Last Updated: 10 Dec, 2023
Do you like spending time on social media to learn something? Want to make it worth your time? Well, you’re on the right track. Below you’ll find the top 12 Instagram accounts for learning English.
I’ve categorized them by vocabulary, pronunciation, idioms, grammar, and mixed content so you can choose which one you prefer. But first, let me tell you why I chose them.
I don’t have strict criteria for choosing the accounts below. They only have to match either one or two of these.
- Fun and entertaining
Learning a new language can be stressful sometimes. Adding such flavors can help us enjoy the process and let others know that language learning doesn’t have to be so boring.
- Have exercises
I believe this activity can help strengthen learners’ understanding more.
- Have videos
Having videos where learners can hear English being spoken is super helpful. They can learn to imitate the way natives speak or simply hear the pronunciation of vocabulary.
The lists are in no particular order of importance though so let’s get started.
If you want to learn modern English you should follow this account. Every day Green Forest School which is based in Ukraine will post a new word along with its translation in Ukrainian. Apart from providing the meaning, example and pronunciation they also state whether the word is a noun, verb, adjective, idiom, slang, etc.
I like the whole theme colors, and the content is great, but they are missing one crucial thing; the exercises. I believe learners would benefit a lot from it.
In English With Love
If you’re sick of using the same word all over again you’re going to love Sama’s What’s Another Way To Say series and When Not To Use series. She has been consistently posting phrasal verbs on a variety of topics.
As if that’s not enough you’ll find her posting quotes from famous people, taking a phrasal verb or word out of it, give explanations and examples. Among many of her posts, there are learning tips, motivation, etc.
1 Task A Day
It’s a multiple-choice question and idiom-based account. Every day you’ll get either fill in the blank or an MCQ activity. You’ll also get one idiom on each post. The answer to the question will be posted the next day with a new question.
This account isn’t suitable for a beginner, especially the lower level. The one thing that caught my attention in the bio is ‘one task a day keeps laziness away’ which is true. One question a day is extremely doable. It helps to keep away bad habits.
PS: This account is no longer active as of May 10, 2021.
Spanish English Rosie
Rosie is an English professor from the United Kingdom. You’ll see these common themes on her feed:
- Avoid this mistake series
- How do you say this series
- Random and useful words and/or phrases
She used to do word of the week and follow it up with an example of the word every day together with some explanations. I missed that!
Sometimes Rosie also posted a vocabulary video pronunciation. What I like about this account is she targets both languages. Those who learn both might find this helpful.
English Teacher Joe
Most of Joe’s posts are fill-in-the-blanks in the form of images and videos. He focuses on vocabulary only.
In between that, he also does listening tests, a What Did I Say series, etc.
Pronunciation With Emma
Want to sharpen your pronunciation and listening skills? You will love what teacher Emma has for you. She covers lots of things such as listening practice, pronunciation, homophones, etc. If you’re interested in learning a British accent and pronunciation this is a place to go.
This English Malarkey
Right off the bat when you see this account, you’ll see Jake asking totally random questions to random people. You can always go to his YouTube channel to watch the full version. This is great for listening and speaking practice. Learners can listen to a different accent in each video.
Jake did other video content too such as the phrasal verb, motivation, etc. In between posts, you can see lovely pictures taken around the country.
Have you ever heard of the word Malarkey before? It’s my first time though.
PS: It looks like he’s no longer active since March 20, 2022.
If you’re an idiom lover you’re in for a treat because this account’s feed is full of idioms. Every day you’ll be given an idiom. What’s awesome is rather than just giving the meaning and example you’ll also get to know the origin.
The way it works is they posted a picture-based idiom first. The next day, they will post a video example based on that idiom which is a short clip taken from movies. They also add subtitles to make it easier for learners to understand.
The clip format reminds me of @charmed_english. I wish whoever manages the account would continue because it’s obviously entertaining.
PS: As of February 15, he hasn’t included ‘the origin’ info in all of his posts. He stopped adding a short clip on August 30.
Think it’s time for you to learn grammar? You can find all things grammar here from modal verbs, prepositions, causative verbs, phrasal verbs, and the list goes on. I just wish there were more pictures and audio to make it more fun.
PS: This account is no longer active since June 7, 2017.
English With Adriana
Adriana is an English teacher from Australia. Among her many posts, she talks about motivation, FAQs people may ask when they just started learning English such as should you memorize English vocabulary, can watching TV helps improve their English, the ‘stop saying’ series, etc. This is suitable for any beginner level.
English With Nab
Nab is an English coach. His feed is a mix of lots of valuable content. There are;
- Speak fast series
- Phrasal verbs,
- Common mistakes
- Formal and informal words
And the list goes on. A lot is going on there and it can be a bit confusing. That’s the only con I can think of by just scanning the feed.
What do you think of the above lists? Is there any account(s) that I missed? Let me know in the comment below.
Not looking for English but Spanish? I got you covered so keep your eyes peeled for my next post.