Last updated: February 25, 2017 at 11:43 am
This is a list of websites dedicated to learning a language online – mostly for FREE. Some sites provide content; others community; and a number have both. The list includes Multi-Language Learning sites (offering more than 2 languages) as well as specific sites for Afrikaans, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, English, Esperanto, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Greek, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog (Filipino), Urdu and Welsh.
GENERAL GUIDANCE ON LEARNING A LANGUAGE
How long does it take to learn a language – infographic that shows the easiest and most difficult languages to pick up and the number of weeks and class hours to do so (according to data from the Foreign Service Institute of the US Dept of State).
How to learn a language in 10 days – infographic that shows how you need to immerse yourself in the language in many different ways.
How to learn any language in record time – infographic that breaks the process down into easy to follow steps.
MULTI-LANGUAGE LEARNING SITES (offering more than 2 languages)
200words-a-day – If you find learning new vocabulary a time-consuming grind, try boosting it with the 200 Words a Day! language learning programme: Spanish, French, German and Welsh
ALTISSIA – Global player in mobile and flexible language learning solutions.
Antosch and Lin – Online language learning
App2Brain – Learn languages for free
Babelyou – A language learning portal which is free of charge and enables language students from over 75 countries in more than 45 languages to find language partners all over the world and to learn or practice a foreign language together in virtual class rooms via video conference.
Babbel – Learn languages online
bab.la – Online dictionary for 28 languages
Babada – Visual dictionary for languages and dialects
BBC Languages – Audio and video courses for beginners and intermediates in 36 languages
book2 – Learn languages online for free with 100 audio (mp3) files!
Busuu – Speak a language in 10 minutes a day
byki – a powerful and personalized language-learning system. It locks foreign language words and phrases into your memory so that you can recall them perfectly and remember them forever.
Capturator – offers online products and services for language learning.
Conjugation.io – A free online conjugator with over 35,000 verb conjugation tables in Spanish, English, German, French and Italian.
Conjugator,com – a verb conjugator that makes conjugation easy, straightforward and smart.
Conversation Exchange – three types of language exchange: face-to-face conversation; correspondence; text and voice chat
Digital Dialects – free to use interactive games for learning languages and links to study resources
Duolongo – Learn a language for free. Forever.
Easy Language Exchange – to connect individuals with natives who speak the language they want to learn
Easiest Languages to Learn – Use this guide to compare languages and find one that is fun to learn
engoi – Free online language instruction
ePrepz – ePrepz is an online interactive learning platform that provides test preparation packages for students and custom language training programs for businesses.
Forvo – The Pronunciation Dictionary
Free Language – Free language magazine and podcast
Free language tutorials – Free tutorials for Spanish, Italian, and French
Games for Language Learning – Fun Practice with Free Travel-Story Courses, Easy Games, and Relevant Vocabulary
How to learn any language – This website is made for people who love languages.
ieLanguages – Learn languages online with free lessons and audio recordings by native speakers
Innovative Language Learning – Learn a Language in the fastest, easiest and most fun way no cost
Internet Polyglot – Dedicated to helping our members learn foreign languages by providing them a way to memorize words and their meanings.
italki – Get 1-on-1 online lessons with native language teachers, and connect to people around the world.
Lang-8 – A new language learning platform where native speakers correct what you write.
Langademy – Your online language exchange community
LanguageCourse.net – comprehensive corpus of 5000 words and hundreds of phrases in over 20 different languages completely free.
Language for exchange – The Language Exchange Community for Meeting New People
Language 101 – Spanish, French, Russian or German online using movie clips, songs, and lessons.
Languages.Online – French, German, Italian, Spanish and Latin
LanguageTutorial.org – Learn languages online for free with the tutorials here.You will have access to free grammar tutorials, vocabulary lists, printable worksheets, audio practice, games, and many other materials to help you advance in your foreign language knowledge.
Language Software Reviews – comparison of tthe most popular online courses and programs to learn languages
Language Transfer – learn a language as if you knew it already
Learn a Language – Learn a language right here with hundreds of free language-learning lessons, games, and activities
Learn a Language on YouTube – Learn languages using YouTube videos.
Learn Indian languages – Learn to speak Indian languages in English, Bengali, Gujarait, Hindi, etc
Learn Languages On Your Own – If you want to learn English, Spanish, French, Japanese, German or Arabic on your own
Learn Languages Quickly – Find a language teacher
Lingolistic – Learn a new language faster. A new way to become bilingual with your own videos
Lingoo – offers authentic language holidays for children and teenagers through language exchanges and homestays
Lingorilla – Learn languages online with videos and games
LinguaLift – Empower motivated self-learners through advanced algorithms that tailor the content to your personal needs, and friendly study coaches who are there to support you every step of the way. (Cost $149 per month)
Linkua – Free resources to learn languages
Live Lingua – Free online courses and Skype lesson
Mango – Online language learning, bursting with culture
Memrise – They make learning languages and vocab so full of joy and life, you’ll laugh out loud
My Happy Planet – Learn a language from native speakers around the world for free.
My Language Exchange – Find a partner at the online community and practice your second language with a native speaker who is learning your language
Myngle – Face-to-face online language lessons for business professionals
Omniglot – the online encyclopaedia of writing systems and languages
Papora – Become fluent faster. Speak like a native.Talk to real people, not robots
PenPalLand – Free social networking site for online correspondence, cultural exchange, learning foreign languages, sharing photos, files and videos.
PhraseBase – Community of language exchange partners engaged in helping each other learn foreign languages through the memorization of common everyday words and phrases
Radio Lingua Network – language-learning which fits your lifestyle
Rocket Languages – Award-winning language learning courses. Used by over 1,200,000 people, just like you, to master a new language
Rosetta Stone – We’re building a world in which everyone can speak, read, and write with confidence
Say Something In …. – Are you tough enough for High Intensity Language Training?
Skill Silo -Live Language Lessons, Right From Home. They teach Languages 1-on-1 via Skype. Schedule your free lesson.
Speak – free interactive language lessons by econtrader
Speak7 – Free lessons in 7 languages
Tapxicon – browse words anywhere on your phone while doing the things you love, such as watching videos, playing games, and browsing social media?
The Easiest Language to learn – Choosing the easiest language to learn depends heavily on your base or native language. In this article, we take a look at some of the easiest languages to learn
The Mixxer – a free educational website for language exchanges via Skype
Verbaplanet – Learn any Language on Skype. Online Language Lessons with Personal Language Tutors
HeinsUniverse – Learn some Afrikaans words and phrases.
Arabic Studio – Start to learn arabic for free immediately
Arab Academy – the fastest way to learn Arabic
Arabeya Arabic Language Center – intensive online Arabic courses
ArabicAlphabet – Learn the Arabic letters easily using interactive animated lessons and a 500 years old method of teaching the Arabic letters in Europe.
Arabic Pod – Learn Arabic with Arabic Pod
CALES (Centre for Arabic Language and Eastern Studies) – Teaches the Arabic language online through Skype
Gulf Arabic – Boost your career in the Gulf. Learn Arabic online
Learn Arabic Online – for Writing, Listening, Grammar, Counting, Small Phrases and Exercises
Learn Lebanese Arabic with Hiba Najem – the official website of the Lebanese Arabic Channel
Madinah Arabic – Free Arabic course online
123speakChinese – Your Chinese learning experience starts here! Free online Mandarin learning material! Real life examples!
Chinese Course – Learn Chinese online with the Flashcard system
ChinesePod – Start speaking Mandarin Chinese immediately with ChinesePod’s library of 3,500+ lessons\
ChineseTeachers.com – improve spoken Chinese with trained, native Chinese teachers 24/7, no booking
Chinese-Tools.com – 40 online lessons with audio, including reading, speaking, writing, modern vocabulary, grammar, calligraphy, examples and exercises. All texts and dialogs in mp3 format for download.
Grasp Chinese – Learn Chinese. Now within everyone’s grasp
Learn to speak Chinese – Online Mandarin Video Course
Medlock Method – learn Chinese with the Medlock method
MinDynasty – private Mandarin lessons at your desktop
Ninchanese – a new and useful resource for Chinese learners to improve their listening and speaking skills as well as to learn grammar rules and new vocabulary.
Zizzle – a Chinese language platform that focuses on characters: The tool works with mnemonics that turns Chinese into engaging visualizations and short stories.
HR4EU – Fun and easy way to learn Croatian
Learn Croatian – a website dedicated to the free grasping of basic Croatian in order for you to be able to communicate with the locals on your next trip to Croatia!
Danish Here and Now– a free online course for Danish for Beginners
Netdansk – a virtual school that offers Danish language tuition for persons with higher education
1-language.com – One-stop resource site for learning English and other languages
ABA English – Learn English online for real life
BeeOasis – Big things in basic English
Blogs Exchange (BE) – is the first community of blogs dedicated to the learning and interchange of languages (Spanish and English so far)
Effortless English – hundreds of free resources, videos and podcasts.
EFST – online English proficiency test – an excellent practice resource for students looking to pass their language proficiency exams, or find an accurate measure of their current English level.
Elinet – Learn English or French online via video conferencing (Skype / MSN Messenger) under the guidance of your personal, certified, university or college educated English or French language instructor, or study English by email using Elinet’s 320 downloadable audio lessons (with MP3 files).
EnglishLearning – Giving you the Power to change your Pronunciation
EduLang – English for business. English for daily life. English grammar. English vocabulary
English Baby – Visit every day for a new, free English lesson! Our online English lessons feature real English conversations about popular culture.
EnglishCentral – Learn English with the World’s Best Videos
English Gateway – English Gateway vocabulary lessons is a high quality resource for the intermediate and advanced ESL learners
English Leap – Leap Learning Solutions is a pioneer in the promotion of fluency in the English language across a range of vernacular languages in India.
English Live – Learn English online with expert teachers, 24/7
English Page – Free online English lessons and ESL//EFL resources
English Portal Community – Talk and Learn – Chatting with people from around the world will quickly develop your conversational skills
English Speak – Learn spoken English for free
ESLPod – English as a Second Language Podcast
ESOL courses – Free English lessons online
Exam English – Free online practice tests for the most important international ESL exams
FluentCenter – Learn English online with the Fluent Center. Learn through games, stories, listening activities and grammar exercises
Funky English – A social network for anyone who wants to improve their English! English lessons, activities, quizzes and English forum
Gapfillers – Language English on the go
GoFluent – English as a business tool
Golden Academy of English Language – 1 on 1 speaking online course for elementary and intermediate level English speakers, and information on English grammar.
GymGlish – English lessons with daily, personalized e-mails. In each lesson, follow the adventures of the San Francisco-based Delavigne Corporation, featuring business content, humor, various accents and more.
How do you do? – Speak to learn English. Connect with native speakers from UK or USA, and learners of English from around the world.
Il mio inglese : Learn English – for Italians
LearnEnglish – Learn English with the British Council
Learn English by Skype – Learn English online with a private English tutor from home using Skype
LEO Network – The Learn English Network has been helping people to learn English for free since 1999
MSKEnglish – Learning English online with live 1-1 training sessions and online library
Sherton English – English in 52 weeks (for Spanish speakers)
Talk English – Basics of English grammar.
lernu – a multilingual website which aims to inform internet users about Esperanto and help them to learn it, easily and free of charge.
Clip Class – learn French with videos: Free online activities: pronunciation (video tutorials), discovering grammar items, interviews.
DailyFrenchPod – It combines free podcasts with a communicative teaching method that enables users to learn French when and where they wish to.
Elinet – learn French online via video conferencing (Skype / MSN Messenger) under the guidance of your personal, certified, university or college educated French language instructor
Français Immersion – a 7-DAY free course to immerse yourself in French.
French Together – teaches you French the way it’s spoken by natives: full of nuances, idiomatic expressions and passion so you sound like one of them, not like a dusty grammar book.
Learn French by Podcast – real life French for everyday conversation – audio podcasts for learners of French as a foreign language
London Speaks French – A language agency since 2000 and dedicated to French lessons in London that offers its lessons online for free
Paris by Pod – one-stop destination for learning French with language resources such as videos, podcasts, exercises, an active community of French students, and much more.
German Language Resources – A few useful resources which learning German for the first time. From Twigg’s Translations
Learn how to speak German – Learn German easily and with a lot of fun
eLearning Greek – Contains theory, exercises, sound, video and online resources
ILearnGreek.com – Are you serious about learning Greek? 13 directories, 656 lessons, 8006 recorded audio files Hundreds of auto-generated audio files!
Learn Greek – Learn Greek Online is currently composed of 105 real audio files (around 15 minutes each), online student notes, a collection of collaborative learning tools and an online Greek dictionary and a Greek spellchecker
Learn Some Greek – Learn the Greek language and a bit of the language
Multipedia.net – Free audiovisual bilingual texts for Greek language practicing
Learn Hebrew Pod – Free Hebrew Lessons
Milingua – The world’s largest Hebrew learning portal
Hindi Verbs – Teaches verbs, conjugation, grammar, and language facts to help you express yourself, expand your vocabulary, and enrich your Hindi conversations!
Learn Hindi Online – There are three sections in this website to help you learn Hindi. The first section is for the Hindi alphabet, the second is for Hindi grammar, and the third is for Hindi practice.
Icelandic Online – The University of Iceland’s Online Courses in Icelandic
Bitesize Irish Gaelic – Learn to speak Irish in easy bite-size portions
Talk Irish – Online and MP3 Irish courses
Italian Encounter – Would you like to learn Italian online or are you looking for Italian classes on Skype? Then this is the place for you.
Learn Italian – Learn Italian guide, all about how to learn Italian and how to speak italian
LearnItalianPod.com – Learn Italian with free podcasts
Japanese Audio Flashcard Lessons – Use these FREE Japanese Audio Flashcard Lessons while you exercise or commute
Japanese-Online – Learn Japanese for free
JapanesePod101 – The fastest, easiest and most fun way to learn Japanese
Japanese through Anime – How to speak fluent Japanese in less than a year
JPDrills – Japanese grammar practice
Nihongo Master – Learn with others using lessons and tools that make Learning Japanese fun!
Nihongo o Narau – This site is dedicated to teaching Japanese to speakers of English
The Japanese Friend Exchange – the place to find Japanese friends, penpals, language exchange, relationships
Easy Portuguese – Learn Portuguese
Learning Portuguese – Russell Walker shares his discoveries and assist others in learning languages, and of course Portuguese in particular
Sonia-Portuguese.com – As a Brazilian native speaker and teacher, Sonia focuses on Brazilian Portuguese.
funkyRussian – get the gist of Russian; no more, no less than you need
Master Russian – gives you the help you need to master Russian grammar, learn new vocabulary, practice in speaking and reading Russian, and learn fascinating facts about Russian culture and people
Prime Language Services – Specializes in Online Russian Teaching / Tutoring, where you communicate with a Certified Native Russian Teacher live via IM / webcam. First Trial Lesson is offered for free!
RusssianLessons.net – Learn Russian for Free
Russian-Plus – Learning Russian online for smart people
Russian Popcorn – Dialogues in Russian with audio
Street Russian – a free website that teaches Russian vocabulary through songs and street signs.
121 Spanish– Online Spanish classes with Skype
Blogs Exchange (BE) – is the first community of blogs dedicated to the learning and interchange of languages (Spanish and English so far)
Business Spanish – teaches you how to speak and write business and conversational Spanish by listening and repeating examples and simplified grammar (FREE) rules
How to learn Spanish online – How to learn Spanish online while having fun & learning contemporary spoken Spanish by using popular media like TV shows, music, movies, books, etc
Learn Spanish – The Spanish language learning resources are designed to walk you through the process of learning Spanish, step by step, building as you go.
Learn Spanish Online – free collections of vocabulary lists and grammar lessons.
Learning Spanish – Advice and resource for kids
Lets go Spanish – Online Spanish classes
Mi vida loca – a fun and interactive course, which is available for free. It draws you into a web of intrigue dealing with real natives and you can’t help but learn Spanish! (now archived)
Spanish Unlimited – Free Spanish lessons online, with Spanish video lessons and interesting information that will help you to improve your Spanish
Spanish Word of the Day – A daily email with new vocabulary
Study Spanish – free material for learning Spanish (over 1,000 pages!)
Fluent Tagalog – Free Online Text and Video Tagalog Lessons
Urdu-English.com – We provide a variety of self study lessons for users to help them improve their Urdu and English
BBC Wales: Learn Welsh – Lots of resources to learn or improve your Welsh