20 Language Learning Sites from the Learning Monitor

I just pressed “Publish” on a new edition of the Free Learning Monitor, so I thought I’d take a moment to highlight this Mission to Learn resource and maybe attract a few new subscribers (Subscribe and automatically receive the most recent edition.)

The Monitor is a monthly compilation of free and low cost learning resources that I discover in the course of my Web travels. I cover a wide range of formats – Webcasts, blogs, podcasts, course and tutorials, just to name some of the major ones – and I also cover a range of topics – business, science and math, healthcare, computers and the Internet, and many, many other areas (some quite eclectic).

One area that shows up in every edition is languages. Below are 20 links to language-related sites selected from the last several editions of the Monitor. These will give you an idea of some of the resources the monthly newsletter offers.

With these, I am also establishing a “Languages” category here on Mission to Learn. Language acquisition – both initial and secondary – represents such a fundamental area of learning that this feels past due. Besides, Lexiophiles recently named Mission to Learn one of the Top 100 Blogs for Languages and I’d hate not to live up to that ;-)

Here are the links:

ASL American Sign Language
Sign Language (ASL), free lesson plans, dictionary and resources. Information on Deaf culture, baby signing, phrases, and vocab like hello, thank you, I love you, etc. Dr. Bill Vicars.


italki Knowledge
Just released by language-learning social network italki.com, italkiKnowledge aims to become the largest source of free, user-generated language-learning textbooks.


Learn Spanish
Learn Spanish with our free online tutorial with audio, cultural notes, grammar, vocabulary, verbs drills, and links to helpful sites.


The Ultimate Foreign Language Resource
The ultimate foreign language Resource for learning foreign languages, their history, origins, and culture.


Free ESL Learning Resources-English as a Second Language

Find free English language learning materials and tools. Choose reading and writing lessons, word of the day, ESL books, story room, forums.


Free English teaching and learning materials for ESL:
English as a Second Language

ESLgold provides free English teaching materials for ESL, English as a Second Language, EFL students and teachers. Topics include speaking, conversation, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, business, pronunciation, toefl, idioms, and much more.


Learn German with the Music of David Hasselhoff – Mahalo

Learn German with the music of David Hasselhoff uses songs David Hasselhoff has sung in Germany to study German vocabulary, grammar, and verb conjugation. Fast Facts: 1989: Named “Most Popular and Best Selling Artist of the…


Home of the free web-based Arabic typing tutor


Grammar Girl (Podcasts)

Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing



A website for learning Chinese (ie: Mandarin, Cantonese) and English through videos contributed by members. You can also contribute your videos to make friends or find students.


Learn Arabic For Free

Our website Speak7 helps you learn Arabic for free, our Arabic lessons are available to anyone who wants to speak Arabic, from grammar, vocabulary, expressions, phrases and more, about Arabic grammar, vocabulary, and expressions with Speak7


Forvo: the pronunciation guide

Word pronunciation dictionary. All the words in all the languages pronounced by native speakers


Learn Languages Now

Learn Languages Now, providing you with all the resources, articles and reviews you need to learn a new language


Free Language

Free Language is a free online resource community for learning foreign languages, complete with podcasts, blogs, web feeds, links and more.


My Happy Planet

MyHappyPlanet connects language learners around the world. Practice foreign languages with native speakers. Learn languages through videos and lessons.


Learn French

Learn French for free with more than 168 free French lessons and 2802 French conversation. Fun and interesting lessons with french native speakers. Learn the right pronunciation from the start.


Hevenu Shalom Aleikhem – Unit 2

The series Hevenu Shalom Aleikhem includes 20 Hebrew language lessons presented through videocasette recordings. Each recorded lesson lasts about 15 minutes


Very Vocabulary: Learn English Words Podcast

The Most Popular Educational Podcast on iTunes. Learn Difficult English Vocabulary Words. Educate yourself! It’s a free podcast that’s sponsored by Bozuki.com but you’re welcome to leave a donation to cover bandwidth costs.


ZaidLearn: Do You Want To Learn Arabic?

A blog post on ZaidLearn featuring a number of resources for learning Arabic.

I hope you enjoy these and find them useful. If you are an avid lifelong learner – of languages or pretty much anything else – subscribing to the Monitor is a no brainer. If you are an educator or someone who works for any sort of business related to knowledge and education, the Monitor gives you a quick view into the amazing range of learning opportunities now available free via the Web.

If you have a free learning experience – Webcast, podcast, course, blog, etc. – that you would like to promote, let me know about it.

Happy learning,

Jeff Cobb
Mission to Learn

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2 thoughts on “20 Language Learning Sites from the Learning Monitor”

  1. Greetings,
    I would like to suggest a section of my website as a link for inclusion on your site. I have several interactive games for learning English (with audio), with a few more pending assistance from a translator available on my website at
    You might call the link something like ‘Digital Dialects English/ESL Games or whatever you wish. A usual description might be ‘Interactive games for ESL/learning the English language’.
    Kind regards
    Craig Gibson

  2. Thanks for the great resources you provide to learn english online. I would also like to add a resource to your list of LearnOnlineEnglish.com for the reference of your readers. Thanks.

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