The English Link Site

Welcome to some of the best English links on the Net!

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Dictionaries

Link Description
dictionary.cambridge.org English-English dictionaries, including the Cambridge Learner's and Advanced Learner's Dictionary
macmillandictionary.com Adding the free search box in this English-English dictionary to your website gives you instant access to definitions and pronunciations.
oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary.com An online version of the world’s best-selling advanced learner’s English-English dictionary
dict.leo.org Direct link to a user-friendly German-English dictionary and the place to check your pronunciation
dict.cc A great dictionary, where you can listen to how words are pronounced and record yourself too
linguee.de Lots of information with words in context
dict.tu-chemnitz.de Especially good for technical terms
m-w.com Listen to the words you want to know. Simply enter a word, click on "Search" and click on a red loudspeaker.
visual.merriam-webster.com A visual dictionary which allows you to ‘see’ words. Themes include science, food, plants, architecture etc.
ozdic.com A great place to check out collocations, that is, which words can be used together.
corpus.byu.edu/bnc/ See how words are really used in the British National Corpus, with its huge collection of samples of written and spoken language.

Learning aids

Link Description
pons.de/home/specials/ponslexitrainer Use the free vocabulary trainer to create your own word lists.
vocabulary.com Combines the world's smartest dictionary with an adaptive learning game that will have you mastering new words in no time.
quizlet.com Free learning tools for every student on the planet!

Writing

Link Description
libweb.anglia.ac.uk/referencing/harvard.htm How to insert references in the text of your assignments/articles, and how to compile a reference list
translate.google.com Google's automatic translation site
grammarly.com A free grammar checker that helps eliminate grammatical errors and improves your writing.

Vocabulary

Link Description
englishvocabularyexercises.com Academic Word List – lists of essential words for academic and scientific writing (with exercises).
bbc.co.uk/worldservice/
learningenglish/grammar/vocabulary/
science.shtml
Visit this site to broaden your science vocabulary.
owad.de Improve your professional English with a word or idiom every weekday.
freerice.com Play the game to develop your vocabulary and support the UN World Food Program at the same time!

Listening

Link Description
esl-lab.com Lots of listening practice at easy, medium and difficult levels!
elllo.org/english/home.htm Learn English naturally by listening to speakers from all over the world.
bbc.co.uk/radio/ Tune in to lots of different stations, all broadcasting in English. You can choose from music, news, sport, drama etc.
tunein.com Access to over 100,000 radio stations and more than four million podcasts streaming from every continent.

News

Link Description
newslink.org Links to news sites all over the world
guardian.co.uk
telegraph.co.uk
independent.co.uk
UK daily news on-line
usatoday.com US daily news on-line
theglobeandmail.com/ National and international news from Canada
abc.net.au/ Australian news and more from down-under!
time.com/time Weekly news publication (US)
sciam.com
 
Scientific American's on-line magazine
bbc.co.uk UK and world news, and much more!
newsnow.co.uk News links with categories (e.g. biotechnology, chemistry, ecology, etc.)
economist.com Weekly business magazine
nationalgeographic.com The online home of the National Geographic magazine.
aljazeera.com The latest news, current events, and exclusive stories

English language learning resources

Link Description
bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish Special section of the BBC website for learners of English
business-spotlight.de/news The business version of Spotlight Magazine
englisch-hilfen.de/en/index.htm Practise grammar, prepare for exams, do tests or just have fun playing games online.
englishgrammarsecrets.com Free grammar explanations and exercises
english-4u.de Another grammar site with lots of practice
spotlight-online.de Website for Spotlight Magazine (monthly publication for German-speaking English language learners)

Other interesting sites

Link Description
travel.roughguides.com Travel guides on-line

Just for fun!

Link Description
teacherjoe.us/jokes English with a smile!
bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/quizzes Quizzes for learning English
quizwise.com Improve your general knowledge with a new quiz challenge every day!

Studying and working abroad

Link Description
timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings Check out the world’s top universities by area or by subject.
educaedu.co.uk/undergraduate Fill in the boxes (BSc or Msc in the left-hand box) to find a course in your study area in the UK.
wwoof.net If you are interested in alternative ways of living and want to meet interesting people, check out this site!
helpx.net A site for working holiday makers who would like the opportunity to stay with local people and gain practical experience.

Exams & Certificates

Link Description
cambridgeenglish.org Information about Cambridge EFL exams (First Certificate, Advanced, Proficiency etc.)
flo-joe.co.uk An award-winning site with lots of practice for the Cambridge exams
ielts.org International English Language Testing System website
toefl.org TOEFL (English testing services) websites

Books

Link Description
zhaw.ch/hsb The Grüental library and several links to other libraries too
readanybook.com Browse your favourite books and read them for free in the convenient e-reader
literature.org A small, but easily-navigated selection of online etexts from English literature
dailylit.com Sign up for 5 minutes or more a day of great reading in your inbox