Free Resources For Over 40 Languages

Many things that we used to take for granted have suddenly become much harder to do, but language learning needn’t be one of them – here is our list of free language resources to keep you going until the world becomes normal again:

Our list of free resources covers over 40 languages, however we would really like to hear your suggestions for any new languages, and also for new resources, so please contact us if you have any!

During this period of social distancing we have also started a few projects at Languagexchanges which you may be interested in:

Our Full List Of Free Resources

Table of Contents

Afrikaans

  • Easyafrikaans.com is a completely free website dedicated to helping anyone who is interested in the Afrikaans language, it is not updated regularly but has many free resources including audio.
  • Afrikaanspod101.com provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.

Albanian

  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.

Arabic

  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.
  • Arabicpod101.com provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • Arabic for beginners is a great series of 15 video lessons created by Dalarna University and available for free on youtube.

Arabic (Moroccan)

  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • speakmoroccan.com has a good range of free lessons on their websites and also a directory of other resources to improve your Darija (Moroccan Arabic).

Basque (Euskera)

  • Ikasten is a new online course for the Basque language (Euskera) with activities to help you advance from beginner to advanced level. Registration (free) required. The course is in Spanish or English.

Bulgarian

  • Bulgarianpod101.com provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Cantonese

  • Cantonesepod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.

Catalan

  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.

Croatian

  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • Croaticum is a Croatian government initiative to encourage the study of Croatian language and culture. They have made two of their courses completely free online.

Czech

  • Czechpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • RealityCzech is a (fantastically named) free online course developed by, of all places, the University of Texas – great for beginners.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Danish

  • Danishpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • OnlineDansk is a free online learning platform, developed by the Danish government, mainly aimed at helping people improve their Danish before arriving to live/work/study in Denmark 
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Dutch

  • Dutchpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.

English

  • Englishpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.

Estonian

  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.

Esperanto

  • Esperantoin12days is a free course consisting of 12 lessons which aim to get you ready to begin your Esperanto journey. Suitable for mobiles too.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Finnish

  • Finnishpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

French

  • Frenchpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • BBC Learn French is no longer updated, but still has several good resources as well as links to other free services such as the French news sites with translations.

German

  • Germanpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • Learn German offers video lessons from A1-B1 level, all completely free and organised by DW.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • BBC Languages is no longer updated, but still has several good resources as well as links to other free services such as news and radio sites with translations.

Greek

  • Learn Greek Online has over 100 audio files (around 15 minutes each) as well as other resources for beginners, to advanced, to those who want to study Ancient Greek too! Registration is required, but the courses are 100% free.
  • Greekpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Hebrew

  • Hebrewpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.

Hindi

  • Learning Hindi is a blog started by a hindi student over 10 years ago, and is a great database for free materials and lessons
  • Hindipod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Hungarian

  • Hungarianpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.

Indonesian

  • Indonesianpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.

Italian

  • Italianpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.
  • BBC Languages is no longer updated, but still has several good resources as well as links to other free services such as news and radio sites with translations.

Japanese

  • Japanese E Learning is a large directory of free self study courses, mainly from beginner to intermediate level. It is maintained by the Japan Foundation.
  • Japanesepod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.

Korean

  • Koreanpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Kurdish

  • The Kurdish Project has a good introduction into the various languages spoken in the Kurdish region, along with resources for learning, many of which are free. 

Latvian

  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.

Latin

  • The Open University has a free course, ‘Getting Started on Classical Latin’ which is aimed at students who have never studied Latin before.

Mandarin

  • Mandarinpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Norwegian

  • Norwegianpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Persian (Farsi)

  • Persian Language Online has comprehensive courses from Beginner to Intermediate level, including video lessons. It is supported by the Iran Heritage Foundation.
  • Persianpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.

Polish

  • Polishpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Portuguese

  • Portuguesepod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.

Romanian

  • Romanianpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Russian

  • Russianpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • RT Russian has over 100 lessons in Russian and also resources for learning Cyrllic, they also have Russian documentaries with English subtitles available. 
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Serbian

  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.

Slovak

  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.

Spanish

  • Spanishpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • University of Texas provides a free online Spanish course which breaks down each stage of learning (beginner, advanced, etc.) into a series of tasks.  Each task contains videos, grammar, vocabulary, phrases, and a podcast.  There is a lot of variety here, however, the course lacks exercises and quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • BBC Languages is no longer updated, but still has several good resources as well as links to other free services such as news and radio sites with translations.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Swahili

  • Swahilipod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Swedish

  • Swedishpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Tagalog

  • Filipinopod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Thai

  • Thaipod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.

Turkish

  • Turkishpod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • Yunus Emre Institute has a distance learning Turkish course that is currently free if you sign up before 2021
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.

Urdu

  • Urdupod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.

Vietnamese

  • Vietnamesepod101 provides fun 3-15 minute audio/video lessons for a variety of levels. You do have to register, but you will then get 7 days of free access to all their resources – which are quite comprehensive. After these 7 days, some resources are only available if you choose to pay.
  • www.internetpolyglot.com provides a large database of flashcards and audio files, and enables learning between many different language pairs – instead of just learning between English and another language.
  • LOECSEN.com provide free beginner courses in over 40 different languages. They concentrate on providing learners with the basics of each language, with the aim of quickly becoming able to converse with locals, and so improve even more. They provide free and downloadable pdfs and mp3s that you can also take on your travels.
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