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Welcome to Real English®, a completely free open source site ideal for blended learning: original videos, interactive lessons, an English teacher always present to help you, and a community of teachers & students learning together.

Real English ESL

What is Real English® ?

Real English® is an online video library of spontaneous dialogues of people interviewed on the streets of English-speaking countries, organized according to grammatical, lexical, and functional criteria used in the interactive exercises.

In other words, Real English is based on a very simple idea, the organization and exploitation of spontaneous speech. This notion of spontaneity in language learning goes way beyond today's tired catchword of "authentic" video, which most often is limited to Hollywood films or news broadcasts. There are no actors in Real English®. Students identify with ordinary people, i.e., the famous interviewees, especially when we put them on the spot with our questions. Listening comprehension comes naturally to learners, given the magnetic quality of the people chosen to appear and speak in our clips.

The interactive lessons cover very short, easily digestible extracts of the main videos for the step-by-step exercises. There is so much natural repetition that even the difficult passages are appropriated by learners in a natural way, as they enjoy real people being themselves. Ideal for all teaching and self-study situations, & perfect for blended learning!

You might have already read about what the experts think about Real English®, but what about the students and their teachers?

Here are a few of the comments made so far in 2015, when students and teachers signed up for our newsletter. We have not edited any of these comments:

name: Silvia
message: Very useful lessons and exercises. There's no way not learning!!! Congrats.

name: Judith Chimowitz
message: What a find! I am returning to China, having spent some time there teaching English in the last couple of years. I have been a bit of a textbook teacher, but I can see how great this method is and am delighted to find such rich materials. Thanks also for being free!!! Best wishes, Judith

name: laudenir santos
message: very good to learn english, and is free ,it gives a chance for anyone to learn.

name: Asim Yalniz
message: The language is authentic and the topics have been chosen well. Thank you. A very good reference for my students to do revision through.

name: Jorge
message: i like this lesson are simple but they really helps you

name: carfanu
message: Very cool and useful for new learners. I'm very happy to have found Real English as a teaching tool for my students. The lessons are authentic and into what Real English is all about! Loved it!!

name: Dragan
message: This is amazing.

name: David Caicedo Gordon
message: I think this is a great website. I hope to contribute with any lessons plans for the videos I will be using. Congrats!

name: Rodrigo
message: GREAT It actually helps us in learning

name: Maria Rodriguez
message: I love to learn with these exercises. I think they are well designed.

name: Pay Facio
message : Dear all, Just a brief email to say "thank you". I've been using your videos with my students and they really work! So useful to have real English videos! Thanks a lot!

name: Duber
message: These videos are awesome!

name: beatriz arbaizar
message: Real English is one of the most interesting places of study English that I've nener found. I would like -if it is possible- to dispose some more lessons of intermediate -avanced level. congratulation. bea

name: Carlos S
message: Thanks very much!! I love Real English!

name: Oksana (Ukraine)
message: I just dropped in to thank you for your wonderful videos that are so natural and fun. It was a really brilliant idea to launch your project and a great opportunity to learn English outside the language environment. Thanks again,

name: Giuliano Batista Scariot
message: well, I'v been using your videos in my classes since 2008 and the result which I have in each class is amazing...these videos really help my studends. As well as people who decide to study by their own, congratulations

name: Nelma Carvalho Lage
message: I like this site very much because its is easy to understand and the student can learn english step by step. THANKS A LOT.

name: Belen
message: Thank you for uploading such useful videos! I want to let you know that I'm a teacher of English and I ALWAYS include your videos in my lessons! Thanks so much for working so hard for all of us! Keep on like this! Best, Belen

name: minefield
message: hi guys.I'm amir from iran. i write you from the bottom of my heart. East or West, real english is best.

message: So funny, I like it, great job!!! From Brazil ;)

name: Helmut
message: Very good for speaking english

name: Isabel
message: Wonderful system of learning english, thanks

name: Michael Wu
message: it's really a cool site which I have just found, I totally love it

name: sarbjeet kaur
message: i want to say thanks to you from the deep of my heart .. thank you for providing that site. it really helps me to improve english in easy way.

name: tekinayse
message: I liked this video so much especially the part of Alejandra speaks. She is so lovely and i liked what she speaks about learning Eng."nothing is impossible in life if you really try hard."I hope one day in the future I will be able to speak english like her:) I want to thank to you for all your's so helpful and useful.I really appreciate what you are doing.I am grateful to you.i've been improving my english with your way.Greetings from Turkey!

name: Malaquias H. de Oliveira
message: I'm astonished by your dedications in this accurat and efficient material that comes at appropriate time. Thank you all.

name: David
message: Your site is amazing and useful for me. Thank You very much, sir.

name: alexbonki
message: I've been a subscriber for a long time and have never posted a comment. Well, I just want to say to you, Mr Marzio...that you're great! I'm an EFL Consultant from Brazil and I need to say that all my students love the videos and they really would like to be interviewed by you and your Real English crew! And so would I. Thanks a lot for your work and keep it up! Cheers!

name : balqees
message : its amazing the way I am being taught by real English
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More than 30 different languages

More than 30 different languages
The Following Instructions for using Real English have been translated into 38 languages by students & teacher volunteers who use this site.
  1. Go here and choose a lesson.
  2. Watch the video at the top, without subtitles.
  3. Click on "Exercise 1". Follow the instructions. Do all the exercises.
  4. Now watch the video with subtitles.     Complete instructions here.

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name: Penni Gould
message: This is fabulous! Your materials are so innovative and so right on the mark! It's impossible to find natural English listening activities out there. They're all so "canned". Please make more with advanced grammar and some phrasal verbs please!!!

name: Wagner
message: This website is awe-inspiring, especially for English teachers. Congratulations on your effort to help people learn this beautiful language. Cheers, Wagner English Coach.

name: António Da Silva
message: This page is as addictive as facebook, Actually it's about to grow more and more.

name: THU THU
Comments: This program very very useful to me. Thanks you very much everybody in Real English Program Team. Have a great future all of you......

name : Ronald S M Souza
message : I want fo say thank you very much.. I just discovered your site one week ago and I am enjoyng it a lot. I hope I can improved my knowledge on English. Best Regards Ronald

name: Mohammed
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name: Monica Pacheco
message: Your site is great! Thanks so much for your inspiration ! Thanks for sharing and caring! Best Wishes, monica

name: sandra
message: I'm very happy: Real English it's the best course in the world...also for the italian like me. Thank you. I hope to improve.

name: Loren
message: I love this site. It is good to improve my English!

name: Hien Bui
message: I really really love Real English. It's very funny. It's easy for me to remember ,too. Thank you so much indeed!

name: Claudio
message: This course is very good to practice even when you speak English well. I'm taking your course every day. It's being very well for me to remember how to pronounce some words. It's fantastic. - Today my lesson was fantastic. I could remember colors and the possessive case with "Whose". Thanks.

name : Lisseth Garay
message : I love Real English is the most complete program in the web if you want to learn english.

name: lukisanmoses
message: You are amazingly helping a lot of people, you really know our need. Great teacher. God bless you! Thanks.

name: Louis
message: Hello, My name is Louis, I'm Brazilian, and I've been studying English for two years. I'd like to say thank you, and congratulations for your videos and your job, you are brilliant. I've been searching the internet, trying to fink the kind of materials which could put me in touch with the British language and culture. You did it! Thanks - Louis