Compiled List of Websites to Help with Language Learning

I found many posts that included websites to go to, so I decided I would compile the list into one post to make it easier. This was done specifically for ones learning Spanish, but a lot of the websites include the other languages too.

  1. is like Duolingo, and is free. (also on app store) Allows you to learn in a different way.
  2. let's you create flashcards to study. Also, you have access to other people's flashcards.
  3. - Watch TED talks subtitled in Spanish (Has option to choose different subtitles)
  4. - Youtube Playlists of Children's Stories in Spanish (The channel also has other languages)
  5. - See if you are Spanish Certified with this test
  6. - Watch tv shows on Telemundo, which is an American Spanish network.
  7. - Has tv shows, such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Malcolm in the Middle, dubbed in Spanish.
  8. - And lastly, I created a playlist of a few movies dubbed in Spanish, such as Finding Nemo.
  9. children's stories, french lessons, course reviews.

Additional Info: 1. DRAE - Spanish dictionary app 2. Uforia Música- Spanish radio app

Be sure to include any additional websites in comments.

February 19, 2014


Good initiative.

Here are a few others :

  1. - A translation dictionary with many languages, conjugation tables and a forum for hard to find answers;

  2. - A French - English dictionary for domain specific terms (accountability, geology, medical, etc.);

  3.,,, and many others - Search engines for subtitles files in many languages. You can download individual subtitles for almost any movie to add to your digital audio-video movies found elsewhere (many DVDs and Blu-Rays these days come with a digital copy, if you can't rip it yourself. I won't give advice for illegal activities here);

  4. - A French synonyms dictionary (the most complete and useful I've ever seen);

  5. - An opensource software (also available in portable version to install on a flash drive) to connect to many online dictionaries (you can add the addresses yourself to your favorite ones) and search them all at once with one search.

Last but not least : this is more a tip than a website, but on youtube, and maybe other video sites as well, you can add subtitles to many videos by clicking the close caption ("cc") button on the bottom right of the video player. So enjoy yourselves searching for videos in the language you're learning and add subtitles in a language you understand (or better yet, subtitles in the same language as the video, to maximize the learning process !)

That's it for now, I'll add others as they come to mind.

February 20, 2014

Stumbled upon two other very interesting web sites to hear the subtlety of pronunciation in many languages. Here they are :

  • - A site with many, if not every, sounds in different languages, even complete with some regional differences (compare Canadian to Belgian, Switzerland and France French, for exemple)
  • - Free language courses with videos in many languages, the most interesting part that I've found is with the slang, it really help with the video supporting the lesson by showing how the spoken expression would be written, of where it comes from (compared to standard correct, or literary language)
February 23, 2014

Wow! Great resources!

February 20, 2014

Well, I've been studying and translating languages online for a long time ! Hence the resources I accumulated over the time.

February 20, 2014
  1. - A free German <-> many languages dictionary.
February 20, 2014

Yet another :

  1. - An international community of free book exchange. Because it might be either tough or extremely expensive to buy books in a foreign language new on the internet. Here's how it works : you post the books you want to give away and, for each book you've given (you have to pay for shipping), you get 1 point if it's in your country or 3 if it's outside. You pay the same number of points to ask for a book (which is free because the sender pays).
February 21, 2014

In the US, there is a similar site,, which also has some foreign language books (the Spanish selection is especially good). Unfortunately, you have to be in the US to use it. (So not very helpful for you, but maybe for other Americans.)

February 25, 2014

the link doesn't work anymore

July 15, 2016

A good friend of mine who is a translator just started a very interesting blog, with a few tools for language learners, among which a language learning pairing system to find you someone willing to learn your language speaking the language you want to learn, for internet exchanges. Look it up here. It's available in 5 languages : French, Español, Deutsch, English and Euskara (Basque).

February 22, 2014 is a "learn Spanish from the ground up" site like Duolingo, but with a totally different approach. They have videos, flashcards, discussion forums, and an extensive grammar section. It's a phenomenal complement to Duolingo. - native speakers review your work, both written and spoken, and you review theirs. Multiple languages. It changes a lot because they are still figuring out exactly what works best (kind of like Duolingo) - speak live online in a group via video chat (Google Hangouts) or take live video classes for $3 US each. If you buy more classes they are cheaper per class. Other languages besides Spanish, too.

RTVE.ES - Spain's national radio, television, and news website. Streaming radio (canal 5 is all news and talk, kind of like NPR in the United States). Many of the television shows don't stream to other countries, but some do.

Anki - excellent flashcard program. Available for PC, Android, iOS, and website. Free card sets for download. Multiple subjects, including Spanish. Plus make your own cards. It supports sound, images, extremely customizable.

February 20, 2014

Wow, you and lexxybooty are great, I gave you two a lingot and bookmarked this page. I'll definitely check these out once I finish my tree!

February 20, 2014

Thank you! I never got a lingot before and yesterday I got TWO! I feel so rich :D

February 20, 2014

Thanks for the additional websites. I'll be sure to take a look at all of them. :)

February 20, 2014

Babbel wants money after the first lesson for free. I'd add that to your notes. :)

I used and to learn the Hangeul for Korean, and I'm also using the app Korean Letters ( ) to learn the pronunciation, since I'm fine with everything EXCEPT the difference between eo and o (there is one, and I thought I had it, but I didn't.)

February 19, 2014

Thanks for sharing those! For Korean I would recommend for learning Hangeul, and for learning vocabulary and for listening practice. Talk to Me in Korean is an incredibly complete site - I wish I had time to work my way through their lessons. >.<

February 20, 2014

Found these for Korean also. <- has beginning to advanced lessons. 100% free, has workbooks, some audio. <- grammar and study reference ( ) is also a dictionary. <- more grammar reference <- Korean grammar plus reading practice.

February 23, 2014

I think you'll find additional gratitude if you post in the Spanish subforum too! :)

February 19, 2014

Going in a slightly different direction here but at you can find speakers of all kinds of languages and speak to them for practise.

I also use 'WeChat' - a free Chinese app for smartphones that you can find native Chinese speakers to talk to. Can type using characters with a downloaded keyboard or use it as a walkie-talkie where it saves messages to be listened to and replied to. Basically a delayed phone call but will give practise speaking and listening.

Hope someone finds those useful!

February 20, 2014 is a website like telemundo, it has original shows from Spain. I didn't know about telemundo, thanks.

February 19, 2014

Thanks for the tips. Memrise is actually pretty impressive (and fun) with a huge number of courses (I'm finally getting my Russian and Polish cravings fed), and can be used for more than spoken languages (e.g. the Shell Fu course, which I've added to my list).

Lang-8 and Quizlet are cool, too. The former is like Immersion from DL and the latter more like Memrise. Spent quite a bit of time on these today.

Competition among services is good, and they'll definitely supplement each other.

Edit: There's also which lets you build up word lists and play games to test. Kinda rough around the edges, currently.

February 20, 2014

BibleGateway - free web site with side by side translation

Oh goodie! I finally found the right place to put this comment, and have a chance return something to the duoLingo community who has given so much to me!

I recently reached a level of Italian where I can learn a lot from reading side by side translation of something I am familiar with, and was thinking about what would be a good way to achieve this kind of practice.

Right around this time I had this thought as well: I miss my dedicated bible reading time. You see, I have poured my time into practicing Italian for about twelve weeks now.

So, my thought was to combine the two. If you enjoy reading the bible, see how easy it is to put two (or even more!) translations side by side on the screen.

  • Load up BibleGateway
  • find a translation you like in the drop down box on the right
  • enter a passage into the search box (e.g. James 1:5)
  • watch as Bible Gateway displays your passage in your first translation
  • now you can click on the "add parallel' button (just to the right) and select a second translation
  • watch as BibleGateway displays both translations in parallel
  • you can add more ....

NOTE: Sorry - for some reason I cannot get my direct links to work with duo's formatting ... be patient, I'll get it right eventually ... but ...

WORKAROUND: if you manually copy the following link into your browser it should bring up the double translation for John 1:1-5 ... NIV and NR1994\version=NIV,NR1994


February 23, 2014
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Try for speaking practice!

February 19, 2014

You can also try for speaking practice and it's free

February 20, 2014 is another good one for flashcards, and while it's not oriented towards language-learning specifically, it's great for learning them.

February 20, 2014

I found that quizlet's pronunciation to actually be pretty good.

February 20, 2014

Lang-8 is a good, free, resource for exercising your writing competency.

February 20, 2014 - fairly cheap but not free. Includes videos with transliterations ( words written in the language of the video) beneath the video, and a translation under that. Available for English speakers in German, French, Italian, Chinese and Spanish, and for English learners in MANY other languages (although not all of those have translations.) Includes games and a dictionary, can slow down or replay segments of the video. - Great site to learn grammar - basic form is free. Enter posts in the target language, have them corrected by native speakers. - free site, great articles, Spanish only. MP3's available for all articles, sometimes includes video links with the article and has vocabulary games and some grammar lessons linked.

February 20, 2014

Thanks for the sites. I quite like veintemundos :)

February 20, 2014

The French Experiment is good for French, I just stumbled upon it the other day.

February 20, 2014

That's pretty useful. If you ever find one similar in German, please tell me ! ;-)

February 22, 2014

I'll be sure to do that.

February 22, 2014

Lang-8 is a really great site. You post in your secondary language and native speakers correct your posts. In return, you correct posts in your native language that other people are learning. It's a win-win, and it really makes up for what Duolingo lacks in writing practice. (On here, you translate sentences, but on Lang-8 you completely write your own posts).

February 21, 2014

Incredible French courses:

Check out how vast is your vocab in English:

Italian verbs conjugator (conjugation of more than 20,000 verbs)

University free language courses links:

Le Prononciateur:

English listening:

Rai 15 unit Italian course:

1850 italian songs with the original lyrics:

Video with links to Italian and French Music with lyrics:

Site with movies (most classic and cult ones) from USA, UK, France, Italy and many other countries; all movies in the original language with subtitles in Portuguese.

3 best Brazilian music sites( there's a lot of foreign music as well):

Letras.mus and Vagalume: A lot of music with lyrics:


February 22, 2014

I've created a page on the (unofficial) Duolingo Wikia page with the first random few of these links classified by language and category of help/content they provide. It'll be much more practical to find what we're looking for as the number of comments stack up on this post. I'll add the rest when I'll have more time. Feel free to add them yourselves, as I can't guarantee I'll have that much time to monitor this thread to test and add every link anyone posts here as soon as they do.

February 22, 2014

Added all the rest for you. :) It's current up to anything posted by February 23rd, 2014

February 23, 2014

Good job ! Have a few lingots !

February 23, 2014

Aw, thank you! ^_^

February 23, 2014

Professor Jason - free video lessons of Spanish and Portugese

Spanish grammar

February 20, 2014

Professor Jason is pretty awesome.

February 21, 2014 has free begining lessons. Next ones are paid. This is the one site I've paid subscription, because I think it is worth it

February 21, 2014

For German learners, is a really good online dictionary. All Germans I've met know and use it.

For learners of most Indo-European languages, has really good language tutorials with indepth grammar explanations for all the major IE language, and even some non IE languages, such as Turkish and Indonesian. This website with along with the book Mastering German Vocabulary are how I learned German when my high school didn't offer German.

February 23, 2014 is a great site I have recently found. It makes it so every word on any webpage can be clicked on for a translation. Better than that, it will save a list of words you have looked up (as well as the context in which you saw it) for further study. It will make them into flashcards if you want and they say more games are coming soon. It works for several languages - the site seems to be down right now or I would give a list.

February 24, 2014

I found the other day. A non-profit site, they currently offer parallel text from English to 55 different languages.

February 24, 2014
February 26, 2014

I'd like to add that if you have an iPhone/iPad/iPod/etc, you can download a free app called 'Tandem' which allows you to start chats with people of the language you are learning. You can either help them learn your native language, or they can help you learn their native language (eg. if I were speaking with a French person, I could help them improve their English, or they could help me to improve my French). It's a great app and everyone has been really helpful and kind on it. You can even voice call or video call the person you've started a chat with, so it could also be very useful for things like pronunciation. I definitely recommend it to anyone learning a language who would especially like to improve their communication/conversation skills (:

April 17, 2015

Cool, Thank You

February 19, 2014

Would be nice, to have a group or community for duolingo members in facebook, if someone is encourage, then we can do it and to start with a means for our idiomatic progress. I'm from colombia and speak spanish, I have talked by skype with people from Canada, EEUU,Rusia, Inglaterra and I feel that it has been really really helpful. Please correct me the mistakes. Thanks :)

February 20, 2014

Hi Luis. Here is a corrected version for you:

It would be nice to have a group or community for duolingo members on facebook, if someone likes the idea, then we can do it and to start with a means for our idiomatic progress. I'm from colombia and speak spanish, I have talked by skype with people from Canada, USA, Russia and England and I feel that it has been really really helpful. Please correct my mistakes. Thanks :)

I do not understand "to start with a means for our idiomatic progress". If your say it in Spanish I will try to transalate it :)

Sorry, I do not do Facebook :/

February 20, 2014

"idiom" can also mean language, I believe. So I think Luis means linguistic progress. :)

February 20, 2014

So maybe "use it as a way of improving our language skills"?

February 20, 2014

Yes, I think so. :)

February 20, 2014

As aminowrimo said, "idioma" in Spanish means language.

February 20, 2014

How do you make text appear in italic in posts on Duo ? It'd be most useful to limit the use of 2 and 3 levels of parenthesis and the overuse of quotes !

Does the Duo forum supports html tags ?

February 20, 2014

Never mind, I've found by myself :

Between single asterisks

Between double asterisks

Between triple asterisks

February 20, 2014

And for the curious among you, the Duo forum uses a part of the Markdown syntax to change the size of text, create quotes and links and inserting images, among other things, look it up here. Some things work and some don't. Try it out if you want.

February 26, 2014

Can you add this to your playlist of movies? this is the Spanish version of Frozen. It's kinda, you know, illegal :D And it's not in high definition though :o

February 20, 2014

Fantástico, puedo usage los ocho sitios. Gracías

February 20, 2014

I'm surprised that no one has posted pelis/series yonkis ... for Spanish that is.

An enormous collection of films and series dubbed into Spanish, latino and continental. It's all streaming.

February 20, 2014

you can try to listen to podcasts from native speakers. I listen french podcasts at this website I highly recommend it.

February 21, 2014

Try Zambombazo for Spanish

Also Euronews for all languages - dip into the English if you need to to clarify what is being said and then watch the other language version(s).

For German Deutsche Welle has courses at all levels and many fantastic features.

Also news in slow Spanish ,French and Italian are very good up to the minute sites and although there is a membership fee there is a huge resource of learning material for a very reasonable price.

Also there is Slow German

Good luck

February 21, 2014 It's a 50 day course. Hard but good. A movie designed to learn Spanish. Broken into 52 half-hour videos.

February 21, 2014

Here are some French related websites (all free) for more immersion into the language (media): -- Live French streaming radio. -- (Direct to the player) -- Radio-canada -- On demand French streaming audio and video. -- On demand French streaming videos. -- Live Quebec TV station streaming (not always on the air). -- Same as above but another station.

February 22, 2014

For single-language dictionaries:

Spanish: ( also links to this.)


Great site for audiobooks of books in the public domain in lots of different languages (even languages like Latin):

February 25, 2014
February 26, 2014

I'm not sure whether I should stick with Duolingo or go to Fluencia. I like Duoingo but I wish they would come out with more social features like you can talk with someone on the website in the language you are taking. So should I switch to fluencia?

May 14, 2014

I don't know if it's better than Duo, but it isn't free, at least not after a few lessons. Why not try it out up to the point where it becomes paying and then you can decide? And nothing prevents you from doing both. I think Duolingo is great for two reasons : it is free and it encourages to practice everyday. But in my opinion, it focuses too much on translation, which is absolutely not a good thing when you reach a certain level : at one point you have to stop thinking in your native language and do it directly in the language you want to speak, hence the benefits of language immersion (real ones, not the translating section of Duo).

May 26, 2014

I've been looking for a good source for learning Finnish. There are some videos on Youtube that have helped but I need something a bit more involving. Any one know anyplace off the top of their heads?

May 25, 2014

Isn't there any in the Multilingual section of this page? If you end up finding any good ones, would you either add them to the previously mentioned page or tell me so I can add it?

May 26, 2014

I'm a little late to the party here but is a cool website where if you're unsure of a pronunciation you can hear how natives would say it.

July 7, 2014

Thanks for your input! It's already on this page that we created in response to this discussion to keep the list of useful resources and add to it when people suggest other sites, whether here or elsewhere on Duo.

July 7, 2014

this is so helpful thanks :)

August 26, 2014

Late, but thank you so much!

February 22, 2015

The only two sites I use are duolingo and Really love fluencia even though I have to pay $15 a month. I only have 3 more level left. You learn literally everything on that site. I plan on investing in yabla most likely next month.

October 20, 2015

Thank you for this compilation. I will go check them out.

May 13, 2016

Thanks a lot. The youtube playlist you've created is showing an error(the playlist is set to private access), please check it.

September 24, 2018

Love it!

December 2, 2018

I think the title of this post should be changed to "Websites to Help with Spanish Learning", as most of the links are specific to the language you (Lexxy) are learning. Not sure if post title's can be edited by poster, though. :)

February 20, 2014

It can, but I believe she (the OP) intended for other users to complete the list with sites they know about other languages.

February 20, 2014

i just noticed that the posts where people said this would do better in the Spanish forum were downvoted. Appears we either hurt someone's feelings or otherwise offended someone. If there's some etiquette that I'm not aware of, feel free to let me know (post on wall is fine, since Duo doesn't offer private messaging). thx

February 22, 2014

I think a down vote just means people disagree, they don't need to be offended by something to disagree with it.

February 22, 2014

I think this would be better off in the Spanish forum.....

February 20, 2014

I thought about putting it there, but a lot of the websites are for other languages too. So I decided against it.

February 20, 2014

I believe the OP intended the post to serve for all languages but knew herself mostly Spanish ones since this is the language she's studying.

I believe it'd be more useful to keep them together since many sites offer help in more than one language and we wouldn't necessary look for them in the sub-forum of a language we're not currently learning.

February 20, 2014

List of Basque resources, music & more! :)

December 20, 2016
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