Learn any Language with the Best Online Tools
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Learn any Language with the Best Online Tools

Your guide to learning any language using the best (and usually free) online and offline tools.
5.0 (1 rating)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Joe Gabriel
Last updated 11/2014
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of the course, you'll have the tools, resources, and methods you need to take your foreign language to the next level. And you don't even need a teacher to do it!
  • In this course, you'll come across some crazy cool ideas to boost your comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills in a foreign language.
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  • I make a lot of recommendations for software, websites, and mobile apps (most of which are free). None are required to complete the course, but they will enhance your ability to learn outside the classroom.
  • You don't need to know a foreign language as a prerequisite

 What is the course about?

This course is about finding the right method for you to boost your language study.  Every learner is different, and every learner needs something different to succeed.  This course will help you learn methods, and find resources that fit your learning style, and will help bring you closer to real fluency.   

How long will the course take to complete?

This course isn't like like a school class, with a beginning, middle and an end.  Treat this course like a buffet, picking and choosing ideas as you please, and implementing them into your language study. 

How is the course structured?

This course will be structured around the main areas of language acquisition.  Each area will include multiple ideas about how to boost that area of interest:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Other (grammar, vocabulary, translation etc.)

Why take this course?

Learning languages is fun, but it's also really challenging.  Studying from textbooks and from a teacher are NOT the only ways to learn, and there are a lot more fun, innovative, and more effective methods available outside of the classroom.

If you feel something missing in your language education, this course could be for you!

Through this course, you'll learn to take control of your language learning, have more fun, and feel great about learning a foreign language!

Who is the target audience?
  • You'll benefit most from this course if you think languages are fun, but feel that language classes are lame, and are looking for something better
  • This course is intended for anyone interested in learning languages outside of the classroom
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
Read like a Monk
8 Lectures 44:09

You'll learn 3 ways (all free and legal) to find free books online.




Preview 05:35

Learn to use these Firefox extensions to make online reading easier, faster and more enjoyable!

Preview 04:52

You'll learn about ReadLang, an awesome web app that will help you read longer digital texts


Reading made easy with ReadLang

You'll learn 2 ways to find subtitles for your favorite movies and TV shows, all in your target language!




Learning with Texts

You'll learn how to maximize TED's transcripts to boost your reading ability


TED Talks & Subtitles

Learn to use Wikipedia's millions of multilanguage articles to boost your reading ability!

Learn to find free online games in your target language!
Video Games
Write like a Ninja
2 Lectures 12:29

Get free feedback on your writing from native speakers!


Write like a native

Using online forums
Speak like a Wizard
2 Lectures 10:56
Perfect Pronunciation with Forvo

Language exchange partners with iTalki
Listen like an Elephant
2 Lectures 09:15
TED Talks

Audio Books
4 Lectures 24:12
Vocabulary 1: Never forget with SRS

Vocabulary 2: Never forget with mnemonics

Vocabulary 3: Frequency Lists

Translation 1: Gamified Translation (Duolingo)
Methods from the Masters
3 Lectures 00:00
The Schliemann Method
5 pages

Kató Lomb  (1909-2003) was a brilliant Hungarian linguist and translator.  She loved to read to acquire languages.  In her book 'How I learn Languages' she wrote, "I feel such a difference between a philologist/linguist and a linguaphile as, say, a choreographer and a ballerina." 

As she put it, she earned money in 16 languages, either through translation, interpretation, tour guide or in other capacities. 
The Kató Lomb Method
2 pages

The Benny Lewis Method
1 page
About the Instructor
Joe Gabriel
5.0 Average rating
1 Review
73 Students
1 Course
Foreign Language Consultant

My name is Joe, I’m from California and I love languages!

Growing up in California, I spent a lot of time “learning” Spanish. Really, it was mostly spent trying to understand what in the world “subjunctive” really is. Is that even an English word? Why can’t something just be “perfect”? Who decided to make it “imperfect”? What the freak is a “preterite”?

From 2005-2007 I lived in Mongolia. Crazy right?! I learned Mongolian, which sounds like a fight breaking out between a drunken Russian and an angry German. While there, I had a lot of fun making friends and experiencing their unique culture. I spent a ton of time immersed in the language and it really paid off. While there, I also dabbled in Kazakh, Turkish, and Mongolian Sign Language, just for fun.

In 2008 I started learning Mandarin Chinese, which is way different from Mongolian and a great challenge that continues until today.

Also in 2008, I met the woman of my dreams, and got married two years later. Her native language is French. I need to impress her family, so I started learning French. I’ve never “studied” French a day in my life, but hearing her speak at home has given me an almost completely native environment to grow with. Oh, and she also has a ton of Italian relatives, so Italian is on the menu as well.

I’ve taught English for 5 years all across the world and I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter which language you’re learning, everyone needs help.