Anyone who knows me knows that I love learning languages. Yes, I have a tendency to get bored and switch the languages that I am actively studying, but I find it fun nonetheless. If you’re anything like me, despite your desire to learn a new language, you might not have hundreds of dollars to shell out to take formal classes and buy expensive textbooks. So today, I am going to share with you, how you can learn a language for FREE!
- Language learning apps/websites
- DuoLingo is the app/website I use the most, as it is my personal favorite. It has many languages to choose from, and seems to always have new languages in the works! I have tried the French, Spanish, and German language courses (the last of which I am doing currently). It is based on translation and has a variety of different activities that keep me interested in the lesson. And each lesson is short, so if you are busy you can simply do one five-minute lesson per day!
- Memrise is an app I have used for Korean, but they have many different languages to choose from. This one is a good option, but I wouldn’t use it alone: it’s more of a flash card app, so this is good app to use alongside other resources. (If you want to learn Korean, use it alongside the Talk To Me in Korean PDFs/Podcasts!)
- Honorable Mentions: Babbel and Rosetta Stone both have apps as well, although I have never used them. I know people like them though, so there must be a reason! That being said, the Rosetta Stone app only has, I believe, the first three levels for free. It also doesn’t teach much grammar, from what I’ve heard.
- Reading is a super important skill to keep up with, and is something that the language learning apps won’t give you enough of. If you don’t want to order books online, try switching your phone to your target language, and looking for news, magazines that have articles online, or even fanfiction! Some websites even have simplified news articles for language learners if you do some searching.
- This one is pretty simple: keep a language journal! This is one of the #1 tips I have continuously heard when it comes to how to become fluent in a language: Just write something in the target language every day in your journal, and you’d be surprised how much it can help!
- YouTube is a great resource to find real people speaking naturally. Do some research on who the famous youtubers are in your target language go! Movies are always good too, and you can usually stream some online for free. For more advanced listeners, look for usually use more advanced vocabulary.
- HelloTalk is a great app to find language partners. Simply make an account on the app, select your native language and target language, find people who speak those languages, and message them! You can interact by texting, voice recording, and calling all on the app! Usually you might spend half the time in your native language and half the time in theirs. Be warned though, you might get a lot of messages, so it is okay to weed through them and pick the ones you want to respond to!
Have you used any of these? Have any advice to add? Let me know in the comments!