Best of the web

A great collection of internet webby stuff as recommended by visitors to the Learn English Network.

Could be a web site, a Twitter feed, a Facebook page, a Google plus page, forum, video, basically anything on the net.  

If you would like to recommend a site etc. use this form, or post the link on the forum.


The word etymology means "word origin", it comes from the Greek word 'etymos', which means real, or true, and the suffix -ology indicates that it's the study of, or science of.  Put them together and you get the study or science of the real or true.  In this online etymology game you'll be presented with 10 randomly selected etymology (word origin) or word definition puzzles to solve; in each case the word or phrase is highlighted in bold, and a number of possible answers will be presented. You need to choose the correct answer to score a point for that question.  Some of them are very, very tough.

Forage Oakland is a project that, in its own words, works to address how we eat every day, and how everyone can benefit from viewing their neighbourhood as a veritable edible map.   If you've ever fancied living off the land, this blog might be of interest, if you haven't considered it, it's still a veritable mine of food vocabulary.

The posts are equally quirky.

Memories of Mine to Thine is a blog by Rachel Whetzel, who describes herself in the following way:-

Thrift junkie. Free Spirit. Believer. Artist. Photographer. Mom to boys. Rust Lover. Worm Farmer. Blogger. Creative Soul. Rule Bender. Spider Saver. Coffee Drinker. Cream Lover. Chook Farmer. Sailor Mouth. Music Listener. Phone Talker. Garden Grower. Mess Maker. Risk Taker. Chewy Mom. Good Intender.

The posts are equally quirky.


Have you heard of brain training?  Well Neuronation gives you the chance to exercise the grey matter, and whether or not it's scientifically accurate or not it has some fun puzzles and games with a "brain score" for you to follow your progress (some of my scores are woefully low).  There's even the chance for you to compare brains with other people (some people's scores are impossibly high).


Do you like playing with dolls?  Do you like designing clothes?  Do you like decorating?  If the answer is "yes", then you'll like the Stardoll website.  On this site you can go shopping, decorate your apartment, and generally be creative.  You create your own MeDoll avatar, dress him / her up, and if you want to, socialize with other members.  All the basic features are free, you only pay if you want to take it to the next level.  Great for practising clothing vocabulary.