What are the best resources to learn foreign languages?

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    #1Internet Polyglot

    Internet Polyglot
    Internet Polyglot is dedicated to helping our members learn foreign languages by providing them a way to memorize words and their meanings. This helps your memory to grasp more information and retain it for a longer time. Access to all pages is free.
    Websites

    Free

    Willie Turner
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "Internet Polyglot has the bones to be a great resource to learn a new language. However, the site takes a little time to get use to how it functions, mainly getting the sound to work (there is a little "mute" button I didn't see right away.) That being said, using visual clues along with hearing the new language is much easier than using a text book. "
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    #2conversation exchange

    conversation exchange
    In conversationexchange.com you can find other members native in other languages that are willing to help you practice your second language and in exchange, you'll help them practice, too.
    Websites

    Free

    Pamela Walters
    Written on February 2, 2017
    "Learning a foreign language is no easy feat, and can be nearly impossible to master if you don't have the right resources to guide you through the process. Like most other skills, one of the easiest ways to learn a language is to practice it! Conversation Exchange is a resource to connect you with native speakers of foreign languages all across the world. With the help of your partner, you will be able to practice the language you wish to learn with a native. In addition to the practice, you can also learn local dialect and slang that may be frequently used, and be corrected for unnatural sounding proper speech - something a text book could never convey. "
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    #3busuu

    busuu
    Master the basic skills and phrases of the language you want to understand fast with a fully interactive course, anytime and anywhere. You will be helped by hundreds of native speakers.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Zachary Ferguson
    Written on January 6, 2017
    "You were always told that learning a foreign language was difficult, but with something like busuu it doesn't have to be. Bosuu works with your smart phone and it allows you to choose from twelve languages currently offered as well as connect effortlessly with a community that is learning right along with you as well as communicate directly with native speakers. The app provides you with exercises to help you along like any language learning book and native speakers will help you and correct you when you make a mistake. The best thing about it is you can use it offline too so you don't have to worry like I do when you are in areas where you don't have good service. Another cool thing I found about this service is that I can give back to the community and others that taught me along the way by teaching them my language using the same features."
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    #4Babbel

    Babbel
    Babbel is a free app that lets you learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and many more languages. You will be able to have real-life conversations and to practice your speaking skills by doing the 'listen and repeat' exercises. 
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Sue Wu
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "I didn't like Babbel as much as some other ways to learn languages because Babbel makes us pay for things we can find for free elsewhere. I thought it was okay but not really worth the money."
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    #5Duolingo

    Duolingo

    With the Duolingo app, you can practice and improve your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while playing games at the same time. Just answer questions and complete lessons to improve both your vocabulary and grammar skills.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Gregorio Garduño
    Written on April 25, 2017
    "Learning to speak a new language begins with speaking and comprehension. Spelling and writing typically come along as you advance. Don't have time to take a long course? Jump start your skills using Duolingo by playing interactive games to speak, spell, and write your language of choice. Duolingo is a FREE app enabling you to earn points and rewards as you excel. "
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    #6italki

    italki
    This service connects you with native speakers for spoken practice on Skype. You can pay tutors for (affordable) one-to-one video lessons, or find a free language exchange partner.
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Austin Howard
    Written on March 5, 2017
    "I signed up for Italki not knowing what to expect, was blown away to be honest. Mona, that's the french teacher I signed up with via Italki, is a professional and skilled teacher. I've had several one-on-ones with her already and I can see my french improving by leaps and bounds everyday. Seriously if you wanna improve your skills in french or any other language, you need italki!"
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    #7Pimsleur

    Pimsleur
    With Pimsleur you will learn in the same way you learned your first language as a child, acquiring the vocabulary of the new language, along with the melody, rhythm, and intonation of the new language as used in everyday conversation.
    Software

    Windows, iOS, Android

    Free- Level 1. Varies by plan

    Stephen Andrews
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "For a long time I wanted to learn Spanish but really did not know how I can afford time to learn a new language. But when one of the friend recommended Pimsleur I was so overjoyed to learn that I have to spend only 30 minutes a day to learn. Also it is affordable for me and easy to learn."
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    #8Rosetta Stone

    Rosetta Stone

    Rosetta Stone is a free app for Android and iOS devices specially developed to facilitate learning new languages. Its method is trying to teach you the new language the same way you learned your first one. Works fine without internet.

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Paul Mendez
    Written on April 6, 2017
    "Rosetta Stone is the absolute king, er queen, of language software. No program out there makes it easier to learn or more convenient. There's a reason it's used by so many top level officials and world travelers, and that reason is results. There's no better system to learn a language as quickly as Rosetta. "
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    #9Fluenz

    Fluenz
    A desktop software that will coach you every step of the way to fluency in other languages. This is a software that is currently used by the US Navy, Harvard Business School and other leading universities.
    Software

    Windows

    $177- One time only

    Jesse Fisher
    Written on March 20, 2017
    "Fluenz looks like a great place to start if you want to learn another language. There are only a few languages on the site right now, but it could possibly expand to others in the future."
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    #10BBC Languages

    BBC Languages
    A collection of videos and tutorials with online lessons with audio, games, vocabulary, grammar explanations and exercises to learn languages.
    Websites

    Free

    Larry Holmes
    Written on March 19, 2017
    "I am not good at learning foreign languages. I was looking for good resources to learn easily. I found BBC Languages and it has helped me tremendously. I can learn via games which I like the most. It is fun and easy to use and learn. I highly recommend using this resource."
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    #11Deutsche Welle - Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten

    Deutsche Welle - Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten
    Improve your German by listening to "slowly spoken news". You'll acquire new vocabulary and you'll get used to German pronunciation thanks to this slow-paced news service!
    Websites

    Free

    Brittany Sims
    Written on December 15, 2017
    "Listening to the news of foreign countries is a great way to actually learn, my husband learned Japanese this way and I have been using this for German and I can actually feel myself recognizing things with more ease now than I have in the past. "
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    #12Google Translate

    Google Translate

    Google Translate is a free language app available for Web, Android and iOS devices. This language learning/translation platform provides access to instant translations to and from various languages, so users will have a way to communicate.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Chrome

    Free

    Michael Fields
    Written on April 18, 2017
    " Not all of us are experts in linguistics. You can buy Rosetta Stone but sometimes that gets expensive. If you ever need a quick translation or have to communicate someone with a language barrier, Google translate can seamlessly help you with derivations and proper grammar when speaking a language other than your own."
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    #13FluentU

    FluentU
    FluentU brings language learning to life with real-world videos, movie trailers, news, inspiring talks and more.
    Apps

    Web, iOS

    Free- month. Varies by plan

    Andy Yu
    Written on March 30, 2017
    "Learning a new language probably is the hardest thing a human can do, but these apps are a good stepping stone for that achievement. I wish I can speak Spanish or Mandarin, but I am too old to learn it. If I would learn it though, I would probably not use FluentU based on the reviews, and I would just stick with the more well-known software like Rosetta Stone."
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    #14HelloTalk

    HelloTalk
    HelloTalk is a language and culture exchange community. It connects you with native speakers of other languages so you can improve the language you're learning by chatting informally with them.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Gustavo Rubio
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "HelloTalk is a great app for anyone wanting to learn another language. You can talk to someone who is native in the language you are learning to help you improve your skills."
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    #15Memrise

    Memrise
    Memrise is a course site dedicated to help people learn languages and vocabulary quick and effectively. If offers an app for Android and iOS devices to allow you to follow the courses wherever you are.
    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Austin Knight
    Written on December 15, 2017
    "Memrise is a good resource for learning languages. Definitely has the best program that is easy to follow. With levels and tips you can use to start learning immediately. Master a new language with ease and the support you need with easy lessons."
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    #16EngVarta

    EngVarta

    EngVarta is an educational application that lets users connect with live English experts, who are readily available to help improve their communication skills and enrich their vocabulary. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

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    #17Russian Alphabet Now

    Russian Alphabet Now

    Russian Alphabet Now is an app that will help you to read and write the Russian Cyrillic alphabet. The app includes seven lessons with print and cursive script, pronunciation and drawing exercises and quizzes for all the letters.

    Apps

    iOS

    $1.99

    Sharon Moreno
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "Russian Alphabet Now is an app that teaches you to read and write using Cyrillic. It's a handy little app, but I don't particularly find it the best option for learning to speak Russian. For me, it's somewhat putting the cart before the horse, if you will. It would, however, perhaps be a good support tool to accompany a more traditional language learning methods, particularly the flash cards and the quizzes. "
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    #18MindSnacks

    MindSnacks

    Now you can learn to speak and read Spanish, all by playing games on the go. With 9 addictive games designed for essential vocabulary & conversation skills.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jorge Luis Núñez
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "Learn Spanish by MindSnacks is pretty good. It has nice visuals and easy to play games. I found that it moves along pretty quickly with easy to follow progress tracking that keeps you motivated. A pretty efficient way to learn and study a new language."
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    #19Berlitz Russian Phrase Book

    Berlitz Russian Phrase Book

    Berlitz Russian Phrase Book is a reference language book written by Berlitz Publishing Company for learning the Russian language. With over 200 pages, this book was published in 2008 by Berlitz Publishing.

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    Brandon Sullivan
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This Russian Phrase book is ok. It had some things in it I couldn't imagine I would ever use and some things I couldn't find. It's not great for learning Russian exactly, but if you already know the language and need to brush up on something this is probably the book you should look at"
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    #20Humor and Moroccan Culture

    Humor and Moroccan Culture
    Humor and Moroccan Culture is an investigative book for young adults and adults written by Matteh Helmke. It was released in 2009. It is about an American's attempt to learn and understand Moroccan culture, including humor.
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    Debra Freeman
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This book is about culture, not language. If you want to learn a language you pick up a Berlitz or similar in your desired language. "
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    #21Conquering Babel: A Practical Guide to Learning a Language

    Conquering Babel: A Practical Guide to Learning a Language

    Conquering Babel: A Practical Guide to Learning a Language is written by Claire Handscombe as a motivational reference guide in starting to learn a new language. With over 70 pages, it is published in 2011.

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    Jane Robinson
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Really enjoying this. I have wanted to get back to learning a new language for a long, long time. Not sure why I waited, but glad I found this. The teacher has years of experience and it shows. I like her sense of humor and that is a plus."
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    #22Teach Yourself Icelandi

    Teach Yourself Icelandi

    Teach Yourself Icelandic Complete Course is written by P.J.T. Glendening as part of the Teach Yourself Languages. With over 100 pages, this book is published in 2004 by Hodder & Stoughton.

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    Teresa Perez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Reading it is not the same as hearing it. You can learn better by sound."

Summary

Best What are the best resources to learn foreign languages
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Internet PolyglotWebsites 34 Free
2conversation exchangeWebsites 29 Free
3busuuApps 24 Free
4BabbelApps 22 Free
5DuolingoApps 19 Free
6italkiWebsites 19 Free
7PimsleurSoftware 18 Free
8Rosetta StoneApps 17 Free
9FluenzSoftware 14 Paid
10BBC LanguagesWebsites 13 Free
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