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Free Resources: 7 Cool Sites to Learn a Language

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Learning a language does not have to be expensive. I know that private teachers and academies cost money, obviously. And it’s really worth it, provided you work hard to make the most of it. However, at uTandem we don’t want you to think that you have to pay in order to learn a language. No, it’s up to you how much you want to pay and how hard you’re willing to work in order to learn a foreign language. At uTandem we’re all about free language learning, so in today’s post we’re bringing you 7 sites that are giving away free language learning material.

1. FluentU

  • What is FluentU?
    FluentU is a language learning platform which teaches languages through video and audio. You can choose your language from a wide variety and get started. Some of the coolest things about FluentU is that you can use it on your smartphone or tablet and that there are different blogs depending on the language you are learning and on whether you’re a student or a teacher.
  • Where can I get my freebie?
    If you want to get a free ebook for the language you’re learning, simply go to FluentU‘s home page, scroll down completely, and choose the blog you’re interested in. Then, when you’ve accessed one of the blogs, a pop-up window will appear (like the one below) asking you to enter your email. In exchange for subscribing to their blog, you’ll get your free ebook, which is great. Plus, their regular newsletter is also very useful.

2. Fluent in 3 Months

  • What is Fluent in 3 Months?
    Fluent in 3 Months is a language learning blog owned by Benny the Irish polyglot. This is an extremely successful blog where Benny and other polyglots and language hackers publish posts with useful tips and experiences. While the aim of the site in itself is for you to choose a premium plan, there’s also plenty of free stuff, including the great blog.
  • Where’s my free stuff?
    If you go to the home page and scroll down, you’ll see a box (like the one below) where you can subscribe to their newsletter in exchange for a free 7-day speaking course. I subscribed a few days ago and (spoiler alert!) you actually get a few days extra for free! So you’re receiving useful speaking tips in your inbox for free. It gives you a good idea of what Benny offers, in case you’re considering moving on to a premium plan.

3. Lindsay Does Languages

  • Who is Lindsay and why does she do languages?
    Lindsay is a cool blogger, vlogger and polyglot from the UK. She teaches English and learns different languages. The cool thing is that she is constantly learning languages and blogging about her process and techniques so that other people can learn languages, too. Besides, she offers cool courses like Mastering English Phrasal Verbs through Story or Successful Self-Study. Oh, and (spoiler alert!), we’ll be having Lindsay on this blog really soon! 😉
  • What is Lindsay giving for free?
    Lindsay has a cool “library of language resources”. So if you go to Lindsay Does Languages, you’ll see the box in the picture below, where you’ll be able to subscribe to her site. In exchange, you’ll receive a password to access the free library, where you can download a series of pdf documents with great tips to maximise your language learning experience.

4. MosaLingua

  • What is MosaLingua?
    MosaLingua is a platform which offers mobile apps for you to learn a language. It’s great because they have one app per language, plus a couple of apps for business English and some language exams. Also, they have a different blog depending on the language you want to learn, which is very useful.
  • What does MosaLingua offer for free?
    While you can download any of their apps for free (a lite version), MosaLingua also offers a couple of free ebooks about learning resources and essential phrases in the language you choose. To claim your free stuff, simply go to MosaLingua, hover over “Blog & Resources” and, at the end of the drop-down menu, you’ll see the free resources. For one of them, you’ll need to subscribe, which is cool because you’ll start receiving cool tips every week. For the other, one you’ll need to unlock the free content by sharing on a social network, which is also great, as you can let your friends know about this cool free resource.

5. I Will Teach You a Language

  • Who, exactly, will be teaching me a language?
    This site belongs to another polyglot, Olly Richards, who can speak 8 languages. Olly offers premium courses and free language hacking strategies on his blog, but he also throws you a bone in case you want to check what you’d be getting into before purchasing some of his products. That’s cool, isn’t it? Let’s see what he’s giving away.
  • Hey, Olly, where’s my free stuff?
    If you want to get a very useful free ebook, visit I Will Teach You A Language and hit “Get Started” in the box you’ll see straight away (like the one below). After that, enter your details and the language you’re learning and off you go! You’ll then gain access to his free ebook, “10 Essential Tech Resources for Smart Language Learners”.

6. Actual Fluency

  • What is Actual Fluency?
    The person behind Actual Fluency is Kris Broholm, a polyglot on a mission to learn 10 languages in 10 years. Kris blogs regularly and records cool podcasts either on his own or with other learners or polyglots. He also has a resources page with links to handy stuff when it comes to learning a language.
  • What can I get for free at Actual Fluency?
    At Actual Fluency, you can get a free ebook entitled “Polyglot Beginnings”, which can help you a lot to develop “the right mindset for learning a new language”, as the cover reads. Simply go to Actual Fluency‘s email club and enter your email. By doing so you’ll be subscribing to Kris’ newsletter and gaining access to his free ebook, where he gives you an insight into what learning a language really means, as well as a range of excellent tips and tricks.

7. The Everyday Language Learner

  • Who is “The Everyday Language Learner”?
    The creator of this site is Aaron Myers, a language learner and traveller who blogs and creates courses for language learners like himself. As he claims on his site, Aaron wants to “help you have more fun learning a language”, which is very nice of him, really.
  • Ok, I’m an everyday language learner, so where’s my free stuff?
    If you want to claim your freebies, simply go to Everyday Language Guides (a different site which also belongs to Aaron), and click on “EDLL Guides”. If you scroll down, you’ll see his premium products and services, but you’ll also get to a couple of free resources; “Sustaining: Your Guide to Sticking with It”, about sustaining language learning motivation, and “The Ten Week Journey”, a free email course “designed to walk you into the life of a successful language learner”. While for the second one you’ll need to sign up for EDLL’s newsletter, you can download the former straight away. Isn’t it cool?

UPDATE 5/7/16: the link above seems to be temporarily unavailable. In the meantime, you can try to find the guides through the home page here.

There you go, 7 sites where you can get free stuff to maximise language learning without paying through the nose. I’m sure there are hundreds of similar sites that offer free, quality resources, too, so if you know more, please let us know in the comments below. And remember to download uTandem right now (iOS or Android) and practise your favourite language with other awesome native speakers like yourself for free. Oh, and don’t forget to leave a review on the App Store and Google Play! 🙂

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