Getting started

So you’re thinking of learning a language online: fantastic! But how? There’s so much stuff, some good, some rubbish, some in between. Some expensive, some free and some that looks free but isn’t. You could easily get bogged down and end up missing out altogether. I’ve spent months and hundreds of hours exploring, trying out advice and testing materials for myself, and ended up turning my own approach to language learning on its head. This website is a collection of the best totally or substantially free advice and resources I’ve found.

It’s organised in the way that made sense to me, starting with general principles and moving on to different areas of language learning. Then there are collections of resources for specific languages: Italian and German to start with, as these are my own current focus. More will be added later.

If you don’t find your favourite free resource here, please tell us about it!

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Keen On Languages is the curated directory for the best free tools and content for learning languages.