There are countless benefits of learning new languages. – knowing different cultures, communicating in foreign country at ease, understand marvelous music, movies and art from other nation’s artists, global business handling and last but not the least – it’s fun.
Here are hand-picked websites and mobile applications to get you started:
Are you ready?
Bookmark this article as a resource you can refer to later in your journey to learn new languages and cultures. The resources below are timeless.
Ba Ba Dum – Friendly website where you can learn 1500 words, in 13 languages on 5 different games. It’s quite addictive and colorful.
Babbel – Community driven platform to learn 14 different languages. They also have mobile and tablet apps.
Memrise – Offers thousands of courses created by the community members. Courses are available in science or history too, in different languages. Their mobile app is amusing and a great way to learn with real-time exercises.
Busuu – A social network for learning new languages. If you stuck somewhere, the community of 40 million users will help you at any time. It has iPhone and android apps too.
Duolingo – The most popular and completely free website to learn dozens of languages. Also available as smart phones apps.
“Learning a foreign language not only reveals how other societies think and feel, what they have experienced and value, and how they express themselves, it also provides a cultural mirror in which we can more clearly see our own society.”Chancellor Edward Lee Gorsuch
Livemocha – A community of learners where people correct each other’s assignments and provides useful teachings through text and flashcards. Free on-line courses available in 35 languages.
BBC Languages – A massive resource to learn more than 36 languages through video and audio courses made by BBC.
Verbling – Online classes and private tutoring to learn new languages.
Lingocracy – An easy way to build vocabulary while having fun.
Apart from learning you should take some time to see the movie ― “Eat, Pray, Love” or if you’re a reader then consider reading it’s book, written by Elizabeth Gilbert.
The story about Liz Gilbert. After her difficult divorce, she travels to Italy (Eat and enjoy life), India (Pray – find her spirituality) and Indonesia (Find balance and end up falling in love). Notice her experiences of getting acquainted and inheriting new cultures and languages.