The world has become one big global neighborhood thanks to the Internet in recent years. As a freelancer on the east coast of the United States, I can be talking one minute to a colleague across the country and the next minute working with a client in Europe, Australia, or Asia. These days you can talk to seemingly anyone — email them, IM them, call them, Skype them — you have so many options available.
There’s still one barrier to effectively communicating on a global scale though — language. If you can’t understand each other, it’s very difficult to communicate. Just as the Web helps close geographical divides, it can help you overcome language barriers too. There are many free online language learning programs available to help you learn a foreign language — just about any language you want!
Today let’s look at YouTube with a collection of free language learning videos that help you get started in learning any of 14 different languages online.
The Arabic Alphabet: Part 1 from Arabic-Studio.com
Basic Arabic Grammar: Lesson 1 from Arabic-Studio.com
Learn Chinese with YangYang: Lesson 1
Beginner Chinese Lesson: Part 1
Learning English: Lesson 1
Learn English: Introduction to Phoenetics from EFLStar.com
Basic French: Lesson 1 from JeFrench.com
Learn French Vocabulary with Pictures: Vegetables from FrenchPod101.com
The Best of German: Easy Tour (most common German words and phrases)
Learn the German Alphabet
Learn Greek: Lesson 1: The Alphabet
Greek 101: Common Phrases: Level 1 with The Travel Linguist
Learn the Hindi Alphabet: Vowels fromhindiboloblog.blogspot.com
Learn Speaking Hindi: Lesson 1
Learn Italian with Sabrina – Lesson 1
Italian 101: Common Words and Phrases: Level 1 from The Travel Linguist
Learn Japanese Greetings
Learn Japanese Numbers 1-20 from GenkiJapan.net
Portuguese Language Pronunciation
Brazilian Portuguese: Lesson 1 from LearnPortugueseNow
The Best of Russian – Easy Tour
Russian 101: Common Words and Phrases: Level One
Learn Spanish 1.1: Greetings and Introductions from SpanishDict.com
Spanish Class 1: Personal Pronouns from Spanish123.com
Counting in Urdu from UrduForKids
Learn Urdu: Most Used Expressions
Sign Language (American)
ABC Song / American Sign Language Alphabet
Sign Language Lessons: Common Phrases from Expert Village
I was born in the US so I speak English fluently. I also studied the French language for several years formally (although I wouldn’t quite call myself fluent). I’m in the process of studying Greek. I also discovered a little over a year ago that I was actually born a dual US / German citizen, so the next language I pursue will likely be German so I can speak the language (at least a little) if and when I’m able to visit that part of the world where some of my family is from. I’ve always had a passion for studying foreign languages. How about you? What language would you like to learn?