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.


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


Armenipedia ( - "This section has a free Eastern Armenian Lessons Online book, which will enable English speakers to learn Armenian at their own pace.”


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

Chinese Tools ( – "40 online lessons including reading, writing, modern vocabulary, grammar, examples and exercises.”


The French Tutorial ( – “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 ( – “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 ( – “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 for Travelers ( – “Dozens of free online resources.”

German for Beginners ( – "The largest free German online course."


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

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

Alph-Bet ( – “The tutorials on this site are designed to reinforce vocabulary and spelling for beginning students of modern Hebrew.”

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


Parliamo italiano! ( – "Take the free 37 unit Italian course."

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


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

Learn Japanese ( – “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.