Do you think English is hard to learn?

If you think so, you are not alone. Millions of English language learners in different corners of the world are struggling with verb tenses, phrasal verbs, pronunciation and spelling that don’t seem to follow any logical pattern.

It is difficult to learn English. There are so many pronunciation rules that it seems that it is hard to predict how a word is pronounced. It happens because English has a lot of borrowings: words coming from other languages. It is also difficult to understand the logics of irregular (why “make” is “made” in Past Simple, but “take” is “took”?) and phrasal words (“look after” means ”take care of”, but “look for” means “search”), etc.

Despite all of these difficulties, it is easy to learn English. It is easy to learn this language because there are many resources to use. You even don’t need to leave your home to do it because you can use Internet resources.

Below you have a list of some of the best sites to learn English that have been chosen because they are 1) easily accessed and quickly used – no register or sign-in and 2) free.

Let’s start with pronunciation resources – simple text-to-speech tools, such as Cepstral Voices, Oddcast, Voz Me

If you need good dictionaries, check these resources which contain excellent images, audio, and texts and are easy to navigate: The Language Guide for Beginning level students, Harcourt’s E-Glossary for Intermediate level students, or for Intermediate/Advanced level students.

To learn more about antonyms and synonyms, go to Visuwords  that also functions as a dictionary or Lexipediawhere you can also listened how a word is pronounce. Rhyme Zone will help you to find rhymes, synonyms, and definitions.

If learning is fun, it will be more effective: watch video clips with Divii online dictionary (it also has a transcript of the words used in context) or type words or phrases and sees video clips with these words with is a really fun site for ELL learners, with reference tools like a dictionary and vocabulary, supplemented with quizzes, games, and a community forum.  Skillswise will help you to improve your English skills online with games and quizzes on English grammar, spelling, reading, writing and English vocabulary.

If you like playing games, try The English Game, an interactive video site for learning English, or Everyday Lifewhich has interactive lessons “Around Town”, “Food and Cooking”, “Health and Safety”, “Money”, “Work Skills”.

To tell the truth, there is no simple answer to the question if it is difficult or easy to learn English. If you believe that English is hard to learn, you will find reasons to justify it.  But if you believe that it is easy to learn English then you will find ways to do it.

Language learning is not a clear path to follow, you can find many different ways within your journey to fluency.  All of them have one thing in common:  you are the one who has to try them and you are the one who is responsible for failure or success at the end of the way.