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Free & Low-Cost Resources For Language Learners
Wisconsin’s Digital Library/Overdrive eBooks
Multilingual and language learning eBooks and digital audiobooks– free with your library card!
Cambridge English (Free)
Choose from hundreds of free Language Learning courses or pay to earn a Course or Specialization Certificate.
Take free online language courses in English, French, Mandarin and more. Courses include English Grammar and Essay Writing from UC Berkeley, Chinese Language: Learn Basic Mandarin from MandarinX and Conversational English from Tsinghua University.
Babble (Freemium for Android/iOS)
Babbel has been compared, by some, to a college-level language course.
Babbel is free, or you can subscribe to a package. Monthly subscriptions are $13, a three-month subscription is $27, six months costs $45, and one year is $84.
Duolingo (Free for Android/iOS)
Unique features and a clear structure make it a reliable place to learn new languages or sharpen your skills.
The Premium version (not required) of Duolingo is $10 per month and includes an ad-free experience, downloadable lessons, and unlimited “health.”
Gale Courses (Free with your library card)
Gale Courses is another option, with classes like Speed Spanish, Conversational French, Spanish for Medical Professionals, Italian, Conversational Japanese, and sign language.
These classes are a good option if you want a more traditional classroom structure since the courses are taught by instructors and include assignments and homework, and classes last six weeks, with new sections opening each month. You can look at the syllabus before enrolling.
Memrise (Freemium for Android/iOS)
Learn as fast as humanly possible.
A few lessons are available for free daily, but the full program unlocks if you subscribe to Memrise Pro. There are three plans — one month for $9, a year for $30 or three months for $18.
Language Learner Resource Lists
Wisconsin English Language Learner (ELL) Resources
Learning Norwegian Online
Recommended Free Language Resources For Kids
Duolingo ABC (Free for Android/iOS)
Designed by education experts to help your child learn to read English – 100% free!
This site from the British Council has games, stories, and videos to help native speakers of Chinese, Arabic, Russian, French and Spanish learn English. The site includes resources for parents and teachers.
PBS Kids Wisconsin
Oh Noah!, (formerly known as Noah Comprende) is designed to teach Spanish to children ages six to eight through animated videos with embedded games that help build vocabulary. In each video, a misunderstanding launches a comic misadventure.