The following resources and products are ones I have personally used myself and I can recommend them as a beneficial tool for learning your target language. As of January 2016, I will no longer be listing products I have not actually used nor ones that I cannot recommend. These will be updated as I find and use more products and resources. I have also removed the comments section for this page. So if you would like to recommend a resource or product for me to try and review. Please use the contact form in the Contact Me page and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
LingQ: Authentic content provided by native speaking members. A help forum to ask questions and practise languages you are learning. All the lessons are free as well as a mobile app so you can learn on the go. Read and listen while creating “LingQs” for words you do not know and have them highlighted in yellow. 4 sets of flash cards to reinforce what you learn through SRS (Spaced Repetition System), Cloze Tests, Dictation and Multiple Choice. Get writing corrected and join in conversations with native speakers. Videos on the creator’s YouTube channel with advice on how to go about learning languages as well as tutorials on how to use LingQ. Share lessons public and private lessons. They offer English (as a Foreign Language), French, Spanish, Italian, German, Swedish, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, and Russian. In BETA they offer Norwegian, Esperanto, Polish, Czech, Finnish, Turkish, Arabic,Hebrew and Romanian.
Price: $10 (convert currency) per month (Premium) and $39 per month (Premium plus) *Mobile app available*
Memrise Good use of mnemonics to reinforce learning of vocabulary and an initiative to encourage repetitions by providing a “planting” feature to help your figurative plants grow as you progress in the language. Ideal for learning languages that use Chinese characters (ex: Mandarin, Japanese, Taiwanese, etc). The app helps keep you accountable with your language by providing your reminders and the ability to set a daily goal for your target languages.
Price: Free *Mobile app available*
Anki Supplement to learning languages with e-flash cards for learning vocabulary, grammar, and other aspects of the languages. The spaced-repetition helps you remember what you need by provide intervals of repetition until the words and phrases are learned. You can organise your cards that the more difficult words and phrases are more frequent while the easier words are much less frequent.
Price: Free download *Mobile app available*
Language Pod 101: Learn languages through various podcasts, useful PDF files, Online Spaced-Repetition Flashcards, Core 2000 Word Lists, Forums, and line-by-line audio transcripts. They have 34 languages to choose from as well as videos on YouTube and catered to language learners of all levels.
Price: Varies from $4-22.88 per month depending on whether you want the basic subscription, premium subscription or the premium plus subscription. *Mobile app available*
Italki has been my go-to language learning website for not only learning language but also teaching languages as well.
They have a tutors for a wide variety of languages. Even ones that are not as common. Such as Catalan, Azeri, Icelandic, and even Finnish! They provide you with the option of learning with an Informal Tutor and a Professional Teacher. Professional Teachers provide more structured lessons whilst the Informal Tutors provide conversation based lessons for the most part.
Price: It depends on the individual Informal Tutor/Professional Teacher.
Some teachers/tutors will be cheaper than others. I am sure you can find one that fits within your budget. They also have a forum which is divided by languages as well as a journal section for you to practise your writing and have it corrected by a native speaker of that particular language. You can ask questions on the forum but try not to ask about anything controversial or you will find it to be an unpleasant experience. Or at least that how I have witnessed it. They also have useful articles written by fellow members to assist you with certain aspects of a specific language. I even wrote an article there too! They also have the fantastic italki Language Challenge which I myself have done 4 different times! It’s a great way to strengthen your skills in learning a foreign language. I will say that if it hadn’t been for italki, I would have NEVER gotten the opportunity to explore and learn the Catalan language. This website (in my opinion of course) is a must have resource with your language learning. Especially, if you’re learning a language that isn’t that common or there are not a lot of resources available on that language.
HelloTalk is an very useful app when you want to have a phone conversation with native speakers in your target language. You can send them an SMS and an voice messages to your language exchange partner through the app. They also provide a transcription feature that allows you to change your speech into text as well as the option to correct your language partner’s mistakes. They provide two useful video tutorials to help you understand how to use the app. You can even arrange to call your language partner through the app for free!
Price: $9.99 per year (or $0.99 per month or $3.99 per 3 months). If you want to learn and teach more than one language then you will also have to pay $1.99
FluentU allows you to learn languages through an immersive system that adds learning to real-life videos people watch. If you love watching YouTube, NicoNicoDouga, Vimeo, DailyMotion, etc then you will really enjoy using FluentU to help immerse you in your target language. You can also check out my review for yourself to see if it’s worth your time. This also a must-have resource in your language arsenal for learning languages.
Price: $15 per month or $120 per year (Basic)/ $30 per month or $240 per year
FlashSticks has a lot of potential to assist language learners as a supplement tool for learning languages. They are post-it notes with vocabulary, an English translation and a silhouette image on them. What makes them powerful is that they have an app where a native speaker will pronounce the word in your target language for each FlashStick you scan. They also allow you to take pictures of everyday objects and they will translate them for you. At the moment they have packs for French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, English as a Foreign Language, and British Sign Language. They will be adding more languages in the future. So be sure to check back. Right now, they only languages that have FlashSticks for all levels is French and Spanish. Otherwise, the rest is just for beginners-low intermediate learners.
Price: £4.99 per individual pack. Box sets cost £29.99
LinguaLift is a great way to make use of the traditional method of learning languages in a more efficient and playful way. If you are learning Japanese, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin or French, this resource is definitely a must have. Plus, the staff interact with you to assist you with any questions you have and to check in on your progress. It’s well-organised so that you can find exactly what you want to learn in your target language with ease. There’s also good usage of Spaced Repetition to continue to keep you on track with your studies. After you work through each lesson they reward you with “Cake(Yum!)” section to reward you for your hard-work.
Price: $99 per month or $950 per year. 14 Day Free Trial available.