https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

Recommended sites, apps and pages for nearly any language for supplemental and advanced learning

This is a list of resources that you can use to strengthen and go further into learning a language with Duolingo. Many of these also offer languages Duolingo doesn't.

#Free to use (with or without pro)#

  1. Memrise is a memory training/enhancing based learning program that has user-made courses. In addition to languages, you can also learn art, school subjects, Pokémon names and facts, and even train your memory using specialized courses. An app is available for Memrise. Pro version available but not required.

  2. Clozemaster is a lot like Duolingo, except they offer more advanced courses for more languages. Good for those who completed a tree or wants to learn a language Duolingo doesn't offer. You can also request courses they don't have at the moment and learn through multiple languages. An app was recently released. Pro version available but not required.

  3. Lingvist currently offers French and English courses, but Spanish, German, Russian, Italian and Japanese will come soon.

  4. readlang is a free reading-and-translation learning site much like Duolingo's immersion that also allows you to create flash cards of words you didn't know prior to reading a text of your choice.

  5. Language Transfer offers free audio courses of varying levels. You can learn right on their website, on YouTube or on SoundCloud, all with no account required. Currently they have; Spanish, German, Greek, Turkish, Italian, Arabic and Inlgés (English for Spanish speakers)

  6. Tatoeba is a website that collects sentences and translates them into as many languages as possible. This is what Clozemaster uses as a database to create their courses.

#Paid for full version#

  1. Mondly also offers many courses that Duolingo doesn't have. They have daily lessons with a special theme for that day (anything from cars to a specific verb). It is best for conversational skills, and they are slowly improving their quality of courses to be more flexible and effective. Also available via App Store.

  2. busuu is another interactive program with an added benefit of typing exercises that are shared with native speakers of your target language, where they can praise, correct and give suggestions for your typing and language comprehension. Using the program is free but for the full version across all languages you must periodically pay a membership fee. Also available on the app store.

  3. Innovative Language offers podcasts and videos for various languages, available online and via phone. You can access the first three lessons per unit with a free account, as well as throwback free lessons for a week, but they also offer monthly or yearly paid memberships. They give you a week-long membership the first time you join. Also available on the app store.

  4. Mango Languages is free through libraries, but you can pay for it if your library is not in a U.S or Canadian territory, or doesn't offer Mango despite being in one of the territories. There are many endangered languages, as well as the "Pirate language" and dead languages like Latin and Ancient Greek. The first lesson, or a lesson of choice, of each language is offered for free without an account, and you can learn offline. Best used via app.

#Free lists and readings#

  1. Omniglot has an extensive list of phrases, idioms, names and other words/sentences in many languages, and is constantly updating to include more languages. Some include audio while others don't.

  2. Bilinguis is an independent website that translates classic books in many languages, both text and audio. There is currently five books that can be read as bilingual or monolingual with a total of 14 written languages available (or less depending on the book), with Chinese having simplified and traditional options. "Alice in Wonderland" has the most languages, but depending on the language there are a few other choices and more to come. These reads are good for upper-intermediate and advanced learners, although lower-level learners can give these reads a shot.

  3. The Egg is an interestingly philosophical story written by the same person who wrote "The Martian" (which became the movie of the same name). It is available in 30 languages, with Portuguese and Norwegian being in two different versions (Brazilian and European Portuguese, and the Norwegian in Nynorsk or Bokmål). Best for more advanced learners, as the story and language are both fairly complex.

  4. Children's Books Forever is a website that contains the works of Hans Willhelm. Various books are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Afrikaans, Indonesian and Japanese. These are good reads for beginners and intermediates who want to learn through sweet, in-depth and colorfully illustrated books.

If you have any resources to add or there is a problem with a link, let me know! This list is for everyone!

September 11, 2016

28 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Edilvers

Interesting. I use Memrise and Busuu, but there are other sites and apps that work without connection to the Internet and work with human voices. YouTube is a good option as well. So you use all these resources?

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

I used to use Busuu a bit for Spanish but not as much anymore for a number of reasons. I use many of these sources for most of my language-learning, some more than others but each has been helpful. And YouTube is also very helpful; there are many language-themed channels and channels with language-related videos that are useful.

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot

Thank you for the links

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

No problem! :)

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/ove_sundberg

Lingvist is great, too, but they only have French and English so far. http://lingvist.io

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

Thank you for the link! I will add it on here so others can see it.

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson

Great list!

I will add that Clozemaster have just released apps for iOS and Android. Currently they offer limited offline functionality (for favourited sentences) to Pro subscribers, otherwise anyone can use them online (no Pro required).

Also, I will give http://www.languagetransfer.org a plug for their audio courses.

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

Thank you very much! :)

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker

Good work :) Any resources like this that you find, you can add them to the Multilingual learning resources page on the wiki.

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

I didn't know about that! It looks like I found some the Wiki doesn't list. Thank you for bringing that up.

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Anneysha7

Great list, Zeta! :) Very well organized with the necessary details. :)

I use Innovative Language, it is worth giving it a try. It's not just fun, but the language lessons draws the learner close to the language he/she learns. They provide in-depth knowledge about every topic.
My favourite module is the '3-minutes' video series. I love the little video lessons with lots of details. They also have a feature in the series where the culture of that language and the countries the language is native to is shared with the learners. That's the 'Inside's' version (Of course, you'll understand this part if you watch a 3-minute video. :))
The videos (3 minutes episodes) can also be found on YouTube, simply type the language and write 'Pod' after it. (Example: FrenchPod101), you get to know what kind of material is being provided before you pay and subscribe. :)
Definitely, giving the 'one week free lessons' is worth a try because you have the drive to learn a language effectively and also can experience the fun way of learning languages for free, which would otherwise be with payment.

Oh, I love the books links, I am going to try them all.

Thank you for the amazing post, once again! :)

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

I'm glad you enjoy this! :) Thanks for dropping by.

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/FinoForever

Thank you that was really helpful!!! I was actually trying to find some of these after finishing my French tree so thx :D here's a couple lingots!

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

I'm glad that this helped you! Thank you for the lingots!

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

Yay finally a site that offers Yiddish for all the people who want :D (Even though it sounds a little stiff, like "Cometh hither" It is still very good!!!!) Thank you so much :D

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

Yes, I'm sure many will be happy to know Memrise and Clozemaster offer Yiddish courses, and you can learn Yiddish phrases on Omniglot. :)

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

The memrise courses are horrid lol, (besides for 1) (also I already know Yiddish :D) Also some of the sentences on Omniglot are horrible too ahaha, like we dont say nit we say nisht... we dont say many of those words/sentences :P

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

Ah, that's good to know. Oh, shoot, I just realized I forgot Mango Languages! They offer Yiddish, too! Editing will take a minute....

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/estudianteMTI3

Great list! Thank-you! You should also add readlang.

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

I haven't heard of that one. I'll look it up right now.

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

I only just started readlang recently. However, translation isn't necessarily involved. I just read something and flagged words I didn't know and flashcards were created from that.

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Jude490741

Thank you for the list!

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

No problem! :)

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/KuaSan

All these sites are really nice right now I'm using Busuu and Memrise since they are favorite. Thanks so much!!! Now I have more than one language site.

September 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/alexisslay

I would like to add to this nice list Tatoeba ( http://tatoeba.org/eng ) which is used by Clozemaster as a reference database for the sentences. The idea of this site is that native speaker are translating in their language the sentence from other languages they know. you can also add sentences. It is really a good site, perfect to empower what you learn in Duolingo.

September 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

Cool website! I will add it to the list, thank you!

September 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss

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December 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/oatmeal

The app Drops also has many languages (including Romance languages, Asian languages, Slavic languages, Arabic, etc.) and a beautiful interface. You get 5 minutes free every day as a free user, and there are a couple other subscription levels that give you more time/access to more than one language at a time.

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