When it comes to learning languages, there are lots of websites out there that offer lessons. Some of them are oriented towards the more casual user, while others have curriculums that rival a college language course. The site that you choose to learn a foreign language will depend upon which language you want to learn, and what format you best learn with. In this article, we will be looking at five of the best language learning sites out there, to help you decide which one to choose to start achieving your goal of learning a foreign language.
Rosetta Stone is a website that is set up for the serious language learner. There are three different approaches that you can take when you start to learn a language: the individual approach, the educator approach or corporate. Each of these methods are designed a little bit differently not only as to allow for a certain type of student, but also geared towards a specific type of vocabulary. Rosetta Stone is also well-known for helping people learn languages fast, although you do have to put in some work if you want to succeed. This is a premium language learning site, and prices vary depending upon your approach and the plan that you choose.
Busuu is a language learning site that has a much more casual approach than Rosetta Stone. However, while Rosetta Stone offers nearly 30 languages to learn, there are only twelve at Busuu. Some of the unique features include grammar units, which teach you to build sentences with proper grammar in a modular style, vocabulary trainers and actual conversations in the language that you are learning. In addition, Busuu offers official certificates for McGraw-Hill and allows you to download your lessons so that you can use them offline.
Living Language is the next language website that we will be discussing. This site offers some really unique features, but what makes it stand out from the other language sites on this list is the list of languages that it offers. There are more than 35 languages that you can learn, and they include many of the standard languages that you will find on other sites, but they also include languages that you may not be able to find anywhere else such as Vietnamese and Hawaiian. In addition, Living Language has specialty courses for those who are learning because they need to use the language on their job or have to be able to communicate in the new language for business purposes.
Baselang.com is the next language learning site on our list, and this site has a lot to offer anyone who is serious about learning a new language. Baselang has a really unique approach to learning language, with the philosophy driving the course being that you not only have to learn the vocabulary, grammar, conjugation and all of the other rules of the language, but you also need to be able to practice conversations in that language or else you are never going to be able to use it in a practical setting. With this in mind, Baselang offers two approaches: using the language in real life and studying for an exam.
Finally, the last language learning site on our list is Duolingo. The majority of the site is free, but it does have some disadvantages. You learn using a language tree that takes you through a lot of the grammar and vocabulary for the language that you want to learn, but you are not necessarily fluent when you finish the language tree. So this is a good start for anyone wanting to learn a new language but not a complete solution.