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I'm an English teacher. I am often asked the question by students 'Is it really possible to learn English on the Internet?'. This is a difficult question to answer because it will depend on the individual learner's situation, and whether he/she also has other possibilities for learning English (face-to-face lessons, etc).

My opinion is that it 'is' possible to learn English on the Internet, but that the Internet is not enough on its own. You also need contact with human beings who can speak English well.

I regularly use the Internet with my students. There are lots of great sites out there for learning English online. My 3 favorites are:

www.englishmaze.com
An excellent, interactive site which is really motivating for students. Great for practicing reading, grammar and listening.

www.englishathome.com
A very nice site which has been around for some time. A good place to meet other people.

www.eslcafe.com
The grandfather of all ESL sites. A bit dated now, and lots of out of date information, but a good site nevertheless.

What is your opinion? Is it possible to learn English online?
You have left the fourth website : www.EnglishForward.com!

Meanwhile, although we can learn a lot from Internet there are some areas which needs face-to-face interaction between teachers or english-speaking people. Eg. the practise of pronunciation comes only when we interact with english-speaking teachers or people.

Similarly, I suppose learning grammar will be easier from teachers than Internet.
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I tried to learn English on the Internet, but I couldn't .
I don't know what should I do.
I hope to speake English like american's people.
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I think internet is very helpful for learning any thing.But as far as languages are concerned it is better to have a teacher at the basic stage who will help you for pronunciation and basic grammar .
Internet is a great source for expanding one's vocabulary. But basic things are more easier to learn under tuition.
Wow, that's an old post.
It is possible.
Here in China, the education below university level are all examination oriented, the system makes perfect teachers for teaching the basic things like grammer, sentence structure. Most of these education do no good for practical use of the language. And I feel that the 'possiblility' you mean is the possibility for improving the speaking and listening parts. You also from China?
Once I graduated from school and had my first job I found out this truth, my beautiful school record made out dumb English speaker, then I started using internet to learn most of the oral and writing like sitting here posting reply.
Got a good language exchange partner is good, I used to have one who willing to talk to me everyday and that helped a lot, even if it was only by typing. But it really took me a long time to find one, lol.
I am now at the start of my Japanese learning, I am also trying to find someone can talk to me in Japanese online like I did before in English.

But anyway, I have thankfulness for the WWW that helped me to raise my English to this level. I could make no one sentence when I frist came out of school.
I can say that internet is the cheapest way to practise oral language which is open to all persevering learners. Not everybody has the financial condition for them to choose to go abroad to talk to the native guys. But internet to some extent give us this sort of environment, and it is for free!

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ElfsleepyHere in China, the education below university level are all examination oriented, the system makes perfect teachers for teaching the basic things like grammer, sentence structure. Most of these education do no good for practical use of the language. And I feel that the 'possiblility' you mean is the possibility for improving the speaking and listening parts. You also from China?

I think it's not only China, but also Asian education in general. We Indonesians also complain about the same thing. The irony is, Indonesians like to compare their education system with Japan, which as far as I see, isn't any better either.

To learn you need to be motivated and a good teacher. The responsability of your learning proccess goes to your teacher. There are not bad students, there are bad teachers. If your teacher is bad it won't matter if he/she is a native speaker. To be a teacher is not a job for anybody. The way we learn is not by means of endless list of words or endless list of grammar. We must acquire such things in a natural way like small kids. If you think you are going to memorize 500 words, think again we are not computers. The way we learn is by forming patterns in our minds. For example you can learn entire sentences faster than isolated words by learning songs. Songs have a lot of useful vocabulary and grammar. If it's not funny you won't learn. Why so?. For example when you experience a situation with a strong emotional charge, you never forget that memory.

Hello! Dear author, I can completely agree with you that everything depends on the special situation of the student. But also I can add, that if the student has a great wish to study the language, he will use all the available resources in the internet and of course he will need to practice it in live.

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