Free Language Courses
If you have always wanted to learn a language but never got round to it or tried but lost interest. If you tried learning from books or language courses and found them easy at first but experienced that you hit a certain point and just got completely stumped and dropped the idea. I've discovered a website called Duolingo. It has a nice interface, is fun, has plenty of languages to keep you entertained and is designed at a pace to keep you learning at a reasonable rate but not lose you along the way.
The languages fully available to English speakers currently are:
And there are also some other languages in beta at the moment:
And some more on the way soon:
And the best news is Duolingo is completely FREE!!! Yes absolutely, entirely, and forever will be... FREE. It is available online here, and also available on Android and Apple devices, which means not only can you learn a language wherever you are but you can actually use a computer when at home, and then continue where you left off, on your phone while you are out somewhere.
If you already have some experience in a language and don't wish to start all the way at beginner's level you can always start off by doing the placement test to find out what level to start at. I cannot rate this app highly enough. It is such a breath of fresh air to finally be able to learn a language in a really fun interactive way. No stuffy classrooms, text books or expensive language courses needed!