Learning a language does not need to happen in the classroom, nor even in person.
Modern technologies and communication tools allow us to gain direct access to the best language teachers, courses, and native speakers, no matter where we live. Imagine sitting at home and being able to connect with native speakers from the other side of the world while they teach you their language.
The amazing cultural experience is just one benefit of online learning. The flexibility of learning a language online allows you to fit learning into your busy schedule. That means no more commuting, no more fixed schedules, and no more buying expensive coffees just to sit at Starbucks cafes.
We’re going to share the top 12 websites that will teach you a new language from anywhere in the world. Enjoy!
Live Lessons With Professional Teachers
Live one-on-one lessons are the most powerful tools for learning to speak a new language. Online one-on-one lessons provide you with the same benefits as in-person lessons, but without the commuting time, and they are more affordable and effective than language schools.
1. Rype – Rype was founded with the mission of providing quality language lessons at a fair price. Members pay a flat membership price instead of paying per lesson, and they get to book lessons every single day with fully vetted professional teachers (which comes out to ~$3/session).
2. Livelingua – Livelingua is a Skype-based language lesson platform offering private lessons for popular languages.
3. Verbal Planet – A similar website to Livelingua, Verbal Planet offers Skype-based lessons that cost about $22 for 45 minutes.
4. Tutorming – Tutorming is focused strictly on Mandarin. This company has developed a niche in finding their customers qualified Mandarin teachers online.
If you have the time, and you enjoy meeting like-minded people online, conversation exchanges may be an option for you. Unlike professional language lessons, conversation exchanges require a little more time and patience because members are not trained nor vetted as teachers. Read about the pros and cons of conversation exchanges here.
5. Conversation Exchange – Find like-minded language lovers you can trade tips with on Conversation Exchange. Or, if you’re lucky, you can find language partners who can speak both English and the target language you’re trying to learn.
6. Language Exchange – Language Exchange is a similar to Conversation Exchange, with over 3 million members spanning 133 countries around the world.
7. Livemocha – Now owned by Rosetta Stone, Livemocha is a popular language exchange that allows you to filter through partners by language, country, location, etc. It gives you many options to connect with people, including SMS text, voice chats, and more.
Language App Courses
Language apps have been on the rise as smartphone adoption has increased. Many of them are free or cheap, and some are fun to play since they’re gamified. They’re not the best option if you want to learn how to speak the language, but most will teach you the basics of grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure.
8. Duolingo – This is the most popular app out there, and it’s now automatically installed into new iPhones. While it comes with its own limitations, it’s a great way to dip your feet into the pool when you’re learning a new language.
9. FluentU – FluentU is also known as “Netflix for language.” They’ve curated videos, tutorials, and exercises for users who pay a flat monthly fee.
Over to you
Any thoughts on the language websites that we mentioned above? Which ones have you tried so far, and what has been your experience with them (good or bad)? Let us know below in the comments. Thanks for reading this far!