Please remember you don't have to pronounce English like a native speaker. Accents are fine! In fact, most native speakers appear to each other to have strong accents.


BBC - 'Phonics tool' - this will help with SPELLING and READING - very good!
(Use Internet Explorer)

Interactive phoneme chart

  • sounds can be spelt in several different ways, (e.g. book, should, push)
  • one spelling can have a different sound in different words (e.g. bear, near)
This chart shows the common spellings of the phonemes/sounds.

Phonemes bookmark (printable) (with example words for each phoneme)
How words are pronounced differently with different accents - e.g. US / UK 
Just search for a word and play the examples...

'Minimal pairs'
Practise saying difficult sounds, with lists of words which have been carefully 'paired' to contrast 2 similar sounds, e.g. /p/ and /b/
The rest of this pronunciation section is also very helpful

Pronunciation tips

BBC Learning English - choose the phoneme from the chart, listen to the pronunciation video, and see which words use the sound


A tour of the British Isles in accents - regional variations

Tongue twisters

Learn natural English phrases - especially useful when speaking

Mouth movements
This site shows how to make each sound, and gives videos and diagrams to help - but it's US English

Listening and speaking 

Dictation web site
with different levels, from gap-fills to typing everything you hear  
(added to blog Feb 2014)

How to learn a language in 6 months - good advice! For more advanced students: free, online, university-level courses from international universities! You have to sign up, but it doesn't cost anything.
I've recently been listening to 'A Brief History of Humankind'

Fantastic short videos
Great short lectures with subtitles

English grammar videos
I've not looked at many of these, but my first impression is that they are accurate, and that they will also challenge your listening skills!

Audiobooks smartphone app
There's a good free app - English Audiobooks - Librivox
The books are read by volunteers, so are of mixed quality, but my first impression was that they could be very helpful with listening skills.

How to improve your English listening

Listening and vocabulary, on lots of different topics
Thanks to Lian for this link

Here is a great collection of Youtube English language videos 

Lots of wonderful stuff - e.g. videos with subtitles and vocabulary help (thanks to Zhwan) 

BBC iPlayer
Re-watch programmes you have missed on television, with optional subtitles.
BBC World Service 

A great selection of radio programmes

The British Council
Greeting someone you've not seen for a long time: with useful worksheets.
Magazine: mixed topics of general interest. Look round the website for lots more useful listening and watching activities. 
Several apps, including word lists, a phonemes app, and podcasts.  

EnglishClub -
Short audio files of typical air/rail announcement.

Songs with free lessons - idioms etc.

Explaining grammar terms - fun SONGS - SchoolHouseRock

SEARCH for your favourite SONG in YOUTUBE + 'LYRICS' to see the words

Ten tips to make business introductions successful