Reading from a textbook isn’t the only way to learn a foreign language. The web offers a wide range of sites and tools – many of them free or very low cost – that can help you learn or brush up on a language. Here are 12 language learning tools/sites to try today:
Duolingo – Probably the most popular of the language learning sites, Duolingo combines gaming elements with lots of practice. It makes learning a language kind of addictive!
Memrise – Languages are just one of the many things Memrise can help you learn. The platform provides for “adaptive learning,” meaning it adjusts to your performance, challenging you where you are ready and prompting you to repeat and review in places where you are not.
Myngle – Myngle provides face-to-face language lessons using live Web video conferencing. While the company if focused on businesses, it is possible for any individual to sign up for private lessons.
HelloLingo – HelloLingo is an online community for learning languages. Apparently building off of the legacy of two sites that have closed down – LiveMocha and SharedTalk – it’s a place where you can “Discover and share the best resources. Connect with learners, practise with speakers.”
Babbel – Babbel has a simple, intuitive interface that gets you going quickly. Pick from among 14 different languages.
Busuu – The free version offer access to learn 12 different languages and includes features like travel courses and conversations with native speakers.
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.
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.
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.
LingvoSoft Online – This site offers a number of free online language tools for learners, including a free online phrasebook,
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