Earth is getting to be a pretty small planet. We are all interacting and communicating with people all over the world online. It is also easier for people to check off places they want to visit from their bucket list with online booking for travel packages and services like Costco Travel. People also just want to expand their knowledge. All these are reasons to learn a new language. Here are a list of free online resources for learning a language.
Duolingo teaches you multiple languages including: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Dutch, Irish, Danish, and Swedish.. Their system has a variety of speaking, listening and translating sections and are all played like a game. You gain points, streaks and can post to social media. They also have special programs for schools and easy to use apps in the Apple Store, Windows store and Google Play Store. If you wish, Duolingo will send you daily reminders to study, which is easy to do, even while you’re on the go, if you download their free app. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can study multiple languages simultaneously at no extra charge.
I am currently using Duolingo to learn basic German and I find it pretty fun and easy. You can learn at your own pace whether 5, 10 or 20 minutes per day. It will remind you to complete your daily lesson and give you points and awards for streaks. It is very much like an immersive game rather than a language lesson.
Here is a good video demo
Memrise not only offers free online language courses such as Mandarin, Spanish, Russian and French but also offers other courses like music, guitar, ukulele and music theory. They also offer business courses, capital cities, civics and much more.
“Visual learners should head to Memrise, a site that features countless categories of so-called “mems,” user-generated mnemonic flash cards that rely on graphics, humor, and imagination to implant new vocabulary in your memory. The site hosts thousands of free courses in many languages; you can also upload your own mems for other users to view. Because the content is entirely user-generated, the quality may vary, but when mems work, they really work.” From Huffington Post
Here’s a video demo:
HelloTalk is a language exchange app. This means that you get paired with native speakers who are fluent in your language and they become your instructors. Via the app, you can text, chat and talk to learn your language. This app is more appropriate for people that have some experience with languange and want some practice with an actual person who will tutor you.
“When you find a potential language partner on HelloTalk, you have the option to send a message in the form of text, photo, audio, or – this one’s cool – doodle! The Doodle tool also allows photos as the background, meaning you can take a photo of some text you have written or something you don’t know how to say in your target language, and mark on top of it what it is you want to know. It’s not grammar exercises, a textbook, or an audio course. It’s a chance for you to try out what you’ve learnt with real people whenever and wherever you may be using just your phone or tablet.” Lindsay Does Languages
Here is a video review: