Free Online English Resources

Learn English Online

There are so many free online resources that it is sometimes difficult to know which ones to use, and to identify which ones are good. Cactus has carefully assessed the wide range of free language learning resources available online to provide you with a selection of our most recommended, useful and reliable sources of information for learning English. These can be used as a helpful support to language learning whilst taking one of our face-to-face English courses.

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WordReference is a popular unilingual and bilingual dictionary, and combines its own dictionary with the long-established Collins dictionary. WordReference also includes a handy English synonyms dictionary and a forum where users can get help with English language related questions.

Thesaurus is a synonyms and antonyms dictionary. It also indicates whether a word is of common or informal use, as well as its etymology.


Forvo is a free and comprehensive pronunciation guide maintained by native speakers around the world. It includes the pronunciation of more than 3 million words in 325 languages.


Memrise is a popular website and mobile app which enables you to memorise English vocabulary. It is a great and fun way to learn new vocabulary in addition to your language course.

Quizlet is a fun and simple website and mobile app which will help you develop your English vocabulary using flash cards.

Language Guide
Language Guide is a project helping English language students to build their vocabulary using an image and sound dictionary.

Cram has a large list of flash cards to help you learn new English words. It also has a mobile app, so you can memorise English vocabulary anywhere anytime.

Mobile app

Duolingo is a fun mobile app which offers a comprehensive series of vocabulary, pronunciation and translation exercises. It is a great way to practice what you learn during your English evening courses while on the go.


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