Whare are the very best online resources for learning foreign languages?
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What are the very best free Web-based resources for learning foreign languages? Details inside.
posted by jingzuo to Writing & Language (14 answers total) 87 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for exemplary, free, Web-based sites/tutorials/courses, etc. for learning foreign languages (specific languages, not "this is how you go about learning a foreign language" resources).
Sites which provide materials that cater to a variety of learning styles (e.g. by providing an audio or video component) would be welcome.
I enjoy a challenge, so feel free to suggest exemplary resources for learning "difficult" languages like Chinese.
I'm not picky, so any natural language* from Apache to Zulu is fair game. Dead languages are fine, too.
I've looked at dozens of Web pages/sites which are essentially word lists, phrase books, or "learn X in 10 easy lessons" sites, and that's definitely not what I'm interested in. I'm looking for resources which are thorough and pedagogically sound.
Details about me that may be helpful: I studied several languages in college (Spanish, French, Greek, and Chinese), and I've done some casual studying on my own with various Pimsleur, Teach Yourself, and Rosetta Stone products. Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone both produce fine (and expensive) products, but I'm looking for something accessible from anywhere with an internet connection, free, and which is perhaps a bit more rounded (Pimsleur is good for listening comprehension, but weak on writing and formal grammar, for example).
*no constructed languages like Esperanto or Volapuk, please.