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Enjoy the 311 Activities in the Britlish Library that will help you improve your English skills, including 256 Interactive English Lessons, 19 Challenges, 19 Crossword Puzzles, and 17 Word Search Games in the Britlish Library. The latest Activities are below. The Activities are designed to help you improve all areas of your English skills from writing and speaking, to listening and reading.

Whether you're a student, a teacher of English as a second or foreign language (TESL, TEFL or TESOL), or even a native English-speaker who's always wanted to improve their skills, this is the place for you. The Britlish Library is full of interactive British English Activities for everyone who wants to improve their English skills - from beginners to advanced learners.

Try the new and exciting Britlish Challenges! 19 Challenges let you test just how good your English is against other challengers from around the world. Get the highest score in the fastest time and you can be at the top of the lesson Leader Boards.

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Most Common Words

Developing your vocabulary is one of the most essential things you can do if you are to really improve your English skills. I have created a database of over 4,000 of the most common English words to help you expand your vocabulary. If you learn these 4,015 British English words, you will be able to understand 90% of normal, everyday conversations in British English, as well as most written media such as newspapers, magazines, and Internet articles. There are several ways to learn these words in the Britlish Library and you will find them in this course.

There are 22 activities in this course.


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Periodic Table

There are 118 elements on the Periodic Table of Elements. Lots of students have to memorise all the names and symbols of the 118 elements. If you need to learn the names of the elements and their symbols in British English, this course has been made for you. 

There are 11 activities in this course.


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Body Idioms

I originally thought that I would find 100 to 200 idioms related to the body, but as I continued gathering the idioms for each part of the body, I realised there were going to be considerably more. With an ever-growing list of idioms before me, I despaired of ever being able to complete the definitions and examples that would be required for each one. However, with a bit of elbow grease, I put my back into it, and managed to complete all 522 of them. In this course, you will find many of the idiomatic expressions related to the body.

There are 12 activities in this course.


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Country Names

Not everybody in the world calls each country by the same name. For instance, I live in Spain, but the Spaniards call this country España. As this is an English language learning site, we will look at the English spellings of countries in these Activities. Do these Activities and you will learn how to spell each of the countries of the world.

There are 8 activities in this course.


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Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are a class of verbs which combine with a preposition or adverb to act as a single verb which says more than the words themselves. The meaning of a phrasal verb is often very different to the meanings of the words that are in the phrasal verb and this makes them difficult for students of English to master. Native English speakers tend to use lots of phrasal verbs when speaking.

There are 11 activities in this course.


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Literary Terms

If you don't know your kinaesthesia from your synaesthesia or a trochee from an iamb, this comprehensive glossary of literary terms will help you to master your prosody studies. There is also a knowledge test that will give you 10 random questions from a bank of 651 questions about these literary terms. If you are a student of poetry, literature, or philology, or just an English student, this lesson is made for you.

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I Am!

In this lesson we will look at the poem, its background and that of its writer, John Clare, as well as some vocabulary from the poem including, abide, esteem, forsake, frenzied, hath, host, oblivious, scorn, shipwreck, stifled, throes, trod, vapours, vaulted, wept, and woe. You can read and listen to this poem, as well as get a deeper insight into it. There are plenty of exercises to help you with the IPA symbols and with your comprehension.  

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During Wind and Rain

This poem will help you to improve your pronunciation and your vocabulary. You can read and listen to this poem, as well as get a deeper insight into it. There are plenty of exercises to help you with the IPA symbols and with your comprehension. This is one of my favourite poems by Thomas Hardy which has taken on a deeper meaning for me as the past 60 years have flown rapidly by.

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The Windhover

Widely anthologised, The Windhover, by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1884-1889), though dedicated To Christ our Lord, is a rapturous love poem to life itself. Hopkins struggled to balance his vocation as a Catholic Jesuit servant of God and his poetical yearnings. Because of this, and his experimental use of new metrical forms, and his religious faith, his poetry was largely unrecognised when he died aged 44. It was not until 1918 that his poems were first published. This poem remains one his best known and will help you with your pronunciation, your vocabulary, and your mastery of the IPA symbols. The lesson also has a prose interpretation to help you better understand the poem.

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The Tyger

Written sometime between 1790 and 1792, Blake's The Tyger is one of the most famous of English poems much loved by children and adults alike. The poem asks questions about what sort of creator would come up with something as fearful as a tiger. This lesson will teach you the poem, some background details about the poet, the vocabulary in the poem, and the IPA symbols used to represent the pronunciation of the poem. There is much debate today about the pronunciation of the words eye and symmetry and whether in Blake's time they rhymed or not.

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Most Common Words Challenge 7

The 31 words in this Challenge are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Can you put your name at the top of the Challenge Leader Board by writing the word for each of the definitions in this Challenge?

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Most Common Words Challenge 6

The 34 words in this Challenge are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Can you put your name at the top of the Challenge Leader Board by writing the word for each of the definitions in this Challenge?

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Most Common Words Challenge 5

The 34 words in this Challenge are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Can you put your name at the top of the Challenge Leader Board by writing the word for each of the definitions in this Challenge?

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Most Common Words Challenge 4

The 35 words in this Challenge are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Can you put your name at the top of the Challenge Leader Board by writing the word for each of the definitions in this Challenge?

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Most Common Words Challenge 3

The 34 words in this Challenge are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Can you put your name at the top of the Challenge Leader Board by writing the word for each of the definitions in this Challenge?

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Most Common Crossword 7

The 31 words in this crossword puzzle are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Developing your vocabulary is one of the most important things you can do to improve your English skills.

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Most Common Crossword 6

The 34 words in this crossword puzzle are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Developing your vocabulary is one of the most important things you can do to improve your English skills.

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Most Common Crossword 5

The 34 words in this crossword puzzle are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Developing your vocabulary is one of the most important things you can do to improve your English skills.

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Most Common Crossword 4

The 35 words in this crossword puzzle are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Developing your vocabulary is one of the most important things you can do to improve your English skills.

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Most Common Crossword 3

The 34 words in this crossword puzzle are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Developing your vocabulary is one of the most important things you can do to improve your English skills.

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Most Common Words Search 7

The 31 words in this Word Search are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Developing your vocabulary is one of the most important things you can do to improve your English skills.

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Most Common Words Search 6

The 34 words in this Word Search are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Developing your vocabulary is one of the most important things you can do to improve your English skills.

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Most Common Words Search 5

The 34 words in this Word Search are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Developing your vocabulary is one of the most important things you can do to improve your English skills.

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Most Common Words Search 4

The 35 words in this Word Search are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Developing your vocabulary is one of the most important things you can do to improve your English skills.

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Most Common Words Search 3

The 34 words in this Word Search are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Developing your vocabulary is one of the most important things you can do to improve your English skills.

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Most Common English Words

India flag 5 Stars by a Britlisher in India

If you learn just 4,015 British English words, you will be able to understand 90% of normal, everyday conversations in British English. You will also be able to understand most written material such as that found in newspapers, magazines, and Internet articles. After years of extensive research using the latest technology to access lists of millions of examples of spoken and written English, I ...


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Most Common English Words

France flag 5 Stars by a Britlisher in France

If you learn just 4,015 British English words, you will be able to understand 90% of normal, everyday conversations in British English. You will also be able to understand most written material such as that found in newspapers, magazines, and Internet articles. After years of extensive research using the latest technology to access lists of millions of examples of spoken and written English, I ...


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Vowel in Tree / iː /

Somalia flag 5 Stars by a Britlisher in Somalia

Master the Vowel in Tree / iː / with this English Pronunciation Activation Pack. The biggest problem for students is hearing and producing the difference between the long vowel / iː / and the short vowel / ɪ /. These two sounds are next to each other on the IPA chart and are thus very similar. The difference is one of length, and the Pronunciation Activator will give you lots of practice with m...


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Greetings - Conversation Activator

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Practice how to greet someone with this conversation activator which will also teach you some useful vocabulary and expressions. This English Conversation Activation Pack gives you practicing in greeting people you meet for the first time. Expressions such as, Hi, Nice to meet you, Good morning, Pleased to meet you, Are you here on…, as well as showing you how not to greet people and how...


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Past Perfect Continuous - GA11

Spain flag 5 Stars by a Britlisher in Spain

Regular verbs form their past tense by adding ed. Irregular verbs have a past tense form that you must learn individually. Remember, too, that the continuous aspect of the past tense is marked by the auxiliary verb be plus the ing form of a verb. If you see the verb be followed by an ing form, it’s the continuous aspect. Verb to be plus ing! is really all you need to know to identify the ...



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