Learn Foreign Languages for Free with Language Guide
Learning a foreign language is nearly always a challenge. No matter whether you attend classes at a language school, take private lessons or try to learn a new language on your own, there are always lots of difficulties you have to face. Like learning grammar, memorizing new words and, most importantly, understanding the mentality of native speakers. LanguageGuide.org is a collaborative project that has lots of useful stuff that will help you learn a foreign language. Best of all, it’s free.
EASE OF USE: 5/5
LANGUAGES OFFERED: 12 languages and counting[/box]
LanguageGuide.org offers help and learning materials for 12 languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, Russian and Turkish. The site itself is localized and is available in 20 different languages. Most of the language projects on the website offer vocabulary and grammar training. However, there are also some reading and listening materials for some of the languages. Obviously, some of the projects are developed better than the others. For example, the English learning project has the most exercises, while the Japanese project has only a few.
LanguageGuide.org is very easy to use. When you open the website, you are invited to choose the language you want the site to be in (the top section) and the language you want to practice:
You are then taken to the homepage of your chosen language where you can choose to learn the vocabulary, dab in grammar or do the quizzes and tests. Here is what you get when you click on French:
As you can see, there are quite a lot of free French learning resources on the website.
The website is really good for learning English or French. You get lots of exercises, in-depth grammar explanation plus exercises and even some reading and listening activities. That’s more than you can ask from a free website. In fact, a lot of the English and French-learning resources on LanguageGuide.org are sometimes more thorough a than paid services like Babbel offer. However, if you want to learn Japanese, you will be disappointed. The website only offers some vocabulary and that’s it for now. But remember that it’s a collaborative community project, which means that more learning materials will eventually be added.
One of the things we liked about LanguageGuide.org is that anyone can contribute or even add a new language. That’s a great idea and a great help to anyone looking for free language learning resources. So, if you can, contribute to the website and help your fellow learners.
[box]The Verdict: LanguageGuide.org is a great project that offers lots of handy free language learning resources. Some languages have more stuff than others, but this is up to the website’s community (and possibly you) to fix.[/box]