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Free language instruction on the Web

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I thought it would be useful to collect in a single post the various sites that offer free language instruction. UPDATE: See also this post on learning a language. And see this post for the 400-odd words must useful on a daily basis.

The Foreign Service Institute language courses — developed with taxpayer money and in the public domain.

Mango language courses

Babbel language courses

LiveMocha language courses — This one seems quite good.

Forvo — Pronunciation of foreign words for a wide variety of languages.

EduFire (Not yet active, but you can sign up to be notified. In the meantime, EduFire offers blogs and podcasts to help in learning a variety of languages—links found here.)

Rosetta Stone — not normally free, but your library may offer free access through their on-line catalog. Check it out. At my library, a title search (on the on-line catalog) on “Rosetta Stone” had as one hit the language courses, and clicking that took me here. To register, I just enter my library card number.

Master list of free on-line courses — these include free language courses (including iTunes courses)

LearnItLists — Learn a language a few words per day.

A ranking of free foreign language courses on the Web — Useful information.

8 Free Online Resources for Learning a New Language — More free courses.

Valodas — Another free language-learning site.

Esperanto — Turns out to be highly effective as a first foreign language—makes subsequent languages easier to learn and to use: An experiment in Finland showed that students who took a year of Esperanto followed by two years of German learned more German and used it more fluently than students who took three years of German. More Esperanto courses here.

Written by Leisureguy

22 January 2008 at 10:01 am

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  1. LG, that link you posted to the FSI is incredible! I just checked out the one for Cantonese … very extensive and useful stuff. I’ve never seen anything _free_ that’s anywhere near that good. Heck, I’d pay for it! Many thanks!



    23 January 2008 at 5:50 am

  2. Thanks for this information.



    25 June 2008 at 2:31 pm

  3. I have an M.A. in TESOL and am a full time ESL/EFL instructor of CLS (Century Language School). I offer classes free or on a donation basis through my school EFLA (English From Los Angeles)

    Could you forward my info? Thanks

    Delilah Silverman
    Director EFLA


    delilah silverman

    9 August 2009 at 2:00 pm

  4. Forward your info where? Why not just send your info directly?



    9 August 2009 at 6:13 pm

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