Learn 48 Languages Online for Free: Spanish, Chinese, English & More

Learn 48 Languages Online for Free: Spanish, Chinese, English & More

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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 Amharic - Audio - Textbook

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 Introduction - Web Site

The UT-Austin Linguistics Research Center provides an overview of Ancient Greek and 10 lessons based on famous Greek texts. It is all text-based.

Introduction to Homeric Greek - YouTube

A series of 15 videos presented by The Center for Hellenic Studies, at Harvard University.

Learn Ancient Greek - Web 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 for Global Exchange - Web site

From Carnegie Mellon, a mini-course for individuals with no proficiency or extremely limited knowledge of Arabic language and culture who are about to begin study or work in an Arabic-speaking context.

Arabic Lessons on Spotify - Spotify

Over 12 hours of Arabic lessons for beginners.

Arabic for Beginners 1 - YouTube Free

A series of video lessons from Dalarna University in Sweden.

Arabic in Jordan - Web 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.

Foreign Service Institute Written Arabic - Web 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.

Survival Phrases Arabic - iTunes Free

Provides the essentials you'll need to get around.

Bookmark our free Arabic lessons section.

 

Bambara

 

Bambara in Mali - Web Site

Lessons from the Peace Corps.

Bulgarian

 

Bulgarian Survival Phrases - iTunes Free - Feed

Foreign Service Institute Bulgarian - Web site

Two textbooks (PDF) and 75 audio lessons (MP3).

Cambodian

 

Foreign Service Institute Basic Cambodian - Web 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 Catalan - iTunes Free - Feed

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 Beginners - Free Online Video/MOOC

This is an ABC Chinese course for beginners, including introduction of phonetics and daily expressions. From Peking University.

More Chinese for Beginners - Massive 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 Course - Seton Hall

Beginning Chinese - Free iTunes Audio - Seton Hall

Beginning Chinese Reader - Free iTunes Audio - Seton Hall

Intermediate Chinese - Free iTunes Audio - Seton Hall

Intermediate Chinese Reader - Free iTunes Audio - Seton Hall

Advanced Chinese - Free iTunes Audio - Seton Hall

Advanced Chinese Reader - Free iTunes Audio - Seton Hall

Chinese Basic - Web

A web-application developed by the University of Cambridge Language Centre for basic level students of Chinese. It focuses on listening and reading skill but it also includes many activities that help learners prepare for speaking and writing. Note that you can also download Intermediate Chinese here.

Chinese Learn Online - iTunes Free - Feed

A dialogue-based introduction to Mandarin Chinese. Load the lessons on your mp3 player and get up the Chinese curve.

Chinese Lessons with Serge Melnyk - iTunes Free - Feed

Weekly lessons in Mandarin that get very strong reviews from iTunes users..

Chinesepod.com - iTunes Free - Feed

A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn Mandarin on your own terms.

Foreign Service Institute Basic Cantonese - Web site

Two textbooks (PDF) and 30 audio lessons (MP3).

Foreign Service Institute Standard Chinese: A Modular Approach - Web 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.

iMandarinPod.com - iTunes Free

This series of lessons teaches Chinese by talking about Chinese culture or what is happening today in China. More advanced than others.

Learn Chinese in Your Car - Spotify

Grammar and vocabulary to beginners, offering guidance in pronunciation and language fundamentals.

Learn Chinese on Spotify - Spotify

A collection of audio courses on Spotify, that will take you from beginner lessons to advanced conversations--featuring essential travel phrases and vocabulary.

Mandarin Chinese Characters - iTunes Free

Created by Emory University, this series of video lessons will help you draw several characters and numbers.

Mandarin in China - Web Site

Lessons courtesy of the US Peace Corps

Numbers and Radicals - iTunes Free

Emory University teaches you the proper form for writing numbers and radicals. In Video.

One Minute Mandarin - iTunes Free - Feed

A quick way to cover the very basics...

Popup Chinese - iTunes Free - Feed

Offers lessons for beginners and also students at intermediate and advanced levels. In addition to language lessons, Popup Chinese provides annotated short stories, HSK test prep materials and a variety of speaking and listening exercises. They broadcast out of Beijing, and all voice actors speak the standard northern dialect.

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.

Survival Chinese - iTunes Free - Feed

Learn the phrases you need to get by while traveling in China.

Tsinghua Chinese: Start Talking with 1.3 Billion People - Web Site

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.

World Learner Chinese - iTunes Free - Feed

Another in the mix of possibilities.

Czech

 

Foreign Service Institute Czech Fast - Web 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 Danish - iTunes Free - Feed

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 Dutch - Web Site

Learn to speak, write and understand basic Dutch, with this free, three-week, introductory foreign language course. By University of Groningen.

Laura Speaks Dutch - iTunes Free

Lessons that will help you travel to Holland. It’s worth checking out the accompanying web site.

Learn Dutch - iTunes Free

Culturally relevant lessons that are easy to listen to.

English

 

Connect with English - Web

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.

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 Economics - Massive 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.

Effortless English - iTunes Free - Feed

It gets solid reviews.

English as a Second Language - iTunes Free

Free Lessons from HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College.

English as a Second Language - iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site

A very well liked collection of ESL lessons. Over 100 episodes in the collection.

English for Business and Entrepreneurship - Massive 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 Career Development - Massive 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 Journalism - Massive 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 Mathematics - Massive 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 for Spanish Speakers (’Por Fin Aprende Ingles’) - iTunes Free - Feed

Si usted haya asistido al menos a un curso de ingles, y usted necesita la oportunidad de escuchar al ingles y hablar el ingles, entonces ‘Por Fin Aprende Ingles’ es el podcast perfecto para usted. Presentado por Carla Staufert-Sauvier, una profesora de Mexico, y Jade Lindquist, una profesora de los EE UU.

ESL Business News - iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site

A weekly wrap of international business news read in slow, clear English. Listen to the broadcast and follow along in the accompanying script.

Film English – Web

Site promotes the innovative and creative use of film in language learning. All of the lesson plans revolve around the use of video and film to teach English. Recently won a British Council ELTons awards for Innovation in Teacher Resources.

Grammar Girl - iTunes Free - Feed - 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 Phone - MOOC/Online Course

A five-week course from the University of Georgia that will improve your skills in English.

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 Learns - Web 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.

Bookmark our free English lessons section.

Estonian

 

Oneness Estonian - Web Site

The course has 10 lessons that consist of several parts: a short grammar introduction with explicit explanations (Language School, Grammar); a lesson's dictionary (Language School, Vocabulary); a phrase set (Language School, Speaking); exercises to develop language usage competence (Language School, Exercises); and a short socio-cultural introduction to the country that is thematically related to the lesson (Information center).

Farsi/Persian

 

Learn Persian with Chai and Conversation - Web Site - iTunes

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 Persian - Web 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 Fluently - Spotify

A 3-hour series of lessons that's freely available on Spotify.

Persian of Iran Today - Web 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 Finnish - Web 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.

Oneness Finnish - Web Site

The course has 10 lessons that consist of several parts: a short grammar introduction with explicit explanations (Language School, Grammar); a lesson's dictionary (Language School, Vocabulary); a phrase set (Language School, Speaking); exercises to develop language usage competence (Language School, Exercises); and a short socio-cultural introduction to the country that is thematically related to the lesson (Information center).

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.

French 1 & French 2 from Carnegie Mellon – French 1 and French 2

The French courses are introductory, interactive video-based courses intended for use by university students and independent learners on the Internet.

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.

France Bienvenue - Web Site

A site that focuses on teaching French conversation. The site is written in French, so you will need a little French already under your belt. The site has audios with full transcripts and notes.

Foreign Service Institute Basic Course - Web site - Spotify

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).

Francolab - Web 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 for Beginners - iTunes Free - Feed

Fun, effective lessons for beginners. Provided by the French Ecole.

French Beginner's Serial and Oral Course 2016 - YouTube

Learn basic French with the Manesca French Course. 91 videos on YouTube.

Le Journal en français facile - iTunes Free - Feed- 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 Car - Spotify

Grammar and vocabulary to beginners, offering guidance in pronunciation and language fundamentals.

Learn French with Coffee Break French - iTunes Free - Feed - 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 - Feed

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 Spotify - Spotify

A collection of audio courses on Spotify, that will take you from beginner lessons to advanced conversations--featuring essential travel phrases and vocabulary.

Native French Speech Podcast - iTunes Free - Web Site

Listen to interesting conversations between Native French speakers and learn about everyday life in France and cultural French topics

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 French - Spotify

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.

German

 

Deutsch - warum nicht? - Web Site

An extensive collection of introductory German lessons put together by Deutsche Welle.

Audio Trainer - Web site

Helps you learn basic vocabulary that is useful for everyday life and improve your pronunciation. The 100 lessons are the result of a collaborative effort between Deutsche Welle and the Goethe-Verlag.

Deutsch im Blick - Web 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.

Dialogue for German Learners: Beginner's Level - iTunes Free

Created by the University of South Wales, these dialogues will help you to practice and consolidate some of the language skills you are learning, either as part of a language course or as something you need for your work.

Mission Berlin - iTunes Free - Web - RSS

Learn German through a mystery adventure. Created by Deutsche Welle.

Basic German - Web site

A web-application developed by the University of Cambridge Language Centre for basic level students of German. It focuses on listening and reading skill but it also includes many activities that help learners prepare for speaking and writing.

Radio D - Series 1 iTunes - Series 2 iTunes - Series 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 - Lernen - Text

10 German lessons for total beginners and 24 German grammar lessons. No audio; text only.

Deutsch Interaktiv - Web

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 Introduction - Web 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 Course - Web 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.

German Podcast.de - iTunes Free - Web Site - RSS

GerGermanGrammar - iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site

German grammar lessons aimed at American students.

Lernen Wir Deutsch - iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site

Presented in video, these “vodcasts” get high marks for being not only educational but also very entertaining.

MyDailyPhrase.com - iTunes Free - Feed

Learn German phrase by phrase over a course of 20 weeks. Lessons cover all the language you need to know to get by on a visit to a German-speaking country. This series is put together by the same people created the popular series “Coffee Break Spanish.”

One Minute German - iTunes Free - Feed

Presented by the Radio Lingua Network

Slow German - iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site

Annik Rubens reads slowly and clearly from parts of her popular program, Sleepless in Munich (Schlaflos in Munchen).

Bookmark our free German lessons section.

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 Greek iTunes Free Web 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

 

HindiPod 101 - iTunes

Learn Hindi with fun, interesting and culturally relevant lessons that are easy to listen to.

I Speak Hindi iTunes - Feed Web Site

Coversessential words and phrases that you need for your trip to India. There are also Beginner Hindi lessons for those that want to seriously start to learn the language.

Namaste Dosti - Learn Hindi iTunes Free Feed Web Site

There are few options when it comes to learning Hindi so the author decided to fill the void.

Hindi: An Active Introduction - Textbook

A short textbook by DN Sharma & James Stone on behalf of Foreign Service Institute (FSI).

Hungarian

 

Foreign Service Institute Hungarian - Web site

Two textbooks (PDF) and 24 audio lessons (MP3). Also includes a graded reader.

Let's Learn Hungarian iTunes Free Feed 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 Icelandic - Web Site

This is an experimental eight-hour beginners' Icelandic course, based on Alaric's experiences living in Iceland in 2010,

Indonesian

 

Indonesian Survival Phrases - iTunes - Web Site

A fun way of learning the Indonesian language and culture at your own convenience and pace. Includes free podcast audio lessons.

Learning Indonesian - iTunes Free - Feed

A complete online Indonesian course geared towards developing conversational fluency in the Indonesian Language.

Indonesian News - iTunes Free

This is the latest news in Indonesian from NHK World Radio Japan. For more advanced learners.

SBS Radio Indonesian Language Program - iTunes Free - Web 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.

One Minute Irish - iTunes Free

Description Learn Irish with Eoin as he teaches you the basics of Irish, or Gaeilge. In this podcast you'll be learning just enough Irish to get by on a holiday or business trip to Ireland - and to impress Irish speakers everywhere!

Irish Lessons on Spotify - Spotify

Learn some essential Irish, and hear poetry, prose and songs in Irish.

Italian

 

Talk Italian - Web Site

A lively introduction to Italian presented by the BBC.

BBC Italianissimo - Web Site - YouTube

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.

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 Course - Web 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).

LearnItalianPod.com iTunes Free

A series of Italian language lessons that will get you up and running. I have personally used them and found them effective.

Let’s Speak Italian iTunes Free Feed

This collection will help you learn Italian in small, manageable 5-minute bites.

MyDailyPhrase.com iTunes Free

Learn Italian step by step over a course of 20 weeks. Lessons cover all the language you need to know to get by on a visit to a Italian-speaking country. Created by the same people who put together the popular series “Coffee Break Spanish.”

Speak Italian with Your Mouth Full - Web - YouTube - iTunes –

MIT instructor Dr. Paola Rebusco uses cooking to help her students learn to speak Italian.

Bookmark our free Italian lessons section.

 

Japanese

 

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.

Kanji Characters - iTunes Free

Learn the proper form and stroke for several important Kanji characters. From Emory University.

Learn Japanese Symbols - iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site

These lessons teach students how to work with Japanese symbols, such as Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana.

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.

Survival Phrases iTunes Free Feed

Learn the must-know phrases for traveling in Japan.

Bookmark our free Japanese lessons section.

 

Korean

 

First Step Korean - Massive 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.

Foreign Service Institute Basic Korean - Web 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 Language Adventure - Web Site

These lessons have been developed in the theme of travel and adventure, allowing learners to take a virtual journey to Seoul and its nearby popular tourist destinations.

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 3 - YouTube

130 video lessons produced by Arirang TV.

Online Intermediate College Korean - Web Site

A web-based online courseware based on Intermediate College Korean (University of California Press, 2002).

Pathway to Korean: Beginning Spoken Korean from Zero - Web Site

Created by the National East Asian Languages Resource Center at The Ohio State University. When you get to the website, look for the "Units" in the top navigation bar.

Survival Phrases - iTunes Free - Feed

Gets the phrases that will get you by.

Talk to Me in Korean - iTunes Free - Web Site

Korean learning made simple and easy. Quite possibly the most thorough, frequent, slick, and entertaining language-instruction podcast of any kind.

Traveler’s Korean Season 1 - YouTube

Six video lessons produced by Arirang TV.

Traveler’s Korean Season 2 - YouTube

25 Six video lessons produced by Arirang TV.

Lao

 

Foreign Service Institute Lao - Web 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

The UT-Austin Linguistics Research Center provides an overview of Latin and 10 lessons based on famous Roman texts.

Lithuanian

 

Lithuanian Out Loud iTunes Free Feed Web Site

Offers beginners, intermediate and advanced lessons.

Oneness Lithuanian - Web Site

The course has 10 lessons that consist of several parts: a short grammar introduction with explicit explanations (Language School, Grammar); a lesson's dictionary (Language School, Vocabulary); a phrase set (Language School, Speaking); exercises to develop language usage competence (Language School, Exercises); and a short socio-cultural introduction to the country that is thematically related to the lesson (Information center).

Luxembourgish

 

One Minute Luxembourgish - iTunes - Free Feed

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

 

Foreign Service Institute Norwegian Headstart - Web site

Textbook (PDF) and eight audio lessons (MP3).

One Minute Norwegian - iTunes Free - Feed

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.

Norwegian on the Web - Web Site

Free introductory lessons from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Includes audio, video, and a downloadable textbook.

Polish

 

One Minute Polish - iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site

Another helpful audio series provided by the Radio Lingua Network.

Oneness Polish - Web Site

The course has 10 lessons that consist of several parts: a short grammar introduction with explicit explanations (Language School, Grammar); a lesson's dictionary (Language School, Vocabulary); a phrase set (Language School, Speaking); exercises to develop language usage competence (Language School, Exercises); and a short socio-cultural introduction to the country that is thematically related to the lesson (Information center).

Portuguese

 

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 101 -iTunes 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 Course - Web 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 Fast - Web site

Two volumes including textbooks (PDF) and audio lessons (MP3).

Língua da gente - iTunes Free - Web site

Portuguese learning podcast for English speakers. Features a lot of discussion, conversation, cultural tidbits, and slang. From the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) at the University of Texas.

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

A video introduction to the language in 11 short parts with audio clips for key phrases.

Romanian

 

One Minute Romanian iTunes Free Feed Web Site

Quick lessons by the creators of the One Minute language series.

Russian

 

A Spoonful of Russian - iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site

Recommended by our readers.

Business Russian - Web

Presented by the UCLA Center for World Languages, this series teaches students the essentials of Russian business communication.

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 Russian - Web 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 Grammar - YouTube

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 Russian - iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site

Russian Essentials - Web

A web-application developed by the University of Cambridge Language Centre for basic level students of Russian. Russian Essentials concentrates on basic language, with eight sections covering key spoken and written language.

Russian for Beginners 1 - Free YouTube Video

A series of instructive videos from Olga Viberg at Dalarna University.

RussianPod101 - iTunes Free - Web Site

Helps you learn Russian and Russian culture at your convenience.

Russian Handwriting - Web Site

Brown University provides animations showing how to write Russian letters by hand.

Speak Fluent Russian - Free iTunes - Web Site

Offers free audio lessons that develop speaking skills and listening comprehension, allowing students to speak Russian more fluently. Site includes full transcripts and notes.

 

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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 Language - Web Site

Lessons that will get you started with the sign language prevalent in North America.

Spanish

 

5 Minute Spanish 1 - iTunes

Self-paced course from University of Arkansas offers a good introduction to Spanish for those who have never studied it before, or a good refresher for those who have. The course focuses almost exclusively on Spanish grammar. If you would like to take a more well-rounded approach to learning Spanish, click here for David Nance's Spanish textbook, available free for the iPad.

Basic Spanish 1: Getting Started - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Learn Spanish and explore Spanish culture in this introductory language course, designed for English speakers. Created by the University Polytechnica Valencia.

Basic Spanish 2: One Step Further - Massive 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 there - Massive 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.

Mi Vida Loca Web Site

An immersive video mystery set in Spain to help you learn simple Spanish. Created by the BBC.

Coffee Break Spanish iTunes Free - Web Site

Learn Spanish in a low-key, effective way. Currently the #2 overall favorite on iTunes Free.

Duolingo Spanish - 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.

Show Time Spanish - Tunes

Produced by the same folks who created Coffee Break Spanish, this podcast is for intermediate and advanced learners.

Foreign Service Institute Basic Course - Web 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 Programmatic - Web 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).

Finally Learn Spanish - Beyond the Basics iTunes Free - Feed

If you’ve had some Spanish classes and you need experience listening to and speaking the language, then Finally Learn Spanish has lessons for you.

Insta Spanish Lessons iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site

Weekly comprehension and grammar exercises for students of all levels. One of the more popular programs on iTunes.

Learn Spanish in Your Car - Spotify

Grammar and vocabulary to beginners, offering guidance in pronunciation and language fundamentals.

Learn Spanish on Spotify - Spotify

A collection of audio courses on Spotify, that will take you from beginner lessons to advanced conversations--featuring essential travel phrases and vocabulary.

Learn Spanish Survival Guide - iTunes Free - Feed

If you’re planning a trip to a Spanish speaking country, and if you don’t know the language, this will help get you up to speed.

Learn to Speak Spanish - iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site

Learn to speak Spanish in just 15 minutes per day.

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 Spanish iTunes 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 iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site

Covers the absolute basics of Spanish, focusing on the pronunciation used in most parts of Spain.

One Minute Latin American Spanish iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site

Same as above but focuses on the Spanish spoken across South America.

Rojas Spanish Language iTunes Free - Feed

“No English is spoken here. These lessons are for the Intermediate and Advanced Spanish Speaker who would like to sharpen their Spanish skills. The fine points of the language will be presented and explored through a variety of topics to include; music, history, culture, food.”

Spanish for Beginners - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Learn Spanish online and discover the Spanish-speaking world with six free online Spanish courses, created by The Open University.

Spanish 1 - Free iTunes iOS Course; Spanish 2 - Free iTunes iOS Course; Spanish 3 - Free iTunes iOS Course

A self-paced Spanish course by David Nance at Arkansas.

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Swahili

 

Foreign Service Institute Swahili - Web 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).

Klartext - iTunes Free - Web site

News in easy-to-understand Swedish.

Learn Swedish with SwedishLingQ - iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site

Our readers have been waiting for Swedish lessons to come along. Here it finally is.

Swedish Lessons on Spotify - Spotify

Some essential grammar and vocabulary gathered on Spotify.

Swedish Survival Phrases iTunes Free - Feed - Web Site

From the makers of the Survival Phrases series.

Tagalog

 

Viloria.com Pinoy iTunes Free Feed Web Site

Learn to speak Tagalog to give you the advantage when you travel to the Philippines.

Thai

 

Foreign Service Institute Thai - Web site

Textbooks (PDF) and 50 audio lessons (MP3).

Learn Thai: Free English Thai Audiolearning Course iTunes Video - Web Site

Apparently the lessons are good, but they’ve been having some technical problems and not all lessons are always available.

Thai Alphabet - iTunes Free

Emory University presents flashcards for recognizing letters in the Thai alphabet.

Thai Survival Phrases - iTunes - Feed

Covers the basics.

Turkish

 

Foreign Service Institute Turkish - Web site

Textbooks (PDF) and 50 audio lessons (MP3).

Hands On Turkish - Web 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.

Urdu

 

Introduction to Urdu Alphabet - iTunes Free

Emory University offers a quick primer on the Urdu alphabet and pronunciation.

Vietnamese

 

Foreign Service Institute Vietnamese - Web site

Included familiarization course and basic course with two volumes of textbooks (PDF) and audio lessons (MP3).

Survival Phrases iTunes Free Feed Web Site

You get the gist from the title. Learn here some phrases that will help you survive in Vietnam.

Welsh

 

Say Something in Welsh - Web Site

25 half-hour lessons available for free.

Yiddish

 

The Center for Yiddish Culture - Web Site

Includes a 20-lesson introduction to the Yiddish alphabet, basic vocabulary and sentence structure. There are also some more advanced lessons.

General How-To

 

GLOSS - Defense Language Institute - Web 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.

Teach Yourself a Foreign Language iTunes Free

This program discusses how to go about learning a foreign language on your own. Some people liked it, some didn’t. Check it out and judge for yourself.

Our collection of foreign language lessons has been featured in the New York Times, Princeton University's Humanities Resource Center, and The New York Times again, and yet once again in The New York Times.