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6 Best Free Language Learning Websites

Speaking a foreign language has many benefits including making us smarter, improving our memory, but most important – it’s the best way for travellers to tap into foreign cultures. If you want to learn a foreign language but don’t want to pay for a class, here are 6 great free language learning platforms for you to learn a new language. I have personally used these websites for improving my Norwegian and Polish languages skills and these language learning platforms have really helped me.

Duolingo

Duolingo is an interactive online languages learning platform which provides lessons in 13 languages for free with speaking, listening, translation, and multiple choice challenges at different levels. What’s good is that you don’t even have to create an account to try it. 

Livemocha

Livemocha provides free online lessons in more than 35 foreign languages. Their learning platform contains well-structured lessons that first presents new material and after asks users to test what they’ve learned. The main difference from Doulingo, is that Livemocha is more a community and you are able to send your written or recorded audio assignment to a native speaker for a check.

Busuu

Busuu languages learning platform allows you to learn for free new vocabulary words and phrases supported by dialogues, writing exercises, audio recording options, networking with other language learners and native speakers. Note that this site has limited functionality for free users but all learning features are available for a small subscription fee.

Memrise

Memrise languages learning website provides mnemonic flashcards in a wide range of foreign languages that use your pre-existing knowledge to help remember new vocabulary. The system is always expanding as it’s open to members for adding their own public vocabulary lists and suggestions.

Lang-8

Lang-8 is a great place to brush up your foreign language writing skills for free. This is a community of native speakers of various world languages who offer revisions and tips on the posts made in their languages (you have to pay it forward by helping others out with your native language too).

BBC Languages

BBC Languages provide a free mini-introduction to almost 40 different languages: courses, audio, video and games, including the alphabet, phrases, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, activities and tests.

That’s list of sites I personally use for improving my foreign languages skills. Do you know some other websites that support in learning a new language? Leave a link in a comment box below. Thanks!