Animated Video Explores the Invented Languages of Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones & Star Trek

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“Is there anything sadder than an Esperantist?” a friend once jokingly asked me. “Two Esperantists” might seem the natural response, but hey, at least they could talk to each other.

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Learn 46 Languages for Free Online: A Big Update to Our Master List

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Right in time for your summer travels, we’ve just completed a big update to our rich collection of Free Foreign Language Lessons. Featuring free audio and video lessons, this handy resource will help you learn to speak Spanish, French, German, English, Chinese, Arabic, Italian, and Russian, plus 36 other languages.

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Speaking in Whistles: The Whistled Language of Oaxaca, Mexico

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Whistled language is a rare form of communication that can be mostly found in locations with isolating features such as scattered settlements or mountainous terrain. This documentary above shows how Dr.

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Do You Speak Java Jive?: The Language of the Indie Cafes

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I haven’t frequented Starbucks for a long time, but when I did, I could never get into their lingo. Do you want a “grande,” the “barista” asked? No, just give me a medium, ok? And if I ever tired of the irritating lingo battles, I headed to an indie cafe where simple language made sense.

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Learn New Languages (From Arabic to Yiddish) with 150+ Free Podcasts

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I spend a great deal of time visiting unfamiliar cities, spending days walking, cycling, or riding trains and buses through them. Sometimes the people of these cities speak languages I know; sometimes they speak languages I don’t.

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“Learn English With Ricky Gervais,” A New Podcast Debuts (NSFW)

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Bombastically billed as “a new landmark in human comprehension,” Ricky Gervais’ video podcast, “Learn English with Ricky Gervais” does, in a way, break new pedagogical ground. The trailer above provides a brief glimpse of the series’ first episode, currently available for free on iTunes.

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French in Action: Cult Classic French Lessons from Yale (52 Episodes)

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During the 1980s, Pierre Capretz, a Yale professor, developed French in Action, a French immersion program that featured textbooks, workbooks, and a 52-episode television series.

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What’s Your English? British v. Canadian Rap Battle

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In 2010, the folks who publish the Macmillan Dictionary launched the ‘What’s your English?’ campaign. They then spent a good year traveling across the globe, visiting nations where English is spoken, and asking experts and everyday speakers to talk about their regional dialects.

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Learning Languages Online with The New York Times

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How can you learn foreign languages online? Last week, The New York Times outlined a good number of options for its readers. And, for days, the article remained one of the most widely read pieces on the NYT site. Today, the paper issued a followup post, highlighting yet more ways to learn languages digitally.

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Learn a New Language in the New Year

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We can’t help you get fit (at least physically) in the new year. But we can help you learn a new language. Our collection of Free Language Lessons covers 37 languages, and we have now developed sections dedicated to commonly sought after languages. (See below.

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