts on this site will help you to improve your English vocabulary and pronunciation and your listening skills. There are two short (3 to 5 minutes) podcasts every week, in clearly spoken English. Many of them are linked to grammar and vocabulary notes, or to exercises or quizes.

You can download the podcasts to your computer, or subscribe using a programme such as iTunes or Yahoo, or simply listen to them by clicking the Flash player on the web page beneath each episode.

You can put the podcasts onto your iPod or MP3 player, and listen to them on your way to school or work.

The full text of each podcast is on this site (and will also appear on your iPod screen), so you can look up the meanings of words that you do not understand in a dictionary.

Then close your eyes and listen! Have fun!

TED: Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world 1

TED OnlineTED is a small nonprofit organisation devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.

Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes amongst other things the award-winning TEDTalks video site.

“On, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 700 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages.”

Our mission: Spreading ideas.

“We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

This site, launched April 2007, is an ever-evolving work in progress, and you’re an important part of it. Have an idea? We want to hear from you”.

“The springtime TED Conference, held annually in Long Beach and simulcast in Palm Springs, is at the heart of TED. More than a thousand people now attend — indeed, the event sells out a year in advance — and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world.

Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter presentations, including music, performance and comedy. There are no breakout groups. Everyone shares the same experience. It shouldn’t work, but it does. It works because all of knowledge is connected. Every so often it makes sense to emerge from the trenches we dig for a living, and ascend to a 30,000-foot view, where we see, to our astonishment, an intricately interconnected whole.”

Visit for a most amazing learning experience both from a language learning point of view and as a human being open being opening to the Whole.