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Learning even a few words of another language will make your travel experience more enjoyable. That is why we include information on how to learn a language as part of our comprehensive travel information. There are a variety of resources available on the web to help people learn to speak another language. All the way from free online lessons to sites that have extensive lists and links to free and commercial products, services and organizations related to the language.  The links below are a mix of websites that have information for you to learn both popular foreign languages, as well as, those that are lesser known. 

The page you are on now lists either free-language resources or are language directory websites where they have links to other websites that have free or commercial language products. If you are looking for commercial language products, go to our
Language Stores page.  It lists online commercial language companies. Besides this page, here are the other pages on our website with language information.
 
Language Primer Here is some advice on learning a little of another language, especially if you are a traveler who does not want to become fluent in a language, from someone who has learned a few words in many languages while traveling the world and has developed language aids for travelers.
World Links-Languages This link will take you to our World Links - Languages section where you can find information on learning hundreds of languages.  All of our City and Place pages have a link to our language page for the languages spoken there. 
Languages This topic covers interesting facts about languages and useful links to language-related subjects such as how to display foreign fonts in your web browser.
Language Schools This page has information on how to find a language school including schools in other countries where you can go and learn a language as part of an immersive language course. 
Language Stores This will take you to our Language Store page where we have links to online commercial language websites that sell language aids and material such as courses, books, translators and language software. Note: each of our separate language pages also includes links to some commercial language websites also.

If you know of another site we should include, please use our Feedback form to contact us.
 

Language Resources

DMOZ Open Directory:  Learning a Language Learning a Language for Kids and Teens
Wikipedia:                   Foreign Language Accelerated Language Learning
 
About.com
AlphaDictionary
Arthur Lynn's World Languages
Call4ALL - World Language Clearinghouse
Digital Dialects
Foreign Languages.com
Foreign Language Resources on the Web
FreeLang.net
iLoveLanguages
Jennifer's Language Page!
Language on the Web

Language Index
Language Links
LCTL Project
Lexicool
LingNet
 
Linguist List
Links 2 Go: Languages
Little Explorers™ (Languages for Children)
Multilingualbooks.com
MyLanguageExchange
Native American Languages  
Open Language Archives
Summer Institute of Linguistics
The Rosetta Project
Tower of Babel-Language Center
TravLang
UCLA Language Materials Project
Word2Word
Yamada WWW Language Guides
YourDictionary.com-Language Courses  
   


About.com - Foreign Languages
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They are an excellent source of foreign language information.  They have links to on-line lessons in French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and English as a Second Language (ESL).  They also have comprehensive links to chat rooms and other language resources.
 
AlphaDictionary  
This is more than a source of translation dictionaries. It has a good list of all kinds of resources for many of the world's languages.
 
 
Arthur Lynn's World Languages  
This website has an extensive selection of commercial products to learn to speak over 200 languages presented in a simple, single page list of the languages in alphabetical order. Clicking on the language name will take you to a page that displays all the products available for that language which you can order directly from them. 
 

Call4ALL - World Language Clearinghouse  
The CALL4ALL Languages website is a major portal that has complied one of the most extensive collection of online dictionaries, encyclopedias, language learning links and teaching activities for over 100 major languages and thousands of language pairs. Check out their P-Products Page to find excellent software for Language Learning.
 
Classbrain.com - Foreign languages  
A wonderful website for kids and teens through high school with with links to language resources to learn different languages in the world including some of the lesser known languages. 
 

Digital Dialects Top
A beautiful website that covers about 50 languages. They have lists of words in different categories (numbers, vocabulary builder, fruits and vegetables, etc.) with the word shown in English and the other language. You can then practice what you have learned by playing simple interactive games. Requires the free Macromedia Flash Player.  
  

Free Language  
They offer free lessons, podcasts, courses, audio, video, study guides, and other learning material for around 20 of the major languages spoken in the world.
 
FreeLang.net
They offer links to free online language dictionaries, as well as, free software you can download and then download as many languages as you like.  They also have other language resources.
 

iLoveLanguages  
This site contains over 1,800 links to languages of the world. It has extensive categories you can chose from and is the most comprehensive collection of links to language information there is on the web.
  

Jennifer's Language Page  
This is a wonderful site where you can quickly find some basic phrases in hundreds of languages with a transliteration of each one (e.g., Good morning in Swahili - Kiswahili - is shown as "Habari za asubuhi". )  She also has excellent links to other language resources on the web.  Ms. Runner is a high school teacher.  She keeps her site up to date and is always adding new languages. Thank you Jennifer for helping out the planet by making it more friendly.
 

Language Links Top
A wonderful website with links to language resources to learn different languages in the world including some of the lesser known languages. 
  
Languages On The Web  
This is one of the best site we have found for quality links to a large number of languages.
 
Lexicool  
They are primarily a comprehensive directory of over 5,000 online bilingual and multilingual dictionaries and glossaries that are available for free on the Internet. 
 
Links 2 Go: Languages  
Good links to language and linguistic web sites including by categories. 
 
LingNet  
LingNet is dedicated to supporting the members of the Foreign Language Community in their language learning efforts.  LingNet is hosted at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) in Monterey, California.
 
Linguist List  
This is a free resource. The site is maintained by linguistics professors and graduate students, and supported entirely by donations.  Although intended for linguists and language students, they have links to various resources for languages. This is a good place to come if you can't find anything on a lesser known language. You can even ask for free help from a panel of linguists.
 
Little Explorers™ (Languages for Children) Top
This is language learning for children with a picture dictionary in various languages.
 
LCTL Project  
The Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Project is one of a number of projects which operates under the auspices of the University of Minnesota - Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA). Their project definition of less commonly taught languages includes all of the world's languages except English, French, German, and Spanish. The project's goals are to help advance the teaching and learning of LCTLs.

LCTL - Using their CARLA data base to find where you can learn a language.
Fill in a short form indicating the language you want to learn (you can click Select from list or type it in) and the state or province you live in (pull-down menu), in the United States or Canada and (optionally) select a course type. Note: You must select either a language, a state/province, or an institution, but you can select a combination of them. To see the widest selection of course available, do not select a Course Type.
 

Multilingualbooks.com
An excellent source of links to free and commercial products for foreign languages.  They also have language resources that includes list of foreign radio, TV and Podcasts online listings.
 
MyLanguageExchange.com
This is one of the most popular language exchange websites. You learn to speak another language with a native speaker of that language who is also learning your language via email, text chat or voice chat.
 

Native American Languages

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Here are some excellent resources for learning Native American languages.
 
 

Open Language Archives Community 
OLAC is an international partnership of institutions and individuals who are creating a worldwide virtual library of language resources by agreeing on the best way to digitally archive language resources, and by developing a network of interoperable repositories and services.
 

Summer Institute of Linguistics  
The Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) is the place to go for people who have a passion for languages. Although primarily designed for linguistic professionals, it has a section called Ethnologue - Languages of the World that not only lists every language spoken in a country, but how many people speak it, where it is spoken and other detailed information.  Even Microsoft Expedia™ links to them!
    
Sussex Language Institute - Language Learning Websites.

 

This is a section of the University of Sussex Language Institute and has excellent links to websites where you can learn languages of the world.
 

The Rosetta Project Top
The Rosetta Project has a growing collection of descriptions, text, audio files and other materials for 1,000 languages.  They have good links to resources for these languages.
 
Tower of Babel-Language Center  
They have a nice alphabetical list of languages and links to resources.
 
TravLang: Foreign Languages For Travelers

 

This site contains text and sound files for over 60 different languages including this language which you can learn on-line for free. It also has links to other language sites.
 

UCLA Language Materials Project

 

This beautiful and comprehensive site has learning resources for less commonly taught languages of the world.  They also have language profiles that include maps showing in which parts of a country a language is spoken.
 

Word2Word  
The Word2Word has taken over the extensive language resource material that began life as a product of the Rivendell site.
   

Yamada WWW Language Guides

 

A nice alphabetical list of languages and WWW resources. They also cover Usenet new groups in different languages.
  
YourDictionary.com-Grammar and Language Courses

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A nice alphabetical list of online language lessons, grammar, newspaper, radio/TV and dictionary resources.
 
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