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Express complex ideas, improve your pronunciation, and train your ear to understand English at full speed

Does this sound familiar?

You studied English in school, but the teaching quality was poor and you forgot a lot of what you learned…

You need to speak better English to advance in your career or study abroad….

You’ve tried the apps and YouTube videos, but are ready for something more serious….

You lived or studied in an English-speaking country and want to re-connect with English...

You know a lot of English words, but when you try to speak, you lose confidence or forget the words…

You understand written English, but get lost when natives speak at full speed…

You feel shy or embarrassed when you have to speak in English…

You're pretty good at English, but you don't have anyone to talk to...

If that sounds like you, then you are not alone. In fact, MILLIONS of English learners around the world are "stuck in intermediate"

You might be stuck in intermediate, too, if...

You know what you want to say, and you sometimes even know all the words, but you struggle to put it all together in a way that sounds natural.

You can watch movies and read books in English. You understand the main ideas and most of the dialogue. But you really want to understand it all.

You speak English perfectly in your mind, but when the time comes to speak, you lose your confidence and can't get the words out

Even if you can communicate your main point, you're not being as clear you want to be and your ideas get lost

The problem isn't you!

  • Apps are too simplified and not challenging enough
  • In-person classes don't give you enough personal attention
  • Books, movies and TV don't come with any support for learners​
  • The costs of one-on-one lessons add up​

You need good tools and support if you're going to reach the next level!

Allow me to introduce myself...

I’m Jeff, the founder of Plain English.

I had the same experience with Spanish. I felt like I just hit a wall.

Frustrated, I searched for the best online courses, tools, and programs, but I didn’t find what I wanted–not en español and not in any other language, either. 

So I built what I always wanted for myself. And the result is Plain English Plus+.

Plain English Plus+ will help you take that next step

Explore hundreds of lessons, ask a question in the forum, talk on a live video call and perfect your skills with our practice exercises

Lessons

New lesson sets twice each week with video, audio and transcripts

Community

Build connections, ask questions and practice in the forums and on live calls.

Practice

Web-based listening, pronunciation, vocabulary, and writing exercises

What our members are saying about Plain English Plus+

Meet your two newest English-speaking friends

You're never alone as a member of Plain English Plus+

Jeff answers all your questions about English. (Most answers are in writing, but you might get lucky and receive a video response!)

JR keeps the conversation going in the forums, posting a question of the week and sharing Plain English resources.

You'll get to know both of us on our live video calls, too!

Here are all the ways Plain English Plus+ can help you go from 'intermediate' to 'advanced'

New lessons 2x/week

Our lessons are about current events, people, places, technology, business, health, the environment, and much more. You’ll always find a lesson that’s interesting to you.

Expression lesson library

Conquer English expressions and phrasal verbs with our library of over 250 audio lessons all about the words and phrases English speakers use every day.

Audio at two speeds

Pick the speed that’s right for you! All our audio lessons are available at a slower, learning speed and at a fast, native speed. Train your ear and lose your dependence on transcripts & subtitles.

Video tutorials

Do you ever get stuck trying to express a complicated idea? Our video lessons teach you how to express yourself in English and challenge you to apply what you learn.

Translations in transcripts

Full transcripts of all lessons include instant translations of difficult words and phrases into seven languages, including Portuguese, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, and French.

Flash cards

Learn five new words with each lesson! Practice the flash cards on our web site or via the Quizlet mobile app.

Record your own voice

Improve your pronunciation by recording your own voice, listening to yourself, and comparing your pronunciation to Jeff’s.

Lesson quizzes

How much did you understand? Check your listening and reading comprehension by taking the quiz after each lesson.

Fill in the blanks

Practice your verb tenses and prepositions with our interactive “fill in the blank” exercises.

Skills mini-courses

Let’s face it: studying is hard work. We’re here to help with mini-courses about English skills to help with your speaking, reading, writing, and listening.

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I'm not commuting . I'm sleeping well. I don't have to run from place to place; no more 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls to go to the airport. My meetings are all online, which I take from the comfort of my own home . There's plenty of good coffee to keep me going. So why am I so tired every afternoon?

It turns out that in-person meetings may be boring , and they may be a waste of time , but they're not nearly as draining as Zoom calls are. In fact, video calls require a lot more of our mental energy than simple phone calls or in-person meetings do. These calls are draining the energy of homebound office workers the world over , in a way that in-person meetings rarely do. Why is that?

For one thing, nonverbal communication is seriously impaired on a video call. In a face-to-face meeting, we give nonverbal cues all the time. Here is just a partial list of nonverbal cues we give one another in face-to-face encounters : we make eye contact ; we take a deep breath before we say something; we cross our arms ; we face toward or slightly away from another person; we lean back in our chairs ; we stare up into space ; we blink ; we gesture ; we fidget with something in our hands. All these nonverbal cues contribute to the conversation in one way or another.

I'm not commuting . I'm sleeping well. I don't have to run from place to place; no more 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls to go to the airport. My meetings are all online, which I take from the comfort of my own home . There's plenty of good coffee to keep me going. So why am I so tired every afternoon?

It turns out that in-person meetings may be boring , and they may be a waste of time , but they're not nearly as draining as Zoom calls are. In fact, video calls require a lot more of our mental energy than simple phone calls or in-person meetings do. These calls are draining the energy of homebound office workers the world over , in a way that in-person meetings rarely do. Why is that?

For one thing, nonverbal communication is seriously impaired on a video call. In a face-to-face meeting, we give nonverbal cues all the time. Here is just a partial list of nonverbal cues we give one another in face-to-face encounters : we make eye contact ; we take a deep breath before we say something; we cross our arms ; we face toward or slightly away from another person; we lean back in our chairs ; we stare up into space ; we blink ; we gesture ; we fidget with something in our hands. All these nonverbal cues contribute to the conversation in one way or another.

I'm not commuting . I'm sleeping well. I don't have to run from place to place; no more 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls to go to the airport. My meetings are all online, which I take from the comfort of my own home . There's plenty of good coffee to keep me going. So why am I so tired every afternoon?

It turns out that in-person meetings may be boring , and they may be a waste of time , but they're not nearly as draining as Zoom calls are. In fact, video calls require a lot more of our mental energy than simple phone calls or in-person meetings do. These calls are draining the energy of homebound office workers the world over , in a way that in-person meetings rarely do. Why is that?

For one thing, nonverbal communication is seriously impaired on a video call. In a face-to-face meeting, we give nonverbal cues all the time. Here is just a partial list of nonverbal cues we give one another in face-to-face encounters : we make eye contact ; we take a deep breath before we say something; we cross our arms ; we face toward or slightly away from another person; we lean back in our chairs ; we stare up into space ; we blink ; we gesture ; we fidget with something in our hands. All these nonverbal cues contribute to the conversation in one way or another.

I'm not commuting . I'm sleeping well. I don't have to run from place to place; no more 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls to go to the airport. My meetings are all online, which I take from the comfort of my own home . There's plenty of good coffee to keep me going. So why am I so tired every afternoon?

It turns out that in-person meetings may be boring , and they may be a waste of time , but they're not nearly as draining as Zoom calls are. In fact, video calls require a lot more of our mental energy than simple phone calls or in-person meetings do. These calls are draining the energy of homebound office workers the world over , in a way that in-person meetings rarely do. Why is that?

For one thing, nonverbal communication is seriously impaired on a video call. In a face-to-face meeting, we give nonverbal cues all the time. Here is just a partial list of nonverbal cues we give one another in face-to-face encounters : we make eye contact ; we take a deep breath before we say something; we cross our arms ; we face toward or slightly away from another person; we lean back in our chairs ; we stare up into space ; we blink ; we gesture ; we fidget with something in our hands. All these nonverbal cues contribute to the conversation in one way or another.

I'm not commuting . I'm sleeping well. I don't have to run from place to place; no more 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls to go to the airport. My meetings are all online, which I take from the comfort of my own home . There's plenty of good coffee to keep me going. So why am I so tired every afternoon?

It turns out that in-person meetings may be boring , and they may be a waste of time , but they're not nearly as draining as Zoom calls are. In fact, video calls require a lot more of our mental energy than simple phone calls or in-person meetings do. These calls are draining the energy of homebound office workers the world over , in a way that in-person meetings rarely do. Why is that?

For one thing, nonverbal communication is seriously impaired on a video call. In a face-to-face meeting, we give nonverbal cues all the time. Here is just a partial list of nonverbal cues we give one another in face-to-face encounters : we make eye contact ; we take a deep breath before we say something; we cross our arms ; we face toward or slightly away from another person; we lean back in our chairs ; we stare up into space ; we blink ; we gesture ; we fidget with something in our hands. All these nonverbal cues contribute to the conversation in one way or another.

I'm not commuting . I'm sleeping well. I don't have to run from place to place; no more 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls to go to the airport. My meetings are all online, which I take from the comfort of my own home . There's plenty of good coffee to keep me going. So why am I so tired every afternoon?

It turns out that in-person meetings may be boring , and they may be a waste of time , but they're not nearly as draining as Zoom calls are. In fact, video calls require a lot more of our mental energy than simple phone calls or in-person meetings do. These calls are draining the energy of homebound office workers the world over , in a way that in-person meetings rarely do. Why is that?

For one thing, nonverbal communication is seriously impaired on a video call. In a face-to-face meeting, we give nonverbal cues all the time. Here is just a partial list of nonverbal cues we give one another in face-to-face encounters : we make eye contact ; we take a deep breath before we say something; we cross our arms ; we face toward or slightly away from another person; we lean back in our chairs ; we stare up into space ; we blink ; we gesture ; we fidget with something in our hands. All these nonverbal cues contribute to the conversation in one way or another.

I'm not commuting . I'm sleeping well. I don't have to run from place to place; no more 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls to go to the airport. My meetings are all online, which I take from the comfort of my own home . There's plenty of good coffee to keep me going. So why am I so tired every afternoon?

It turns out that in-person meetings may be boring , and they may be a waste of time , but they're not nearly as draining as Zoom calls are. In fact, video calls require a lot more of our mental energy than simple phone calls or in-person meetings do. These calls are draining the energy of homebound office workers the world over , in a way that in-person meetings rarely do. Why is that?

For one thing, nonverbal communication is seriously impaired on a video call. In a face-to-face meeting, we give nonverbal cues all the time. Here is just a partial list of nonverbal cues we give one another in face-to-face encounters : we make eye contact ; we take a deep breath before we say something; we cross our arms ; we face toward or slightly away from another person; we lean back in our chairs ; we stare up into space ; we blink ; we gesture ; we fidget with something in our hands. All these nonverbal cues contribute to the conversation in one way or another.

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Practice your writing and build meaningful connections with the Plain English team and other learners like you

All your questions answered

Have you ever thought, “I wish someone would just explain this to me” or “I wish I knew how to say this in English”? Those days are over! Ask Jeff about the Plain English lesson  or about anything you see or hear in English. No question is off limits!

Live video calls

Lose your fear of speaking in English! Join Jeff, JR, and other learners on monthly live video calls, where you can practice discussing the issues, sharing your opinion, and telling your story. Everyone gets to talk in a supportive, small-group video call.

Practice your writing & build connections

You’re never alone with Plain English! In our online forums, you’ll practice writing and get to know others in our supportive online community of English learners.

This is a steal* at $19/month

*That means, "a very good value".

Connect with others from your country & around the world

Make friends in English, trade stories, share your experiences, and enjoy the feeling of communicating and being understood in English

  • Our members are from all six continents, speak dozens of languages, and work in a large variety of fields
  • Put your learning into practice by writing about what you learn in Plain English lessons right away
  • Write about all-new topics by answering JR's Question of the Week
  • Meet Jeff, JR and other members face-to-face on live video calls
  • As a member, your price will never go up even if we raise prices for new members in the future

Join with confidence: 30-day money-back guarantee

This rarely happens, but if Plain English Plus+ isn't what you expect, simply send us a note within 30 days and you'll get a full refund.

You have questions; we have answers

This is entirely up to you. We know that everyone has a different schedule and a different life. That’s why we made Plain English Plus+ as flexible as possible. 

Some members are looking to improve just one aspect of their English — pronunciation or listening, for example — so they are comfortable using just one or two features. Other members dive in and take advantage of all we have to offer and they spend several hours each week with us.

Everyone is welcome, no matter how much or how little time you can devote to English. Every little bit counts!

Short answer: Try it! If it’s not right for you, we’ll refund your money within 30 days.

Long answer: Plain English Plus+ is for intermediate English learners who are looking to improve their speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills. Some members are very early and are still building their vocabulary. Other members use English for work every day and are looking to perfect their pronunciation and express more complex ideas. 

Plain English Plus+ is generally right for you if:

  • You are willing to practice English on a regular basis
  • You already have a good base of English knowledge (vocabulary, basic grammar, etc.)

That’s it! Like we said above, the best way to know for sure is to try us out.

We understand: we might not be right for everyone.

We want you to get the English resources that work for you. If Plain English Plus+ is not that resource, then you can cancel any time with no penalty and no requirement to keep paying.

If you discover that Plain English Plus+ is not right for you within 30 days of signing up, then we will refund your money 100% no questions asked.

You have the opportunity to pay for the full year in advance with our annual plan. If you do that, you save the equivalent of two months of payments. Cool!

If you would like more flexibility, you can choose to pay monthly. If you pay monthly, then you can cancel your membership at any time. You will not be charged again.

Yes! A huge benefit of Plain English Plus+ is that you get to interact with Jeff and JR in our written forums. Ask anything you like and you’ll get a personalized response in English.

Yes, of course!

The community and live calls are great benefits, but if you’re not comfortable participating in the forums or the calls, there is no obligation.

The opportunity will always be there in the future.

Never!

Our full lesson library of over 250 lessons is included with every membership. As soon as you join, you have hundreds of hours of audio and video content to explore with no limits.

Yes!

Whether you have an iPhone or Android device, we will show you how to access the password-protected fast version of the audio lesson from your phone. You can download the fast versions and listen offline; many Plain English Plus+ members do that.

Our live video calls are a lot of fun! We usually open the call with a single topic and have a general discussion about it. Depending on how many people are on the call, we may divide into breakout groups, so that everyone can get a chance to talk.

The live calls last an hour. Jeff and JR are on every call. We have two per month and they are scheduled at different times, so at least one should work in your time zone.

Our instant transations are one of our members’ favorite features! They are available in Spanish, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, and German.

Yes! We started in December 2017 and have produced two lessons per week since the beginning of 2018. That’s a lot of English lessons — and they’re all available to you as a member of Plain English Plus+!

Within reason!

You can ask any specific question in English. For example, you can ask:

  • What’s the difference between the domino effect and the ripple effect? 
  • Which is better, ‘fascinated by’ or ‘fascinated with’?
  • How do you pronounce the word “maneuver”?
  • When do you use ‘could’ and when do you use ‘would’?

Those are just examples, but you can really ask anything … whether it’s about a Plain English lesson or not.

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Learning English is hard...really hard

You’ve learned a lot, but now you’re ready to take the next step to express complex ideas and finally speak English with confidence.

Monthly

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$ 19 Per Month
  • Translated transcripts
  • Fast audio
  • Video lessons
  • Ask anything in English
  • Supportive community
  • Live video calls
  • Flash cards
  • Quizzes
  • Record your voice
  • Mini-courses

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$228
$ 189 Per Year
  • Save 17% off regular monthly price
  • Translated transcripts
  • Fast audio
  • Video lessons
  • Ask anything in English
  • Supportive community
  • Live video calls
  • Flash cards
  • Quizzes
  • Record your voice
  • Mini-course
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