Learn 45+ Languages Online for Free: Spanish, Chinese, English & More

How to learn lan­guages for free? This col­lec­tion fea­tures lessons in 48 lan­guages, includ­ing Span­ish, French, Eng­lish, Man­darin, Ital­ian, Russ­ian and more. Down­load audio lessons to your com­put­er or mp3 play­er and you’re good to go.

Amhar­ic

  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Basic Amhar­icAudioText­book
    • Lessons with dia­logues, drills, exer­cis­es, and nar­ra­tives will teach you the basics of this lan­guage spo­ken in Ethiopia. Includes sam­ples of speech, expla­na­tions of basic lan­guage struc­tures, and a vari­ety of prac­ti­cal exer­cis­es. Fea­tures two text­books (PDF) and eleven audio lessons (MP3).

Ancient Greek

  • Ancient Greek Intro­duc­tionWeb Site
  • Learn Ancient GreekWeb Site
    • Leonard Muell­ner (Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of Clas­si­cal Stud­ies at Bran­deis Uni­ver­si­ty) has post­ed 64 videos on YouTube, which, “present all the con­tent cov­ered in two semes­ters of a col­lege-lev­el Intro­duc­tion to Ancient Greek course.”

Ara­bic

  • Ara­bic Lessons on Spo­ti­fySpo­ti­fy
    • Over 12 hours of Ara­bic lessons for begin­ners.
  • Ara­bic for Begin­ners 1 — YouTube Free
  • Ara­bic in Jor­danWeb Site
    • These lessons from the Peace Corps will help you learn nor­mal con­ver­sa­tion in Jor­dan, rather than focus­ing on for­mal­i­ties.
  • Ara­bic­Pod — iTunes Free
    • Includes mp3s and PDF tran­scripts.
  • DuoLin­go Ara­bicWeb Site
    • Learn Ara­bic in just 5 min­utes a day. For free.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Writ­ten Ara­bicWeb site
    • Spo­ken exer­cis­es in Ara­bic and the print­ed tran­scrip­tions. Four text­books (PDF) and 31 audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Lev­an­tine Ara­bic — Web site
    • Intro­duc­tion to pro­nun­ci­a­tion. Text­book (PDF) and 19 audio lessons (MP3). Scroll down to the sec­ond set of lessons on this page.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Sau­di Ara­bic Web site
    • Cov­ers the urban Hijazi dialect. Text­book (PDF) and 51 audio lessons (MP3). Scroll down to the third/bottom set of lessons on this page.

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Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage

  • Intro­duc­to­ry Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage Course — YouTube
    • By the end of this course you should have a basic bank of ASL words that you are able to use to form sim­ple sen­tences. Begin to iden­ti­fy ASL sen­tence struc­ture, which is dif­fer­ent than Eng­lish sen­tence struc­ture. Under­stand what region­al dif­fer­ences of signs are.

Bam­bara

  • Bam­bara in MaliWeb Site
    • Lessons from the Peace Corps.

Bul­gar­i­an

  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Bul­gar­i­anWeb site
    • Two text­books (PDF) and 75 audio lessons (MP3).

Cam­bo­di­an

  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Basic Cam­bo­di­anWeb site
    • Two text­books (PDF) and 45 audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Con­tem­po­rary Cam­bo­di­an — Web site
    • Text­book (PDF) and 60 audio lessons (MP3).

Cata­lan

  • One Minute Cata­lanYouTube
    • A good way to get going with a lan­guage still spo­ken by some 12 mil­lion peo­ple, many liv­ing in North­east Spain.

Chi­nese

  • Real Chi­nese Web Site
    • Pre­sent­ed by the BBC. A live­ly intro­duc­tion to Man­darin Chi­nese in 10 short parts with video clips from the Real Chi­nese TV series.
  • Begin­ner’s Chi­nese — iTunes Free
    • Intro­duc­to­ry audio lessons pro­vid­ed by the Open Uni­ver­si­ty.
  • Chi­nese for Begin­nersFree Online Video/MOOC
    • This is an ABC Chi­nese course for begin­ners, includ­ing intro­duc­tion of pho­net­ics and dai­ly expres­sions. From Peking Uni­ver­si­ty.
  • More Chi­nese for Begin­nersMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Also from Peking Uni­ver­si­ty, this is an advanced course for Chi­nese for begin­ners. Learn­ers will expand vocab­u­lar­ies about per­son­al infor­ma­tion, dai­ly life, food and drink, health, and more.
  • Chi­nese: Start Talk­ing with 1.3 Bil­lion Peo­pleMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Intro­duc­to­ry Chi­nese lan­guage course from Tsinghua Uni­ver­si­ty empha­sizes basic lan­guage skills for every­day life in Man­darin speak­ing coun­tries. The course uti­lizes pinyin, the stan­dard sys­tem of Roman­ized spelling for translit­er­at­ing Chi­nese, so learn­ers will find it easy to under­stand and study the lan­guage.
  • Chi­nese Course — Seton Hall
  • DuoLin­go Chi­neseWeb site
    • Bite-sized Chi­nese lessons. Fun, effec­tive, and 100% free.
  • Fall in Love With Man­darinMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Learn every­day Chi­nese Man­darin and dis­cov­er Tai­wanese cul­ture in the process. From Nation­al Chiao Tung Uni­ver­si­ty.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Basic Can­toneseWeb site
    • Two text­books (PDF) and 30 audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Stan­dard Chi­nese: A Mod­u­lar ApproachWeb site
    • Designed to give a prac­ti­cal com­mand of spo­ken stan­dard Chi­nese with nine sit­u­a­tion­al mod­ules. Each mod­ule con­sists of tapes (MP3), a stu­dent text­book (PDF), and a work­book. In addi­tion to the core mod­ules, there is a resource mod­ule and eight option­al mod­ules.
  • Learn Chi­nese in Your CarSpo­ti­fy
    • Gram­mar and vocab­u­lary to begin­ners, offer­ing guid­ance in pro­nun­ci­a­tion and lan­guage fun­da­men­tals.
  • Man­darin in Chi­na — Web Site
    • Lessons cour­tesy of the US Peace Corps
  • Slow Chi­nese — iTunes Free
    • A cul­tur­al pod­cast for Chi­nese learn­ers. Fea­tures nar­ra­tives by native Chi­nese peo­ple read in Man­darin at a slow speed (2~3 char­ac­ters per sec­ond). Top­ics vary from lan­guage, knowl­edge, tra­di­tion and cul­ture to opin­ions on social phe­nom­e­na.

Czech

  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Czech FastWeb site
    • Text­book (PDF) and twelve audio lessons (PDF).

Dan­ish

  • Duolin­go Dan­ish (for Eng­lish Speak­ers) — Web Site  
    • A pop­u­lar free lan­guage-learn­ing and crowd­sourced text trans­la­tion plat­form. As users progress through lessons, they simul­ta­ne­ous­ly help to trans­late web­sites and oth­er doc­u­ments.
  • One Minute Dan­ishYouTube
    • We get a lot of requests (believe it or not) for Dan­ish. So here’s anoth­er use­ful primer cre­at­ed by the One Minute series.

Dutch

  • Duolin­go Dutch (for Eng­lish Speak­ers) — Web Site  
    • A pop­u­lar free lan­guage-learn­ing and crowd­sourced text trans­la­tion plat­form. As users progress through lessons, they simul­ta­ne­ous­ly help to trans­late web­sites and oth­er doc­u­ments.
  • Intro­duc­tion to DutchWeb Site
    • Learn to speak, write and under­stand basic Dutch, with this free, three-week, intro­duc­to­ry for­eign lan­guage course. By Uni­ver­si­ty of Gronin­gen.
  • Learn Dutch — iTunes Free
    • Cul­tur­al­ly rel­e­vant lessons that are easy to lis­ten to.

Eng­lish

  • Basic Eng­lish 1: Ele­men­taryMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Learn basic Eng­lish for every­day sit­u­a­tions and improve your lis­ten­ing skills with this online Eng­lish lan­guage course. From King’s Col­lege Lon­don.
  • Basic Eng­lish 2: Pre-Inter­me­di­ateMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Devel­op your basic Eng­lish skills for use in every­day sit­u­a­tions and build more con­fi­dence in your read­ing and lis­ten­ing skills. From King’s Col­lege Lon­don.
  • The Eng­lish We Speak iTunes Free — Web Site
    • Each week, the BBC looks at phras­es used in the Eng­lish lan­guage.
  • Amer­i­can Eng­lish Speech Web
    •  The OLI Amer­i­can Eng­lish Dialect course from Carnegie Mel­lon sup­plies the nec­es­sary rein­force­ment of dialec­ti­cal struc­ture, audio, pro­duc­tion tech­nique and pho­net­ic rep­re­sen­ta­tion for each sound.
  • 6 Minute Eng­lish — iTunes Free — Down­loads — Web Site
    • Learn and prac­tice use­ful Eng­lish with the BBC.
  • Bet­ter @ Eng­lish — iTunes Free — Feed
    • Focus­es on con­ver­sa­tion­al Eng­lish, with an empha­sis on idioms and slang.
  • Busi­ness Eng­lish: Finance and Eco­nom­icsMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From Ari­zona State, this course helps stu­dents learn Eng­lish using com­mon busi­ness sit­u­a­tions in finance and eco­nom­ics.
  • Busi­ness Eng­lish — iTunes Free
    • Learn the Eng­lish you will need to func­tion effec­tive­ly in an Amer­i­can busi­ness envi­ron­ment.
  • Con­nect with Eng­lish YouTubeRelat­ed Course Infor­ma­tion
    • Fea­tur­ing the sto­ry of Rebec­ca, an aspir­ing singer on a jour­ney across Amer­i­ca, Con­nect With Eng­lish offers 50 fif­­teen-minute video pro­grams that will teach Eng­lish as a sec­ond lan­guage to high school stu­dents, col­lege stu­dents and adult learn­ers. Pro­duced by WGBH Boston.
  • Effort­less Eng­lish — iTunes Free — Feed
    • An Eng­lish pod­cast that gets sol­id reviews.
  • Eng­lish as a Sec­ond Lan­guage — iTunes Free — Feed
    • A very well liked col­lec­tion of ESL lessons. Over 100 episodes in the col­lec­tion.
  • Eng­lish for Aca­d­e­m­ic StudyMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Pre­pare to study at uni­ver­si­ty, explore the qual­i­ties of a suc­cess­ful stu­dent, and learn key vocab­u­lary in an aca­d­e­m­ic con­text. From Coven­try Uni­ver­si­ty.
  • Eng­lish for Busi­ness and Entre­pre­neur­shipMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia, this course is designed for non-native Eng­lish speak­ers who are inter­est­ed in learn­ing more about busi­ness Eng­lish and the glob­al busi­ness econ­o­my.
  • Eng­lish for Busi­ness Net­work­ingMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton. Intro­duce your­self in Eng­lish, keep a con­ver­sa­tion going, and leave the con­ver­sa­tion. Write pro­fes­sion­al emails to make new con­tacts and fol­low up with peo­ple in your net­work.
  • Eng­lish for Career Devel­op­mentMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia, this course is designed for non-native Eng­lish speak­ers who are inter­est­ed in advanc­ing their careers in the glob­al mar­ket­place. In this course, you will learn about the job search, appli­ca­tion, and inter­view process in the Unit­ed States, while com­par­ing and con­trast­ing the same process in your home coun­try.
  • Eng­lish for Health­careMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Devel­op your lan­guage and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills for a career in health­care and learn new health­care vocab­u­lary in Eng­lish. From King’s Col­lege Lon­don.
  • Eng­lish for Jour­nal­ismMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia, this course is designed for non-native Eng­lish speak­ers who are inter­est­ed in devel­op­ing the skills need­ed for a career in mod­ern jour­nal­ism. In this course, you will explore print and dig­i­tal media through authen­tic read­ings and video lec­tures, while expand­ing your vocab­u­lary and increas­ing your abil­i­ty to read, research, and devel­op local and glob­al news sto­ries.
  • Eng­lish for Sci­ence, Tech­nol­o­gy, Engi­neer­ing, and Math­e­mat­icsMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia, this course is designed for non-native Eng­lish speak­ers who are inter­est­ed in improv­ing their Eng­lish skills in the sci­ences.
  • Eng­lish Pro­nun­ci­a­tion in a Glob­al WorldMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • In this course, you will improve your Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion skills and learn about speak­ing Eng­lish in today’s glob­alised world. From Vri­je Uni­ver­siteit Ams­ter­dam
  • Gram­mar Girl — iTunes Free — Web Site
    • Gram­mar Girl pro­vides short, friend­ly tips to improve your writ­ing. Whether Eng­lish is your first lan­guage or your sec­ond lan­guage, these gram­mar, punc­tu­a­tion, style, and busi­ness tips will make you a bet­ter and more suc­cess­ful writer.
  • Speak Eng­lish Pro­fes­sion­al­ly: In Per­son, Online & On the PhoneMOOC/Online Course
  • Tricky Amer­i­can Eng­lish Pro­nun­ci­a­tionMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From UC Irvine: In this course, you’ll prac­tice the sounds of Amer­i­can Eng­lish that might some­times be con­fus­ing. You’ll prac­tice both con­so­nant and vow­el sounds.
  • Tu Ingles! - iTunes Free — Feed — Web Site
    • “Tu Ingles” is designed to help Span­ish-speak­ers improve their ear for Eng­lish. The week­ly pro­gram fea­tures drills of verb con­ju­ga­tion, inter­views, advice about idioms, and excerpts of speech­es and oth­er record­ed spo­ken mate­r­i­al from famous Eng­lish speak­ers.
  • USA LearnsWeb Site
    • A free web­site that helps adults learn Eng­lish online by pro­vid­ing engag­ing videos and edu­ca­tion­al activ­i­ties. Built by the Sacra­men­to Coun­ty Office of Edu­ca­tion, with fund­ing by the U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion and the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion.
  • Write Pro­fes­sion­al Emails in Eng­lishMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Farsi/Persian

  • Learn Per­sian with Chai and Con­ver­sa­tioniTunes — Web Site
    • Offers 50 lessons via pod­cast, each run­ning about 15–20 min­utes, which will help stu­dents learn con­ver­sa­tion­al Per­sian for free. Each les­son builds on pre­vi­ous lessons, so to get the most out of the course, start from the begin­ning. The site also offers afford­able pre­mi­um learn­ing mate­ri­als.
  • Easy Per­sianWeb Site
    • Easy Per­sian offers online lessons in lis­ten­ing, speak­ing, read­ing, and writ­ing Per­sian or Far­si as spo­ken in Iran. In addi­tion to Per­sian lan­guage lessons, the site intro­duces con­tem­po­rary Iran­ian poets with Eng­lish trans­la­tions of their poems. You’ll also find free Farsi/Persian soft­ware, Per­sian names with Eng­lish trans­la­tions, Far­si writ­ing drills and much more.
  • Learn Per­sian Far­si Eas­i­ly, Effec­tive­ly and Flu­ent­lySpo­ti­fy
    • A 3‑hour series of lessons that’s freely avail­able on Spo­ti­fy.
  • Per­sian of Iran TodayWeb Site
    • This two vol­ume text­book inter­weaves gram­mar- and vocab­u­lary-build­ing exer­cis­es with nar­ra­tive ele­ments in order to engage and devel­op stu­dents’ abil­i­ties in Per­sian. The web site includes the text­book itself and relat­ed audio/visual files. Per­sian of Iran Today is pub­lished by The Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas at Austin’s Cen­ter for Mid­dle East­ern Stud­ies Pub­li­ca­tions pro­gram. Hard copies of the text­book can be pur­chased online (vol­ume 1 and vol­ume 2).

Finnish

  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Con­ver­sa­tion­al FinnishWeb site
    • Tran­scripts of the Finnish dia­logues with idiomat­ic Eng­lish trans­la­tions plus notes on struc­tur­al pat­tern and expla­na­tions of essen­tial points of gram­mar. A vari­ety of exer­cis­es with instruc­tions in Eng­lish.
  • Spe­cial Finnish - Web Site
    • For lis­ten­ers with some com­mand of Finnish YLE Radio Fin­land offers dai­ly broad­casts in “Spe­cial Finnish”. The five minute broad­casts cov­er items of cur­rent inter­est. To ease under­stand­ing, we sim­pli­fy the lan­guage and slow down the deliv­ery. Some gram­mat­i­cal forms are not used at all. The lev­el of Finnish used is planned to match the expect­ed abil­i­ty to under­stand Finnish shown by per­sons in Lev­el Two Lan­guage Com­mand (ofFinnish) as defined by the Coun­cil of Europe.”

French

  • French in Action — Free Web Site
    • Pro­duced by Yale Uni­ver­si­ty, these video lessons uses the sto­ry­line of an Amer­i­can stu­dent and a young Frenchwoman’s adven­tures in Paris to teach the lan­guage.
  • Ma France — Web Site
    • The BBC offers 24 video lessons that will teach you French.
  • Duolin­go French — Web Site
    • A pop­u­lar free lan­guage-learn­ing and crowd­sourced text trans­la­tion plat­form. As users progress through lessons, they simul­ta­ne­ous­ly help to trans­late web­sites and oth­er doc­u­ments. Check out Duolin­go’s iPhone and iPad apps.
  • Easy French Poet­ry - iTunes Free
    • A French as a sec­ond lan­guage pro­gram, using poet­ry as a top­ic for dis­cus­sion using every­day con­ver­sa­tion­al French.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Basic Course - Web SiteSpo­ti­fy
    • The course is designed to enable you to reach con­ver­sa­tion­al pro­fi­cien­cy. You learn how to con­trol the French sound sys­tem by lis­ten­ing to the tapes and repeat­ing each phrase. The dia­logues present nat­ur­al spo­ken French in a vari­ety of con­texts, such as, greet­ing peo­ple, reg­is­ter­ing at a hotel, get­ting a train tick­et, and shop­ping.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Basic Course: Phonol­o­gy – Web Site
    • The Intro­duc­tion to French Phonol­o­gy course pro­vides addi­tion­al drills for those who wish to sound like a native speak­er of the lan­guage. The course may be used ben­e­fi­cial­ly at any stage of learn­ing the lan­guage.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute French Fast – Web site
    • Designed to famil­iar­ize you with sit­u­a­tions encoun­tered abroad, and to pro­vide you with the lan­guage skills you need to cope effec­tive­ly with those sit­u­a­tions.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute French: Head­start for Bel­gium – Web site
    • Text­book and cul­ture notes (PDF) and six­teen audio lessons (PDF).
  • Foun­da­tions of French for Glob­al Com­mu­ni­ca­tionMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC) — King’s Col­lege Lon­don
  • Fran­co­labWeb Site
    • French Cana­di­an site pro­vides resources for lan­guage learn­ers and teach­ers. Includes videos, quizzes, inter­ac­tive mod­ules, audio-visu­al pre­sen­ta­tions, and a wide selec­tion of Cana­di­an pro­grams cov­er­ing a vari­ety of social and cul­tur­al top­ics.
  • French Begin­ner’s Ser­i­al and Oral Course 2016YouTube
    • Learn basic French with the Manesca French Course. 91 videos on YouTube.
  • Le Jour­nal en français facile — iTunes Free — Web Site
    • Night­ly news from RFI pre­sent­ed in slow­ly spo­ken French to assist you with your com­pre­hen­sion.
  • Learn French — iTunes Free — Feed — Web Site
    • A well-reviewed series of lessons for begin­ners and those who want to brush up on their French.
  • Learn French in Your CarSpo­ti­fy
    • Gram­mar and vocab­u­lary to begin­ners, offer­ing guid­ance in pro­nun­ci­a­tion and lan­guage fun­da­men­tals.
  • Learn French with Cof­fee Break French — iTunes Free — Web Site
    • The pro­duc­ers of the very pop­u­lar Cof­fee Break Span­ish now offer a pro­gram that will teach you French.
  • Learn French with Dai­ly Lessons — iTunes Free
    • These lessons are brought to you by French teach­ers from Paris. They are best suit­ed for those who already have some begin­ning French under their belts.
  • Learn French with Spo­ti­fySpo­ti­fy
    • A col­lec­tion of audio cours­es on Spo­ti­fy, that will take you from begin­ner lessons to advanced conversations–featuring essen­tial trav­el phras­es and vocab­u­lary.
  • News in Slow French — iTunes Free — Web Site
    • Pro­gram dis­cuss­es the Week­ly News, French gram­mar, and French expres­sions in sim­pli­fied French at a slow pace.
  • Speak and Read FrenchSpo­ti­fy
    • Three albums of a French lan­guage course, Speak and Read French, cre­at­ed by Armand Bégué, a pro­fes­sor at Brook­lyn Col­lege and his wife, Louise Bégué, in 1959. For basic and inter­me­di­ate lev­els.
  • Talk French — Web Site
    • A live­ly intro­duc­tion to French pre­sent­ed by the BBC.
  • Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas: Fran­cais inter­ac­t­if – Web Site
    • UT pro­vides a series of inter­ac­tive vocab­u­lary lessons. Media can be down­loaded from the site.

Frisian

Ger­man

  • Deutsch — warum nicht? - Web Site
    • An exten­sive col­lec­tion of intro­duc­to­ry Ger­man lessons put togeth­er by Deutsche Welle.
  • Deutschtrain­er — Web site
    • Use the Deutschtrain­er to effec­tive­ly learn basic vocab­u­lary need­ed for every­day life and to improve your pro­nun­ci­a­tion. The 100 lessons are bilin­gual (Eng­lish-Ger­­man) and address var­i­ous sit­u­a­tions — from greet­ing peo­ple and going to the doc­tor, to shop­ping and find­ing accom­mo­da­tions. From the Ger­man broad­cast­er Deutsche Welle.
  • Deutsch im BlickWeb site
    • A free online text­book for learn­ing Ger­man from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas. It’s the web-based first-year Ger­man pro­gram devel­oped and in use at the uni­ver­si­ty.
  • Mis­sion Berlin — iTunes Free — Web — RSS
    •  Learn Ger­man through a mys­tery adven­ture. Cre­at­ed by Deutsche Welle.
  • Radio D - Series 1 iTunesSeries 2 iTunesSeries 1 RSS — Series 2 RSS
    • Ger­man for begin­ners: Paula and Philipp are Radio D reporters who have sev­er­al mys­te­ri­ous cas­es to inves­ti­gate. Join them as their research takes them across Ger­many — and learn Ger­man along the way! Cre­at­ed by Deutsche Welle.
  • Slow­ly Spo­ken News — iTunes Free — Feed
    • Deutsche Welle pro­vides a night­ly news broad­cast in Ger­man that’s spo­ken slow­ly so that you can work on your com­pre­hen­sion.
  • Talk Ger­man - Web Site
    • A live­ly intro­duc­tion to Ger­man by the BBC. Pre­sent­ed in ten short parts.
  • Deutsch Inter­ak­tivWeb
    • 30-part self-study course in Ger­man. Fea­tures authen­tic videos, slideshows and audio texts that con­vey a vibrant pic­ture of life in Ger­many, Aus­tria and Switzer­land. Cre­at­ed by Deutsche Welle.
  • Duolin­go Ger­man — Web Site 
    • A pop­u­lar free lan­guage-learn­ing and crowd­sourced text trans­la­tion plat­form. As users progress through lessons, they simul­ta­ne­ous­ly help to trans­late web­sites and oth­er doc­u­ments. Check out Duolin­go’s iPhone and iPad apps.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Ger­man Pro­grammed Intro­duc­tionWeb site
    • The text (PDF) and tapes (MP3) present, in a pro­grammed learn­ing style, the struc­tur­al fea­tures and vocab­u­lary con­tained in the first six units of the FSI Ger­man Basic Course. Serves to accel­er­ate the progress of stu­dents who sub­se­quent­ly move to the Basic Course.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Ger­man Basic CourseWeb site
    • Two text­books (PDF) and 24 audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Ger­man Fast Web site
    • Text­book (PDF) and ten audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Ger­man Head­start Web site
    • Text­book (PDF) and four­teen audio lessons (MP3).
  • Ger­man­Pod 101 — iTunes Free — RSS
    • Offers mate­ri­als for begin­ners, inter­me­di­ate and advanced.

Greek

  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Greek Basic — Web site
    • Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Kath­omilu­meni vari­ety that is the “stan­dard” speech of edu­cat­ed Greeks. Three text­books (PDF) and 75 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Learn­ing GreekWeb Site
    • From the Hel­lenic Amer­i­can Union, these lessons will teach stu­dents Mod­ern Greek. For those who already have some foun­da­tion in the lan­guage.

Hebrew

  • Hebrew­Pod 101 — iTunes
    • A way to learn some quick Hebrew on the fly.
  • Bib­li­cal Hebrew Gram­mar I  (YouTube) and Gram­mar II (YouTube)
    • These are cours­es taught at The Mas­ter’s Sem­i­nary in Sun Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Hebrew Basic — Web site — Spo­ti­fy
    • One text­book (PDF) and 40 audio lessons (MP3). The Hebrew Basic Course is designed to teach spo­ken and writ­ten mod­ern Hebrew that is the ordi­nary, infor­mal speech of edu­cat­ed native Israelis. It is not intend­ed as a text for the study of the Old Tes­ta­ment or oth­er Hebrew lit­er­a­ture.
  • Learn Hebrew (Bib­li­cal) — YouTube
    • Clas­si­cal Hebrew taught using the ser­i­al and oral method. Fea­tures 56 videos. This intro­duc­to­ry video presents the out­line for the course.

Hin­di

  • DuoLin­go Hin­diWeb site
    • Learn Hin­di in just 5 min­utes a day. For free.
  • Hindi­Pod 101iTunesYouTube
    • Learn Hin­di with fun, inter­est­ing and cul­tur­al­ly rel­e­vant lessons that are easy to lis­ten to.
  • Hin­di: An Active Intro­duc­tion — Text­book
    • A short text­book by DN Shar­ma & James Stone on behalf of For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute (FSI).

Hun­gar­i­an

  • DuoLin­go Hun­gar­i­anWeb site
    • Learn Hun­gar­i­an in just 5 min­utes a day. For free.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Hun­gar­i­an — Web site
    • Two text­books (PDF) and 24 audio lessons (MP3). Also includes a grad­ed read­er.
  • Let’s Learn Hun­gar­i­aniTunes Free — Web Site
    • Learn with Steve or Gyor­gyi, a native speak­er.

Ice­landic

  • Ice­landic Online - Web Site
    • Cre­at­ed by Uni­ver­si­ty of Ice­land. The lessons use var­i­ous media — text, flash­cards, videos and so on. Lets you track your progress. Avail­able up to expert lev­el. (Requires reg­is­tra­tion.)
  • Vil­tu læra íslen­sku? - Web site
    •  21 TV episodes of Ice­landic lessons. Each episode deals with dai­ly life and com­mon sit­u­a­tions in Ice­land. Accom­pa­ny­ing every episode is a thor­ough sum­ma­ry, explain­ing the sub­ject of the episode. The episodes have Ice­landic sub­ti­tles, mak­ing the dia­log eas­i­er to fol­low.
  • A Begin­ners’ MP3 course in Mod­ern Ice­landicWeb Site
    • This is an exper­i­men­tal eight-hour begin­ners’ Ice­landic course, based on Alar­ic’s expe­ri­ences liv­ing in Ice­land in 2010,

Indone­sian

  • Learn­ing Indone­sian - iTunes Free
    • A com­plete online Indone­sian course geared towards devel­op­ing con­ver­sa­tion­al flu­en­cy in the Indone­sian Lan­guage.
  • Indone­sian NewsiTunes Free
    • This is the lat­est news in Indone­sian from NHK World Radio Japan. For more advanced learn­ers.
  • SBS Radio Indone­sian Lan­guage Pro­gram — iTunes FreeWeb Site
    • For more advanced learn­ers, SBS Radio Indone­sian Lan­guage Pro­gram offers exten­sive cov­er­age of inter­na­tion­al, nation­al and local news and cur­rent affairs, includ­ing inter­views with Indone­sian com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers and oth­er cul­tur­al pro­grams.

Irish

  • Duolin­go Irish (for Eng­lish Speak­ers) — Web Site  
    • A pop­u­lar free lan­guage-learn­ing and crowd­sourced text trans­la­tion plat­form. As users progress through lessons, they simul­ta­ne­ous­ly help to trans­late web­sites and oth­er doc­u­ments.
  • Irish 101: An Intro­duc­tion to Irish Lan­guage and Cul­tureMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From Dublin City Uni­ver­si­ty, this course offers an intro­duc­tion to Ireland’s cul­ture by learn­ing the basics of the Irish lan­guage. This is the begin­ning of a larg­er course sequence.
  • Irish 102: An Intro­duc­tion to Irish Lan­guage and Cul­tureMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Find out how to speak, write and under­stand basic words, phras­es and dia­logues in Irish.

Ital­ian

  • Talk Ital­ianWeb Site
    • A live­ly intro­duc­tion to Ital­ian pre­sent­ed by the BBC.
  • BBC Ital­ianis­si­moWeb SiteYouTube
    • Ital­ianis­si­mo was a TV series to learn Ital­ian first broad­cast in 1992 and repeat­ed reg­u­lar­ly over the next 10 years. You can watch the videos online.
  • Ital­ian Lan­guage and Cul­ture: Begin­nerMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • In this lan­guage course from Welles­ley Col­lege, you will learn the four basic skills (speak­ing, lis­ten­ing, read­ing and writ­ing) in the con­text of major themes in Ital­ian cul­ture. By the end of the course you will be able to describe peo­ple, events and sit­u­a­tions, both in the present and the past, and you will have acquired the nec­es­sary vocab­u­lary to com­mu­ni­cate about every­day sit­u­a­tions.
  • Ital­ian Lan­guage and Cul­ture: Inter­me­di­ateMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • In this lan­guage course from Welles­ley Col­lege, you will enhance your Ital­ian lan­guage skills, enrich your vocab­u­lary and expand your con­ver­sa­tion­al skills. You will learn how to have exchanges on a vari­ety of top­ics, and con­tin­ue your immer­sion in the Ital­ian cul­ture through unique videos and inter­views. You will also become more con­fi­dent as you con­tin­ue prac­tic­ing your read­ing and writ­ing skills.
  • Ital­ian Lan­guage and Cul­ture: AdvancedMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Learn how to per­fect your skills in Ital­ian (speak­ing, lis­ten­ing, read­ing and writ­ing), and by the end of this course you will be able to express opin­ions and hypothe­ses, and sus­tain an argu­ment using a vari­ety of reg­is­ters. You will also expand your vocab­u­lary to include top­ics beyond every­day con­ver­sa­tion. This course is from Welles­ley Col­lege.
  • Duolin­go Ital­ian — Web Site  
    • A pop­u­lar free lan­guage-learn­ing and crowd­sourced text trans­la­tion plat­form. As users progress through lessons, they simul­ta­ne­ous­ly help to trans­late web­sites and oth­er doc­u­ments.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Ital­ian Head Start — Web site
    • Text­book, glos­sary, cul­ture notes (PDF) and 21 audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Ital­ian Fast CourseWeb site
    • Includes a text­book (PDF) and 30 audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Ital­ian Pro­grammed Course — Web site
    • Text­book and instructor’s man­u­al (PDF) and 24 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Intro­duc­tion to Ital­ianMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
  • Speak Ital­ian with Your Mouth Full — Web site

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Japan­ese

  • DuoLin­go Japan­eseWeb site
    • Learn Japan­ese in just 5 min­utes a day. For free.
  • Easy Japan­eseWeb site
    • A free course from the Japan­ese nation­al broad­cast­er, NHK. This audio and text-based course of 48 lessons is designed for begin­ners.
  • Easy Japan­ese for WorkWeb site
    • Accel­er­ate your Japan­ese lan­guage skills! Learn prac­ti­cal, effec­tive work­place expres­sions, under­stand busi­ness cul­ture and improve your kan­ji. From NHK.
  • Easy Trav­el Japan­eseWeb site
    • When trav­el­ing in Japan for the first time, what phras­es do you need? Each 3‑minute episode pro­vides sim­ple expres­sions you can put to use as soon as you land. The pro­gram also offers tips for get­ting around the coun­try.
  • Easy Japan­ese: Gram­mar LessonsWeb site
    • Learn gram­mar from NHK.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Japan­ese — Web site
    • Stu­dent guide, text­book, glos­sary, flash­cards (PDF) and nine audio lessons (MP3).
  • JapanesePod101.com — iTunes Free — Feed
    • Over 100 qual­i­ty lessons aimed at the begin­ner. Users give it high marks.
  • Let’s Speak Japan­ese Basic — YouTube
    • 26 video lessons pro­duced by the Japan Foun­da­tion.
  • Let’s Learn Japan­ese Basic II — YouTube
    • 25 video lessons pro­duced by the Japan Foun­da­tion.
  • Maru­go­to Japan­ese Online CourseWeb Site 
    • The Maru­go­to Japan­ese Online Course is a course for learn­ing Japan­ese lan­guage skills com­pre­hen­sive­ly. It’s oper­at­ed by the Japan Foun­da­tion.
  • Week­ly News in Sim­ple Japan­eseWeb site
    • From the Japan­ese broad­cast­er NHK.

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Kore­an

  • First Step Kore­anMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From Yon­sei Uni­ver­si­ty, this is an ele­men­tary-lev­el Kore­an lan­guage course, con­sist­ing of 5 lessons with 4 units, and cov­ers 4 skills: read­ing, writ­ing, lis­ten­ing and speak­ing. The main top­ics include basic expres­sions used in every­day life, such as greet­ings, intro­duc­ing your­self, talk­ing about your fam­i­ly and a dai­ly life and so on. Each les­son cov­ers dia­logues, pro­nun­ci­a­tion, vocab­u­lary, gram­mar, quizzes and role-plays.
  • Let’s Speak Kore­anYouTube
    • Orig­i­nal­ly aired on Ari­rang, Korea’s Eng­lish-lan­guage tele­vi­sion net­work, these lessons soon made their way to Youtube, where you can watch hun­dreds of episodes that start teach­ing the Kore­an lan­guage from the very basics onward.
  • Intro­duc­tion to Kore­anMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Get an intro­duc­tion to the lan­guage and cul­ture of Korea, with this online Kore­an course from Hanyang Uni­ver­si­ty in Seoul.
  • Intro­duc­tion to Kore­an: 2Mas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Devel­op your under­stand­ing of the Kore­an lan­guage and explore Kore­an cul­ture.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Basic Kore­anWeb Site
    • Includes the orig­i­nal and updat­ed cours­es, each with text­books (PDF) and audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Kore­an Head­start — Web site
    • Text­book, cul­tur­al notes, and eight units of audio lessons (MP3).
  • KoreanClass101 — iTunes Free
    • Fea­tures dai­ly audio lessons, video lessons, word of the day, etc.
  • Kore­an Learn­ing for Cor­rec­tion Pro­nun­ci­a­tion - Web Site
  • Let’s Speak Kore­an Sea­son 1 - YouTube
    • 130 video lessons pro­duced by Ari­rang TV.
  • Let’s Speak Kore­an Sea­son 2 — YouTube
    • 130 video lessons pro­duced by Ari­rang TV.
  • Let’s Speak Kore­an Sea­son 3 — YouTube
    • 130 video lessons pro­duced by Ari­rang TV.
  • Let’s Speak Kore­an Sea­son 4 — YouTube
    • 100 video lessons pro­duced by Ari­rang TV.
  • Let’s Speak Kore­an Sea­son 5 — YouTube
    • 26 video lessons pro­duced by Ari­rang TV.
  • Path­way to Kore­an: Begin­ning Spo­ken Kore­an from ZeroWeb Site
  • Talk to Me in Kore­aniTunes FreeWeb Site
    • Kore­an learn­ing made sim­ple and easy. Quite pos­si­bly the most thor­ough, fre­quent, slick, and enter­tain­ing lan­guage-instruc­tion pod­cast of any kind.

Lao

  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute LaoWeb site
    • Basic text­book, read­ing text­book (PDF), and two parts of audio lessons (MP3).

Latin

  • Night­ly News in Latin — Web Site
    • “Nun­tii Lati­ni — News in Latin — is a week­ly review of world news in Clas­si­cal Latin, the only inter­na­tion­al broad­cast of its kind in the world, pro­duced by YLE, the Finnish Broad­cast­ing Com­pa­ny.
  • The Lon­don Latin Course — YouTube
    • Learn Latin from the ground up. This is a ser­i­al course, struc­tured to bring you to a high lev­el of Latin flu­en­cy. The pace is slow and unhur­ried. This course is suit­able for all abil­i­ty lev­els. Restored Clas­si­cal Pro­nun­ci­a­tion. Find relat­ed course mate­ri­als here. You can also find lessons on advanced vocab­u­lary here.
  • Latin Intro­duc­tion — Web

Lithuan­ian

  • Lithuan­ian Out Loud — iTunes FreeFeedWeb Site
    • Offers begin­ners, inter­me­di­ate and advanced lessons.

Lux­em­bour­gish

  • One Minute Lux­em­bour­gishYouTube
    • Anoth­er niche lan­guage cov­ered by the Radio Lin­gua Net­work.

Maori

  • Toku Reo - Web Site
    • Learn Maori, the lan­guage of New Zealand’s indige­nous peo­ple. Although these lessons accom­pa­ny a tele­vi­sion pro­gramme that is cur­rent­ly run­ning, the essen­tial bits of the episodes are avail­able to be watched right here on this site. The course starts at square 1. Site includes video lessons. Anoth­er use­ful site for learn­ing the gram­mar can be found here.

Nor­we­gian

  • Intro­duc­tion to Nor­we­gianMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oslo. Start learn­ing Nor­we­gian today. Learn to speak, write and under­stand basic Nor­we­gian with this free four-week course.
  • Intro­duc­tion to Nor­we­gian 2Mas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Learn to write, speak, and under­stand inter­me­di­ate Nor­we­gian with this fun and engag­ing four-week course.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Nor­we­gian Head­start — Web site
    • Text­book (PDF) and eight audio lessons (MP3).
  • One Minute Nor­we­gianYouTube
    • Learn Nor­we­gian in min­utes with the Radio Lin­gua Net­work.
  • Easy-to-Read News­pa­per - Text
    • This is not audio, but it’s use­ful nonethe­less. A news­pa­per that helps you learn Nor­we­gian by using large fonts and basic lan­guage.

Pol­ish

  • One Minute Pol­ishYouTube
    • Anoth­er help­ful audio series pro­vid­ed by the Radio Lin­gua Net­work.

Por­tuguese

  • Lín­gua da gente — iTunes Free — Web site 
  • Brazil­ian Pod­Class — iTunes Free
    • Free pod­cast is released once a week, for all lev­els, with a focus on con­ver­sa­tion, pro­nun­ci­a­tion, vocab­u­lary, gram­mar and pop­u­lar expres­sions.
  • Brazil­ian Por­tuguese 101iTunes Video Free
    • 45 lessons by Seman­ti­ca.
  • Duolin­go Por­tuguese — Web Site
    • A pop­u­lar free lan­guage-learn­ing and crowd­sourced text trans­la­tion plat­form. As users progress through lessons, they simul­ta­ne­ous­ly help to trans­late web­sites and oth­er doc­u­ments.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Por­tuguese Pro­gram­mat­ic CourseWeb site
    • Two vol­umes includ­ing text­books (PDF) and audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute From Span­ish to Por­tuguese — Web site
    • Text­book (PDF) and three audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Brazil­ian Por­tuguese FastWeb site
    • Two vol­umes includ­ing text­books (PDF) and audio lessons (MP3).
  • Ta Fal­a­do: Brazil­ian Por­tuguese Pro­nun­ci­a­tion for Span­ish Speak­ers — iTunes Free — Web Site
    • Cre­at­ed by the Texas Lan­guage Tech­nol­o­gy Cen­ter in the Depart­ment of Span­ish and Por­tuguese at UT-Austin.
  • Talk Por­tuguese — Web Site
    • From the BBC, a video intro­duc­tion to the lan­guage in 11 short parts with audio clips for key phras­es.

Roman­ian

  • One Minute Roman­ian - iTunes Free
    • Quick lessons by the cre­ators of the One Minute lan­guage series.

Russ­ian

  • Busi­ness Russ­ian — Web
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Russ­ian Fast — Web Site
    • Text­book (PDF) and eight audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Russ­ian: An Active Intro­duc­tion - Web site
    • 11 lessons and a text­book.
  • Learn Russ­ianWeb Site
    • A free course by RT.com that cov­ers all aspects of Russ­ian includ­ing alpha­bet, pho­net­ics, vocab­u­lary and gram­mar. It also has mul­ti­ple gram­mar tables and tests. RT.com is a Russ­ian 24/7 Eng­lish-lan­guage news chan­nel.
  • Learn Russ­ian Flu­ent­ly, Eas­i­ly and Effec­tive­ly - Spo­ti­fy
    • A 4‑hour series of lessons that are freely avail­able on Spo­ti­fy
  • Russ­ian Gram­marYouTube
    • 50 free, short videos on top­ics in basic Russ­ian gram­mar. Fund­ed by a grant from the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Car­oli­na, the videos were cre­at­ed by Cur­tis Ford, a senior instruc­tor at the Uni­ver­si­ty.
  • Russ­ian Lit­er­a­ture — Web Site
    • Also pre­sent­ed by UCLA, the lessons help users improve their com­pre­hen­sion and vocab­u­lary by lis­ten­ing to excerpts from Tol­stoy, Gogol, Chekhov and oth­er Russ­ian lit­er­ary greats.
  • One Minute Russ­ianYouTube
    • Learn the absolute basics of Russ­ian with a 10-les­­son course of “espres­­so-break” episodes. In this course you’ll learn to greet peo­ple, say that you’re learn­ing the lan­guage, intro­duce your­self and ask peo­ple how they’re feel­ing, and lots more.
  • RussianPod101 — iTunes Free
    • Helps you learn Russ­ian and Russ­ian cul­ture at your con­ve­nience.

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Ser­bo-Croa­t­ian

  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Ser­bo-Croa­t­ian Basic — Web site
    • Includes two text­books (PDF) and twelve audio lessons (MP3).

Sign Lan­guage

  • Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guageWeb Site
    • Lessons that will get you start­ed with the sign lan­guage preva­lent in North Amer­i­ca.

Span­ish

  • Basic Span­ish 1: Get­ting Start­edMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
  • Basic Span­ish 2: One Step Fur­therMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Begin­ners course for learn­ers of Span­ish that focus­es not only on lan­guage, but also on cul­tur­al aspects, specif­i­cal­ly designed for Eng­lish speak­ers. Cre­at­ed by the Uni­ver­si­ty Poly­tech­ni­ca Valen­cia.
  • Basic Span­ish 3: Get­ting ThereMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Begin­ners course for learn­ers of Span­ish that focus­es not only on lan­guage but also on cul­tur­al aspects, specif­i­cal­ly designed for Eng­lish speak­ers.
  • Des­ti­nos: An Intro­duc­tion to Span­ish — Web Site
    • This telen­ov­ela, or Span­ish soap opera, immers­es stu­dents in every­day sit­u­a­tions and teach­es speak­ing, lis­ten­ing, and com­pre­hen­sion skills in Span­ish.
  • Cof­fee Break Span­ish — iTunes Free — Web Site
    • Learn Span­ish in a low-key, effec­tive way.
  • Cof­fee Break Span­ish: To GoYouTube
    • Build your Span­ish com­pre­hen­sion by lis­ten­ing to real native speak­ers.
  • Duolin­go Span­ishWeb Site
    • A pop­u­lar free lan­guage-learn­ing and crowd­sourced text trans­la­tion plat­form. As users progress through lessons, they simul­ta­ne­ous­ly help to trans­late web­sites and oth­er doc­u­ments. Check out Duolin­go’s iPhone and iPad apps.
  • Show Time Span­ish - iTunes Free
    • Pro­duced by the same folks who cre­at­ed Cof­fee Break Span­ish, this pod­cast is for inter­me­di­ate and advanced learn­ers.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Basic CourseWeb site
    • This course in the Latin Amer­i­can dialect pre­pares stu­dents to func­tion effec­tive­ly in con­ver­sa­tions. Pro­nun­ci­a­tion, inflec­tion, and into­na­tion are heav­i­ly stressed.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Span­ish Pro­gram­mat­icWeb site
    • Two vol­umes includ­ing text­books (PDF) and audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Span­ish Head­start for Puer­to Rico — Web site
    • Stu­dent text, glos­sary (PDF), and four mod­ules of audio lessons (MP3) with self-eval­u­a­­tion quizzes.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Span­ish Head­start for Spain — Web site
    • Text­book and cul­tur­al notes (PDF) and four mod­ules of audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Span­ish Head­start for Latin Amer­i­ca — Web site
    • Text­book (PDF) and fif­teen audio lessons (MP3).
  • Learn Span­ish: Basic Span­ish Vocab­u­laryMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • This spe­cial­iza­tion is designed for the begin­ner who may have no expe­ri­ence with learn­ing a sec­ond lan­guage but who wants to be able to read, write and speak Span­ish for per­son­al, trav­el or busi­ness use, or who just wants to learn a sec­ond lan­guage and build cul­tur­al aware­ness. From UC-Davis.
  • Learn Span­ish in Your CarSpo­ti­fy
    • Gram­mar and vocab­u­lary to begin­ners, offer­ing guid­ance in pro­nun­ci­a­tion and lan­guage fun­da­men­tals.
  • Learn Span­ish on Spo­ti­fySpo­ti­fy
    • A col­lec­tion of audio cours­es on Spo­ti­fy, that will take you from begin­ner lessons to advanced conversations–featuring essen­tial trav­el phras­es and vocab­u­lary.
  • Med­ical Span­ish for Health­care Providers Web Site
    • This site is pre­sent­ed as a free med­ical Span­ish immer­sion, with vocab­u­lary includ­ing greet­ings, his­to­ry, exam­i­na­tion, and every­day speech, all with trans­la­tion and audio. It is designed to be help­ful for a vari­ety of med­ical per­son­nel. Cre­at­ed by a gen­er­al sur­geon turned Span­ish teacher.
  • Notes in Span­ishiTunes Free — Feed — Web Site
    • Pro­duced by Ben Cur­tis and Mari­na Diez, a hus­band-and-wife team out of Madrid, Spain. Ben is British and Mari­na is Span­ish and they too have built quite a large fol­low­ing for their con­ver­sa­tion­al Span­ish lessons, (for begin­ners, inter­me­di­ates and advanced stu­dents), which promise to teach lis­ten­ers “real Span­ish” the way it is actu­al­ly spo­ken every day in Spain.
  • One Minute Span­ish — YouTube
    • Cov­ers the absolute basics of Span­ish, focus­ing on the pro­nun­ci­a­tion used in most parts of Spain.
  • Span­ish for Begin­nersMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Learn Span­ish online and dis­cov­er the Span­ish-speak­ing world with six free online Span­ish cours­es, cre­at­ed by The Open Uni­ver­si­ty.

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Swahili

  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute SwahiliWeb site
    • Includes “Swahili: An Active Intro­duc­tion” and basic course with text­book (PDF) 150 audio lessons (MP3).

Swedish

  • Duolin­go Swedish (for Eng­lish Speak­ers) — Web Site  
    • A pop­u­lar free lan­guage-learn­ing and crowd­sourced text trans­la­tion plat­form. As users progress through lessons, they simul­ta­ne­ous­ly help to trans­late web­sites and oth­er doc­u­ments.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Swedish Basic — Web site
    • Includes text­book (PDF) and six­teen audio lessons (MP3).

Thai

Turk­ish

  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Turk­ish — Web site
    • Text­books (PDF) and 50 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Hands On Turk­ishWeb site
    • Fea­tures a short course for absolute begin­ners, and a full course for peo­ple learn­ing the lan­guage for busi­ness pur­pos­es. The project was fund­ed by the EU.

Twi 

  • Intro­duc­tion to the Twi Lan­guage - Web Site
    • 17 audio lessons by the Peace Corps will get you start­ed speak­ing Twi, one of the most wide­ly spo­ken of the 70 lan­guages in Ghana.

Viet­namese

  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Viet­namese — Web site
    • Includ­ed famil­iar­iza­tion course and basic course with two vol­umes of text­books (PDF) and audio lessons (MP3).

Welsh

  • Say Some­thing in Welsh — Web Site
    • 25 half-hour lessons avail­able for free.

Gen­er­al How-To

  • GLOSS — Defense Lan­guage Insti­tuteWeb Site
    • These lessons (6,000 in total) are devel­oped for inde­pen­dent learn­ers to pro­vide them with the learning/teaching tools for improv­ing their for­eign lan­guage skills.  Read­ing and lis­ten­ing lessons are based on authen­tic mate­ri­als (arti­cles, TV reports, radio broad­casts, etc.) and con­sist of 4 to 6 activ­i­ties. GLOSS offers cer­tifi­cates pro­vid­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion of work accom­plished.
  • The WWW Vir­tu­al Library: Inter­na­tion­al Affairs Resources Web Site
    • This web­site direc­to­ry, which is part of the WWW Vir­tu­al Library Sys­tem, fea­tures over 2000 care­ful­ly select­ed, anno­tat­ed links in 37 inter­na­tion­al affairs cat­e­gories. The site offers a great way to under­stand our chang­ing world, but it also includes its own sec­tion of lan­guage learn­ing resources, and it includes sec­tions ded­i­cat­ed to Span­ish, French and Ger­man.

Our col­lec­tion of for­eign lan­guage lessons has been fea­tured in the New York Times, The New York Times again, and yet once again in The New York Times.

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