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Best Websites to Help You Learn a Foreign Language Online

Updated on April 1, 2013
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Wouldn't it be great to be able to speak a foreign language? Even though a lot of people used to learn either French or Spanish at school, quite often it's long forgotten. The common way of looking at learning a foreign language is that you have to enrol into a course, pay the money, buy textbooks, and practice regularly. Well, only the practice regularly bit is true. That's because there are some amazing websites where you can learn a foreign language online. Here is a list of best websites that will help you learn a foreign language:

1. LiveMocha

LiveMocha is an amazing community site where you can learn foreign languages online. It has members from around the world and free courses for pretty much any language - from English and Spanish to Hindi and Mongolian. There are also active courses for which you have to pay with Mocha tokens. You can earn these tokens by helping other people learn your native language, which is a lot of fun. LiveMocha courses have reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises, which you can submit for review. You can even record your voice for native speakers to check your pronunciation. In addition to that, LiveMocha has paid courses where you can hire a qualified personal language tutor. All in all, LiveMocha is a great website where you can learn Spanish online, learn Chinese online, learn French online, or learn any other language!

2. Word2Word

Word2Word is a website that doesn't really offer online language courses, but it's a great database that has pretty much all free language lessons on the web available. The database is really easy to search and the choice of languages is great. This is a very useful website for finding online language learning materials.

3. Babbel

Babbel is a wonderful website where you can learn 11 languages online (German, English, French Indonesian, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish). It employs advanced online language learning technology and has effective courses and a nice friendly community. Babbel is not free and prices start a $7.45 per month if you subscribe for a 6-month course. That's amazing value compared to traditional language courses. There is a money-back guarantee and you can cancel at any time if you are not fully satisfied with the course.

4. YouTube

Yes, YouTube! Just go to YouTube and do a search for lessons for the language you want to learn. For example, do a search for "learn Spanish videos". There will be a whole bunch of amazing video and audio materials to help you learn the foreign language of your choice.

5. is a great free resource for learning several different languages, including French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, German, Italian and more. It has comprehensive grammar tutorials with exercises, as well as other learning materials such as books and audio. Learning with this site requires self-discipline, but it can help you achieve great results.

These websites will help you learn a foreign language online. Let me know if you know of any other useful websites!


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      Pascal 5 years ago

      These are some great resources to learn a foreign language. I love Youtube & LiveMocha.I will bookmark this hub. I found another site that helps to learn foreign languages as well at

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      Snurre 6 years ago

      Xenonlit, thanks for your comment! Livemocha has a huge South American community who are very nice and extremely helpful. I'm really enjoying learning Spanish there. Give it a go :)

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      Xenonlit 6 years ago

      Oh thanks. I bookmarked this too. Living in California, we have so many languages that flow through the air. Even though Spanish was mandatory all through grade school, these sites will help!

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      Snurre 6 years ago

      Thanks for your comment!

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      Injured lamb 6 years ago

      Bookmarked this, thanks for the sharing Liz, it would give me some help when I am ready for the language learning. Regards...