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30 Great Sites for Learning a Language Online for Free

posted by Mark on June 26th, 2009

30 Great Sites for Learning a Language Online for FreeIf you’re thinking about traveling abroad, don’t become one of those tourists who don’t know anything about the language or culture you’re visiting.  With these websites, you can learn all you need to know before you even reach foreign soil. Even if you’re not going anywhere, broaden your horizons by learning a language or two; impress your friends and confuse your enemies.

About.com
Lots of useful information on French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and English as a second language.

ASL University
Learn sign language using a mix of text, pictures and video, all for free ($483 if you want individual evaluation and documentation).

Babel: Arabic
Learn to read and write Arabic with text and audio, including 400 of the most common Arabic words.

Learn French
eLanguageSchool.net provides free French language lessons that start with the basics and move on to grammar, vocabulary and dialogue.

BBC
Learn essential phrases from 36 languages via mp3 audio, with more in-depth lessons and games for over a dozen of the languages.

Chinese-Tools.com
40 online Mandarin Chinese lessons with audio, including reading, speaking, writing, modern vocabulary, grammar, calligraphy, examples and exercises, available for download in mp3 format.

Deutsch-Lernen.com
Learn German, from beginner to advanced levels, with a variety of lessons, exercises and tests.

Digital Dialects
Learn vocabulary from over 50 languages through fun animated games.

EasyPortuguese.com
Simple, straightforward text and audio introduction to Portuguese.

Free Japanese Lessons
Free lessons on Japanese alphabet, vocabulary and phrases.

The French Tutorial
The free standard tutorial has 13 chapters and over 200 audio clips to help you learn French; deluxe edition available with a donation.

Iluss Free
Learn Italian through text and audio exercises, from beginner to advanced levels.

iTalki
Hone your ability to speak dozens of languages by practicing with a language partner, posting a question, using a wiki or joining a group (teachers also available for pay).

LanguageGuide.org
Learn vocabulary from 13 languages through a mix of text, pictures and audio.

Learn-Korean.net
Learn the Korean alphabet and language through various lessons, a dictionary and a forum.

Linguanaut
Learn alphabets and common phrases of over 50 languages, plus in-depth courses in nine languages.

Livemocha
Interactive lessons in over 20 languages, including text, photos and audio. Also connect with native speakers to help each other learn. Basic courses are free; $9.95 – $24.95 for premium courses.

Loquella
Choose from three languages (Spanish, French, Chinese) to learn via a mix of text and audio. Free limited access; $12 per month for full access and $49 for mp3 downloads.

MyLanguageExchange.com
Practice a new language with a native speaker who’s learning your language. Free basic access; $2 to $6 per month for Gold membership.

Polyglot
Like MyLanguageExchange.com, you can search for a penpal with whom you exchange knowledge about each other’s language.

MasterRussion.com
All you need to learn Russian: vocabulary, pronunciation, alphabet, conjugation, links and more.

Radio Lingua Network
Free audio lessons in 20 languages (supplementary materials for a fee).

Speak7
Learn the basics of six languages in straightforward text lessons.

StudySpanish.com
Free basic access to lots of useful information on Spanish pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary; premium access $9.95 per month.

Thai-Language.com
Learn Thai through a variety of audio clips, images, dictionary entries, and message boards.

TravLang.com
If you’re planning on traveling to another country, use this site to learn the basics of 80 different languages.

UniLang
Courses, videos, audio clips, dictionaries, phrase books, games and more resources, including an online forum, for dozens of languages.

Vocabulix
A resource to learn common verbs and vocabulary words in English, Spanish and German.

Word2Word
A list of hundreds of links to online courses, sorted by language.

xLingo
Connect with people around the world and practice languages with each other, including the ability to create “flash cards”.

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  • Oliver

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