Monday, July 22, 2013

Foreign Service Institute Language Classes Available for Free

The language education site has multiple Foreign Service Institute (FSI), the State Department agency in charge of training diplomats in foreign cultures and affairs, language courses for free.  Users can download the course work and audio tracks for

  • Bulgarian 
  • Cambodian 
  • Cantonese Chinese 
  • Czech 
  • Finnish 
  • French 
  • German
  • Greek 
  • Hebrew 
  • Hungarian 
  • Italian
  • Korean 
  • Lao 
  • Lingala
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Norwegian 
  • Portuguese 
  • Russian 
  • Shona
  • Spanish 
  • Swahili
  • Swedish 
  • Thai 
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese 
  • Yoruba

The website also has other teaching aids for additional languages such as Basque and Tagalog.  There are also language-appropriate keyboard layouts, word of the day, links to newspapers, and useful phrases.  Learning languages can be hard but fortunately there is alot of information available for free.  Many thanks to Z Geographer for showing this website to me.

Additionally, FSI Language Courses has even more languages available   Some like Serbo-Croatian and Arabic have both text and audio available.  Other languages like Igbo only have the text book for download, however.


Dina said...

This is great news. Thank you both!

Funny, just yesterday I went over a box of old books and discovered my FSI Bulgarian course from the late 1980s. I never got too far with it, but their method is clear and good.

At the U. of Michigan in the mid 60s my class used FSI for Modern Hebrew.

EB said...

Thank you for sharing this resource! With school finished, I now have no more excuses to dodge learning Mandarin....

Catholicgauze said...

EB, your welcome!