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6 of the best free language learning sites

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Learning a language has a multitude of benefits including making us smarter, building our multitasking skills, improving our memory, and making us more perceptive. In order to aid the development of this important life skill – and to celebrate European Day of Languages – EPALE has compiled a list of top websites for language learning.


  1. Busuu

As well as winning the the BETT Innovator Award, TechCrunch Europe Award, Busuu has also been named ‘Best Education Startup in Europe’ by EdTech Europe. It has an international community of over 50 million native speakers and is available in 12 languages. The content is curated by an in-house team of educational experts and teachers and the site provides you with personalised feedback on your exercises via an integrated chat feature.


  1. Duolingo

Duolingo provides language lessons in 13 languages with speaking, listening, translation, and multiple choice challenges at different levels. You can instantly see which answers are correct and set new challenges to help further your progress. Duolingo helps you stay on track by recording how many days in a row you use it and allowing you to earn points from your progress. Teachers can also track students’ learning.


3. Learn a language

    Learn a language offers interactive audio/visual Learning Lounge to assist you in learning a foreign language. There's also a Lingo Dingo game to help learn a language online. The site includes important phrases like greetings, survival expressions and slang words in 19 languages. 


    4. FSI Languages Courses

    Foreign Language Institute courses were designed by linguists and have high-quality learning materials. They were developed by the United States government and lessons are available in 48 languages.


    5. Open Culture

    Open Culture offers a repository of free resources in 48 languages. Resources are curated on a regular basis. 


    6. Erasmus Plus Online linguistic support

    There is a specific tool available for Erasmus Plus participants, the Erasmus Plus Online linguistic support. This tool is available in six languages and it is specifically designed for participants in mobility. These courses are developed to assist beneficiaries to improve their language skills before they travel to their country of destination. Students are required to undertake a language assessment and need to have been selected by their sending institutions before they use the tool.


    Happy language learning!

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  1. Rumen HALACHEV's picture

    Thank you Lara for adding It definitely sounds very interesting. I'll give it a look. :)

  2. Lara Smith's picture

    For me the best one of the list is duolingo, it's free and really powerful. But as a social network I miss is a free language social network. I have been learning Russian for over a year for free with native speakers. It is so handy because it has a video system integrated in the browser, a translator and you have so many opinions and rating of all the users.

    What I do when I contact a new user, is to check his/her ratings then I prefer an audio call and when I trust him/her I change to video. Moreover it has an instant video match feature, so you just press a button and start to practice with a user that matches your languages.

  3. Eduardo Silva's picture

    Ich empfehle finden sie ihr sprachpartner

  4. Rita Vargalytė's picture

    Šiuo metu pati mokausi anglų kalbos, tad šio straipsnio dėka sužinojau, kur papildomai galėčiau patobulinti šios kalbos žinias. Mano nuomone, kalbų mokymasis virtualioje erdvėje yra itin puikus būdas norintiems išmokti kalbą ar pagilinti žinias, atliekant įvairius pratimus, kalbėjimo, rašymo užduotis.

    Norėčiau pasidalinti naudinga nuoroda, kur mokytoja Rolanda pataria: kaip kalbų mokytis naudojantis SuperMemo puslapiu; kaip daugiau sužinoti iš puslapio SnappyWords; kaip mokytis žodžių naudojantis Quizlet puslapiu; kaip naudotis edX kursais; kaip ieškoti filmų Youtube ir kaip sužinoti daugiau iš IMDB. Tikuosi, kad ši nuoroda  Jums bus naudinga.