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My top 5 videos for learning English

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

Watching videos is a great way of learning English. Visual clues will help you understand the content, otherwise subtitles or a transcript are often available. Our conversation classes are frequently based upon videos watched before the lesson. Here are some of the ones that have been really popular with my students.

1. How to speak so that people want to listen

Great video. Short with excellent visuals which help to convey the message. Watch this video if you need to do some public speaking.

Link here.

2. This street art is awesome

Less than 3 minutes long, this one came up on my Instagram feed a while ago and I was instantly hooked. Lovely messages about creativity being good for your soul and that art is one way of dealing with problems.

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3. Dick Fosbury

This video tells the story of high jumper Dick Fosbury and how his engineering knowledge helped him to come up with a new way of doing the high jump.

Link here

4. Framing - behind the scenes

A video from the National Gallery about how pictures for the Titian exhibition were framed. Intriguing for anyone interested in traditional crafts methods.

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5.TED Talk - Do schools kill creativity?

Another TED talk, this time with a lot of British humour but conveying an incredibly important message about education. It's already been viewed over 70 million times.

Link here

Some other videos to watch

  • The psychology of queues from The Guardian visual explainer. Link here

  • BBC Ideas such as this one about what crows can teach us. Link here

  • TED Talk - The surprising habits of original thinkers by Adam Grant. Link here

  • Where are all the Bob Ross paintings? Link here

And another favourite that every language learner should watch!

How to practice for just about anything by Annie Bosler and Don Greene TED-Ed. Link here

Would you like more tips?

To find out about other resources I recommend, click here or better still, come to a lesson where I will make recommendations specific to your interests. Send an email to or use the contact form on the homepage to schedule a trial lesson.

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