How to Learn A Foreign Language For FREE!

Full Foreign Language Curriculum

Duolingo Foreign Language System –  Duolingo is a free online foreign language learning system.   It has several different languages to choose from such as Spanish, French, German, Italian, and many more!

The BBC – The BBC has a great collection of language courses available for free. They have extensive courses in French, Spanish, Greek, Chinese, German, Italian, Portuguese, and a “Quick Fix” of essential phrases in 40 languages.

  • Learn German as a story presented in pictures, sound, and text.
  • French Steps has been organized for use in short sessions that you can fit around your own schedule.
  • Spanish is taught here as an interactive video drama and Spanish course called Mi Vida Loca. It takes you on an intriguing mystery adventure to Madrid. There are 22 episodes, about 10 min each, covering basic learning points for Spanish absolute beginners. You can go through the vocabulary and grammar in more detail and at your own pace, then complete various activities for practice.
  • Spanish Steps will introduce you to simple, spoken Spanish language to help you order meals, introduce yourself, and other things for helping you travel in Spanish-speaking areas.

Learn Out Loud – Learn out Loud has many free downloads, which vary from time to time. Most of these are introductory units and if you like it you can purchase more lessons. Some of them are also ESL learning. It’s a good way to get your feet wet in a language for free. Learn Out Loud has lessons in Chinese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, and several other languages too!

ESL – The American English course has 40 units, which include basic conversation dialogue as well as more complicated “short talk” sessions with a quiz to check for understanding.


Latin Resources – HUGE List of FREE Latin Learning Resources including declension worksheets, games and puzzles, curriculum, games, flashcards, and more!

Latinum teaches Latin for FREE! I’ve looked at many paid homeschool curriculum options and couldn’t quite decide on what o buy, so we haven’t done any. There is no need to buy a book if you can make do with the digital copies online. It also has audio via podcast to help your brain process the language in its natural order. It is all at no charge to you, however, they will accept and appreciate a $5 donation at the podcast page if you feel inclined to do that.


Free High School French Curriculum –  Free High School French Curriculum from the University of Texas.  This curriculum includes an online textbook, videos, vocabulary, and much more.

French Steps – French Steps has been organized for use in short sessions that you can fit around your own schedule.


Learn Greek Online – From Kypros, this is currently composed of real audio files (which are around 15 minutes each) and online student notes.

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  1. I don’t know about every library system, but I know here in the county in CA where I live, the library has numerous databases, and Mango languages is one of them. We can access Mango to learn 30+ languages for free!! That is another option for your readers to explore.

    • Oh nice!! I need to ask my library about that – thanks so much for sharing!

    • Unfortunately that depends on if you have the language packs on your cd. Usually such cds have just one language pack. What you can do is install it in spanish and then borrow a disc in the english version from a friend and it will give you the option of installing only the language pack. Also downloading language packs is another option.

  2. Katherine says

    My library has a partnership with
    It’s amazing! Never underestimate the power of a library! 🙂

  3. I also really like to use the Duolingo app on my phone… it’s free and there are so many languages to choose from once you download it.

  4. Cari Flores says

    Duolingo is another really neat, free resource for learning languages. Many schools use it now too.



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