Along with a live speaking course in British Council and a one-on-one speaking course in Preply, watching Youtube channel related to English learning tips and tricks is another tool to improve my listening capabilities. I used to rely on subtitles to increase my English-language proficiency, especially to understand slang, regional accents, and other nuances of language. The subtitle is still in English, more like a caption, just like reading a running text.
It all changed since I focused on listening and speaking, part of my project to learn English intensively. I prefer to switch off the subtitle and only switch them on when I need.
Below are some valuable Youtube channels I usually watch to learn English:
- Teacher Emma. Emma is a TESOL-certified teacher based in Toronto, Canada. She has a good teaching method, simple but easy-to-understand explanation, uses many good examples and different topics, and clear pronunciation as part of my listening lesson. This is my number one recommended channel.
- Engvid.com. Engvid is actually not a Youtube channel, but it has a list of good English teachers, and each of them has a Youtube channel. Even Teacher Emma is part of Engvid.com. I saw some videos from other teachers, and their lesson was as good as Emma’s. It might not be a complete conclusion, as I only watched a few of them, but Emma’s quality is adequate for my personal consideration.
- Accent’s Way English with Hadar. Hadar Smesh is a non-native speaker (her native language is Hebrew) but what I love from her videos is her interesting voice, clear pronunciation, and her passionate words. Hadar speaks very quickly, but I have no difficulties understanding his lesson. Her expertise in stressing words emphasizes important items, and the fact that she is not a native speaker made her know exactly how non-native learners feel and think as she has been through the same path.
- Go Natural English. I started watching Gaby’s channel from the related video when I saw Hadar’s video about “Do not translate in your head.” Gaby speaks in a normal rhythm, relatively slow compared to Hadar, but both of them have a strong point. Both of them were really clear in describing the lesson, and I did not need any extra effort to follow her lesson.
- TEDx Channel. This is not a teaching channel but rather a presentation channel. We can learn speaking techniques while also exercising our listening capabilities. I started watching the channel when my tutor Aleeza shared the Tedx link on each lesson, especially in the listening section.
All these links are really useful to me as part of my learning habit, and I hope they can also be helpful for anyone else on the same path of the journey.