Monday, August 22, 2011

Awesome Free Language Lessons!

Yesterday I posted a cute video on the pronunciation of ö in German. Finds out that the video is part of a series created by The Language Resource Centre at Newcastle University. The program is designed to tailor to (young) people through multimedia which can be accessed on the go (Ipods, Iphones, smart phones, etc). Most importantly though, the materials are completely free!

You can find all the German videos here. I have linked to a few below. They also have separate lessons specifically concerning pronunciation, grammar, and specific phrases! They even have an RSS feed! If German isn't your thing there are lessons in Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Swahili! For the low price of nothing, how can you go wrong? Especially when compared to the price of Rosetta Stone, or even Muzzy.

The amount of resources on the site is fantastic. There is a teacher's toolkit complete with lesson plans, as well as content submitted by students (click one of the dates at the top of the page).The content of the videos is also diverse. The German videos for example cover all the cases individually. For most of the languages, the Language Resource Centre has over one-hundred videos.

Each of the short videos revolve around The Angry Family, a cast of bizarre cartoon characters. I am reluctant to admit it, but I don't think I would like these videos as much if they were not weird!

Point made? Anyways I really suggest watching a couple of these each day. Keep up the awesome work at Newcastle University!


  1. Wow, such a great resource. Thanks!

  2. Thanks! I can never find lessons as good as this! :D

  3. Hi,

    Language is a place for students to learn foreign languages with free lessons, and for educators to share their knowledge and connect with new audiences. You are building a free resource for everyone to use when learning a foreign language. Thanks a lot...

    Learning Chinese Mandarin