15 Language Learning Tools for Lifelong Learners

by Jeff Cobb


I realized recently that it has been longer than usual since I have posted anything related to language learning here on Mission to Learn. Here’s a great guest post from Karen Schweitzer to fill that gap – JTC

Reading from a textbook isn’t the only way to learn a foreign language. The web offers a number of free tools that can be used to enhance the learning experience inside and outside the classroom. Here are 15 language learning tools to try today:

VerbaLearn – VerbaLearn is an excellent vocabulary tool for English language learners. It can be customized so that students can practice the words they need to practice and skip the ones they are already familiar with.

Popling – Popling is a unique way to learn a language without intense study. This free web app sends random questions and flashcards to your computer screen so that you can learn new vocab words while you work on other things.

Foreign Language Flashcards – This site provides free picture flashcards for visual learners who are trying to master a foreign language. Other resources include free foreign language learning guides, downloads, and a flashcard maker.

Quizlet – Quizlet can be used to create and share flashcards. It is a wonderful tool for learning new vocabulary words.

Lingolook – Lingolook is a foreign language phrasebook application that works with iPhone. The app isn’t free, but it is cheap. For less than $5, students can download it and learn all of the most important phrases used while traveling.

Byki – This personalized language learning system can be downloaded for free. It is available in 70 different languages and includes tools to help people permanently memorize vocabulary words and phrases.

eduFire – eduFire provides a wide range of video flashcards for foreign language learners. Cards are rated for difficulty and content so that students and teachers can quickly find what they are looking for.

Livemocha – Livemocha offers the opportunity for learners to study and practice a language at their own pace. The site can also be used to connect with foreign language learners around the world.

MyHappyPlanet – This social language learning site is perfect for students who want to meet new friends and practice a foreign language with native speakers. MyHappyPlanet also provides free videos from fluent speakers and member-created language lessons.

italki – This free foreign language site can be used to find a language teacher or practice online with a language partner. italki also offers free language questions and the ability to ask questions about something you don’t understand.

VoxSwap – VoxSwap is a social network for learning languages. The site introduces visitors to new people and language learners around the world.

LingoPass – LingoPass is a unique site for language learners. Every time users share their language, they receive a free, one-week membership that can be used to attend any of LingoPass’ online language lessons.

LingvoSoft Online – This site offers a number of free online language tools for learners, including a free online phrasebook, free flashcards, and free online dictionaries.

MindTools – MindTools provides an excellent guide to learning foreign languages. The guide includes information about different systems and effective mnemonics.

Babel Fish – This free online translator from Yahoo! can quickly translate text from one language into another.

Guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes about online degree programs for OnlineDegreePrograms.org.

P.S. – Do you have others to add? Please comment and share them!

posted on December 6, 2009

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Catherine December 10, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Great post.

smart.fm is another decent language tool.

Steve December 13, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Thanks for including my site in the post, ForeignLanguageFlashcards. I am currently working on some major improvements to the site, so check back in a few months to see the improvements.

Steven Monrad December 29, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Lots of choices, any reviews available?

Catherine December 29, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Steven, there is a review on my site for BYKI (it’s a fantastic resource). You can find it in the archives…

jtcobb December 29, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Catherine – Thanks for chiming in (always nice to see you here 😉
Steven – I wish I had reviews of all of them – just too many resources and not enough me. If any readers have written reviews like Catherine has, I encourage you to comment with a link. Or drop me a line if you would be interested in guest posting with an objective review on Mission to Learn. – Jeff

Catherine December 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Always happy to help Jeff 😉

Beverly Cornell January 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Thank you Catherine for a great list! Language learning is an essential part of our human education and our global society. People who are life long language learners are to be commended!

We would love to be included in this set of resources. Mango Languages is an internet based program that is often free through your local library system. The best part…it is fun, fast and easy. In addition, it is completely accessible from home 24/7. Let me know if you have any questions, I am glad to help you in any way I can.


Judith March 14, 2010 at 11:02 am

I really like http://www.how-to-learn-any-language.com/forum – it’s a great place to learn about new language-learning technique, and if you have a specific question about your target language, or can’t choose which language to study next, the forum will also help.

william April 14, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I really like learning through podcasts. Popup Chinese (http://popupchinese.com) is the best. JapanesePod (http://japanesepod.com) is also really good.

Lyla June 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I’ve been using the iPhone app Language Master ( http://www.languagemastersuite.com/). I am living in Germany for work and the language is super hard to learn. I’ve tried Rosetta Stone and have a tutor, but this app has been helpful and fun to do when I am on the train commuting.

Sergey June 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

You may also add:



Thank you for your valuable resourse

pw February 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

You may want to add http://www.babelreader.com It is excellent for vocabulary building. It allows you to read blogs and websites in your target language.

Sheldon West March 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I’ve been using this website recently, it really helps you not to forget any new words you come across:


I recommend it since it not only lets you organise words on the go but also gives you the flash cards you need to see most, ie the ones you find hardest to remember 🙂

Joe Lingo July 13, 2011 at 6:57 am

An excellent list! I would also like to recommend this site as well:


You can get free tips and language product reviews on learning a language. Thanks for the info!

Scott Rapp November 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm

We’re just getting a new website started that hopes to incorporate many of the disparate sites into one. It helps you learn words through flashcard style reviews, and helps you find new words through videos and online articles. We hope it’s going to be a hit, and would love for you to take a look.

http://www.studystre.am -> English
http://www.studystream.es -> Spanish
http://www.studystream.jp -> Japanese

Milan December 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Guys, check this out. We have launched a Lingibli couple days ago. Just go to http://www.lingibli.com and print your first language page FOR FREE. There are already 18 languages available…

Sarah B. December 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Hi there,

For anybody interested in learning German, please check out my website:


Everything on my site is for free.

I would especially recommend reading my ‘Top Tips’ section – these tips can be applied to other languages as well.

Good luck!


Brian May 14, 2013 at 11:25 am

I also want to recommend this site as well:
You can find many lessons and learning tips on this site.
Hope it helps !

Jane August 6, 2015 at 8:20 am

Most effective to memorize words is using cards. Please discover my service for creating Word cards


Valentin June 10, 2016 at 11:03 am

I am sorry to advertise but I have made a graphical phrasebook that allows you to enter and connect any words, http://valtih1978.github.io/VisualDict. It allows the functionality of Google Translator’s phrasebook but is much faster, allows you to store unlimited number of words and, in contrast to linear order of the classical Google Phrasebook, establish connections/transitions/associations between them. I heard somewhere that building a graph of words is a useful method to learn the words and connections between them.

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