Language Challenge 180: General Language Resources

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This is the Language Challenge 180 page for information and resources about languages and language-learning in general.

Please leave comments about posts, articles, research, studies and other topics that you recommend. For example, if you find a good article about bilingualism, let us know! Or maybe one about learning languages.

You are also welcome to ask questions here (in any language!) and share general information about language and language learning.

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Language Resources for Adults

  • Everyday Language Learner: Aaron has put together a fantastic list of language resources for a number of languages! Head over to see if your language is there and what resources he recommends!
  • Memrise: This is a fantastic, free online program that helps people learn vocabulary through memorization tips and techniques. I am completely addicted to it!
  • Babbel: This is not free but you can try out a bunch of their introductory lessons for free. I think this is an excellent program for starting off with language learning because it uses vocabulary as well as full sentences, provides pictures with the vocabulary (to help with associations) and it gets us writing out the words (very important for producing the language!). My one issue with them is that I contacted them to see if they wanted to be a sponsor and never even got a response back. Not good.
  • BBC: You can find a bunch of free language learning programs over at BBC. I am not much of a fan of their scripted audio programs (e.g. German) but their Spanish one (Mi Vida Loca) is fantastic. If they can make more of those for other languages, then I’m going to be in heaven!

Language Resources for Kids

  • As Karolena mentioned below, the bilingual books at Language Lizard are fantastic! Learning a language with them is a pleasure – the stories are wonderful and the translations (at least what I have seen) are great.


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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Karolena March 3, 2012 at 5:26 am

I love the book selection available to Language Lizard – bilingual resources in so many languages!


2 Marcia Jarmel March 5, 2012 at 9:16 am

We have a ton of resources for parents and language advocates on the website for our film about kids growing up bilingual, SPEAKING IN TONGUES. Families and teachers have used the film to help kids understand the value of keeping family languages and learning new ones. There are free videos to watch highlighting issues around bilingualism too.


3 Elizabeth March 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

This site: Is very helpful for students in many languages (French, German, Russian, Dutch, Afrikaans, Swedish, Spanish, Catalan, Danish, Norwegian, Brazilian Portuguese, Icelandic, Latin, Faroese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Indonesian, and Croatian.) They have different resources for the different languages offered, but I’ve found their Russian section very helpful. 🙂


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