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The Britlish Library

The Britlish Library lessons are categorised by subject matter. To find the sort of lesson you are looking for, choose one of the categories from the list below. Click on the category name and you will see a list of all the lessons available in your chosen category. New lessons are added every week.

36 Lesson Categories - Alphabetical Order

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Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE)

Now rebranded as C2 Proficiency, this is the highest level of English qualifications that a student can achieve. It is proof that you are highly competent in all aspects of the English language: speak...

1 lesson in this category

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Confusable Words

There are some words in English which confuse even native English speakers. These lessons have been designed to help remove some of the confusion from some of these more common words.

11 lessons in this category

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Connected Speech

When the English speak quickly, their normal speed of talking, it may seem to many students of English that many of the words and sounds they expect to hear disappear or new sounds appear. This is bec...

6 lessons in this category

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Consonants

In articulatory phonetics, a consonant is a speech sound that is articulated with complete or partial closure of the vocal tract. The 21 consonant letters in the English alphabet are B, C, D, F, G, H,...

17 lessons in this category

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English in a Jiffy

Lessons for when you only have a few spare minutes but don't want to spend an entire day without studying some English.

2 lessons in this category

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English in Use

English in use lessons look at the way we use English in everyday life. The lessons cover the actual use of English and examine grammar, punctuation, and functionality of the language.

16 lessons in this category

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Exam Practice

If you are preparing for one of the internationally recognised exams such as IELTS, or the exams from Cambridge Assessment English, or Trinity, then the lessons in this category will be very useful to...

1 lesson in this category

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Function and Content

When talking about words, we make a distinction between content words and function words, also known as open-class words and closed-class words, respectively. Content words the words we want the liste...

3 lessons in this category

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Gliding Vowels

A gliding vowel is also known as a diphthong, from the Greek, meaning two sounds. Gliding vowels glide from one sound to another throughout the duration of the sound. There are eight gliding vowels in...

8 lessons in this category

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Grammar

These lessons focus on the grammar of English. English grammar compared to other grammars is quite simple, but in its simplicity lies its complexity. The lessons here cover all aspects of English gram...

21 lessons in this category

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Humour

These English Lessons are built around English jokes. The jokes may be old or new; they may be very funny or just amusing. The language of the joke is explored and you will begin to understand a very ...

4 lessons in this category

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Idioms

Once I realised that idioms were incredibly problematic for my students, I set about gathering as many idioms as I could and making videos about them for my YouTube channels. I am determined to make i...

23 lessons in this category

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Information

Some lessons about how to do things in the Britlish Library, from using the Britlish Library Memoriser or the most common words system, to frequently asked questions, requesting lessons, and booking o...

5 lessons in this category

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IPA Chart

In order to achieve a genuine British English accent, you need to understand exactly how British English pronunciation works. You need to be able to distinguish the forty-four sounds of English as sho...

38 lessons in this category

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Level Tests

Exactly what it says - tests to check your current level of English. These lessons include standard level tests as well as tests which mimic recognised English exams such as IELTS and those from organ...

2 lessons in this category

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Listening Skills

Activate your English listening skills with these Listening Activation Packs. Each pack has been designed to help you improve your English listening skills by providing you with authentic material to ...

28 lessons in this category

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Literature

Some students like to sit back and listen to some interesting English. It doesn't get much more interesting than some of the old classics from English literature. These lessons have been created to he...

8 lessons in this category

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Murder Mysteries

Created using industry-leading e-learning software, English Mysteries are finding new ways to make learning interesting, engaging, and effective, through the gamification of the learning process. Inte...

1 lesson in this category

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Numbers

English lessons designed to help in situations where numbers are involved. Lessons in this category will help you with cardinal and ordinal numbers, dates and times, and decimals.

1 lesson in this category

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Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are like idioms and have to be learnt individually. They are an essential part of your English vocabulary, and without them you will not be able to say that you have any degree of fluenc...

7 lessons in this category

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Poetry

Poems are a good way to learn English. You can learn much about the rhythm of the English language from poetry, as well as vocabulary and expressions. Of course, poetry is broad in its scope and so yo...

4 lessons in this category

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Prepositions

Students hate prepositions because prepositions are difficult to learn for several reasons. Firstly, there are a lot of prepositions. Secondly, most prepositions have several meanings depending on con...

1 lesson in this category

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Pronunciation

No matter how good your English grammar and vocabulary may be, if your pronunciation is so bad that nobody can understand a word you say, then you are at a grave disadvantage in regards to your Englis...

59 lessons in this category

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Punctuation

Full stops, commas, colons, semi-colons, question marks, exclamation marks, hyphens, dashes, single quotation marks, double quotation marks, and other forms of punctuation used in English writing are ...

3 lessons in this category

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Pure Vowels

The pure vowels, or monophthongs, can be contrasted with the gliding vowels, or diphthongs, where the vowel quality changes within the same syllable, and hiatus, where two vowels are next to each othe...

10 lessons in this category

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Real English

These are English lessons which look at vocabulary and language which are not commonly found in English textbooks nor in the English classroom, but are an important part of the English language.

2 lessons in this category

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Requested Lessons

Britlish Library paid memberships give students the added advantage of being able to request a lesson from Richard. If you have a particular problem with English, you can be sure that many other stude...

3 lessons in this category

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Sounds British

In order to achieve a genuine British English accent, you need to understand exactly how British English pronunciation works. You need to be able to distinguish the forty-four sounds of English as sho...

52 lessons in this category

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Speaking Skills

The best way to improve your English speaking skills is to take classes with me online. My online students make very fast progress with their spoken English, but I appreciate that not everyone can aff...

7 lessons in this category

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Spelling Skills

One of the most difficult parts of English is spelling. This is because many of the sounds in English are not always represented by the same letter combinations. This for this reason, even native Engl...

3 lessons in this category

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Stress Patterns

English is a stress-timed language which means that word stress is extremely important both within words and within sentences. Get the stress wrong in a word and an English speaker is unlikely to unde...

5 lessons in this category

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Travel

These days, travel is for many people part of their everyday lives. English-speaking countries have many visitors every year, but the ability to speak English in any country can help smooth the travel...

2 lessons in this category

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Video Lessons

These lessons are based around video English lesson. The video may be one of the more important ones from my huge library of YouTube videos, a new one created especially for the lesson, or one not cre...

28 lessons in this category

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Vocabulary

Did you know that there are over 600,000 words in English? That's a lot of words, and far more than any human being could ever manage to learn. Even Shakespeare only used around 55,000 different words...

50 lessons in this category

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Writing

One of the four core skills of language is writing. The other three are reading, listening, and speaking. Because, like speaking, writing is a productive skill, it is not quite so easy to teach remote...

5 lessons in this category

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XXX Adults Only

As it says on the label, these lessons are suitable only for broadminded adults. Nevertheless, they aim not to titillate but to teach the vocabulary that other teachers shy away from. If you are not o...

1 lesson in this category