House rules

We have house rules to make LearnEnglish a fun, safe place to improve your English, so please make sure you follow these rules. 

Terms of use

Thank you for engaging digitally with the British Council. Please read our Terms of use carefully. 

Age requirement

We welcome learners from around the world who are at least 18 years old. If you are 12 or younger, please use LearnEnglish Kids; if you are 13–17, please use LearnEnglish Teens.

All comments are checked

​Writing comments on the website gives you an opportunity to practise your written English and share your ideas and opinions. 

We check all comments before they are published, so you will not see your comments immediately. You are not able to change your comments after you have posted them, so please check them carefully first. 

We only publish comments that are on the topic of the page. We will not publish comments that break our house rules or that we consider inappropriate or off-topic. To ensure a positive language learning environment, at our discretion we may not publish some comments.

We may block or delete your account if you do not respect the house rules or the community. 

No personal details

Please do not share any personal information (address, password, phone number, email, Messenger ID, etc.) in your comments. 

See the British Council Privacy page for more information about how we protect your data.

Write in English

Your username and comments must be in English so that everyone can read and understand them. It's OK if you make mistakes – you can learn a lot from them!

Use your own words

Do not copy other people's writing or work without their permission.

Respect all users

Be polite and respectful in your comments and in your choice of a profile picture. Please also do not write in all CAPITAL LETTERS – this is not polite.

No links to other websites or advertising

You can include links to pages on British Council websites in your comments, but links to other websites will be deleted. Please do not advertise anything in your profile or comments.