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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 Language Lessons – Web Site
    • The US Peace Corps serves up  free lessons that will teach you the Arabic spoken in Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Chad and beyond.
  • 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 –  Vol 1 – Vol 2
    • 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 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 – Vol 1 – Vol 2
    • Two textbooks (PDF) and 30 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Standard Chinese: A Modular Approach – Vol 1 – Vol 2 – Vol 3 – Vol 4 – Vol 5 – Vol 6 – Vol 7 – Vol 8 – Vol 9
    • 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 –  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 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.
  • 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 – Vol 1 – Vol 2  – 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. Includes lessons for metropolitan and sub-Saharan French.
  • 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 – Vol 1 – Vol 2
    • 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 – Vol 1. – Vol 2.
    • 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

  • 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 – Vol 1 and Vol 2
    • 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 – Vol 1 and Vol 2
    • Two volumes including textbooks (PDF) and audio lessons (MP3).
  • Língua da gente – i Tunes 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).
  • 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.

Bookmark our free Russian lessons section.

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.
  • 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 –  Vol 1 – Vol 2 – Vol 3
    • 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 – Vol 1 – Vol 2
    • 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 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.

Bookmark our free Spanish lessons section.

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.

Ukrainian

  • Ukrainian – Web Site
    • More lessons from the US Peace Corps.

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 .

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MLT116A Latin Beginner 1
University credits 10
University levels1-4
Pre-requisiteNo previous learning experience
Co-requisiteN/A.
PublicStudents, members of staff, members of the public
Teaching periodAutumn semester. See: Timetables & course dates
Contact times 3 hours per week (two sessions in a week) over 11 weeks, starting in Week 2 of the semester.
Group size Maximum of 23
Description

Overview:

Assuming no prior knowledge of the language, this unit aims to provide an initial foundation in the language and culture of ancient Rome for the study of basic classical and medieval texts, or for an elementary understanding of how modern languages such as English are influenced by their Latin origins. Of particular relevance to Linguists, Historians, Archaeologists, Theologians and Musicians, this unit should also be of interest to students of Law, Medicine, Chemistry, Biology and other modern sciences wishing to investigate the etymology of specialist terminology used in their disciplines. Based on 33 hours of interactive seminars, the unit also comprises 67 hours of monitored private study.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

– Perform at a level equivalent to Level A1- of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
– Demonstrate a practical understanding of basic grammar terminology and manipulate basic Latin grammar and syntax.
– Demonstrate the acquisition of basic vocabulary as well as the ability to identify roots and cognates in English and possibly other languages.
– Carry out simple translations from and into Latin, taking into account basic features relating to register, style and etymology.
– Read basic or highly simplified texts in Latin in order to extract key information on daily-life, religion and literature of the Roman civilization.
– Study and research simple aspects of the language by themselves, using essential tools such as paper and online grammar reference books and dictionaries.
– Demonstrate awareness in a number of transferable skills such as IT skills, presenting information, intercultural differences, language awareness, and learning independently. 

Textbooks

Set Textbook:
Oxford Latin Course, Part I: Student’s Book (2nd Edition) , Balme, M. and Morwood, J. (OUP: 1996), ISBN: 978-0199122264.

– Collins Latin Dictionary & Grammar, (COLLINS: 2006), ISBN:978-0007224395

Recommended Textbook:
– N/A.

Assessment & Feedback

Summative assessment (compulsory for credited students):
– Independent Study Record: Online Mole submission by the Friday of Week 11. The final mark of the module is capped if the ISR is not submitted, submitted late, or unsatisfactorily completed.
– Written Test (20%): In-class translation from Latin into English in Week 9.
– Written Examination (80%):  1h30 assessment during the examination period including grammar exercises and a translation from Latin into English.

Formative assessment : One piece of set written homework and one in-class written test.

Feedback: In addition to on-going individual and collective feedback during class-activities, all learners are encouraged to submit the formative assessment for individual correction and feedback during the semester.
Validation & Recognition Click here for the criteria to validate this module as part of the following schemes:
– Undergraduate degree
MLTC Certificate of Attendance or Completion
Higher Education Achievement Record
Doctoral Development Programme & Research Training Programme
Language Co-ordinatorAnna Ferrarese
Module LeaderAnna Ferrarese
Pathway
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