If you want to study English on the Internet, here are a few links to help you get started. Although some sites may have advertising, you should be able to use many of them free of charge (we do not recommend any pay site for learning English).
BBC World Service Learning English Area A great free site meant to help learners improve their English. Study areas include news English, business English, and more. The "Watch and Listen" section contains stories, images, and music, along with exercises to test your comprehension. There is a "Learning English Blog" to which you can contribute yourself. "Beyond the Postcard" provides audio and visual exercises while introducing you to British towns and places. And a "Grammar and Vocabulary" section explains some of the differences between British and American English, and offers a wide range of other useful and interesting activities.
ELT Podcast ELT Podcast is the home of several podcasts for learners and teachers of English as a second or foreign language. Basic and intermediate conversational podcasts are offered, along with support broadcasts and a Phrase of the Week.
Freakonomics The blog by the authors of Freakonomics, which claims to reveal "the hidden side of everything."
iTunes U This link will take you to the description of iTunes U, a collection of online courses and other resources offered by hundreds of universities. You can access iTunes U through the iTunes menu itself. Universities such as Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley offer their content publicly on the iTunes Store. A wide range of content is available, including (but not limited to) video and audio materials.
MOOCs (massive open online courses) allow students to register for free courses in many subjects offered by a number of prominent universities, The three MOOC providers most often mentioned in the media are Coursera, EdX, and Udacity. See if you find something that strikes your fancy!
The Sounds of American English An animated library of the sounds of American English, part of a project by the University of Iowa. Listen and watch how to pronounce English as spoken by Americans. Flash and QuickTime are required.
VOA News Special English This site offers a wide variety of news-radio programs using "Special English," which is based on a core vocabulary of 1500 words. Announcers read more slowly than at regular news sites, so it is easier to follow. It is also possible to view and dowload scripts for the programs, which makes it possible to read as you listen. Topics include politics, the economy, world issues, American life, arts and entertainment, and more. You'll also find some online games to help you learn English, and a number of helpful links for studying English.
For a wide variety of video and audio programs in English (all free of charge!) visit the following news sites:
ABC News (Australia)
BBC News (UK)
CBC News (Canada)
National Public Radio (USA)
VOA News (USA)