Whether your goal is expanding your vocabulary, expanding your circle of friends or just making sure you don't sound like an absolute oaf on your overseas vacation, it can be quite intimidating to stare down the task of learning a new language. Today's version of high school French class (or Spanish, German, Italian, you get the idea), doesn't take place within the pages of a textbook. Instead, you can get a global education right from your computer or phone.
This popular app gamifies the learning experience, with fun word games and puzzles that will instill new words and phrases into your brain without barely trying.
You might already have a free Spotify account to listen to music at your desk (a premium account lets you listen on the go with your phone), but did you know there are language lessons available on Spotify, too? Browse to discover curated playlists made up of audio courses geared towards learning all sorts of lingos.
Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, German, Swedish, Irish, Portugese, Arabic, Russian
Get them here: Download and open Spotify, go to Browse > Genres > Word and look for the sessions. Or just search for "Learn Russian."
A community of users on Memrise create and share fun and free online learning courses to introduce students—at any level—to new languages and vocabulary.
This app uses a familiar angle to help immerse you in a new language: Actual conversation. Hellotalk connects you to native speakers around the world who help you refine your skills through text, audio and video conversations. (And, yes, you help them to learn English along the journey.)
Languages: French, German, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Italian
Platforms: Apple App Store, Google Play
Get it here: Hellotalk.com
This isn't an education destination, but it is a very lively forum full of other internet citizens with the same noble goal as you. Users frequently share resources that helped them expand their learning.
Have you used any of these methods to learn a language before? How did it go?