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Useful links for language learners

Here i'll try to collect useful links for language learners.

1.) http://www.listenlive.eu/ - Radio stations from around the world, very useful if you want to get yourself familliar with spoken language. You can also listen to the same station thru your iPhone or Android device via TuneIn Radio app(with premium version you can even prerecord some of it so can listen it even when offline), i find myself listening to FranceInfo all the time.

You should also know that some of the radiostations offer transcription or simple [target language] versions.

2.) http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/ - free useful material for language learners, a little outdated but still very useful.

3.) https://librivox.org/ - public domain audiobooks in many languages including extinct ones like Church Slavonic.

4.) For people who like foreign music i can also suggest iArt program(shareware, $10) that i use myself, it automatically scans through your library and adds lyrics into audiofiles so can see them on your iPhone or Android(in most cases you'll have to use external player like poweramp since default players usually lack ability to display lyrics). http://www.ipodsoft.com/site/pmwiki.php?n=IArt.HomePage .

5.) http://www.omniglot.com/index.htm - lots of grade-A language related articles.

6.) http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/e/index.html - has seen better days but still quite useful

Channels i recommend you to see on youtube. They don't only talk about languages, they also talk about motivation issues, self-teaching material reviews, recommended materials, where to get them, technics of using them etc.

ProfAsar- Alexander Arguelles is one of the most competent polyglots on the web. You should especially search for his reviews of language self teaching series' http://www.youtube.com/user/ProfASAr

laoshu50500- polyglot from Columbus, his channel is usually about asian or rare languages but he also shows himself searching around for native speakers of those languages and starting conversations with them. http://www.youtube.com/user/laoshu505000

poliglotta80 - italian polyglot who not only speaks 11 languages but he also has near native accent in many of them. http://www.youtube.com/user/poliglotta80

Torbyrne - Richard Simcott, useful tips. http://www.youtube.com/user/Torbyrne

Also you might find these guys interesting davidmansaray‎, lingosteve, irishpolyglot

I'd love to hear your suggestions

February 9, 2014



French Lessons from Beginners to Advanced with Vincent is one of the best tutorials that I have found so far... http://www.youtube.com/user/imagiers?feature=watch


Thanks for this posting!

These are all free:

Verb "conjugator" in many languages: http://www.verbix.com/ Verb conjugating practice game (6 languages): https://conjuguemos.com/ Writing practice ( in many languages) : http://lang-8.com/ Hear words being pronounced (many languages available): http://pt.forvo.com/

In USA, if using the free Pimsleur program CDs (for speaking) from our public library the following link has the booklets needed that are not always available at the library : http://pages.pimsleur.com/lostandfound

Portuguese pronunciation podcasts : http://coerll.utexas.edu/brazilpod/


I gave you a lingot, because your links are great! Both forvo.com and verbix.com seem like things to be veeery useful for me :) Obrigada!


Do you speak portuguese?


I'm sure most know of this one. Here is link to a search for "libros en español" on Amazon. You could do this search for any language. I sorted it by price, so you can see how many free books they offer. You don't have to have a Kindle to read them, you can download their free app.



Here is a link to free books in Spanish on feedbooks.com. On the left, you can see that they have 1237 books, but only 22 are in the public domain at this time.



Here are two specific ebooks I downloaded for Spanish and German. The Spanish one is free, the German one cost $3. I have found both to be very useful in helping make the transition away from structured study.

Spanish: http://www.amazon.com/First-Spanish-Reader-ebook/dp/B004TQYXPY/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1392048370&sr=1-4&keywords=learning+spanish

German: http://www.amazon.com/Learn-German-Stories-Berlin-Beginners-ebook/dp/B00F33E3C0/ref=sr_1_16?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1392048435&sr=1-16&keywords=learning+german


The Foreign Service Institute has a website with tapes and the corresponding PDFs to over 40 language courses. Each course is pretty long and grueling (especially since the text is like typewritten), but it's extremely thorough and is what the diplomats use. Some of the content (such as asking for the telegram office) is a little outdated, but it's nice because there are some less common languages, and the the MP3 and PDF formats allow files to be downloaded on every type of device.



A personal preference but I find FSI courses to be extremely boring, redundant and too "authoritarian"(similar to sovietique language teaching manuals). But don't get me wrong,every person is different, I'm sure there are people who like this type of materials.


The boring part I definitely agree with!


Thankies! I especially like the librivox link - I'd found it before, but forgotten about its existence.


Great online foreign language dictionary: http://www.wordreference.com/ (Their forum posts, which appear at the bottom of the page when you search for a word or phrase, are especially useful for clarifying doubts about usage, especially for Spanish.)

For Spanish:

Spanish-Spanish dictionaries: http://www.rae.es/ (It also has a dictionary with some grammar issues, the Diccionario panhispánico de dudas, considered the authority for Spanish grammar issues. Not for the beginner, but ideal for a higher-level learner looking to clarify some doubts on usage.)

For grammar explanations and some practice: http://studyspanish.com/

For Italian:

Italian-Italian online encyclopedias, dictionaries, grammar: http://www.treccani.it/

Free ebooks and audiobooks in the public domain: http://www.liberliber.it/online/

For buying Italian paper books (which are not as readily available in the US, at least, as books in Spanish), I've had a lot of luck with http://www.bookdepository.com/ Their prices fluctuate a lot, but tend to be reasonable for classics/modern classics.

Oh, and if you're in the US, http://www.paperbackswap.com/home.php (a book trading site) tends to have a decent selection of Spanish books of all kinds. Italian, there are a few, but you can't be too picky.


Stackexchange is a network of questions&answers sites: http://stackexchange.com/sites#

It started as Stackoverflow for programmers and programming-related sites are still the most frequented, but there are sites for many (or better: most) other topics, including languages. All language-related sites allow for questions both in English and in the target language (bilingual are always the best). Some examples:

English (for natives and advanced learners): http://english.stackexchange.com/

English for beginners and intermediate learners: http://ell.stackexchange.com/

German: http://german.stackexchange.com/

French: http://french.stackexchange.com/

Spanish: spanish.stackexchange.com

Italian: http://italian.stackexchange.com/

Russian: http://russian.stackexchange.com/

Chinese: http://chinese.stackexchange.com/

Japanese: http://japanese.stackexchange.com/

Linguistics: http://linguistics.stackexchange.com/

Many other language sites are being prepared in their version of Incubator: http://area51.stackexchange.com/categories/3/culture

The "incubation" process has four stages - "definition" means asking example questions (no answering yet), "commitment" is gathering people committed to ask and answer questions and thus form the community, and since beta the site is ready for asking and answering real questions. There are tens of languages in definition stage now, but Latin is currently the only language in commitment stage with a real chance to graduate to beta before forced restart (two years after start of the project): http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/48247/latin-language?referrer=Qp0wRu9YYXKO5shO54dLOQ2

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