Language learning is big business that was at one time dominated by two or three big companies and universities, but times have changed!
Today there are programs of all kinds available to anyone who wants to learn – the most popular of which are available online. These courses range from completely free to quite expensive. The style of each depends on your preferences.
The influx in these programs is because you can actually make a good amount of money selling a language course. You don’t need to compete directly with the “big players” either, it’s all about how you spin it.
If you are interested in learning a new language then the list below is for you. If you happen to know of others then feel free to leave them in the comments (if you want to mention your own course then feel free to include it in the comments as well).
7 Places to Learn a Language (Other than Rosetta Stone)
Popular free option that really relies upon gamification. One that I personally use.
Free tool for refreshing or learning vocabulary. It is sort of like an advanced ‘flashcard’ system. It can be used in conjunction with Duolingo.
The most unique of them all, FluentU is a library of videos taken from online and television shows. The conversations are subtitled and you can hover over the subtitles to add words to your review list, or to just get the definition.
Not a course, but an online platform for finding a native speaker to learn from over Skype. There are also official tutors who offer structured programs at an affordable price.
Similar to FluentU except it is free and doesn’t use videos but instead various audio clips. Some gaming elements as well.
Great alternative to Rosetta Stone as it teaches practical language skills from the first lesson rather than random, disjointed vocab recall. It’s on the pricier side.
You will be hard pressed to find an honest review of this program. Everyone seems to be an affiliate. That said, it does offer a lot for the price.