The best YouTube channels to practice English - and to also learn something new.

By Raphael Arias on 29 Apr 2019

You're learning english, and things are going great. You try to immerse yourself in the culture, and this includes the websites you visit, the books you read, the movies you watch (this one is easy) and the YouTube channels you follow.

There's nothing better to practice and learn something when it's about subjects you like and is curious about. In here, we have a list of dozens of channels that will help you practice English (listening), increase your vocabulary and also teach you about science, technology, entertainment, movies, business, and other topics.

Use this list for yourself, or feel free to share with your students by sharing this link, putting in your website or via email.

Business and entrepreneurship

Bloomberg: this channel brings you the best videos from Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Tech, Bloomberg Pursuits, Bloomberg Gadfly and their global team of video journalists, breaking news, interviews, profiles, first looks at hot new products, and more.

Business Casual: Videos that expose just how deeply-rooted companies are in the modern world. Business Casual is about companies and corporations, but also people: it follows the often unexplored journeys of the men and women who shaped our world.

Valuetainment: The best entrepreneur channel on YouTube created by Entrepreneur Patrick Bet-David to provide value and entertainment. Valuetainment is now referred to as the best channel for entrepreneurs with weekly How To's, Motivation and interviews with celebrities.

Movies

The Film Theorists: Do you ever wonder what secrets could be hiding in your favorite movies and shows? So do they! From figuring out the biology of Attack on Titan's Titans to revealing the dark secrets of Disney movies, they cover it all! Want to take a deep dive into the world of nerdy theories?

Gubz: He likes the Incredibles movies, and all Marvel movies too. And DC too. Well, every movie actually.

Screen Junkies: Enjoy our warped take on film & TV with a steady stream of pop-culture parody, original series, thoughtful commentary, and whatever they can think of next.

Lessons from the Screenplay: I believe that a more informed audience raises the bar for storytelling. That examining the techniques used to tell great stories makes your own writing better and your appreciation for the stories deeper.

kaptainkristian: visual love letters.

Full Fat Videos: Bringing you the juiciest breakdowns and video essays across all of Pop Culture. Movies. Television. Music. Games. It's smooth as milk.

Entertainment

Wisecrack: Wisecrack is a collective of comedians, academics, filmmakers, and artists who are super curious about the world around us. The channel explores big ideas in unusual (and hopefully super entertaining) ways. They dive into philosophy and critical thinking through the lens of movies, TV shows, video games, and books.

Wendover Productions: Wendover Productions is all about explaining how our world works. From travel, to economics, to geography, to marketing and more, every video will leave you with a little better understanding of our world.

RealLifeLore: Answers to questions that you've never asked. Mostly over topics like history, geography, economics and science. The world is an exciting place and there is so much to know.

honest: He makes YouTube videos about everything but mostly pop stars.

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell: Videos explaining things with optimistic nihilism. They are a small team who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful. Currently they make one animation video per month.

Browntable: Video essays, skits and animations mostly about Marvel and other movies and pop culture.

Half as Interesting: Education-y explainer videos that are almost good enough to watch.

Today I Found Out: Brand new videos 7 days a week from TodayIFoundOut.com. Start learning something new and interesting every day.

Documentaries, interviews and news

Reel Truth Science Documentaries: home of inspiring documentaries from the scientific and medical world. Here you can find full length documentaries to discover and explore.

DW Documentary: DW Documentary gives you information beyond the headlines. Watch high-class documentaries from German broadcasters and international production companies. Meet intriguing people, travel to distant lands, get a look behind the complexities of daily life and build a deeper understanding of current affairs and global events.

The Rubin Report: The Rubin Report is the largest talk show about free speech and big ideas on YouTube. Each week Dave Rubin uses logic and reason to have honest conversations about politics, polarizing issues, current events, and more. Dave goes one on one with thought leaders, authors, and comedians in 'The Sit Down,' moderates opposing voices in 'The Panel,' and gives his unfiltered thoughts in 'Direct Message.'

PowerfulJRE: The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

Philip DeFranco: A 5 day a week, daily show where I talk about the news and pop culture that matters to me and should matter to you.

Technology

Marques Brownlee: Quality tech videos, YouTuber, Geek, Consumer electronics, tech head and internet personality!

Technology Connections: A very unique YouTube channel, do you remember about your old VHS, PS1 and CD. Well, in this channel you will learn how they work, sometimes how to hack them, and how they evolved to become our sophisticated tech you have in your pocket.

TechAltar: Video essays about the past, present and future of consumer technology.

Gaming

TierZoo: the goal of this channel is to get gamers interested in zoology, since there's a ton of amazing aspects of life on Earth that go underappreciated. Take a look, they do that in a very innovative way.

The Game Theorists: Do you ever wonder what secrets could be hiding in your favorite games? So do they! From piecing together the complete FNAF timeline to figuring out if Toadette is REALLY a young Princess Peach, they cover it all! If you want to take a deep dive into the world of nerdy theories, this is the right place.

Comedy

Alien's Guide: Garyx Wormuloid is an alien, and he dissects the remaining of a once proud culture called Humanity.

Philosophy

Foundation for Economic Education: FEE focuses on introducing freedom as a life philosophy to newcomers in the youth audience, striving to bring about a world in which the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society are familiar and credible to the rising generation.

The School of Life: The School of Life is a global organisation dedicated to fostering emotional well-being, both through our YouTube channel and our real-life schools in 10 locations around the world. They apply psychology, philosophy, and culture to everyday life, addressing the questions we're never taught enough about at regular school or college.

Pop Culture Detective: A series of critical video essays looking at media through a critical lens with an emphasis on the intersections of politics, masculinity and entertainment.. Hosted by Jonathan McIntosh.

Science

Geography Now: This is the first and only Youtube Channel that actively attempts to cover profiles on every single country of the world. They are going to do them alphabetically so be patient if you are waiting for one that's down the road.

Because Science: Nerdist Science Editor Kyle Hill uses real-world math and science concepts to solve, measure, and make sense of pop culture quandaries in comics, video games, movies, and TV.

Physics Girl: Physics videos for every atom and eve.

Veritasium: An element of truth - videos about science, education, and anything else I find interesting.

Seeker: Seeker exists where technology, innovation and the future collide. They celebrate relentless curiosity with an insatiable drive to question, inspire, and create.

Atlas Pro: Geography, geology, biology, and ecology. That's what they'll be talking about at Atlas Pro. Well that and maybe some history, chemistry, and whatever else is really necessary to explain something. Point is, they're trying to learn more about the Earth, it's systems, and maybe more.

SmarterEveryDay: He explores the world using science. That's pretty much all there is to it. Watch 2 videos. If you learn something AWESOME.

PBS Space Time: Space Time explores the outer reaches of space, the craziness of astrophysics, the possibilities of sci-fi, and anything else you can think of beyond Planet Earth with our astrophysicist host: Matthew O’Dowd.

Vsauce: Our world is amazing and in this YouTube channel you will understand why.

Verge Science: Verge Science is the home base for our experiments and explorations into the future of science. That means energy, space, nature, the human mind and body, AI, and wherever else our stories take us. Subscribe to come along for the ride.

Computerphile: Videos all about computers and computer stuff. Sister channel of Numberphile.

Engineering

Real Engineering: Interesting answers to simple questions.

City Beautiful: City Beautiful is a YouTube channel dedicated to educating everyone about cities and city planning. Cities are amazing! I cover topics such as transportation, land use planning, and urban design. I post new videos monthly and sometimes more frequently.

Practical Engineering: Grady Hillhouse is a professional civil engineer and hobbyist everything else in San Antonio, Texas.

The B1M: The definitive video channel for construction! The love construction, and they want the whole world to love it too.

Working out (gym) and health

Athelan-x: This is where you can find all the latest FREE workouts, nutrition and supplement advice to get you on your way to ripped 6 pack abs and a more muscular, athletic body in record time. Learn from the physical therapist and strength coach Jeff Cavaliere, exactly what he does with his professional athlete and celebrity clients.

Doctor Mike: Dr. Mikhail "Mike" Varshavski D.O. Actively practicing board certified family medicine doctor living in NYC #1 Health/Medicine Influencer w/ 5,000,000+ followers. An avid explorer of life. Just a man and his dogs against the world. Human first. His goal is to make the field of medicine relatable, understandable, and fun!

Misc

CaseyNeistat: He lives in New York City and loves YouTube. Actually he's one of the biggest YouTubers of all time.

CrashCourse: Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel! Nicole Sweeney teaches you sociology, Carrie Anne Philbin teaches you computer science, Craig Benzine teaches film history, and Mike Rugnetta is teaching mythology!

PolyMatter: Apple + China + Economics

Nerdwriter1: The Nerdwriter is a weekly video essay series that puts ideas to work.

Tom Scott: These are some of the things he has made and done. They'll probably come back to haunt him in a few years' time.

LegalEagle: Do you want to know how our legal system works? You’ve come to the right place. LegalEagle is all about giving you an insider’s view to the legal system. Have some fun and learn to think like a lawyer.

Tom Bilyeu: "I'm Tom Bilyeu and my goal with this YouTube channel is to introduce you to the people and ideas that will help you actually execute on your dreams. You will learn how to level up your mindset, develop leadership skills in business and in your personal life, and learn how to live to your full potential."

Word Porn: They're on a mission to enlighten the world.

Name Explain: On this channel they explore the origins of the names of places, people and anything in between. He is in no way a professional etymologist, linguist, historian, or anything like that. Just a guy with some curiosity and an internet connection.

Dating Beyond Borders: They focus on dating around the world in weekly videos. Want to know some funny insights on dating different cultures? Stay tuned!

Khan Academy: Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. They interactive practice problems, articles, and videos help students succeed in math, biology, chemistry, physics, history, economics, finance, grammar, and many other topics.

3Blue1Brown: 3blue1brown, by Grant Sanderson, is some combination of math and entertainment, depending on your disposition. The goal is for explanations to be driven by animations and for difficult problems to be made simple with changes in perspective.

The Pop Song Professor: The Pop Song Professor channel is about appreciating, creating, and celebrating deep lyrics. They teach English classes at a university and realized that I was studying things few "normal" people cared about (and few things they cared about too for that matter). So they started analyzing pop songs, and here they are.

 Big Think: Big Think is the leading source of expert-driven, actionable, educational content -- with thousands of videos, featuring experts ranging from Bill Clinton to Bill Nye, they help you get smarter, faster. They aim to help you explore the big ideas and core skills that define knowledge in the 21st century, so you can apply them to the questions and challenges in your own life.

Do you have a YouTube channel to suggest? Leave a comment below.

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Raphael Arias

Written by Raphael Arias

Founder and CEO of EducationLink. After 4 years in banking, Raphael founded EducationLink to help the international education industry move forward. He specialises in innovation, strategy and business development.

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