Resources For Language Learners
On this page I've listed some of my favourite and most recommended tools, resources, and courses that can help you learn a language much faster.
Update April 2019: I've removed some services and tools I no longer feel comfortable recommending, or I already recommend another, better service offering the same thing. My goal is to point you towards the best, not just every service/tool.
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Why learn or improve a language with iTalki?
- Learning the real language from people is the most effective way to get fluent
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Unlimited 1-on-1 lessons for Spanish learners
Unlimited private 1-on-1 lessons with native Spanish speakers for $149 per month.
There are no restrictions, and you can cancel anytime. Perfect if you want to become fluent in Spanish quickly, and can set aside the time to do a lot of regular sessions.
You can also get specialised help to pass the DELE-exam, if you require this certificate for work or personal achievement.
Great for on-the-go learning
For a low monthly subscription you get access to hundreds (even thousands!) of lessons and useful tools for learning your target language. There are 35 languages available to learn!
I love podcasts like this, because you can listen on the commute, while doing chores or anywhere else where you can't study like when you're at your desk.
Master the hardest grammar
Learn grammar through 15 short stories with Grammar Hero. Each story focuses on a specific tricky grammar point for you to learn in context, and then followed by exercises so you can cement the knowledge.
Available for: French, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian, or Brazilian Portuguese
How to Learn Languages
Fluent in 3 Months Premium: Learn what it takes to become a language hacker, and achieve basic conversational ability in 3 months. Pay once, use the wisdom forever.
Conversation Countdown: Let top language hacker Benny Lewis show you how to speak your target language with a native speaker within 7 days.
Successful Self-Study: How to learn a language on your own in no time, without any language classes by Lindsay Dow from LindsayDoesLanguages.
Language Learning Foundations: Take a short-cut and let 8-language polyglot Olly Richards teach you the secrets of his success.
Say Goodbye to Shy: Book and companion course on how to learn languages more effectively if you're an introvert or simply feel shy when trying to talk to people.
Conversations:Helps to understand real language & transform listening skills in less than 90 Days. Available in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
Speechling.com – Record yourself and get instant feedback on your pronunciation within 24 hours! Use promo code: ACTFLU at checkout for 10% off!
Fluent Spanish Academy – For intermediate Spanish learners who want to take their Spanish to the next level.
Grammar Hero – For intermediate learners of German, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese to master some of the trickiest grammar points of each language through stories.
Uncovered Courses (Complete Beginner) – Learn Spanish, Italian, German, or French through stories.
How to Speak Any Language Fluently: Fun, stimulating and effective methods to help anyone learn languages faster by Alex Rawlings
Language Habit Mastery: Struggle to staying consistent in your learning? Take this 6-week course and build unstoppable habits with no more frustration.
Memrise – My favourite flashcard software. Free.
Ankisrs.net – Alternative to Memrise, spaced repetition flashcard software. Allows you to design your own decks.
LanguageBoost – Learn the top 500 words in many languages for rapid fluency.
Clozemaster – Gamify your learning and learn in context with tons of languages to choose from.
Duolingo – FREE language courses available in many languages, great for on-the-go learning.
Tutoring and Exchanges
HelloTalk – One of the best language exchange apps right now.
Lang-8 – Submit text to have corrected by native speakers.
Bab.la – Comprehensive selection of dictionaries, tools, and resources for language learners all provided for free.
Forvo – Listen to native speakers pronouncing millions of words
RhinoSpike – Request pronunciations from native speakers and contribute your own voice.
CoolJugator – Conjugate verbs in many languages.
Jolly Baby Club: Teach your infant English with these cheery cartoons.
Shows and Podcasts
The Actual Fluency Podcast: My own weekly podcast, where I interview amazing learners in the community and many more.
The Fluent Show: Kerstin Cable and Lindsay Williams tackle language learning topics on a weekly basis.
The I will Teach You a Language Podcast: Where host Olly Richards answers questions from language learners around the world.
Foreign Language Mastery: John Fotheringham interviews polyglots and language learners about their favourite methods, tips and tricks.