Resources For Language Learners

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Unlimited 1-on-1 lessons for Spanish learners

Unlimited private 1-on-1 lessons with native Spanish speakers for just $129 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. 

Glossika: Spaced Repetition Audio Courses

Glossika offers a high value spaced-repetition system with a ton of language combinations to learn included in the monthly subscription.

Fluent in 3 Months Premium

The Fluent in 3 Months Premium Program is a high-value membership site produced by Benny Lewis, best-selling author and internationally renowned polyglot.

How to Learn Languages

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.

Audio-based Methods

Conversations:Helps to understand real language & transform listening skills in less than 90 Days. Available in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

Pimsleur – 30 minute lessons with extensive pronunciation and spaced repetition elements. Read my review here.

Glossika – Sentence-based spaced repetition. Includes 3000 sentences at an affordable price.

Innovative Languages – Premium podcasts available in 35 languages with hundreds of lessons for each language. Read my review.

Rocket Languages: High-quality audio-based method available in a dozen languages. Read my review.

Speechling.com – Record yourself and get instant feedback on your pronunciation within 24 hours! Use promo code: ACTFLU at checkout for 10% off!

Online Courses

LinguaLift – Super premium courses with 24/7 tutor contact.

Babbel – Extensive courses available in many languages. Small cost.

Mondly – Courses in 33 languages with optional Premium upgrade.

Duolingo – FREE language courses available in many languages, great for on-the-go learning.

Fluent Spanish Academy (Beginner): Learn how to speak Spanish like a local through stories.

Fluent Spanish Academy – For intermediate Spanish learners who want to take their Spanish to the next level.

Memory Training

Memory Training Kit from expert Anthony Metivier – Improve your memory in 8 days or less using these 8 unusual techniques. FREE!

Books

Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World By Benny Lewis. My review.

Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner. Podcast Episode.

How to Speak Any Language Fluently: Fun, stimulating and effective methods to help anyone learn languages faster by Alex Rawlings

Accountability / Motivation

Language Motivation Mastery: Turbocharge your motivation and accountability with this 6 weeks program.

Spaced Repetition

Memrise – My favourite flashcard software. Free.

Ankisrs.net – Alternative to Memrise, spaced repetition flashcard software. Allows you to design your own decks.

LingQ – Learn new vocabulary through reading and listening to a vast amount of material. Free for limited use, with a premium membership costing about 10 USD per month.

Learn With Oliver – Flashcards on Steroids. Many features available free, but to unlock everything you will need to pay a small monthly fee.

Bliu Bliu – Algorithm based reading tool, that serves you content suited exactly for your level. Great if you want to get into reading in your target language fast.

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.

Tutoring and Exchanges

iTalki – Find a tutor or teacher from all over the world at affordable price. If you pay for a lesson you'll get 100 free credits towards the next lesson. HIGHLY recommended. Read my review.

Baselang – For Spanish learners: Unlimited Spanish tutoring for just $129/month. Get $10 off your first month.

InterPals – Originally designed as a pen-pal site, it is super easy to find native speakers who will help you out. I was literally swarmed with choices when I searched for native Russian speakers, and everyone I contacted have been super friendly.

Sharedlingo – Live chat language exchange service. Chat to people in real-time and practice your languages.

HelloTalk – One of the best language exchange app right now.

Tandem – Talk about your favourite subjects in your target language with over 1 million users of this language exchange application. Tutoring also available directly.

Various

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. Recommended.

Forvo – Listen to native speakers pronouncing millions of words

RhinoSpike – Request pronunciations from native speakers and contribute your own voice.

LanguageLearningPortal – Find language courses around the world.

Teach English overseas –  Online teach-English-as-a-foreign-language courses that enable you to start teaching English in most of the world. Requires an upfront investment, but you can find tons of jobs on their website.

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.

Foreign Language Mastery: John Fotheringham interviews polyglots and language learners about their favourite methods, tips and tricks.

The Fluent Show: Kerstin Cable and Lindsay Dow 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.

YouTube

Olly Richards – Practical and helpful tips and tricks about the language learning lifestyle.

LanguageBoost – Watch polyglots Jan and Lucas share their techniques to rapid language learning, and videos from all over the world.

Steve Kaufmann – The man, the myth, the legend Steve Kaufmann produces regular video content about foreign language learning. Well worth a sub. 

Kuma Brand – Robin MacPherson shares day-to-day vlogs and musings on learning, maintaining, and reactivating laguages. 

Travel the world

AirBnB – Rent rooms or whole apartments from private people for less than the cost of a hotel room. Get $20 off your first booking.

UBER – My favourite taxi-app. It's super easy to use, payment is secure over the app and it's 40-50% cheaper than traditional taxis. You get $10 credit by signing up via me.

Tell the world about your learning

WPXHosting (to host your website): This is where Actual Fluency and all my other projects are hosted. I used to recommend cheaper shared options with Godaddy and Hostgator, but the speed performance is just awful. WPX is dedicated hosting at a very affordable price. You can host up to 5 sites on your basic plan, and there's a 24/7 live support available that answers in seconds.

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