Free Online Language Courses

Want to learn a new language? The internet has a number of high-quality distance learning language courses. Best of all, many non-credit courses can be taken for free.

Arabic

Learn to Read Arabic (www.arabicreadingcourse.com) – “These are a few very basic learn-to-read-the-alphabet lessons.”

Babel: Arabic (i-cias.com/babel/arabic/index.htm) – “From your online computer you will have lessons with sound as well as grammar lessons.”

Armenian

Armenipedia (www.armeniapedia.org/index.php?title=Armenian_Lessons) - "This section has a free Eastern Armenian Lessons Online book, which will enable English speakers to learn Armenian at their own pace.”

Chinese

Rutgers Multimedia Chinese Teaching System (Chinese.rutgers.edu) – Chinese lessons from the State University of New Jersey.

Chinese Tools (www.chinese-tools.com) – "40 online lessons including reading, writing, modern vocabulary, grammar, examples and exercises.”

French

The French Tutorial (www.frenchtutorial.com) – “The French Tutorial is a web-based step by step lesson covering basics, pronunciation, but also grammar, vocabulary and everyday French. It offers audio support for better oral comprehension, a table of contents and an index for faster searches.”

French Language Course (www.jump-gate.com/languages/french/) – “The following French course is intended to allow you to understand written French (newspapers, articles, magazines, signs on the road during your next trip in France, etc.) and to write a letter to a French friend or correspondent.”

Word Prof (www.wordprof.com) – “If you've ever been lost for words in a French exam or when traveling in France our interactive* web site will help you learn all the French vocabulary you need.”

German

German for Travelers (www.learngermanonline.org/german-for-travellers) – “Dozens of free online resources.”

German for Beginners (www.deutschakademie.de/online-deutschkurs/english) – "The largest free German online course."

Hebrew

Foundation Stone (foundationstone.com.au) - “A free and easy to use Java application for you to learn Hebrew.”

Biblia Hebrew (www.bible101.org/hebrew) – “Found on this site are notes from a graduate Biblical Hebrew Level I class taught by Dr. David Wallace.”

Alph-Bet (darkwing.uoregon.edu/~ylcflx/Aleph-Bet) – “The tutorials on this site are designed to reinforce vocabulary and spelling for beginning students of modern Hebrew.”

Learn to Read Hebrew (www.cartoonhebrew.com) – “Fun methods based on pictures to help you to learn to read Hebrew, like yesterday!”

Italian


Parliamo italiano! (www.oneworlditaliano.com/english/italian/italian-course-free-online.htm) – "Take the free 37 unit Italian course."

The Italian Electronic Classroom (www.locuta.com/eclass.html) – “Aimed at providing free on-line, useful information on difficult aspects of the Italian language to students, teachers, translators, writers.”

Japanese

Free Japanese Lessons (www.freejapaneselessons.com) – “The goal of this page is to teach you the basics in a way that is, hopefully, easy to understand.”

Learn Japanese (www.learn-japanese.net) – “Provides the most comprehensive Japanese lessons on the web.”

Want more language learning? Take a look at the Peace Corps Language Courses Archive for lessons and audio content designed for international Peace Corps volunteers.