Social:List of language self-study programs

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Self-study programs allow learning without having a teacher present,[1][2] and the courses can supplement or replace classroom instruction.[3] Universities use self-study programs for less-commonly taught languages, where having professors is not feasible.[4][5] Self-study programs are available on paper, audio files, video files, smartphone apps, computers, or any combination.[6]

This list is limited to programs that teach four or more languages. There are many others that teach one language.

Alphabetical Lists of Languages show the courses available to learn each language, at Lang1234, Martindale, Omniglot, Rüdiger Köppe, and UCLA. For the thousands of languages not listed on those sites, for which no course exists, Global Recordings Network has recorded a standard set of Bible stories in 6,000 languages. With effort, learners can study any language by comparing their recordings to the same story in a language they know.[7]

The list below shows the number of languages taught by each program, the name of the program, and the number of different languages used for instruction. Multiple languages of instruction may be available for some but not all courses. For example, Reise Know-How uses 6 languages to teach German, but only German to teach the other languages. On the other hand Eurotalk, Pronunciator and 50Languages use all languages to teach all the other languages.

Software Languages taught Interface languages Media Pricing
Transparent Language Online 110 6 online and mobile app monthly or yearly subscription, or free via a participating library
CL-150 Platform 130 6 online platform available for US Government and US Military personnel
Reise Know-How 200 7 books
L'Harmattan 167 French books
Cudoo 164 3 subscription
Eurotalk 132 119 application
Peace Corps 101 English free
Pronunciator 78 50 free to library patrons if library pays
Assimil 76 12 books, usb
Glossika 64 6 freemium
Mango Languages 71 17 free to library patrons if library pays, or monthly subscription
Clozemaster 60 33 freemium
Teach Yourself 58 English books, CDs
50Languages 56 56 free audio, apps and downloads, sell optional books
Colloquial by Routledge 56 English sell books and CDs
Central Institute of Indian Languages 47 English sell books
Foreign Service Institute 42 English free
Pimsleur Language Programs 40 50 audio
BBC Online 40 English free
Duolingo 36 23 application or web [8] freemium with all learning features free
FirstVoices 35 English free
Rosetta Stone 34 English software one-time/subscription [9]
Mondly 33 33 freemium
VocApp 31 59 application freemium
Drops 31 31 freemium
Memrise 25 15 application freemium
Gloss by Defense Language Institute 29 English free
Berlitz Corporation 23 English online classes, offline classes, books and PE (physical media) varies
Ba Ba Dum 22 22 online free
Quizlet 18 Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish online free
Living Language (publisher) 18 Arabic, English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish physical media
Langenscheidt 17 English, German physical media
For Dummies 17 English, Spanish physical media
Linguaphone 15 English, Spanish physical media
Babbel 13 English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish application subscription
Busuu 12 12 application freemium
Bilingual Books, Inc. 12 English, Spanish physical media
Michel Thomas Method 12 English physical media 10 18 freemium
Idiot's Guide 10 English, Spanish physical media
Behind the Wheel by Macmillan Publishers 9 English physical media
LingoDeer 9 Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Vietnamese online subscription
Lingvist 8 Arabic, Chinese, English, Estonian, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian freemium
Dexway 8 12 subscription
Schaum's Outlines 6 English physical media
Lonely Planet 6 English physical media
Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages 6 English free
Alison 6 English free
Paul Noble Method by Collins 5 English physical media
Made Simple by Broadway Books 5 English physical media
Hugo by Dorling Kindersley 5 English physical media
Drive Time by Random House 5 English physical media
Nextlingua 4 English, Spanish, French, Russian free
Teach Yourself Business by McGraw-Hill Education 4 English physical media
Smigin 4 English, Portuguese, Turkish subscription


  1. "Studying a Language on Your Own". University of Florida. Retrieved 13 Sep 2013. 
  2. "Self-Study: Tell Me More". University of Groningen. Retrieved 13 Sep 2013. 
  3. "The Self-Study Centers at the TUM". Technical University of Munich. Retrieved 13 Sep 2013. 
  4. "Self-Directed Language Acquisition Program". University of Richmond. Retrieved 13 Sep 2013. 
  5. "Directed Independent Language Study". University of Denver. Retrieved 13 Sep 2013. 
  6. "Self-study ideas for students learning German for the first time". University of Michigan. Retrieved 13 Sep 2013. 
  7. "Geographic Language Museum". Alexander Argüelles. Retrieved 2018-02-26. 
  8. "The Best Language Learning App: Duolingo vs. Rosetta Stone". 2018-12-13. 
  9. Brown, Shelby. "Duolingo vs. Rosetta Stone: How to choose the best language-learning app" (in en). 

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