What is it?
An English learning platform like you’ve never experienced
Plain English is built with the modern learner in mind. Our lessons are based on current events and trending topics, so you’ll never be bored learning English and you can start using what you learn right away.
You won’t waste time with inauthentic scenarios and you won’t be learning from a cartoon.
You will learn real-world English, from a real person, at a pace that works for you. And if you’re ready to dig deeper, we’re here to give you personalized help.
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Lessons you’ll love
Follow your passions or explore new interests in English with 460+ lessons about business, technology, science, health, travel, culture, politics, and more.
Tools to speak English like a native
English is full of confusing expressions and phrasal verbs like ‘No such thing’ and ‘Better off’. So we show you exactly how to use them in conversation, with tons of easy-to-follow examples. And it’s all in the warm and friendly style we’re known for.
Something new all the time
New lessons come out every Monday and Thursday, so you’ll always have something fresh to explore. Seen all our lessons? Take the weekly review quiz to brush up on what you’ve learned.
Help when you need it
Over 15,000 English learners independently follow our weekly lessons. But if you’re ready to upgrade your English with a supportive community, we offer these great resources to Plus+ members:
- A special practice area to get feedback on your own writing
- An exclusive area to ask any question in English
- ‘Question of the Week’ to help you practice your writing
- Live conversation calls on Zoom 3x/month
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Who is Plain English for?
No matter your reason for learning, you can upgrade your skills with Plain English
Advance in your career with the international language of business
Enrich your travel, make new friends, and enjoy music and movies in English
Re-connect with English and enjoy learning a language for its own sake
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To get the most out of Plain English, you should have a basic working vocabulary in English, usually associated with level A2 on the Common European Framework scale.
If you don’t know your level, don’t worry. If you can understand this page, you can benefit from Plain English.
Each lesson is made by Jeff, the founder of Plain English. He’s a native English speaker with a passion for language. He writes each lesson and personally records the audio and video lessons, so you’re always learning from a native speaker.
The content is written and narrated by a native English speaker from the United States, so the accent and some of the terminology will have an American perspective. However, the content is useful for anyone learning English.
We created Plain English for a wide variety of English learners. We think it can help almost anyone looking to upgrade their skills in English.
However, Plain English won’t be a good fit if you:
- …are a true beginner in English. You will need at least a basic understanding of English to benefit from our great lessons.
- …don’t like independent learning. We’ll help you get started and explore the site, but you’ll get the most out of Plain English if you’re willing to explore the site and discover your own interests.
- …are looking for a quick-fix that will “make you fluent” in a short period of time. At Plain English, we’re not about false promises or shortcuts.
- …prefer one-to-one teaching. While we think Plain English can be part of your language learning journey, we do not offer one-on-one private instruction.
Learning a language is a long-term process and everyone moves at their own pace. What’s more, being “fluent” is not everyone’s goal in English. We don’t believe in making false promises or in one-size-fits-all solutions.
But here’s what we can say: You can use Plain English to upgrade your skills in English. We’ll help you get there, but you have to do the work!
However, to enjoy the full benefits of Plain English, including translations, videos, two-speed audio, interactive exercises, and community support, you’ll want to join as a Plus+ member, which is $19/month or $189/year. Learn more about the Plus+ membership here.
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