Online etymology dictionary – A dictionary that explains where words come from, what they used to mean and when they were first used.
Oxford advanced learner’s dictionary – with pronunciation and thesaurus, UK and US spellings, examples of use etc. – on paper and as an app in the iOS and Google Play store
Urban Dictionary, Colloquial urban English and slang. (Often too saucy to be safe for work, so be cautious.)
Online learning resources
English Grammar, Information about English grammar and punctuation
NDLA English, Open educational resources for secondary schools from the Norwegian digital learning arena
Fremmedspråksenteret – Norwegian national centre for foreign language learning
BBC Skillswise, English for adults
BBC World service: learning English – with words in the news, the English we speak (phrases), 6 minute English, News, Drama and pronunciation, as well as intermediate, lower intermediate and English my way courses
Word search puzzles – find words in grids
Lyrics training – learn language with music videos, lyrics and karaoke
News and entertainment
BBC news – News from all over the world from the British Broadcasting Corporation. Also with entertainment, culture, science, technology and other news.
IMDB – Internet movie database. Full of information about films, series, producers, composers and actors
The New York Times – News from the United States of America and beyond
Some commendable podcasts in English on different subjects
BBC World Service podcasts – All the podcasts from BBC World service in one three page list. Lots of really good stuff!
The history of English podcast, a podcast about the history of the English language
The history of England podcast – the history of England, with a focus on the Wessex dynasty
Jupiter Broadcasting – a treasure trove of video and audio podcasts about technology
The boys of tech – New Zealand’s longest running tech podcast, with Edwin Hermann and friends
A short history of Japan – audio podcast about the history of Japan