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10 Educational Sites To Teach You Languages For Free

10 Educational Sites To Teach You Languages For Free

There are so many great reasons to take the time to learn a new language. Unfortunately, many of the well-known resources for learning to speak or read a new language cost way too much money. This doesn’t mean that learning a new language, improving language skills, or developing a stronger cultural understanding is impossible.

There are definitely ways in which all of these things can be done for free. Not convinced? Check out these free resources for learning to speak a new language.

1. Babbel

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    Babbel.com is a website that offers visitors the opportunity to learn several languages for free. These include Portuguese, English, German, and Russian, among many others. Babbel is extremely friendly for mobile users, and it provides a very practical benefit by including teaching methods that allow consumers to begin learning to speak the language right away.

    This feature is especially useful for those who want or need to apply their new language abilities in practical situations.

    2. BestEssay.Education

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      Not every free language education website is intended to meet the needs of those who have absolutely no familiarity with a particular language.

      Some websites, like bestessay.education, are a great resource for college students whose native language is not English. Bestessay.education serves students who are bright and talented, and who have established a significant mastery of the English language but need some additional polish on their writing assignments.

      3. Busuu.com

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        Busuu is a social learning website where users register, select a language that they wish to learn, and then begin their lessons.

        People who use Busuu can interact and socialize with one another and native speakers as a way to practice and test out the skills that they have picked up. This is a good option for those who learn best via social experience.

        4. Livemocha.com

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          This is another free language learning website that leverages social interaction as a means to help people learn languages for free. If you join Livemocha.com, you can take language lessons, have conversations with native speakers, and get great information from the many blog posts published to this website.

          5. British Broadcasting Company

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            If you have ever wanted to quickly develop practical foreign language skills, you can accomplish this through the British Broadcasting Company’s language pages. The pages that are featured here are now static and no longer updated, but don’t let that scare you away. You can still access interactive learning experiences that give you the opportunity to learn over thirty languages.

            Do you know somebody who is planning a vacation in the near future, and who might benefit from developing some language skills that will allow them to order food, reserve a hotel room, or simply introduce themselves to others? You could do a big favor for them by sharing this post.

            6. Duolingo.com

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              Duolingo combines free, socially driven language learning with more traditional and measurable teaching methods. As with similar websites, those using Duolingo take various lessons where they work on their own to develop language skills.

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              These self-paced classes are great for anybody who wants language immersion without immediate instruction. However, for those who do crave feedback and instruction, there are many teachers who will gladly provide feedback and progress reports. If you enjoy a challenge, try to keep your streaks going and earn as many hearts as you possibly can.

              7. LearnaLanguage.com

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                This website delivers the curriculum provided by visual link languages in a way that makes learning a new language both fun and practical. This website allows you to learn through a slightly different interactive experience. You can select the language that you want to learn and you will be immediately immersed into a variety of language learning opportunities that utilize visuals as well as videos.

                8. Byki.com

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                  If you are a fan of the focused learning experience that is created by flash cards, you will Love Byki.com. There is both a free and a premium option, but those who wish to learn a new language for free will certainly enjoy the languages lessons that are provided to them via Byki. This is a great site for those who want to interact with their chosen language site via a mobile or touch screen enabled device.

                  9. Openculture.com

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                    If you are interested in learning more than just a language for free, this is the perfect website for you. This website is as dedicated to cultural education as it is to language-based education. This means that students who take the classes can learn languages while enjoying an immersion experience.

                    If you love the idea of learning a new language, learning about a new culture, or possibly all three at once, openculture.com is a fun and youth-oriented place to begin to learn.

                    10. Hinative.com

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                      Picture this, you are going on a business trip and want to impress your boss. Or, you are preparing to go on a personal vacation to a place where you only barely know the language. You want to learn the language, but you only want to receive assistance from natives. Imagine being able to ask a native speaker directly how to pronounce something, or asking them about whether or not a translation is correct.

                      This is not a place to learn a language from the ground up, but it is definitely a website that assists people in expanding their language skills.

                      Featured photo credit: Davide Ragusa via barnimages.com

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                      Last Updated on August 6, 2020

                      6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

                      6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

                      We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

                      “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

                      Are we speaking the same language?

                      My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

                      When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

                      Am I being lazy?

                      When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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                      Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

                      Early in the relationship:

                      “Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

                      When the relationship is established:

                      “Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

                      It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

                      Have I actually got anything to say?

                      When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

                      A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

                      When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

                      Am I painting an accurate picture?

                      One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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                      How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

                      Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

                      What words am I using?

                      It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

                      Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

                      Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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                      Is the map really the territory?

                      Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

                      A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

                      I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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