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By joining as a free member, you’ll unlock access to our full library of lessons. We’ll also deliver new lesson sets every Monday and Thursday, so you’ll always have a new way to practice English–all for free.
What you get
- 600+ current events lessons
- 600 expressions & phrasal verbs
- Slow-speed audio for learning
- Full transcripts
- “Lingo” slang & informal speech
- Skills courses
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Frequently Asked Questions
Plain English helps intermediate English learners upgrade their skills in English with lessons about current events, trending topics, and English expressions.
Each week, we produce two sets of lessons. The lesson topics are based on current events and culture. Each lesson also includes a discussion of an English expression of phrasal verb.
The lessons are audio lessons with full transcripts. Members listen to Plain English lessons on the web site or on podcast apps. The audio is at a slower speed to help learners understand every word.
Members of Plain English Plus+ also get access to more advanced learning resources to help them make faster progress.
The Plain English free membership gives you:
- Access to our full history of almost 600 current events lessons
- Access to our full history of almost 600 expressions & phrasal verbs
- Weekly review quiz to test your understanding
- Access to our full history of “Learn the Lingo,” descriptions of slang and informal speech
- Invitation to our listener-only Facebook group
- Free skills courses and workshops
No. The free membership includes our full history of slow-speed audio lessons and transcripts, totally free. We don’t ask for a credit card and you will never be charged for this content.
Some English learning podcasts charge for their transcripts. At Plain English, they are always free.
The free membership is great for listeners who want to explore our history of slow-speed audio lessons and read the transcripts. With a free membership, you can practice your listening, expand your vocabulary, and begin to engage with your new language.
The Plain English Plus+ membership can help you make faster progress toward your English goals. Plus+ members can:
- Practice conversation skills on small-group Zoom calls with Jeff and JR
- Improve their listening and pronunciation with hand-made exercises for each lesson
- Get personalized feedback on their writing
- Further improve their listening with a fast version of each lesson
- Express more complex ideas with step-by-step video lessons and the chance to practice what they learned right away
If you are new to Plain English and would like to explore what we have to offer, the free membership is a great place to start.
If you already know and like Plain English, or if you are looking to make faster progress, then consider joining Plain English Plus+.
We understand that not everyone has the budget to join a paid membership. We are committed to helping everyone achieve more in English with our free program. Other English learning podcasts charge for transcripts, but ours will always be free. We want to help as many people as possible.
We have invested heavily in an innovative Plus+ membership, which includes a lively community, personal feedback, interactive exercises, and more. We find that a lot of our free members want to make faster progress and join our Plus+ membership.
But we will always value and help the audience members who join at the free level.
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